Cross Disciplinary Practices in Southeast Asia Workshop with the School of Music

13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24 September 2021

This cross-disciplinary learning experience involved Year-1 students from the School of Music and an excursion to the National Gallery Singapore, where students were introduced to a selection of prominent modern artworks from around Southeast Asia. Following this excursion was a lecture and workshop in which various themes were discussed, for example, movement and symbolic gesture, the environment as inspiration, as well as distinct characterisation in Southeast Asian narratives as viable pathways connecting the different disciplines in artmaking.

Through understanding the importance of the community and the specifics of time and space in Southeast Asian artmaking, the students got to explore their very own definition of these themes and its manifestation in their own creative processes as artists. At the end of the workshop, the students worked in groups to develop a storyboard and present their envisioned narrative through the juxtaposition of several visual imagery and musical expressions.


Following an excursion to the National Gallery Singapore, a lecture was conducted to examine various themes in existing Southeast Asian narratives and their role as a point of departure in cross-disciplinary art practices

A group of students performed a short musical number, re-imagining the lives of musicians in pre-historic Cambodia

Dr Bridget Tracy Tan discussing how Southeast Asian communities progress and the distinct ways they reiterate their legacies throughout history

A group of students presented an a mythological narrative involving a set of ancient gamelan