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Eye ¨¦ city - a visual account of the last 24 hours of 2004

Source: New Nomadic Eyes Collective

Eye ¨¦ City A Visual Account of the Last 24 Hours of 2004

The Exhibition 1 to 30 October 2005, 10am to 9pm

Book Launch & Sharing Session 8 October 2005, 2.30pm

Creative Photography Talk by Bob Lee (In Mandarin) 29 October 2005, 2.30pm

Venue: National Library 100 Victoria St. Basement 1 Free admission for all activities

Eye ¨¦ City - A Visual Account of the Last 24 Hours was held for the third time in Singapore at the year-end of 2004.
The response was overwhelming with 175 participants. After several rounds of selection, 100 images that best uphold the spirit of the event will be featured in an exhibition-cum-publication.
The black and white photography exhibition will open on 1 Oct 2005 at with the book launch on 8 Oct 2005 at 2.30pm at the Central Lending Library (Basement 1), National Library. Admission is free.
The 100 images collected in year 2004¡¯s Eye ¨¦ City hopes to give a extensive and varied rendition of the facets of life.
Behind every picture seemed to have been a story of hope and disappointment, joy and pain, bustle and desolation ¨C encapsulating the physiognomy of the city. The images also depicted participants¡¯ views of the city they live in and their relationship with the city.
For the publication, actual words from the participant accompanied with selected photograph, providing a verbal complement to the images. The limited edition memento book will be on sale at a special price of $20 each during the exhibition. After that it will be on sale at major bookstores at $25 each.
The Beginning
¡°A Visual Account of the Last 24 Hours¡± was initiated by the Nanyang Folk Culture Society of Penang in 1999. Within two years it expanded to major cities in West Malaysia. Singapore joined their ranks in 2002, with Nomadic Eyes Collective kicking off the event, hoping to retain memories of this city. This year-end photo event is aimed at depicting changes cities undergo and documenting developments in humanism.
The Essence
Eye ¨¦ City uses photograph on the last day of the year as a media to encourage narration and documentation of social changes, to form the collective memories of Singapore from the eye of ordinary individuals.
Beginning at 12.00am to 11.59pm on 31 Dec 2004, participants will go island wide to take photos of what they personally perceived as important and significant for the year.
The event did not adopt a specific theme; neither was it filled with much fanfare and pageantry. Participants were free to pick the time and place to capture the images. There was no restriction on the type of camera used, but the maximum number of submissions per person was 36 works.
The Participants
The 2004 event attracted the participation of 175 persons, aged 19 to 69. Among whom were those who took part in the activity over the last two years and found it worthy to continue to render their support; Apart from Singaporeans, foreign immigrants (including those from Philippines and India) left works depicting their impression of the Lion City and their lives here. As one thumbs through this visual account, one in fact gets a glimpse of the cultural diversity of the participants.
The participants came from all walks of life ¨C civil servants, accountants, teachers, engineers, journalists, national service personals, administrators, arts practitioners, and students, among others. While a handful hails from the photography profession, most of them are amateur.
Selection & Preparation
On January 29 and 30, 2005, participants came forth to make preliminary selection of their photographs. They picked three photographs based primarily on the unique angle adopted and content of the images; technical skills were secondary.
Then on 27 February, a selection panel converged to choose 100 pictures from the submission of more than 400 works. These were images that best depicted the happenings of 2004.
The panel included theatre practitioner Lim Jen Erh, art researcher Koh Nguang How, photo-journalist Bob Lee and photographers Sha Ying and Foo Tee Jun and other members of the New Nomadic Eyes Collective.
Behind The Scene
Eye ¨¨ City 2004 was succeeded and conceptualised by the New Nomadic Eyes Collective, whose members comprised community worker Ang Chong Leong, photographer Lee Chee Ming, youth workers Cell Tono Lim and Yap Ching Wi, IT personnel Nicholas Huang, art researcher Koh Nguang How, and self-employed Tan Puay Hoon.

Content Contributor: New Nomadic Eyes Collective

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