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Lee Gui Ping Shermain

Class of 2017

Final Year Project(s)

Codex Golden at NTU ADM Portfolio

Codex Golden looks at the Golden Mile Complex. A building whose value has been questioned and contested through the decades, 
it is now deemed rather irrelevant towards urbanisation and development. Yet to me, it is a place of significance where family ties, friendships and relationships are forged.

Places can be seen as specific sites that hold our experiences. It holds a unique moment where the mind, the body, and the world are aligned. They make sense out of each other and create a permanent impression in our lives. Places morph, extend and diminish. Each time we revisit them, it has the ability to build upon newer experiences or make greater meaning out of the older ones. They do so according to the people that you are with, the stage that you are in life and the situations that the universe chooses to put you in. Hence, it is a chanced occurrence yet highly specific and intentional. Each experience in a place is not replicable. They build upon each other and are a way of understanding life.

Codex Golden is a site-specific project which is essentially a collection of experiences put together by me trying to answer the following questions: What does a ‘Place’ mean? How do we deem if it is ‘Of value’? More importantly, how do we make sense out of these ‘Places’? This is performed through the act of Walking— a common thread that holds all experiences together.

Selected Coursework(s)

Strange apparition at NTU ADM Portfolio

Strange apparition (2016)

It is said that man’s anxieties gave birth to yokai.
As the sun sets on the day, darkness spreads around us. The spaces in which we work and play and the roads we travel back and forth unthinkingly during the day, at nighttime turn into pitch-black space, as if defying the control of human beings. The sense that something is lurking in that darkness is palpable. In such places, Japanese people began to believe in presences that were beyond human understanding, causing creatures, called yokai, to be created in their minds.