In August 2013, Dr Terence Heng, adjunct lecturer at CNM, gave the inaugural session of the UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies Seminar Series (UCCS). In his presentation, Hungry Ghosts in Urban Spaces, Terence spoke on his research on spiritualist Taoist practices in suburban Singapore, part of which was funded by the UCCS Small Research Grant fund.
Using a series of visual essays, Terence demo
nstrated how the different spatial and material practices in Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Batok and Bukit Brown Cemetery became performances of diasporic ethnicity and place-making in the city. This work is part of Terence’s wider research practice in CNM where he is investigating the visualisation of racial and spiritual spatialities in Singapore, as well as the potentialities in hypermedia for research communication.
A visual essay based on this talk is in press for the next edition of the journal, Visual Communication.
About the speaker:
Dr Terence Heng is documentary photographer and visual sociologist. He is concurrently an adjunct lecturer at CNM, UniSIM and the Glasgow School of Art Singapore, where he teaches on a wide variety of topics including communication design, photography, sociology and creative industries. His current research focuses on diasporic ethnicities and racial and spiritual spatialities in Singapore, particularly in Bukit Brown Cemetery.