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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Timber – The Date With Nature You Never Knew You Needed

Assignment Theme: Jurong
Assignment Objective: To present our researched story of Jurong in an interactive narrative.
Chosen Topic: Jurong Hill – Garden of Fame

After visiting Jurong Hill and realising that the lookout tower was under servicing, I decided to narrow my research to the Garden of Fame.

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Garden of Fame or Lame?

Of what used to be a well-known landmark, Jurong Hill Park which is tucked away 60 metres above sea-level and only accessible by car, has become my new favourite hideaway. In this secluded and souless park albeit beautifully maintained, all traces of the bustling city fades away and time stands still. The subtle noises of the industrial park become some sort of a therapeutic white noise,  harmonising with the symphonies of nature.

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Thoughts on Lev Manovich’s “The Language of New Media”

From this week’s reading, what I enjoyed reading most and took away from it was the semiological theory of syntagm and paradigm and how it helps define the relationship between database and narrative, as well as differentiate ‘new media’ from traditional media.

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Bauhaus & Beyond: The Treachery of Images

The Treachery of Images, painted by Rene Magritte, is a painting of a pipe with the words “This is not a pipe” in French written below it. The contradiction created in this piece of work reminds me of Buddhism and their teaching on the nature of reality and its illusions. While similar in concept, they also have an introspective quality to it.

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