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DD3008

DD3008 Cities, Bodies, Memories: Art & Everyday Life In Contemporary Singapore

[Lectures: 26 hours; Tutorials: 19.5 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Pre-requisite

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NIL

Academic Unit

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3 AU

Course Description

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Learning Objective

To deliver to students a critical and historical overview of the broad themes informing Singapore as a space and a city.

Content

This course is an experiential exploration of the ways in which everyday lives in a city like Singapore are structured by power, possibility and psychogeography. Students will interrogate the ways public and private spaces such as housing estates, public and corporate institutions, school campuses, city streets and shopping malls structure the individual imagination. They will then explore how these spaces become infused with a myriad of personal stories, memories, fictions, poetics and possibilities.

 

Course Outline

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Topic​

1

Introduction

2

Dream Histories of Singapore city

3

Different visions of Urban development

4

Politics and Possibilities of Space I

5

Politics & Possibilities of space II

6

Experiential Assignments

7

Psychogeography

8

Site-Specific Locations

9

Specific Structures

10

Presentation of group proposals, problems, critiques

11

Final group consultation

12

Project presentations

13

Group/Individual consultation on assignments

Learning Outcome

The student will be able to place the notion of the city, the body, memory and Singapore in a critical and constructive relation to each other.

Student Assessment

Continuous Assessment: 100% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous Assessment components may include:

  • Exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments

Textbooks/References

Readings on the theory and practice of urban culture and art in general and in Singapore in particular are compiled in a compendium which may be purchased by students at the start of the semester.