Singapore has always spoken in many tongues at once. We code-switch between Cantonese and Malay, hear Bangladeshi and German and Ilocano on the streets, feel the texture of Tamil or Hokkien or Arabic, even if we don’t speak it. One person may know three, four, seven languages at once. Our poetry is no different.
Any Anything Also Can is a broadside exhibition of multilingual poetry: an eight-poem taster showcasing the linguistic possibilities Singapore has given its writers. You’ll find weird poems and lyric poems; poems old and new, about place, about self, about loving words; songs; how meaning can go wrong; how to hold it together even if you might not understand it all.
The broadside is a public medium, meant to be read in the street, in communion with strangers. Artistically reimagined by Fellow Design and qu’est-ce que c’est design, Any Anything Also Can is a meeting point between Sing Lit Station's advocacy in the literary arts and the best minds in graphic design practicing in Singapore today.
This exhibition is a programme of the 2019 Textures festival, organised by The Arts House in conjunction with the 2019 #BuySingLit movement.
Any Anything Also Can: an exhibition 1–17 Mar 2019 The Arts House (Level Two)
FEATURING THE POEMS OF
Arthur Yap Chow Teck Seng Hamid Roslan Khoo Seok Wan Liang Wern Fook Martha Fernandez NV Rengasamy Dasan Pooja Nansi
Fellow is a design studio that approaches brand development, exhibition and user experience design with keen curiousity. The studio takes a broad lens at the world to understand the instincts, impulses and needs of people, and channels that to create modes of communication that are resonant and unexpected. Particularly in exhibition design, the studio has grown in experience in crafting narratives for a diverse set of demographics, with an emphasis on participatory content and tactile interactivity.
qu’est-ce que c’est design is a graphic design studio that enjoys transforming ideas into compelling concepts and expressive graphic design. The studio believes that new and interesting graphic design solutions can found by losing all preconceived notions of what typical outcomes a brief may entail, and approaching it with curiosity and a child-like wonder.
Tse Hao Guang is a Singaporean poet and editor, assembled with parts from Hong Kong and Malaysia. His first full-length poetry collection, Deeds of Light, was shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize. He is a 2016 fellow of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, and the 2018 National Writer-in-Residence at Nanyang Technological University. He has things in Asian-American Writers Workshop, Sand Journal, AJAR, High Chair, Entropy, Hotel, Third Coast, and Prairie Schooner. (Photo credit: Jon Gresham)