Arts Picks: Short films at Objectifs; clay works at The Arts House; NLB webinars

Fonzi by Singapore's Kirsten Tan is one of the films which will be screened at Objectifs Cinema: Now Showing. PHOTO: KIRSTEN TAN

Objectifs Cinema: Now Showing

Over the course of three months, the centre for photography and film will be screening more than 30 short films from South-east Asia, including works by Singaporeans Boo Junfeng and Kirsten Tan, as well as the Philippines' Martika Ramirez Escobar and Carlo Francisco Manatad.

There will also be talks and a film memorabilia corner.

Where: Chapel Gallery, Objectifs - Centre for Photography and Film, 155 Middle Road
MRT: Bencoolen/Bugis/Bras Basah
When: July 14 to Sept 11; Tuesdays to Saturdays, noon to 7pm, Sundays, noon to 4pm; closed on Mondays and public holidays
Admission: Free. Registration required for public programmes
Info: Website

Pusat: Conversations With My Mama Saerah

The show, whose title "pusat" is Malay for "navel" and "centre", is curated by Wendy Cheong and Seah Tzi-Yan. PHOTO: JORG SUNDERMANN PHOTOGRAPHY

This exhibition features about 80 clay works by artist and social anthropologist Suriani Suratman. Dr Suriani studied under Singapore's master potter Iskandar Jalil and practises at Jalan Bahar Clay Studios.

The works on display were shaped by her memories of her late mother, as well as familiar objects she used such as bowls, dishes, mortars and clothing.

The show, whose title "pusat" is Malay for "navel" and "centre", is curated by Wendy Cheong and Seah Tzi-Yan.

Where: Gallery 2, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane
MRT: City Hall
When: Till July 11; Friday and Saturday, 11am to 8pm, Thursday and Sunday, 11am to 7pm, Monday, 11am to 6pm. Artist tours will run on July 9 and 10 from 3 to 3.30pm
Admission: Free
Info: Website

Reading In The Age Of Distraction

American linguist Naomi Baron (left) and Associate Professor Loh Chin Ee. PHOTOS: NIKHIL BHATTACHARYA, WESLEY LOH

Too distracted to finish a book? Tune in to the National Library Board's (NLB) webinars on focused reading in a distracted age.

The first session, which explores the art of deep reading, features American linguist Naomi Baron, author of How We Read Now: Strategic Choices For Print, Screen, And Audio (2021), and Associate Professor Loh Chin Ee, deputy head (research) at the National Institute of Education's English Language and Literature Academic Group. The event will be moderated by Wardah Books owner Ibrahim Tahir.

Subsequent sessions, which feature different speakers, will look at the importance of reading aloud for the young and old, how to take smart notes and honing one's skills of perception through art.

Where: Zoom
When: July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10 to 11.30am
Admission: Free with registration for NLB members
Info: Website

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