Calling all parents! Thinking about what to do with your child over the weekend? We've got you covered!
Join rice expert David Chen from The Little Rice Company as he shares more about the many varieties of rice and how the well-loved grain is grown in the region. Try your hand at making your very own mini scarecrow and bring it home with you at the end of the workshop!
This programme is inspired by Chu Hao Pei’s artwork, Seeding Sovereignty. Seeding Sovereignty is an artwork that is featured in the multi-site exhibition, Lonely Vectors. The work will be shown at Tampines Regional Library from 27 July to 11 September 2022.
For more information about Lonely Vectors, please visit SAM's website.
About the speaker
David Chen graduated from Murdoch University with a degree in Molecular Biology and obtained a master's degree in Tri-Sector Collaboration at Singapore Management University. A fencing coach in the past, David dived into the hybrid rice industry in 2008, forging meaningful partnerships with local partner-farmers in Southeast Asia.
About the artwork
Seeding Sovereignty is artist Chu Hao Pei’s attempt to provide an alternative mode of seed distribution. The work takes the form of a seed library, and is designed to build on shared knowledge, affirm our mutual dependence, and reimagine different ways of organising ourselves. It emerges from the artist’s long-term interest in rice and its circulation within Singapore and Southeast Asia.
As a cumulative index of texts, stories, and images, visitors are encouraged to interact with the seed library by gleaning information from its drawers and taking a packet of rice seeds home with them. As one rummages through these holdings, established methods of information arrangement give way and new meanings can be composed through these materials. By providing a reflective topography of rice that is both mutable and empirical, Seeding Sovereignty invites audiences to reconsider their relationship to the land, the food we eat, and how one humble crop can knit a region together.
Seeding Sovereignty was made in collaboration with Dhanny Sanjaya and Marcuse Woodworks.