CONCRETE ISLAND takes as its points of departure J.G. Ballard’s novel of the same title and Tan Pin Pin’s film 80km/h. Rather than a cartographical record of Singapore, the project maps Singapore as a landscape of varying intensities, speed and rhythms. Using the term ‘concrete island’ as a guiding metaphor, this project by the NUS Museum encompasses an exhibition space, a publication reader, a reading workshop, a mobile cinema programme, and a bus tour along the Pan Island Expressway.
The bus tour begins at Changi Airport and ends at Tuas Checkpoint before dropping the passengers off at Golden Mile Tower. It will traverse the horizons of Singapore along the Pan Island Expressway as a sort of response to the film 80 km/h, but this time on a bus and with a speaker on board. Offered almost as a tourist’s moving image of Singapore, this bus tour would address Singapore’s urban history, its movements, and the design of expressways in Singapore.
Dr Lai Chee Kien is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He is also a registered architect in Singapore. He researches on histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia.
Limited to 40 pax, Free, 90 minutes
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration will open in January 2016.
When: 23 Jan 2016,