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How does a theatre company work with a local NGO? How does film become a means of communication for the hearing impaired? As an artist, what approaches can be used to negotiate the reality of the community's experience as it translates into the creation of an art piece?

This sharing session will be framed by a discussion surrounding aspects of community engagement when using artistic methodologies to work with communities. A framework of levels of engagement will be put forward, adapted from Suzanne Lacy's 'Mapping the Terrain - New Genre Public Art', for discussion alongside examples of work with communities from Sinema and Drama Box.

Koh Hui Ling from Drama Box will be speaking about their recent project on Sex Workers, which is a collaboration with social services group, Student Christian Movement. This project took the form of a forum theatre and a play which highlighted the situation of sex work and sex workers in Singapore, mediated through the social services group.

Nicholas Chee from Sinema will be sharing about his experiences and thoughts on the film-making program "Make your First Short Film" initiated by sister company, Sinema Academy of Motion Pictures Limited (SAMP) for the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf). Initiated in March 2010, the programme is specially tailored for the deaf and empowers students with additional skills and means to reach out to the general public through visual communication- film. Nicholas will also be sharing about "Sinema Showoff!" - a monthly (every last Tuesday) curated film programme that was kick-started in December 2007 to show off good short films and music videos produced in SIngapore.

There will be a discussion on the framework for levels of engagement with communities facilitated by visual artist Felicia Low.

Please register online by 10th November. 

12 November 2011
10am - 12pm, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Seminar Room 1, Blk B, #04-13

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