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.




MAR

NOSTALGIA
THE VANISHING, OR TIME GOES AWAY

16 MAR—7 APR

Everything You Know Goes AwayInteractive playground designed by Joshua Comaroff

Accompanied by a series of free storytelling sessions and ticketed workshops for children aged 2 to 12

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A Bout of Nostalgia
Artist installation by Mary Bernadette Lee

23 MAR

Partners in Grime: Nostalgia and Conservation
Panel discussion moderated by Lo Mun Hou
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30 MAR

Days of Future Past
Film screening of Tan Pin Pin’s In Time to Come with readings curated by Lo Mun Hou and Jason Erik Lundberg

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29 & 30 MAR

SAD: The Last Meal
Futuristic dining experience conceptualised by Debbie Ding and Ming Tan.

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After years of neglect, suddenly we worry about our hawker heritage. The question isn’t about what we want to save, it’s about why. Before the present has slipped away, we already anticipate loss. Everything is becoming a future past. Why do we want to save? What anxiety and nostalgia drives these desires? Is nostalgia a form of critique, resistance, or capitulation in the land of SG50?


Don’t go away ︎


Mark

OCT

HERITAGE INDUSTRY
SINGAPORE GIRL, OR HERITAGE DEPLOYED

06 OCT—04 NOV

Singapore Girl and the Chamber of Trials and Tribulations
Exhibition by The Substation 



26—28 OCT, 02—04 NOV

She’s A Great Way  To Fly Theatre variety show produced by Tan Kheng Hua


6 OCT

Who Are You? (Singapore Girl)
Panel discussion 


I Am Not a Witch
Film screening


13 OCT

SAD: This Girl’s In Love With You
Co-presented with Becca d’bus.
Hosted by Preetipls.

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?


Klad me in the Kebaya ︎ 





Mark


AUG—SEP



CONSERVATION
EN BLOC, OR BUILDINGS MUST DIE

21 AUG—23 SEP

Deathsong
Exhibition by The Substation

Too Young to Die: Giving New Lease of Life to Singapore’s Modernist Icons

Exhibit co-presented with Singapore Heritage Society & Dr. Chua Ai Lin

1 & 15 SEP

SAD: Going, Going, Gone...???
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8 SEP

Time is Up? A Panel on En Bloc and Singapore’s Modernist Icons  
Moderated by Dr. Jack Tsen-Ta Lee, President of Singapore Heritage Society
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En Bloc, or Buildings Must Die is a series of programmes that frames conservation as part of a larger, complex conversation about heritage.

It comprises an exhibition, a series of co-presentations with Singapore Heritage Society, and a SAD party.

Places form the foundation of our identity. The Singapore Story of progress-at-all-costs means that the places where we form our memories keep disappearing. Even once-lauded buildings like Golden Mile Complex are under threat. Too often, the impetus to save a place arrives only on the verge of its loss. Conservation is primarily spoken about in economic and technical terms. But at its heart, it is deeply personal for it speaks about our values and the places we keep for our children.


Take me there ︎





Mark
 
OUR LAST HURRAH
CONGRATULATIONS TO
THE WINNERS

OF OUR INSTA-FILM AND
WRITING COMPETITIONS


Full list of winners here

The Vanishing, or Time Goes Away

The last chapter of #citieschangepeopledie returns this March with The Vanishing, or Time Goes Away, a programme exploring different manifestations of nostalgia in Singapore culture.

Featuring a specially-commissioned playground for children, an installation brimful of chou chou, and a futuristic dining experience, find out more here!

 
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