Softening The Edges – Thoughts on Illuminating Embodiment

I’d imagine what Rafael Lozeno Hemmer is trying to do is to ‘soften the edges’. Other than the functional purpose they serve, whether as a form of shelter or a place to gather, the reason why human have such distant or little emotional relation to architecture is because of their cold, hard and immovable structure.

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Paint The Town Red – Singapore Heritage Light Up

10 national monuments and arts/cultural institutions are illuminated in the national colours of red and white to show the solidarity and celebration of Singapore’s 55th birthday

  • The Armenian Church (as shown below)
  • National Museum of Singapore
  • Cathedral of Good Shepherd
  • Central Fire Station
  • National Gallery of Singapore
  • The Arts House
  • Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall
  • Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Esplanade 

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Initial Sketch: Feelings of Home vs Covid19

Visualise — A white/translucent quarantine tent small enough for 1 person to crawl into. Inside the tent, a large red cushion is positioned in the middle for the 1 person to lie/sit/roll on. The walls of the tent start to change into a pinkish-red hue as the sound of a slow-paced heartbeat fades in. The heartbeat is accompanied by a gentle hum and occasional sounds of fluid and air resembling a stomach digesting. The walls of the tent subtly and continuously change in hues of pink and red. A few seconds in, the pace of the heartbeat starts to quicken and sounds of ann airy breath start to increase in volume, overpowering the heartbeat. Coughing and wheezing take over and the tent starts to shrink and collapse inwards. The noise and constricting space get more and more uncomfortable, forcing the person out of the tent.

Concept: A pregnant mother who contracts COVID-19. 


Monkeyman Journey – Reflection

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 only had minimal opportunities for the 2 people to connect.

To increase the allowance for interaction between the 2 participants, instead of 1 participant experiencing the game at a time, both participants will be going through the space together. The participants will be bound together at their limb of choice and each is to choose one sense to focus on. So by cooperation and communication with each other, they have to make it through the obstacle course together to get to the endpoint.

At the same time, adding an audio ambience with some physical feedback to simulate the environment of a forest can enforce a sense of direction and space.

“Men can do everything except build a nest” — Man-made & Nature

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 had started a chain of thoughts and ideas leading to the general topic of Men’s relationship with nature and how this proverb can be true and false at the same time.

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Social Distancing Device- ARMmeter

Task: To make a device that enables / enforces / suggests / alerts / …about social distancing.

Inspiration: Sylvia and I are kooks and so we decided to create something that expresses our quirkiness but at the same time meets the task objective. We figured to work off a measurement technique that is commonly used in Singapore, whether during warm-ups before Physical Education (PE) classes in school or just to get people out of our ‘no-no square’/personal space — “one-arm length distance apart”.

Final Product:
Video here.
Slides here.

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