Just came back from exhibiting in Amsterdam at A-Lab with three other amazing artists, Jacquelyn Soo, Marc Nair and Zul Mahmod. It was a two day exhibition (9th, 10th October) and I had so much fun watching people tackle my maze with my live CCTV goggles on.
I made a video of my installation. The installation is now known as CCTV goggles; decided to name it what people are already calling it.
This show was an eye opener for me because it took place in a city where marijuana has been legalized! There is weed everywhere! Viewers of my work were saying it was like being high on cannabis because of the out of body experience it was giving them. They went on to describe their trips and I listened inventively because I never smoked weed before.
Singapore has this law that bans us from trying weed even outside of Singapore (yes, even in Amsterdam). Damn it Singapore…. I guess my CCTV goggles would be the Singaporean way to get high lol
I also brought my lizard goggles there. I reserved it for those who proved themselves worthy in the maze. There were people who adapted really quickly and breezed pass the maze and there were a rare few who got stuck and gave up.
Huge thanks to Stephane Blokhuis for helping us put the show together in Amsterdam – she got busy early this year sourcing for venues in Amsterdam while the rest of us were looking for funding. Speaking of which – thank you National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and generous Indiegogo backers for supporting us!
*16 Jan 2015 UPDATE* Here are all four trailers I made for the full documentary. The full documentary will be screening on the 24th of February.
I just got back from Rwanda! I was sent there by the Rwandan High Commission to film a documentary there with Sports+Travel Singapore. Rwanda has come a long way since the 1994 genocide 20 years ago. I’ll let my travel companion, Lynn Ooi explain:
Rwanda is really like the ‘Singapore’ of Africa. In many ways, they are similar: both are tiny, both have mandatory military service, and both are surrounded by much larger countries. Rwanda’s economy is modeled on Singapore’s EDB and its airport is managed by Changi. But in some ways, Rwanda has done many more good things that may go unnoticed, like:
its gender equality means over half of their parliament are women, and women also do mandatory military service
in terms of conservation, they’ve banned plastic bags. Plus, they’re serious about their parks: even though they found oil in the Virunga Mountains, they decided against extracting it to protect their mountain gorillas
they have a “$1 a person” program which is mandatory from every Rwandan to aid orphans of the genocide
every month, at an Umuganda, every citizen regardless of class is required to pitch in to clean the country. This is why it looks spotless – everyone has a stake in its cleanliness
they take security seriously: everywhere you go (roads, towns and buildings) you’ll see armed uniformed personnel at the ready to uphold the law (no bribery at all), meaning it’s safe to walk alone at night, and no one speeds on the road
Here are some photos from my phone! Stay tuned for the full documentary!
So just what can you do in Brunei? After what everyone had told me about the place – I decided to go there to find out for myself. It turned out to be pretty interesting despite missing a few precious liquids.
One more of Dude.sg’s Travel Videos!
Yea. It was freaking crowded! The scale of this expo was huge. Nearly every country in the world who bothered enough had a pavilion set up to sell themselves to the expo visitors (who were mostly Chinese from Shanghai and nearby and the occasional foreign visitors like me). I managed to visit about two thirds of the pavilions there: Singapore, Uzbekistan, Italy, Germany, can’t remember all of them now but hey – here are some of the pictures I took.