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”.
Presentation Slides here:
While going through the chapter, a TED talk that I watched came to mind. It shared a different perspective of how language shapes the way we think and how it affects the person’s sense of direction, spacial organisation and time.
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.
Doomsday Book is a sci-fi film directed by Kim Jee Woon and Yim Pil-Sung. It tells three stories of human self-destruction in the futuristic high-tech era. The one presented by guest lecture Bin was the second story, Heavenly Creature, a story about how a robot claims to have achieve enlightenment while employed in a Buddhist Monastery, hence the term Robot Buddha.
Inspired by “Tinder”, Timber is a semi-virtual dating map that introduces you to the eligible trees in Jurong Hill Park.
View Presentation Slides here: Timber Proposal_Lowres
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.
Guest are invited to stick colourful dot all over a white room with white furniture.
About the artist:
Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s quirkiest artists, known for her iconic dots, nets and pumpkins and infinity rooms. Yayoi mentions how when she was still a child; she started seeing the world through a screen of tiny dots. They covered everything she saw—the walls, ceilings, and even her own body. For 40 years she has made paintings, sculptures and photographs using dots to cover surfaces and fill rooms. Kusama calls this process “obliteration,” which means the complete destruction of every trace of something.
Floating 207-metres above the bay, the iconic world’s largest Infinity Pool provides a panoramic view of the ever-expanding Singapore skyline. The sky-scraping observatory platform overlooking the cityscape could be seen as Singapore’s prime symbol of progress today, but 50 years or so ago, it was Jurong Hill Tower.
60-metres above sea level, on the top of Jurong Hill, previously known as Bukit Perupok/Peropok, stands an 18-metre tall observatory tower. The $200,00 project was commissioned in the 60s by the Jurong Town Corporations (JTC) to become a platform for foreign guests and investors to have a panoramic view of the industrial estate. Intending to gain the confidence of these investors by exhibiting Singapore’s developing industrial site, the Government hope to create more job opportunities for locals.
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.