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Singapore Biennale 2016 – An Atlas of Mirrors

The Singapore Biennale 2016, with the theme “An Atlas of Mirrors”, was recently concluded on the 26th February 2017, having started on 27th October 2016. This was the fifth edition of the Singapore Biennale and I am glad that I managed to visit most of the artwork exhibitions present at Singapore Biennale 2016 before it ended. Looking back at my own personal Singapore Biennale visits, I covered four out of five editions, starting from year 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2016, with photographs that I took during my visits to Singapore Biennale curated and consolidated inside this Flickr collection.

The theme “An Atlas of Mirrors” for Singapore Biennale 2016, was on the instruments of vision and navigation to explore around the world used by the human race. The atlas was used by the human race to explore and venture all around the world, to discover the unknown and open up new chapters in history and time, not just in terms of landing on a new country, it’s also about the cultural, sociological and psychological revolution and evolution. As the human race used atlas and maps over centuries of exploration, scientific development and technology growth, coupled with more rapid and intense human movement around the world.

Do we know, how and where we see ourselves, see the world, see the future, from we we are right now? With the growth and boom of information technology, internet and social media, are we even learning more about each other from different parts of the world? Or have we retreated into mountains and caves, becoming even more isolated than the industrial revolution era? Do we need the mirror to constantly look at ourselves and ask ourselves questions?

Over my four visits to Singapore Biennale, from 2008 to 2016, they had always been an eye opener for me, not just for my eyes, also for my heart, mind and soul. There were times when some of the artworks by the artists were too deep and complex for me to understand and relate. There were also some artworks that clicked immediately with my mind, heart and soul. The Singapore Biennale is one mega arts event that allow me to explore and learn more about contemporary art in Singapore, the region and around the world.

Couple an atlas and mirror together, that’s the theme for Singapore Biennale 2016 “An Atlas of Mirrors”. While I can’t say that I have every answer to the things I said in my earlier paragraphs, at the very least, it pushed me to think beyond the views and experiences that I have inside me currently, in the business world, in my photography and in life.

Due to personal situations that happened in the last quarter of 2016 and early 2017, I wasn’t able to split my time and visit the Singapore Biennale 2016 a few times, to slowly absorb and understand the artists abstract artworks and the meanings behind them. I only managed to visit them just four days before her closing day. Nevertheless, I am very glad that I did it, feeding my my mind, heart and soul with contemporary art from Singapore Biennale.

Some of the artworks at Singapore Biennale 2016 connected with me in some ways or another, here are some of them

  • There are those who stay / There are those who go
  • The Great East Indiaman
  • Cooking the World
  • “If you can dream a better world you can make a better world or perhaps travel between them”
  • Black Forest 2016
  • History Repeats Itself
  • One Has to Wander through All the Outer Worlds to Reach the Innermost Shrine at the End
  • The Covenant
  • Melampaul Batas (Beyond Boundaries)
  • SONICreflection

Do visit my Flickr folder – Singapore Biennale 2016 and view more photographs that I took during my exploration and adventure of the contemporary art festival!

I leave you with this short video recording (that I did with the Canon EOS M5 review camera unit that I was reviewing during the time when I was at Singapore Biennale 2016) on the artwork produced by Melissa Tan from Singapore, titled “If you can dream a better world you can make a better world or perhaps travel between them”

As the Singapore Biennale 2016 concluded her fifth edition, have you ask yourself, from where you are right now, how do you visualise the world, and see for yourself where you are right now and into the future?


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Singapore Night Festival 2016

The 9th edition of Singapore Night Festival 2016, was recently concluded over the weekends of 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th August 2016 at various locations around the Bras Basah Bugis precinct. This was also my 9th year covering and photographing Singapore Night Festival since her maiden debut in 2008. I attended their media preview session prior to the start of Singapore Night Festival 2016 and had a glimpse of what I could be expecting in the 9th edition of Singapore Night Festival, sharing sneak peak photos and information in an article post that I shared earlier.

Similar to the previous years Singapore Night Festival, there were a lot of different programmes, arts performances, music performances, light projections, artworks etc in different sectors of the Bras Basah Bugis precinct. I would try my best to photograph and cover as much as possible during the two weekends.

Let me bring you back the memories and fun of Singapore Night Festival 2016 over the two weekends of 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th August, through my eyes, heart and soul, via my photographs, stories, feelings and thoughts.

The overseas artists performance acts were always a crowd puller since the year they started Singapore Night Festival. This main outdoor performing acts segment are something that I always enjoyed thoroughly. This also explained why it can be very crowded at the Singapore Night Festival, around the main grounds of The National Museum of Singapore. It had been an increasing challenge and difficulty year after year, to watch and capture the performing artists in action. More photos of Singapore Night Festival 2016 can be seen here inside my Flickr collection!

