Design For Passion & Other Events In Conjunction With Singapore Arts Festival 2005

Introduction: Singapore, 15 April 2005 – This June, live and breathe DESIGN at The Arts House at the Old Parliament as Australian designers in studio glass art, contemporary homeware, fashion and cinematic arts not only demonstrate their passion for design but ultimately create objects of desire, powerfully infusing their work with a rare energy and force of life. 

Singapore, 15 April 2005 – This June, live and breathe DESIGN at The Arts House at the Old Parliament as Australian designers in studio glass art, contemporary homeware, fashion and cinematic arts not only demonstrate their passion for design but ultimately create objects of desire, powerfully infusing their work with a rare energy and force of life. Design for Passion is part of oZmosis – a showcase of contemporary arts and design from Australia – and organised in conjunction with Singapore Arts Festival 2005.

Said Mary Loh, Audience Development Director of The Arts House, “Whether we are conscious of it or not, DESIGN affects every aspect of our lives from the chairs we sit on, clothes we wear, cars we drive and the environment around us. Every moment, deliberate decisions are being made to mould our environment to suit our spiritual and material needs to effect almost every aspect of the human condition – that is DESIGN! The Arts House is proud to present Design for Passion as part of oZmosis and we definitely hope to inspire Singaporean designers and artists through the series of activities lined up.”

Design for Passion showcases three visual arts exhibitions namely Dinosaur Design, Gaffer Studio Glass: Contemporary Australian Studio Glass Exhibitions and Akira Isogawa: Printemps et Ete; three films by Baz Luhmann which includes Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet; as well as Body of Art – a performance by local emerging artists to express themselves through the unique medium of body art, where skin becomes the canvas for design.

Other events at The Arts House organised in conjunction with Singapore Arts Festival 2005 include Late Shows and Heavenly Bento.

oZmosis – a celebration of Australian arts and design will highlight Australia's cultural diversity, exhibiting contemporary works across a number of art forms including, music, film, the visual arts and literature, in conjunction with Singapore's most prestigious festivals and venues.  In commemoration of Singapore's 40th Anniversary, oZmosis is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For more information on oZmosis, please visit www.embassy.gov.au/ozmosis/ or contact Ms Sandhya Shyam at Tel: 6836 4123 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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EVENTS @ THE ARTS HOUSE

Design for Passion

Dinosaur Design
Gallery, 26 May to 7 June 2005, 11 am to 9 pm
Admission free

Formed in 1985 by Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy and Liane Rossler, Dinosaur Design has forged an important place within Australian design history as one of the country’s most exciting, innovative and creatively intuitive design teams. Dinosaur Designs straddles the intersection between art, craft, design and fashion. Their work takes inspiration from both art and nature and has a distinctively Australian character.

“A part of oZmosis. Supported by the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade."

Gaffer Studio Glass: Contemporary Australian Studio Glass Exhibition
Gallery, 9 – 19 June 2005, 11 am to 9 pm
Admission Free

Gaffer Studio Glass specializes in the modern, contemporary sculpture and functional vessel studio glass. Gaffer promotes limited series editions but focuses on exhibiting the most original and innovative glass by the world's leading glass artists, primarily from Australia. Gaffer's aim is to broaden the audience by encouraging the education and recognition of glass as an artistic medium, as well as being visual theatre for established and emerging glass artists.

“A part of oZmosis.”

Akira Isogawa: Printemps et Ete
Gallery, 23 June to 5 July. 11 am to 9 pm
Admission Free

Rather than being an exhibition which presents just garments in their completed state, Printemps et Ete focuses on the creative process of Akira Isogawa, one of Australia’s most distinctive and recognized contemporary designers as he works towards the realization of a collection. For the viewer, the exhibition will be an immersive voyage through a five month creative process where as the individual moves through the space, abstract ideas achieve concrete manifestation culmination in the finished garments. The creative process, which is not normally accessible to the public will be revealed through garments, paper and calico prototypes and objects of inspiration.  

“A part of oZmosis.”

Raise The Red Curtain: A Retrospective of the films of Baz Luhrmann.
Screening Room

Breaking away from the conventions of typical Hollywood movies, Baz Luhrmann has created a unique aesthetic in his film making which draw in the audiences into the lush world of heightened passions and heightened realities in what is now known as the Red Curtain Trilogy - Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet, two of which will be screened at the Arts House. Also included is the premiere of the documentary on making of a short 3 minute film promoting Chanel No 5 with Nicole Kidman.

Also included in the season of films are “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”, “The Piano” and “Oscar and Lucinda”, all of whose designers have been nominated for Oscars.

For detailed listing of shows and times, please log into www.theartshouse.com.sg

“A part of oZmosis. Supported by the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in partnership with the Australian Film Commission."

Body Art
Chamber, 17 June, 3 pm – 9 pm 

Body painting is the ultimate expression of the appreciation of the beauty of the human form. Unique and colorful, the art form embodies subtle eroticism and is a form of expression used by people who like to communicate feelings and ideas about the human body by using the body itself as the canvas.

Body painting is an ancient art, widely practiced by primitive and aboriginal tribes in pre-Christian days in both Eastern and Western Cultures. Today it is used to entertain, amuse inspire and inform audiences.

Late Shows at The Arts House
27 & 28 May, 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 18 & 19 June, 9pm
$25

Come chill out every weekend at the Arts House at The Old Parliament! Catch the infectious series of Comic Talks featuring our very own Kumar, Qiu Shengyang(邱胜杨), Xu Huimin(徐惠民) and Malaysia's Kenny Chan.

Heavenly Bento
Post TheaterNew York / Berlin
15 & 19 June 2005, 7.30pm \ 16 - 18 June 2005, 7.30pm & 10pm

An inventive re-telling of a global economic success story, Heavenly Bento charts the history of two Japanese visionaries who made a major impact on consumer electronics. Thirty guests are invited to a corporate anniversary dinner in heaven where Akio Morita and his technical wizard Masaru Ibuka cook up a storm, as they recount the corporation's fortunes. Heavenly Bento is as delightful and ingenious a piece of theatre-making as the electronic inventions created by the enterprise. This delicious multi-media performance created by directors Hiroko Tanahashi and Max Schumacher unfolds on a dinner table and serves up many surprises. post theater new york | berlin is a network of independent interdisciplinary artists experimenting with the multi-layered relationships between man and machine.

Come devour Heavenly Bento, and don't be late for the meeting!

Supported by HIBIKI Japanese Restaurant

For a listing of all shows in “Design for Passion” and all other shows at The Arts House, please log on tomwww.theartshouse.com.sg

All information is current at the time of printing.

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The Arts House at the Old Parliament

Opened in March 2004, The Arts House is Singapore’s newest arts and heritage venue where all are inspired by the arts and where the arts become a fundamental in life through a connection with artists and their works. Built in 1827, Singapore’s first Court House and former Parliament House, is the only gazetted government building designated as a multidisciplinary arts centre. At The Arts House, audiences connect with artists and arts organizations through a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts and entertainment events. The Arts House is managed by Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee.  For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg

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See Ling Ling
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The Old Parliament House Limited
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Sandhya Shyam
Media & Information Manager
Australian High Commission
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