The Newsletter 62 Winter 2012

The Substation: art and culture in/of the city-state Singapore

Roy Voragen

I have been living in Indonesia for the past nine years, and occasionally I must travel to renew my visa. I have already visited Singapore five times for this reason. As I waited for the MRT (subway train) to make my way from the airport to downtown Singapore, on my most recent visit, I spotted over forty CCTV-cameras on the platform alone. One wonders how many people are employed to watch all that footage. (The situation has led to locals mischievously joking that civil servants in Singapore must be perverts since they love to watch that many hours of CCTV video.)

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