To Singapore, with Love

67 min 39 sec
Tan Pin Pin (2013)

27 November 2021
13.00 – 14.30
National Awakening Museum (STOVIA)

Singapore political exiles, some of whom have not been home for 50 years, talk about the City of their dreams.
Director Tan Pin Pin attends a funeral in the hills of southern Thailand, a family reunion in Malaysia and goes for a drive through the English countryside, searching the world for the displaced souls of Singapore: different generations of Singaporean political exiles who have not been able to come home. Some have not returned for 50 years. They are now in their 60′s to 80′s. Some were activists, student leaders, others were card carrying communists. Though they are from different political persuasions, they all fled Singapore in the 1960’s, 1970s and 1980′s to escape the prospect of detention without trial carried out by the British Colonial Government and later, by the Singapore Government.
It is clear that while up to 50 years may have passed, the idea of Singapore is still very much on their minds. “Singapore oh Singapore, you are still on my mind, today and everyday” intones a poem written by one of them. As they recount their lives, we see a City that could have been. A love letter to Singapore, from the outside.

The Devil Opens a Night School to Teach the Secrets of Success and Failure

29 min 35 sec
Ines Doujak and John Barker (2015)

27 November 2021
14.30 – 15.00
National Awakening Museum (STOVIA)

The devil opens a night school in Kyiv to teach the secrets of succcess and failure. The curriculum includes the uses of drugs in war, the war against drugs, drugs as war and the drug of war. This wandering school will make its first stops in Ukraine and Spain, where the crises are acute and provide stark examples of the forces of profit as violence and the resultant break-downs. The artists use the figure of the devil and its many names and guises to dramatize and amalgamate the businesses of war and drugs. A movable tent with a specially designed and printed cloth on which there are horses, rotting grapes and close-up charred wood becomes the devil’s night school location. As a start the devil will offer two types of drug: heroin, as a legacy to the world from the wars in Vietnam and then Afghanistan, and crystal meth.

Me Culture / We Society

2021 Korea Research Fellow 10×10
Daehyung Lee, Art Director

28 November 2021
13.00 – 15.00
National Awakening Museum (STOVIA)

A forum of 10 curators x 10 media artists to address the social role of art, the current crisis of mankind, and a possibility of global solidarity. Find out more on