Theatre, Visual Arts

The Swimming Pool Library

Organised by: T:>Works
  • Date:
    28 Oct 2021 - 20 Jan 2022
  • Time:
    Live performance and digital live-cast:
    28, 29 & 30 Oct: 8:00pm
    30 Oct: 3:00pm

    Exhibition and multimedia installation:
    6 - 20 Jan 2022
    Tue - Wed: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thu - Fri: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Venue:
    72-13, 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007
    72-13, 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 23900772-13, 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007
  • Admission:
    Exhibition with live performance: $35
    Exhibition with livecast: $15
    Exhibition only: Free by registration


Acclaimed visual artist Brian Gothong Tan kicks off his exciting new journey helming an artistic atelier at T:>Works with The Swimming Pool Library.

Reflecting an unconventional rite of passage where society's labels of gender and sexuality may not necessarily apply, The Swimming Pool Library is an immersive, multi-sensorial production that looks at the relevance of society's definitions of masculinity, and explores how feminine traits such as tenderness, kindness and vulnerability can also be part of masculine identity.

The exhibition is split into various chapters that mark milestones in a rite of passage, reflected through Tan's intimate, surreal lens. Paper sketches, paintings, 3D printed sculptures, 3D film photography and DIY books evoke memories of a boy trying to make sense of who he is, and where life will take him. Complementing this is a live performance specially choreographed for the camera and performed in-situ at 72-13, while simultaneously live-cast over the internet.

Creative and Production Team
Director: Brian Gothong Tan
Associate Producer: James J. Tay
Stage Manager: Justina Khoo
Lighting Designer & Technical Manager: Andy Lim
Sound Designer: BOON
Asst to Brian/Set Coordinator: M. Nurfadhli Jasni
Costume Designer: Theresa Chan
Live cam editor (Streaming): Eric Lee
Camera Director: Teh Yee Sheng
Assistant Stage Manager: Christopher Ong
Publicity/Marketing Design: Howie Kim

Karen Tan, Umi Kalthum Bte Ismail, Azizul 'Izzy' Mahathir (a.k.a. Vanda Miss Joaquim), Lian Sutton, Irfan Kasban and Ronald Goh

The Swimming Pool Library