In Time to Come and other stories, Tan Pin Pin in conversation with Shabbir Hussain Mustafa In Time to Come and other stories, Tan Pin Pin in conversation with Shabbir Hussain Mustafa

In Time to Come and other stories,
Tan Pin Pin in conversation with Shabbir Hussain Mustafa

  • Sat, 25 June 2022

  • Level 3, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

  • 11AM–12:30PM

  • Free, by registration

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What does it mean to see the present as past and future simultaneously? How can this way of seeing inform a filmmaking practice? Join award-winning Tan Pin Pin as she revisits her film In Time to Come (2017) as well as her visual archives to reflect upon the rituals, technical improvisations and ethical dilemmas that enable her documentary impulses. The session will be followed by Q&A. It is held in conjunction with the talk series Village of Rafts.

About the artists
Tan Pin Pin's films question the idea of Singapore. From documenting Singapore's everyday rituals in IN TIME TO COME (2017), to traversing the world to speak with her political exiles in To Singapore, with Love (2013), Pin Pin's films speak to the city’s gaps in history, memory, and documentation. According to Moviemaker, “Self-examination - both its necessity and its limits—as well as the intersection between the personal and the public, are the thematic foundations to Tan’s work.” Her award-winning films include Singapore GaGa (2005), Invisible City (2007), Pineapple Town (2015). Find out more at

About the 'Village of Rafts'
Since the 19th century, the Indian Ocean littoral has come to be submerged under larger global flows of colonialism and nationhood. However, in the last two decades, with the initiation of major infrastructure projects, it has resurfaced as a site for open contestation. Neoliberal expansionism, resource use and geopolitics have dominated recent mappings of the littoral. Today, highly specialised capital, infrastructural, ecological, and migratory flows occupy the sea lanes from Canton to Zanzibar. Despite these ‘newer’ neoliberal algorithms, its peoples have continued to chart their own cultural and aesthetic visions, highlighting a need to discuss how the human agency evolves across this terraqueous terrain. In a series of conversations grounded in contemporary practice, Village of Rafts lays the groundwork for an aspirational network across the Indian Ocean littoral.

Please note:

  • This programme is a hybrid event. It will be conducted both physically Level 3, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark and online on Zoom
  • For physical participants, please arrive at least 5 minutes before the start of the programme for registration. Latecomers may be denied entry as spaces could be reallocated at the discretion of the organizer.
  • No eating and drinking will be allowed and masks must be worn at all times.
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  • This session will be recorded, and these materials may be used by SAM for museum-related publicity purposes only. By attending this programme, you consent to being photographed, filmed and/or video-recorded.
  • SAM reserves the right to cancel or rearrange the organised event.


Hero Banner: Bare bones one-person shooting kit. Canon XF100 camcorder, 2 batteries, battery charger, 3 compact flash cards, rain cover, microphone, lens lid, and pink socket adapter (2022); Image courtesy of Tan Pin Pin.