Let Kamini Ramachandran enthral you with Asian tales if The Indigo Jackal and Shapeshifter Stories, in conjunction with the eponymous theme of World Storytelling Day.

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Event start date: 2017-03-25 20:00
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The Quest for Horizontality

In this edition of Knowledge Sans Frontières, historian and professor at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris, Dr Michael Lucken, analyses Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2001). The analysis of this movie as a roman à clef will lead us to understand that Miyazaki’s film is an allegory built around the notion of space that tends to reverse the modern hierarchy between two realms. These, are the “realm of verticality”, which is the scene in which the busy world of the Bath palace is driven by frenetic consumption and mimetic desire, and the “realm of horizontality”, the train sequence characterized by poetic scenes, aesthetic fulfilment and peaceful relationship between creatures.

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1 hr 30 mins

Event start date: 2016-08-21 07:00
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Dr Michael Lucken

Michael Lucken (born in 1969) is a historian and professor at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris. He is the author of several books including L'Art du Japon au vingtième siècle (Japanese Art in the Twentieth Century, 2001), Les Japonais et la guerre (Japanese and the War, 2013) Imitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts (2016), and a coeditor of Japan's Postwar (2011).


Knowledge Sans Frontières

Knowledge Sans Frontières is a lecture series by The Arts House that focuses on generating new perspectives and understanding of the world. Speakers include individuals at the forefront of their respective industries in bringing new enquiry and readings to their field of knowledge.

The Quest for Horizontality is the second edition of the Knowledge Sans Frontières lecture series, presented by The Arts House and the Department of Japanese Studies of NUS.

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New Word Order features Rosihan Dahim

  • Launch of book One Mind One Theory.
  • This book will feature a thorough mix of narratives, statement on art of Rosihan Dahim and a five-part thesis defining the style of the surrealist works in context of Asia for the first time in a book. It is a combination of candid approaches with the serious frame of art critique and often suggest the matchstick which is an icon of the art of RD in a form of human mind.
  • Artist Rosihan Dahim and Author of book Yu Benedict Tan.

Books, Art and Design

  • See through the art of Rosihan Dahim in a retrospective of 3 decades of surrealist art in Singapore.
  • Yu Benedict Tan has an authorship in art writing for ten years whose written works are published in several art catalogues, magazines and art books.
  • Rosihan Dahim paintings were also used for various book covers by renown poets and writers and has worked as key illustrator and designer with a renown advertising and publishing company in early 90's. Apart from his paintings, his writings on design, architecture and the arts were also published in various magazines and books.
Event venue: Living Room
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Event start date: 2014-04-08 19:30
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Knowledge Sans Frontières: Lecture 1

In the spirit of open debate and robust investigation which took place in the old Parliament during the best years of Singapore’s nation-building, The Arts House launches Knowledge Sans Frontières, a lecture series that is designed to spark new perspectives and thinking on history and antiquities.

The series will focus on how the rich material culture of China and parts of Asia is generating new perspectives and new understanding. Speakers range from scholarly individuals who have been studying antiquities of China, and who are bringing to the contemporary world new readings and knowledge.

In the first lecture, Dr Jila Moghimnejad, Director of Islamic Era Museum at the National Museum of Iran, will revisit the famous Chinese blue-and-white ceramics presented by Shah Abbas (1611) to the Ardebil Shrine in Northwestern Iran. Although these ceramics were written about in the seminal work of John Alexander Pope (1957), the turmoil and insulation of Iran following the collapse of Shah Palevi had silenced many scholars on the subject. As Iran opens up to the world, this lecture is one of the earliest we will hear of an Iranian perspective on a slice of Chinese civilisation that has long been enshrined in ancient Iran.

View a short video of the Ardebil Shrine by Iran Press TV: YouTube link

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Dr Jila Moghimnejad

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Dr Jila Moghimnejad, Director of Islamic Era Museum at the National Museum of Iran, has been with the museum for the past 16 years. She graduated with a B.A. in Museology and a M.A. Research of Art was previously Head of International Department in Golestan Palace for three years where she managed exhibitions Indian Masters in Zurich, Switzerland and Anthropology According To Royal Photos held in University of St Andrews, Scotland. She has been a member of International Council of Museums (ICOM) since 2007 and was awarded “Superior Guide in Country” by ICOM, Iran Branch.

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New Word Order Featuring Eileen Chong

Eileen Chong’s debut collection of poetry Burning Rice established her as an emerging poet to take note of. Her poetry is simple, sincere and meticulously crafted. Eileen will read from her impressive debut and discuss her creative process. She will also use the occasion to launch and read from her much anticipated sophomore effort Poeny.

This session is moderated by Paul Tan, Director of the Singapore Writers Festival and a published poet.

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Event start date: 2014-04-26 19:30
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About Eileen Chong

Eileen Chong is a Singapore-born, Sydney-based poet. She won the Poets Union Youth Fellowship in 2010 and was the Australian Poetry Fellow for 2011-2012. Her first book of poems, Burning Rice, was highly commended in the Anne Elder Award 2012 and was shortlisted for the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards in poetry in 2013. 'Shophouse, Victoria Street' is a poem in five parts about growing up in a large extended family in a Singapore shophouse. 'Singapore' is a poem that examines the ideas of architectural, cultural and familial amnesia. Both poems were first published in Burning Rice, 2012, Australian Poetry Limited. 

About Paul Tan

Paul graduated with an honours degree from the English Literature and Language department in the National University of Singapore. He was also a Raffles Chevening scholar and completed the Masters programme in Culture and Communication from the University of East Anglia. As a creative writer, Paul has published three volumes of poetry. The first two Curious Roads (1994) and Driving into Rain (1998) won the Commendation and the Merit Prizes at the Singapore Literature Prize competition respectively. His third volume First Meeting of Hands was published in 2006. His poetry, fiction and journalistic writing have appeared in various anthologies, newspapers, magazines and literary websites. He currently works in the National Arts Council as the Director of Visual Arts and the Festival Director of the Singapore Writers Festival.

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