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Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 - 04:39:35 pm

@ V N X Y

Candice’s works draws my attention as it deals a lot with remembrance and ways she deals with her father’s passing. I feel a sense of familiarity with her works as it comprises of elements that are close to our hearts, i.e. incense paper, and it is very prominent in the South East Asian culture.

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Re-reading this early post after reading your asg2 report! I liked the 'conceptual twist' whereby the artist produces a performance to express that by which she wishes to be remembered. In a way, this is what artists always have done; it's in their nature (do you agree?). Thanks also for pointing my attention to the work by Lee Jeeyoung

Alter the altar


Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 - 04:31:33 pm

@ Artefactually Lost

Answering the question; How does Candice Ng’s work contribute to the ongoing public discussions about identity, in the context of Singapore and South-East Asia?

Ng brought about pieces of memorabilia as depicted in the work, “Alternative Rituals of Remembering”. The shown items; a bowl, hot water, chocolate, stirrers, cotton swabs and Chinese funerary items, generates the general attitude towards Read more →

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A comparison between The Nobel banquet and Burning man

Erik Åhlander

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 - 03:35:08 pm

@ n1501891g

The Nobel banquet and Burning man are both two projects where people are gathered for a cultural experience. Both events focus on acknowledging some kind of performance, whether it is an artwork or some kind of scientific discovery. Burning man is described as a “cultural manifest expressed through art, communal effort and innumerable individual acts of self-expression”. The Nobel banquet is Read more →

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Fifty Shades: I like that you mention that both events is a cultural experiences, I never see the Nobel Peace banquet as that until now. I agree with you that both events needs a lot of planing but in terms of execution, the time comparison to planning is lesser. However, I would like to argue that the artists will not affect the planning of the Project Manager if the project is carefully planned and the organiser knows how and what exactly the role of the artist. So the PM will have control of the artists instead and not the other way round.
Hej Erik, Can you add links to the original posts on OSS of the two projects? COuld it be that the linking concept is "rite" or "ritual"? Each is a partly acted, partly collaborative, large, annual experience for people who share some beliefs. I like that you clearly identify the objectives that are common between projects - knowing how many people are attending, the program of the ritual, etc. What are the parallel requirements for the respective "performers" - the Nobel banquet has a mix of royal speeches, laureates, speeches, and artists & musicians. SOme change, some stay from year to year. Is it the same with Burning Man festival (i have no idea, i'm quite curious). the Banquet is in fact much shorter in execution - a couple of hours for the public event. Here's a question in regards to scope for you to ponder: What does it take to be a featured artist at 'Burning Man'? How are they chosen? And what does it take to be a "featured Nobel laureate" at the banquet…? How are they chosen..?
Note that the Nobel Peace prize is marked by a ceremony in Oslo, while the other prizes are given at the Banquet event in Stockholm. In Alfred Nobel's days, Norway and Sweden were united as one country (in many regards but not entirely).
Indeed, both The Nobel Banquet and Burning man are projects where people are gathered for cultural experiences. I like that you brought up a couple of similarities between the two projects where - both need a long planning time and a relatively short execution period. However, I will have to disagree the fact that one of the biggest differences in the planning of these two is that Burning man needs to include different artists in its planning. As what Kamarul had mentioned earlier, I too, agree that the different artists will not affect the manager of the project. It should be the project manager that is taking control of the whole project and execution. Do you agree?
Who is the project Manager @ Nobel Banquet?? I searched but can't find any names! By contrast, the artistic director @ Burning Man is widely publicised, e.g. What does this difference in 'prominence', if you will, tell us about the two events?
I do agree with what Permagnus and Kamarul said. Particularly the comment about, " that the linking concept is “rite” or “ritual”? Each is a partly acted, partly collaborative, large, annual experience for people who share some beliefs." Also, it is important to note that for burning man, 70,000 people will converge on a temporary city in the Black Rock Desert, which is a really large scale project and it needed an additional layer of planning which is urban planning in comparison to The Nobel Banquet.
Hi, I agree with you that out of a project management view, they are very similar in their planning stage as well as in their execution. Each of the projects contains of a certain amount of activities that’s often dependent on a time schedule. However, I think as long as a project involves with people in planning the project, like Nobel Banquet, different members from different countries are participating, it is more tedious to schedule in terms of the precision of the timing and planning the content of the activities.
Your take on the comparison between these two projects is very interesting; to look at them from a cultural perspective is something that I would not have seen otherwise. However, like Kamarul and Cindy have mentioned, I also disagree that the artists involved would heavily affect the project management. I believe that the involvement of the artist is dependant on then project managers, such as working within the scope, scale, and theme of the event that has been given to them rather than the project managers working around the pieces in which the artists have created. I believe that there is somewhat of a balance between both but I would say that the artists would have to work around the constraints in which the project mangers have given them rather than the other way around.

Guest Speaker: Candice Ng

Peng Cheng

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 - 02:50:10 pm

@ peng0060

Candice Ng’s works have revolved around memories or rituals. She is very interested to translate these “past” events or behaviors into the “new” digital medium. This is very interesting as we do not relate behavior or habits of our young days (especially when a lot of new media was not introduced).

Her work “Conscious Bits” caught my eye as shows snippets Read more →

Categories: Case Studies

The One With The 50 Shades Of Comparison


Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 - 12:59:45 pm

@ The Anatomy Of Life & Death

In this Fifty Shade assignment, I have chosen two of the project that I am going to compare and contrast.

Art Stage Singapore, an annual Art Fair here in Singapore. Link to project. The Fragility Of Time, a series of sculpture by artist  Ignacio Canales Aracil. Link to project

These two projects are chosen mainly because they overlap each other in Read more →

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Very well conceived and written, Kamarul. You have certainly understood the fundamental aspects of project management in the arts. Beyond theory, you integrate your personal experiences to further strengthen the overall analysis of how you imagine the two projects might run. And finally, I sense there is a lot of passion in your writing. Inspiring!
Good use of the concepts in Ramroth to classify both artists! I should have thought of that when I was writing mine! I like the how you simulated the timelines using 6 months as a gauge on how you would imagine the project would unfold. I have much to learn you Kamarul!
Hey Kamarul! I like how you compared the two in a parallel timeline. With a common ground it makes it easier for us to understand and see the comparisons that you made. I haven't been to Art stage itself, but I was thinking perhaps maybe the timeline for Art stage may stretch even longer? After the event ends, they might still have to tie up some loose ends of perhaps addressing any issues or mishaps or administrative stuff etc!
Thank you vivian for the comment. Yes I agree. Even though I didn't put it on the timeline, I did mention briefly in the essay about it could stretch further to settle the closure part.
Thanks D for the kind words. I believe the timelines could be improve if I spend a little more time thinking about it actually. We all learn from each other!
I like how you divided the hyperessay into different parts. It makes the essay so much clearer and you even included a timeline. I think you did a great job on this.
Good use of the theory from Ramroth and apply to both artists. Thanks for the clear illustration and let us understand how it works. In terms of budget, the Art stage Project manager would definitely plan more in finding sponsors in order to cover the large spending on such big event. However, the profit getting back could be relatively high as it gets the bulk of their profit by getting an amount of percentage of the galleries sale in comparison with the The Fragility Of Time.



Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 - 12:41:19 pm

@ chen0907

Candice’s work ‘Conscious Bits – Data Incarnate’ is an interactive stand-alone and wearable devices or objects forms of will writing. It is to explore the possibilities of preserving and embodying presence through a collection of familial and personal data while pushing the envelops of a purely physical entity inherited from generation to generation.

To me, I think it is a Read more →

Categories: Case Studies

X-analysis of ICEHOTEL and Boyhood

Kristoffer Wännerdahl

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 - 12:10:18 pm

@ K W

I have chosen to analyze and compare the ICEHOTEL and the film “Boyhood” by Richard Linklater. The reason I chose these two projects is that they are two completely different projects, both aiming to create an experience and tell a story that exceeds any expectations of the audience.

Creating a new unique hotel Read more →

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I really like how you mentioned that the production of Boyhood is a reiterative process and linking it back to Ramroth's book! In fact, I feel that even the ICE Hotel could be an iterative design because every year they would definitely improve the design and the user experience to make that particular year Ice Hotel much more better than the last one!
Hej Kristoffer, Can you add links to the original posts on OSS of the two projects? Wow, your selected pair of projects might be the most diverse I’ve seen so far…:) I’m still not sure what the most prominent connecting feature would be… in relation to time (and planning constraints), one is so very linear, and the other so very cyclical. If you were to use a single word to connect the two projects, what would it be? Thanks for introducing the concept of “snis” to me. I found (sorry guys, it’s in Swedish…) which points to an article (also in Swedish) at But I can’t find any information about snis architecture from a structural engineering point - perhaps you could probe this a bit deeper? This is interesting: “to store 4 000 tons of ice that was harvested the previous winter in big warehouses onsite” which indicates the material is “old snow”. How old can snow get?
I find this comparison between ICE Hotel and Boyhood very interesting! I wouldn't call it 'diverse' but rather I see the similarity of "unknowable result" that encouraged you to put these two projects for the essay. I do agree that they are both one-of-a-kind and harder to replicate, with Boyhood not having a fixed timeframe or rather an unidentified "result". Whereas ICE Hotel has to be built within the seasonal constraint. To sort of answer Prof's above-mentioned question: These two projects share the same limitation/problem of "the future time" as they are dependent on them. The success of these projects varies because of it. I also thoroughly enjoyed this bit - "they were constantly going back and forth among the phases of a project stated by Ramroth." so great job on including project management text as well!
Good points!
Hey Kristoffer! I was really surprised by your choice of projects for comparison as like you said, they were really different! I do agree with you when you mentioned that the "phases in this project are more critical to its outcome", but I guess the Ice hotel would have more opportunities to have their rescheduling and rethinking done - but in the next year's event, while Boyhood was more of a one shot project that had no turning back!
Hi Kristoffer! I like that you took a different path and choose two projects that are really diverse. I liked that you mentioned that, "ICEHOTEL is on a more time limit schedule due to it’s season specific, it opens to the public in December and it usually stays open until the melt starts in April." It is great that you picked out on these details that affected the project in a huge manner.
Hi, you bring up the issue that has to be taken into consideration. These two projects require enormously planning. Both projects are different in terms of life-cycle and budget. The ICE hotel can only be implemented within a season and BOYHOOD has longer execution time. It would be good to know the cost of these two projects
An interesting analyze and comparison between two completely different kinds of projects. I agree on what Kamarule already pointed out, that the Ice Hotel project could be seen as an iterative design since it is constantly reconstructed and improved. You described the Boyhoods planning to be fluidly constructed along the projects development. This is something that theoretically shouldn’t be done, though its necessary in this case if the movie should develop accordingly to the actors’ life.

Candice Ng


Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 - 10:41:40 am

@ Real life

I was looking through Candice’s work and it was interesting to see how she makes use of technology to illustrate her concepts.

I will attempt to answer this question.

How does Candice Ng’s work contribute to the ongoing public discussions about identity, in the context of Singapore and South-East Asia?

I think Candice tries to question identity by amalgamating two very different elements Read more →

Categories: Case Studies
Nice! I recently bought a couple of Estimotes - they're little thingies that track iOS devices around in a space. I'm keen on testing them in an interactive audiovisual installation, perhaps it could be someone's FYP :)

Boyhood vs Dog photography project


Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 - 10:13:35 am

@ Real life

In this hyperessay, I will be comparing Boyhood the movie and a photography project  about dogs by Amanda Jones.

Boyhood is a 2014 American independent coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. Shot intermittently from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood depicts the childhood and adolescence of Mason Evans, Jr. (Coltrane) Read more →

