Craving for more Singapore literature after attending the inaugural Sing Lit Power House? You're in luck. Because The Arts House is showcasing more local literary works and production through Textures: A Weekend with Words.
Returning for the third time this year and themed 'These Storied Walls', this annual literary arts festival highlights The Arts House’s past as a heritage site and its present as Singapore’s home for local literature. Hence, expect an array of interactive elements that animate Singapore literature throughout the house. Besides VR experiences, audio-visual exhibitions and interactive installations will inspire you. So, plan out your adventure through these programme highlights.
O/Aural Waves—Spirited Words
What if there's another universe? This experiential installation explores the superstitious within the realms of religion, culture, and spirituality.
During the day, the installation will feature storytellers recounting tales in the four national languages. But in the evening, the stories will be told live by master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran, accompanied by interdisciplinary sound artist FERRY’s live foley where audiences can create and add their own sounds to the soundscape, joining the artists in the storytelling process.
Sorta Scary Singapore Stories
In the mood for a spook? Explore this VR installation by Tusitala in collaboration with four local illustrators who have created 360° digital illustrations interpreting extracts of four local horror stories. Participants can view the illustrations through VR headsets and listen to the audio recordings simultaneously.
You can also catch Tusitala’s Christine Chong, Sing Lit Station’s Charlene Shepardson, and writer Troy Chin in Digital Singlit for a discussion on using digital platforms to change the way we experience literature.
House of Cheah
A graphic artist's life is more than just sketches. Delve into this studio recreation of local comic artist Cheah Sin Ann, who birthed Singapore’s first English language daily cartoon strip The House of Lim. Visitors will get to step into his 'office' and see some of his best work displayed around the room. Also, feel free to soak inside his creative space and catch him in action or in conversation.
Prescribed medicinal drugs ain't a cure-all. For those feeling the weight of their existential angst or drowning in post-breakup blues, make an appointment with some of the local writers and publishers who will be there to lend a listening ear as 'book doctors' and recommend a SingLit book to match your mood.
Then, head over to the #BuySingLit Book Bazaar featuring your favourite local publishers to purchase them. Cured? Drop some fan mail off at our Dear Author mailbox to thank the author for the many sleepless nights they’ve spent to calm your jitters.
Handbook of Daily Movement
Marc Nair weaves together various disciplines in an intriguing combination of music, spoken word, and movement. Reinterpreting Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, this performance choreographed by Sudhee Liao with music by Mantravine crunches psychology into physical expression as dancers explore our modern motivations and anxieties.
Listen attentively as they peel back the layers of their work in a combined film screening of the dance film of the same name and panel discussion.
Textures: A Weekend with Words runs at The Arts House from 13 to 22 March 2020. Admission to the festival grounds is free. All programmes are free unless otherwise stated. For more information and full programme line-up, head over to The Arts House webpage.