19th and 20th August – The Wheel House by Acrojou (UK)

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20th and 27th August – Invasion by Close-Act (NL)

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Armenian Street –We now have a real street party in Singapore!

The Armenian Street where the Peranakan Museum is located will be closed for the Singapore Night Festival, turning it into a vehicle free zone, allowing visitors to walk on the road and have fun. I reckon our Armenian Street is turning into a real street party that we saw overseas, with music bands performances on the stage and a roving music band that rocks the whole street, people dancing, singing and having fun to the beats of the drums and musical instruments.

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The Peranakan Museum façade was lighted up with colourful lights too, bright and colourful. Visitors to Singapore Night Festival also took the opportunity to visit the ongoing exhibitions at the Peranakan Museum.

I reckon we can officially declare Armenian Street in Singapore as our very own street party location!

Night Lights 2016

The Night Lights are a key feature of Singapore Night Festival programmes. I had some mixed feelings and thoughts for the 2016 Night Lights segement. Although there were some pretty talented and nice light artworks and projections, there seemed to be less artists involved in the Night Lights segment and lesser light artworks on display.

Somehow, I felt that at times, the Night Lights segment for 2016 had shrinked, I always look forward to the Night Lights during Singapore Night Festival, along with the main overseas artists performance acts. I really hope that the Night Lights would be bigger and better for the 10th edition of Singapore Night Festival in 2017.

There were artists from UK and France that graced our Singapore Night Festival 2016, providing lots of lights, music and projections on the facades of The National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. The artwork projections on the facades of our iconic historic buildings never fail to attract the crowds there.

Over the years, I have seen visitors to Singapore Night Festival, especially those in the front, sitting down and watching the lighting artwork projection shows.

Journey by NOVAK (UK)

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KEYFRAMES by Groupe LAPS (FR)
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Komorebi 2 by Lighting Planners Associates in collaboration with NUS Design Incubation Centre (SG) B47X3088

#showerthoughts by LiteWerkz (SG) B47X2833

Into Pulsar by Ryf Zaini (SG)

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:Samara by Max Pagel & Jonathan Hwang B47X2752

Light Force, Night Falls by GSM Project (SG) B47X3115

 Les AquamenS by Machtiern Company (FR)

They were very unique, special, walking around with their head stuck inside a jar of swimming goldfish! Some of my friends said they looked scary when I posted it on my Instagram! They were roving around all over the various festival grounds of Singapore Night Festival 2016, it was very difficult to catch them! When they stopped to “scare” or make fun of the visitors at Singapore Night Festival, the reactions by the visitors were hilarious!

Luck played a big part for me when I managed to capture this shot of the “Goldfish Men”! I was just walking around the SMU Campus Green compound when I was exploring the art stalls. I just waited for a while and they happened to walk past me, made a stop (very near to me!) planning to “scare” the visitors again!

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I took up my camera, press the shutter button and I got my shot!

Festival Food Village

Where the food is and where the food goes, there will be people flocking there. Along with live band music performances, it’s a lively and fun place to be at, eating, drinking and watching live band music performances. It’s crowded and can be quite difficult to find a bench and sit down to enjoy the meal and music.

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With the conclusion of Singapore Night Festival 2016, I have completed 9 editions of Singapore Night Festival photography coverage. It had been a fun and exciting 9 editions, everyone of them special and unique in its own rights. Last but not least, I also played a small contribution to Singapore Night Festival 2017!

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The 10th edition of Singapore Night Festival will be in next year 2017, looking forward to something even bigger, brighter and more unique for the 10th edition!


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Singapore Night Festival 2016 is back!

The iconic local (that is now internationally known) night festival that has transformed and grown exponentially over the past 8 years, now in its 9th edition, the Singapore Night Festival is back again, taking place this coming weekend Friday 19th and Saturday 20th August 2016 and the following weekend Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August 2016 at the Bras Basah Bugis Precinct from 730pm to 2am. The theme for Singapore Night Festival 2016 is Inventions and Innovation, transforming Bras Basah Bugis Precinct, Singapore’s arts and heritage district using science fiction and fantasy, coming together to give visitors unforgettable experiences, performances and lighting artworks!

I have personally seen how much it has transformed over the past 8 editions of the Singapore Night Festival since her maiden debut in 2008, attending, watching, photographing and documenting them down here inside my Flickr photography collection. Year 2016 is the 9th edition and in year 2017, it will be the 10th edition! Keep a lookout for my updates on Twitter, Instagram and FB Page, along with the photographs that I would take and upload them into my Singapore Night Festival Flickr collection!

During the Singapore Night Festival 2016, I would be going around, watching, enjoying and taking photographs of this iconic night festival. I would try to cover and share as much as possible, it would be a challenge given the wide and diverse festival activities, artworks, performances taking place over 5 zones!

