Life in a Cloud:
Prominent artists create in response to living through a pandemic
7 artists, 7 disciplines, 7 creative expressions
SINGAPORE, 27 July 2020 – Curated by Natalie Hennedige (Festival Director Designate, Singapore International Festival of Arts), Life in a Cloud is a digital playbook of creations from seven prominent artists, each established within their respective fields. These artists have created intimate 5-7 minute video chapters offering viewers insight into their artistic geneses and creations born out of this time of pandemic.
With the world in isolation, how can we better connect with each other through the language of art? Life in a Cloud is commissioned by the National Arts Council with the support of Arts House Limited, and is part of the #SGCultureAnywhere campaign bringing together the best of Singapore’s arts and culture digital offerings, to be enjoyed and experienced anytime and anywhere. This digital playbook comprises a series of intimate artistic creations. These artists are Santha Bhaskar (Dance), Randy Chan (Architecture), Iskandar Jalil (Visual Arts), NADA (Music), Kirsten Tan (Film), Kaylene Tan & Paul Rae (Performing Arts), and Sharlene Teo (Literary Arts).
Natalie Hennedige said, “Life in a Cloud draws its title from Cloud as a metaphor for the Internet during a time where there is little choice but to transcend physical barriers with virtual modes of connectivity. It also relates to the gradual lifting of a Cloud of uncertainty as, in due time, we step into a new dawn soberer perhaps with the knowledge of what we have gone through. As viewers encounter the chapters, they encounter the richness and diversity of voices that exist within and from Singapore’s artistic landscape, gaining insight into some incredible artistic minds from our very shores. Life in a Cloud serves as a historical archive encapsulating artistic articulation from Singapore in a momentous and unprecedented time.”
Low Eng Teong, Deputy Chief Executive (Sector Development), National Arts Council said ”Through this series, we hope to showcase the diverse artistry in Singapore. The artists selected are all renowned in their own fields and come from vastly different backgrounds – attesting to the rich melting pot that makes up Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage. Life in a Cloud chronicles creative expression in a time when the world is at a standstill, showcasing the true versatility of art in any circumstance.”
The artists’ creations are featured on a dedicated website (www.lifeinacloud.co). Launching on 9 August 2020 and presented as a series, each new chapter will be released every Sunday at 3pm. Each iteration will feature an artist through their specific discipline, offering insight into their art-making and giving viewers the opportunity to glimpse into the respective artists’ worlds, psyches and creative processes.
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About Natalie Hennedige
Natalie Hennedige is a performance director and writer, known for her singular artistic language and creative vision exploring contemporary issues through highly constructed heightened worlds with collaborators from diverse artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds. She served as the Artistic Director of Cake before her current position as Festival Director Designate for Singapore International Festival of Arts. Natalie will helm the festival from 2022 to 2024.
About National Arts Council
The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, our diverse and distinctive arts inspire our people, connect communities and profile Singapore internationally. We preserve our rich cultural traditions as we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies for the future. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts, so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone’s lives. For more information on the Council’s mission and plans, please visit www.nac.gov.sg.
About Arts House Limited
Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts. AHL manages two key landmarks located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District – The Arts House, a multi-disciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming, and the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, a heritage building that is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It also runs the Goodman Arts Centre and Aliwal Arts Centre, two creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses, and performing arts space Drama Centre. AHL presents the Singapore International Festival of Arts, the annual pinnacle celebration of performance and interdisciplinary arts in Singapore commissioned by the National Arts Council.
AHL was set up in 11 Dec 2002 as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) under the National Arts Council and was formerly known as The Old Parliament House Limited. It was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 Mar 2014.
APPENDIX: RELEASE SCHEDULE
Life In A Cloud unfolds in chapters. Each new chapter is introduced on a Sunday and over the course of eight Sundays.
Releasing each chapter on a Sunday is symbolic. Sunday is a day of rest and resolution as we gird ourselves for the dawn of a new week. It serves as inspiration for the coming week.
As viewers encounter each chapter, they encounter range; the richness and diversity of voices that exist within and from Singapore’s artistic landscape, gaining insight into some incredible artistic minds from our very shores.
Artist : Kirsten Tan
Sun 9 Aug 2020
Artist : Santha Bhaskar
Sun 16 Aug 2020
Artist : NADA
Sun 23 Aug 2020
Artist : Sharlene Teo
Sun 30 Aug 2020
Artist : Kaylene Tan & Paul Rae
Sun 6 Sept 2020
Artist : Iskandar Jalil
Sun 13 Sept 2020
Artist : Randy Chan
Sun 20 Sept 2020
Sun 27 Sept 2020