Discipline the City

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Act III — Disciplinary design abstracts human relationship to the city.

Featured artists:
Li Xie
Tan Pin Pin
Pat Toh

Display Date: 01—26 Nov

 

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BLOCK 108

by Li Xie


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BLOCK 108 is an interactive installation exercise created by theatre practitioner Li Xie and 75 year-old neighbourhood uncle, Or Beng Kooi.

Or's original creation - the pagoda-like tower at his void deck, while admired by many residents, was deemed a safety hazard to be removed by the authorities in March 2017. When interviewed, Or wasn’t upset that his work was not given artistic considerations of public art. Instead, it was about the politics of space, about who had access to power and how this informal communal space was solely maintained by him, took a toll on his health, finance and simple beliefs.

BLOCK 108 seeks to understand Or’s nonconformity in shaping a communal space for the elderly residents, to rebuild the lost tower with the audience, where they are invited to contribute any monuments in the creation process.


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Currently a freelance theatre practitioner, Li Xie performs, writes, directs and teaches Russian Director Vsevolod Meyerhold ’s actor training system “Biomechanics” in LASALLE College of the Arts and SOTA (School Of The Arts Singapore). She is also actively involved in Forum Theatre (Theatre of the Oppressed) as a seasoned facilitator and director. Her other directorial and written works include “The VaginaLogue”, “Little White Sailing Boat”, “House of Sins” (nominated for Best Original Script and Director) and site-specific mystery theatre series “BODY X”. She has also written and produced over 30 radio plays to date. She received the “Young Artist Award” by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2005 and “Straits Times Life! Theatre Award – Best Director” in 2009. Her most recent immersive and participatory creation “THE LESSON” ( Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2016) was nominated Best Director and Production of the Year in “Straits Times LIFE! Theatre Awards”. In 2016, “THE LESSON” was invited to Taiwan and has toured various communities in Singapore.


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by Tan Pin Pin


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In contrast to the Singapore Story — a familiar tale of the city’s transformation from fishing village to first world city — that is inscribed into the very physical architecture of our city, Tan charts a city in all of its contradictions, irony and minutiae. Eschewing spectacular skylines and prestige projects, she examines the city in its unwritten stories: people, rituals, infrastructure. In a city that is constantly erasing itself, our memories become unanchored and suspect. We long for ‘home’, not the tabula rasa that is the city and backdrop of monolithic history.


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Director Tan Pin Pin chronicles the gaps in history, memory and documentation. Her films study the process of self-examination itself, rendering its complexities with emotional power and visual clarity. They have screened at the Berlinale, Busan, Cinéma du Réel, Visions du Réel, SXSW and at the Flaherty Seminar. She has won or been nominated for more than 20 awards, most recently for her 2013 feature To Singapore, with Love (banned in Singapore) from Dubai International Film Festival. Previously, Invisible City (2007) won the Scam International Award at Cinéma du Réel. Singapore GaGa (2005) was voted Best Film, 2006, by Singapore’s The Straits Times. In 2015, her short film Pineapple Town was one of seven in the acclaimed omnibus film 7 Letters that was Singapore’s submission to the Oscars. IN TIME TO COME is her fourth long documentary. Tan is on the “Asian Cinema 100” list of top 100 Directors compiled by Busan International Film Festival.

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A Map of Scars, Bruises and Broken Bones

by Pat Toh


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This is a psychogeographic exploration of the city through the body as site. This performance explores the overlooked natural and historical moments present in the lines, ridges and scars of our bodies. What are the memories and experiences behind one’s bodily scars? How might this inform the body politics of place? Working with older people and artists, visitors will walk into a process of mapping, where themes of territory, subjugation and boundary will be indexed through bodies in movement and tableaus.


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Pat Toh is a performer and performance maker with an interest in the lived experience of the body and the aesthetics of the everyday. A Shell-NAC Arts Scholarship recipient, she graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Acting) at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (Australia). She has created Homogenous (Theatre Studio Raw Series), Terra Incognita (M1 Fringe Festival) and Warpaint (Substation Directors Lab). Her work Pretty Things (Substation) was nominated for Life Theatre Awards “Production of the Year”, “Best Director” and “Best Ensemble” in 2013.


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