Noise Singapore is back with 2019 edition, once again featuring its signature Noise Anchor Programmes and Noise Music Mentorship. Established in 2005, Noise Singapore (created by the National Arts Council) provides more opportunities for youths to participate in and engage with the arts.
With this edition, Noise Singapore commissioned five creative entities to co-develop programmes that expose participants to varied forms of digital and urban arts through mentorships, as well as creation and showcase opportunities. Says Ms Chua Ai Liang, Senior Director, Engagement & Participation, NAC: “We are excited to be working with these partners to design innovative programmes that will deepen the relationship between young people and the arts, especially in the digital medium. Through Noise Singapore, we hope more young people can come together, share personal arts experiences, and discover more about themselves.”
To kick things off, Singaporean illustration collective, Band of Doodlers selected 29 youths from diverse backgrounds to be part of Noise Local Motif, the first Noise Singapore Anchor programme to partner SSOrgs and involve their beneficiaries in the creation process. It is also the first of its kind as an arts programme by youths and for youths, to be held in MRT trains – made available and free for everyday commuters to appreciate the arts. Through the co-creation process, Noise Local Motif will have over 30 illustrations were created and repurposed for the exhibition in two Downtown Line trains from 22nd March to 19th April 2019. Says Mas Shafreen, founder of Band of Doodlers: “We all crave connections, and the community provides us the perfect platform to fulfil this. This is why we are always excited for opportunities to co-create and give back in meaningful ways.”
With the theme as “Connecting People, Correcting Perceptions”, the mentorship programme aims to foster a sense of community among the youth by bringing the 29 participants together with beneficiaries from various Social Sector Organisations (SSOrgs) such as Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) and SPD. Says mentee Jasmine Ang:“I have always appreciated how drawing helps me express the world that I see, but I feel as if I have relearnt how to see the things around me after connecting with different groups of people through these sessions.”
Other programmes in the lineup included Noise Metaverse by iMMERSiVELY, connecting 14 mentees with experienced artists who incorporate technology in their practice, such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). One expected project uses AR technology to revolutionise storytelling for today’s audiences by appealing to their imagination. Says mentor Eugene Soh: “I am excited for the public to be surprised by how technology and the arts can enhance our understanding of each other, be it our lives, stories, viewpoints or aspirations.”
In addition, the iconic Noise Music Mentorship (NMM) is back, and will now introduce an expanded range of artists from a greater diversity of music communities as mentors to the 20 aspiring music acts. These mentees have been guided by established artists like Sai Akilesh from the traditional Indian music scene, turntablist DJ KoFlow, and musician Tim De Cotta, as well as The Unusual Network’s Noise GIF Fest, where audiences experienced GIFs from 30 young art makers as they transformed Block 7 of Gillman Barracks into a state-of-the-art digital showcase site.
For more information about NOISE, visit their website here