26 January – 24 February 2019, National Library Building, Plaza
25 January – 17 February 2019, 11 Kampong Bugis
State of Motion, the Asian Film Archive’s (AFA) annual film and visual arts series of programmes, goes darker with its fourth edition titled ‘A Fear of Monsters’. Headlining the event are a film history exhibition at the National Library Building as well as a contemporary art exhibition at 11 Kampong Bugis where thematic guided tours, ‘Of Fear and Longing’, run late into the night.
The scope of this year’s State of Motion will feature the works of contemporary Southeast Asian artists for the first time, showcasing the transnational legacy of regional monsters and shared histories of horror lore. AFA worked with architectural firm Lekker, to design the film history exhibition that delves into Southeast Asian horror films and their array of monsters. Both exhibitions were curated by Kathleen Ditzig. Guided night tours were developed in partnership with visual and performance artist ila.
State of Motion 2019 runs from 25 January to 24 February 2019. Highlights include:
At National Library Building, Plaza
At 11 Kampong Bugis
Members of the public can sign up for the programmes at AFA’s State of Motion 2019 website: www.stateofmotion.sg.
Please see annexes for the complete listing of AFA’s State of Motion 2019 programmes and information on the featured artworks and artists.
About State of Motion 2019
State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters is organised by AFA as a platform that aims to bring together contemporary art and cinema history during Singapore Art Week. Investigating the histories and trajectories of Asian horror, the show focuses on the monsters that have entertained and united us through our fear.
Through these intersections of art, popular culture and cinema, State of Motion 2019 creates an accessible, social and educational opportunity for a wide range of audiences to engage with these art forms. Tapping into the popular culture of the horror genre, its unique mix of programmes will promote a greater appreciation for common themes in Asian cinematic heritage._____
For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms Ariel Kuo
Tel: 6390 3355 / 8522 6508
Ms Cheryl Tan
National Library Board
Tel: 6718 3698 / 9060 6659
Email: cheryl_tan @nlb.gov.sg
About the Asian Film Archive
The Asian Film Archive (AFA) was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organisation and is registered as an Institution of Public Character. In January 2014, the AFA became a subsidiary of the National Library Board. Its mission is to preserve the rich film heritage of Asian Cinema, encourage scholarly research on film, and promote a wider critical appreciation of this art form.
The AFA is an affiliate of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), an institutional member of the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).
For more information on AFA, please visit www.asianfilmarchive.org.
About Singapore Art Week
State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters is part of Singapore Art Week (19 – 27 January 2019). A joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading visual arts destination. In its seventh edition in 2019, the twelve-day celebration of the visual arts takes place in venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and non-profit spaces.
Reaching out to both Singapore residents and international visitors to promote art appreciation, Singapore Art Week offers a myriad of quality art experiences which span the visual arts, from traditional to modern to contemporary practices. Audiences can look forward to art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events, public art walks, and enriching discussions on art and culture. Singapore Art Week also aims to galvanise the arts sector to launch innovative art and lifestyle concepts and events in conjunction with art events during this period. www.artweek.sg.
ANNEX A: A FEAR OF MONSTERS: FILM HISTORY EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY BUILDING, PLAZA
ANNEX B: A FEAR OF MONSTERS: CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION AT 11 KAMPONG BUGIS
ANNEX C: OF FEAR AND LONGING: GUIDED NIGHT TOURS OF CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION AT 11 KAMPONG BUGIS
ANNEX E: CURATOR AND ARTISTS’ BIOGRAPHIES