In her fourth GRC piece, recent ‘Geylang convert’ Akanksha Raja attends a special iteration of the Geylang Adventures walking tour, in collaboration with the Singapore Biennale. She delves into the lorongs of Geylang, a local neighbourhood of national seedy repute, to find spaces of disparity and humanity through the stories of its residents.
National Library goer Ng Yi-Sheng waxes lyrical-critical about our nation’s shiniest public paradigm in his third piece for GRC. From banned books to liberal discussion groups, he breaks down the complexities of the space, and muses on the possibility of a truly public place.
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.
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?
In his second piece for GRC, Ng Yi-Sheng goes shopping. Analysing our stratified relationships with malls—whether loved or reviled, avoided or embraced so you can dry your sweat in sub-zero-air-con, he puts this questionable symbol of the Singaporean public on display.
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.
ila reflects on her time in the Concerned Citizens Programme thus far, and shares her thoughts on community building, restorative justice, and building concentric circles of affinities within the arts.
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.
Join CCP participants Amanda Lim and Jocelyn Chng in two separate walks as they ponder and question how differences in geographical environment and social-economic background can influence the way we interact with public space.
A trip to the Malay Heritage Centre inspires CCP participant Mysara Aljaru to create an alternative history tour—one that she hopes would encourage members of the Malay community to take ownership in reclaiming their past and defining their own future.