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It seems that you shared more about Boyhood than comparing between those two. I don't feel the comparison between the two is enough. But I do see 1 similarity in both project and that is leaving up to faith on how the future is going to be. For example Richard adjusts the script according to the actor's life experiences which he has no control over. While, Amanda also has no control over what happen to the animal after the first photograph is taken and also what happen to them after a decade. Both took risks in their projects and somehow it pays off.
Hi Angel, Can you add links to the original posts on OSS of the two projects? So the linking concept is TIME.., am I right? Almost all the text is about ‘Boyhood’ - can you make more comparisons between the two projects? (i.e. positive links, similarities..). I think Kamarul puts the finger on a crucial point saying that both projects, in particular Boyhood, HAD to get started without knowing much of the details in terms of what would happen. This is a fairly common technique of writing (I’ve heard crime writers say they set the stage and then “let things happen”). I don’t know much about the dog photography project, but one significant difference seems to be about the specificity of their respective subjects.While the actors in the film had to be the same individuals, the dogs in the longitudinal photo were chosen because the artist had access to photos from different stages in their life. I think one constraint is constructive, the other is simply an inclusion rule – do you agree?
I think the fact that the movie Boyhood was started off without a complete script was a good point that Angel points out. In relation to this, it could be either the director wants the movie to begin without having to follow a certain structure or it could be just poor planning at the beginning. It was good that you include the budget of both projects, but it might be better that there are more comparisons between both projects. What do you think?
The comparison between these two projects is fantastic, especially since the both of them would have taken years to complete and the end result is somewhat unforeseen and uncontrollable. In your comparison, it is very clear that Boyhood was a much more elaborate project as compared to the Dog Photography Project. What I would like to ask, though, is how do you think the overall planning for the Dog Photography Project was designed? You mentioned how that 'It was interesting to note how she actually manage to keep in contact with the owners of the dogs to take their pictures again more than a decade later.' How do you think this project would have panned out if Amanda had not secured a way to keep in contact with her subjects in order to recapture her subjects several years later?
Both project is executed without a master plan in mind. Thus, over the span of 20 years, the artist has to make small goals and reach them to keep the final result polished. Of course, Boyhood received much more publicity from the Dog Photography project probably because of the larger scale of the formal. For projects as long as these two (~20 years), how do you think the artist kept their stakeholders interested in their projects?
With regards to keeping stakeholders interested, one of the reasons could simply be for documentation. It's always interesting to see how time changes a subject, after all, especially one close to your heart.

Hyper Essay - Fragility

Peng Cheng

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 - 05:51:19 am

@ peng0060


Fragility of Time:

The two projects that caught my eye was Marc Quinn’s “Planet” and Ignacio Canales Aracil’s “Fragility of Time”. Not only these two art pieces have similar mediums, they explore similar themes: to explore instances that only exist for a very short time.

In Marc Quinn’s “Planet”, the artist plays on weight (it is made of heavy metal) and the Read more →

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Great essay Peng Cheng! Your interpretation for these 2 works is very descriptive and detailed. Yes I agree with you that both artworks shared some similarities and also differences in terms of production phase and also scale. In fact, I feel that Ignacio's Fragility of Time could be a wonderful addition to the Singapore Gardens by the bay as well! It compliments the space as well.
Hi Faye, Can you add links to the original posts on OSS of the two projects? You have written a beautiful sentence, very succinct and inspiring: “The projects vividly depicts the human fear of the inability to control time and forgetting important memories.” “Canales probably have experiment many times before perfecting his sculpture”. if you look at his webpages at they give an idea of the progression of his works. Not exactly experimentation (has he written any articles about that?) but it broadens our understanding of his ‘fragility’ project. Can you trace where his artistic development has taken him, over the past three years? “Marc Quinn choose Singapore’s Garden’s by The Bay to display his works.” This assumes the (nice!) situation that the artist was presented with a choice! Was that the case? - did you see a statement about it (at his webpages, at Gardens BTB webpages, NEA…?). If so then you must include the quote + reference, it would be very interesting. On the other hand, could it have been a commission from Gardens..?
I like how you explain the consideration of transportation in these two projects. I never thought about this aspect but this could be an important consideration because the project Fragility of Time is delicate, whereas Planet is huge and seems like impossible to handle by one person. Hence, the schedule and execution of transportation could be the major part of the planning.
This essay is very good. it compare many aspects of two projects that i never thought about before. The materials is the most obvious different, other than material, it also point out their organisation,site,collection,transportation,concept and so on. I think it's very complete, and there is more i can learn from it. All these elements and aspects need specific project planning.
I like it. Fragility is always an interesting topic to talk about. It's interesting that the sculpture is now at MBS, as I've seen it and it seems peculiarly out of place in its surroundings. But when placed together with Fragility of Time, it takes on a new level of depth.