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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: May 22 - 26

It’s a short week with rich pickings with the ongoing Singapore International Festival of Arts, the ArtScience Museum’s must-see new exhibition Floating Utopias as well as members club and lifestyle hotspot Straits Clan’s first anniversary celebrations. Read on.

Floating Utopias
The ArtScience Museum always puts on interesting exhibitions and their latest, Floating Utopias, continues in that same vein. Inspired by the invention of the first manned hot-air balloon in the 18th century, the exhibition will showcase over 40 artworks by local and international artists, as well as eight large-scale air-filled sculptures, that yes, will be floating in the museum. But it’s not all Cappadocia-esque photo opportunities; Floating Utopias also looks at the history of inflatable art and how they’ve impacted human history. A key highlight would be Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram (pictured above) that features detailed, high-resolution NASA imagery of the lunar surface that has previously been exhibited at world-class spaces such as the Natural History Museum in London and the Beijing Olympic Water Cube. Excited? More details here. May 25 – Sept 29, 10am – 7pm ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue Straits Clan's 1st anniversary
Has it already been one year since Straits Clan burst onto the scene? The members’ club and lifestyle destination has quickly become the de facto choice for everything from film screenings to exclusive dinners with visiting artists/celebrities and we have to say, we’re not surprised. Now for their first anniversary, there’ll be avant garde dancers, fortune tellers, tattoo artists, game rooms as well as maestro DJ Aldrin helming the deck – it’ll be the place to be this Saturday night. More details here. May 25, 8pm – 3am Straits Clan, 31 Bukit Pasoh Road Topographies by Jason Lim
First, let’s establish what topography is – according to Google, it’s defined as “the study of the shape of Earth’s surface and its physical characteristics, such as mountains, valleys and forests”. Acclaimed ceramicist and performance artist Jason Lim is putting on a solo exhibition at Telok Ayer Arts Club titled Topographies, which sees the artist wittily using his own body as a prop to showcase materials found in nature such as moss and stones. For those who are environmentally-conscious, don’t worry – all materials are returned to where the artist found them. Lim will also be doing a live performance piece tonight to open the exhibition – don’t miss out. More details here. May 22 – July 11, 11am – 11pm Telok Ayer Arts Club, 2 McCallum Street Singular Screens
If film is more your thing rather than arts, be sure to hit up Singular Screens, which is the film program (curated by Asian Film Archive) of SIFA. The program showcases an interesting slate of international and local works, many making their premiere in Asia or Singapore for the first time, including Demons by acclaimed local filmmaker Daniel Hui (pictured above), an experimental, satirical flick on power, art and sexual politics. If anything, Singular Screens is also the perfect chance to check out Singapore’s newest film destination, Oldham Theatre – many of the films in the line-up will be screened there. More details here. On now till June 2 Various timings and locations In Conversation with Ryuichi Sakamoto
Legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s performance piece was the first event to be sold out after the announcement of this year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) – and for good reason. For the many fans who were unable to get tickets, console yourself by going for his talk at SOTA instead, where the musician will be discussing his 40+ years career in shaping the landscape of contemporary music. Admission is free but you’ll have to register here – we’d act fast. May 23, 7.30pm SOTA Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive