Venue: The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road
Taking place on the closing weekend of Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History, the screening of selected films and videos by artists from Asia will expand on the discussion of moving image as an apparatus for capturing and propagating narratives. Through the notion of “ghost” and “spectres,” the programme entails discussions that take the exhibition as a point of departure, referencing mythologies, folklore, traditions, politics, and other prevalent themes portrayed in the artworks. It looks into the strategies employed by artists in visualising and imagining socio-political minefields. Due to the spectrum of collective experiences in a wider Asia, the film programme presents alternate visions of the exhibition, surfacing the undercurrents that permeate geopolitical entanglements. These anxieties present ways of approaching other logics of generational understanding, temporal localities, and regional variations as artists embark on translations of the past into contemporary imaginings. Confronting the unruliness of memory, the film programme draws parallels between history and the moving image: as moments that, in their unfolding, haunt us again and again.
The two-day event is divided into four themes: “Rituals,” “Histories Turning Ghosts,” “Film and Cinema as Ghost,” and “Acting and Re-enacting.” The screening programme will consist of works by Akumassa (Ad hoc Project), Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Ashish Avikunthak, Köken Ergun, Hikaru Fuiji, Ho Tzu Nyen, Ing K, Soni Kum, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Vandy Rattana, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Angela Su, Tan Pin Pin, Erika Tan, Otty Widarsi, among others. The scheduled screening will be accompanied by introductions, talks, and discussions among a group of Singapore-based curators and researchers, addressing the complexities embedded in the selected works. Speakers include Dr Marc Glöde, film scholar and Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU; Fang-Tze Hsu, independent researcher and curator; Qinyi Lim, Curator, National Gallery Singapore; Sam I-Shan, Curator of Visual Arts, Esplanade; Silke Schmickl, Curator, National Gallery Singapore; and Dr David Teh, curator, writer, and researcher based at the National University of Singapore.