presents two video works that analyses and comments on the history of Singapore:
The Exhibition Project
is the second phase of a bilateral exchange between Para Site Art Space from Hong Kong and in Singapore. The first phase took place in April 2005 in Singapore. Both Para Site Art Space and The Substation have always sought, in their respective local arenas, to privilege the relationships and processes involved in artmaking rather than the exhibition of products. The purpose for this project is to establish a long-term partnership between the two organisations, where ollaborate on a project every year. In this way, the two institutions hope to sustain the dialogues between the arts spaces as well as with the many artists, curators and writers who work with them.
The very name “” was a paradox. For no lion had ever set foot in this Lion City. —
In the official accounts of its history, Singapore was founded in 1819 by, as part of the British colonial empire. However, little is known about the other, pre-colonial founder of Singapore, who is believed to have founded the Asian city sometime between the 13th and 14th century. Commonly referred to as , regarded as the “first” king of the Malays and said to be heir to a glorious lineage of great kings and immortals, he was said to have given Singapore its name after encountering a lion along its shores. In the indigenous Malay tongue, “Singa” means lion, while “pore” is derived from the word “pura”, or city.
However, this event has often been questioned because lions are not a species indigenous to this area. For many historians,existence is itself a major issue of doubt — he was known under a variety of names and pseudonyms, and attributed with a multiplicity of identities and stories, many of which are contradictory in nature. In today’s Singaporean society, the figure of has been gradually erased from public consciousness.
This film is an attempt to summon forth the specter of— but he does not return alone. Instead he comes return with an unruly host of characters, fictional, mystical and historical. Ultimately this is a film about the intertwining of myth and history, the impossibility of ontology, the instability of all beginnings.
was first presented at The Substation in 2003.
I Remember… (Singapore)
A collaborative public event that addresses issues in public space,explores the faculty of memory — how we remember, as individuals and as a collective; the vibrancy of remembrance VS sanitized, mediated stories of war; selective recall; personal and public ways of commemorating; different ways of remembering; and how memories relate to everyday experiences.
Artistpresents images and stories of those recalling the days of the Japanese occupation in in video recordings to examine and investigate the issues of memory and the construction of history and their significance for individuals and society.
was first presented at . develops the work for another presentation at during the .
The exhibition is curated by
More materials are available to view on site at Para Site.
The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.