Today, we met outside Evernew Book Store in Bras Basah Complex.
We started with a show & tell by some students about what they did in the past week after their first session - Remember, in our previous session, 'Where are you', students were given an underground root/ underground stem/fruit to take home with the intention to spur their imagination and creative process of collecting.
Mike, who took up the challenge of finding out as many ways he could cook garlic, the item he brought home from the first session, shared a couple of garlic dishes which everybody enjoyed.
We then proceeded to check out a few journals and zines I brought along to share.
One of the zines that was shared was the RUBBISH FAMZINE #04 : The incomplete Herbarium and other city exploits by Holycrap.sg
We then toured around the shops in Bras Basah Complex, and were encouraged to actively collect observations and findings from the different stores and speak with the shopkeepers.
Students were put forth a question about whether store owners purposefully collect or non purposefully collects what they sell in their stores.
We stopped by Basheer Graphic Books and Cat Socrates and browsed through countless publications to see how others presented their work.
The next segment was an extension to having students engage with the shopkeepers in Bras Basah Complex. This time, students engage with exhibits on display as they walked from Bras Basah Complex to Explanade.
Locations encountered :
1. Esplanade Tunnel Art
Mrydette Solo Show , I See You See Me (illustrator, presented drawings, paintings, murals, writings, animated clips, interactions with children art on the tunnel walls)
About the exhibition :
I See You See Me by Mrydette reminds fellow Singaporeans to recognise the uniqueness in one another, to go beyond superficialities and to understand one another a little more through their art. This is an initiative to give value to human interactions and the manner in which we appreciate and honour one another. The final assemblage is a consolidation of both the artist and community’s efforts, representative of a community’s shared vision. After all, “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people,” said Mahatma Gandhi.
2. Esplanade Concourse
Han Sai Por’s sculpture-installation, Harvest
About the exhibition:
Like one who sows and nurtures seeds with love and care, Han has pursued her art-making with perseverance and dedication.
Han’s signature stone sculptures always exude an intense, quiet determination beneath the solidity of the material; a sense of undying love for and obligation to the natural environment is apparent and the hard rocks are softened by their forms through her delicate hands. Her work has always centred on man’s rapid destruction of the natural, native environments in harsh, urban landscapes.
Approached to work with Esplanade once again for the occasion of Singapore’s jubilee year, Han has adopted a lighter and more celebratory note, gathering a fruitful Harvest to mark Singapore’s golden 50th anniversary and the new beginning of the next 50 years to come.
3. Jendela Visual Art Space
Twentyfifteen.sg : The Exhibition
About the exhibition:
Twenty photographers have been chosen to create 15 images each, with a folio published for each photographer in the months leading up to 9 Aug 2015. The exhibition showcases a selection of these photographs.
Featuring photographs by: Darren Soh, Lim Weixiang, Kevin WY Lee, Sean Lee, Tay Kay Chin, Robert Zhao, Matthew Teo, Tan Ngiap Heng, John Clang, Chow Chee Yong, Ernest Goh, Ore Huiying, Zinkie Aw, Bernice Wong, Sit Weng San with Columba Cruz Elton, Edwin Koo, Sam&Sam (Samuel Chin & Samuel He), Nicky Loh, Sim Chi Yin, Bryan van der Beek
So before we entered the gallery, everyone drew lots prepared, and studied the publications of the chosen photographer in detail with the resources presented on display (no internet!)
Everyone was also told to write down three questions pertaining to the work, or the exhibit.
After half an hour, they then gathered and exchanged their questions for them to be answered upon further research.
And for continued collections for this session :