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.
I spent 20 years outside of my country of birth, Singapore. As a child my family relocated often, and I floated between different environments, each with different comfort zones, conversations and food. I developed a childhood routine of finding comfort and familiarity in small details – did these strangers leave their shoes on or take them off before entering a home? What was the most popular brand of instant coffee? Is the way they speak at home the same way they’d speak at a job interview? Doing this helped me find continuity and piece together the world around me.
The Fourth island explores three far-apart islands, Mauritius, Singapore and O’ahu, Hawai’i – as focal points to discuss home and identity as a fluid entities. Not bound by four walls or one country, but entities that sail in all directions across the Earth and are inherited by people who don’t know just how much their daily lives intersect with those of strangers across the oceans.
‘Pantang’ attempts to discuss the significance of death and remembrance of identity through a multidimensional exhibition. Using the play of perspectives and stimulation of different realities of mortality, ‘Pantang’ intends to open a discourse around cultural practices, remembrance and respect on our individuality; for who you are is intrinsically tied to your own life and death. These realities will reflect how death is confronted in the contemporary society.
Through the exhibition, “pantang-ness” is being deconstructed and viewers will be led to affront to their identity as they explore the different dimensions of life and death.