Traversing the Absent Landscapes of Downtown Singapore Through Film, hosted by Toh Hun Ping

This class is part of The School of Uncommon Knowledge

Both sessions are now full. Register to be put on the waitlist at the same link below. We will contact you if a spot opens up or if we add an additional session.

Join the 'sgfilmhunter' as he brings you on a walking tour of places around downtown Singapore that have appeared in films shot on location here in early-mid 20th century. Share his obsession over film locations and landscapes that are now effaced, well-forgotten and overlooked by the forces of urban renewal and collective amnesia. Watch film clips from decades ago, pore over old maps and pick up a little history of this perpetually-transforming city.

Participants should bring along their own smartphones. Hun Ping will upload film clips and make them available for online viewing at the stops (via Youtube, Vimeo or other video streaming sites).

The tour sets off from The Substation at 5pm and ends at Jln Sultan Food Centre around 6:50pm.



Participants should bring along their own smartphones. 

About Toh Hun Ping

Toh Hun Ping is a video artist and film researcher. His video works have screened at international experimental film festivals (Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas) and were presented in art venues both as video installations and live-performance projections (Sculpture Square and Substation, Singapore). He also runs the Singapore Film Locations Archive, a private video collection of films made in Singapore and maintains a website about Singapore film locations ( He has worked on a freelance basis as a researcher for film programmes at the National Museum of Singapore Cinémathèque (Foundation of

In preparation for his next video work, he is researching into the history of film production in early-mid 20th century Singapore Run Run Shaw’s Cinema Empire, Gems of Amoy Cinema) and the Asian Film Archive (State of Motion, Celluloid Void 2).


All classes in A Home for the Arts run on barter. When registering please select one (or more) of the following that you would like to give in exchange for the class.

  • Old books related to Singapore
  • Old postcards
  • Old movie memorabilia
  • Or simply the stamina and enthusiasm to finish the 2-hour walk

Saturday, 5 November 2016 [ FULL]
Sunday, 6 November 2016 [FULL]
Register now to be placed on the waitlist

5pm - 7pm

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