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Phantom Spaces, Loss and Memory @ Singapore Night Festival
Friday, 24 August 2018
Level 8, Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, The Arts Space
National Library Building
Session 1: 9.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Session 2: 10.30 pm – 11.30 pm
What is our current relationship to the land, the otherworldly, the seen and unseen? Is their survival dependent on the frequency in which we fervently speak of and to them? In a fast-changing urban landscape like Singapore’s, how can the ways in which the past is preserved, archived, catalogued and constructed be reconsidered? How is memory and history in this island city-state shaped as “local” and “regional” knowledge?
What lies beneath our psychological fascination for stories of horror or haunting connected with the hazy past in our urban spaces, and how do the supernatural tales we have read in fiction or seen in movies shape our imagination of another existence irretrievably removed from our immediate reality?
Through sharing stories and revisiting historical texts, this performance-tour is a tribute to the unseen amidst the seen. Gain insight into the psychology of fear and memory through the language of magic and Eastern and Western literature.
Free admission. Registration is required.
This programme is organised by the National Library as part of the Singapore Night Festival.
Zarina Muhammad is an independent researcher, curator, arts practitioner, and educator based in Singapore. She lectures mostly on contextual studies and art/critical theory with a focus on the cultural histories of Southeast Asia at LASALLE College of the Arts.
Wong Chee Meng is a freelance researcher with a special focus of interest in intangible heritage and intercultural dialogue. He has since lectured in Chinese film studies and Chinese cultural history as a postdoctoral fellow with the Nanyang Technological University. He has also been working on various research projects in heritage as well as teaching part-time in LASALLE College of the Arts.