Martin Margiela: In His Own Words

“I don’t like the idea of being a celebrity”. In this day and age of oversharing, such a statement might seem counterintuitive, but when it’s uttered by fashion’s most consistent recluse, it only makes sense and then some. “There are different needs in the fashion world and I’m not sure I can feed them,” says Martin Margiela in this 2019 documentary directed by Reiner Holzemer – the same director behind the recent Dries Van Noten documentary.

While you won’t quite get to see Margiela’s face (only his hands and voice), that’s something that been his trademark since he started his eponymous label in 1989. He’ll be speaking on his childhood, why he values anonymity and why he decided to leave fashion in 2009. Expect also appearances from industry heavyweights such as Jean Paul Gaultier (Margiela worked under him in the mid ’80s), Carine Roitfeld, Cathy Horyn and more. Tune in on April 10 to catch it on on-demand streaming platforms such as Apple. In His Own Words is distributed by British film distribution company Dogwoof.

Room Service

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Now, more than ever, artists need your support. Our first ever guest on our bi-weekly Instagram live festival on the 10th of April is @funk_bstrd, DJ and co-founder of @darkerthanwax! “Earning praises from a worldwide range of selectors that include the likes of Gilles Peterson, Dam-Funk, Tama Sumo, San-Soda, Mike Huckaby, Lefto and many more, Dean aka the Funk Bast*rd (one half of the Cosa nostra duo and co-founder of Singapore-based label Darker Than Wax) has been tirelessly pushing and promoting an alternative expression of lefteld music through his widely eclectic and genre-bending sets. His musical selection, which traverses between a huge variety of musical genres like deep jazz, soul, funk, boogie, brazilian grooves, deep house, hip hop and bass numbers have left many indelible marks on the danceoors.”

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For the uninitiated, The Starving Artists is a new platform started by photographer/art director Rachel Loh that seeks to give underrepresented creatives and artists a democratised space to showcase their works beyond traditional art institutions. This Friday, they’ll be putting on their first live festival starring none other than Dean Chew, the well-respected DJ and co-founder of underground electronic label Darker Than Wax. Chew will be spinning a one hour set to raise awareness and supports for the local arts community. Details here. April 10, 7pm

PrayPal – I_S_L_A_N_D_S x Pure Ever

We first wrote about pop-up art space I_S_L_A_N_D_S in our January 2018 issue – an independent initiative by art gallery exhibitions executive Pey Chuan Tan with support from skate shop owner Ariff Shariff, it was located along an open corridor at Peninsular Shopping Center. Now Tan is back with its second incarnation in the basement of the nearby Excelsior Shopping Centre and its first exhibition is a collaboration with the young art collective Pure Ever. The focus of this exhibition? The occult as a medium to express, among other things, conscious and unconscious desires that cannot be “sustained” in reality. The exhibition launches this Friday online – check it out here. April 10, 7pm – 9pm

Listen to a podcast

There is no better time to check out podcasts if you’ve never given them a go before. If you consider yourself a fashion enthusiast, check out our recent story with fashion lecturer Daniela Monasterios-Tan on her extensive recommendations on the podcasts you should be tuning into. Best part? You can tune in anytime.

14 Days Stay Home Notice

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Singapore – INSTINC is pleased to present 14-days STAY HOME NOTICE. As our world and societies grapple with #covid 19,  what is really happening to our inner selves? Physically lockdowned and socially distanced, where are we emotionally, psychologically, creatively? More intimately than before, many will find ourselves face to face, with our own conscience, desires, regrets, fears, hopes, convictions; and if we allow ourselves to retreat into deeper self-containment and self-discovery at the same time, where will our imagination lead us? INSTINC brings together the emotional perspectives, stories, expressions and curious explorations of 14 isolated artists with #StayHomeNotice an #online art #exhibition traversing the subliminal connections and some paradoxical pitstops on the uncharted itinerary between extraordinary isolation and creativity. Can one happily embrace a forced measure of solitude? What have we unexpectedly regained as intellectual humans because we are losing our freedoms? How is it that loneliness can dissolve barriers and be a source of warmth for some? Are we connecting more than before when we are at our most disconnected and disrupted? Perhaps it is only in confronting and connecting with our inner realities that we truly are evolving in our humanity, and to discover the pathways to make peace with the unknowns of such pandemic times. INSTINC believes in the power of art and personal creative processes to make sense and inspire the human condition. We hope that our works in #StayHomeNotice can help our audience to connect in with their own creativity as we all take the journey forwards for as long as it takes. 14 Artists are: Andy Yang (Singapore) Ezzam Rahman (Singapore) Joanne Pang (Singapore) Urich Lau (Singapore) Shih Yun Yeo (Singapore) Alba Escayo (Spain) Carlotta Cardana (Italy) Chihiro Kabata (Japan) Denise Schellmann (Vienna) Margaret Lanzetta (USA) Michael Amter (USA) Rusudan Khizanishvili (Georgia) Shin Young Park (New Zealand) Yuuri Kabata (Japan)

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Independent artist-run space Instinc has gathered 14 artists from Singapore and around the world for an exhibition cheekily titled 14 Days Stay Home Notice, in an attempt to make sense of the mandated isolation that pretty much the world at large is facing right now. In this unprecedented era, this feels extremely timely – after all, it is the arts we turn to when under lockdown – whether it’s books, movies, Netflix or music that you turn to, these are all art expressed across diverse mediums. Check out the pieces in the exhibition here. April 13-August 26

Main Photo Chuck Reyes