The MRT Project
I would like to speak about a project that was done without permission. I did not write proposals, apply for licences, pay royalties for music, draw up a budget, hold auditions, or book rehearsal rooms, for this project. It was quick and dirty and anybody could have done it. It is called the MRT Project. Over 6 months in 2014, various collaborator-friends (Vincent Chia, Benjamin Ho, Jared Koh, Jill Foster, Lukky, Jereh Leong, Bernice Lee, Chan Sze-Wei, Wiing Liu) and I took the MRT and danced in moving MRT trains. We successfully danced through the entire MRT network in October 2014. Originally conceived as a personal, informal and fun project to share with friends, and with some anti-“serious art” sentiment, MRT Project has evolved to become more than just a lived, unforgettable experience. MRT Project has given me insights and questions about certain aspects of Singapore society, and the tensions between legitimate and not-so-legitimate artistic activities.
Date: 9 January 2015
Eng Kai Er is interested in contemporary performance and has worked on performance projects mostly solo or in small collaborative groups. Her M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2012 commissioned full-length solo, The Prayer, was shortlisted for the Outstanding Performance Award at Prague Fringe Festival 2012. She lived in Sweden from 2007 to 2012 and created several performance projects with collaborator Sviatlana Viarbitskaya, including The Pleasure of Eating Oranges, which toured to Stockholm, Brussels, Berlin, Toulouse and Singapore in 2013. In 2014 Kai created her latest full-length project, Fish, as a participant of The Substation’s Directors’ Lab programme. Living in Singapore since January 2013, Kai has been developing ways to hack various systems and find a suitable mode of artistic expression for herself.
STOMP articles resulting from the MRT Project (documentation by the public):