The artworks that form the immersive arts experience invite you, the audience, to respond to the issues individually and collectively.

There are 9 different artworks to be encountered at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, comprising visual art, multi-media installations, short films, storytelling, singing sessions, public dialogues and more.

With the onsite programme guide, you can choose to experience the artworks in your own way and at your own pace.

Read on for a schedule, and more information on the individual artworks.

Watch all the short films here.


BOTH SIDES NOW: An Immersive Arts Experience
16 November – 8 December 2013
Title Location Day Time
Loss for Words Various Everyday 24 hours
Entrances and Exits Main Foyer Everyday 9.30am – 8pm
Living Well, Leaving Well Main Foyer Everyday 9.30am – 8pm
Ah Ma… Then and Now Main Foyer Everyday 9.30am – 8pm
Some Things Lost,
Some Things Gained
Main Foyer Everyday 9.30am – 8pm
Will-Not Main Foyer Everyday 9.30am – 8pm
Turn, Turn, Turn Main Foyer Everyday 9.30am – 8pm
What We Say
When We Say…
(Run ended 8 December 2013)
Songs for Tomorrow (Run ended 8 December 2013)

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Loss For Words
Thoughts unsaid, feelings unexpressed.
What are our desires and fears, wishes and needs?

This art installation prepares us to slow down and pay attention to our own thoughts and feelings. It invites us to be open to seeing what is happening around us with fresh eyes.

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Entrances and Exits
This installation invites us to enter and be taken on a contemplative journey within a meditative soundscape. Be guided by the thoughts of patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals who share how they cope with loss, life’s challenges and what enables them to continue, move on and remain resilient.

This installation invites you to exit and reflect on your own journey. What adds value to your life? What takes the value away?

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Living Well, Leaving Well
A series of animated short films that bring to life intimate stories told by healthcare professionals about their personal encounters with death, and what that has taught them about what it means to live.

Animators: ampulets, Yuki Pan, Tan Chee Kwang, James C. K. Tan,
Tan Wei Keong, Zhuang Bros from Weaving Clouds

Curated and Executive-Produced by Jasmine Ng

Click here to download the list of short films

Watch all of the animations here.

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Ah Ma… Then and Now
Two short films, reel life meets real life.

Ah Ma, a film by Anthony Chen,tells the story of a family visiting their grandmother living out her last days in hospital, and the different ways in which each grieves her passing.

Watch Ah Ma by Anthony Chen here.

In Ah Ma Revisited 7 years on, filmmaker Jasmine Ng catches up with the cast and chats with them about their attitudes towards death and dying, documenting how these have evolved since the making of the film.

Watch Ah Ma Revisited by Jasmine Ng here.

*Ah Ma garnered a Special Mention (Short Films Competition) at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, France. For his first feature, ILO ILO 爸妈不在家, Anthony Chen was awarded the Camera d’Or at the recent Cannes Film Festival 2013, one of the highest accolades and a first for Singapore.

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Some Things Lost, Some Things Gained
How do children deal with losing someone or something dear? How do they cope?

In this short film by filmmakers Nooraini Shah and Jasmine Ng, we invite you to listen to the musings of children. In taking on a childlike perspective, perhaps you too may find new ways of looking at loss and in the process, discover new sources of hope.

Watch the short film here.

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What would you like to leave behind for the ones you love? If you could pen down your wishes, what would they be?

In a slight twist to the conventional, we invite you to draft your Will and Will-Not. In thinking about not just what we want but also what we do not want to see happen when we are gone, we get insights into discovering what we truly value.

Download a copy of Will-Not (available in 4 languages) here, and complete this on your own or with someone you care about.

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Turn, Turn, Turn
The pinwheel is a symbol of constant change. In the cycle of life, what do you hold on to, and what do you let go of? What will you remember, and what will you forget?

Make a pinwheel and write or draw on it the things that best reflect what gives meaning to your life.

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What We Say When We Say…
(Run ended 8 December 2013)

Death and dying need not be a taboo subject. In this straight talking session, our speakers from all walks of life share stories, thoughts and ideas about end-of-life. In facing our mortality, perhaps we may be reminded how we want to live and what is important to us.

Click here for the schedule and bios of speakers.

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Songs for Tomorrow
(Run ended 8 December 2013)

What happens if we strip away the roles that we play everyday in our lives and see one another as individuals with unique identities and stories to tell? What songs would we sing for each other?

Through material gathered from interviews with healthcare workers, caregivers and patients, this multimedia theatre performance recreates a day in their lives, surfacing their struggles and their hopes.

Starring Tan Wan Sze, Nur Suhaili Binte Safari Wijaya
Directed by Kok Heng Leun (Artistic Director, Drama Box)

Click here to watch an excerpt of the performance.

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