Homes in Potong Pasir will play host to the public in the name of art as part of OH! Open House 2016
These past few weeks, our little red dot has been filled with art events and design exhibitions. We’ve said before that we heart art and our city it seems just keeps bursting with more fun stuff to see! An art exhibition or walkabout unlike any other here in Singapore, OH! Open House hopes to draw and delight curious people to a quaint HDB estate in Potong Pasir. The goal is to bring about stories to departed spaces and this year’s edition features walking tours, site-specific art around the historical neighbourhood and in resident’s homes. Yes, that’s right girls, you’ll get to go on some home visits for art’s sake over the next few weekends!
We’ll be spoiling the surprise if we spilled everything, but we highly recommend checking out OH! Potong Pasir and the self-guided tours of OH!Pen Call. This just might be the most buzzed-about (and Instagrammed) event the next few weeks, so come see what all the hype is about, and get ready to wear yourself out tagging #ohpotongpasir to your pictures. We’ll see you there!
1) OH! Potong Pasir
Find out more about the special qualities and rich cultural context of the neighbourhood of Potong Pasir through this exhibition. Highlights of this year’s instalment includes Michelle Lim, who discuss the topics of loss and memories in her work, and her experience of the removal of her ancestor’s remains at the historical burial grounds, Bidadari. Another artist to look out for is Hafiz Osman whom we heard will be leading and engaging the audience in a dialogue about construction. In total, 12 artists will lead you from the bridge with the best view of the estate to four HDB’s, a black and white colonial, and ending at Bidadari, a former cemetery.
2) OH!Pen Call
OH! Pen Call is a new platform for dedicated individuals or groups to engage and interact with the community and neighbourhood, expanding beyond the curatorial narrative of the OH! Open House walkabout. Every neighbourhood has its own unique story and you can explore (this tour is self-guided!) seven art and community projects in the void decks, sidewalks, and public gardens of Potong Pasir. Each tour lasts about two hours.