Singapore Art Week at SAM Singapore Art Week at SAM

Singapore Art Week at SAM

  • Fri–Sun, 6–7 & 13–15 Jan

  • SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

  • 1PM onwards

  • Free admission for all

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From 6 to 15 January 2023, Singapore Art Museum will present an exciting line-up of free art experiences as part of Singapore Art Week (SAW), including free admission to Singapore Biennale 2022, a new multisensory work by Joo Choon Lin, and special programmes such as performances at the Wayang Spaceship, art tours, workshops and more!

Look out for our roving photographer and snap a photo with friends and family to take home as a souvenir! Find out more about the line-up below.

Sam

13–15 Jan 2023

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[DROP-IN ACTIVITY] CREATE: My Chiming Creature Sam
[DROP-IN ACTIVITY] CREATE: My Chiming Creature

[DROP-IN ACTIVITY] CREATE: My Chiming Creature

Fri, 13 Jan | 6PM–9PM

Sat, 14 Jan | 1PM–5PM & 6PM–9PM

Sun, 15 Jan | 1PM–5PM

Level 1

 

Create your very own chiming creature inspired by Haegue Yang’s sculptures, The Hybrid Intermediates – Flourishing Electrophorus Duo!

[DROP-IN ACTIVITY] CREATE: Name Your Badge Sam
[DROP-IN ACTIVITY] CREATE: Name Your Badge

[DROP IN ACTIVITY] Name Your Badge

Fri, 13 Jan | 6PM–9PM

Sat, 14 Jan | 1PM–5PM & 6PM–9PM

Level 1

 

Design your own pin badge with a nickname you would like for yourself or for your loved ones.

[OPEN STUDIO] Berny Tan Sam
[OPEN STUDIO] Berny Tan

[OPEN STUDIO] Berny Tan

Fri, 13 Jan | 6PM–9PM

Sat, 14 Jan | 1PM–5PM

Sun, 15 Jan | 1PM–5PM

Ex-situ, Level 3

 

Page Break is a work-in-progress curatorial project by Berny Tan that has been evolving over her three-month Curatorial & Research Residency. It looks at how everyday environments, objects, and phenomena are explored through the medium of the art book. Presented as part of Singapore Biennale 2022 named Natasha, her residency space functions as a hybrid open studio that hosts small-scale exhibitions, an art book library, and occasional programmes. It is a site for collaborations that build on Tan’s connections within the visual art community in Singapore, featuring artists and designers who make art books that examine the otherwise ordinary.

[OPEN STUDIO] Aljaz Rudolf and Eva Smrekar; and Vishal Kumaraswamy Sam
[OPEN STUDIO] Aljaz Rudolf and Eva Smrekar; and Vishal Kumaraswamy

[OPEN STUDIO] Aljaz Rudolf and Eva Smrekar; and Vishal Kumaraswamy

Fri, 13 Jan | 6PM–9PM

Sat, 14 Jan | 1PM–5PM

Sun, 15 Jan | 1PM–5PM

Ex-situ, Level 3

 

As part of their ongoing residencies at SAM, our residents invite you into their studios, offering a peek into their modes of working as they explore a range of topics from genetics to critical pedagogy and shifting notion of justice.

 

Ljubljana-based Aljaz Rudolf and Eva Smrekar convene FaceOrFactory, an artistic platform that studies the structure of the (human) face to unravel burgeoning questions around genetic, judicial, cosmetic and political relations in our times. FaceOrFactory also presents insights into another project, SuperSpa, which explores how technology and orientalism are coalescing in relation to the (human) face in the wellness and cosmetic industry. Fragments from their recently completed project titled The Face of Corporate Building (2022) will also be on display — a video game exploring NFT platforms as a new form of contemporary mythology in which the (human) face functions as the front side of rhetorical patterns, economic transactions, and political neutralisation.

 

Bangalore-based Vishal Kumaraswamy will continue to develop his long-term research into Subaltern Futurisms – a pedagogical structure that aims to build a critical framework for alternative notions of equity and justice. Expanding his research into points of convergence between caste and technology, Kumaraswamy examines the perpetuation of “caste hierarchies” in Singapore, their eventual mutation into contemporary forms, and the ways in which technology enables this ongoing marginalisation. During his residency at the Singapore Art Museum, Kumaraswamy will be using the Tamil language as a starting point for his inquiries.

[LIFESTYLE] The Night Market Sam
[LIFESTYLE] The Night Market with Balestier Market Collective and Friends

[LIFESTYLE] The Night Market with Balestier Market Collective and Friends

 

Fri, 13 Jan | 6PM–10PM

Sat, 14 Jan | 6PM–10PM

Epigram Coffee Bookshop

 

Presented by Balestier Market Collective, The Night Market is a pop-up crafters market featuring local products, from tie-dye shirts (@thewater.sfine), hand-crafted furniture (@mutouuuuuuuuuuuu), bakes (@pelle.menu), and unique blooms (@saonflwrs).

