Conversation: Talking Leaves by Shubigi Rao

Conversation: Talking Leaves by Shubigi Rao

Shubigi Rao, Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, 2022. Installation view, Singapore Pavilion, Biennale Arte 2022. Photograph by Alessandro Brasile.

Date: 17 January 2023, Tuesday
Time: 5.00 – 6.30 pm
Venue: ArtScience Museum, L4

Shubigi Rao, director and Zai Tang, sound designer of Talking Leaves, will be in conversation with filmmaker Kirsten Tan and Executive Director Asian Film Archive, Karen Chan moderated by Alfonse Chiu.

Free. Limited capacity.

About Karen Chan

Karen Chan is the Executive Director of the Asian Film Archive (AFA) and is focused on the preservation and access of collections, and the training of archivists. She teaches film literacy classes to students and the public. She writes and publishes essays about film preservation, most recently in the book, Keeping Memories: Cinema and Archiving in the Asia-Pacific (2022). She presents at industry and academic events like the International Film Industry Conference, the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Conference, and the EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam International Conference. Karen is the current president of the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA). She serves on the Singapore Film Commission advisory committee. Her previous experiences include working at the National Archives of Singapore, National Arts Council, and the Natural History Museum in New York City.

About Kirsten Tan

Kirsten Tan is a writer, director and filmmaker with a penchant for bold visual storytelling. Raised in Singapore, she lived in South Korea and Thailand before moving to New York City, where she has been based for over a decade. A Sundance institute and Cinereach Film Fellow, she did her Master’s in Film Production at New York University and received the Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship. Her debut feature POP AYE (2017) was awarded the Top Production Prize in the Torino Film Lab competition. It also received a Special Jury Prize for Screenwriting at Sundance, the Big Screen Award at Rotterdam Film Festival and the Best International Film Award at Zurich Film Festival. Tan was accorded the Young Artist Award by National Arts Council, Singapore (2015) and was nominated as a Singaporean of the Year by The Straits Times (2017).

About Zai Tang

Zai Tang is an artist, composer and sound designer based in Singapore. Drawing influence from acoustic ecology, phenomenology and electronic & experimental music, his practise is built upon a belief that listening is an invaluable means of attuning to and forming deeper relationships with the worlds we inhabit.

Recent presentations include the National Gallery Singapore (2021); Thailand Biennale, Korat (2021); Busan Biennale, South Korea (2020) with Rei Hayama; Singapore Biennale (2019); Danspace Projects, New York (2018) with Emmanuèle Phuon. {if your bait can sing the wild one will come} Like Shadows Through Leaves by The Migrant Ecologies Project won the FIPRESCI Award at ISFF Oberhausen (2021) and Best Singapore Short Film at SGIFF (2021). In 2022, Zai toured with Pichet Klunchun Dance Company performing “No.60” at ROHM Theatre (Kyoto), Tanz Im August (Berlin), Dansens Hus (Oslo), NorrlandsOperan (Umea), da:ns festival (Singapore) and IDF (Jakarta).

About Alfonse Chiu

Alfonse Chiu is a writer, artist, and curator working at the intersection of text, space, and the moving image. Their practice investigates imaginaries of capital and ideologies as shaped by media infrastructures and networked economies. They are the founder of the Centre for Urban Mythologies, a critical research and artistic platform exploring the tropes and narratives of the urban condition to propose larger situated critiques of capitalism and Anthropocene positioned from the Global South. They are the Fall 2021 e-flux journal fellow and the 2021/22 DECK Associate Curator. Their projects, performances, and engagements have been presented internationally including at Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, Ars Electronica 2022, and the IMPACT22 symposium presented by the PACT Zollverein, Essen.

This public programme is part of Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book by Shubigi Rao and curated by Ute Meta Bauer, at  ArtScience Museum from 6 to 24 January 2023.

Part of Singapore Art Week 2023. The Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore.

→Click here for updated information on opening hours and screening times.

Talk: Backstories from Talking Leaves and Pulp Vol. III

Talk: Backstories on Talking Leaves and Pulp Vol. III

Shubigi Rao, Talking Leaves, 2022, film still.

Date: 13 January 2023, Friday
Time: 3.00 – 4.30 pm
Venue: ArtScience Museum, L4

An intimate sharing by artist Shubigi Rao of the people, events and narratives featured in her film and book.

Free. Limited capacity.

This public programme is part of Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book by Shubigi Rao and curated by Ute Meta Bauer, at  ArtScience Museum from 6 to 24 January 2023.

Part of Singapore Art Week 2023. The Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore.

→Click here for updated information on opening hours and screening times.

