CONCRETE ISLAND | Bus Tour with Lai Chee Kien

CONCRETE ISLAND takes as its points of departure J.G. Ballard’s novel of the same title and Tan Pin Pin’s 2003 film 80km/h. Rather than a cartographical record of Singapore, the project maps Singapore as a landscape of varying intensities, speed and rhythms. Using the term ‘concrete island’ as a guiding metaphor, this project by the NUS Museum encompasses an exhibition space, a publication reader, a reading workshop, a mobile cinema programme, and a bus tour.

Conducted by Dr Lai Chee Kien, the bus tour begins at Changi Airport, traversing the horizons of Singapore along the Pan Island Expressway, addressing Singapore’s urban history and its movements through a tourist’s moving image of Singapore.

[Image credit: Still from Tan Pin Pin’s film 80km/h, image courtesy of artist.]


Date: 23 January 2016
Time: 4pm-6pm

* Meeting details will be emailed to participants when registration is confirmed. The bus will depart Changi at 4pm sharp.

** Participants can choose to end the tour at the National Library Building, or Golden Mile Complex.

**Please note that photography and videography may take place throughout this event for possible usage in print magazines, digital platforms or for marketing purposes.

This CONCRETE ISLAND Bus Tour is part of Singapore Art Week (16 – 24 January 2016). An initiative by the National Arts Council, in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. It is a nine-day celebration of the visual arts, held at many venues across Singapore, including museums, art precincts and non-profit spaces.

Reaching out to both Singapore residents and international visitors, Singapore Art Week offers a myriad of quality art experiences, from art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events and public art walks, to enriching discussions on art and culture. Covering the visual arts beyond contemporary practices, including modern and traditional visual forms, Singapore Art Week also aims to galvanise the arts sector to launch innovative art and lifestyle concepts and events in conjunction with it. For more information, please visit


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