A Deeper, Truer Speech: Language at the Intersection between Literature and Film

This workshop will explore the relationship between literature and film, particularly on how film can be used to illuminate poetic themes, and how poetic language can allow us to appreciate the power of film. Ian will first do a reading and a brief interpretation of John Donne's Holy Sonnet Death Be Not Proud, illustrating some of the poem's themes. He will next explore how the sonnet is used in the film Wit by playing selected scenes in the film and provide a brief commentary on them. Thereafter to illustrate how the poem and film interact, he will read selected sections of an essay he was written, which argues that literature and film mutually enrich the other, by presenting a view of literary language, which is grounded in life-affirming expression and intersubjectivity.

Ian will elicit opinions and ideas from participants throughout the session. Participants will take away with them a deeper understanding of how the medium of literature and film can interact and be complementary to our comprehension of deep human concerns.

Event venue: Screening Room
Event price: FREE
Event start date: 2015-04-03 06:00
Event end date: 2015-04-03 07:00
Custom Event Date(s): 3 APR 2015, FRI
Custom Event Time(s): 2PM - 3PM
Presenters(s):
  • IAN TAN
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About Ian Tan

Ian is an educator at Raffles Institution where he teaches Literature. He is interested in the relationship between literature, philosophy and film, and has written extensively on those topics. His essays on film and philosophy have been published inSenses of Cinema and Offscreen (forthcoming). He has published student guidebooks on The Chrysalids, a science-fiction novel by John Wyndham and Here and Beyond, a short story anthology.

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Changing Times – Singapore Stories

Join the Readers’ Club Vasagar Vattam in their discussion on how local folklores chronicle changes in social, economic and political outlooks of Singapore.

*This talk will be conducted in Tamil.

Event venue: Screening Room
Event price: FREE
Language: Tamil
Event start date: 2015-04-03 10:00
Event end date: 2015-04-03 11:00
Custom Event Date(s): 3 APR 2015, FRI
Custom Event Time(s): 6PM - 7PM
Presenters(s):
  • READERS' CLUB VASAGAR VATTAM
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About Readers' Club Vasagar Vattam 

Chitra Ramesh has written short stories and won prizes including the prestigious Golden Point Award for Short Story. She has been actively participating in literary activities, and has been an active member in the executive committee of the Singapore Tamil Writers Association. She currently coordinates the readers club for Tamil readers known as Vasakar Vattam.  Her book Nakaraththin Kathai has been shortlisted for Singapore Literature Prize 2015 under the non-fiction category. She has recently launched her second collection of short stories, Paravai Poonga.

M K Kumar has written many short stories and poems. He has won prizes for his short stories and published his short story collections. He actively participates in literary activities and in the Tamil readers club.  He has compiled poems from female poets in Singapore and launched the compilation recently.

Azhagunila is a short story writer. Being an ardent reader, she actively participates in Readers’ Club. She is actively involved in the toastmasters club as well as a skilled public speaker, and is planning to publish her short story collections.

Shaanawas Khan has written about his experiences in the food industry and as a restaurant owner. His short stories are regularly published in Tamil Murasu Sunday edition. He is an editor of the e-magazine Singapore Cliche and has contributed to creating a congenial atmosphere for modern writing in Tamil. He published his short story collections in 2013, and has recently launched his book Ayal Pasi which describes the food tastes and habits of great personalities. Last year, he won the Singapore Literature Prize for his short story collection under the Fiction category.

Rama Kannabiran is a well-known name in the Tamil literary circle. His accolades include the Singapore Literature Prize, Cultural Medallion Award, S.E.A Write Award, and Thamizhavel Award. He is an enthusiastic participant in club activities and has been mentoring students in writing.

M Anandhkumar was the real force in starting Singapore Cliche. He is an ardent reader and actively participates in thereaders club.

Bharathi is a short story writer. She mentors and conducts workshops for young students in the toastmasters club. She participates in Tamil literary activities regularly.

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Uncovering Singapore Stories through Film

This panel discussion featuring some of Singapore’s prominent filmmakers (whose work will be featured as part of LumiNation’s film programmes), will explore the ways in which film has been instrumental in creating a Singaporean identity and how the ways in which these identities are performed on screen reflect the deep personal histories and stories that make up our collective consciousness. The panel will feature Yeo Siew Hua, Eva Tang and Jerrold Chong.

Event venue: Blue Room
Registration Link: https://singaporethroughfilm.peatix.com/
Event price: Free
Event CTA:
  • LumiNation 2019, /programmes-details/the-arts-house-presents/lumination-2019, N
Event start date: 2019-08-18 01:10
Event end date: 2019-08-18 01:10
Custom Event Date(s): 18 Aug 2019, Sun
Custom Event Time(s): 2pm - 3.30pm
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THE LIGHT BEYOND: A PHOTOGRAPHIC PILGRIMAGE BY MELISA TEO

In 1907, the Lumière brothers unveiled the autochrome, a less complex and improved method of colour photography. Autochrome was a tedious process as the long exposure required the subjects to stay still, and the failure to do so often led to a blurred image. This contributed to the distinctive aesthetic and painterly effects of autochrome pictures.

This is not unlike the unique aesthetics of Melisa Teo’s photographic images presented in The Light Beyond. In 2008, Melisa established herself as a globetrotting photographer with her camera as a constant companion; it is also a medium to document her journey and discoveries. Light is vital to the photographer; her imaginative interpretation of light results in unexpected and strange tableaux of the familiar. Her images are never absolute renderings of life or the environment. They challenge viewers to perceive beyond the conventions. 

Melisa considers the camera her third eye, and she moves as her subject moves. These movements, choreographed by her raw intuition, coax the mundane into a glowing mosaic of symbols and colours. The energy and narrative lives on in each captured moment. While the pictures evoke several varied emotions and questions, they also answer some of the photographer's questions on life.

Event venue: Gallery I
Event price: FREE
Event CTA:
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Event start date: 2016-05-27 18:00
Event end date: 2016-06-20 04:00
Custom Event Date(s): 27 MAY - 19 JUN 2016
Custom Event Time(s): 10AM - 8PM
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Representations of Ethnicity and the Curation of the Vernacular City as Heritage in Singapore

How has Singapore's historical urban landscape been set up to play the role of signifiers and stage sets for the performance of our cultural identities, as defined by both state and community actors? In this talk I focus on heritage as a verb - sometimes rendered in the literature as "heritageisation" - through which it may be read as an arena of social (re)production, manifested through the curation of the urban artefact, from the packaging of whole neighbourhoods to its streetscapes to individual buildings. Through a look at the hidden, typological and social history dimension of individual shophouses/dwellings and the shared toponymic framework for old neighourhoods in Singapore Town that existed beneath official labels, this talk explores the collective bases by which we built the city in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the multi-ethnic and cross-cultural interactions therein that is rendered invisible and is overwritten by our current framings of the historical urban landscape. I review the heritage discourses and interventions for the shophouse, compound house, and old urban quarters (kampung) through specific cases, the outcomes of the counter-narratives that have emerged, and whether it matters for cultural identities to be specifically "promoted" and if organic community-led, everyday continuities in urban communities could suffice.

Production: By Imran Tajudeen
Event venue: Living Room
Registration Link: https://vernacularcity.peatix.com/
Event price: Free
Event CTA:
  • LumiNation 2019, /programmes-details/the-arts-house-presents/lumination-2019, N
Event start date: 2019-08-18 01:10
Event end date: 2019-08-18 01:10
Custom Event Date(s): 18 Aug 2019, Sun
Custom Event Time(s): 3pm - 4pm
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