[TOUR] Staff Picks Sam
[TOUR] Staff Picks

[TOUR] Staff Picks
Featuring Luke Mathew Tan, Biennale Office

Fri, 13 Jan | 7.30PM–8PM

Level 1

 

Curious to know what the favourite artworks of our SAM staff are? Come meet the people behind the scenes and journey into the world of contemporary art.


Join Luke Mathew Tan, Biennale Office Manager as he shares personal anecdotes and thoughts about his favourite works in our current exhibitions!

[TOUR] Staff Picks Sam
[TOUR] Staff Picks

[TOUR] Staff Picks
Featuring Razi Razak, Programmes

Fri, 13 Jan | 7.30PM–8PM

Level 5

 

Curious to know what the favourite artworks of our SAM staff are? Come meet the people behind the scenes and journey into the world of contemporary art.


Join Razi Razak, Senior Manager from Programmes as he shares personal anecdotes and thoughts about his favourite works in our current exhibitions!

[TALK] Wong Binghao in conversation with Ming Wong Sam
[TALK] Transmissions from the Wayang Spaceship: Wong Binghao in conversation with Ming Wong

Transmissions from the Wayang Spaceship:
Wong Binghao in conversation with Ming Wong

Sat, 14 Jan | 6PM–7PM

Level 3

Free, by registration. Click here to register.

 

This programme will be followed by Transmissions from the Wayang Spaceship: A Singapore Art Week special featuring performances by Ming Wong and Syndicate at 7.15pm.

 

Throughout his artistic practice, Ming Wong has strategically mimicked and reworked so-called ""foreign language"" films. Learning languages and addressing their contextual politics are key to this performative process. In this talk, Wong will elaborate on the significance of music in his research and artmaking. In relation to a series of works that led to the latest installation, Wayang Spaceship, Wong will discuss how music, in its experimental deployment, can act as a language, marker of difference, and collaborative device for embodied enactments.

 

This talk is held in conjunction with Wayang Spaceship, commissioned by SAM's public art initiative titled The Everyday Museum with the support of Sun Venture.

[ACTIVATION] Performance by Ming Wong Sam
[ACTIVATION] Transmissions from the Wayang Spaceship: Performance by Ming Wong

Transmissions from the Wayang Spaceship:
A Singapore Art Week special featuring performances by Ming Wong and Syndicate

Fri, 13 Jan | 7.15PM–8.15PM

Sat, 14 Jan | 7.15PM–10PM

Rear Entrance Container Bay

Free, by registration. Click here to register.

 

The Wayang Spaceship, a futuristic Cantonese opera stage, has landed at the edge of the Singapore Art Museum. As the sun sets over Singapore’s container seaport, join artist Ming Wong and his collaborators Eric Lee, Wu Junhan, Andy Lim and Rosemainy Buang as they mark the run up to the Lunar New Year with two evenings of incantations, music, light and electric dreams.


On Saturday, art and music label Syndicate will continue to take hold of the night, activating the Wayang Spaceship with a back-to-back DJ set by Kiat and Intriguant featuring weish. We await your presence for this phantasmic experience.


This programme is part of Wayang Spaceship, commissioned by The Everyday Museum, a public art initiative of Singapore Art Museum, with the support of Sun Venture.

[ACTIVATION] Theatrical performance by Joo Choon Lin Sam
[ACTIVATION] Theatrical performance by Joo Choon Lin

pEARs ' --- ---- ---- ' in §pring
Theatrical performance by Joo Choon Lin

Fri, 13 Jan | 8.30PM9.30PM

Level 1

 

pEARs ' --- ---- ---- ' in §pring is a theatrical performance scripted and choreographed by artist Joo Choon Lin. The interplay of movement, sound and form explores the staging of performance to drive the activation of works in Dance in the Destruction Dance. Here, works are regarded as “tools” possessing a particular and unique frequency, and the actors as “carriers” of frequency, using their voices as vibration and resonance to penetrate and effect beings and things.

Occurring at specified periods of the exhibition, the performance sets up a twofold system of events: physical action cues that enact literal mobilisation of the works, and scripted phonetic devices that play with texture and tonality of reading to test the visceral effect of sound. Using spoken and performed language, its mediation by the human sensorium and eventual transmission, a transformation in the essence of the object occurs, reflecting the complexities of perception through the simple method of theatre and play.

[LIFESTYLE] SAM x Shentonista: What's in a Name? Sam
[LIFESTYLE] SAM x Shentonista: What's in a Name?

