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The Nature Museum: Performance [Creation]
By: Institute of Critical Zoologists (ICZ)

The Nature Museum is a fascinating exploration of Singapore's natural history through historical and fantastical narratives created by the Institute of Critical Zoologists (ICZ).

An immersive Museological setting by Robert Zhao of ICZ, The Nature Museum takes you on a journey through photographs, artworks and historical documents both found and fabricated. Get lost in another time as you wander around the artful arrangements of books, posters and images captivatingly displayed on Victorian shelves and vitrines, accompanied by antiquated caption texts.

Artist and photographer Zhao has become known for his layered narratives blending historical documentation and imaginative storytelling that provide thought-provoking commentary on natural as well as social issues. The installation is fleshed out by a guided tour and lecture performance, created in collaboration with playwright Joel Tan, weaving together myriad stories of our island's rich flora and fauna, its little-known agriculture and aggressive landscaping, fully revealing the extent of Singapore's 'Garden City' moniker.

Underneath bubbles a deeper story of violence and control, hidden in much of Singapore's encounters with nature: forests recede while manicured greenery emerges. Rediscover the meaning behind images of the plantations and jungles of our past and ponder the implications of the clash between Nature and urban development on our tiny island.

In ICZ's inimitable style, The Nature Museum meshes past and future in an arresting work that will astonish all who are curious about the world around us.

Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).
Start Sales Date
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20 Apr 2017, 9am - 20 May 2017

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21 May 2017, 12am

Performed in English
1 hour
(No intermission)
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Event Date
31 Aug, 1,2,5,6,7 Sep 2017 ,8pm
Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)
Standard: S$35 (General Admission)