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CategoryProject 3 The Library – Research

Research ADM Library II

Title of installation

Timeless

Installation Summary
Time seems to be unnoticeable and faster in library relatively, as students concentrate on their work with so much effort, event without noticing time change outside.
I’m eager to juxtapose Singapore life with the idea of timelessness, as life in Singapore cycles forever in Summer and as a residence, we seldom experience natural phenomenon change.
So the concept was embodied in a one-day journey in Singapore, focusing on different experience in morning, noon and night. By contrasting static elements, the looped motion indicates the idea of infinity and relativeness of time.
Inspired by Zen(襌), the artwork is also a gate away from the busy school work, which allows students to mediate and clear their thoughts.

 

Description of Installation: Indicate the material used in your work and how you plan in install them.

It is a digital work in which the artist presents us with 3 photo frames. Each one is inserted with an iPad, plugged with a set of earphone. Audience are allow to listen to the music which watching the looped video.

3 photo frames will be placed on tables beside A/V viewing carrels or behind book shelfs.

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visualisation of proposed installation
Location recce

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Mock-up

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Reference

 

 

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Research: ADM Library I

Researching the site – ADM Library

ADM Library is specially designed to reflect the creative and artistic nature of its environment.  It houses a growing collection of resources in the visual arts, architecture, drawing, design, illustration, painting and photography and a strong collection of AV materials. It contains a cinema room, individual A/V viewing carrels, a flexible seating spaces, printing area, writable black glass wall as well as book section.

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Stairs to the cinema

Mainly ADM students visit ADM Library for reading books and magazines, doing assignments, relaxing and printing services.

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Normally, most of students will sit at white table area. They can read or use their own laptops there. Seldom people really interact with others, rather doing their own work.

And I also noticed only few people would use A/V viewing carrels. Maybe the place is not comfortable, like a computer lab, compared to Hive’s library. However, people likes to sleep in the library also in the corner. Because library is a quiet and comfortable place, students like to spend whole day there.

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Interestingly, there are a few of very large glasses and empty spaces which I could experiment with.

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Developing Idea

Initial impression

ADM Library is well equipped with lots research resources and convenient for studying. Sometimes we focus on a project attentively without even knowing a few hours already has past, as if time in library is faster than outside. It inspired me to do a installation about time to let audience experience the idea of time change in library. the focus could be on faster time or timeless experience.

I did some research on history of timekeeping device. It is quite interesting that how ancient people used water and candle to calculate time. And timekeeping devices changed our world where all human activities refer to it.

My initial idea is to build several water timer devices, ranging from 15mins to 1 hour. People can grab any of them for testing and timing their study time.

 

Another idea struck me in the process is people like to sleeping in ADM Library. I wanted to draw attention on and amplify this issue. Mainly because students don’t get enough sleep or stress out from the school works. So plan A is to lay a few sleeping bags on the big empty area’s floor and put assignment papers or coffee cups and so forth around them. Plan B is to put a figure in only cloth form on a chair. In front of him is a laptop and all rubbishes he consumes.

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