1. Go online with ArtScience Museum

The ArtScience Museum is joining the ranks of institutions going digital worldwide, with its new program called ArtScience at Home. Japanese interdisciplinary creative group teamLab’s ever-popular animated exhibition Future World (pictured above) is a highlight worth checking out. But fans of the museum’s regular initiatives such as ArtScience Late (where independent musicians are invited to play in the museum after hours) can also look forward to intimate performances from musicians from May onwards on the third Thursday of every month. There will also be weekly curated playlists of music and sound art to look forward to if that’s your jam.

Ongoing; check out the first batch of their offerings here

2. Learn how to get “sexy” on film

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[#ObjectifsFilmClub] Join us online in a week to celebrate the virtual launch of the 𝙊𝙗𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙨 𝙁𝙞𝙡𝙢 𝙇𝙞𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙧𝙮, a new initiative by #objectifscentre that aims to be a resource for film lovers in Singapore and the region. Currently, the collection is focused on short films from Southeast Asia. Swipe left for more details.⠀ ⠀ Filmmaker 𝗞𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗧𝗮𝗻 (@caperkirs) will discuss her little known early short film 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘦 (2007), a sex comedy set in South Korea, with actress 𝗢𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝗵𝘂 𝗔𝗻 (@oonshuan), whose credits include 𝘙𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘴 (2014). Hear from them about the challenges of directing and acting in a sex comedy: what makes it work? How do we find a balance between humour and vulgarity? What is a female perspective on sex comedies? ⠀ ⠀ Objectifs has made 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘦 by Kirsten Tan free to the public till 30 Apr, 2359h, to celebrate the virtual launch of the #objectifsfilmlibrary. ⠀ ⠀ 𝘙𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘥𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘺: 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘔18 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘙𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘙21. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮𝘴, 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘣, 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘴.⠀ ⠀ Please visit 𝘸𝘸𝘸.𝘰𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘴.𝘤𝘰𝘮.𝘴𝘨/𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘮-𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘣-𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 to register and find out more details about the event. [UPDATE] Due to the surge of registrations today, we unfortunately have reached the the system capacity of our zoom event. ⠀ #sgfilm #watchlocal #filmclub #shortfilms

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Photography and film mecca Objectifs is starting a new film series called Objectifs Film Library meant to be a resource for arthouse film lovers in Singapore and around the region. The first guests in this series feature the Sundance-winning filmmaker Kirsten Tan (Pop Aye), who will be discussing her early work, a sex comedy set in South Korea called Come (2007), as well as actress Oon Shu An. Both will be giving their takes on the challenges of working in the sex comedy genre, as well as bringing a female perspective to it.

Register for the talk here. It takes place on April 30 at 9pm.

3. Live chat series with creatives

Beloved literary stalwart BooksActually has recently kicked off a daily chat series with an extensive list of local creatives and one who caught our eye is Lim Qixuan, the artist behind the popular Instagram account Qimmyshimmy, where surreal miniature sculptures of body parts have become her calling card. Lim will be speaking with BooksActually founder Kenny Leck on the fine line between being a designer and an artist. Read our interview with her where she tells us more about how she first got into the art.

The chat with Lim Qixuan takes place this Saturday, May 2, at 2pm. Catch it here

4. Catch more plays online

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After we streamed FALLING, we received numerous requests to share more of our plays online. LATE COMPANY was one that stood out, because it dealt with an online entity that has become a virus – cyber-bullying. This brilliant play also examined 21st century parenting, youth mental health, and exactly what kind of world we are leaving future generations to inherit. The response to this play was incredible, with many of you telling us how much its themes resonated with you. In this challenging period, we are all spending more time online than ever. In our desperate need to stay connected, there are those who are feeling increasingly alienated and isolated. So, while we all try to resist becoming slaves to the digital regime and we wait for the time when we can all enjoy one another’s company again in the flesh, we hope you enjoy LATE COMPANY… online. We will be streaming our production of LATE COMPANY (with captions) absolutely free on Vimeo from 20:00hrs Friday, 1 May to 23:59hrs Thursday, 7 May (link in bio). LATE COMPANY was given an Advisory 16 (some mature content) rating. If your circumstances permit, please do consider making a donation to Pangdemonium during this challenging time. Your support will ensure that we can continue to tell inspiring and empowering stories that you want to hear.

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While we reported last week that Singapore theatre stalwart Wild Rice has started to screen some of its best hits online, it’s not the only company in the scene to be doing so. Another well-loved player, Pangdemonium, is likewise screening their past works for free: this week’s showing stars Late Company (2019), which debuted last year to rave reviews. It focuses on a teenage boy and his distraught family who loses him to suicide – themes of youth mental health, cyber-bullying, and parenting in the 21st century are at the centre of this piece.

Catch Late Company here from May 1, 8pm. It’ll be available for free screening until May 7, 11.59pm. 

5. Tune in for ’80s hits

While the newly expanded party joint Nineteen80 is temporarily closed, here’s the next best thing you can do to get your retro fix. Every Friday of the month, the folk behind the Tanjong Pagar bar and club will be putting on a livestream full of earworms from the ’80s to the ’00s. If you hate the crowds at clubs but want to bust out some Footloose-esque moves in the safety of your room, here’s your best chance to do so.

Every Friday in May, 10pm-2am. Catch the livestream here

Cover image: Museum of Marine Life, Bao Songyu. Courtesy of ArtScience Museum