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Picture’s Not Perfect

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In emotionally-charged monolithic portraits and dark panoramic landscapes, Picture’s Not Perfect by¬† Melvin Culaba¬† delves into the psyche of the artist and his society. Each canvas plays out almost as a psycho-social mystery, where the viewer seeks to uncover the impetus behind the situational drama and underlying melancholy that permeates each composition.

Time: April 30 till May 10 2008

Tues-Sun 11.30am-7pm. Mon and public holidays by appt only. Closed on Thurs, May 1.

Venue: Forth Gallery (above Bee Cheng Hiang)

Address: 69A Pagoda Street (Level 2), Chinatown MRT Exit A, Singapore

Contact: sales@forth.sg

Free Entrance

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Lucifer Effect: Fallen From Grace

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We sometimes see colleagues who were promoted suddenly becomes bossy and mean and a righteous law student becomes a greedy lawyer. Why do Angels fall from grace?

In 1971, American psychologist Philip Zimbardo conducted a Standford prison experiment with the help of 24 volunteering undergraduates. They played the role of prisoners and guards in a simulated prison.

The volunteers adapted to their roles a little bit “too well.” Some of those who played guards became sadistic and violent towards the prisoners. The “prisoners” were emotional traumatized and some even had a nervous breakdown. This lead to the two week experiment to end on its sixth day.

30 years later, Zimbardo describes the experiment as “Lucifer Effect” to explain how good people turn evil. Different situations — such as different status, different uniforms and peer pressure affect human behaviours.

Zimbardo emphasizes on external factors and systems, including personal interpretation and imitation also have an effect on how a person behave as supposed to internal factors such as genes and personalities.

Thus the soldiers who commit rape and the guards who abuse prisoner all turned in to God’s once beloved Lucifer from the bible. He who became arrogant and hoped to challenge God has fallen from grace— turning into Satan.