What is it that is being communicated?
I think the installations/event had a heavier emphasis on the message of solidarity than celebration. I initially expected to be unimpressed, but the experience was surprisingly rather memorable as an edition of light display in Singapore that was particularly context-specific and responding to our present reality of living under Read more →
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My initial thought of home was a place of trust as I lived in a small space with my mother, and our actions are completely open, to the point where our private and emotional spaces are merged with each other. Thus, the space I call ‘home’ is a place where I forget all my worries and Read more →
What senses you are manipulating and how does this change your sense of emotion or feeling in space?
When we think of manipulating sight we usually think of the extreme and taking sight away completely. Yet for many of us, the intermediate steps of blurr y vision are lived realities that our youth and corrective lenses help us forget. While blurry vision Read more →
Our intervention revolved around triggering spontaneous movements, uncoordinated muscle memory while being partially bound to another person. Using Lydia Lunch’s spoken word poem, we took to ourselves sporadic movements dictated by the audio which led to multiple instances of pulling and pushing. The harsh words triggered mildly violent responses as we negotiated with one another, reacting to and interpreting the Read more →
“Our bodies remember trauma and abuse — quite literally. They respond to new situations with strategies learned during moments that were terrifying or life-threatening. Our bodies remember, but memory is malleable.’
Our intervention involved triggering spontaneous and unpredictable muscle memory, while tethered to the other person. A highly emotive and powerful spoken word poem by Lydia Lunch played in Read more →
In this chapter, Gaston Bachelard suggests that we intuitively are phenomenologists when we fantasise about the entity that a Nest is. Scientifically, a nest is a drab structure meticulously made up of leaves, twigs or other materials for a specific function — to serve as a space of refuge and shelter for birds and their nestlings. However, Read more →
In response to the theme of space for connection, communication and intimacy, I realised that our first micro-assignment of intervention for two people got a little skewed from the original intention, which was to connect, communicate or give allowance for intimacy.
While the game did give awareness to the different senses that help develop a sense of space and direction, it Read more →
While I was reflecting on this reading, I was coincidentally listening to “Home” from The Wiz. The lyrics did also provide some insight that resonated with the sentiments of “Home” or “Nest” from Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space (1958), section 4: Nests. Lyrics will be attached below.
In this paragraph on the third page into the chapter, this analogy shared Read more →
Vincent Van Gogh’s mighty obsession with houses and nests; his letters of which he shares to his brother describing his art and his thoughts behind them may reflect his longing of a peaceful, relational space in which he creates through his actions. As someone who is often shunned, a crevice forms within his intimate space, a sense of longing lingers Read more →
– What is it that is being communicated?
Personally, I think this has been arranged to coincide with the celebration of National Day, and this year it is probably much more significant due to the unprecedented situation of a global pandemic. I think these iconic buildings might have been selected because they represent the important facets of society; religion, life-saving and Read more →