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Imaginarium 2017


Toddler Art Workshop

Date: Tuesdays, 6 June – 20 June 2017 | 10.30am – 11.30am, 3pm – 4pm
Saturdays, 3 June – 12 August 2017 | 10.30am – 11.30am
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Workshop Space, Level 2

$35 for each toddler accompanied by an adult. By registration only.

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Come and explore works of contemporary art at Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth, and use your experience as inspiration for parent-child art-making in the workshop space. Suitable for children from ages 18 months to 3 years old.

Family Night at the Museum

Date: Wednesdays, 7, 14 & 21 June 2017
Time:7pm – 8pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q

$12. Tickets available at SAM at 8Q and SISTIC.

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BYOF (Bring Your Own Family / Friends). Enjoy 20% off minimum purchase of two standard tickets from the same session when you bring your family and friends along.

Join us for a night of fun and parent-child bonding at the museum as a SAM curator introduces you to the artworks and brings you on a journey of discovery around Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth.

Recommended for children aged 7 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Storytelling and Clay Activity with Artist Nandita Mukand

Dates and Time: Saturday, 15 July 2017 | 6.30pm
Saturday, 19 August 2017 | 6pm
Saturday, 26 August 2017 | 6pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Level 3 Gallery

$5. Tickets available at SAM at 8Q and SISTIC. Check back for ticketing details.

BYOF (Bring Your Own Family / Friends). Enjoy 20% off minimum purchase of two standard tickets when you bring your family and friends along.

Immerse yourselves into the artwork The Origin: The Tree and Me & The Unborn by Imaginarium artist Nandita Mukand, as she shares her inspiration through storytelling and a hands-on clay activity. This is a session to remind us how man’s life in an urbanised environment remains inevitably intertwined with nature.

Recommended for ages 5 and above.

Open House at SAM

Date: Hari Raya Puasa – Sunday, 25 June 2017
National Day – Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Time:10am – 7pm (Activities from 11am – 6pm)
Venue:SAM at 8Q

Free admission. Donations encouraged.

Celebrate Hari Raya Puasa and National Day with free entry to Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth at SAM at 8Q. Join us for fun hands-on activities organised for everyone in the family. Activities start from 11am and run till 6pm.

Hari Raya Puasa Open House Workshops

Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017

Free entry for all to Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth on Hari Raya Puasa! Celebrate with immersive and interactive art exhibitions, film screenings and fun, family-friendly activities at SAM at 8Q!

Tree of Hopes and Dreams
Workshop Space 2 (SAM at 8Q, Level 2)
Hourly from 11am – 6pm. Estimated 45 min per session.

Create your own tree sculptures with colourful materials, inspired by Nandita Mukand’s The Origin: The Tree and Me & The Unborn.

Memories of Nature
Workshop Space 1 (SAM at 8Q, Level 2)
Hourly from 11am – 6pm. Estimated 15 min per session.

Based on Mary Bernadette Lee’s Wanderland, imagine and recreate your memories and experiences of nature as a hanging mobile with ribbons, yarn, fabric and simple weaving techniques.

Imaginarium Film Screenings
Moving Image Gallery (SAM at 8Q, Level 2)
10am – 7pm. Total run time: 44 min on loop.

Explore the vastness of distant lands at the museum cinema with a special selection of short films from around the world. Read more.

Eco-Living Series

DIY Natural Cleaning with Eco Enzyme

Dates Saturday, 22 July 2017
Time:2.30pm – 4pm
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Workshop Space 2, Level 2

$5. Tickets available at SAM at 8Q and SISTIC. Check back for ticketing details.

BYOF (Bring Your Own Family / Friends). Enjoy 20% off minimum purchase of two standard tickets from the same session when you bring your family and friends along.

Participants get to learn how make non-toxic cleaning solution with multiple uses for the home and garden by upcycling fruit and vegetable scraps at home. Understand the benefits of creating the natural cleaning agent and awareness of green living and care for the environment. Bring home your own creation with recycled plastic bottles and fruit scraps contributed by the community. Recommended for age 9 and up.

Activity Corners

Date: Saturday, 6 May – Sunday, 27 August 2017
Venue:SAM at 8Q, various galleries

Free with museum admission. Donations encouraged.

What would you do to keep yourself occupied on a journey to the ends of the earth? Look out for some of the activities located around the exhibition to pass time creatively.

The Original Selfie Machine

Date: Saturday, 6 May – Sunday, 27 August 2017
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Level 1

$2 for two printouts

The Original Selfie Machine has landed on the wild plains of SAM at 8Q! What is this magical contraption that can capture your likeness so well?

Short Films

Date: Saturday, 6 May – Sunday, 27 August 2017
Venue:SAM at 8Q, Moving Image Gallery, Level 2

Free with museum admission. Donations encouraged.

Sit back and relax in the Moving Image Gallery while enjoying a special selection of short films from around the world inspired by the vastness of distant lands.

