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Arts

Contrary to uninitiated belief, the Arts exceeds the scope of visual art. To the best of our ability, the Arts vertical is entrenched in the egalitarian belief that all forms of art are born equal, and should be represented likewise.

Movie Review: ‘One Cut Of The Dead’ Gives A Jocular View On Indie Filmmaking

Movie Review: ‘One Cut Of The Dead’ Gives A Jocular View On Indie Filmmaking

After a string of award-winning short films, One Cut Of The Dead (Japanese Title: Camera wo Tomeru na) is director Shinichiro Ueda’s feature film debut. Having successfully earned 250 times its working budget in the box office, the film has also recently won the Audience Choice at the Singapore International Film Festival 2018 (SGIFF). The film opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film. The film’s director (Takayuki Hamatsu) is exasperated with the actress’ (Yuzuki Akiyama) acting skills and even takes it out on the actor (Kazuaki Nagaya). The crew takes a break…
Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2019: A Celebration of Urban Art and Youth Subcultures

Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2019: A Celebration of Urban Art and Youth Subcultures

Aliwal Urban Art Festival is back for its sixth edition as part of Singapore Art Week 2019! Held at Aliwal Arts Centre on 19 January 2019 from 4pm till late, the urban art festival will feature graffiti and graphic art, dance battles, live performances and more. The festival also offers opportunities for all to explore, enjoy, and experience various facets of urban art and youth subcultures showcased during the festival. Dance: Radikal Forze Jam Curated by Darren ‘dt‘ Toh, this year’s festival features special showcases by the hip-hop community. Audiences will also get to witness the Radikal Forze Jam 2019…
CNY Family Fun: SCCC’s Activities Brings the Young & Old Together

CNY Family Fun: SCCC’s Activities Brings the Young & Old Together

What is there to do during Chinese New Year beyond the usual reunion dinners and house gatherings? The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) may have an answer. By catering to a plethora of activities to children and adults alike – many of which are creative renditions or novel additions to CNY traditions – the SCCC hopes to engage families during this festive season. From painting the ocarina (a portable Chinese musical instrument) to a crash course on lion dance, here are what you can expect from CNY Family Fun happening on the weekend from 12 to 13 January. Handicraft Activities One…
Just A Breath Away Movie Review: An Unconventional Take On Post-Apocalyptic Thrillers

Just A Breath Away Movie Review: An Unconventional Take On Post-Apocalyptic Thrillers

Post-apocalyptic thriller ‘Just a Breath Away’ (French title: Dans la Brume) takes to the rooftops of Paris as the film follows a family of three attempting to escape amidst the poisonous gas cloud that has blanketed the city. The film starts with Mathieu (Roman Duris) arriving back from Canada, where he was trying to find a cure for his 11-year-old daughter’s immunodeficiency disorder. It was introduced later in the film that his wife, Anna (Olga Kurylenko), and daughter, Sarah (Fantine Harduin) live in a state-of-the-art hermetic bubble. The film wastes no time as an earthquake hits Paris, unleashing a thick…
Mind Over Matter Exhibition: Conversations with Lionel Sabatté

Mind Over Matter Exhibition: Conversations with Lionel Sabatté

Originally founded by a French family, Mazel Galerie is an international contemporary art gallery that is also its only franchise in Asia. Just a stone’s throw away from Singapore’s Orchard MRT station, the gallery is home to works of both established and emerging artists. Mazel Galerie is hosting multi-disciplinary French artist Lionel Sabatté’s first solo exhibition in Singapore and Asia, Mind Over Matter. Known for his extraordinary ability to reshape and reuse matter to unprecedented levels, Lionel Sabatté is one of the most reputable French experimental artists today. Most recently, he has won the Laureat Patio Maison Rouge in Paris…
Event Guide: Arts Events & Films for the Ultimate Christmas Experience

Event Guide: Arts Events & Films for the Ultimate Christmas Experience

Although Singapore cannot offer you a white Christmas, there are still other ways to steep yourself in the festive mood. Whether it is watching classic Christmas films, going to a Christmas concert, or even trying out a new concept of Christmas-themed theatrical dining, we have compiled a guide for you to enjoy Christmas through film and arts. Christmas Films Watching Christmas films as a family can be a very relaxing and effective family bonding experience. The problem is, there are too many Christmas films to choose from! Fret not, for DANAMIC has narrowed it down for you. The Grinch In…
Emylia Safian’s Traces Exhibition Sheds Light on Art Therapy & Childhood Wounds

Emylia Safian’s Traces Exhibition Sheds Light on Art Therapy & Childhood Wounds

Provoking its audience to pay closer attention to childhood issues affecting or arising from contemporary society, Traces, a research-informed and art therapy practice-based art exhibition, aims to make such issues and concerns more accessible to achieve greater public awareness. Emylia Safian, the academic lead of the exhibition and a registered art therapist, added: “Such research material would otherwise be confined to academic journals. This has also encouraged the art therapists to become agents of social change, using art as a platform.” Created by final year MA Art Therapy (MAAT) students at LASALLE College of the Arts, Traces is a first-of-its-kind…
ICN 2019’s Arunika Musical Boasts a Talented Cast with Intricate Storytelling

ICN 2019’s Arunika Musical Boasts a Talented Cast with Intricate Storytelling

In next year’s edition, ICN 2019 – Arunika: A Musical sheds light on the perspectives of both the Indonesians and the Dutch, with the historical setting of 19th century Batavia, the present-day Jakarta, Indonesia. Presenting a blend of different Indonesian cultures (Balinese and Mollucan), the production aims to inspire its audience to strive for a more tolerant and peaceful society. Produced entirely by the Indonesian students of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), ICN is an arts and cultural community that produces theatrical works annually, albeit having taken a gap year in 2017. From the music composition, scriptwriting, training of actors and…
Sink or Swim Movie Review: A Lighthearted Take On Self-Discovery Through Sychronised Swimming

Sink or Swim Movie Review: A Lighthearted Take On Self-Discovery Through Sychronised Swimming

“You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole, and you can’t fit a round peg in a square hole”. Directed by Gilles Lellouche, the premise of Sink or Swim (French title: Le Grand Bain) attempts to falsify the above-mentioned statement. Sink or Swim is a comedy film about a ragtag bunch of “losers” who form an unlikely team of male synchronized swimmers. Viewers who are well-versed with French cinema will notice that the majority of the main cast are prominent actors in French cinema, some of whom even have directorial and filmmaking experience.  The plot starts with Bertrand (Mathieu Amalric), an unemployed father of…
Capturing the Spirit: Ronnie Ford Features Unique Texturescaping Technique in Sublime Landscape Artworks

Capturing the Spirit: Ronnie Ford Features Unique Texturescaping Technique in Sublime Landscape Artworks

Back with his third solo exhibition titled ‘Capturing the Spirit’, contemporary Scottish artist Ronnie Ford portrays his artworks on travels and experiences through ‘texturescaping‘. About the Artist Ford believes in the saying: “Anyone can paint a picture, but only a master can capture its spirit.” Born in Dunoon, Scotland, Ford’s passion for art started when he was 16. Acrylic paint back in the day was too sticky and he wanted to combine his love for painting and sculpting. Thus, Ronnie Ford became the pioneer artist to adopt what is now known as ‘texturescaping‘. Growing up, he had many role models…
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