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Screening Series
Unruly Shadows: Artist Films and Videos on Challenging Spheres

18 Nov 2017, Sat 12:00 PM - 07:30 PM
19 Nov 2017, Sun 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM
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: “Film and Cinema as Ghost”, “Acting and Re-enacting”, “Histories Turning Ghosts”, and “Rituals”. The screening programme will consist of works by Ayisha Abraham (India), akumassa (Indonesia), Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (Thailand), Martha Atienza (Philippines), Ashish Avikunthak (India), Chien-Chi Chang (Taiwan/Austria), Tiane Doan na Champassak and Jean Dubrel (France), Köken Ergun (Turkey), Bayu Prihantoro Filemon (Indonesia), Hikaru Fujii (Japan), Hao Jingban (China), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Daniel Hui (Singapore), Ing K (Thailand), Meiro Koizumi (Japan), Soni Kum (Korea/Japan), Lee Kai Chung (Hong Kong), K. M. Madhusudhanan (India), Nguyen Trinh Thi (Vietnam), Vandy Rattana (Cambodia/Taiwan), Taiki Sakpisit (Japan), Chulayarnnon Siriphol (Thailand), Angela Su (Hong Kong), Tan Pin Pin (Singapore), Erika Tan (Singapore/UK), John Torres (Philippines), and Otty Widasari (Indonesia).  Scheduled screening will be accompanied by introductions, talks, and discussions between 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; and Silke Schmickl, Curator, National Gallery Singapore.



Saturday, 18 November 2017, 12.00 – 7.30pm 

Film and Cinema as Ghost

Short films, 
12.00 – 1.15pm
Straight 8, Ayisha Abrahams, India, 2005, 17 min
Imaginati, akumassa, Indonesia, 2013, 13 min
A Presentation By Proxy, Erika Tan, UK, 2014, 21 min
Horor Satu Menit / One Minute Horror, Otty Widasari, Indonesia, 2005, 1 min
Mesures et Démesures, Angela Su, Hong Kong, 2015, 6 min
History is a Silent Film, K. M. Madhusudhanan, India, 2007, 17 min

Conversation, 1.15 – 1.35pm

Feature film: 1.35 – 3.00pm
People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose 89’, John Torres, Philippines, 2016, 89 min

Acting and Re-enacting

Short films, 3.00 – 4.15pm
4×4 — Episodes of Singapore Art: Episode 3 — Tang Da Wu, The Most Radical Art Gesture, Ho Tzu Nyen, Singapore, 2005, 23 min
On the Origin of Fear, Bayu Prihantoro Filemon, Indonesia, 2016, 12 min
The History of Riots (The DJ), Lee Kai Chung, Hong Kong, 2013, 7 min
The Educational System of an Empire, Hikaru Fujiii, Japan, 2016, 21 min
Portrait of a Young Samurai, Meiro Koizumi, Japan, 2009, 10 min

Conversation, 4.15 – 4.35pm

Feature film, 4.35 – 7.30pm
Shakespeare Must Die, Ing K, Thailand, 2012, 176 min


Sunday, 19 November 2017, 12.00 – 7.00pm

Histories Turning Ghosts

Short films, 12.00 – 1.25pm
The Impossibility of Knowing, Tan Pin Pin, Singapore, 2010, 12 min
A Brief History of Memory, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Thailand, 2010, 14 min
The War That Never Was, Chien-Chi Chang, Taiwan/Austria, 2017, 16 min
Landscape Series #1, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Vietnam, 2013, 5 min
Monologue, Vandy Rattana, Cambodia, 2015, 20 min
A Ripe Volcano, Taiki Sakpisit, Thailand, 2011, 16 min
Sukati / A Tale of Heaven, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Thailand, 2010, 6 min

Conversation, 1.25 – 1.45pm

Feature film, 1.45 – 3.30pm
Snakeskin, Daniel Hui, Singapore/Portugal, 2014, 105 min


Short films, 3.30 – 5.25pm
Anito, Martha Atienza, Philippines, 2012, 8 min
Vakratunda Swaha, Ashish Avikunthak, India, 2010, 21 min
Off Takes, Hao Jingban, China, 2016, 22 min
Ashura, Köken Ergun, Turkey, 2013, 25 min
Naptwe, the feast of the spirits, Tiane Doan na Champassak and Jean Dubrel, France, 2012, 31 min
Spring Comes Winter After, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Vietnam, 2008, 5 min

Conversation, 5.25 – 5.45pm

Feature film, 5.45 – 7.00pm
Foreign Sky, Soni Kum, Korea/Japan, 2005, 70 min



Image credit: Angela Su, Mesures et Démesures, 2015, film stills. Courtesy the artist.