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Workshop: Discovering Histories, Designing Stories by artist Robert Zhao Renhui and filmmaker Andre Quek

22 Aug 2020, Sat 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
The Seminar Room, Blk 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443

How can physical traces of the past help us visualise new narratives? This workshop begins with a nature trail by artist Robert Zhao Renhui through the secondary forest surrounding Gillman Barracks. Unearth the history of the Queen’s Own Hill from a plantation to military barracks, and to its current status as a visual arts precinct. Be inspired to create visual narratives about the area under the guidance of filmmaker Andre Quek. Learn basic principles of film language and visual storytelling, composition, and production design, and bring home your very own beatboard.

Workshop fee: $12
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Andre Quek (Singapore) is a filmmaker who specialises in 2D hand-drawn animation. Quek graduated with honours from the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (2014), and co-founded Finding Pictures in 2018, an animation studio in Singapore. He draws inspiration from all walks of life, believing that abstracting the details of reality enlivens his animations. Quek’s film Princess has been screened at over 50 international film festivals, winning multiple awards for best animation short film, including Best Animation Award at the National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) 2015, and Gold award in the Crowbar Awards 2015. He has since focused on directing commercial shorts and produced Automatonomy (2017) that won Best Animation at NYFA 2019.

Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore) is a multidisciplinary artist and the founder of the Institute of Critical Zoologists. Persistently twisting reality and fiction, his artistic practice addresses the human relationship with nature, challenging accepted parameters of objectivity and scientific modes of classifications. Zhao received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Photography from Camberwell College of Arts and London College of Communication respectively. He has exhibited in solo shows and biennales internationally. He was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 2010. He was named as a finalist for the Benesse Prize 2019, and the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2017.

This is an education programme of the exhibition Non-Aligned.

Image: Courtesy Robert Zhao.


Note: NTU CCA Singapore is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation while adhering to government advisories. This includes limiting the number of workshop participants, and conducting temperature screenings as well as contact tracing and safe-distancing measures. We seek your understanding and cooperation in ensuring the safety of our staff and visitors.

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