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The Lesson - An Online Experiment

PART 1: 11 SEP (FRI), 8-9 PM
PART 2: 12 SEP (SAT), 8-10 PM
PART 3: 13 SEP (SUN), 4-5.30 PM

What forces shape our space? Is there enough space for a heterotopia? The Lesson answers explores these questions with a social experiment: The city has made plans for the development of an old housing estate. However, due to space constraint, one of the existing facilities must be demolished. What will stay, and what will go? The decision lies in the hands of The Lesson’s participants, who take on roles as residents of the estate / members of the public (with voting rights). Through the decision-making process, everyone learns about the costs/risks/stakes/sacrifices that come with being part of creating a community.

Do note that Drama Box will be making recordings for archival and publicity purposes.

Artist (The Brains Behind)

Kok Heng Leun is a prominent figure in the Singapore arts scene, having built his artistic career as a theatre director / playwright / dramaturg / educator. He is known for engaging the community on various issues through the arts, championing civil discourse across different segments of society. Having begun his work in the theatre almost 30 years ago, some notable directorial works include Drift, Trick or Threat, and Manifesto. His explorations with multi-disciplinary engaged arts has produced works like Project Mending Sky, a series on environmental issues, Both Sides, Now, a project that seeks to normalise end-of-life conversations and It Won’t Be Too Long, which touches on the dynamics of space in Singapore.

How do we remain engaged in our world?

Kok Heng Leun recommends:

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

“To lose yourself: a voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms, lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is present so that its surroundings fade away. In Benjamin’s terms, to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery.”
~ Rebecca Solnit

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Thank you for visiting us on your mobile device. We would like to invite you to switch over to a laptop/desktop to join us.

As SCENES: Participatory Practices was first conceptualised as a physical event, we had little time to adapt to the online platform. However, we did not want to give up on meeting with you through our socially engaged arts. With the constraints at hand, we decided to focus on developing our website for the laptop/desktop, so as to provide a better participatory experience.

We look forward to you joining us (on your laptop/desktop)!