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Creativity in Pulses

The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre celebrates its official opening with an exhibition that offers contemporary perspectives on Singaporean Chinese culture.

Creativity in Pulses

Journey by Lee Xin Li. Image courtesy of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Designed by DP Architects, the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) is a new civic and community institution dedicated to promoting traditional and contemporary Chinese arts and culture in Singapore. (Look out for a project feature on next week!) In conjunction with its official opening last Friday, the centre is presenting the exhibition Creativity in Pulses.

 Curated by architect Randy Chan, Principal of Zarch Collaboratives, Creativity in Pulses showcases 21 works by 19 artists that interpret the Singapore Chinese culture through their respective lenses. These contributing artists hail from diverse creative fields – from architecture to interior design, graphic design, motion pictures and multimedia.

 The exhibition aims to offer fresh contemporary perspectives on Singapore Chinese culture and provoke thought and discussions about the subject. The theme ‘Creativity in Pulses’ refers to a culture that embraces both newness and tradition.

 Entering the exhibition space, visitors are presented with Flow, a computerised drawing machine by Ong Kian Peng (supported by new media studio Modular Unit). The Flow installation reframes Chinese calligraphy and generates a visual outcome that references traditional Chinese landscape paintings.

 Among the other exhibits are Vessels, a collection of vases created by Supermama founder Edwin Low in collaboration with Larry Peh of &Larry, holycrap, PHUNK and Theseus Chan. They each put a contemporary twist on traditional Chinese porcelain vessels.

 Illustrator Lee Xin Li explores the themes of memory, history, culture, architecture and identity in Singapore through the lens of pop culture with the illustration Journey.

 Karen Tan, founder of heritage cinema The Projector, presents Clear as Day, a set of test tubes filled with layers of various materials that symbolise the impossibility of a clear and definite characterisation of ‘Singapore Chinese’.

 In one corner, Waiting for the Elevator, a film by Sarah Choo Jing invites visitors to experience a slice of Singaporean life within the setting of an HDB void deck.

 Creativity in Pulses runs from 20 May to 30 September 2017 at the level 2 gallery at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Opening hours are 10am to 8pm daily. Free admission, with last admission at 7:30PM.

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