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Private Citizens – A Singapore Showcase in Amsterdam

Private Citizens – A Singapore Showcase
Friday 9 and Saturday 10 October 2015 – 19.30 – 21.30

On the 9th & 10th of October 2015,  Private Citizens – Singapore Showcase took place at A-Lab Amsterdam. This project is an initiative from Singapore Contemporary Young Artists (SCYA), Blokhuis Productions and generously supported by National Arts Council, Singapore International Foundation, Kulter and Beamsystems.

With a total of 88 visitors, the Showcase programme facilitated a dialogue between visitors, artists and the artworks. Through the disciplines – sound, word, performance and technology – interaction and reflection on one’s private space were at the core of this two-day event.

What privacy means for individuals living in progressively changing urban environments was successfully questioned by technological applications developed by Eugene Soh and Jacquelyn Soo. A spoken word performance and customised poems by Marc Nair gave the audience more insight in Singaporean society. Zul Mahmod’s soundscape ‘Imaginary City’ generated diverging reactions from the audience on their experience of sound and their anonymity in urban areas in general.

Reaction of visitor Friso Gouwetor on the work of Eugene Soh and the evening itself: ‘’The adequate use of technology made the visitor aware of their private space, while looking at themselves from a 3rd person perspective. The set up of the evening made us interact very naturally with the artists and the artworks’’. Gouwetor is teacher Performative Design at the faculty
of Architecture, Delft University of Technology.

The unique combination of disciplines strengthened the concept of ‘Private Citizens’, which resulted in creating awareness amongst the visitors on how we personally define our private space and identify with it.

More positive reactions on the Facebook Event page and the Instagram feed:

Funders: National Arts Council (NAC) Singapore and Singapore International Foundation (SIF)
Supporting partners: Kulter/A-Lab, Singapore Contemporary Young Artists (SCYA), Blokhuis Productions
and Beamsystems.

Pictures from the showcase:

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About scyablog

Singapore Contemporary Young Artists Project (SCYA) is a non-profit Art Society that highlights Contemporary Art by Young Artists in Singapore through several platforms in exhibitions, websites, talks, workshops & commissioned services. SCYA was initiated by Jacquelyn Soo who is an artist, curator and director for SCYA. SCYA has over 10 members in the society contributing ideas, activities to support the organisation. SCYA represents up to 70 Singaporean/PR Artists in their works. SCYA launched their first project in Nov 2008 with a website collaboration with FIVEFOOTWAY that featured 23 Contemporary Young Artists Portfolios on an interactive website. Since then, SCYA have had several collaborations and events organised with corporations, government institutions, NGOS and education institutions, Please visit our website for more details: Like us on Facebook! Thank you!

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