There are many many things to do, watch and enjoy at Singapore Night Festival 2016. Let me give you some sneak peaks and key information of Singapore Night Festival 2016 from my attendance at their media preview!

First and foremost, remember to grab the Singapore Night Festival 2016 brochure with the map inside or check out Singapore Night Festival website! There are 5 zones that you need to take note of –

Zone 1 – National Museum of Singapore

Zone 2 – Armenian Street

Zone 3 – Cathay Green, School of the Arts (SOTA) and Prinsep Street

Zone 4 – Singapore Management University (SMU)

Zone 5 – Singapore Art Museum, Queen Street, Waterloo Street and National Design Centre

Each zone has many different events, activities, performances and artworks, the timings, performances and shows schedule can be found on the festival brochure! Don’t rush, plan out the shows and performances that you wish to watch, make plans to walk there earlier to get a good spot!

Here are some artworks/shows/performances that you can see at Singapore Night Festival 2016

Zone 1 – National Museum of Singapore

KEYFRAMES – Groupe LAPS (France)

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The Wheel House – Acrojou (United Kingdom)

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Shifting Interactions – LASALLE College of the Arts

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Zone 2 – Armenian Street

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Zone 3 – Cathay Green, School of the Arts (SOTA) and Prinsep Street

HOUSE OF CURIOSITIES – Sweet Tooth by CAKE (Singapore)

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Zone 5 – Singapore Art Museum, Queen Street, Waterloo Street and National Design Centre

JOURNEY feat soundtrack by Ed Carter – NOVAK (United Kingdom)
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Light Force, Night Falls – GSM Project (Singapore) B47X2776

#showerthoughts – LiveWerkz (Singapore)

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Komorebi 2 – Lighting Planners Associates, in collaborations with the NUS Design Incubation Cetnre (Singapore)

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There are many many more shows, performances, artworks and a food festival village too! There is something for everybody to participate and enjoy, come on down to Singapore Night Festival 2016 this coming weekend!

Here are the website / social media URL links for you to stay connected and updated with Singapore Night Festival

Website – Singapore Night Festival

Facebook – brasbasahbugis

Twitter – brasbasahbugis

Instagram – brasbasahbugis

Pinterest – sgnightfest

Last but not least, spread the word about Singapore Night Festival 2016 with your family and friends! Enjoy yourself, immerse and soak in the local festive Singapore Night Festival 2016! Remember to have lots of fun, take lots of photos and share!

Thank you National Heritage Board and National Museum of Singapore for the invitation to the media preview of Singapore Night Festival 2016!

Singapore Biennale 2013 – 26 Oct 2013 to 16 Feb 2014

Singapore Biennale 2013 – If The World Changed, the title of the 4th Edition of Singapore Biennale. In the 21st century, the pace of change, transformation and metamorphosis is at an unprecedented pace beyond any experience by any preceding generations. The changes are great and they are making changes to how we view our time and world in both the external and internal worlds of ours. Singapore Biennale 2013 explores this continuous changes with their artists line up through their own interpretations, meditations, reflections and making propositions through the displays of their artworks at Singapore Biennale 2013.

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While this is the 4th edition of Singapore Biennale, this is the 3rd time I am following Singapore Biennale, with my first encounter in 2008 and second encounter in 2011. Here’s my Singapore Biennale photographs collection on Flickr! Singapore Biennale always intrigues me and I am amazed by the various artists artworks, their interpretations, thoughts, feelings and ideas through their marvellous and sometimes abstract artworks. In this constantly changing and evolving society, I am seeking to explore and capture the changes in Singapore’s history, heritage, architecture, landscapes and culture before they are changed into something else. Like the title for Singapore Biennale 2013 “If The World Changed”, I hope to seek inspiration and ideas from the various artists and their artworks to continue my own personal photojournalistic adventure in documenting, photographing, writing and sharing the old and new things in Singapore when it change.

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I had just started photographing Singapore Biennale 2013 artworks and I hope to cover all of them during this exhibition period from 26th October 2013 to 16th February 2014. Along my journey during Singapore Biennale 2013, if I discover an artwork that strikes me deeply and emotionally, I will share it with my readers and followers here.

The artworks that I covered from 26th October 2013 to 2nd November 2013 were as follows (with the links to the respective artist’s bio and profile) –

Road to Nirvana

Wormhole

National Theatre @ 50

Toy (Churning of the Sea of Milk)

2243 : Moving Forward

Bamboo-Bonsai-ing

Lumbung Ilmu

Among the initial artworks that I visited and photographed, the artworks Road to Nirvana, Wormhole, Bamboo-Bonsai-ing and National Theatre @ 50, gave me a lot to ponder, reflect and explore it further. How will these different intriguing, amazing and wonderful artworks be able to give me the ideas and directions to capture Singapore’s changes better? While I seek an answer or many answers, I will continue to explore and share about Singapore Biennale 2013 here with my photographs and thoughts.

