CONCRETE ISLAND | prep-room

Till 24 Dec 2016

Free admission
NUS Museum 
 

Taking as its points of departure J.G. Ballard’s novel Concrete Island (1974) and Tan Pin Pin’s film 80km/h (2004), this project features works and documents guided by the metaphor of Singapore as a “concrete island”. It proposes to think of this city as less a built environment, than a condition of movement, exchange, and intensities. The project disperses into several formats all at once: a prep-room exhibition space; a publication reader; an experimental reading programme; a bus tour along the Pan Island Expressway; a mobile cinema programme. This prep-room space at the NUS Museum functions as a site for the ongoing accumulation of materials generated out of this project.  

Current contributors to the project include Luca Lum, Tan Pin Pin, Tse Hao Guang, Jason Wee, Geraldine Kang, Fiona Tan, Ho Rui An, Anca Rujoiu, Amanda Lee Koe, Kathleen Ditzig, Liao Jiekai, Vanessa Ban, Lai Chee Kien, and Kent Chan. 

The CONCRETE ISLAND reader is also available for purchase at S$23. Structured around nine selected “passwords” (concrete, architecture, control, access, speed, excess, museum, current, island), this publication reader functions as a visual and textual guide to the project CONCRETE ISLAND. More a literary reader than exhibition catalogue, the publication features contributions by artists, writers, and curators, each based on a particular “password”. If CONCRETE ISLAND proposes to think of the city as a condition of movement, exchange and intensities, this publication is an attempt to do so within the format of a printed publication.

Contributors to the publication include Tse Hao Guang, Jason Wee, Geraldine Kang, Fiona Tan, Ho Rui An, Anca Rujoiu, Amanda Lee Koe, Kathleen Ditzig, Liao Jiekai and Luca Lum

[Image: Still from Tan Pin Pin’s film 80km/h, image courtesy of artist.]

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