Sputnik Magazine's "Artist of the Week" celebrates faith-driven artists making work for universal audiences.
"Namiko is an astoundingly talented, hard-working and empathetic artist doing fantastic things..." - Jonny Mellor
Namiko's oil painting "Beyond Belief" (2017) is featured in the first ever Sputnik Poetry & Visuals anthology, a gorgeously-produced coffetable book exclusively for patrons of Sputnik.
Read more about the Perth Poetry Festival, 16-19 August 2018
In 2014, we founded the Laniakea Culture Collective to champion communitarian values through the arts. We also love to help people discover and pursue their calling to a creative life. Tonight we were very glad for the opportunity to serve at CREATION 18 with a team of gifted and passionate young people from different churches. It was great to reconnect with old friends and get to make new ones. Carissa Soh, Jeremy and the organising team members are gems, and so is the indefatigable friend to many, Zhiwen Ng. Aloha blessings to you all! - Aaron & Namiko
#creation18 #nlbc #laniakeaculture #culturecare #truthlovebeauty
The closing lines from Aaron's poem "A Mythic Tail"
(from "Coastlands", Ethos Books Singapore 2014):
This too shall pass like a flick of tail, each moment
renewing itself in the waves at our feet
Honoured to meet this class of seminarians at BGST who are thoroughly engaged in their course on "Christianity, Culture and Society". Before the class commenced, Namiko presented a Hula ho'ano to Mercy Me's song "I Can Only Imagine". I then gave a prepared lecture "The Practice of Poetry as a Re-humanizing Art", covering issues such as the significance of reading the Bible as literature; acknowledging it as a powerful culture-shaping force in history; human moral agency, creativity and story-telling as aspects of the Imago Dei; even how all stories including post modern meta-narratives are ultimately subsumed in the Grandest Narrative of All. I also introduced Francis Schaeffer's Staircase analogy and its implications on the role and responsibility of artists. Finally Namiko and I shared reflections from our life together as arts practitioners and culture stewards, and the ongoing mission of the Laniakea Culture Collective. At the request of the course instructor Tze-Ming Quek, I closed the night with a poem recital. It was also our pleasure to present several books to the BGST library including "The Heart of the Artist" by Rory Noland, "Theological Aesthetics" by G E Thiessen, as well as some books of brilliant poetry by Singapore writers Desmond Kon and Eric Valles, who share my Christian faith.
I am immensely grateful to God for BGST my sometime alma mater, the friendship of teachers such as Tze-Ming as well as my classmates over the years. It's a privilege to keep learning, growing and serving with you. AMDG. - Aaron
#culturecare #culturalrenewal #laniakeaculture #bgst #ohana
Get your tickets for the 29 Mar - 1 Apr 2018 run, here!
At the Thomson Reuters RegTech 3.0 event today, our genial host Carsten Rosenkranz showed us a poem titled "Gate" that was composed by an artificial intelligence machine built by Thomson Reuters technologists in their Center for AI and Cognitive Computing. Read it here.
Subsequently, financial crime specialists Molly McQueen, Richard Carrick, David James and I had an enjoyable and spirited dialogue at the Future of RegTech panel. David steered the discussion most ably, so that the latest regulatory hot topics such as cybersecurity, data privacy and crypto schemes were covered. We all agreed that DLT technologies are here to stay and will continue to impact the world in yet unimagined ways. The regulation of money flows by governments should be undertaken with an eye to eradicate crimes against humanity such as drug and human trafficking and not merely to address market/ economic harms. The latest technological advances in DLT, AI, predictive analytics and such will help us to do things better and better. They may even help us to do things right. However doing the right thing in a difficult situation is predicated on people resolving to do so, and then acting accordingly. Big thanks to TR's Robin Lee who invited us! - Aaron
"If DNA is the code of life, poetry is the code of the human soul. Every feeling, no matter how ugly or arcane, can be found in poetry, and every feeling can be sparked by poetry. At the same time, poetry is more than merely a series of words put together to portray a person’s thoughts and feelings. Rather it is that extraordinary combination of thought, creativity and expression that seeks out the human condition."
"One day, people may not read poems. In an era of disruptive technologies, man may attain knowledge, even culture, by some other means. But not yet. With its gaze into the unimaginable futures that advance towards us apace, this anthology is titled Lines Spark Code— derived from the poem “Power Lines” by Marc Nair that is included in this book."
- from the editors' introduction to "Lines Spark Code" (ed. Christine Chia and Aaron Lee, Ethos Books 2017)
Aaron and Christine at the "Lines Spark Code" educators' seminar with Ministry of Education teachers, 6 March 2018
Watch the literary pioneer lecture "Not by Bread Alone or Choice" delivered by Dr Anne Lee Tzu Pheng at SWF 2017.
In the accompanying book, Aaron wrote these affectionate words of tribute about an eminent poet he regards as a mentor:
"I encountered Lee Tzu Pheng's poetry for the first time while a law undergraduate at NUS in the early 1990s. My writerly sensibilities then were entirely informed by the poetry of the Anglophone West I had read in literature class. In the NUS central library I discovered poetry books by a handful of Singaporeans. Dr Lee's poetry captivated me from the start: it was lyrical yet spare; insightful, nuanced and even spiritual. That year I plucked up the courage to ask her to read my poems. She offered important advice and encouragement that made it possible to publish my first collection of poems the year I graduated."