[Singapore Biennale '11] Free admission to the Biennale
Singapore Biennale 2011: Open House
Recently received from the SAM: notice of free admission to all Biennale events on upcoming Sundays and public holidays.
See below for details.
I wonder if it has anything to do with falling visitor numbers. Over the last couple of weeks I made four separate trips to the old Kallang Airport site, and it was clear to me that the number of attendees was rapidly dwindling. In fact, on the last two visits, staffers/volunteers were lounging about at the entrance of the main building, looking like an orange-clad street gang, eyeballing all who went in and came out … And the ones who were actually on duty at the various displays were either busy reading or perfectly happy ignoring the visitors. AND at the front desk, where I went to inquire about purchasing the catalogue, a bunch of girls were openly enjoying a fast food luncheon and chatting away in between mouthfuls of fries and sips of Coke.
To paraphrase our boys in blue: few visitors doesn’t mean no visitors.
If this is best face forward for us, I wonder how we’re coming across to the rest of the world.