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Category Archive for '20 Bicentennial 2019 Biennale'

Looking at Song-Ming Ang at the National Museum, Singapore by CECILY CHEO   Joseph Tham, a practitioner and commentator on the experimental music scene in Singapore, wrote an essay on the restaging of the Song Ming Ang 2020 exhibition Music For  Everyone: Variations on a Theme, held at the National Museum Singapore from 8 October to […]

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Are You One Of Them? –  Music for Everyone: Variation of a Theme by JOSEPH THAM   Whoever stepped into the basement gallery of the National Museum of Singapore between 8 October and 8 November 2020 was welcomed by a customary exhibition introduction board, which I have taken the liberty to quote at length below: […]

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This issue of s/pores comes after a hiatus of two years. The minute that it was officially announced that 2019 would be the Bicentennial year we started to grapple with the inherent ironies of a sovereign nation attributing its present success and achievements to the leadership’s appreciation of its colonial history and legacy. What are […]

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Updating the Narrative: a Dialogue Between the Former Coloniser and Colonised by SAI SIEW MIN     The British historian, Anthony Stockwell, once related an anecdote between a former coloniser and formerly colonised. This anecdote yields insights on how we should re-think the idea of ‘British legacy’ or ‘colonial inheritance.’ Stockwell writes that Mrs Margaret […]

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Redoing and Undoing the Colonial Pageant: Dialogues with the Raffles Statues by FARIS JORAIMI   “A world of statues: the statue of the general who led the conquest, the statue of the engineer who built the bridge. A world cocksure of itself, crushing with its stoniness the backbones of those scarred by the whip. That […]

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