SAD Bar Open Call

Do you question the rights to public space? Do you care about access, both social and spatial, to the city-state around us? Do these issues matter to you?
Join us for a series of SAD Bar happenings!



The SAD Bar Open Call is an initiative that offers The Substation SAD Bar to members of public who are interested in pursuing an open conversation about public space through an event. Two cycles of the open call were run in July and September 2019 respectively. The selected event proposals are in line with our 2019 programme theme of A Public Square. Each selected applicant received an honorarium of $1,500 and free venue space to realise their critical and interrogative event.

Find out more about the winning proposals below.


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We are excited to announce these three selected applicants

from our second cycle of Open Call:

5AD Bunker

Void Deck Games

Date & Time:
7 March 2020,  7pm – 7am

5AD Bunker is a 12-hour simulation live-action roleplaying experience set in a fortification deep underground on the first evening of a nation-wide emergency. Amidst the chaos and uncertainty, participants must work together and take collective decisions to ensure the safety and continuity of their bunker society. In the last available hideout in Singapore, will public space remain free-for-all or will it evolve into a privilege for only a select few?

No working phones. Limited food and water. Sleeping bags and blankets for accommodation. Test your resolve with the most harrowing 12 hours of your life. 5AD Bunker features an immersive storyline not for the faint of heart. Be ready for a night of conspiracy, negotiation, and ethical dilemma. There is only one rule. If you step outside the bunker, you die.

An Actual MAMA Shop

Chand Chandramohan

Exhibition Date & Times:
12 March 2020, 12pm
– 8pm

An Actual Mama Shop is as the name suggests, an actual mama shop. The pop-up installation looks at how neighbourhood mama shops have historically been sites for community fostering and explores the potential of the mama shop in retelling and reframing South Asian immigrant narratives.



Touch Me, Touch Me Not

Natalia Tan

Opening Night:
21 March 2020,  7pm –  11pm

Exhibition Dates & Times:
22 to 26 March 2020, 12pm – 8pm
27 to 29 March 2020, 12pm – 6pm

Artist Dialogues:
27 to 29 March 2020, 6pm – 9pm

Touch Me, Touch Me Not​ is a multidisciplinary show in which artists and designers from various creative fields present responses towards hostile design and the politics of space.

The event will involve a fashion show on opening night, in which models don the wearables created for the show and walk among the audience. There will also be themed nights with artist features and dialogues, in which artists from different creative disciplines come together to share their perspectives and research on the topic of belonging, exclusivity, and our rights to public space.

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Applications now closed.

Thank you for your interest! Both cycles of our SAD Bar Open Call are now closed.

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