The Pinterest Instinct by Tan Pin Pin
Tan Pin Pin reveals her process that resulted in two recent films Snow City (2011) and The Impossibility of Knowing (2010). The first grew from her huge and random archive of Singapore scenes shot for another film (that were never used) and the second, from her 10 year collection of Straits Times news clippings detailing crimes of passion. She hopes to show how the Pinterest Instinct can be used as a vital creative resource.
Tan Pin Pin is an award-winning director who is known for her body of work on Singapore and her histories. Her films have screened in Berlinale, Busan, Vision du Reel and the Flaherty Seminar. In Singapore, the films have received sold out theatrical screenings and toured schools. She has won awards from Cinema du Reel, Taiwan International Documentary Festival, as well as a Student Academy Award for Moving House. To Singapore with Love, about Singapore exiles, was awarded Best Director at the Dubai International Film Festival.
One’s reception draws from observational basis as much as local filmmaker Tan Pin Pin did. The connection that was drawn from places, people to situation generates such austere and yet, gently humorous in circumstantial nuances. The art of drawing point to point from cloud data is an artist’s reflex. I also appreciate the relevance drawn contextually. Her process with the thematics of curated talk series, History and Its Currency, mapped clarity in procedural craftsmanship of important films made in Singapore to date.
In Project Virtual Awkwardness, an act of troll that has the undertakings of such sophistication requires clarity in thought and stoic calmness in propagation. In Project Virtual Awkwardness, it not of binary opposites to be or not to be, but a contention to the extremes and call for a measurement to the degree of which. Truly it is an act of elegance, and a practice of chivalry and meditation.