Architects have always had close relationships with artists (recently, Zen Teh worked with one). Many of them cross over to exhibit in art exhibitions and, of course, works of art are displayed in the buildings designed by architects. There is, really, no need to belabour the point. So if the architects decide to have a festival, there will definitely be art-y highlights.
ARCHIFEST is an annual festival organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects. 2017 is the 10th year the festival is held and its programme demonstrates the same maturity. There are architectural photography shows, discussions about accessible design, walking tours of new and old buildings designed or led by respected architects, trade shows of the newest architectural products. All this happens in a period of 2 weeks.
1. Migrant Art and Marking Shadows at Grey Projects
This double exhibition at not-for-profit art space Grey Projects lets less vocal groups speak. For Migrant Art, publisher William Phuan puts together photographs of migrant workers at work constructing our built environment. These photographs are taken by migrant workers themselves as they go about the work, promising less photographed angles or actions and a familial intimacy. Making Shadows is an installation by Moses Tan about cruising and how the action is governed by the built environment. The exhibition runs from 7-18 October. More information here.
2. Subterranean Singapore at Zarch Collaboratives
Trained at the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture in London, UK, Finbarr Fallon will be transforming the Zarch Collaboratives’ space into a dystopia. This exhibition is a variation of his postgraduate project ‘Subterranean Singapore 2065,’ an imagination of Singapore in the year 2065, where many of our activities have been moved underground and life is essentially being controlled through architectural and technological means. His project had received the Bartlett School of Architecture medal and was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal for best Part II architecture project.
Exhibition runs from 4-15 October (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm) and there is a panel discussion on Saturday, 14 Oct, 2pm between Finbarr Fallon, Randy Chan and Charles Lim.
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3. LightCollab at 85 Maude Road
LightCollab specialises in technologies to better light homes and commercial spaces by day but artificial lighting is best appreciated at night. For 1 night only, artwork that integrate light and lighting technologies will be shown at 85 Maude Road. Head down for this 3-hour art exhibition and rooftop party on 8 October, 7-10pm. RSVP here.
4. Discursive Picnic at Mapletree Business City
Professor Ute Meta Bauer and Khim Ong from NTU CCA Singapore will be conducting a curatorial tour of the public artwork commissioned by Mapletree. Works by world-renowned artists like Dan Graham and Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) will be introduced by the curators while the architects for the Mapletree Business City II (building architect from DCA Architects Pte Ltd, landscape architect director Prapan Napawongdee from Shma Company Limited) will be introducing the design and concepts behind the architecture. Sign up for this free tour on Saturday, 14 October, 2-6pm, here.
5. Singapore from BW to C v.2.0.17 at National Library
Directed by artist and educator Gilles Massot, this 31-minute short film collages photographs, recordings, documentation and voiceover narrative to present a vision of Singapore’s art scene in the year 1985. This film continues the thematic first explored in his solo exhibition earlier this year at Grey Projects, curated by Jason Wee, which is in turn a critical re-making of his 1985 exhibition, BW2C. Find out more about this film screening on Saturday, 7 October, 8pm, here.
ARCHIFEST 2017 is happening between 4 to 15 October 2017 at various venues around Singapore. To find out more about the festival and its events, visit their website here.