5 Questions with the Resident: Pat Toh

1: You've been doing projects at The Substation for a long time. What does The Substation mean to you? 

It is a space to play, experiment and explore. It is a social space to meet lots of interesting people and be in the midst of art happenings.

2. How has coming in as a resident differed from your previous experiences working on projects (such as Directors' Lab)?

Warpaint was the the show Pat presented as one of the outcomes of her participation in Directors' Lab.

Warpaint was the the show Pat presented as one of the outcomes of her participation in Directors' Lab.

I feel that the objectives of this residency is slightly different from Directors' Lab. During Directors lab I was working from a production oriented frame of mind. In this residency, I am taking a more exploratory and research based mindset. Perhaps the name of the program and the given time frame shape my intent and approach. Although both projects work from an interest and practice in the body.

3: What are you looking forward to in your residency?

I look forward to walking with others and collect these walks as a way to gain insight into the perceptions of walking in Singapore. I also look forward to peep into the workings of an art space, tapping into its rich network of information and working from a different space aside from my own room.

4: Any pet peeves [about the space]?

None about the space itself, except the locale used to hold a diversity of shops, activities and people. It was a messier kind of street. Now it feels patrolled.

5: What are your hopes for The Substation moving forward?

Substation has been a trans-disciplinary experimental space and that is exciting. I wonder how it would expand on the multiplicity of its role as art-research-social space. And to work from extremities of being independent-collaborative, adventurous-rigorous and diverse-inclusive. 

Pat will be conducting a public walking session, Walking Slowly, on 15 April 2017, Saturday, 5-7pm. Stay tuned for more details and how to sign up.

 

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Talking with Pat (featuring Mrs Chua)

Everyone who has worked at The Substation will know that it's important to start your time at The Sub winning over... Mrs Chua (our long-time duty officer). 

Mrs Chua has been here for nearly 25 years, and has seen artists come and go. Her remarkable memory has meant that she hardly ever forgets a face, and is able to remember (with startling clarity) the happenings in the lives of the different people that have passed through The Sub. 

Watch as Mrs Chua reconnects with Pat, as Pat prepares to begin her residency.

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Substation Residency: Welcome Pat Toh!
Our artist-in-residence from 27 March - 26 May 2017: Pat Toh!

Our artist-in-residence from 27 March - 26 May 2017: Pat Toh!

We're happy to have begun our third cycle of residencies, this time with Pat Toh!

Pat is no stranger to The Substation, having worked on many projects here, the most recent being Directors' Lab, where she carried out 18 months of research, culminating in the work, Warpaint

Pat is also a regular visitor to The Substation, taking Capoeira lessons at the Dance Studio during the weekends. 

Pat is interested in the lived experience of the body and walking as a mean to explore relationships between body-mind-time-space. In this residency, she will investigate the walking culture in Singapore and experiment with walking tasks that seek to encourage a more tactile engagement with the city. Pat will conduct her study though the reading of critical texts, interviews with a range of experts from foot reflexologist to urban planner and walking as field study. Text, images and ideas during this period will contribute to the development of a project on the poetics and politics of walking in Singapore.

During her residency, Pat will be holding a slow-walk event on 15 April, Saturday. This slow-walk seeks to investigate the politics of walking as a group. Where do we go, how do we negotiate in silence?  What happens to their sense of mind, body and experience of space? More details of the walk will be released closer to the date.

Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit has been a formative text for Pat, sparking off her interest in walking.

Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit has been a formative text for Pat, sparking off her interest in walking.

Saga seeds that Pat associates with this area.

Saga seeds that Pat associates with this area.

Pat also has poignant memories associated with the Fort Canning area. Her mother used to work at Daimaru, and would bring Pat to eat Japanese food there. Pat has many childhood memories of walking with her mother around Fort Canning park, looking at the cannons, picking up saga seeds, as well as swimming at the River Valley swimming pool. Her family, at one point, owned a shophouse in the area as well. 

We'll be posting some more features on Pat in the days to come, so stay tuned!

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