Making Sense of Our Shifting Reality Through Art and Spirituality by Reena Devi

In her third piece for GRC exploring global public spaces, Reena Devi ventures into the spiritual and mystical realm through art. Beginning with the hermetic paintings of Hilma Af Klint (and her widely attended retrospective) to artists of our time and their predilection for understanding spirituality through art, Reena looks at this exploration of human consciousness in our contemporary age of rapid development and decline.

What makes a place?: Urban Ventures 12 at Keong Saik Road by Akanksha Raja

For her third GRC piece, Akanksha Raja reviews the 12th edition of Urban Ventures, a placemaking initiative by urban design studio LOPELAB, held on Keong Saik Road. In experiencing the artworks at the event in relation to its street, and the undeniable gentrification of these “heritage” neighbourhoods, she asks what becomes of a place, and what it means to “make” it?

Vulnerability and Resistance by Jaclyn Chong

CCP participant Jaclyn Chong grapples with the feminist qualities emerging from her project and resolves to take agency over her performing body as an act of rebellion against power structures that seek to alienate and repress female bodies.

Another Merdeka is Possible by Sharaad Kuttan

In his second piece for GRC, Sharaad Kuttan reviews Merdeka, Wild Rice’s latest offering by Alfian Sa’at and Neo Hai Bin. Unpacking the histories of decolonisation in the region alongside the historical vignettes re-enacted and referenced in the play, Sharaad questions the ongoing drive to decolonise, (staged) acts of historical relativism, and what remains of the national narrative.

space. by Kristian-Marc James Paul

As we come to the midpoint of the Concerned Citizens Programme, participant Kristian-Marc James Paul mulls over the numerous possibilities in which he can consolidate and present his research on masculinity, and opens up about the challenges in organising safe spaces for inclusive dialogue.