Images of Landscapes: Intertextual Readings of 19th and 20th Century Singapore
The inscription of landscapes on the island of Singapore has taken varied forms, some of which appear in this exhibition. With photographs, postcards, travel accounts, paintings, maps and drawings, images of these places emerged for dissemination to a wider audience; and with them, this lecture will discuss and speculate the texts’ authorial positions, their intended audiences, as well as try to discern the portrayed places themselves. Using examples, varied texts will be used to attempt at descriptions and renderings of places in Singapore, through the 19th and 20th centuries. It aims to show that intertextual readings permit interesting perspectives to how one may imagine and remember such spaces on the island.
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About the speaker
Lai Chee Kien is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He is a registered architect, and graduated from the National University of Singapore with an M Arch. by research (1996), and then a PhD in History of Architecture and Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley (2005). He researches on histories of art, architecture, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia.
His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1966 (2007) and Singapore: towards another Botanical Age (2008).