Class Acts [SOLD OUT!] is a feature-length documentary tracing the genesis of Singapore’s creative scene in the ’90s through intimate conversations with its pioneering personalities.
From Singapore’s ‘godfather of design’ and the frontman of Singapore’s first hardcore band Stompin’ Ground to the founder of one of Singapore’s earliest graffiti crews ZNC and the streetwear visionary behind 77th Street, these are the stories of icons navigating unchartered paths, government regulations, and limited finances to make their mark on culture.
Controversial headlines, arrests, and measures to “clean up” backfired and further stoked the passion of individuals who took things into their own hands, opening the floodgates for a wave of independent design studios, self-published zines, and safe sanctuaries in the form of cultural landmarks The Substation and Zouk.
These are the stories of individuals who started creating with nothing, who push Singapore’s creative standards even today. The ones who went on to inspire a new generation of musicians, designers, and street artists.
Join in on a panel discussion (only 3.00PM – 5.30PM slot) hosted by Kevin (The Cosmic Children Podcast), featuring documentary cast Pann Lim, Ginette Chittick, SLACSATU and Tracy Philips as they share their perspectives on the DIY culture, Past Present & Future, and creative cross-pollination across different subcultures.
About the moderator:
Kevin Toon, The Cosmic Children Podcast
The culmination of a quest for knowledge and cultural exploration, The Cosmic Children Podcast seeks to uncover the sublime from the mundane. Curated and Produced by Tell Your Children, each session seeks to uncover gems of unconventional wisdom from peculiar individuals through informal long form conversation; an honest introspection into the human experience.
About the panelists:
Pann Lim, Co-founder, Creative Director of Kinetic Singapore
Pann Lim is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of creative agency Kinetic Singapore. He is addicted to design, advertising and communications, and strongly believes that creating work without an idea is a sin. This belief has earned him over 500 industry awards, including the Institute of Advertising’s Creative Director of the Year in 2012 as well as Singapore’s highest design accolade, the President’s Design Award in 2013, 2015 and 2020. A firm proponent of giving back, Pann is also a founding member of The Design Society and a frequent guest at Singapore’s design schools, holding the position of adjunct lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic from 2012 to 2013. He currently sits on no less than three School of Design advisory committees — at Temasek Polytechnic, Lasalle College of the Arts, and at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts where he serves as Committee Chairman.
Ginette Chittick, DJ, Artist, vocalist & bassist of Astreal
With a background in Punk Rock and Indie music, Ginette Chittick is a member of one of Singapore’s pioneer ArtRock/Shoegaze bands, Astreal, a DJ and was a prolific punk musician and zinester of the early 90s punk scene. With her recent exhibitions, “Planes and Envelopes” and “This, That.” (2019) and “Sewing Discord” (2021) Ginette investigates the role of feminised craft practices that her research partner and her termed as Aesthetics of Care and its place in contemporary art and design. Her practice includes tapestry weaving, latch hooking and handspinning yarn made of a blend of locally harvested Kapok cotton and Merino wool. She holds a Master of Art (Design) and leads the Diplomas in Fashion and Creative Direction for Fashion at the School of Fashion, Faculty of Design, LASALLE College of the Arts.
Tracy Philips, Director of Ppurpose
Tracy Phillips is well-regarded as a marketer and trend-spotter having spent 10 years heading up marketing, programming and PR at Zouk Singapore. She continues to champion engaging, culture-led engaging solutions for clients that build communities, create meaningful conversations and bring about positive change in her capacity heading Ppurpose.
SLACSATU, Graffiti Artist
Slacsatu is a self taught artist and one of the pioneers in the local graffiti scene. He has been writing in the form of graffiti since 1998 and has been commissioned by numerous clients who were enticed by his signature realistic style of spray painting. Founder of an international graffiti collective ZNC (Zincnite crew) with over 100 members worldwide, he also co-founded The Blackbook Studio that has been around in Kampong Gelam precinct since 2011. A revered graffiti practitioner in Singapore, Slacsatu’s achievements are recognised through his participation and awards at many competitions in Singapore, China and Malaysia.
Presented by Stacking Stones. Supported by the DesignSingapore Council and the National Design Centre.
This documentary is accompanied by the Class Acts exhibition in the National Design Centre, Design Gallery 2, Level 2 (Pop-up space), running till 31 January 2023. Find out more about the showcase here.
Stacking Stones was started by two friends, Deon and Hwee En during one of their late night conversations at Hong Lim Park.
With different experiences under their belts, they came together with their shared beliefs that the local creative community can grow in a more inclusive environment through various projects that allow the exchange of knowledge from overlooked avenues and people.
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