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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 30 May 2006

Singapore Art Museum & NUS present Still


STILL want to matter
Organised by Singapore Art Museum and National University of Singapore
29 May (Mon) C 29 Jun (Thu) 2006, Singapore Art Museum.
Featuring the studio works of first-year students from the NUS Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) programme (2005/2006), this exhibition is a compilation of hypothetical explorations on discovering what materiality of architecture could be through the encounter with art and artists, and the issues of context in relation to the old and new.
At the heart if the exploration lies the future of the Old Supreme Court and City Hall, and the civic district in which these historical buildings are situated.
On display are the schemes of all 81 students, with the best three of each studio (selected by the students themselves) highlighted. The works are as much as a study on context C specifically art and architecture in context C as an attempt made by these students at defining architecture for themselves.
The word STILL , read as either an adverb or adjective, takes on varying connotations. It best encapsulates the inner conflict the students experience in their personal exploration of what architecture is or should be.
STILL is essentially a discovery of how architecture is inextricably tied to the past, and a response to the need to respect the memory that is intrinsic to a space while injecting new life into it.
On a related note, STILL also hopes to question the relevance of the architectural profession, in a world where the architect may no longer assume the role of the Renaissance man as he did in the past. In fact, this exhibition tries to question and define much more; there is no one definite answer or interpretation, because such a thing does not exist in the architecture realm at any rate.
STILL want to matter SYMPOSIUM
9 June 2006, 6.30pm at Singapore Art Museum Glass Hall
In conjunction with the exhibition "STILL", the Year One Architecture Department is organizing an evening symposium on 9th June 2006, 6.30pm at the Singapore Art Museum Glass Hall.
This event brings local artist, Michael Lee, architects Lee Kah Wee and Colin Seah together to rediscover, reinvent and recast the old in a new light.
Unearthing the past through the eyes of an artist, academic, and a practitioner, the symposium goes beyond the boundaries of the exhibition to provide a greater platform for discussion and exploration.
The three speakers will be articulating their thoughts and visions regarding the architectural scene in Singapore, sharing critical ideas that were stemmed from a studio setting, while focusing on the renewal and relevancy of old buildings amidst our ever-changing cityscape.
No registration required. For details of programmes please email:


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