Conversation: The Making of the Singapore Pavilion 2022

Conversation: The Making of the Singapore Pavilion 2022

Shubigi Rao, Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, 2022. Installation view, Singapore Pavilion, Biennale Arte 2022. Photograph by Alessandro Brasile.

Date: 7 January 2023, Saturday
Time: 5.00 – 6.30 pm
Venue: ArtScience Museum, L4

Artist Shubigi Rao, curator Ute Meta Bauer, exhibition designer Laura Miotto, and Vice-President of ArtScience Museum and Attractions, Honor Harger, will discuss the making of the Singapore Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2022 and the exhibition in Singapore.

Free. Limited capacity.

This public programme is part of Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book by Shubigi Rao and curated by Ute Meta Bauer, at  ArtScience Museum from 6 to 24 January 2023.

Part of Singapore Art Week 2023. The Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore.

→Click here for updated information on opening hours and screening times.

Special Screening of Talking Leaves

SPECIAL SCREENING of Talking Leaves

Film still from Talking Leaves (2022) by Shubigi Rao. Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.
Shubigi Rao, Talking Leaves, 2022, film still.

Date: 5 January 2023, Thursday
Time: 8.00 – 10.30 pm
Venue: Capitol Theatre, 17 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178907

Talking Leaves
Shubigi Rao
2022
An unabridged journey into the banished book
Single channel in 2K, colour, 5.1 sound, 90 minutes

This special screening of Talking Leaves is part of Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, by artist Shubigi Rao and curated by Ute Meta Bauer. Created for the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (Biennale Arte 2022), Pulp III marks the midpoint of Rao’s ongoing decade-long project Pulp, which explores the history of book destruction and its impact on the futures of knowledge.

This film screening held at Capitol Theatre, one of Singapore’s finest cinemas in the 1930s and a significant site during the golden age of Malay cinema, this screening is a reminder of Singapore’s vital film history.

Programme
8.00pm Reception
8.30pm Opening Remarks
9.00–10.30pm Film Screening 

Registration starts at 7.30pm

This screening is part of Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book by Shubigi Rao and curated by Ute Meta Bauer, at ArtScience Museum from 6 to 24 January 2023.

Part of Singapore Art Week 2023. The Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore.

→Click here for updated information on opening hours and screening times.

Public Reading

Public reading

Laura Miotto, Federico Bucci, Anna Toscano, Ilenia Maschietto, Filippo Granchio. Photograph by Natalie Chang.
Laura Miotto, Federico Bucci, Anna Toscano, Ilenia Maschietto, Filippo Granchio.
Photograph by Natalie Chang.

In the spirit of Shubigi Rao’s project Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book for the Singapore Pavilion curated by Ute Meta Bauer, writers, librarians, printers and other members of the community featured in the artist’s film and book came together for an afternoon of public reading; ranging from the historical connections between access to knowledge and political power, to the strategies of tyranny to silence and censor. A Venetian librarian shared stories of banned books and her favourite books of resistance, while we heard how alternative archives can act as vital safeguards of democracy. Through these stories, we saw the book as an embodiment of collective thought, labour and readership, and recognised this medium as an intimate holder of humanity and community. Besides the artist, curator and Pavilion architect Laura Miotto, speakers included Anna Toscano, Stefania Bertelli, Marco Borghi, Mario Infelise, Federico Bucci, and more.

The event was held on Sunday, 24 April 2022, 2.30 to 4.30pm at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia Auditorium.

Stefania Bertelli, formerly IVESER – Istituto Veneziano per la Storia della Resistenza e della Società Contemporanea (Venetian Institute of the History of the Resistance and Contemporary Society). Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Stefania Bertelli, formerly IVESER – Istituto Veneziano per la Storia della Resistenza e della Società Contemporanea (Venetian Institute of the History of the Resistance and Contemporary Society). Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Mario Infelise, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice. Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Mario Infelise, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice. Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Anna Toscano. Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Anna Toscano. Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Ute Meta Bauer, Laura Miotto, Federico Bucci, Mario Infelise, Stefania Bertelli, Shubigi Rao, Anna Toscano, Ilenia Maschietto, Filippo Granchio, Marco Borghi and Tay Tong. Photograph by Violetta Perini.
Ute Meta Bauer, Laura Miotto, Federico Bucci, Mario Infelise, Stefania Bertelli, Shubigi Rao, Anna Toscano, Ilenia Maschietto, Filippo Granchio, Marco Borghi and Tay Tong.
Photograph by Violetta Perini.

Official Opening

Shubigi Rao, Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, 2022, installation view. Photograph by Alessandro Brasile.

OFFICIAL OPENING

Commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore, and marking its 10th participation, the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of the La Biennale di Venezia was officially opened by Edwin Tong, Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth on 21 April 2022. 

