4D Installation: Library Part 1

  • Title of installation: The Soul Librarian
  • Installation Summary: The library is a land of imagination, but it has dwindled to become something restrictive, boring and even stifling. Thus, in exchange for a bit of your soul, I invite you to play in the library with words and what more. Be a word artist. Write me a poem about Play, and Your Life.
  • Description of Installation: A hand-bound A5 book sits on an easel, accompanied by a box of writing materials (chops, ink, paintbrush, markers, pencils) and an instruction manual. I will either hang this on the easel or place it on a nearby wall. This installation will be located with the “new arrivals”. The poetry book will contain some poems at the start so as to ease the tension between the poet and the book, as if to give the poet green light to vandalise the book.IMAG2129 IMAG2130

2D: Point of View (final)


The virtuous but very hungry protagonist chances upon a fifty pence piece which he used on much-needed sugar, fatefully securing his malnourished family a lifetime of food and drink. 











Money to the POV of Charlie Bucket is Opportunity.

  1. Charlie Bucket, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

A victim of great social injustice, the meek protagonist struggles to accept himself and his position in society. Though a mysterious sponsorship alleviates him out of his condition, Pip remains troubled; by the divide between ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’.












Money to the POV of Pip is an Identity-Shaper.

2. Philip Pirrip, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations (1861)


Known for his extreme philosophical fervour, the eccentric land-owner contemplates on how best could he use his land. He is torn between rational pursuit and working in the name of God, but soon discovers the beauty in being ‘simple’.

Money to the POV of Levin is a Sin.

3. Constantine Dmitrich Levin, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (1877)



Shipwrecked on a deserted island, the protagonist is forced to be satisfied with only fulfilling his basic needs. Overtime, his initial want of money diminishes with his decreasing concern for societal validation ; he becomes enlightened about the meaning of life.

Money in the POV of Robinson Crusoe is Trash.

4. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719)


12-year old Dolly is muse to 37-year old Humbert-Humbert, who blames his fixation with young girls on childhood trauma. She plots an escape with the allowance he rewards her, and is seen asking him for a huge sum of money (which he actually does comply) to raise another man’s child, years after her escape.

Money in the POV of Lolita is a Means of Escape.

5. Dolores Haze, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita (1955) 


Scarred by his first love’s flight to an Old Money heir, the obsessed and impulsive protagonist dabbles in shady business for quick but dirty cash, in hopes of buying his girl back.





Money in the POV of Gatsby is Love.

6. Jay Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925)



To make these images, I used 3 phone apps: pixlr, a drawing app (which is deliberately not-updated so it’s no longer the same one on the market) and a regular math-image-plotting app. I drew the images with my index finger, put the text on with pixel, and finally designed the perspectives with the math app.

In constructing the imageries, I paid close attention to the details of the characters’ outfits, pupils, positions, gestures, features . . . all of which reflects the basic stereotypes everyone has of certain types of people. I add in shadows to create value of space and position, which places the protagonist in a certain perspective I want the viewer to see him or her in. I also added highlights to enhance the visual appeal of the image.

The geometry depicts the complex emotions of the protagonists. The quotes are feeling-specific too, of the entire plot of the book. The portrayal of money is to show the viewer exactly how much we are talking about, and the treatment of the money via the extra hand’s gesture.

The third-party hand adds a kind of tension that extracts the viewer from the protagonist’s eyes and also remind us that money is transferred from 1 person to another, not created. Everyone has a point-of-view on money.

4D Project 3: The Library, Part 1

I work as a part-time student assistant at the ADM library, so I am quite familiar with its layout and fixtures. Most people who visit the library for its study tables and printing services. Only a handful use the library for its resources, be it books or the cinema upstairs.

What I find interesting to explore:

  1. That some books sit on the shelves forever, where others are always picked out and thus experience wear and tear. That some books have to be taken special care of. And others, we have restricted access to. It is a society.
  2. The arrangement of every single book pertains to its call number, the immense amount of detail and thus work of a librarian that goes unappreciated by a careless library patron. It’s just a cell in a body.
  3. How the massive windows show a big block of grass instead of a picturesque view whilst books show worlds beyond.  It’s a portal.

