Painting With Light: Festival of International Films on Art




Painting with Light is the Gallery's annual film festival which examines the significance of art in society by looking at how people live and work with art around the world.


This year’s festival unveils a carefully curated selection of over 30 thought-provoking feature-length and short films, as well as single-channel video works, many of which are premiering here. These films bring to light the reality and experience of displacement, an issue that is central to today’s most critical global debates. In telling such stories, filmmakers reveal their responses to the issues of the day, their desire to stage an intervention, and their dreams for humanity. The films will be presented across four sections: Holding Space, Ways of Seeing, Special Focus and Southeast Asian Shorts.







Explore the different film screenings by clicking on a section.

You can also view all film listings at the link below.



  Ways of Seeing
Special Focus  

Painting with Light 2018 - Southeast Asian Shorts



Asian Premiere
In the Steps of Trisha Brown / Dans le Pas de Trisha Brown

By Marie-Hélène Rebois

In the Steps of Trisha Brown / Dans le Pas de Trisha Brown

Sat 20 Oct | 2pm

France | In French and English with English subtitles | 2016 | 79 min | PG

This programme includes a post-screening dialogue with dance artist Susan Sentler (Lecturer, School of Dance & Theatre, LASALLE) on the principles of Trisha Brown’s practice that have inspired her own. She will also discuss LASALLE’s upcoming re-staging of the early works Leaning Duets I (1970), Sticks (1973) and Spanish Dance (1973), organised in conjunction with the Gallery’s exhibition Minimalism: Space. Light. Object (16 Nov 2018 – 14 Apr 2019).


Trisha Brown is one of the most influential choreographers of the post-modern era. She transformed modern dance through her experimentation with movement and a new language that resists standard notation. In 2013, the Paris Opera Ballet restaged Glacial Decoy (1979), the seminal work that Brown produced in collaboration with visual artist Robert Rauschenberg, who created its costumes and slide projections. In the Steps of Trisha Brown takes us behind the scenes to the rehearsal studios where this new generation of dancers are endeavouring to grasp the principles of her practice under the mentorship of Lisa Kraus, former dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and Carolyn Lucas, co-artistic director of the Company.

Rehearsal sequences are punctuated with archival footage of Brown in action, video excerpts of the original production, and her iconic early works such as Man Walking Down the Side of a Building (1970) and Roof Piece (1971). As the lessons progress, the dancers are forced to part with familiar principles of composition to achieve what Brown called a state of “pure movement.” They have to recalibrate their bodies to move in a different way—off-centre. This process soon reveals how radical her practice was in expanding perceptions of performance, and the enduring nature of her legacy.

In The Steps of Trisha Brown was part of the official selection of films in the FID International Film Festival Marseille (2016), and won the Jury Prize at the Montréal International Festival of Films on Art (2017).


Marie-Hélène Rebois has a passion for movement and dance that has compelled her to make several documentaries that focus on the memory of the body and the cultural heritage of contemporary dance. She has received SACD‘s Beaumarchais Medal for her work on contemporary creations and her films have been broadcast on television internationally. In the Steps of Trisha Brown is her first feature produced for theatrical release.



Asian Premiere
Megalodemocrat: The Public Art of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

By Benjamin Duffield

Megalodemocrat: The Public Art of Rafael Lozano-hemmer - Benjamin Duffield

Sat 20 Oct | 4.30pm

Sun 21 Oct | 4.30pm

Canada | In English and Spanish with English subtitles | 2018 | 94 min | PG13 (Some coarse language and violence)

This programme includes a post-screening dialogue with director Benjamin Duffield.



"What I want is for people to feel like their presence has an urban scale, and that they have a platform to self-represent." –Rafael Lozano-Hemmer


Megalodemocrat celebrates the life and work of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, a Mexican-Canadian artist who creates large-scale interactive installations in public spaces. The resulting interventions rally increasingly isolated urban populaces to transform their cities and reconnect with one another. Shot over ten years across 30 cities, this film documents the process of installing some of these participatory works at the intersection of architecture and performance art.

The outcomes are epic yet intimate: hundreds of lights pulse to the heartbeats of passers-by in a New York City park; voices of Mexico City’s inhabitants are converted into light shining onto the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in memory of the 1968 massacre; a fountain of searchlights programmed by participants around the world on their personal devices coalesce into huge light displays over the sky during the Vancouver Olympics.

Lorenzo-Hemmer wants to give participants the experience of effecting change on their environments by designing poetic ways for them to actively create art. But does his art succeed in empowering? Does art truly have a role in transforming cities and their societies? While Megalodemocrat is global in vision, it is at heart—much like Lozano Hemmer’s art—about the journey of an individual.

Megalodemocrat premiered at the International Festival of Films on Art (2018) in Montreal, winning Best Canadian Film.


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (b.1967) was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and has won two BAFTAs, a Bauhaus and a Governor General’s Award. His works are in the collections of museums including MoMA, The Guggenheim (New York), TATE, The National Gallery of Victoria and Singapore Art Museum. In 2018, Lozano-Hemmer will be the subject of seven solo exhibitions worldwide, including a major show at the Hirshhorn Museum, a public art installation across the US-Mexico border and a mid-career retrospective co-produced by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and SFMOMA.

Benjamin Duffield (b.1971) is one of the six filmmakers behind Yukonna (1998), an award-winning expedition documentary that retraces century-old journeys of prospectors; the film was eventually bought by National Geographic. His recent accomplishments include directing the sci-fi feature Darwin (2016), which premiered at the Vancouver World Film Festival, and co-editing Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017), which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.


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Painting with Light 2018 Festival Schedule



Tickets are available from Gallery and SISTIC websites and ticketing counters

Ticket Type Standard Concessions1

General Admission

Includes booking fee

$10 $8.50

Early Bird Promotion

Valid from 13 to 27 Sep 2018

$8 -
Gallery Insiders2 $8 -

Group Bookings

4 tickets or more in a single transaction

$8 per ticket -
Singapore Film Society3 (SFS) $8.50 -

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