Esplanade Presents

Visual Arts | Workshop

the bike bus + hacking workshop

ila + bani haykal (Singapore)

2 Sep 2023, Sat, 2pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Basement Carpark B2 (Meeting point: Esplanade Box Office (Mezzanine Level))

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pelan-pelan kayoh, ila + bani haykal, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.

The relationships between cycling, sound and the city are questions artists ila and bani haykal have been exploring through their work pelan-pelan kayoh, on view at the exhibition The Rumbling In-between at Jendela (Visual Arts Space). At the heart of the work is a hacked bicycle attached with various sonic interventions, including wind chimes, bells and mechanisms that produce sounds when the bike is pedalled, which the artists have used on commutes around Singapore.


In line with the ideas and creative processes that undergird pelan-pelan kayoh, for this participatory workshop, participants will start with a hacking exercise as they fasten sonic attachments on their bicycles, such as bells, chimes and other recycled materials.


In the second part of the workshop, participants will utilise their hacked bicycles to experiment with how to create a bike bus environment and practice cycling as a small group. These trials will start with cycling together as a group in the centre and subsequently, outside of Esplanade.

  • Each participant will be required to sign an indemnity form. 

  • Please dress comfortably for cycling.    

  • Bicycles are not provided; participants must bring your own bicycle to participate in the workshop.

  • Should there be wet weather on the day of the workshop, the workshop's programme might be altered.

  • We encourage that you bring drinking water with you.

  • More details about this programme will be sent to ticket holders on the week of the event.

  • Do note that the workshop will be recorded by the artists for documentation purposes. If you do not wish to appear in any images/film, please let us know so that we can take appropriate steps to ensure that you are not included.

Recommended Age: Participants below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 and above).
Admission Age:
12 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information


With a practice that encompasses performance, photography and other mediums, ila (b. 1985, Singapore) weaves her own body and emotions to create alternative entry points for experiencing the peripheries of lived experience and unspoken narratives. She often reconfigures and merges speculative fiction with factual histories to conceive sites for empathy and connectivity in her work. She has participated in group shows in Singapore such as Singapore Biennale 2022 named Natasha, Proposals for Novel Ways of Being, National Gallery Singapore (2020) and in festivals such as ASEAN-EU Cultural Festival (2022). 

bani haykal

The works and experimentations of bani haykal (b.1985, Singapore) straddle the worlds of language, art and music and span various forms, including installation, poetry and performance. In his projects, he often explores the nuances of our technology-filled lives by investigating human-machine intimacies through interfacing and interaction. Most recently, bani presented works in exhibitions at Singapore Art Museum (2021) and ZKM | Karlsruhe (2022). In his capacity as a collaborator and a soloist, he has participated in festivals including Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Media/Art Kitchen (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Japan) and Other Futures (the Netherlands). 

Date & Time

2 Sep 2023, Sat


Esplanade Basement 2 Carpark Foyer
Meeting point:
Esplanade Box Office (Mezzanine Level)
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