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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Automated Utopia – Reflections

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.

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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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IM2: Yayoi Kusama [The Obliteration Room]

About artwork:
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.

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Research: Jurong Hill Tower & Garden of Fame

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.

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