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    Performative silence: Race, riot and the end of multiculturalism
    On 8 December 2013, the monotonous placidity of Singapore’s streets was disrupted by anti-social violence in a district called Little India. Such acts of mass aggression were unheard of in a country whose policies of multiculturalism have been hailed as exemplary for developed nations. This article examines the conditions and consequences of the riot in Singapore and posits that the event signified a rupture in the politics of multicultural practice. It analyses media representations, official state narratives and vitriolic public responses to consider how the voices of the rioters have been violently silenced. Framed by what Georges Bataille terms the dialectic of civilised speech versus silent violence, where silence is regarded as dispossession and objectification, and vocality as empowerment and subjectivity, this article will consider the performativities of silence and violence and the ways the riot is an event of dissensus, a politics of interruption that fractures hegemonic state-prescribed narratives of multiculturalism.
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    "In the shoes of another": Immersive technology for social and emotional learning
    There has been increasing use of interactive technologies in the classroom today and a rising popularity of employing virtual environments as a means to engage students in sensorially rich contexts for more embodied forms of experiential learning. In particular, virtual reality (VR) or immersive virtual environments (IVEs) facilitated by head-mounted displays (HMDs) have been used in the teaching of subject content such as history, geography and science. This article presents the findings of an exploratory study of immersive technology, specifically immersive virtual environments (IVES), for the purpose of social and emotional learning (SEL), in the context of Character and Citizenship lessons in the Singapore classroom. The social and emotional competencies (SECs) examined in this project were specifically empathy and perspective-taking, and responsible decision-making. The study involved a sample of n = 75 students from a cohort of students in a Singapore school, averaged at 15 years of age. Students were randomly divided into three treatment conditions: IVEs, pen-and-paper mental simulation and video-viewing. Each treatment contained a problem scenario, told from a first-person perspective, involving a social and ethical dilemma young people today face. A quasi-experimental, pre-test post-test, non-equivalent group design was employed, and the study adopted a mixed-method approach to data collection. The findings reveal that IVEs are not necessarily more effective than the “pen-and-paper” and video viewing approaches to teaching SECs but they can better facilitate perspective-taking and empathy for a higher percentage of students.
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    Sounding Singapore: Sound as cultural heritage
    (Acoustic Ecology Review, 2023)
    The paper will present the findings of a small-scale study done to ascertain Singapore’s soundmarks and the place and meaningfulness of sound in Singapore society. I critically evaluate the significance of these findings in relation to Singapore’s cultural and political economy and the population’s lived experiences. The paper will also examine sonic events that reveal how sound’s regard impacts the cultural and political lifeworlds (Lebenswelt) of Singaporeans. An oft neglected phenomenon in Singaporeans’ lived experience sound inevitably informs, influences and dictates Singapore’s social, cultural and political identity.
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    The Curios Carnival: Theatrimusicality, Avant-Garde pianism and the carnivalesque
    Theatricality in music performances is often regarded as extraneous, but avantgarde toy pianist Margaret Leng Tan exploits the intermediality between theatricality and musicality to demonstrate how theatrimusicality is imperative to the creation and reception of her music. Curios (2015) is one example in which the work’s structure of meaning and the experience of the carnivalesque are evoked through such a theatrimusical dramaturgy.
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    Spectres of Shakespeare: Ong Keng Sen’s Search: Hamlet and the intercultural myth
    Located within the myth of Shakespeare’s universality is a belief in the power and poeticism of his language. If we acknowledge Richard Eyre’s assertion that ‘the life of the plays is in the language’, what becomes of this myth when Shakespeare is ‘transferred’ across cultures? What happens to Shakespeare’s ‘universality’ in these cultural re-articulations? Using Ong Keng Sen’s Search Hamlet (2002), this paper examines the transference of myth and/as language in intercultural Shakespeares. It posits that intercultural imaginings of Shakespeare can be said to expose the hollow myth of universality yet in a paradoxical double-bind reify and reinstate this self-same myth.
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    Moving cage: Vibration, sonification and the quanta of time
    Dear John is an experimental choreomusical work that reinterprets Cage's works while advancing his ideas of sound as sonic events and embodied choreography. In this episodic work, improvised movement unfolds to a soundscape of defamiliarized instruments, sound devices and sonicities of macro- and micro-movements. The correspondence and (in)congruence between dance movements and music's kinetic energy become the means to examine a politics of the body and sound, of music on movement. Additionally, in this ‘auditory architecture’ the quanta of time, its relations and (lack of) unity are exposed. This article then examines the intersubjective interplay of movement and music, body and sonicity; it considers the resonance of the performing body as intermaterial vibration and how this invites a sonic politics of relational possibility. The article will then also investigate the ways in which the interaction of motion and music, movement and stillness engenders experiences of time's indeterminacy and elasticity.
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