In Good Company

Photographs courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board

When a man-made world develops from third to first in 50 years, when most civilisations would take triple that span of time, there is much to be celebrated of the marvel that is Singapore. With international festivals and exhibitions of art, design, music and architecture occurring throughout the year-long summer along with establishing Asia’s contemporary art destination, Gillman Barracks, and the opening of the Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris and the upcoming National Gallery Singapore, Asia’s emerging creatives are ripe for the picking in the renaissance city-state. It is perhaps fitting that the young nation is taking a band of its creative talents on the road.

With its celebratory kick off in Beijing in April, Singapore: Inside Out (SG:IO) travels to London and New York before heading back for a homecoming in November 2015. The immersive, multi-sensory experience brings together specially commissioned works by the local creative community out into the world, into areas reflecting the artistic-driven spirit of the venture: 751 D·PARK, a creative cluster in Beijing, London’s Old Truman Brewery and Madison Square Park in New York City.

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Housed within a striking modular structure made out of a lattice of scaffolding, the exhibition contains the works of 20 local talents across a wide spectrum of the island’s creative industries and disciplines—including architecture, design, fashion, film, food, music, and literary, performing and visual arts—all of whom were “carefully selected to help build an experiential journey through which audiences will be able to discover new perspectives of Singapore, and glean insights into the conversations and influences that define Singapore’s creative culture today,” explains Randy Chan, Principal Architect of multi-disciplinary architectural studio Zarch Collaboratives, and creative director of the project.

In the hands of the chosen creatives, cornerstones of conversations on Singapore—food, food and more food; lush tropical greenery—are expanded and upended. Enter pastry chef Janice Wong, whose interactive food art installation includes chocolate lollipops and gumdrop walls; and artist Robert Zhao Renhui, whose ‘souvenir shop’ installation explores the intersections of Singapore’s natural history and tourism by taking on the look and feel of a curiosity cabinet.

Read more in The U Press N˚1 (London edition).