the displaced

A fizzing festival of exciting happenings is coming your way this Friday. A showcase of living passions has sprung up at The Arts House this week for the exhibition Passionistas. This collaborative photography project presented by (COLLAB)² aims to raise awareness of our local & homegrown passionistas. As part of the exhibition, a feast of artists, performers and interactive artworks will be laid out for us on Friday.

Located in the space, you can find pop-up pieces which are exclusive to THE DISPLACED ongoing from 12pm, and from 7pm onwards there is a carnival of dance, performance, movement, interactive works and creativity – perfect for a Friday night:

Alex Mitchel

Listen to the Story is a piece by Karen and Alex Mitchell who have taken tales and memories written down using a typewriter in response to the soon-to-be demolished house at 13 Wilkie Terrace, and chosen to tell those typed stories through the sounds of their creation, not the words themselves.


Above: Photographs of events and memories at a family house, previously the Displacements exhibition space,13 Wilkie Terrace 

Exposed Exposed is a photographic artwork by Joan Low & Hanyang Leong, created during the Displacements exhibition earlier this year. Visitors were encouraged to interact with the soon-to-be demolished 77-year-old family bungalow during Displacements, taking a double exposed photo of something or someone in the house. The trick here is – each visitor only took one exposure, so this showcase at THE DISPLACED reveals the chance collision of two stranger’s interests and memories, where each frame features two juxtaposed images captured by two different people.

Yen Phang

Ecdysis (Our Old Skins), Yen Phang

Artist Yen Phang will be exhibiting an artwork inspired by his grand dad’s fascination with fortune telling, and the artist’s realisation that different fortune-telling practices tend to push against each other. The artwork investigates the concept of shedding our old selves to reveal new self-sought meaning for our future, be it pre-determined by our astrological signs, or through sheer self-determination.

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At 7-7.30, and then again at 8.30-9pm, dancers Soren Niewelt & Jessica Larbig will be accompanied by dance students from SOTA, Lasalle and NAFA, who they have worked with to create these two showings of The Movement, a performance which describes how we react to our environment.

At 7.30, artist Boedi Widjaja presents Place in the performance of identity, part of INSITU.ASIA which is an artists’ travelogue. The ongoing project presents poetic places in Asia to a global audience through exhibitions, performances and artists’ books. In every edition, artists travel to a place to perceive it, and then branch off to create original works—artist maps—maps that are not necessarily cartographic.

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Mandala, Nicola Anthony

At 8-8.30, watch (and if you want, interact with) Transparent Borders – a performance by Butoh dancer Syv Bruzeau who has collaborated with artist Nicola Anthony, to ask: “What are the borders to our world?” In this performance artwork, 6000 saga seeds and one human body interact with a space filled with words, light, and mandalas. Both the performer’s body and the seeds eventually transcend their own borders, and are carried away by the audience.

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Above: Performer Syv Bruzeau captured on camera 

At 9pm, For Example is an artwork that will investigate patience, perseverance and awareness, by performance artist Daniela Beltrani (pictured below). Daniela believes that these are the necessary tools in our life in order to continue on the path that we had set out, despite the challenges. “We should not lose sight of where we are ultimately heading or else the consequences can be disastrous.” Her work is moving, deep and full of contemplation.

Daniela Beltrani

THE DISPLACED programme:

{On-going exhibits from 6.00pm – 9.30pm}

Listen to the Story – Karen and Alex Mitchell
Ecdysis – Yen Phang
Exposed Exposed – Hanyang Leong & Joan Low
Once 13 Wilkie Terrace – Weiteck Chee

{Programmed activities from 7.00pm – 9.30pm:}

(7.00 – 7.30pm) The Movement – Soren Niewelt & Jessica Sarah Larbig
(7.30 – 8.00pm) INSITU:Place in the Performance of Identity – Boedi Widjaja
(8.00 – 8.30pm) Transparent Borders – Nicola Anthony & Syv Bruzeau
(8.30 – 9.00pm) The Movement II – Soren Niewelt & Jessica Sarah Larbig
(9.00 – 9.30pm) For Example… – Daniela Beltrani

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Friday 26th July, The Arts House, presented by (COLLAB)²