2 talks by Jeremy Fernando at the Central Public Library

January 09, 2019

1. reading | art | resistance
Wednesday, 20 February

In this performance-talk, Jeremy Fernando will attempt to respond the possibility of art as resistance — that is, meditate on the possible relationship between resistance and art. And he will do so whilst foregrounding the fact that if art is the openness to possibilities, nothing can be known until it happens; after which it still quite possibility remains beyond cognitionThus, the only thing one can do, is to resist what one thinks art itself is; and to read the work, attempt to encounter the work. As part of his performance, he will be showing works — from Singapore and beyond — that he thinks demonstrate possibilities, stage resistances.  

To register: https://www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary2/e/alt-txt-reading-art-resistance-71357805

2. writing | walking | blindness
Wednesday, 27 February

In this performance-talk, Jeremy Fernando will attempt to attend to the relationship between walking and thinking — movement and thought — through the all-too-familiar situation, scenario, of writer’s block. It opens with a meditation on the very moment he was unable to write — alongside the irony of writing about it. Which suggests that this writing — perhaps all writing — is an act of memory: one that is unable to account for the possibility of forgetting — and, thus, also fictionality. And in that spirit, he will offer the possibility that a painting — ‘Squid Love’ by Yanyun Chen — is the site through which this piece has been inked.

To register: https://www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary2/e/alt-txt-writing-walking-blindness-58370953


The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.