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The project I propose for an urban intervention in The Japanese Cemetery Park is one that aims to be conceptually simple but visually, audibly and emotionally compelling. I want to convey the idea of a library of human stories that connect to the root of the Occupation, and to promote responses to each others stories. For the size of the project, I was inspired by the large-scale interactive installations by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer that still managed to incorporate individual responses to the artwork, creating micro-to-macro experiences that I found to be incredibly exhilarating and empowering for each engager in the piece. Furthermore, I did not want it to be a static installation, video or performance piece that visitors simply had to view. I wanted the experience to be one that is shaped by every engager that interacts with the piece, in a tangible and explicit way — the idea of an artwork that shifts along with every single pixel of its circumstance is something that I find fascinating.
The Japanese Cemetery Park.
The self-imposition of a chilling effect is something that Singaporeans are well-acquainted with, considering how natural it is for us to shy away from more controversial topics in order to stick with the idea of the ‘status quo’. Our history is part of this effect, and no — not the glorious ‘fishing village to first world city’ story that has been espoused by Singaporean leaders, media and public education. It is the parts of our history that have been shunted to the side to only appear in the occasional blog post, forums or self-run local news outlets, which have been the stars of efforts to stifle non-mainstream news.
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