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A Frame In Time

48:03 Min

Painted by Tumadi Patri in 1988, Memburu Gajah Di Hutan Batik is both traditional and modern.

It features a mixed media abstract collage of wayang kulit characters set against a backdrop of nature motifs and it invites us to imagine different narratives.

We trace the origins of wayang kulit puppetry in Singapore, and explore its eventual demise to the likes of radio, cinema, and television.

A Frame In Time

A Frame In Time - S2E3: Hunting Elephants In The Batik Forest

02 Jan 2022 12:00am

Painted by Tumadi Patri in 1988, Memburu Gajah Di Hutan Batik is both traditional and modern.

It features a mixed media abstract collage of wayang kulit characters set against a backdrop of nature motifs and it invites us to imagine different narratives.

We trace the origins of wayang kulit puppetry in Singapore, and explore its eventual demise to the likes of radio, cinema, and television.

A Frame In Time

About the show:

In Season 2 of A Frame In Time, we continue to tell stories of Singapore’s past, pausing at poignant moments in the 1970s and 80s.

Film auteur, Kelvin Tong helms the series again, interweaving fiction and non-fiction for a unique approach to documentary story-telling.

In Ong Kim Seng’s ‘Night Calligrapher’, we see a man seated and presumably at work in a long alleyway. The narrative spurs an exploration into the past world of letter-writing.

Widely regarded as one of Singapore’s most important artists, Liu Kang’s painting of a ‘Young Girl with Discus’ is infused with a playful energy. This portraiture initiates our conversation about women in sports, featuring Patricia Chan, Glory Barnabas, K Jayamani, among other sporting icons.

The last episode features a mixed media abstract collage, ‘Hunting Elephants in the Batik Forest’ by artist Tumadi B. Patri. We trace the origins of wayang kulit puppetry in Singapore and explore its eventual demise to the likes of radio, cinema, and television.

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