Find Me. // [DN1004] Foundation 4D Untitled Final

โ€œPanic is the sudden realisation that everything around you is alive.โ€ โ€” William S. Burroughs


This interactive exhibit aims to initiate psychological introspection through the manipulation of tension and human emotion.


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Who :

General Public w/ specificity to Office Workers (ages 30 and above)

What :

Standing in front of the colour changing LED screen, participants will watch a looped video of 3 minutes and 40 seconds. If they stayed till the end of the video, a daisy will be given to them to take home. ๐ŸŒผ

Where :

2ft by 4ft outdoor LED Screen at Raffles Place Park (the open area above Raffles Place MRT)

Why :

Raffles Place is the heart of Singapore’s Financial District and there is overly concentrated number of banks there. As we all know, with money and time involved,

With loads of time and money involved in that area of the country, people there that I’ve passed by live their lives in an uptight and carry a serious disposition.

When (Operational hours) :

Monday-Friday: 12pm-3pm and 5pm-9pm

Saturday: 12pm-5pm

A majority of Singapore firms and businesses have their employees work 8-hour shifts with an hour lunch break in between, usually from 1pm-2pm. On Saturdays, employees that return for work usually do shifts from 9am-1pm as the maximum work hours per week are capped at 44.

I wanted to match the timings of the showings to that of the office workers’ schedule to ensure the highest possible outreach to my target audiences. By limiting the timings, I can also have more control over the whole exhibition as staff would be able to have comfortable working hours with well-rested breaks in between. Electricity conservation would also be possible and it would be a win-win situation.

How :

People who walk past the exhibit will inevitably be drawn towards the large and brightly coloured LED screen in the middle of the park. Upon closer observation, they will come to see the instructional tag, “Find Me.” and the time counter at the bottom right corner of the screen.

My anticipated first reaction would be them asking themselves, “Find what??” as there is no prior context or explanation provided. Alternating between staring at the plain colour changing screens and the instructional tag, it will come to a point where they give up and approach the staff in which he/she will give them a daisy.

A daisy represents symbolises innocence and purity likewise as represented by children and the colour white. In the animated movie, Tangled, Rapunzel’s Healing Incantation goes:

Flower, gleam and glow
Let your power shine
Make the clock reverse
Bring back what once was mine
Heal what has been hurt
Change the Fates’ design
Save what has been lost
Bring back what once was mine
What once was mine

Here, I use the daisy, as commonly seen in Rapunzel’s hair in white and yellow to represent childhood and its corresponding memories. By instilling confusion and possibly tension at the beginning of the experience, cognitive interactivity allows for me to engage with the participants’ mind and trigger the reminiscing of memories. The main goal of the exhibition is for the participants to realise in his/her own time that sometimes we all need to slow down and relive the carefree days of the past instead of living our lives all too uptight.

A small bundle of old childhood snacks and candy will also be given to the participant alongside the daisy to enhance the desired outcome of the cognitive interactivity.



โ€œStop rushing. Slow down and enjoy the beauty of life.โ€ โ€•ย Debasish Mridha


[DN1003] Project #3 – Morphogenetic Design (Research & Process)

โ€œDesign is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.โ€ โ€” Steve Jobs

Morphogenetic Design

Group Presentation

The first part of this final project was to study and present our research on a living organism, its structural qualities and how those qualities help shape the organism’s role in nature / its environment. My group comprising of Ninet, Hin Kei and I decided to work on shark’s scales and in particular, those of the Requiem, Hammerhead and Nurse sharks.

Image result for nurse shark skin

We explored the arrangement of shark scales in relation to their dietary habits, habitat and each of their positions in the food chain. Taller ridges in the shark’s scales help to increase its aerodynamic speed in the water so they are able to catch their prey easily. For the nurse sharks I would be working on, they are noted to have a rather filed down ridge as they spend most of their time on seabeds in shallow waters and do not require such speed to hunt.

Sketches & Round 1 Prototypes

After doing our research, the group split and each of us were tasked to create abstract sketches and initial prototypes for the planes. Studying the scale in detail and how I could possibly render each unit as part of a light filter, I explored various patterns and textures from 3 designs I created.

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The first piece on the left is a creation from the image seen above. The scales as seen from close but not microscopic distance appears to be like mosaic tiles that are fitted into a jigsaw sort of shape. Knowing how a single nurse shark scale appears, I worked the features such as ridges and folds into this tile like jigsaw to create a complex organic surface structure. Each unit has ridges that open in an angular shape and let light through. The sides also conjoin with the other units to create a curtain like design that I was contemplating on creating.

– I will have to express the ridges of the shark’s scales in one way or another to make the piece a 3 dimensional surface and not too plain.
– I will need to be able to control geometric repetition for it to be stronger and orderly.
– Even when overlapping, the quality has to be there. Take note that the model should be 3D and not 2D

Round 2 Prototypes

Type of Light Filter Chosen: Lantern

For this round of prototypes, I experimented and tried to create a lantern from the smaller pieces of scales.

Building from Round 1’s feedback, I enhanced the dynamism of each scale to have ridges and flaps that are more angular than before. I also decided to add in the the circular spots around each shark scale as seen by the glued plastic circles in the centre of each scale.

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Round 3 & final Light Filter

Type of Light Filter Chosen: Curtain Tapestry

The material for this last round has changed to art card as OSH suggested due to its ability to safely and firmly lodge itself when slits are cut. I came to realise that if I wanted the shark scales to be more so dynamic and hold up in the assembly, I will have to remove the plastic plates down the centre. It was hindering the folds and did not stick well so I removed it completely to leave the punched out portions of the art card.



Osh mentioned that the light filter could also be made into a tall cylindrical lantern if not a tapestry and I think it looks beautiful both ways (see above).ย I am extremely happy at how the light filter turned out. The light was hitting at all the right corners of the light filter and created beautiful shadows onto the ridges of each scale.





Thank You ๐Ÿ™‚