Singapore by Singapore: From myth to neon realism

The Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore presents Singapore by Singapore: From myth to neon realism, a screening of recent, rare, and never-before-screened film and video curated by Nicole Brenez and Silke Schmickl. The programme highlights the films’ original and critical approaches towards Singaporean history, culture and identity. Drawing on a range of styles and techniques, the films reveal nuances, tensions and diversity in these ideas, particularly the notion of Singapore as an emblematic modern city. 


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Beyond the blazing power of Singapore, the artists of this city-state explore the social impact of its meteoric rise to first world nation that in fifty years has radically transformed their city and culture. To discover their gaze, their questioning, Singapour mon amour is conceived as a series of artistic interventions in Paris where the French public is invited, at each step, to appropriate an aspect of contemporary culture in Singapore.





Silke Schmickl on body politics, video and the moving image at Beirut Art Fair 2014. Curator interview by Kriti Bajaj, in: Art Radar – Contemporary trends and news from Asia and beyond, 2014


About Lowave

A publishing house in the field of experimental cinema and video art since 2002, Lowave is now a platform for curatorial research principally around moving images.

Lowave's main activities revolve around the creation of exhibitions, as was the case for (ICA Singapour, 2013), Rising Images (Centre Pompidou Paris, 2012), Human Frames (KIT Düsseldorf, 2011), Reframing Reality (Museet for Samtidskunst Roskilde, 2010) ou Middle East Video Channel (Triennale de Guangzhou, 2008) and the programs and performances in multiple international insitutions such as the Collège des Bernardins in Paris, The Substation in Singapore, the Cineteca in Madrid our the Pera Museum in Istanbul. The Lowave staff also work on the production of audiovisual projects, as artistic consultants, and are involved in schools and universities to conduct workshops and masterclasses. The singularity of Lowave's work lies in our international scope, with a strong interest in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the valuation of emerging artists and the implementation of interdisciplinary and intercultural crossings in our practice. Since its inception, Lowave has collaborated with institutions such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, La Cinémathèque Française, The British Film Institute, Centre Nationale de la Cinématographie and UNESCO.



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Lowave's video collection features over 250 international artists. We are constantly being asked to contribute to exhibitions for museums, cultural institutions or international festivals and almost all of the works are available for screening and exhibition worldwide. Rental costs vary depending on the individual work and the type of exhibition (whether a single screening or an extended loan). Please contact us for price information and orders.