The event took place at the Indoor Arena 1 of Arsenale Sale d’Armi and was followed by a tour of the Pavilion.

Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth speaking at the Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth speaking at the Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth speaking at the Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator, speaking at the Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Low Eng Teong, Deputy Chief Executive (Sector Development), National Arts Council, Singapore; Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth; Ute Meta Bauer, Curator; Shubigi Rao, Artist; Lee Tung Jean, Deputy Secretary (Culture and Sports), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth; Tay Tong, Director of Sector Development (Visual Arts), National Arts Council, Singapore. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Low Eng Teong, Deputy Chief Executive (Sector Development), National Arts Council, Singapore; Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth; Ute Meta Bauer, Curator; Shubigi Rao, Artist; Lee Tung Jean, Deputy Secretary (Culture and Sports), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth; Tay Tong, Director of Sector Development (Visual Arts), National Arts Council, Singapore. Image courtesy of National Arts Council, Singapore.
Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2022. Photograph by Alessandro Brasile.
Official Opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2022. Photograph by Alessandro Brasile.

Behind-the-Scenes

Behind-the-scenes

On 12 March 2022, the Singapore Pavilion held a “behind-the-scenes” with artist Shubigi Rao, curator Ute Meta Bauer, exhibition designer Laura Miotto and design firm Studio SWELL ahead of its opening in April 2022 at the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

The event took place at the Black Box at 42 Waterloo Street.

Moderator Kathleen Ditzig, curator Ute Meta Bauer, Benson Chong and Felix Sng, Studio SWELL, exhibition designer Laura Miotto, and artist Shubigi Rao (on screen). Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Moderator Kathleen Ditzig, curator Ute Meta Bauer, Benson Chong and Felix Sng, Studio SWELL, exhibition designer Laura Miotto, and artist Shubigi Rao (on screen). Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Behind-the-Scenes at Black Box, 42 Waterloo Street on 12 March 2022. Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Behind-the-Scenes at Black Box, 42 Waterloo Street on 12 March 2022. Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Moderator Kathleen Ditzig, curator Ute Meta Bauer, and Benson Chong, Studio SWELL. Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Moderator Kathleen Ditzig, curator Ute Meta Bauer, and Benson Chong, Studio SWELL. Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Felix Sng, Studio SWELL, curator Ute Meta Bauer, project manager Mary Ann Ng, artist Shubigi Rao (on screen), Benson Chong, Studio SWELL, moderator Kathleen Ditzig, project manager Tian Lim, and exhibition designer Laura Miotto. Photograph by Desiree Tan.
Felix Sng, Studio SWELL, curator Ute Meta Bauer, project manager Mary Ann Ng, artist Shubigi Rao (on screen), Benson Chong, Studio SWELL, moderator Kathleen Ditzig, project manager Tian Lim, and exhibition designer Laura Miotto. Photograph by Desiree Tan.

Press Conference

Image by Shubigi Rao: Cover of racy Jawi novel published by Qalam Press, Singapore, as shown by Faris Joraimi, Singapore.
Image by Shubigi Rao: Cover of racy Jawi novel published by Qalam Press, Singapore, as shown by Faris Joraimi, Singapore.

PRESS CONFERENCE

January 18, 2022

Taking the form of a book, film and paper maze, Shubigi Rao’s exhibition, Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, curated by Ute Meta Bauer and commissioned by National Arts Council, Singapore, explores the persistence of endangered languages, the futures of public and alternative libraries, and the cosmopolitanism of regional communities that have blossomed and waned in historic centers of print and trade, including Venice and Singapore.

Held on 18 January during Singapore Art Week 2022 at the Gillman Barracks, the press conference invited local and international media (the latter via livestream) to a panel discussion with the Artistic Team, artist Shubigi Rao and curator Ute Meta Bauer, as well as exhibition designer Laura Miotto; moderated by Kathleen Ditzig.

Shubigi Rao, artist speaking at the press conference for the Singapore Pavilion, 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.
Shubigi Rao, artist.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator; Shubigi Rao, artist; and Kathleen Ditzig, moderator.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator; Shubigi Rao, artist; and Kathleen Ditzig, moderator.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator, and Shubigi Rao, artist.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator, and Shubigi Rao, artist.
Ute Meta Bauer, curator.
Laura Miotto, exhibition designer; Ute Meta Bauer, curator; Shubigi Rao, artist, Tay Tong, Director, Sector Development (Visual Arts), National Arts Council, Singapore; and Kathleen Ditzig, moderator.
Laura Miotto, exhibition designer; Ute Meta Bauer, curator; Shubigi Rao, artist, Tay Tong, Director, Sector Development (Visual Arts), National Arts Council, Singapore; and Kathleen Ditzig, moderator.