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HAKKA

HAKKA is a 2D-animated documentary about the Hakka people, the film comprises the idea of history, contribution, and cultural identity. This short film seeks to educate and celebrate a rarely-mentioned cultural entity that is the Hakka dialect group.

Unearthing Roots

Unearthing Roots is a project that aims to increase the awareness of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Singapore. The concept of Unearthing Roots revolves around creating opportunities for the younger generation in Singapore to know more about TCM through an interactive installation and mobile application which are designed to bridge the gap between them.

The installation consists of three main segments:

The first is an interactive physical display of a range of selected herbs and common kitchen ingredients widely available and affordable in Singapore. The set-up will include visible categorisation of these individual featured display for each of the common illness explored in the project.

The second is an educational mobile application that can be accessed by the tablet on display as well as on all other mobile devices with the scanning of the QR code provided. The APP offers an educational experience where the user can explore and customise their own virtual cup of healthy tea and/or a bowl of dessert by choosing the respective herb or kitchen ingredient offered through the gameplay.

The third will be providing tangible takeaways from the installation. The audience will be able to select and keep an Unearthing Roots incentive pack which contains palm-sized cards and tea packets packed with actual ingredients in it. The cards contain bite-sized information about the herbs and kitchen ingredients meant to relieve a common illness in accordance with the tea packet provided along with it.

Chavelling

Chavelling is a series of light sculptures that aim to cultivate empathic curiosity within tea drinkers seeking rejuvenation by bridging screen-based and real experiences. Through stimulation of visual, tactile and olfactory senses, Chavelling encourages exploration of tea origins.

Displayed in tea establishments, Chavelling serves to promote tea’s origin, culture and sustainability.

Hawker Centers Re-imagined

A hawker center accommodates a group of stalls selling a variety of cooked food in a sheltered and open complex with a common seating area for its customers. Its’ convenience, affordability and quality of food are the primary reasons why hawker centers continue to draw crowds today.

Hawker Centers are also the social leveler in Singapore where people of different backgrounds gather together. For many of us, it is the kitchen, dining and living room in our lives. However, a wide target audience results in a wide range of needs and wants. This project aims to reconsider what a new hawker center experience could be like and engage in a universal design methodology to meet the changing wants of its’ customers.

Rojak Cypher

This project aims to document the street dance community in Singapore to showcase how it is unique in these four aspects .

  1. Location and historical context
  2. Unspoken Vocabulary
  3. Spoken Vocabulary
  4. Short documented stories

Street Dance is a dance style that evolved outside of dance studios in any available open space. The term is used to describe vernacular dances in the urban content whereby the genre of the dance is broad. Vernacular dances are often improvisations ( Freestyle) and social in nature.

As a dancer myself, I’ve come to realise dance being a form of expression of the human intention is considered a language. The idea of doing this topic for my FYP came about while I was pondering on the idea of how Singlish, a local dialect was evolved from English, a foreign language. Similarly ,the initial philosophy and practice of street dance was something that was foreign to the culture here and was adopted by Singaporeans in the late 1970s and only started getting popular traction in mid 1990s . It is no surprise that the dance styles in Singapore has also evolved in a way that is localised. However a quick google search will show that street dance in Singapore is not being structurally documented and if so, it is rare. This is why this FYP is important to me as it serves as a platform to showcase a part of our much seeked after cultural identity.