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Looking At Singapore’s Films – Through Stranger Eyes


Thu Jan 19 2017, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Wed Jan 25 2017, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Wed Feb 1 2017, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: National Library, 100 Victoria Street, Rochor, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: natashabmt

Public Programmes – Talks and Panel Discussions.

To create a more comprehensive experience for all participants, SOM17 will also feature a series of public talks and panel discussions from 6 January to 5 February. Listed below are some of the highlights, for a full listing of Public Programmes and more information, please check for updates at

Members of the public can sign up for these for free on the GoLibrary portal: or at the SOM 17 website: All programmes will be held at the Pavilion (located at The Plaza, National Library Building).

Artists’ Dialogue - 19 Jan, Thu

Join artists Amanda Lee Koe, Godwin Koay, Hilmi Johandi, Jeremy Sharma, Joo Choon Lin, Randy Chan, The Observatory and Ujikaji as they speak about their respective art practices ranging from film, literary, sound to installation, and their experiences in developing their newly commissioned works for the exhibition State of Motion 2017: Through Stranger Eyes.

Randy Chan, Hilmi Johandi, Godwin Koay, Joo Choon Lin, Ujikaji Records, Jeremy Sharma and Amanda Lee Koe.

Kent Chan, Curator, SOM 2017
Thong Kay Wee, Creative Producer, SOM 2017

Images: The Moving Gallery - 25 Jan, Wed

A talk between Silke Schmickl, Sam I-Shan and Kent Chan, three curators who have worked extensively with the moving image medium. The curators will share and discuss about their experiences and exposure to how the moving image medium has come to be seen within exhibitionary spaces.

Kent Chan, Curator, SOM 2017
Sam I-Shan, Curator, Visual Arts at Esplanade

Silke Schmickl, Curator, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts

Thong Kay Wee, Creative Producer, SOM 2017

The Strange Loops of Immersion - 1 Feb, Wed

The session will examine the series State of Motion through the double vision of immersion and disruption in the vertiginous experience of its participants. As we negotiate with the varying degrees of immersion desired by the cinematic environments of the screen, the virtual realities of the tour, and the involution of film and site projected by the artists, we begin to ask what emerges from these strange loops of immersion, or are we simply caught in yet another loop – as another ensemble of actors performing on the same set behind the screen?

Shawn Chua

Shawn's performance research engages with the uncanny lives of objects, from puppetry to archives, and from thinking machines to queer personhoods. He was awarded the NAC Art Scholarship (postgraduate) and holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Shawn is currently a researcher and archivist at The Necessary Stage.