Cities change.

People die.

Everything you
know goes away.



‘But my heart would not bleed poetry. Not a single drop to stain the blueprint of our past’s tomorrow’—poet Boey Kim Cheng asks us, what price for a city that ‘erases the flaws… they plan, they build… they have it all.

Your average life expectancy is 80 years. Look around you—how many buildings will you outlive? You can’t keep the library, the playgrounds, the nameless spaces that you and your friends made your own. Even the old spaces of lore—Bukit Brown, Bidadari, MacRitchie—suddenly loom large. Your memories have no anchors. This landscape doesn’t add up. You can’t believe in the old narrative of progress and constant redevelopment. Not anymore.




AUG—SEP

CONSERVATION
EN BLOC, OR BUILDINGS MUST DIE

21 AUG—23 SEP

Deathsong
Exhibition by The Substation

En Bloc Big Four Under Threat

Co-presented with the Singapore Heritage Society & Dr. Chua Ai Lin

1 SEP

SAD 1: Going, Going, Gone...
Tickets coming soon.





The Singapore cityscape is at a turning point—icons of pioneering modern architecture, like Pearl Bank Apartments and Golden Mile Complex, may soon be demolished as a result of en bloc redevelopment. What do these landmark structures mean to us today? What narratives do they tell about social vision and innovation in Singapore's constantly-redeveloping landscape? And what does the impending loss of these cultural monoliths do to our own narratives?

Take me there ︎



Mark

OCT

HERITAGE INDUSTRY
SINGAPORE GIRL, OR HERITAGE DEPLOYED

02—31 OCT

Singapore Girl and the Chamber of Trials and Tribulations
Exhibition by The Substation x Becca d’ Bus


26—28 OCT, 02—04 NOV

She’s A Great Way  To FlyCo-presented with Tan Kheng Hua
Tickets coming soon.


06 OCT

SAD 2: This Girl’s In Love With YouTickets coming soon.

The stratospheric icon of the Singapore Girl emerges in early independence, when this city positions itself between East and West. We look at an early instance of deployed heritage, whose conscripted body has birthed decades of post-colonial nation building, paradigms of Asian hospitality, and fantasies of the kebaya-clad Oriental Other.

Why have we celebrated this complex national figure for close to 50 years? And how has every Singaporean worn a kebaya-print at some point in their lives?

Mark
 
FILM FEST WEEKEND
& COMPETITIONS

SEASON PASSES ON SALE NOW at Peatix for On the Block: Film Fest Weekend (27–29 July)!
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