Singapore Cinemas: The Locations of Film Exhibition
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore in collaboration with National Library Singapore.
Date: 20 May 2010
Venue: The National Library Building, The POD, Level 16
Singapore has been home to a rich and diverse film culture, anchored by unique sites of exhibition showing films in various languages/dialects and formats. This workshop aims to document the history of film exhibition in Singapore by inviting methodologies such as archival research as well as oral history and incorporating disciplines such as film studies, architectural history, geography, and local Singapore history. Each contributor to the workshop is encouraged to focus on a specific place for film going in Singapore, from the silent era to the present, from kampong areas to downtown, ranging from the picture palaces to mobile film units and open-air cinemas.
Issues to be considered can include nostalgia and memory, cinephilia, heritage conservation and urban development, kampong life, class division, language differences, immigrant experiences, censorship, advertising, cinema’s relationship with neighboring places of consumption, place of cinema in culture of local community, and youth culture – among other topics. In tracking the histories of certain places for film-going in Singapore, this workshop thus also hopes to contribute to a history of everyday life and culture in Singapore.
This one-day event will be held at the National Library of Singapore, in conjunction with the library’s Singapore 101 (SG101) programme, and is organized in collaboration with the Singapore Heritage Society. The conference will support an exhibition of images and artifacts from Singapore’s film exhibition heritage to be installed at the National Library.
The following is a list of possible cinemas for discussion, while this list is far from exhaustive and ideas for other locations are more than welcome:
Capitol Theatre, Cathay Cinema, The Alhambra, Garrick, Rex Cinema, King’s Theatre, Lido Cinema, The Majestic, Cinemas in Great World/New World, Kreta Ayer People’s Theater, Oriental Theatre, open air cinemas, mobile film units, alternative venues for experimental film, film society meeting places.
Participants should submit a 250-word abstract and a short paragraph of personal self description by 12 February 2010.
Interested participants are also encouraged to also indicate whether they have any material from their research or personal collection that might be available for inclusion in the accompanying exhibition. The proceedings of the workshop and related documentation and research material will be published in an edited volume.
Please submit and address all applications to Dr Charles Leary (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Asia Research Institute.
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