Total run time: 44 minutes on loop. Parental guidance is advised.

An Object at Rest

Seth Boyden, 2015, USA, 5:43 min, No dialogue, G
Singapore Premiere
Silver medal winner in Animation, 42nd Student Academy Awards
Finalist, BAFTA US Student Film Awards 2016

An Object at Rest follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia, facing nature's greatest obstacle: human civilization.

Seth Boyden graduated from CalArts with his award-winning final-year thesis film and was named as one of ‘10 Animators to Watch’ by Variety. Boyden’s characters are typically hand-animated against watercolor backgrounds, and his keen interest in music has led him to collaborate with composers and musicians to create original music for his films.

Pale Blue Dot

Chin Li Zhi, 2015, Singapore, 4:00 min, English with subtitles, PG
Singapore Premiere
Silver Award in Film, Crowbar Awards 2016
Nominated for Best Animated Film & Best Character Animation, National Youth Film Awards 2016

Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot is an animation that situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos. Using an eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through music and visuals, the animation seeks to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living together on the planet we call Earth.

Chin Li Zhi is a multimedia creative who believes that what we see influences us more than anything else. His work spans topics and medium, often bringing eclectic styles and techniques together for greater visual impact. Pale Blue Dot was produced at NTU ADM in collaboration with Studiengang Musikdesign, and screened at 22 film festivals worldwide since 2015.

Builders (Kattumaanar)

Eysham Ali, 2016, Singapore, 9:15 min, Tamil with English subtitles, PG
Official Selection, Singapore International Film Festival 2016

An Indian migrant worker finds a wallet filled with cash and is conflicted about whether he should return the wallet to its owner. This short film is a story of two different people, walking the same journey.

A graduate of Chapman University Singapore, Eysham Ali’s first short film Rumahku, Syurgaku (My Home, My Heaven), was awarded the Special Achievement Award at the 2008 Singapore International Film Festival. Builders is an Honour Singapore initiative to share individual stories of dignity and respect, through the medium of film.

Way of Giants (Caminho dos Gigantes)

Alois Di Leo, 2016, Brasil, 11:52 min, No dialogue, PG
Singapore Premiere
Official Selection, Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2016
Best Director for National Competition, Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema 2016

A poetic search for purpose and reason set in a forest of gigantic trees, this animation follows Oquirá, a six year-old indigenous girl, as she challenges her destiny and learns to understand the cycle of life.

Way of Giants explores the many forces in nature and our connection with the earth and its elements, featuring Tito la Rosa, a master of ancient Andean music from Peru who composed and recorded the film score using handmade Inca and Andean instruments.

Alois Di Leo was born in Lima, Peru and raised in São Paulo, Brasil where he founded the animation studio SINLOGO. He graduated with an MA in animation direction at the NFTS in London, and is writing his first feature film.

The Little Reader (Ang Munting Mambabasa)

Inshallah Montero, 2015, Philippines, 6:55 min, Tagalog with English subtitles, G
Singapore Premiere
Finalist for Audience Choice Award, Tropfest South East Asia 2015
Finalist, Manhattan International Film Festival 2016

Manuel, a young Filipino boy who lives on the street, escapes his realities by reading – a gift that his mother left behind. Stumbling upon a magical book that transports him to different worlds, he realises how far one can go through reading and imagination.

Inshallah Montero took Creative Writing as an arts scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts in Makiling, Laguna and received the Artistic Excellence Award. She graduated from De La Salle College of St. Benilde with honours finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Filmmaking in 2012. She has gone on to win several awards for her films and is currently active as a freelance director on documentaries. She considers herself an eternal student and driven by the uncertainty of life.

Snowflake (Snejinka)

Natalia Chernysheva, 2012, Russia, 5:46 min, No dialogue, PG
Best Film by an Emerging Director, The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Prize, 30th Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Guild of Film Critics Award, Open Russian Festival of Animated Film 2013

A little African boy receives a paper snowflake enclosed in a letter, and is so enchanted by the idea of real snow that he fantasizes into being a whole new snow-covered world.

Natalia Chernysheva graduated from the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Art, Russia, and studied at La Poudrière, France, where she directed The Return (2013) and her multi-award-winning graduation film, Two Friends (2014). She participated in the International Writing Residency for Animated Films by Royal Abbey of Fontevraud in 2014, and Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo in 2015, during which she wrote The Gossamer (2016). Snowflake is her directorial debut which has won several awards and has been screened at numerous film festivals internationally.

Imaginarium Adventure Kit

Available for sale at SAM at 8Q Lobby

$5. Items sold separately at $2 each.

Grab an Imaginarium Adventure Kit before you begin your exploration of the exhibition! Items include the Imaginarium Ranger’s Handbook – a handy activity booklet that guides you through the exhibition and artworks – magical 4-colour pencils and a set of all-seeing binoculars to better explore the artworks!

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