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En Bloc, Or Buildings Must Die

En Bloc, Or Buildings Must Die Dates: 21 August - 23 September 2018. Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays & Public Holidays. Venue: The Substation, 45 Armenian Street S179936.

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 the Singapore Heritage Society, and a SAD: Going Going Gone? 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.

Admission is free, but some events require RSVP or are ticketed due to limited capacity.

For more information, visit citieschange.sg

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EXHIBITION: DEATHSONG
21 AUG–23 SEP, 12–8PM
CLOSED ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
GALLERY & THEATRE

Featuring: Raymond Goh, Hayati Mokhtar, Post-Museum, and Min-Wei Ting

Deathsong is an elegy for our landscape. The city is a ceaseless grid of lines, roads, and arteries for the virtuous circulation of labour and goods. Concrete and sand extend the city as horizontal grids with no space for nature, or even the dead. Four artists present alternative visions for place; they are not only songs for death and despair, but also songs of resistance, songs of hope.

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EXHIBIT: TOO YOUNG TO DIE
Giving New Lease of Life to Singapore’s Modernist Icons
21 AUG–23 SEP, 12–8PM
CLOSED ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
RANDOM ROOM

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

The Singapore cityscape is at a turning point – the icons of pioneering modern architecture may soon be demolished as a result of en bloc redevelopment. The exhibit functions as a three-dimensional position paper that breaks down the complexity of forces at play, which will determine the fate and future of our modernist buildings.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: TIME IS UP?
A Panel on En Bloc and Singapore’s Modernist Icons
8 SEP, 4.30–6.30PM
THEATRE

A take on conservation issues in Singapore from the perspectives of different field specialists.

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

Speakers: Assoc Prof. Daniel Goh (Sociologist), Ho Weng Hin (Conservation Specialist), Adrian Tan (Real Estate Lawyer), Dr. Malone-Lee lai Choo (Urban Planning Specialist)
Moderated by: Dr. Jack Tsen-Ta Lee (President of Singapore Heritage Society)

Note: Admission is free, but RSVP required due to limited capacity. Book your slot at timeisup.peatix.com.

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SAD: Going Going Gone?
1 & 15 SEP, 6PM–12AM
THEATRE & GALLERY

Our new signature programme is a madhouse of art, ideas, and performances colliding in one space. With two episodes in the month of September, the night kicks off with a panel discussion before unfolding into a slew of performances and a nostalgic auction—all set against the backdrop of a Chinese getai stage.

1 SEP
Panel Discussion: Never Say Die! featuring William S.W. Lim, Tan Cheng Siong, and Daniel Teo
Performances by Gerald Chew, Flame of the Forest, Marla Bendini, Baobei Sisters (宝贝姐妹)

15 SEP
Panel Discussion: Epitome of Racial Harmony featuring Dr. Caroline Chia (C), Muhd Fauzy (M), Dr. Anitha Devi Pillai (I), and Kevin Martens Wong (O)
Performances by Gerald Chew, SA, Marla Bendini, Baobei Sisters (宝贝姐妹)

$15/$25 with 2 free drinks.
Tickets at subafterdark.peatix.com.

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