[Abstract] Transnational Utopia: A Diaspora Manifesto


Abstract from Singapore Dreaming Conference presentation by Eunice Seng

In a 2005 essay titled “Utopia or Euphoria: Six Sites of Resistance in Disneyland and Singapore,” I endeavoured to uncover, through a comparative analysis of Disneyland and Singapore, the liberating possibilities within the everyday lived realities of these spaces.

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[Abstract] A Response to Values Change


Abstract from Singapore Dreaming Conference presentation by Kwok Kian Woon

Values do change over time. However, a simplistic concept of eternal and immutable values is attractive to many who are grappling with rapid change and uncertainty. In this presentation, I shall not focus on publicly stated or promoted values, especially when they are codified in some form, for example “Shared Values” or some “ism” or other.

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[Abstract] Climate Crisis and Singapore Dreaming


Abstract from Singapore Dreaming Conference presentation by William S. W. Lim

Climate change is today one of the most pressing concerns globally. Today, we are swamped with affordable and applicable green ideas and technical solutions, as well as critical contributions from and in social media. Yet, the big question lies in whether we will and can take action quickly enough to avoid a climate catastrophe, and whether the political leadership and the elites will accept the necessary drastic changes. The twenty first century sets out a challenging task for us. To achieve what is seemingly impossible needs a fundamental re-orientating of politics, and an acceptance of critical alternative voices as essential instruments for pivotal change.

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[Abstract] The State and Artists in Singapore Dreamt of the Arts in the 1980s-90s – and the Global City of the Arts is the Result?


Abstract from Singapore Dreaming Conference presentation by C. J. Wee Wan Ling

We live in what appears to be a distinctive moment in which the contemporary arts, new museums and art biennales have become linked to what is called ‘commodity reification’[1] and a near-frenzied consumerism that are part of the free-market capitalism that became pronounced after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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[Abstract] A Response to Values Change


Abstract from Singapore Dreaming Conference presentation by Melissa Kwee

I love to dream. Dreaming is part of makes each of us human. We all grow up with dreams even though sometimes we lose sight of them, forget or bury them.

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