Dreaming in Black and White 《幻境黑白》


activated C studio presents Dreaming in Black and White

Do you dream in black and white?

Singapore artist Tang Ling Nah does. Known for her charcoal drawings and charcoal-based site-specific installations, Ling Nah explores urban conditions and the city’s human relationships through shades of black and grey, and voids of white. Is it any wonder then that her dreams—whether they are the images conjured up during sleep, her state of mind or the vision of her future—are in black and white?

From 1 to 17 Dec 2017, at Gallery I, The Arts House, Ling Nah will celebrate her 15th year in the arts by Dreaming in Black and White, a multi-component visual arts project comprising a solo exhibition and a documentary film. Through these components, she revisits her work and explores its potential through new multidisciplinary collaborations with a filmmaker, animation artists and dancers.

In her exhibition, the artist will present selected past charcoal drawings, paintings, sketches, photo- and video-documentations of her site-specific performances, and a new dance film.

The title Dreaming in Black and White is also inspired by an installation of the same name that the artist made during her artist residency at Vermont Studio Centre, U.S.A.

The artist will also debut her 102-minute documentary, titled Dreaming in Black and White: Portrait of a Singapore Artist—Tang Ling Nah. Directed by Singapore filmmaker Lei Yuan Bin, the film is a cinematic story woven from Ling Nah’s artworks, artistic journey and daily life. Straddling fact and fiction through interviews, conversations, dance and animation segments, the film attempts to blur the boundaries between the audience, Ling Nah's art and her deepest being by taking its audience to real spacesthe artist’s studio and her favourite places—as well as the illusionary worlds of her drawings. She shares about her memories and relationships with people. She reveals her concerns about the ever-changing city and the impermanence of life. She muses aloud about charcoal, her major drawing medium. And she invites the viewer to take a peek at her work processes. The film ultimately celebrates the importance of having dreams, and the courage to fulfil one’s dreams and to keep dreams alive.

Art Exhibition

1—17 Dec 2017 | Mon—Sun 10:00am—8:00pm | Level 1, Gallery I, The Arts House

Free admission


Premiere: Sat, 9 Dec 2017 | 7:00pm—8:40pm |
Post-show Dialogue: 8:45pm—9:30pm | Level 1, Screening Room, The Arts House

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Matinee: Sun, 10 Dec 2017 | 3:00pm—4:40pm | Level 1, Screening Room, The Arts House

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Film Tickets: Standard S$15.00 | Concession S$13.50 for Students/National Service Full-time NSF/Senior Citizens aged 60 and above/Children aged 6 and below (A valid pass or card must be presented at the ticketing counter/door for concession admission.)

Post-show Dialogue | 5:00pm—6:00pm | Level 2, Living Room, The Arts House


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Charcoal Drawing Workshop (Creating Architectural Spaces): Sat, 16 Dec 2017 | 3:00pm—5:00pm | Level 2, Council Room, The Arts House | Open to participants aged 12 and above | There will be observational drawing in The Arts House.

Fee: S$50.00 per workshop

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Charcoal Drawing Workshop (Life Drawing/Movement): Sun, 17 Dec 2017 | 3:00pm—5:00pm | Level 2, Council Room, The Arts House | Open to participants aged 16 and above | There will be figure drawing, followed by movement improvisation based on what is drawn.

Fee: S$80.00 per workshop

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No prior charcoal and life drawing experience required for both workshops.

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Contact Information:

Email: activatedcstudio@gmail.com


Supporters: Arts Fund, The Arts House, National Arts Council, Singapore


CHAI Chee Seam and Terence LIN

Valerie LIM


WAN Jia Ling

WONG Hun Yee

YONG Choon Yuen

Dec 1 - Dec 17, 2017
[ Fri ] - [ Sun ]
10:00 AM - 9:30 PM SGT
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The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429 Singapore
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