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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.

 

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a permutation of dreams

Aik Shermaine, Seah Wei Chuan, Yik Jin Hao, Wong Jia An

An exhibition of short films, photographs and writing that explore the history of Singapore’s hawker trade and hawker food. This project will highlight individual stories of hawkers, and reflect on the evolution, decline and future relevance of hawkers in Singapore.

sarong party

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

A multi-disciplinary ‘party’ performance that explores Singapore’s relationship with its colonial past. Guests will be entertained with a coherent musical composition over two hours, supplemented by other mediums like poetry and art. Different themes will be discussed in each room, and through the musical lyrics.

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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 recast Orchard Road as a cultural place overlaid with social complexities. Each installation explores different themes relating to Orchard Road — Symbolic, Consumption, Home, Flood Plain, Heterotopia. By disrupting people’s movement and routine, they activate public pedestrian areas as sites of agency and reflection.

 

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

Pang Wei Han

A documentary film on women working in factories in Singapore in the 1970 to 80s, reflecting their struggles, dreams and experiences. This film seeks to present a counter-narrative to a state-centric retelling of Singapore’s development, highlighting stories of ordinary people.

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

Tinesh Indrarajah, Jane Christine Zhang

A documentary film about the community history, experiences and identity evolution of Ceylonese Tamils in Singapore. It will focus on areas including their traditions, community organizations, vocations, and community leaders.

‘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

Multi-sited art installations investigating different dimensions of intimacies throughout Singapore history — servant-master relationships, State influence on interactions within communities, transnational relationships, etc.

 
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remembering sungei

Chong Jing Yee, Elston Sam Zhen Shen

An exhibition examining the history of the Sungei Road Thieves Market. This project seeks to highlight stories from Garang Gunis, and shed light on shifting socio-political circumstances that has undermined Sungei Market's economic prominence.

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the memorial of the future

Anne Caroline Franklin, Willie Zile Khoo,
Sanjana Tadepalli

A book-led multi-sensory experience exploring existing 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 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 Kristang story in Singapore — the endangered heritage language of Portuguese-Eurasians communities. Themes include ways of life, food culture, inter-generational communication, and Kristang racial identity.

 
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The History of Utopian Aspirations (Dreaming in the City)

Jevon Chandra

A non-linear audio journey that explores Singapore’s history of utopian aspirations, and how our urban environment has been shaped by them. Walking (or wandering) will act as a primer for audiences to consider complex narratives behind nation building and spatial experiences.

meantime

Chong Kai Yan, Pang Xue Qiang

A collection of memories of Singapore’s past in a published zine, exploring Singapore’s history through the lens of old love stories, photographs and keepsakes. It will include articles, photo essays, poetry and illustrations derived from oral interviews with old couples. The zine will be accompanied by an exhibition of portraits of these couples.

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 histories of selected junior colleges slated to be merged and/or closed in 2019. It will also explore the evolution of Singapore's education landscape through the decades.

 

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, exploring what it means to be a "Singaporean" composer, with outreach education programmes and a chamber concert showcasing Singaporean composition.

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out of the dragon's mouth

Sherlyn Goh, Mariel Chee

A creative non-fiction book, film, or audio journey that explores Haw Par Villa as a site of multiple contestations, how and why it resists multiple attempts to make it relevant, and the implications of its
latest redevelopment.

first storeys

Sean Cham

A theatre performance within an immersive installation investigating the resettlement period from 1950s to 1980 in Singapore. The project hopes to record stories of the move from the first residents of public housing, understand how the shift from kampungs to public housing affected Singaporeans, and recreate the first houses in the public housing scheme.