Lost Cinema 20/20 by Brian Gothong TanOrganised by: An Esplanade Commission
Performed by: Karen Tan, Lim Yu Beng, Ma Yanling, Irfan Kasban, Munah Bagharib & Sun Phittaya Phaefuang
"... a startlingly visual and easily engageable conversation about the role of our subconscious in powering our creative expression." – Arts Equator via Invisible Flâneuse on Lost Cinema (2018)
Dreams are the cinema of our subconscious—we are all inherently filmmakers who create films through the act of dreaming. These films often become lost upon waking. Drawing links and juxtapositions between filmmaking and the nature of dreams, Lost Cinema 20/20 highlights the curious state of awareness when we dream, while exploring how our subconscious creates cinematic narratives that blur the lines between imagination and reality. Through a conversation with the rich visual culture of films—including those from the golden age of Singapore cinema—the work deconstructs tropes in filmography and looks at what shapes and defines our shared subconscious.
Created and directed by multimedia artist Brian Gothong Tan, Lost Cinema 20/20 was first developed in 2018 as a six-channel video installation at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The Studios' commission of Lost Cinema 20/20 expands this into a multi-disciplinary performance with text by Kaylene Tan and features performers Karen Tan, Lim Yu Beng, Ma Yanling, Irfan Kasban, Munah Bagharib and Sun Phitthaya Phaefuang and combines film, theatre and video art to create an immersive theatre experience.
The Studios 2020: Lost & Found
We are familiar with loss in varying shades, from the irritation of losing a favourite pen to the devastation and anger that come with the loss of life or love. Loss, however, is hardly the final word. It exists in tension and symbiosis with "finding"—there seldom is one without the other—and in the middle of these two opposites, we often find hope.
To experience loss is to be human. Yet, the human spirit constantly looks for something in the midst of loss, to create and find something out of what is or was no longer there.
The productions for The Studios 2020 exist within this tension – sifting through the vast lost & found box that is life – collecting and collating its disparate parts, examining our losses, and asking of ourselves what we might find in losing something.