ArtScience on Screen: WaterArtScience on Screen: Water


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Venue: Expression Gallery, Level 4

As the source of all life, water is essential to human survival but can also have devastating, destructive power. It is the subject of daydreams, fantasies and religious rituals and is often used as a metaphor for complex, emotional relationships in literature and film. This curated series of 7 feature-length narrative films, Water, covers themes as broad as climate change, ocean conservation, cultural heritage, memory, play, romance and death.

Featuring prominent Southeast Asian artists and filmmakers such as Sherman Ong, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Woo Ming Jin, Charliebebs Gohetia, Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo and Kamila Andini, Water covers enormous perspective and deeply intimate narrative territories. In Ong’s film, Flooding in the Time of Drought, water is ultimately used as a metaphor for the ebb and flow of the temporary, foreign workflow in Singapore, while in Apichatpong’s Mekong Hotel it is the source of, and backdrop for conflict and depravity. Woo Ming Jin uses his camera to tell stories and Woman On Fire Looks for Water is a cinematographic masterwork surrounding the vanishing tradition of fishing for livelihood in Malaysia. In Charlibebs Gohetia’s Chasing Waves offers a glimpse into two young boys’ imaginations on the brink of their families being torn apart by adverse environmental and political climates, while Nguyen-Vo takes the topic of climate change head-on in his sci-fi thriller, 2030. Kamila Andini also takes a direct approach to addressing the ocean’s declining resources in The Mirror Never Lies, a masterfully told story of an Indonesian fishing village on the verge of irreparable crisis.