This Week, Check Out ArtScience Museum's Horror-Themed Screenings & More
Get educated on cinematic horror
Halloween is probably cancelled this year but here’s a great alternative for horror buffs: head down to ArtScience Museum instead. The programming team has curated a series of classics in the genre, starting with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (pictured above) – a German silent horror masterpiece that marks its 100th anniversary this year.
It’s widely considered to be the first true horror film and one of the most defining works of German Expressionism so this is a very rare treat. Aside from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the early works (1967-1995) of David Lynch will be on show as well. While screenings are free, please register first before heading down.
If you’re into zines, the museum’s monthly publication is now available online. The Oct issue breaks down the visual and academic legacy of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari without getting too serious about it – and it’s a great read. Check out the rest of the month’s offering here.
On now till Nov 6
Check out this new 'library'
The Library of Unread Books is an ongoing project by Singapore artist Heman Chong and Renee Staal that has well over 2,000 titles in its collection. Now in its eighth iteration, it has just taken temporary residence at independent art spaceI_S_L_A_N_D_S. What makes the space unusual is the fact that every single book stocked here was once private property and has been donated by an individual who did not read it when it was in their possession.
The main purpose of this library is to give these hidden away titles a new space for shared knowledge. And while the books aren’t available for taking home, you’re welcome to browse them and bring your own books to add to the collection – because who hasn’t bought a book on impulse and left them tucked away in a corner when they weren’t to your preference? Contributors will receive a personalised library card and a lifetime membership to this quirky project.
On now till Oct 25 at #B1-07B Excelsior Shopping Centre
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Catch a special online film festival
In these topsy-turvy times, problems new and old alike are surfacing and many people are feeling unmoored. You’ll want to pay attention to National Gallery Singapore’s Painting with Light initiative – its annual festival of international films on art.
As with many things, the festival has now been shifted online for the first time and will be screened for free. There are a total of 20 short and feature-length films, including seven works that are making their Singapore premiere. Together, these films explore the tangible and intangible aspects of home in the face of ever-changing global and local environments (and we’re not just talking the Covid-19 either).
Among the works we’re looking out include Piece of Meat (pictured above), an animated short film directed by Singapore filmmakers Huang Junxiang and Jerrold Chong, and written by veteran auteur Eric Khoo.
A quirky dark comedy with everyday objects as the cast (a lamb chop working hard to support her low-income family is the main character), the short is essentially about wealth gap that’s increasingly evident not just abroad but in Singapore as well. Piece of Meat was selected for Cannes Film Festival’s independent sidebar programme, Directors’ Fortnight, last year. Check out the full line-up of films here.