State Of Motion 2017: Looking At Singapore Through Film
State Of Motion 2017: Through Stranger Eyes (SOM) is back as part of the annual Singapore Art Week, led by film researcher Toh Hun Ping and curator Kent Chan. Exploring how Singapore is portrayed internationally as well as locally in film, the events hopes to cultivate more interest and give more significance to different parts of Singapore by adding to its national narrative.
The five films picked for this year's edition are Ricochet (1984), Saint Jack (1979), The Wild Eye (1967), Ring Of Fury (1973) and In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers in Malaysia (1971).
Participants will have a glimpse of all five films, a bus tour to different locations featured on the screen and experience art works that respond to the films and the site. Bending space and time, participants are invited to look at Singapore through a different lens, beyond the every day, and dig deeper into our history. How do different groups of people view monuments erected in Singapore? Are there places that held more importance in the past compared to the now?
The constant questioning and immersive artworks will accompany you through the entire journey. SINdie has the privilege of attending the tour, and experiencing ourselves what the SOM team has prepared.
This is what the film screenings will be held, and how it looks like from the outside. Very simple bars and lights to guide the pathway for participants. There are interviews, artifacts and some posters to look at in relation to the films.
The makeshift screen, Palimpest (2017) by Randy Chan works as a cinema. This is the starting point of the tour and speaks volumes about the site it is in (National Library Building Plaza). Made up of mainly sheets and wooden sticks, it is an impressive sculpture that holds its own dialogue even when no film screenings are happening.
Amanda Lee Koe's work responds to Saint Jack, and is held in a KTV lounge. Immersive, creative and lots of fun, it is a discovery of images and writings shown on the walls. It is one of our favourites for choice of location and how the work presents itself. To top it off, participants will view her music video No One Wants To Dance (2017).
Melantun Records (梦澜吞唱片)(2017) by Ujikaji is a music shop hidden in a shopping mall corner. Inspired by Ricochet, the film that follows David Bowie's 1983 concert right here in Singapore. Entering the space, we find ourselves navigating through records, music we have never heard of before as well familiar names. It is a curious environment to be in, where generations and the art of music making is timeless.
State Of Motion 2017: SOM is still running until February 5th, with panel discussions, film screenings and more. Check out their website for more information.
You may browse the rest of our photographs on the tour at our Facebook page.
Photography credit: Darren 'Merovign' Tan
Written by: Teo Dawn