Once was t/here
  • Go to the 5th floor of Parkway Parade Office Tower via the lift at any time and speak or sing a poem/song that invokes memories of a place that is no more, a place and time that you miss.

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    Remembering 5th Passage: where artists gathered informally, and in earnest, decades ago; where artist-initiated events took place and made history. A visionary, non-profit independent arts space, it occupied a walkway access to the carpark in the Office Tower block of Parkway Parade. This instruction serves as an invocation of meaningful conversations, creative friendships, and collaborative work.

    About the location:

    From 1991 to 1993, 5th Passage transformed an incidental passageway into a thriving interdisciplinary arts space. Far ahead of its time, it organised projects dealing with environmental issues and animal ethics, and upheld artists as a cooperative for mutual support. Its myriad events involved collaborations with The Substation, Lasalle, various schools, and the public. However, its work was short-circuited: unjustly, it was evicted in early 1994, taken to court, and then purposefully occluded from Singapore’s arts historical context. The site still remains, with not a trace of what, for a time, it once was.

    (Remembering also The Substation’s walled garden, that once was.)

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