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.
Lau Yu Ching, Daren Poh Kiat How, Tan Xi Yuan Mark, Lee Jia Min, Jamie, Yeo Poh Hwee, Lee Zhi Zhong
An immersive, music and mixed-media ‘party’ experience that explores Singapore’s relationship with its colonial past. Guests will be entertained in a party setting with music, poetry and art around our colonial history.
orchard: a stroll between valleys
Wu Yu Chen, Yeo Zheng Hang, Lin Derong, Poh Wei Bing
A public installation that shifts Orchard Road’s physicality to the foreground. Part architecture, part landscape, part playground, it employs water pipes and topography to give shoppers a glimpse of Orchard Road’s natural terrain and historical layers, bringing together history, site, and people in unexpected ways.
Pang Wei Han
A series of short films on women who worked in factories in Singapore in the 1970-80s. As a counter-narrative to dominant ideas of state-led economic development, it seeks to tell the personal stories, struggles and aspirations of individual factory women.
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.
Yuen Ai Zhen Carol, Wong Kwang Lin, Edgar Yeo Quan Yi, Leong Yee Ting, Ying Yilun, Wee Jing Long, Wang Xing Hao, Pearlyn Low
An exhibition exploring forms of intimacies within and between communities in Singapore’s past. It will showcase stories of ordinary people, and explore how intimacies manifest within physical and virtual spaces.
Chong Jing Yee, Brennan Conner See, Yeo Zhi Hui, Nicole Lin, Landson Tan
An exhibition examining the history of the Sungei Road Thieves Market. This project seeks to present personal stories from the vendors, outline the market’s transformation over time, and invite audiences to consider the role of informal economies in Singapore, if any, today and in the future.
the memorial of the future
Daniel Soo, Sanjana Tadepalli
An Augmented Reality (AR) project exploring the processes of memorialization in Singapore. By imposing imagined memorials onto an existent reality, the AR experience highlights ‘un-memorialised’ people and events, and invites audiences to reflect on what has been included or excluded from state-led memorialization.
boka di stori
D’Rozario Andre Alexander, Gerald Choa Kai Kit, Sung Chang Da, Carroll Shane Christopher
A graphic novel about the history of the Kristang community in Singapore. It explores aspects of Portugese-Eurasian culture, including food, songs, rituals, norms, and significant events in the community’s past.
Chong Kai Yan, Pang Xue Qiang
A zine featuring love stories from Singapore’s pasts. It will employ a hybrid of documentary and fiction, featuring original writing, photos, and illustrations to bring to life the stories of older couples who met in Singapore, while exploring their associated historical events, circumstances and places.
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, it explores the significance and implications of the merger within Singapore’s educational landscape.
An investigation of Singapore’s 'kampong to metropolis' narrative, presented as a theatrical installation. It explores the resettlement period from the 1950s to 1990s, seeking to record less known stories of Resettlement Officers, tease out issues faced during the resettlement period, and the public’s reactions to the first Housing and Development Board (HDB) projects.
Bertram Wee, Lynette Yeo Yan Teng,
Hoe Min Zephany, Wilford Goh Yu Xiang
A web documentary on the history of classical music in Singapore, including interviews with Singaporean composers exploring how identity, culture, and location influenced their music. The website is accompanied by a concert featuring these composers' pieces, and an exhibition of manuscripts, photos and artefacts.