Launched in conjunction with Discipline the City activities is a series of short publications that provide diverse responses to the theme. Edited by Adeline Chia, Associate Editor of Art Review Asia, formats range from essays to photography and illustrations. Content includes topics as specialised as the architectural and urban planning aspects of spatial organisation, to the cultural and social aspects of discipline, such as how bodies and sexualities are policed.
Issues are released monthly from May – September 2017.
Each issue retails for $10 (not incl. taxes.) Click on title of each issue to see more images.
Issue 01: A Public Space
Author: Adeline Chia
Issue 01 reveals a glimpse into the creation of the gold foil staircase by the artist Priyageetha Dia, the ensuing response by both the public and authorities, and what these reveal about the nature of public art and public space in Singapore.
Issue 02: Spectacular Liberal Exception
Author: Ho Rui An
Issue 02 features an essay, 'Spectacular Liberal Exception', by Ho Rui An. It uses the example of Speakers Corner and Pink Dot SG as a space of liberal exception: "a space of belonging for those who do not belong; by that logic, it is also the enclosure that maintains the space outside as one of exclusion."
Issue 03: Jurong, My Love
Author: Dan Koh
Issue 03 features a personal essay, 'Jurong, My Love', by Dan Koh. Using the route of the no. 99 bus as a guide, the personal and the historical are inextricably linked as the essay charts Jurong's development as a neighbourhood intertwined with anecdotes from the writer's own personal history. A love letter to a place commonly reduced to a joke about being "practically Malaysia", the essay makes a case that Jurong, with its quirks and constant redevelopment, is Singapore, and Singapore is Jurong.
The book also features family photographs from the writer as well as charming illustrations by Tay Kaiyee.
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