Where creatives connect
Creatives from the local design industry were invited to co-create works that capture the values of the various clans. The emphasis was on inspiring a collaborative spirt. In the past, clans formed along the lines of locality, surnames or trade. Could modern tribes, formed along creative lines, embrace these age-old values and translate them into actionable results?
Children helping to decorate a boat installation during the Community Boat Painting activity
along Bukit Pasoh Road.
To celebrate the value of “Embracing Our Culture” at Tung On Wui Kun, Binary Style’s Santhi and Sari Tunas (twin sisters and architects/scarf designers) collaborated with contemporary furniture label, SCENE SHANG. “They are known for designing furniture with an Asian touch but very contemporary, so we’re similar in that we present heritage in a fresh way,” says Santhi.
Their co-created installation – For the Love of Opera – sought to bring the clan’s Cantonese opera legacy to life. Binary Style’s aesthetically modern scarves, which highlight the four major Chinese opera roles, hung like colourful flags from the clan’s ceiling. For the head-dress centrepiece, iconic Singapore images were cut out from defective scarves and pieced together to create a wayang-inspired showpiece. One of SCENE SHANG’s wooden benches, similar to those used at outdoor opera performances, also featured fabric motifs created by Binary Style.
As for art director Pixie Tan, collaboration is very much a part of her practice. When invited to capture the value of “Unity” for the Koh Clan, she gathered a team of multidisciplinary creatives – Ng Fong Yee, Mark Lim, Lim Pin Han and Sebastian Wong (collectively known as To the Power Of) – to work together on Let the Good Times Roll, an interactive installation (inspired by the Rube Goldberg machine and marble run) which fused set design, sound design, and DIY technology.
What the team wanted to bring across with the installation was the Chinese saying, 团结就是力量, which translated means “unity is strength”. “When you release the ball, you can just watch what happens as a spectator, but you don’t get to see the finale until two other people join you,” explains Pixie. “When all three balls come together, they activate both the lights and music track.”OuterEdit is heartened by the results. “We just wanted to create a platform where people could connect in more meaningful ways. Besides wanting to engage a wider audience and bridge the gap between old and new, we wanted this for the local creatives – to find themselves and each other.”