(If you haven’t heard of the Complaints Choir Project yet, just watch the following clip.)
The Project’s coming to Singapore, and looking for Singaporeans.
The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2008
THE COMPLAINTS CHOIR PROJECT
by TELLERVO KALLEINEN & OLIVER KOCHTA-KALLEINEN (FINLAND)
(co-presented with The Arts House)
WORKSHOPS FROM 07.01.08 – 25.01.08
THE CHAMBER @ THE ARTS HOUSE
PERFORMANCES FROM 26.01.08 – 27.01.08
“…. griping and whining were the fifth most cited essential traits
of a Singaporean. ”
– The Straits Times, 12 August 2007
A spectre is haunting the world – the spectre of the Complaints Choir. People all over the world – in Helsinki, Birmingham, Jerusalem or Alaska – have joined together to sing out their complaints with fellow citizens. No complaint is too big or small: from broken underpants to snoring husbands to offices with Siberian temperatures, the choir members decide on their favourite gripes that will be made into the song.
Join the Complaints Choir of Singapore – see our call for participants here:
The movement has finally arrived in Singapore. This is your opportunity to show our uniquely Singaporean complaint culture. Come and join the Complaints Choir of Singapore! Show your pride for our infamous complaint culture and sing, Singapore! Anybody is welcome – no singing skills required.
For more information or to register, please email email@example.com or call us at 6440 8115.
Aside from the formation of and performances by the Singapore Complaints Choir, all four Complaints Choir Videos – Helsinki, Birmingham, Hamburg and St Petersburg – will be showcased as a 2-channel video installation at The Art House Gallery from 13 – 18 January and 20 – 23 January 2008. Admission is free.
First you wonder: “What the heck is this?” You listen to the whole thing, then click the play button because you can’t quite believe what you’re hearing and seeing. Then play it again. And gradually, imperceptibly, you find that you can’t pull yourself away…
Everything you need to know about the context behind that clip, you can find in the links in the description sidebar on YouTube.
Taken outside the Oude Kerk. The flagstones are uneven, giving the ground a lumpy look. This bronze addition fits right in — referencing the specific uses of the area and its immediate physical environment.
“It’s a metaphor. Like, if a relationship goes on for too long, it’s ruined, and there isn’t really any going back, that’s what this book is about.”
“That doesn’t make any sense. How was it a relationship in the first place?”
“Well, they were perfectly good pieces of toast, but they didn’t take it out of the toaster fast enough.”
“How was the relationship while they were in the Wonder Bread bag?”
“That was courtship, I guess.”
“So the toaster is a metaphor for the duration of the marriage?”
“No, it kind of symbolizes… it’s the wrong toaster maybe. Or the pieces of bread didn’t belong together.”
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Browse the whole range at Sweet Meats
Then check out The Food Section for a Q&A with the maker of these meaty plushies.
(thanks! ;o) )