Travelling showcase Singapore: Inside Out made its third stop this year at New York's Madison Square Park. While the park's well-known for being home to burger sensation, Shake Shack, visitors were treated to more than their belly-full, with 18 new commissioned works on display by 20 Singapore-based artists. Held from 23 to 27 September, many of the art pieces were interactive and interdisciplinary, encouraging audience participation and covering the spectrum of architecture, design, fashion, film, food, music, and literary, performing and visual arts.
1. Cherry Chan and Kiat Nah of audio-visual collective, Syndicate, are all smiles even during early morning rehearsals.
2. The show goes on even between performances for the dancers of T.H.E Secondary Company, re-enacting their piece Permission to Speak, Sir on an NYC rooftop.
3. Members of The Actor's Tour, a piece of walking theatre developed by playwright Joel Tan and directed by Tan Kheng Hua, get together for a stroll in the city.
4. Rock band Caracal brings raw emotion and colossal rifts to the artful affair.
5. Burn, baby, burn: Definitely one of the most intense works of the lot is the meditative art of Jason Lim, who performed his ritualistic burnings daily.
6. True to local form, food's always a highlight: Shake Shack creates a special 'Singapore Spice' burger and 'ondeh ondeh' shake to commemorate the event.
7. Here I am at 'Beings of the Garment', a four-way collaboration between fashion label, Stolen, choreographer Lee Mun Wai (T.H.E Dance Company), architect Chang Yong Ter (CHANG Architects), and audio-visual collective Syndicate.
8. A notably popular piece with the public (even the little ones), Speak Cryptic's interactive bedroom setting is filled by visitors leaving their mark — only the hardest to reach spots are left.
9. Influential art critic, Jerry Saltz, is taken by Janice Wong's edible art chocolate installation, which is a reflection of Singapore's rich multicultural heritage and our melting pot of flavours.
10. While we initially thought the Empire State Building was lit to celebrate SG50 and the opening of the exhibition, it was actually in honour of the New York Philharmonic's Opening Gala — but we love the cosmic coincidence.