At this point in time, he did say he was going to set all these materials in flames. He probably said this in frustration because of his situation. Every few months or year, I think of Koh and his situation. This year, I think of others who have also come to a situation where their art or art related thing becomes a problem in their everyday life.
Sometime down the road when this stuff ends up in museums or an institute, we may have forgotten their struggles and what some of these amazing people have given up for their beliefs. Well, I archive the other article about SG50 -- thinking that there is a dialogue here. Between the existence of an independent archive waiting for a lifeline.
Archiving this. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33754962?SThisFB
Cashing in on Singapore's 'SG50' jubilee
By Sharanjit Leyl
BBC Asia Business Report, Singapore
4 August 2015
Singapore is celebrating 50 years of independence and everywhere you look in the city, there are posters, banners, bus ads and post boxes marking the event.
The government-led brand sums up the jubilee with the acronym SG50.
It is the city state's biggest and most expensive effort to drum up nationalist fervour.
The celebrations will culminate on 9 August, National Day, the date of Singapore's independence 50 years ago.
An extravaganza costing nearly $15m (£9.6m) will take place on the historic Padang - the large field in the middle of the city - as well as on a platform that overlooks the picturesque waterfront where 150,000 people are expected to fill the stands and watch from the city centre.
The show has been put together by 12,000 participants and crew - among the highlights will be 20 fighter jets forming the number 50 in the sky.
Companies have also piled in, desperate to be associated with the "feel-good" factor.
Honav Singapore is one small firm hoping to do this. They've produced around 300,000 flag-themed temporary tattoos, as well as more than a million mini Singapore flags, erasers and games for the National Day 'fun packs'.
Around 1.5m of these packs are being distributed free to households and to spectators of the national day parade rehearsal shows over the last few weeks. The fun packs are estimated to have cost the government around $7m, though part of this cost is picked up by sponsors such as Honav Singapore.
Chief representative officer Marilyn Lai says it's a chance too for her firm to get more exposure and be associated with a 'memorable once in a lifetime event'.
SG50 planes, cars and whisky
Jubilee branding has also turned up on Singapore Airline's A380 planes. Two of these have been flying the globe since July, flanked in the red and white colours of the Singaporean flag with SG50 on the turbochargers of its wings.
Singapore Airlines, who were the first to fly the A380 planes when they debuted in 2007, says one of these flag themed planes will be flying past over the parade on the day.
The airline says that its growth has been so closely linked to the development of Singapore that having the special Singapore-flag themed livery would be a 'unique way to help celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday'.
Even supermarkets are in nationalistic overdrive, trying to sell shoppers everything from 50 grams more bacon and fishcakes shaped in the number 50 for their noodles.
It's not just Singaporean companies, the fervour has hit big multi-national firms too.
Real patriots can order a bespoke SG50 Rolls Royce. The car company says it is the first time anywhere in the world Rolls-Royce has commissioned a car to commemorate the anniversary of a country.
Price is upon application for the one of a kind Ghost Series II which has hand painted details of Singapore's famous Merlion - a creature with a lion's head and fish body .
According to Paul Harris, the regional director of Rolls Royce Motor Cars, they did this because Singapore is an important market for the firm. It had its first Asian dealership there and it is where most of their regional employees are based.
It is one of the "top five markets in Asia for the Ghost Series II" and has a "loyal base of customers dedicated to the brand", he adds.
The Merlion turns up too on Johnnie Walker's high end Blue Label whisky. Diageo has commissioned 888 gold silk screen printed bottles for the nation's jubilee. The number 8 is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture as it sounds like the word for 'wealth'. Gold printing them is an intricate process involving a dedicated staff of up to 10 and curing for 48 hours before it's shipped off for sale.
The president of Diageo for the region, Sam Fischer, also says that Singapore is an important base for them. It's where their regional and logistical headquarters is based.
Singapore has "logistics efficiency" and "manufacturing excellence" he says.
"It's such an important part of Diageo and we felt the need to commemorate such an important occasion for Singapore."