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15 years ruangrupa! – ruangrupa in “Singapore Night Festival 2010”

ruangrupa in “Singapore Night Festival 2010”

TheatreWorks and National Museum of Singapore present:
“SINGAPORE NIGHT FESTIVAL 2010”

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Singapore, 25 June 2010
On 16 and 17 July 2010, enter a new world at Night Festival: New World 2010, presented by National Museum of Singapore, conceived and curated by Ong Keng Sen, and produced by TheatreWorks (Singapore).

Returning for its third consecutive year, Night Festival 2010 draws inspiration from the New World Amusement Park, a nightlife destination in the Singapore of the past. The Bras Basah precinct will be transformed into a magical playground, featuring street theatre, whimsical lights and carnivalesque play. Visitors can look forward to over 40 performances, films, roving acts and activities, from outdoor performances to graffiti murals, social dancing to live music halls and even sporting events. The line-up will feature a mix of international, Southeast Asian and local acts, one of the highlights being the global debut performance of Paraboles 2.0 by French performance group Compagnie Off and local filmmaker and video artist Victhric Thng.

Ms Lee Chor Lin, Director of the National Museum of Singapore says, “The perception of nightlife in Singapore today revolves mainly around partying, but in the earlier days, it was about a variety of activities, from the arts to sports and entertainment. The theme for this year’s festival, New World 2010, along with the programmes, performances and installations, will give visitors an insight to what Singapore was like in the 60s, comparing it with our present and looking towards what it could be in the future”.

Collaborating with the National Museum of Singapore on Night Festival for the first time, Mr Ong Keng Sen, Artistic Director of TheatreWorks says, “The amusement parks like New World, Great World and Happy World of the 60s played a great role in Singapore’s nightlife scene in the 1960s. Leveraging on the New World theme for Night Festival, we hope to bring back this nostalgic feeling of the 60s to provide a socio-cultural spine for the festival that ties back to what Singapore was in the past, above and beyond a city party for everyone. The festival also brings contemporary arts from Southeast Asia to Singapore, with performers from neighbouring countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand”.

Night Festival: New World 2010 will be spread over eight different locations: the National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Management University Campus Green, Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q, The Peranakan Museum, The Substation, Dance Ensemble Singapore and Fort Canning Green, which will host activities concurrently on both nights. This year marks the first time that the festival’s activities are extended to Dance Ensemble Singapore and Fort Canning Green, widening the festival grounds to cater for more visitors.


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ruangrupa in “Singapore Night Festival 2010”

Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
FRI 16 JUL 2010 – SAT 17 JULY 2010 7pm – 2am

*MUSIC HALL @ SAM CHAPEL: RUANGRUPA 10 YEARS
by Ruangrupa /and Forum Lenteng (Indonesia)
Venue: Chapel
Time: 8.45pm, 10.15pm, 12.45am, 1.15am

ruangrupa will give a makeover to the SAM’s Chapel, in the form of a music hall. Ruangrupa will present a video installation and interactive work for the audiences. During the Night Festival visitors will be entertained by live bands or sing-along to a compilation of Indonesian Karaoke music. The featured ‘live’ bands have become very influential in indie music development in Indonesia, they are: White Shoes and The Couples Company, Goodnight Electric and Kapitalindo. This presentation is one part of a 10-year programme by ruangrupa with the theme “Expanding Space and Public Space”.

*OK.VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
by Ruangrupa /and Forum Lenteng (Indonesia)
Venue: 2nd floor Corridors
Time: 7pm – 2am

ruangrupa, an artists’ initiative established in 2000 by a group of artists in Jakarta will present a selection of 40 video works from the OK.Video Biennial International Festival from 2003 to 2009 at the Night Festival 2010. In each OK.Video Festival, a specific theme was given, therefore audiences can expect themes like Comedy, Militia and Subversion. OK.Video has been contributing to the social and cultural phenomenon in Indonesia and the international world.

Accompanying the above two programmes, ruangrupa and Forum Lenteng will set up a space on the 2nd floor of SAM where interested audiences can check out documentation and information on Ruangrupa and its programmes in its last ten years.


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Other participants from Jakarta:

*JAKARTA STREET ART: NOW
by Riyan Riyadi, Rizky Aditya Nugroho and Andi Riyanto of ruangrupa & Forum Lenteng (Indonesia)
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Stamford Green
Time: 7.30pm2am

“NOW” is created on billboards in the outdoors of National Museum of Singapore. The three street artists will create a contemporary aesthetic experience by using graffiti designs to explore reactionary artistic works around the region done by contemporary artists. They believe graffiti exemplifies the desire of humans to negotiate the landscape in a multitude of ways, allowing communication between the people. This collaboration with street artists and ruangrupa is part of the latter’s ongoing research on the development of public spaces and street art in Jakarta in the past decade.

source:
http://www.nationalmuseum.sg/press_room
http://www.nationalmuseum.sg/events

for more info, visit: http://www.nationalmuseum.sg