Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests
When: 23 June 2018
Where: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
It’s all in the name; Theo Jansen’s incredible sculptures are intriguing and intimidating. Jansen has spent the past 30 years developing a series of wind-powered machines aptly named Strandbeests which means ‘beach animals’ in Dutch. The large creations are great feats of engineering and art combined which move in very life-like ways. Get up close with the ‘beests’ themselves. Among the highlights is Animaris Siamesis, the largest Strandbeest in the exhibition, which measures 10 metres in length and weighs over 240kg.
When: Runs through June until July 2018
Where: Wei-Ling Gallery, Malaysia
We seem to be edging closer to an Orwellian nightmare every day with Big Brother (the Internet) watching and recording our every move. Revelations about the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal are scary, but oddly inspiring too. Wei-Ling Contemporary brings us a collection of ten leading local and international artists who showcase surveillance culture in their latest show. The artists include Ahmet Öğüt (Turkey), Roger Ballen (US), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (US), James Bridle (UK), Paolo Cirio (Italy), Viktoria Binschtok (Russia), and Malaysia’s own H.H. Lim, Anurendra Jegadeva and Ivan Lam.
(Re)collect: The making of our art collection
When: Through June until August 2018
Where: Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery B & C, National Gallery Singapore
Detailing the story of the creation of the National Collection in the 1960s and how it has evolved with the times, this special exhibition highlights the different collections the gallery has acquired to build its formidable repertoire in more recent years. Featured in this exhibition are artists such as Affandi, Georgette Chen, Cheo Chai-Hiang, Latiff Mohidin, Lim Hak Tai, Lim Yew Kuan, Navin Rawanchaikul and S. Sudjojono.The layers of collecting history emerge from (re)collecting the past and capturing the present through close to 130 works.
Singapore Ink Show
When: 15 to 16 June 2018
Where: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Hall 404
There are many opinions about tattoos; some think less of the art while others think too highly of it. With a history of over 5,200 years, the art of engraving permanent marks on our skin has long fascinated mankind. Be it for cultural, aesthetic or personal reasons, the act of getting a tattoo is an event of sorts, even for those who argue they only want to decorate their skin. Exploring a tattoo show, especially one that features the traditional tapping techniques popular in our region, is definitely an anthropological experience.
The Lion King
When: 27 June 2018 onwards
Where: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Internationally renowned for its amazing cast and rendition of the movie, this musical has risen above other Disney musicals. With beautifully designed costumes and puppets as well as fantastic choreography, this musical won a Tony Award and topped the box-office title previously held by Phantom of the Opera. Many of us know the story, but the telling of it and the music are just as important. Take time out and get your tickets now before they’re sold out, because they will be if you wait.
ON THE BIG SCREEN
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
When: 7 June 2018
At the core of the Jurassic anthology you will not find dinosaurs, you’ll find greed. Corporate greed more specifically, and in this newest instalment it seems that they are sticking to that theme and the dinosaurs are just along for the ride. Get ready for another unlearnt lesson from history. As confusing as the trailer seems, you can be sure there will be dinosaur battles, explosions and screaming children. At least Bryce Dallas Howard seems to have slipped out of those controversial heels and into some more sensible footwear.
When: 8 June 2018
Sandra Bullock struts her stuff as Debbie Ocean with the effortlessly gorgeous Cate Blanchett in the newest addition to the Ocean anthology. As most heist stories go, they pool an eclectic mix of characters to pull off the biggest jewellery heist at the Met Gala, the fashion event of the year. The all-star cast also features Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Awkwafina. The trailer promises to be a fun ride at the least, and an amazing wild heist ride to add to the Ocean’s trilogy at the most.
When: 21 June 2018
What could be scarier than inheriting the family demons? When the grandmother dies, deep secrets about the Graham family begin to unravel. As the horror movie genre becomes increasingly popular in cinemas, it’s become a race to come up with plotlines that transcend the stereotypical horror movie. In Hereditary, the poser is: what exactly are they inheriting from the grandmother? Looking frightening indeed, early reviews have only good things to say about the movie. The trailer evokes feelings similar to The Babadook and it makes you wonder if Hereditary will be similar in plot or will it stick to the good ol’ supernatural.
OUT OF THE REGION
SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement
The Biennale of Sydney
When: Running until 11 June 2018
Where: All over Sydney, Australia
Artistic Director Mami Kataoka of the 21st Biennale of Sydney has curated the works of 70 artists and artist collectives from 35 countries, presented across seven exhibition venues. The works can be viewed at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Kataoka did not select the collection with a specific theme in mind. Instead she wants the overlapping themes and diverse works to be a representation of life and the world, and how we are all interconnected.
Biennale Danza 2018
When: Running from 22 June to 1 July 2018
Where: Venice, Italy
The 12th International Festival of Contemporary Dance, the dance section of the Venice Biennale, is running until 1 July. The Biennale Danza is directed by renowned Canadian dancer and choreographer Marie Chouinard. There is no specific theme, however. The festival spans the width of the horizon across which choreography is developing today, highlighting the dynamics and evolution of the figures of dancer and choreographer. There are 22 performances in the programme, including 5 world premieres, 1 European premiere and 5 Italian premieres. Among the 15 dancers selected to showcase new talent is a lone Singaporean. If you are in Venice and love dance, this is a must-see for the month.
International Gamelan Festival
When: Running until 17 June 2018
Where: Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich
It might seem like a strange thing, but we do not lie – there is an International Gamelan Festival happening in Munich this year. Enjoy the different types of gamelan played by Indonesian and European artists at this celebration of Southeast Asian culture. There is an exhibition that showcases 15 different types of gamelan from Java and Bali with accompanying audio recordings. A series of outdoor events will also be held in Mariahilfplatz Square, with the gamelan accompanied by the largest carillon in southern Germany. Highlights include the GAMELATRON, a robotic gamelan orchestra installed by globally renowned artist and inventor Aaron Taylor Kuffner (New York), that creates its own unique acoustic space. An interesting festival to check out this June if you happen to be cruising through Germany.
Find out more at muenchner-stadtmuseum.de
After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
First the earthquake, then comes the real disaster. After the Quake is a collection of six stories set during the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Poignant and reverent, Murakami manages to capture the fragility of daily existence with his signature prose that’s casual and elegant with lots of surrealism thrown in.
One of the heady tales is about a soon-to-be divorced salesman who delivers a mysterious package to Hokkaido and sees his true nature for the first time. If you want your surrealistic story to pack more punch, try this one about a passive collection agent and a giant talking frog who try to save Tokyo from another earthquake.
The characters in the stories have this in common – evading physical devastation, but having to endure emotional pain. Mysterious and somewhat familiar, the stories in After the Quake will leave you breathless and wanting to read more. – Shein Shanin