Outdoor performances have been always been a part of Singapore’s arts festivals over the years. But what does creating art for these public spaces mean to artists and why do they do it?
In this panel, Canadian artists Daily Tous Les Jours (who present We Can Dance: Singapore Edition at SIFA 2019), Netherlands artist and co-creator of De Relaxerette Arjan Kruidof, Koh Hui Ling from Singaporean theatre company Drama Box, and moderator Jeffrey Tan will discuss their work in making meaningful art for public spaces.
Product & Environment Designer / Daily tous les jours
Rebecca Taylor is Product and Environment Designer at Daily tous les jours. She is excited by the dynamic relationship that can exist between physical objects and user-determined programs by using custom integrated technology. Her interest in how environmental and social issues influence today’s urbanism and architecture has led her to explore design solutions at many scales, from small hand-held creations, to urban master plans.
Previously, Rebecca has worked at the Canadian Center for Architecture (Montreal), Lateral Office (Toronto) and Skidmore Owings and Merrill (New York). Her work has been published and exhibited internationally in Canada, the United States, Italy, Argentina and the Netherlands. She received a Master of Architecture with distinction from the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design from the University of Toronto where she was the recipient the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit and the Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll. She received a B.Sc.Arch with distinction from McGill University School of Architecture.
Koh Hui Ling
Associate Artistic Director, Drama Box
Koh Hui Ling is a theatre practitioner who finds meaning in the process of community engagement and the participation of non-artists in the art-making, evident in her works such as the IgnorLAND series (2014, 2016) and Chinatown Crossings (2018, 2019). Her desire to create alternative avenues for public dialogue has led to the development of GoLi – Singapore’s first inflatable moving theatre that transforms spaces into vibrant places for arts and culture. She oversees the development of Drama Box’s youth engagement work and has developed a set of Drama-in-Education and Theatre-in-Education programmes for youths, teachers and adult-learners. Recognised for her contribution to community, youth and culture, Hui Ling was given in 2013 the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council Singapore, and the Singapore Youth Award by the National Youth Council, and in 2015, Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award (Singapore) by the Junior Chamber International.
An experienced theatre director and drama educator for more than twenty-five years, Jeffrey has worked as Resident Director with The Theatre Practice (1997 - 1998), Drama Lecturer and Acting Head of Drama with LASALLE SIA (1999 - 2001) and as Associate Artistic Director with TheatreWorks (S) Ltd (2002 - 2006). Jeffrey was Assistant Director, National Arts Council for the Singapore Arts Festival (2007 to 2012), Assistant Director, Community Arts and Culture Division, People’s Association (2012 to 2015) and Assistant Director, Centre For the Arts, National University of Singapore (2015 to 2016).
Jeffrey holds an MA (Drama and Theatre Education) from the University of Warwick. He has taught creative writing for St Patricks School, St Joseph's Institution, Serangoon Junior Collogue, the Creative Arts Programme; Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education; Nanyang Technological University, the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Warwick, Faculty of Early Childhood.