[ROUNDTABLE] B-SIDES: After Ballads

  • VISUAL ARTS
  • HERITAGE
  • FREE
  • EXHIBITION
  • TALK
Admission 27 Feb 2019 - 04.00pm NUS Museum

[ROUNDTABLE]

Fyerool Darma, Syafiqah Jaaffar, Dr Kelvin Lawrence and Dr Imran Tajudeen

4 – 6 PM, Celadon Room, NUS Museum

[prep-room EXIT PERFORMANCE]

B-SIDES by Fyerool Darma, 7-8.30PM

South & Southeast Asian Gallery, NUS Museum

B-SIDES attends to the landmarks of dialogic interactions that transpired within the two-year occupancy of artist Fyerool Darma in the prep-room of the NUS Museum. Known as After Ballads, the prep-room began as an artist inquiry on “Malaya” as a literary site, embodied by what Fyerool calls spectres - historic figures, syairs, and Museum exhibitions prior and concurrent. With Fyerool as an ambivalent investigator and conductor of artefacts, installation props, and institutional ideology, the phases of the project unraveled as mediations to characters such as Abdullah Abdul Kadir, Sayyid Yassin, Tuan Siami, and places like Tanjong Malang. Ultimately its volution holds broader relationships of subjectivity and historicity through the encounter of artistic, curatorial, and pedagogic practices.

Beginning with a roundtable, B-SIDES is an opportunity to recall the processes in which the relationships with these figures and sites have become memorialised, questioned, and re-entered according to the vagaries and agency of subjectivity. This discussion welcomes back constant interlocutors such as Syafiqah Jaaffar and Dr Kelvin Lawrence from the NUS Department of History, and newly engages Dr Imran bin Tajudeen from the NUS Department of Architecture. It hopes to reveal the interlocutors’ inquiry to particular subjects (Abdullah, Yassin, Siami, Tanjong Malang) and how these figures and sites locate a collective subjectivity. Darma’s attempts at psychohistory and psychogeography to construct the closing iteration of After Ballads serves as the entry point. 

After the roundtable, B-SIDES will then prefigure a performative work that creates a broadcast loop back to After Ballads. On one hand, it situates itself as a rendition. On the other, it is an address to the circuitous and polarising nature of the prep-room. It features “A Letter From An Insolent Son” (Fyerool Darma; 2018) and “Moon Over Malaya” (Jimmy Kennedy, John Turner; 1952) 

About the Roundtable speakers 

Syafiqah Jaaffar is a graduate student in the Department of History. She is currently examining how nineteenth-century Singapore Malay texts affect the way history of the period can be imagined, remembered, and portrayed in written and visual forms. 

Dr. Kelvin Lawrence is a lecturer in the Department of History. His teaching areas include history of the Malay World and the histories of colonial Singapore and Malaysia. His MA focused on reimagining the intellectual life of Raja Ali Haji, a prominent Malay figure of the nineteenth century. He received his PhD from the Australian National University and is currently working on a book on the intersections of Munshi Abdullah and empire. 

Dr Imran bin Tajudeen teaches in the Department of Architecture School of Design and Environment. He researches architectural encounters in Singapore and Southeast Asia across the longue durée, first in their intersections with colonial practices, modern interventions, and representational tropes in narrating heritage, and second through historiographical questions on Southeast Asia's Indic and Islamic architecture from a vernacular architectural perspective.

About the artist 

By playing with the privileged status of display, Fyerool Darma's practice interrogates and complicates the cultural consumption of history and myth in relation to contemporary markers of identity and class. He graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore in 2012, and is currently presenting his artistic projects through Yale-NUS College Library, Asian Film Archive’s State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters and Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore.

 

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