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Singapore

We scavenge and curate homegrown works from aspiring artists and dreamers alike.

Obscured

The Future Issue

Desiree Soh

WE ARE ALL a little afraid of this unknown dark space in time called the ‘future’ or afraid to admit that we are.  Personally, one of my greatest fears is being stuck in a job that I don’t enjoy or being restricted by my parent’s practical yet traditional expectations towards the marriage of my future career and I. They sing the old tune of having stable civil servant jobs while denouncing anything remotely creative as a job if it falls flat based on their rigid criterions.

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Over here in Obscured, we look at talented individuals who throw caution to the wind and pursue their dreams and aspirations while making it work for them sustainably. I get inspired constantly by such individuals who are willing to take calculated risks and choose to follow what they love. They serve as a reminder to what I hope to do in life later on now that graduation is visible at the horizon.

The support local movement has been gaining traction with more support and grants given to local artists, designers, musicians, writers, local businesses and the like in the past few years. While we can all complain (like typical Singaporeans) about how the gahmen and its people are not doing enough to nurture the local industries and young up-and-coming talents, we have to admit that the local scene has grown in leaps and bounds although there are definitely gaps for improvements.

In this issue, we would like to remain optimistic for the future of our local climate in light of individuals who have amiably ventured into start-ups, electronic labels and musicians who call it home as of now within our shores and beyond.  Whether it is Chris Jones of These Brittle Bones who hails from Wales or Jeremy of Hell Low who sings “sad songs about Singapore”, local music continues to be rich with a sense of home.

As exemplified in our opinions piece, art in all its manifested forms takes to the digital world – to the self-promotion thick world of social media. Although measurably narcissistic in nature, technology has been such a useful tool in getting us and our works out there to get noticed and maintain that reach. Phyla Digital, for instance, embraces the Internet age and chose to focus on digital releases.

We once looked to our past and reminisced and juiced up all its buoyant good feelings. But now, let us look and work towards the future.

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