Cita Seni – Digging into Difference on Stage: Krishen Jit’s Theatre in Modern Malaysia

In a society divided by race and language, Krishen Jit, the doyen of Malaysian experimental theatre, directed multilingual plays that offered alternative imaginings of Malaysian identity within a more inclusive and open-ended framework. This talk by Charlene Rajendran discusses key approaches in his directorial career from the 1970s till his passing in 2005, and examines how his choices marked critical contestations of culture, particularly in relation to race and language.

Production: Co-presented by The Arts House and the Department of Malay Studies NUS
Event venue: Screening Room
Event price: Free With Registration
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Event Date(s): 2019-04-13 02:00:00
Event start date: 2019-04-12 18:00
Event end date: 2019-04-13 15:00
Custom Event Date(s): 13 Apr 2019, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 11am - 12pm
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LumiNation 2020 - Peranakan Migration and Hybrid Cultural Identity

Join Peter Lee, independent researcher and curator of Peranakan culture and history, at the NUS Baba House, as he reveals how the lives of the Wee family, their neighbours and domestic staff, as well as the house’s contents, shed light on how migration contributed to the development of hybrid Peranakan culture.

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Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Online
Event price: FREE
Event Date(s): 2020-08-23 09:00:00
Event start date: 2020-08-23 01:00
Event end date: 2020-12-31 12:00
Custom Event Date(s): 23 Aug 2020, SUN
Custom Event Time(s): From 9am
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Peter Lee is an independent researcher, and the Honorary Curator of the NUS Baba House – a historical house museum managed by the National University of Singapore.

He co-authored The Straits Chinese House with Jennifer Chen, published by the National Museum of Singapore in 1998 and 2006. In 2008, he produced Junk to JewelsThe Things that Peranakans Value, an exhibition and catalogue for the Peranakan Museum. He co-curated Sarong Kebaya, which opened in April 2011 at the same museum and a book he wrote on the subject was published in 2014. In 2018 this book was shortlisted for the Singapore History Prize. The 2013 exhibition Inherited and Salvaged: Family Portraits from the NUS Museum Straits Chinese Collection comprised largely of portrait paintings he had assembled. He also contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue that was published in 2015. In 2016, he co-curated Singapore, Sarong Kebaya and Style at the Fukuoka Art Museum and the Shoto Museum in Tokyo. He was the guest curator of Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500-1900 at ACM, which opened in November 2016, and co-authored its exhibition catalogue. In 2017, he was the historical consultant for a Peranakan-themed short film launched at the Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4. Peter was also the guest curator of Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography, an exhibition held at the Peranakan Museum from 2018 to 2019. In 2020, The Mark of Empire, a four-part documentary in which he features as the series’ host, was broadcast regionally by Channel News Asia, Singapore, and subsequently uploaded on Youtube.

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Talk with Mr Shaik Kadir

Shaik Kadir is the author of A Kite in the Evening Sky, which chronicles his childhood growing up in a kampung in Geylang Serai in the late 1950s and 1960s. His book is not only entertaining but also offers an insight into the lifestyle, challenges and values of that era. In this talk, the author will share how he wrote this book and provide practical tips to budding writers who are interested in writing similar works about personal life experiences.

Shaik Kadir holds a Master in Education degree from the University of Sheffield, UK. He has done training in teaching and journalism internationally and locally. He has years of experience as an educator and journalist and was a senior lecturer at the Institute if Technical Education (ITE). He has now retired from service. He has also written books such as The Girl with the Mole (1992), Planet of the Dwarfs (1988) and several non- fiction books including Commanding a Dynamic Personality (2000) and Islam Explained (2006, 2017).

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Production: Mr Shaik Kadir
Event venue: Blue Room
Registration Link: https://shaikkadirtalk.peatix.com/
Event Date(s): 2021-03-14 15:00:00
Event start date: 2020-03-13 16:00
Event end date: 2020-03-13 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): 14 Mar 2020
Custom Event Time(s): Sat 4.30pm - 5.30pm
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Handbook of Daily Movement Screening and Panel Discussion

Handbook of Daily Movement is an experimental spoken word-movement film featuring words by Marc Nair, choreography by Sudhee Liao and kombucha props by Audrey Ng. The film is an expression of a modern hierarchy of needs; enacting states of sleep, technology and the afterlife, among other concerns. The screening will be followed by a talk about the ideas and process behind making this work.

View the exclusive interview with director and collaborators of Handbook of Daily Movement 

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Production: Marc Nair, Sudhee Liao & Audrey Ng
Event venue: Screening Room
Registration Link: https://hdmdiscussion.peatix.com/
Event Date(s): 2021-03-14 15:00:00
Event start date: 2020-03-13 16:00
Event end date: 2020-03-13 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): 14 Mar 2020
Custom Event Time(s): Sat 4pm - 5.30pm
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Digital Sing Lit

In this future-facing panel, come join in a discussion of how different players in the literary community take Sing Lit from print into the digital realm. Tusitala Books, a digital publishing company, offers insights into the potential of taking Sing Lit into the digital space, while writer Troy Chin shares why he has moved all his work online and now experiments with AI to tell his stories. Sing Lit Station, a platform for local writers and readers, will also shed light recent innovations such as the Sing Lit Cloud, where audiences are offered bite-sized samples of Sing Lit through a vending machine.

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Production: Charlene Shepherdson (Sing Lit Station), Christine Chong (Tusitala), Troy Chin (Writer)
Event venue: Living Room
Registration Link: https://digisinglitpanel.peatix.com/
Event price: Free With Registration
Event start date: 2020-03-14 16:00
Event end date: 2020-03-14 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): 15 Mar 2020
Custom Event Time(s): Sun 2pm - 3pm
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