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 ran 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 round of Open Call:

5AD Bunker

Void Deck Games

Time and Date:
7 March 2020,  7 pm  – 7 am

5AD Bunker is a 12 hour simulation live action roleplaying experience, set in a fortification deep underground on the first evening in a national emergency. Amid the chaos and uncertainty, participants amust work together and take collective decisions to ensure the safety and continuity of their bunker society.

No working phones. Limited food and water. Sleeping bags and blankets for accomodation. 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 Actually MAMA Shop

Chand Chandramohan

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

An Actual Mama Shop is as the name suggests, an actual mama shop. The event will act as a substitute site for community fostering and a site for the dissemination of South Asian ‘immigrant’ narratives. This substitute site will contain multiple facets which will act as performances of community fostering.



Touch Me, Touch Me Not

Natalia Tan

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

22 to 26 March 2020, 12 pm – 8 pm
27 to 29 March 2020, 12 pm – 6pm

Exhibition Activations and Programmes
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, as well as themed nights with artist features and dialogues, in which artists from different creative disciplines share their unique perspective, research and interpretation.

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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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