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Arts Picks: Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests

Dutch physicist-turned-sculptor Theo Jansen's beach-walking Strandbeests (both above)
Dutch physicist-turned-sculptor Theo Jansen's beach-walking Strandbeests (both above)PHOTOS: LEE JIA WEN, MEDIA FORCE, SHAUN HO, YEAH YEAH CHLOE
Shark swimming in a teacup
Shark swimming in a teacupPHOTOS: LEE JIA WEN, MEDIA FORCE, SHAUN HO, YEAH YEAH CHLOE
Anthea Seah
Anthea SeahPHOTOS: LEE JIA WEN, MEDIA FORCE, SHAUN HO, YEAH YEAH CHLOE

WIND WALKERS: THEO JANSEN'S STRANDBEESTS

Dutch physicist-turned-sculptor Theo Jansen's beach-walking Strandbeests will be making their way to Singapore in his first South-east Asian retrospective.

Made from everyday materials such as plastic piping and bottles, the huge Strandbeests use wind power to roam beaches, pushing and piling sand on the shore to form natural barriers.

Jansen initially conceived them as a solution to flooding caused by rising sea levels, although, over the past 28 years, he has come to regard them as a new species of man-made animals.

The exhibition will feature 13 large-scale Strandbeests, of which the biggest, Animaris Siamesis, measures 10m and weighs more than 240kg. Visitors can walk two of the Strandbeests and some will be reanimated by the museum team at select times of the day.

WHERE: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Tomorrow to Sept 30, 10am to 7pm daily ADMISSION: $16 (Singapore residents) or $19 (foreigners) for a single exhibition; $27 (residents) or $32 (foreigners) for two exhibitions; $34 (residents) or $40 (foreigners) for an all-access ticket INFO: www.marinabaysands.com/museum/theo-jansen.html


ART DAY OUT!

This family-friendly open house at Gillman Barracks features exhibitions such as the interactive EYEPOP! by Australia-based artist Yeah Yeah Chloe, with imagery from a shark swimming in a teacup to hands reaching out of a smartphone screen, as well as Making Sense, a hands-on workshop on image-making through sound by local artist and illustrator Tan Zi Xi (MessyMsxi).

The Disini festival will also be launching two new outdoor sculptures, Transitory Nature Of Earthly Joy by Albert Yonathan Setyawan and The Orang's Last Stand by Richard Streitmatter-Tran.

Other exhibitions opening this weekend include Langkawi, 16 sculptural paintings by acclaimed Malaysian artist Latiff Mohidin that have not been exhibited for 40 years, and Breaking Waves, the result of an open call to Singapore-based curators to conceptualise shows on the theme of art and mental health.

WHERE: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Tomorrow, various timings from 2 to 7pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: bit.ly/ADOSchHols2018


DANCE AT DUSK

The M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival's free outdoor programme returns for a second time, having drawn 7,400 people to the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre during its first run last year.

This year, it will resurrect two repertoires by T.H.E Dance Company - Organised Chaos by T.H.E artistic director Kuik Swee Boon and South Korean choreographer Kim Jae Duk, and Lee Ren Xin's She's Chinese And I'm Twenty-Five, which deals with being a woman in modern society.

The programme is co-curated by Kuik and young dance artist Anthea Seah.

WHERE: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Today to Sunday, 7 and 8.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: the-contact.org


REDDOT BHANGRA COMPETITION

Six teams from Singapore, Malaysia, India and Australia will go toe-to-toe in a series of high-energy dance sets at Singapore's first international bhangra competition, which is organised by volunteer-run group RedDot Bhangra.

WHERE: Gateway Theatre, 3615 Jalan Bukit Merah MRT: Redhill WHEN: Tomorrow, 4.30pm ADMISSION: $22 from bit.ly/2IHq2n3 INFO: Call 9617-2323 or e-mail reddot.bhangra@gmail.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2018, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe