COMPETITION

BIG4ENBLOC


ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS: 11 DECEMBER 2018
START

21 JUN


END

23 SEP



#big4enbloc

BIG4ENBLOC: The Substation Insta-Film Competition

Supported by Goethe-Institut Singapore

Pearl Bank Apartments.
People's Park Complex.
Golden Mile Complex.
Golden Mile Tower.

These four iconic buildings are under threat of demolition due to en bloc redevelopment. What would their demolition mean for the communities of these spaces, or for Singapore? Or should they be conserved?

Tell us what you think by taking part in BIG4ENBLOC, an Instagram Short Film Competition.

If our illustrious panel is moved by your entry (whether from laughter or melancholy), you may just win a return air ticket to a city in Germany, home to the movement which shaped modernist architecture, Bauhaus! Join now to win the chance to ‘gram German modernist beauties to your heart’s content—just in time for the 2019 Bauhaus jubilee, too.

How to join:

To participate, submit a short film (which can include photographs) no longer than 40 seconds on Instagram with the ‘#big4enbloc’ and '#modernismussingapore‘, in response to the Big Four—Pearl Bank Apartments, People's Park Complex, Golden Mile Complex and Golden Mile Tower—a set of iconic megastructures under threat of demolition due to en bloc redevelopment.

Submissions are limited to one Instagram post per person, per account. Repeated entries on behalf of another person will not be considered. Applicants may also make use of Instagram’s carousel format to upload still images, as long as the entire video length within the same post does not exceed 40 seconds. Please ensure that your Instagram account is set to public in order to qualify.

The competition closes 23 September 2018, 12pm.

Note to all filmmakers:
Please be advised that taking photo and videos inside Golden Mile Complex is strictly not allowed, except with permission of the building management. Please be mindful of the rules and regulations set down by the management of the other properties.




PRIZES

Grand Prize*



$1,500

+ Economy Class return flight to Berlin, Dessau, or Weimar



People’s Choice

Based on most no. of likes


$800




Jurors’ Choice (x6)




$500 each
* To be considered for the Grand Prize, the following conditions must be met:
    a. Only participants above the legal age in Singapore will be considered.
    b. Participants must reside in Singapore.

    Please read competition T&Cs here.




JURY CHAIR

Chua Ai Lin






JURORS

Goethe Institut
Faiz Bin Zohri
Jason Soo
Yuni Hadi
Tan Pin Pin
Karen Tan



Chua Ai Lin


Executive Director,
Singapore Heritage Society

Lead Resident,
The Substation
2018 Residency Group
 
Chua Ai Lin is the Executive Director of the Singapore Heritage Society, having served as its president (2013-2017), and a member of the Society since 1996. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge (UK) and was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore, specialising in Singapore social and cultural history.

Currently, she serves as a member of the National Library Advisory Committee, and in the past has been on the advisory board of the National Heritage Board and on the former UNESCO Singapore Sub-Commission on Culture and Information. In 2012, she was the first Singapore representative on the Cultural Heritage Preservation project of the International Visitor Leadership Programme organised by the United States of America’s State Department. 


Jason Soo


Film Director

Jason Soo is an artist and recipient of the Jacques Derrida Exhibition and Prize (Melbourne, 1999). As filmmaker, his first narrative work (A short film on The May 13 Generation) is based on historical events in 1954 Singapore, when 800 students took over Chinese High School in order to support classmates affected by military conscription. His next work (1987: Untracing the Conspiracy) examines the arrest, torture, and interrogation of 22 alleged Marxist conspirators by Singapore’s secret police. The documentary was awarded Best Southeast Asian Feature at Freedom Film Festival (Malaysia, 2015) and an expanded version of the film is currently in production.

Goethe-Institut Singapore


www.goethe.de/singapore

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.

Goethe-Institut promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. It conveys a multi-layered and contemporary image of Germany by providing information about its cultural, social and political life.

