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5 Cool Events This Week: Garden Beats 2020, Gong Baths With Art And More

For the contemporary music/art/sustainability lover, you don't want to miss out on Garden Beats, which is marching on with appropriate Covid-19 measures. Just don't forget to bring your water bottle.
Garden Beats Festival
Yes, despite the current Covid-19 fervour, the good folks behind this conscious music-meets-art-meets-sustainability festival (it’s reportedly Singapore’s first 100% carbon-neutral festival) is still proceeding as planned – with measures in place as recommended by the Ministry of Health for those who might be worried. Headliners include Foals – the band will be returning to Singapore for their fourth gig, most likely playing material from their new album, while art lovers can look forward to a series of performances and visual art around the venue. Just remember to bring your own water bottles – single-use plastics are completely banned from the space, though if you do slip up, you can always rent a cup from the organisers. Details here.   Feb 29, 1pm – 10.30pm   Fort Canning Park  Gong baths at the Singapore Biennale
If you’re unfamiliar, gong baths do not actually involve water of any sort. Instead, it’s a meditative session where the sounds and vibrations from the gong are utilised as a source of therapy and healing. It might sound kooky but gong, or sound baths, have been increasing in popularity globally, with even acts such as the cult Icelandic band Sigur Ros incorporating the idea into their performances. Now you can try your hand at gong baths – with a twist – surrounded by art (commissioned for the ongoing Singapore Biennale). Book your tickets here.   Feb 29 and March 22, 11am – 12pm   Gillman Barracks, Block 38, #01-07   SUPER–TRAJECTORY: Life in Motion
ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition focuses on a highly pertinent topic these days – the human experience in an “era of instantaneity, transformation and conflict, where speed is the new scale.” Don’t think this only applies to the world of art though – the very recent announcement of Raf Simons joinng Prada as co-creative director was after all, a reaction against the fashion industry’s increasingly fast-paced focus on the bottom line (dollar dollar bills) instead of the artistic merits of the creative soul. Through the lens of technology in art, the exhibition, which features new media artworks by Singapore and Taiwan artists, poses this question: “What are the humanistic values and principles in an increasingly formatted world?” Intrigued? So are we. Details here.   *Artwork image by Ong Kian Peng   On now till Mar 8, 10am – 7pm   ArtScience Museum, Level 4 Attagirl! + Friends Monthly Jam / Open Call
Cool girl Amanda Keisha Ang has long been a well-respected DJ, as well as co-founder of the all-women DJ collective Attagirl. Now she’s debuting a new monthly series where female (or female-identifying) DJs of all skill levels are welcomed to jam and practice with them over at White Label Records. Ang is also launching an introduction to DJ-ing workshop that is slated to take place quarterly, so if you’ve always wanted to get started, here’s your best chance. Details here.   Feb 29, 7pm – midnight   White Label Records, 28 Ann Siang Road Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Yes Oscar season may be over but there are still plenty of gems to be had – such as Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Celine Sciamma’s delicate and slow-burning French drama set in the 18th century.   Here is what film connoisseur Vincent Quek (founder of independent film distributor Anticipate Pictures) had to say about the piece: A sensuous, tender and honest portrayal of the budding friendship and love between two souls in 18th century patriarchal France. This is Call Me By Your Name meets The Piano for the L in LGBTQ. The film is gorgeous – a painting in literal motion. My personal top film of the (Cannes) festival.” Get your tickets here.   On now, various dates and times   The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower