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134 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Quest Log | Episode 62 - Paradise_now
An insightful sit-down with the minds behind Paradise Now, an artist collective currently based in Singapore. ________________________________________________________ Founded in 2020, Paradise Now is a Multimedia Artist Collective whose artworks assimilate a diversity of daily influences drawn from perception through observation. With a penchant for amalgamating incompatible elements, Paradise Now grows as a natural synergy of conflicting histories and personal experiences - they seek to explore the notion of space/mental space, memories, emotions, symbolism and metaphors through multidisciplinary approaches. Paradise Now is a repository for their thoughts and memories that would otherwise fade away with the business of daily living.
146 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Quest log | Episode 61 - Marylyn Tan
An exciting conversation with Marylyn Tan, a queer, female, Chinese linguistic graduate, writer and artist. _____________________________________ Marylyn Tan is a queer, female, Chinese, linguistics graduate, writer, and artist, who has been performing and disappointing since 2014. Her first volume of poetry, GAZE BACK (Singapore Literature Prize 2020, Lambda loser), is the lesbo Singaporean trans-genre witch grimoire you never knew you needed. She works to emancipate and restore the alienated, endangered body. Marylyn reads poetry for Singapore Unbound and can be found in her habitat at instagram/marylyn.orificial or twitter.com/grinchfucker.
181 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Quest log | Episode 60- Junxiang
A conversation with Huang Junxiang , producer and director of various multimedia films. ____________________________ Huang Junxiang enjoys a good comedy and is grateful to be able to pursue a career in filmmaking. His short film, Give Yourself a Chance, was awarded at the Very Short International Festival 2012. His second, I Will Die screened at Singapore International Film Festival 2014. His most recent effort is Piece of Meat (2019), co-directed with Jerrold Chong, which enjoyed its premiere at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes and subsequently travelled to Annecy and Busan. Together with Jerrold, they co-directed this year's NDP music video, "The Road Ahead". He has also served as the multimedia producer for SEA Games 2015, NDP 2016, and the Singapore Bicentennial 2019. As a producer at Eric Khoo's Zhao Wei Films, he has produced a number of feature films including In The Room (Toronto 2016), Apprentice (Un Certain Regard 2016), Ramen Teh (Berlin Culinary Cinema 2018), Buffalo Boys (Fantasia Film Festival 2018) and Tiong Bahru Social Club (Busan International Film Festival 2020). He has also served as producer for both HBO Asia anthology series Folklore (2018) and Food Lore (2019) which has travelled to festivals including Toronto, Sitges and Fantastic Fest.
131 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Quest Log | Episode 59 : john_wip
An insightful sitdown with John, illustrator, creative and movie enthusiast. __________ John is a creative at heart , a thoughtful individual almost inseparable from his craft. Throughout the episode, he speaks on his processes as a commercial illustrator, and on the importance of carving out time amidst the bustle for ones own creative practice. He speaks on his inspirations and his journey as an illustrator, and the lessons he has learnt about himself, and his craft.
136 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Quest log | Episode 58 - Andre Wee
An insightful conversation with Andre Wee, an experimental illustrator and creative based in Singapore. __________ Andre is a curious individual at heart , of which is shown largely through his expansive body of work. An individual whose craft spans across multiple mediums and expressions, he seeks to continuously push at the boundaries of his work through the blending of emerging technologies and art. He speaks about his craft and his processes, while sharing about the evolution of his art through his years as a illustrator. His works are currently being represented by the Mulan Gallery (Singapore) and he has been exhibited both locally and internationally over the course of his career.
151 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Quest log | Episode 57 - Brendan Graetz
A mindboggling and fantastic conversation with Singaporean blockchain developer, Brendan Graetz __________ Brendan Graetz takes you on a deep dive through the wonderful world of immutable ledgers and decentralised applications; with a dose of economics and climate change for good measure.
103 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Quest log | Episode 56 - Terra & Ember
An insightful sitdown with Terra & Ember, a Singapore based pottery studio. _____________ Terra & Ember was started by a husband and wife duo with a passion for pottery and all things ceramics. It began as a spontaneous sign up for a beginner pottery class that has evolved into a humble home-studio based in Singapore. Situated within a culturally rich environment along the bustling street of Geylang road, the ceramics are made with a loving touch, inspired by the ecology around them.
159 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Quest Log | Episode 55 - jayefunk
An illuminating sit down with jayefunk , a multidisciplinary creative, musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist. ______________________ jaye is an offbeat musical rogue who cut his teeth in a local folk-rock duo, fronted a Japan-based funk group and then became a UK X-Factor finalist’s DJ. Upon his return to Singapore, the singer ushered in his comic reign as AZN SEN$ATION with parodic raps like ‘Suprememan’. The artist later re-debuted as jaye with 2019 Halloween bop ‘TOMORROW’ about previous suicidal ideations generating 1.2 Million Youtube hits. Valentine's Day sophomore ballad ‘DEJAVU’ followed suit, rallying 1 Million Youtube views. Reprised by popular demand in 2020, ‘TOMORROW’ spawned 'Tomorrow the Game' - a realistic PC Halloween horror game that was a visual spectacle to up to 1 million viewers. His deconstructed single 'ADHD' went further to enact a 4-part interactive ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Music Video inspired by BlackMirror’s Bandersnatch which garnered over 500K views. The experimental track was further gamified by a Super Mario-esque IG filter game solidifying the artist's mandate for game creation. The brooding romantic’s latest release ‘Stay up till I sleep’ characteristically conveys the unspoken tension between his insomnia and married life. Painfully authentic and sinfully catchy, his sonic outcome is an astringent-flavoured Alt-Pop that is altogether reminiscent of Twenty One Pilots, Blackbear and Khalid. A wearer of many hats, jaye is also the founder of creative hubs: The Parlour Singapore, The Music Parlour and The Parlour Seoul, empowering creatives one hub at a time.
170 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Quest log | Episode 54 - Speak Cryptic
An enlightening sitdown with Speak Cryptic, a multidisciplinary artist currently working and living in Singapore. _________________________________________ Farizwan Fajari, professionally known as Speak Cryptic, is an artist currently working and living in Singapore. Influenced by the visual language prevalent within the cultures of punk, underground music and of being a Singaporean, Malay of Baweanese descent, he utilises personal iconographies along with a cast of characters that he has been developing over the years and applies them to various visual narratives inspired by his own observations on current affairs and his immediate environment. Exhibitions include the Koganecho Art Bazaar (Yokohama, Japan, 2018), the 1st Kuala Lumpur Biennale (2017), Secret Archipelago (Paris, France 2015) and the Singapore Biennale (2013).
121 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Quest log | Episode 53 - Slodown
A refreshing sitdown with NYC based singer-songwriter Slodown, as he shares much about his craft, and his journey in both design and music. _______________________________________ NYC based singer-songwriter Slodown draws equal inspiration from both his Asian roots and the soul of his music heroes—D'Angelo, Musiq Soulchild and Marvin Gaye to name a few. The end result is a fresh take on Neo-Soul/R&B that harmoniously marries the Singaporean artist’s cultural heritage with his musical influences.
100 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Quest log | Episode 52 : TheWeirdandWild
An exciting conversation with Qiyun, creator of The Weird and Wild, where she uses the medium of illustration to create accessible environmental content across a range of topics _________________________ Qiyun is the creator of The Weird and Wild (@theweirdandwild), an Instagram account where she creates accessible environmental content across a range of topics through illustrations. Be it collaborating with organizations or translating technical climate content, Qiyun combines her training in environmental studies with the power of social media to build capacity and awareness of complex climate issues through visuals and other digital tools. With a breadth of experience working in environmental organizations and corporations, Qiyun recognizes the complexities and complications in climate action from different stakeholders and believes in making this information available to a larger audience. She recently started a Southeast Asian-focused climate change newsletter on Substack titled "From The Tropics" that aims to provide nuanced commentaries and resources on regional climate issues.
116 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Quest log | Episode 51 : Derek Ang
An intriguing conversation with Derek Ang, veteran restaurateur, and macro photography enthusiast. _____________ Derek Ang has worn many professional hats throughout his life and speaks with wisdom on his journey thus far. During our conversation , he elaborates on his most recent passion - macro photography. Although only starting the hobby recently, he has been an eager member of the local community, organizing & leading various outdoor photography sessions with a wide array of individuals. Despite the lack of formal education as a photographer, Derek has been a student of the craft, learning from his peers and driven largely by his innate curiosity to push his own skills forward.
126 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
Quest log | Episode 50 : Nicholas Ong
An insightful conversation with local painter and multimedia artist, Nicholas Ong. _______________________________________ Singaporean based artist Nicholas Ong (B. 1995) is a painter whose visual vocabulary is positioned within a lineage of contemporary abstraction driven by his interest in filmic language and the shifting moods and textures of cinematic tableaus. Ong’s practice is grounded in his exploration of the relationship between the two- and three-dimensional, and the rich, varied range of perceptions and sensations engendered by his experiments across both surface and space. Nicholas has participated in exhibitions in Singapore and around the region and has been commissioned by the likes of Facebook, M.A.C. Cosmetics, The Singapore Art Museum, NOISE singapore and works with a variety of artists in different creative fields. In 2019, he participated in an Artist in Residence with the Balai Seni Negara (National Art Gallery Malaysia) and exhibited work during the Inaugural Triennial Singapore Malaysia Bilateral Cultural Showcase during Urbanscapes Malaysia. His most recent exhibitions include "Flat" at Sullivan + Strumpf Singapore, and "Closer Than They Appear" and "Absurd Theatrics" at Yavuz Gallery.
123 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Quest log - Episode 49 - Jedidiah Siah
An illuminating conversation with Jedidiah Siah, co-founder and director of AlterCulture Studios. __________________________________ Jedidiah Siah is Co-founder and Director of AlterCulture Studios Pte. Ltd, which does game design consultation, education, and promoting the usage of games across non-gaming industries. He is also an Associate Trainer at Civil Service College (Singapore) for Game Design. He has been researching and experimenting with the usage of games that explores social dynamics and cultures. He holds a B.A. in Game Design from DigiPen (Singapore Institute of Technology).
103 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Quest log - Episode 48 - Richard Tat
A sitdown with Richard Tat, tattoo artist and son of Singaporean Tattoo Legend, Johnny Two Thumbs. _________________________ Richard, though pushing past the age where one would conventionally retire, is still as enthusiastic as ever about his craft - tattooing. Richard speaks on his own history of the craft, and how things have changed around him through the decades. His passion for the art of tattooing shines throughout the conversation, as he speaks on the early days of tattooing in Singapore, and to how the perception of the subculture has evolved over time.
79 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Quest log - Episode 47- Fang & Anakie
A sitdown with Fang & Anakie, self-described furries who are enthusiastic about the furry fandom. ____________________________ Fang & Anakie are self-described furries and speak about their interests in the fandom. They speak candidly on their journey in the fandom & being a furry, as well as the misconceptions that individuals would have about the fandom and community. Self-expression and creativity are the roots behind the furry community, as it creates a safe community of like-minded individuals to explore artistic ideas and their individual forms of art-making.
101 minutes | May 23, 2021
Quest log - Episode 46 - Gwen Guo
An insightful sitdown with Gwen Guo, co-founder of Imba Interactive and chairperson of the Singapore Games Association ( SGGA ). ___________________________ Gwen is an outstanding individual, one on a mission towards building the proper foundation and a thriving ecosystem for the gaming industry within Singapore. Her interests in music have led her to co-found Imba Interactive with her friends, a unique sound design studio serving the unconventional niche of providing professional sound design for games. Gwen speaks passionately about her endeavours and her love for gaming, as well as the work she has in front of her as the chairperson of Singapore Games Association ( SGGA ), of which is on a mission to take on the role of primary trade association for the Singapore games industry while bolstering local industry growth in the game development and esports sectors.
116 minutes | May 6, 2021
Quest log - Episode 45 - Shaun Tan
A thoughtful episode with Shaun, the co-founder and CEO of Dreamcore, an innovative technology company based in Singapore. ______________________ Shaun is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for Dreamcore, an innovative technology company that builds next generation tools from bespoke cutting-edge computers and peripherals to enterprise solutions for high-end servers, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Driven by a passion for innovation and a desire to empower users with mindful technology, Shaun founded Dreamcore in response to the growing need amongst professionals and innovators for Personal Computers ( PCs) that are both high-performing and aesthetically pleasing. A strong believer that the right tools can empower people to pursue their dreams and ignite inspiration and innovation, Shaun is responsible for driving the development of the company's short - and long-term strategy, crafting and implementing Dreamcore's vision and mission. His strength lies in managing strategic dialogues with new partners, engaging leadership and the team to offer world-class solutions to support the needs of industry-leading professionals, ensuring the best in performance and reliability. Shaun has always been excited about technologies that break the mould, and this ethos shapes every Dreamcore product.
99 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Quest log - Episode 44 - Karl Mak
An insightful sitdown with Karl Mak, the CEO and Co-founder of Hepmil Media Group. ______________ Karl is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hepmil Media Group. Hepmil Media Group runs the popular digital content platforms such as SGAG (Singapore), MGAG (Malaysia), PGAG (Philippines) & Hepmil Creators Network (HCN). The group’s content is seen by over 30 million millennials and Gen Z's across the region weekly. Karl was named as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Asia class of 2017
102 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Quest log : Episode 43 - Elias Soh
An insightful conversation with Elias Soh, a culturally savvy individual with a wealth of experience in radio, voice over work, video production , photography and branding related marketing. ________________________________ Elias is a fascinating individual, and one with many passions. Having worked within radio ( Lush 99.5 , Class 95 ) for a fair bit , and having done voiceover work for over a decade ( notable works include VO for Discovery, Netflix OneFm etc ), he still allows himself to be pushed towards new mediums of expression and creativity, actively pursuing other tangental interests such as documentary photography ( @elias.soh ) , music production( @ape.research ) and video production ( @verycrafty ) . The conversation looks back on the various facets of his journey thus far, and seeks to explore his pursuit of these various passions, as well as the delicate balancing act that comes with it all. Elias currently helms branding and marketing at Field Assembly on top of all that was previously mentioned, while being an enthusiastic practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
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