An-Ocean-Without-The-Anchor-by-Speak-Cryptic

An Ocean Without The Anchor by Speak Cryptic

Event Details
Calendar
19 Aug to 27 Aug 730pm - 12am
Music
Farizwan Fajari (Speak Cryptic)
location
Raffles City
Zone
Zone 1
ticket
Free Admission
Artist’s impression, courtesy of Speak Cryptic

An Ocean Without the Anchor
is inspired by the lighthouse, a sturdy structure synonymous with being a beacon of hope shining in the darkness. A guiding light for those lost at sea, the lighthouse gives a sense of comfort to seamen leaving and returning home. Aptly located at the entrance of Raffles City – which would have then been along the Singapore shoreline before land reclamation took place in 1822 – this installation is a nod to the Bugis people and their rich history as seafarers.

Conveying the value of bergotong-royong (Malay for cooperation), the tower comprises five figures sitting stacked on one another's shoulders. At the top is the roof of a traditional kampung house, signifying shelter and safety as our community slowly transitions into “the new normal”.

Creating an atmospheric auditory experience is an accompanying soundtrack featuring the sounds of the sea and kampung life drawn from SoundScapeSG and the National Archives of Singapore.

This programme is co-presented by the National Heritage Board (NHB) and National Library Board (NLB) as part of Singapore Night Festival and Curiocity, an NLB initiative, to discover hidden stories and facets of Singapore’s past from the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore collections. #SGStoryTellers

About Speak Cryptic
Farizwan Fajari, professionally known as Speak Cryptic, is a Singaporean artist. Endless manifestations of the self are a feature of his work, depicting identity in the form of texts and phrases extracted from punk lyrics and intricate patterns and figures. His drawings, paintings and installations stem from inquiries into ancestral migration, ethnic dislocation, gentrification and alternative subcultures. Speak Cryptic has participated in exhibitions such as the Koganecho Art Bazaar (Yokohama, Japan, 2018), the 1st Kuala Lumpur Biennale (2017), Secret Archipelago (Paris, France, 2015), the Singapore Biennale (2013) and Future Proof (Singapore, 2012).
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