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If you are visiting and exploring Singapore Biennale 2013, here are useful links and information for Singapore Biennale 2013

Singapore Biennale 2013 website

Singapore Biennale 2013 Facebook Page

Singapore Art Museum Twitter Account

Singapore Art Museum Instagram Account 

Singapore Biennale 2013 promisees to be an exciting and intriguing arts event and exhibition. Share it with your family, loved ones and friends, visit Singapore Biennale 2013 and explore “If The World Changed”. Do keep a lookout here on my photography site, Facebook Page, InstagramFlickr and 500px when I share my Singapore Biennale 2013 journey, photographs, thoughts and feelings, in my journey to explore “If The World Changed”.


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Singapore Night Festival 2013 is back!

The Singapore Night Festival 2013 is back for her 6th edition and this year’s Night Festival edition promises to be the largest ever arts and cultural nocturnal extravaganza. There will be an enthralling line up of local and international art performances and cultural programmes in the heart of the city, stretching from Plaza Singapura to Raffles City, to the National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Arts Museum! The SIngapore Night Festival 2013 will be held over two weekends of 23rd and 24th August, and 30th and 31st August 2013 (7pm to 2am). I have been photographing, covering and following Singapore Night Festival since 2008 and I am excited looking forward to the 6th edition of Singapore Night Festival 2013!

There are many partners for this year’s Singapore Night Festival 2013, from the Bras Basah.Bugis community to showcase the buzz, energy and vibrancy of Singapore’s arts and heritage precinct. It will be more than just arts performances, there will be more options for entertainment, dining and late night shopping around the festival grounds. There are many interesting and powerful arts performances at the upcoming Singapore Night Festival 2013, I was at the media preview of the Singapore Night Festival 2013 and I will share some of the festival highlights happening this weekend at the Singapore Night Festival 2013.

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– Vertical Extraction by Compagnie Retouramont

Friday 23 & Saturday 24 August at 815pm, 930pm & 1045pm

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– Pyramid of Void by Compagnie Retouramont

Friday 23 & Saturday 24 August at 830pm, 945pm & 11pm

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– Starlight Alchemy: Redux @ Singapore Night Festival

Friday 23 & Saturday 24 August at 845pm and 10pm

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Armenian Street

– Onmoonbeings by Singapierrot

Friday 23 & Saturday 24 August 2013 at 730pm, 845pm & 10pm

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– Starlight Alchemy: Redux @ Singapore Night Festival

Friday 23 & Saturday 24 August at 1115pm

There are a lot more interesting and exciting arts performances, fun, events and happenings at the Singapore Night Festival 2013! Here are some useful links for you to learn more and get more information for Singapore Night Festival 2013!

Singapore Night Festival 

Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct

Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct Facebook Page

National Museum of Singapore

Singapore Night Festival Twitter account

Singapore Night Festival Instagram account

Bring out your cameras, gather your friends and head out for the Singapore Night Festival 2013 this coming weekend on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 August 2013!


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I had a GREAT time at 24seven Year End Blogger Hat-py Party 2009!

The year 2009 had been an interesting year for me, especially the opportunities and growth in the social media networking and publicity of my photoblog. To sum it up, an invitation to a Year End Blogger Hat-py Party organised by 24seven, a social media company (that I had the opportunity to work together with during the recent Snap Snap Photography Outing) in Singapore.

The theme was Hat-Py and the bloggers had to attend with a crazy hat ! I was stressed out because I couldn’t find my Aussie Bush hat and was busy with my actual day wedding shoot for my friend over 2 days before the Hat-py Party. Luckily I was able to borrow a cowboy hat from my colleague Viktor and avoided the “punishment” for being a naughty blogger attending the party without a hat !!

Venue was the Glass Hall at Singapore Art Museum, a great place with history and significance, great atmosphere and many bloggers of different backgrounds, interests and age band 🙂 Reached there slightly early before the official registration with and met the lovely folks of 24seven, Claudia, Diana, Ee Von and finally met Kris in person for the first time! While waiting for the event to start, viewed the paintings in the Glass Hall before going for the food.

Event officially started with Benjamin being the Master of Ceremony and Claudia giving the welcome speech, a game of “tasks” allowing us to visit the exhibition gallery behind the Hall, lucky draws, bingo and band performances by Black Diamond Ninjas and Only After Coffee, 2 great bands that provided awesome live music and songs to the bloggers ! Took the chance to know more bloggers and nice knowing you folks there ! Some great prizes for the lucky draw by kind sponsors, however, I didn’t win anything……

Hat-py Party came to an end with group photos of the bloggers and it continued with lots of photo taking 🙂 More photos of the event can be viewed here in my Flickr !

I would like to dedicate a Big THANK YOU to the lovely folks of 24seven for organising the Year End Blogger Hat-py Party ! Well done folks !