How do we tell our stories about the past? The Substation is offering prizes to the best written and filmed explorations of ideas about heritage, posted to social media.
Entries for Utterly Changed: The Substation Writing Competition should be presented on Facebook from now until Sept 3. Participants stand to win a top prize of $3,000 or second and third prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 each.
BIG4ENBLOC: The Substation Insta-Film Competition, also on until Sept 3, is for short films posted on Instagram in response to four buildings slated to be demolished for redevelopment. The winner gets a return air ticket to Germany.
For the writing contest, contestants must write a creative work in English, from 200 to 2,000 words long, in response to local heritage and what it means to them. All genres and forms are eligible including narrative prose, creative non-fiction and experimental work. The piece must be posted publicly on the contestant's Facebook timeline. It must tag the event page "changed utterly; utterly changed. The Substation Creative Writing Competition", and use the hashtag #utterlychanged.
The film-making contest is presented in collaboration with Singapore Heritage Society, and supported by Goethe-Institut Singapur. Contestants must submit on Instagram a short film, which is no longer than 40 seconds and can include photographs. The entry should come with the hashtags #BIG4ENBLOC and #BAUHAUSSINGAPORE, and respond to four iconic buildings likely to be torn down because of redevelopment. These are Pearl Bank Apartments, People's Park Complex, Golden Mile Complex and Golden Mile Tower.
In both cases, submissions are limited to one account and one post per person.
These competitions are part of The Substation's curatorial theme for 2018, which looks at how and why heritage is a political and emotional topic for the public. The theme is: "Cities change. People die. Everything you know goes away."
Alan Oei, artistic director of The Substation, says heritage is "about making sense of the past so we know what matters in the present and future.
"To that end, heritage is a contested field to be defined not only by the state and heritage specialists, all of us have to participate in what, why, and how we remember."
For more details, go to citieschange.sg