With a worldwide network of institutes and centres in over 150 locations, the Goethe-Institut forms close partnerships at both the local and the regional levels with artists, cultural professionals, researchers, educational experts and institutions. Its cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.

The Goethe-Institut is a partner for all who actively engage with culture and education, working independently and without political ties. Its interdisciplinary work brings together people from different disciplines, cultures and countries. These encounters are open and creative, paving the way for new developments and creating sustainable relations for the future.


Yuni Hadi

Director,
Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking

Executive Director, 
Singapore International Film Festival

 
Long before the phenomenal success of Ilo Ilo catapulted her to new heights, Yuni Hadi had made a name for herself in Singapore with her tireless work promoting independent Singapore films. She spent four years building the film programme at The Substation, created several milestone projects such as the annual Fly-by-Night Video Challenge and the Singapore Short Film Festival, and currently helms Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking as director. She is also the Executive Director of the newly revived Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF). 

Faiz Bin Zohri


Landscape Architect

Faiz Bin Zohri is a landscape architect driven by the everyday interactions and adaptations between the natural and man-made. He is founder of Stable Unstable, a multi-disciplinary design practice operating in the fields of public spaces and landscapes of the tropics.

He studied "Man & Public Space" at the Design Academy Eindhoven and holds a Permaculture Design Certification from Bumi Langit Institute, Jogjakarta.


Karen Tan


Founder,
Pocket Projects
& The Projector


Karen Tan is the founder of Pocket Projects, a creative development consultancy focused on adaptive reuse of old buildings, and The Projector is Singapore's only independent cinema and cultural space located in Golden Mile Tower. 

In her past life, she worked in an urban regeneration developer in London, and has extensive experience in real estate investment banking at Citigroup, London. In her days of youth, she started off studying Architecture at the University of Melbourne, but ended up getting a BSc in Economics and a Masters in Real Estate Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics. 


Tan Pin Pin


Film Director

Director Tan Pin Pin’s films chronicle and question the gaps in history, memory and documentation. Her films study the process of self-examination itself, rendering its complexities with emotional power and visual clarity. They have screened at leading festivals including Berlinale, Hot Docs, Busan, Cinéma du Réel, Visions du Réel, SXSW and at the Flaherty Seminar.

In Singapore, they have received sold out theatrical screenings and toured schools. Singapore GaGa (2005) was the first Singapore documentary to have a theatrical run where it ran for 8 weeks.. Meanwhile, her video installations were shown in the President’s Young Talent Show, Singapore Biennale, p-10 and at IFA Gallery, Berlin.

COMPETITION

UTTERLY CHANGED


ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS: 11 DECEMBER 2018
START

21 JUN


END

23 SEP


#utterlychanged


Utterly changed: The Substation Writing Competition


2018 sees The Substation exploring heritage in its multifarious forms—from instrumentalised versions of the Singapore Story vis à-vis SG50 and nostalgia-steeped festivals, to different modes of resistance, contestation, and collaboration.

How to join:

Write a creative work in English, from 200 to 2,000 words long, in response to local heritage and what it means to you. There is no restriction to genre or form (narrative prose, creative non-fiction, and experimental work are welcome).

To join, post a piece publicly on your Facebook timeline, tag the event page, ‘Utterly changed. The Substation Writing Competition’, and use the competition #utterlychanged. Entries are limited to 1 per Facebook account.

The competition closes 23 September 2018, 12pm.


PRIZES

First Prize

$3,000

Second Prize

$2,000

Third Prize

$1,000


People’s Choice

Based on most no. of likes


$500


Jurors’ Choice
Book Prizes (x7)



Each juror’s book of choice with personalised note




JURY CHAIR

Boey Kim Cheng



JURORS

Ng Yi-Sheng
Clara Chow
Darryl Whetter
Jennifer Anne Champion
Lai Chee Kien
Marc Nair



Boey Kim Cheng


Associate Professor,
School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences,
Nanyang Technological University

Boey Kim Cheng emigrated from Singapore in 1997 to Australia. As an Asian Australian writer, Boey has published a travel memoir Between Stations, which was shortlisted for the W.A. Premier’s Literary Award for Nonfiction, and a fifth collection of poems Clear Brightness, was shortlisted for the John Bray Poetry Prize and the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Award. Boey co-founded Mascara Literary Review, the first Australian literary journal to promote Asian Australian writing, and co-edited the groundbreaking anthology Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (2013). In 2016, Boey returned to Singapore to join Nanyang Technological University as an Associate Professor at the Division of English.


Clara Chow



Author, Journalist

Clara Chow is the author of story collections Dream Storeys (Ethos, 2016) and Modern Myths (Math Paper Press, 2018). Having started her career as a journalist, she has been writer-in-residence at South Korea’s Toji Cultural Centre and at the ASEAN Literary Festival in Jakarta. In 2015, she co-founded online arts and literary platform WeAreAWebsite.com.


Jennifer Anne Champion



Writer, Performance Poet

Jennifer Anne Champion is a writer and performance poet from Singapore. She serves as co-founder and multimedia editor at poetry.sg with the young artist collective Image-Symbol Department. She also teaches slam poetry and creative writing in schools in collaboration with organisations such as Word Forward, the National Arts Council, and the Ministry of Education. Jennifer co-edited the anthology SingPoWriMo and released her first chapbook, A History of Clocks, in 2015. Her latest poetry collection is Caterwaul (2016). She is currently working on her first novel Majulah.



Marc Nair



Poet, Photographer

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award. He has performed spoken word in solo and group performances for fifteen years in more than ten countries and has represented Singapore in international poetry slam competitions. Marc has published five solo volumes of poetry and has released another three collections in collaboration with visual artists, photographers, and graphic artists. His latest collection of poetry, Vital Possessions, will be released in August 2018. Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine.

Ng Yi-Sheng


Writer

Ng Yi-Sheng is a Singaporean poet, playwright, fictionist, critic, journalist, and LGBT+ activist. His books include the poetry collections last boy (winner of the Singapore Literature Prize 2008), Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience and A Book of Hims, as well as the film novelisation Eating Air and the best-selling non-fiction work SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century. Additionally, he translated Wong Yoon Wah’s Chinese poetry collection The New Village and has co-edited national and regional anthologies such as GASPP: a Gay Anthology of Singaporean Poetry and Prose, Eastern Heathens: Asian Folklore Subverted, and Heat. He was the winner of the first Singapore Poetry Slam in 2003, and served as a founding member of the spoken word collective the Party Action People. He is currently a PhD student at NTU, and will soon be publishing his short story collection Lion City. He tweets and Instagrams at @yishkabob.


Darryl Whetter



Programme Leader of MA Creative Writing,
School of Creative Industries, LASALLE College of the Arts


Darryl Whetter

Dr Whetter is a novelist, poet, essayist, scholar, short-story writer, and critic from Canada. His first book, the story collection A Sharp Tooth in the Fur, was named a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2003. His novels include the multi-generational smuggling epic Keeping Things Whole and the bicycle odyssey The Push & the Pull. His first book of poems, Origins, concerns evolution, energy, and extinction. A second poetry collection is forthcoming in 2017. He has published or presented literary essays in France, Germany, Sweden, USA, Canada, England, India, and Iceland. His book reviews appear in numerous papers, including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Montreal Gazette and The Detroit Times, as well as on national CBC Radio.



Lai Chee Kien



Architect

Lai Chee Kien is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar), and also a registered architect in Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with an M Arch. by research [1996], and a PhD in History of Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley [2005]. His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1966 (2007), Cords to Histories (2013), Through the Lens of Lee Kip Lin (2015) [Best Non-Fiction Title, 2016], and Building Memories: People, Architecture, Independence (2016) [Book of the Year]. He researches on histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism, and landscapes in Southeast Asia.