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UNITE IN LAUGHTER

A documentary film that explores the uncomfortable side of the Singaporean identity, through the lens of three comedians who take a leap of faith in their own identities.

The film is an exploration of the Singaporean identity through conversations with comedians who goes skin deep in talking about uncomfortable issues through their comedy connecting with Singaporeans. This will be uncovered through interviews, the shows they perform, exclusive backstage footage, and a day in their lives beyond the persona on stage. The documentary is also exploring the use of archival materials, poetic imagery and soundscapes to bring to life the Singaporean identity that sometimes goes unnoticed.

Kembali Ke Pangkal Jalan

‘Kembali Ke Pangkal Jalan’ (Going Back to the Right Path; working title) is a mixed media installation that highlights the trauma queer Malays face when negotiating their identity pertaining to culture and Islam, both major facets in forging the Malay identity.

The title is an oft-used phrase by non-queer Malays attempting to bring queer Malays back to the “right path” but this path is usually a one-way road where queer voices are subverted. This installation gives agency to queer voices through visuals and sound, and for non-queer Malays to understand and empathise the trauma their queer peers are facing, in order to create a pathway towards healing and understanding.

Grilles By Rote

With nostalgia and a sense of loss, Grilles By Rote project serves as a memoir of the memories people hold of local steel window grilles produced in the 1900s. Through a tapestry sliding screen system, these grille aesthetics are assimilated into modern living space to habitually help people grow awareness and understanding of these almost forgotten grille designs, which form an integral, yet overlooked part of our shared Singaporean heritage.

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.

Grilles By Rote

With nostalgia and a sense of loss, Grilles By Rote project serves as a memoir of the memories people hold of local steel window grilles produced in the 1900s. Through a tapestry sliding screen system, these grille aesthetics are assimilated into modern living space to habitually help people grow awareness and understanding of these almost forgotten grille designs, which form an integral, yet overlooked part of our shared Singaporean heritage.