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5 Things To Do This Week: Planet Or Plastic Exhibition Opens At ArtScience Museum, Major Sale For Brands Like Ann Demeulemeester And Rick Owens & More

An edit of things to do in Singapore this week.
Learn more about plastic pollution at this major exhibition
There’s a new heavyweight exhibition in town. Titled Planet or Plastic?, this photography exhibition by National Geographic opens at ArtScience Museum this week – marking the latter’s first exhibition since re-opening. Featuring 70 powerful images from photographers around the world, the event is unusual in that it not so much preaches but rather, tells the story behind this ubiquitous material from its invention just over a century ago to its mass consumption today.   Expect to see startling images by National Geographic photographers who’ve seen the devastating results of our over-reliance on plastic first hand, especially in the oceans. Of course, you can also expect to walk away from the exhibition with real-world tips on how to responsibly reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse products with single-use plastic.   Planet or Plastic? opens at ArtScience Museum on Sept 12. Get your tickets here. Check out this sale
If you’re a fan of cult avant-garde labels such as Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Guidi, Song For The Mute and more, be sure to pop by this weekend as there’s a massive sale (organised by a local multi-label boutique) with discounts up to 90 per cent – which is practically unheard of for these labels. Be prepared to queue.   The sale happens on Sept 11-Sept 13 at 11am-8pm at #04-08, TripleOne Somerset Immerse yourself in the culture of camp
A new exhibition over at the west side of Singapore celebrates the culture of camp and kitsch aesthetics, especially in a Southeast Asia setting. Titled The Foot Beneath the Flower and curated by Louis Ho, the exhibition sees local and regional creatives and artists exhibiting a wide range of exciting pieces. Pieces to look out for include this shocking pink installation titled Bai Barbarella Chow that was inspired by the culture of pole dancing – a collaboration between emerging fashion designer Samuel Xun and artist Stephanie Jane Burt. Is it worth a trip down to the NTU’s ADM gallery to catch it? Absolutely.   On now till Oct 31 at NTU ADM Gallery, 81 Nanyang Drive. Photography by Jonathan Tan Donate for a good cause
Independent photography mecca Deck is known for its support of young artists and photographers (pictured here: a recent work by emerging artist Rifdi bin Rosly) as well as just being an unusual exhibition space, thanks to its distinctive shipping container structure. If you love the space, well here’s some bad news: their current space over at Prinsep Street is scheduled to be demolished next March.   The good news is, they’re hunting for a new permanent space and they’re appealing for community support to help fund part of the costs, which are considerable, as you can imagine. Read the full story here and if you’re in a position to contribute financially, here’s where to do so. Catch a rare film festival
For film buffs, this week is a good one: the Singular Screens film festival opens over at independent cinema Oldham Theatre. For the uninitiated, Singular Screens is a selection of bold and diverse films curated by the Asian Film Archive for the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2020.   From the pensive Tamaran Hill (above, a poignant Japanese piece on the power of words and their meanings) to the surrealistic Last and First Men where a future race of humans finds themselves on the verge of extinction, this outing represents a rare chance to catch films that would not usually have been screened in Singapore.   On now till Oct 11. Check out the full line-up here.    Cover Photo Courtesy of Justin Hofman and Artscience Museum