Practicing the City

We will be sharing about the kind of work we have been doing and hopefully that reflects our position – through that we can expand on the discourse on the roles and responsibilities that the field of art could play in a world that is increasingly unjust and unfree.

 

We begin with the ‘Renaissancing’ of Singapore as an impulse to formulating our position. By this we are referring to the cultural and social policies introduced by the Singapore Government which transformed the cultural landscape – changing our skyline and ‘culture’ permeating into the everyday life through increasing number of art festivals and art venues.

 

This cultural shift has been a subject of study by Singapore Studies scholars. Critiquing the cultural development as economically driven. With that we see a bureaucratic middle management who has increasing power and play a decisive role in shaping the cultural landscape – who tend to have an appetite for art which create spectacles and plugged into the global – with a distaste of art that is critical or not aligned with the nation’s value.

 

Singapore’s Renaissance may have elevated the position of the arts but was limited in its reach. We believed that art should change the world – participate in shaping a better world.

 

Post-Museum emerged out of that impulse in wanting art to play a more pro-active role in society. Our practice really took shape during the Rowell Road Period where we operated a cultural space in 2 shop houses on Rowell Road in the Kampong Kapur area, between 2007-2011.

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