State of Motion 2016

State of Motion
  • January 16, 2016 | 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM | Saturday
  • National Library Building, Promenade (Level 8)


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Films are wondrous records of their place and time. More so for a place like Singapore than almost anywhere else in the world.

State of Motion retraces these places with Singaporean artist and filmmaker, Toh Hun Ping through his extensive research on 20th century Singapore films and their filming locations. With a focus on a selection of classic Cathay-Keris films, audiences go on a trip to these film locations where an artwork responding to both the film and its site awaits them. Participants are encouraged to not just remember, but to re-imagine the film and an ever-changing Singapore landscape.

ARTISTS & ARTWORKS (in tour sequence)
curated by Kent Chan

a monument to the non-canonical
by Kin Chui (with ila and Godwin Koay)

Myself and Melody
by Mark Thia

Jamban 1956
by Hafiz Osman

///// Don’t Slip /////
by Stephanie Jane Burt

Bus Stop
by Mike HJ Chang

Starting Point: Level 8 Promenade, National Library Building
1. Old Outram Prison; Korban Fitnah (Victim of Slander, 1959)
2. Queen Elizabeth Walk; Chinta Kaseh Sayang (My Darling Love, 1965)
3. Merdeka Bridge; Che Mamat Parang Tumpol (Black Hand Gang, 1960)
4. Former Kampong Siglap; Sumpah Pontianak (The Curse of Pontianak, 1958)
5. Forest on undeveloped land, the site for a pilot east coast reclamation scheme in the 1960s; Mat Tiga Suku (Mat Crazy, 1965)

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16, 17, 23 & 24 January 2016
10:30 am to 6:30 pm
Tours depart from Level 8 Promenade, National Library Building
10 tours per day / 11 pax per bus / $12 per ticket
For more information on tour timings, please visit
(The public artworks will be exhibited from 16 – 24 January 2016)

16 – 31 January 2016
Free Admission
Level 8 Promenade, National Library Building
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

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This event is supported by the National Arts Council and organised by the Asian Film Archive as part of Singapore Art Week 2016 (16 – 24 Jan).