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Upcoming programmes

SGIFFL: 10th Anniversary Screening of Gone Shopping

SGIFF: 10th Anniversary Screening of Gone Shopping (Panel Discussion) 

7 October 2017, Saturday

Expression Gallery, Level 4

Free. Register on Level 4, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gone Shopping is a satirical drama about how a nation's obsession with shopping changes the course of one woman's life. Clara, a 40-year-old tai tai (a wealthy lady of leisure) faces a mid-life crisis and decides to run away to the only place that has ever made any sense to her – the shopping centres. There, she crosses paths with an eight-year-old child abandoned by her parents in a 24-hour mall; an angst-ridden 23-year-old who avoids work and hangs out at the mall; and an ex-boyfriend who is now the manager of the bedding and linens department of a store. Together, the ‘creatures’ of the mall lead us through a journey of love, loss and liberation through the heart of Singapore.

Released to critical acclaim in 2007, Gone Shopping is the first-full length directorial debut of female director Wee Li Lin, who is known to be the most prolific female short filmmaker in Singapore. In celebration of its tenth year anniversary, the film is presented as part of ArtScience on Screen in collaboration with Singapore International Film Festival.

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The Chronicle of Evolution with Brian Arthur & Sander van der Leeuw

Conversations: The Chronicle of Evolution with Brian Arthur & Sander van der Leeuw

13 October 2017, Friday | 3pm

Expression Gallery, Level 4

Free. Register on Level 4, on a first-come, first-served basis.

In this 9th session of the Chronicle of Evolution, pioneering technology thinker and economist Brian Arthur sets forth a bold, original way of thinking about technology in his talk The Emergence of Technology in Human History, while founding director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, Sander van der Leeuw discusses the role of invention and innovation in the evolution of societies in his talk The Evolution of Innovation.

This lecture series is presented and discussed in 10 sessions over 10 months, covering 10 different time frames on a logarithmic scale. This 14-billion year journey will take us from the big bang, starting with the origin and evolution of the universe, galaxies, stars and planetary systems.

Each session moves one order of magnitude closer to the present time, subsequently covering the origin of organic molecules, origin of life, photosynthesis, genetic code and replication (around 1,000,000,000 years ago), the origin of multicellular organisms and vertebrates (around 100,000,000 years ago), the origin of mammals (around 10,000,000 years ago), the origin of humans and the evolution of the brain (around 1,000,000 years ago), the origin of language (around 100,000 thousand years ago), written history (around 10,000 years ago), modern history (about 1,000 ago), contemporary age (about 100 years ago), including the evolution of science and technology. This narrative will eventually bring us to today and explore how humankind might change the very course of evolution to bring us into an indeterminate future.

The 10 sessions are jointly organised by Para Limes @ NTU and A*STAR. For more information: 10-on-10 The Chronicle of Evolution.


Brian Arthur

W. Brian Arthur is best known for his early theoretical work on increasing returns or positive feedbacks in the economy and their role in locking markets in to the domination of one or two players. He is also one of the pioneers of the science of complexity—the science of how patterns and structures self-organize. He is one of the founders of the Santa Fe Institute, and served many years on its Science Board and Board of Trustees. Recently he has investigated technology and innovation in his book The Nature of Technology, What It Is and How It Evolves (2009).

Arthur is the recipient of the inaugural Lagrange Prize in Complexity Science in 2008, the Schumpeter Prize in Economics in 1990, and two honorary doctorates. He has been Dean and Virginia Morrison Professor of Economics and Population Studies at Stanford, and Citibank Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society. His other books are Increasing Returns and Path Dependence in the Economy (1994), and Complexity and the Economy, (2014).

Sander van der Leeuw

Sander van der Leeuw is the founding director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University (ASU) and the emeritus dean of its School of Sustainability. He currently is a Foundation professor in both Schools. Prior to joining ASU, van der Leeuw taught in Amsterdam, Leyden, Cambridge and Paris (Sorbonne), and conducted archaeological studies in the Near East, the Philippines, Syria, Holland, France and Mexico.

Van der Leeuw’s expertise lies in the role of invention, sustainability, and innovation in societies around the world. He is a corresponding member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences and an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. In 2012, the United Nations Environment Program named van der Leeuw the Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation for his work on human-environmental relations. He currently directs the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems at ASU.

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