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Our projects explore diverse areas of Singapore history, including space and place, race, communities, language, relationships, the arts, economies, etc.

Whether through theatre, writing, film, music, or an interdisciplinary mix of mediums, they seek to join in the ongoing conversation surrounding Singapore's history, identity, and nationhood.

 

sarong party

Lau Yu Ching, Daren Poh Kiat How, Tan Xi Yuan Mark, Lee Jia Min, Jamie, Yeo Poh Hwee

An immersive, mixed-media ‘party’
experience that explores Singapore’s
relationship with its colonial past. Guests
will be entertained in a party setting, inspired by parties in the colonial era,
with music, poetry and art around our
colonial history.

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orchard! where am i?

Wu Yu Chen, Yeo Zheng Hang, Lin Derong, Poh Wei Bing

Through a series of installations, this
site-specific intervention aims to cast
Orchard Road as a site overlaid with social complexities, histories and spatial
developments. By disrupting people’s routine movements, this site-specific intervention activates public pedestrian areas as sites of agency and reflection.

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The Factory Girls: stories of female factory workers in the 1970s

Pang Wei Han

A documentary film on women who
worked in factories in Singapore in the
1970-80s. This film seeks to foreground the roles of ordinary women in Singapore’s drive for industrialisation, and tell their personal stories, struggles and aspirations.

 

Ceylonese Tamils in Singapore: A Study on Migration, Community and Identity

Tinesh Indrarajah, Jane Christine Zhang

A documentary film about the collective history, experiences and identity evolution of Ceylonese Tamils in Singapore. It will explore the community’s marriage traditions, religious spaces, and relationship between their ethnic identity, national identity, and the State’s CMIO framework.

‘You Don’t Need Much Space to Have Sex’; Casting Singapore’s History Through Intimacies

Yuen Ai Zhen Carol, Wong Kwang Lin, Edgar Yeo Quan Yi, Leong Yee Ting, Ying Yilun, Wee Jing Long, Wang Xing Hao, Pearlyn Low

A short film exploring transnational intimacies, and changing conceptions of intimacies in over time. The film may be screened and viewed within a private, intimate space.

remembering sungei

Chong Jing Yee, Elston Sam Zhen Shen

An exhibition examining the history of the Sungei Road Thieves Market. This project seeks to outline the market’s transformation over time, stories from its vendors, and consider the role of informal economies in Singapore, if any, today and in the future.

 
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the memorial of the future

Anne Caroline Franklin,
Sanjana Tadepalli

A book-led tour exploring real and imagined memorials in Singapore. It will tell the stories of ‘un-memorialised’ people and events, and invites audiences to reflect on what has been included or excluded from the historical narrative embodied by official state memorials.

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boka di stori

D’Rozario Andre Alexander, Gerald Choa Kai Kit, Sung Chang Da, Carroll Shane Christopher

A graphic novel that brings to life the story of the Kristang Portugese-Eurasian community in Singapore. Themes explored through the narrative include food, art, dress, songs, Eurasian history, religion and family traditions.

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The History of Utopian Aspirations (Dreaming in the City)

Jevon Chandra

An audio journey exploring Jurong as a site of Singapore’s industrial “dreaming”. Through Jurong, the project invites audiences to consider the role of the State’s aspirations, and the people’s everyday placemaking in shaping our urban environment.

 

meantime

Chong Kai Yan, Pang Xue Qiang

A zine exploring Singapore’s history through the lens of old love stories. It will include writing, photos and illustrations, based on oral interviews with old couples who met in Singapore. The publication of the zine will be accompanied by an exhibition featuring these stories, newly-taken portraits of the couples, and other artifacts.

merged

Matthew Chew Chee Han, Ng Kai Yuan, Tan Yang Yi, Cheah Wenqi

An interdisciplinary web project including videos, photos and 360 VR content, exploring and documenting the history of Tampines Junior College, one of the JCs that will be merged in 2019. Through the stories of different groups in TPJC, this project explores what education in Singapore means, and how it has evolved.

project idiom
(identity in our music)

Bertram Wee, Lynette Yeo Yan Teng,
Hoe Min Zephany, Wilford Goh Yu Xiang

A website presenting the history of Singaporean western art music, with focus on a canon of Singaporean composers. It will explore how their identity and location has influenced their work. The website is accompanied by a concert showcasing pieces by these composers.

 
 

first storeys

Sean Cham

A theatrical installation exploring the period of resettlement into the first HDB flats in the 1950s-80s. This project hopes to highlight stories from the move, understand how the shift to public housing  affected different groups, and relate the past with the constant state of resettlement that continues today.