Guests marvelled at provocative floral sculptures by artist Ezzam Rahman, which were made using dead skin from his feet.
Presenting Singapore’s top creatives on the global stage, Singapore: Inside Out took over Kensington Street in Sydney for a weekend in November 2017, where art installations and vibrant performances mesmerised and piqued the interest of spectators of all ages.
• Media artist Ong Kian Peng and architecture studio Zarch Collaboratives created an urban living room within a heritage space, sparking a dialogue between nature and urbanity – visitors could interact with the installation by placing miniature magnetic figures on it.
• Artist Donna Ong presented a thought-provoking commentary on the sustainability of nature in Singapore through a re-imagined tropical forest made using steel poles, glasses and beer bottles.
• Chef Malcolm Lee of one Michelin-starred restaurant Candlenut brought a modern twist to traditional Peranakan (Straits Chinese) cuisine, giving Sydney-siders a peek into Singapore’s diverse culinary scene.
• Happy hour takes a Singaporean twist with Peter Chua, one of the city’s top bartenders and the owner of Crackerjack. Guests had the opportunity to savour visually-stunning tipples inspired by the theme of movement.
• Is beauty only skin deep? That was the idea explored by multidisciplinary and installation artist Ezzam Rahman, who used dead skin from the soles of his feet to produce a series of nature-inspired skin sculptures.
• Graphic novel Ten Stories Below, which told the story of Singaporeans living in a dystopian future Singapore, was a collaborative effort by Malaysian artist Adam Jay Robert, Singapore Literature Prize-winning author Joshua Ip and Australia-based lawyer-slash-artist Timothy Wang.
• Audio visual collective and independent record label Syndicate drew inspiration from Singapore’s New World Amusement Park to produce DJ sets comprising vintage songs of the Malay Archipelago and electronica beats.
• Award-winning film director Kirsten Tan presented a curated line-up comprising some of her best works – 10 Minutes Later, Cold Noodles and Sink.
• Sound artist Zul Mahmod created an otherworldly, aural landscape titled Sonic Reverberation using metal plates and electromagnets.
• Motion Theory, a kinetic installation comprising fluid forms and visual projections, saw new media artist Ong Kian Peng and multidisciplinary collaborative Murasaki Penguin combining space, visual elements and sound.
• Another thought-provoking showcase, Video Car: VJ Co-op by visual artist Urich Lau and Australian media artist Stelarc was an interactive live video installation that addressed the issues of the current transmigration crisis.
• Inspired by how Singapore and Sydney are both surrounded by water, Emerging Pool of Talent featured a ladder structure by award-winning creative director Larry Peh that explored the possibility of emerging in Sydney after diving into the waters around Singapore. It also symbolised the diverse pool of talent back home.
• Larry Peh also presented Benchmark Sat, a humorous take on Singapore’s constant pursuit to be first on the world stage through a podium installation that doubles as a bench.
• Artist Sarah Choo Jing presented two works at the showcase, namely Waiting for the Elevator which is a composite of documented events that illustrated the day-to-day interactions at void decks of HDB flats, and
• Puddles in the City, which captured moments when street performers in various global cities were no longer performing.
• Sound artist Song-Ming Ang presented Out of Time, an installation of his everyday life captured through images of a CD split across 12 screens, and No Man’s Band, a compilation of pre-band rehearsal recordings from 15 Singaporean schools.
• Objectif’s Singapore Short Film Showcase featured works by award-winning Singapore directors, such as Mao Shan Wang by Khym Fong, The Great Escape by Tan Wei Keong, Before the Wedlock House by Liao Jie Kai, My Father After Dinner by Gladys Ng and The Tiger of 142B by Henry and Harry Zhuang.
Insightful dialogue sessions on creativity and the creative process were also held, bringing audiences closer to the creators behind the exhibitions. A highlight was the session featuring Unlisted Collection’s Peng Loh, food and travel journalist Joanna Savill and chef Clayton Wells as they talked about cross-border food trends and its impact.
• Media personality and former SBS newsreader Lee Lin Chin paid homage to Singapore, where she grew up, with an entertaining live news bulletin from Kensington Street.
SG:IO also featured a number of partner events that were collaborations between Singapore’s dining, retail and entertainment talents with their Australian counterparts, giving visitors a peek at the possibilities that can happen when shared passions meet.
• Award-winning pastry chef Cheryl Koh teamed up with Sydney’s Reynold Poernomo and Candlenut’s Malcolm Lee and Adredna Tan for a Singapore-inspired dessert spread.
• On the fashion front, local scarf label Binary Style collaborated with shoe designer Extraordinary Ordinary Day on a limited edition silk scarf inspired by the architectural icons of Singapore and Sydney.
• Together with Sydney’s Alex Lee Kitchen, New Ubin Seafood (named on Michelin Guide Singapore Bib Gourmand list in 2016 and 2017) whipped up a mouth-watering array of fusion dishes such as chili crab rillette with deep fried mantou, and Heart Attack Fried Rice with ribeye beef.
• A live music showcase by The Music Society, Singapore (SGMUSO), featured lush sounds ranging from hip-hop to instrumental tunes by up-and-coming musicians Sam Rui, Linying and MAS1A.
• The Singapore Designer’s Showcase curated by Naiise gave shoppers a chance to snag special designs from 13 local fashion, accessories, home furnishings and souvenir brands.
• Singapore artisan chocolatier Demochoco and Sydney’s Kakawa Chocolate offered a limited edition box of nine flavours and other sweet treats inspired by Singapore and Sydney.
From visual to culinary arts, music and film to fashion and design, Singapore’s creatives shared their passions with diverse experiences aplenty, making this a showcase to remember!