[LIFESTYLE] SAM x Shentonista: What's in a Name?

Sat, 14 Jan | 1PM–5PM

Sun, 15 Jan | 1PM–5PM

Level 1 & 5

 

Come dressed as 'Natasha' and stand a chance be featured on Shentonista!

[MUSIC] BLOCO Singapura Sam
[MUSIC] BLOCO Singapura

[MUSIC] BLOCO Singapura

Sat, 14 Jan | 1.30PM, 2.30PM, 3.30PM, 4,30PM

Level 1, 3 & 5

 

Vibe with the infectious beats by musical collective BLOCO Singapura.

[ACTIVATION] Artwork Activation by Haegue Yang Sam
[ACTIVATION] Artwork Activation by Haegue Yang

Artwork Activation by Haegue Yang
The Hybrid Intermediates – Flourishing Electrophorus Duo (2022) by Haegue Yang

Sat, 14 Jan | 2PM & 4PM

Level 1

 

Watch Haegue Yang's sonic sculptures in motion, producing a sound reminiscent of bells used in rituals from various cultures.

[TOUR] Docent Tour Sam
[TOUR] Docent Tour

[TOUR] Docent Tour

Sat, 14 Jan | 2PM

Level 1

 

Join our docents as they take you on a journey to get to know Natasha.

[TOUR] Staff Picks Sam
[TOUR] Staff Picks

[TOUR] Staff Picks
Featuring Teng Yen Hui, Curatorial

Sat, 14 Jan | 3PM–3.30PM

Level 1

 

Curious to know what the favourite artworks of our SAM staff are? Come meet the people behind the scenes and journey into the world of contemporary art.


Join Teng Yen Hui, Collections Manager and Assistant Curator as she shares personal anecdotes and thoughts about her favourite works in our current exhibitions!

[TOUR] Staff Picks Sam
[TOUR] Staff Picks

[TOUR] Staff Picks
Featuring Melanie Barrett, Collections

Sat, 14 Jan | 3PM–3.30PM

Level 5

 

Curious to know what the favourite artworks of our SAM staff are? Come meet the people behind the scenes and journey into the world of contemporary art.


Join Melanie Barrett from Conservation, Curatorial & Collections as she shares personal anecdotes and thoughts about her favourite works in our current exhibitions!

[TOUR] Curator Tour Sam
[TOUR] Curator Tour

[TOUR] Curator Tour of Joo Choon Lin: Dance in the Destruction Dance

Sat, 14 Jan | 5PM

Level 1

 

Join SAM curator Selene Yap as she shares insights on the making of Joo Choon Lin: Dance in the Destruction Dance and traces the evolution of Joo’s artistic practice.

[WORKSHOP] What is Taste? with Wu Mali Sam
[WORKSHOP] What is Taste? with Wu Mali

[WORKSHOP] What is Taste? with Wu Mali

Sat, 14 Jan | 3PM–5PM

Practice Tuckshop 实堂 (58 Waterloo St, Singapore 187956)

Price: $25 per pax

By registration. Click here to register.

 

What is taste? Behind each bite is a complex and flavourful story.


More than just the sensory experience of what is sweet, sour, bitter, salty and spicy, or an expression of personal, cultural or ethnic preferences, taste reveals the nature of the places, customs, beliefs, and even social and economic structures that contribute to its manifestation.


When people move across lands and seas - as a consequence of wars, globalisation or for survival - their tastes and preferences travel with them to these new and distant places. By preserving gastronomic traditions and customs, immigrants retain a connection to their hometowns. At the same time, one could then say that in savouring these migrated cuisines one partakes of another’s expression of homesickness!


Popiah is a dish that can be found across different cultural settings. Can we tell where you are from by your tastebuds? Come take a bite and discover with us. Join us in exploring the histories and travels of this dish that is common amongst us, and share with us your own recipes and stories.

[TALK] Of trees and tales: a conversation with Shooshie Sulaiman Sam
[TALK] Of trees and tales: a conversation with Shooshie Sulaiman

[TALK] Of trees and tales: a conversation with Shooshie Sulaiman

Sun, 15 Jan | 3PM–3.45PM

Level 3

 

In Malay cosmology, the pohon beringin (tree of life) or banyan tree is considered to be a portal between terrestrial and cosmic forces. Through its crown of leaves, it distills a spiritual essence from the sun’s nourishing rays whilst also deeply rooted to the earth, connecting it to the kefahaman khatulistiwa, or lore of the equator.

Shooshie Sulaiman’s Kancil Mengadap Beringin (2019-2022) is a site-specific sculptural installation with a banyan tree that takes root on Lazarus island. The installation is accompanied by a children’s storybook by the artist that will be introduced during the programme, along with other tales of the artwork and of our entwinement with nature and beyond.