*italics = idea for physical representation

Whilst I remain open-minded to more ideas for exploration, I would like to critique my own choices for now. No.2 will probably encounter a problem with the necessity of installing it in the library’s space. It seems like it could be independent from the library itself. No.2 may be too abstract for the viewer to relate to. It also suggests a very time-consuming detailed work that has to be made, although that’s not too much of an issue with me. No.3 is cliche, but it will be attractive and more relatable to the audience so it will naturally be more well-liked.

I’m very new to the idea of making an installation although I have been to several exhibitions featuring very good installations. In this sense, I hope to transfer a bit of my aesthetic habits to feel more comfortable in this new area of work, rather than trying something too ambitious.

Here are some interesting installations I might consider for my work:

3D Hologram installation

I do not think I can make an actual hologram in this stage without being exorbitant, so I might consider making something that suggests the nature of a hologram rather than an actual projection.

And if I did want to make a projection, I found a DIY video on it which I will link below. However, I would need a much larger screen to create this projection . . .

Something interesting: Janet Echelman’s work in Singapore!! 2014

Phoney sheep? That black fur and foreign looking woollen coat. . .

Suggestion of organic tomatoes with contradicting synthetic material

Amazing sculpture of a dinosaur, made with toys.

This is a rather perfect idea for me to capitalise on!!!!!! Subtle, inviting and connected to the space around it. However, this installation is actually a grave??

i love the details though

this took over 156 hours to build! Chandelier by Kevin Champeny

To be honest, I am very interested in quick and clean communication. Although a big composition is very charming to the artist, it does not always charm the viewer. After all, only a person versed in the skills will be able to fully understand the complexity of the required skill set in a work. As I was saying, I hope to communicate my idea more effectively in something very clear in denotation and maybe 30% connotative. Most of my work is highly connotative, and I would like to take a step back and explore something different in this sense.

As for where I would like to explore my work at, it will depend entirely on what I choose to make. I don’t think it is good to limit myself to a location in the early stages of my work. That being said, I can roughly imagine them to interact with the windows (at the book zone of the library) for the ‘portal’, the shelves with their backs to the walls for the ‘portal’ or ‘society’ or ‘cell of a body’, or simply a corner of the library for the ‘portal’ or ‘cell of a body’.


4D: Sg Story – Pastimes

Disclaimer: I’ve made 2 versions of this short illustrated podcast: 1 with a mono-narration and another, with narrated cuts. I tried out both methods and found that the second was more attention-grabbing and cohesive with the onscreen imageries.

I incorporated both whiteboard animation & illustrations done on my phone. So basically I drew them on a tiny screen with my index finger, which was quite gruelling. It was also pretty stressful as I was doing my best to meet deadlines for other projects, involved in UOC and church activities. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the process of making this project immensely.

I made about 108 illustrated images in total, as I originally aimed to make a more animated sequence. However, this was quite ambitious for a 1 – 1 1/2 weeks. As such, I cut down on the initial plan of animating it (since it was time-consuming to make the actions look natural and the frames to jump from 1 to another fluidly). I focused on illustrating what I was trying to portray, prioritising the development of a time sequence over visual stimulation. Given more time, I would love to take this project further.

Here are some cute jpgs from the sequence.Screenshot_2016-03-03-17-12-41



















I chose to keep it simple, the concept being that of childhood, after all.

I am mostly inspired by children cartoons too, such as “Charlie & Lola” and “Peppa Pig”. These 2d animations are all very basic drawings, but are somehow very charming to the audience, even as they grew out of their youth.

Charlie & Lola, Lauren Child

Peppa Pig, Astley Baker Davies

Now, this is the narrated cuts illustrated sequence I’ve made!

P.S> Sometimes I wonder if my schizophrenia affects the way I speak.