TEXT BY JO TAN
The News: Issue 28
Published on 27 October 2015
An Offer Oei Can’t Refuse
The Substation’s new artistic director pays it forward.
After a long-drawn nine-month search, artist-curator Alan Oei has been entrusted with the artistic vision of The Substation, an independent arts centre founded by the late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun in 1990. Oei assumed the role of artistic director from 1 October, taking over from Noor Effendy Ibrahim, who left in January.
Oei is founder and executive director of the popular arts walkabout, OH! Open House, and former artistic director of the now-defunct Sculpture Square at Middle Road.
“Since its founding, The Substation has been a space where so many of us had our first significant encounter with art. As a former associate artist, I’ve been provided many opportunities here. It’s my duty to ensure other artists can be equally supported and challenged,” says Oei. “In this time when the State and market dominate art practice and discourse, it’s imperative The Substation provides an alternative re-imagining of Singapore’s cultural conversations.”
To find out more about The Substation, visit www.substation.org.
Brave Blue World
Another installment of Arts in Your Neighbourhood arrives with new highlights, including one that turns our trees blue.
Seasonal festival Arts in Your Neighbourhood returns from 5-22 November, setting performance and visual art amidst your daily stomping grounds. Other than music, dance and theatre by local luminaries, expect to poke, prod, paint and otherwise participate in often-interactive installations, such as Egyptian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos’ internationally-lauded ‘The Blue Trees’, which makes its Asian debut at Dhoby Ghaut Green. This environmental art installation highlights global deforestation and sees Dimopoulos leading the public in painting swaths of trees a vivid (but environmentally-friendly) shade of blue.
Edit: “The Blue Trees” by Konstantin Dimopoulos has been postponed until further notice.
SKY’S THE LIMIT
A new augmented reality gallery hits our shores.
Celebrating its 300th anniversary in Singapore, cognac house Martell has commissioned 15 new works by 15 local artists who will incorporate the Singapore skyline as a backdrop via the Martell Air Gallery app. The latter is a geo-tagging technology app (available for free download on iTunes and Google Play Store) launched on 22 October. The app directs you to point your mobile devices at specific locations and experience the art through your screens.
To find out more about The Martell Air Gallery, visit martell300sg.com.