Redefining Movement

220 Season - Reference

For many of us, our memories are one of the greatest treasures we possess. Be it collecting photographs, writing, creating art or engraving it deeply into our minds, we make certain that our memories and the emotions they carry are always accessible to us.

​Extracting from this emotional response, industrial innovators across businesses, education systems, activists, governments, sports organisations, the entertainment industry and more are quick to mine on our attachment to the ‘immediate’ past through a powerful remembrance device – Data.

​Has our sentimentality surrendered us to an intangible industry where emotions are managed through digital captures from personal ‘Like’, ‘Visit’, ‘Share’, amongst other wants and needs?

​What value does our nostalgia for the past add to or take from our lives? Is it simply the act of reminiscing or is it also a potent tool to be wielded? Does the power it has over us have potential to be manipulated in other ways that affects not just our present but also our future?

Research & Development (R&D) promotes creative investigation in a curated practice, with an emphasis on unveiling the creative process and methodologies through archiving and performance.


by Matthew Goh (Singapore)


XITY [sit-ee] /ˈsɪt.i/


1. An artistic inquiry conceptualised by Matthew Goh investigating the relationship between the city and its inhabitants, whereby “X” is a variable aspect of the urban environment to be reimagined, or an inhabitant responding. to the city.


2. An artistic laboratory where performing bodies animate prototype apparatus (inspired by kinetic sculptures), in order to invoke a reflective space for us to (re)discover different facets of our unique city inhabitant relationships.

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A digital iteration, XITY Augmented Reality App was conceptualised as part of the National Arts Council’s Got to Move 2021. Click here for more info.


29 to 31 January 2021, 3pm & 8pm, 30 January 2021, 11am


Goodman Arts Centre, Block O Multi-purpose Studio 1 & 2

RawGround (RG) promulgates a curated mini-showcase of films that nurtures dialogue through the trajectory of widening our perception of daily life. The short films are conducted by artists and non- practitioners, each reinstating the scope of aesthetics of the everyday.

RawGround: Reference


This year, RAW Moves is proud to present a digitalised performance of RawGround: Reference.

References are the frameworks through which we develop several different facets of our lives – ourselves, the past, and the present. It is through the dictates of our referential frameworks that we are able to make meaning of and participate in personal, cultural, and national discourses. This 12-hour mini marathon touches on ‘Inclusivity’, ‘Empowerment’ and ‘Sensing’ – all of which interrogate various points of references including memory, heritage, culture, and technology.

RawGround: Reference features original research, performances, and recordings by Akanksha Raja, Aneesha Shetty, Christoven Tan, Chok Si Xuan, Edward Tan, Lee Enjie, Matthew Goh, Melyn Chow, Stephanie Yoong, Timothy Tan, and Titisa Jeamsakul (Ice).

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28 November 2020, 12pm
Videos available till 13 December, 12mn



RAW Project (RP) features commissions and reprised works with the intent to infuse diverse movement aesthetics into the local arts industry.

Esplanade Chinese Festival of the Arts - Interspace


You could just stand there, or you could run amongst the forest of columns…and that’s ok.

Singapore dance artist Ricky Sim presents an immersive installation work that considers the spaces in between as we learn to navigate a socially distanced world. For the past year, we have been living in a new reality with a heightened awareness of space, and an increased sense of isolation. How do we adapt and go through our daily lives that have been changed fundamentally?

Interspace invites participants, either singly or in pairs, to enter a hypnotic space of awareness, discovery and assurance. Encountering a lone socially distanced performer along the way, participants are free to experience the interplay in their own way and time, coming to terms and building trust with an unfamiliar environment.

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19 February 2021: 7pm – 10pm
20 & 21 February: 5pm – 10pm
22 – 26 February: 4pm – 7pm, 7.30pm – 10pm
27 February: 5pm – 10pm
28 February: 12pm – 5pm


Esplanade Annexe Studio

International expands our unique repertoire of works to a global audience.

Being, and Organs (Taiwan Exhibition)


RAW Moves was invited to showcase a digital presentation of Being, and Organs at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan as part of the exhibition Provocative Futures: Speculation, human body, and medical science – Paul Gong & Kuang-Yi Ku Double Solo Exhibition. Through this exhibition, Paul inwards explores the influence of medicine on the human body and inquires deeper questions about the human body’s nature and essence.


10 October 2020 – 6 December 2020


National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan)

Symposium on Provocative Features: Speculation, human body, and medical science

Paul Gong & Kuang-Yi Ku Double Solo Exhibition (Taiwan)


The symposium consisted of 5 sections covering performing arts, visual arts, design, literature and science communication/education. Experts from the different fields were invited to share about their work. RAW Moves’ Artistic Director Ricky Sim spoke under the performing arts section sharing about the process of Being, and Organs and the relationship between bio-art/speculative design and the performing arts.