Archive for November, 2008

International Buy Nothing Day @ The Other Side!

November 21, 2008

International Buy Nothing Day @ The Other Side!

29th November is International Buy Nothing Day. A 24-Hour moratorium on shopping. Tied up so intimately with our outlook, lifestyle and eventual sustainability of our roots on the only planet we call home, it is a day to contemplate our consumer cultured landscape, a time to seek activities beyond malls and purchases.

Come join us in 2 FREE events at The Other Side Gallery! An exhibition with live art participation and a screening. Both are free admission and open to public.


AD-A-MANT – Series 1
26th Nov 08 – 30th Nov 08

AD-A-MANT examines the relation of advertisements in public areas and that of our mental environment. Are there innocuous or sublime elements we have taken for granted? And if you had a chance to change it, what would you do?

Inspired by self-encouragement scrawled on study tables and discoloured walls…this INTERACTIONAL exhibition invites you to come and alter the space as you would LIKE it. Be a part of the art.

Watch artists reclaim public spaces in front of you, in LIVE ART ! (only on Friday)


(documentary screening)
29th Nov 08

A refreshing take on consumerism, performance artist ‘Reverend Billy’ and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir goes on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.) The film also delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America’s mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture.

Event Info

Exhibition runs from 26th Nov – 30th Nov.

at The Other Side 66 Rowell Road Singapore 207439

Opening Hours.

Wed – Thurs 6pm – 10pm

Friday 5pm – 10pm (Live Art -8pm)

Sat and Sun 3pm – 10pm

Documentary screening on the 29th of November at 7pm. Admission is free

Limited space so please register at or call 98525902

Organized by: Underneath the Radar.
Supported by: The Other Side

About the Organizer

Underneath the Radar: Website under construction
Nina, Wan and Shin. 3 friends, curious and concerned with our society’s current predicament, who want to encourage plural perspectives, with the exchange of thought-provoking art and film events to throw forward more public discussions on these issues. Underneath the Radar, debuted in 2006, as a series of screenings featuring independant documentaries on contemporary social issues faced by our changing world. Folks @ UTR was adopted for spontaneous projects created in this spirit ! So keep an ear tuned for the next one!


The Other Side presents…..Filmmaker Jacen Tan

November 20, 2008

The Other Side presents…..Filmmaker Jacen Tan

In the bid to help promote local artists. The Other Side is conducting a series of talks and workshops where audiences can exchange tips and experiences. It will then be followed by a showcase of the artist’s work.

This round, features local film maker, Jacen Tan, who will give a talk on budget film-making followed by a screening of his short films, which include Tak Giu and Zo Gang.

Limited space so please register at or call 91813142

Date: 29th November 2008, Saturday
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Venue: The Other Side
66 Rowell Road
Singapore 207439
Admission: Free
Contact: / 91813142

*The Other Side presents….is a series of monthly talks and showcase of different artist of different nature. Curated by The Other Side.

About the Filmmaker
Director: Jacen Tan (Singapore) –
Jacen got lucky when his first short film, Tak Giu (Kick Ball), gained a cult following with 100,000 views in 6 months after it was distributed free on the Internet. In 2005, his 2nd film, Zo Peng (Go Army), won 2nd place at the Panasonic/MDA Digital Film Fiesta, Short Film Open Category. Jacen’s latest films, Zo Gang & Zo Hee (Go Work & Make Movie) continue his well-received style of low budget film making with a unique sense of local humour. He is currently working on Kwa Giu (Watch Football), a documentary about the electrifying match atmosphere in Singapore’s National Stadium, which is slated to be demolished.

Jacen also directed a music video for popular Singaporean alternative-rock band, Lunarin. ‘Silverpiece’ was shot in his living room and showcased at the MIDEM Music Market in Cannes.
About his films

Zo Peng (Go Army)
– 15min
Three friends help one another overcome their personal confinements, relationship and work problems during compulsory national service… with a twist!
Tak Giu (Kick Ball) – 15min
Having taken up the challenge of a friendly match, 3 soccer-crazy boys realize that it is not easy to find a good, free public soccer field in Singapore…..if there’s any at all. Through their journey they encounter obnoxious care-takers, locked-up fences, deterring weather and a persistent policeman. Will they be able to find their dream soccer pitch?

The story explores the issues of soccer amenities, and the attitudes of Singaporeans towards local and foreign soccer. 2 years after Tak Giu was released online and became a cult-hit, 284 State fields were upgraded and opened for public recreation.

Zo Gang (Go Work) – 9min
Film-maker wannabe, Ah-Tan is sick of his day job. Join Ah-Tan on his way to work one day, as he discusses and pokes fun at local film and music, while plotting his path to become Singapore’s next great director.

This comedy on the difficulties of making film and music will leave you wondering about the state of the Arts in Singapore!

Zo Hee (Make Movie) – 14min
In this sequel to the popular Zo Gang, follow Ah-Tan as he continues his journey to shoot his first film, facing problems like budget constraints and security guards. Zo Hee was specially commissioned by The Substation to celebrate indie filmmaking and commemorate 10 years of its Moving Images film programme.
Featuring cameo appearances by Singapore filmmakers like Tan Pin Pin, Juan Foo, Sun Koh and Lionel Chok.

Kwa Giu (Watch Football)
Slated to be released in 2009

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