The Resident Tourist: Vol. 6 by Troy Chin

“Four years back on the island have wrought some heart-rending changes, and entire lifetimes seem to have gone by. But is it really possible to reboot real life?”

Troy Chin knocked out volume 6 of the much-loved Resident Tourist and as ever with Troy, I’m sure it will be fantastic. I suggest you find out for yourself by getting your hands on a copy at the STGCC event which opens on September 6 and runs through September 7 at Marina Bay Sands. Troy will be signing his new book on both days between 2:00pm and 2:45pm at the BooksActually booth #H21.

Pass By by Ng Si Ying

Ng Si Ying is currently studying for a BFA Visual Communication at the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design & Media. The work she has created under the guidance of TAP Mentor Jerry Goh is about the act of clinging. Here’s her story.

“Despite life’s constant flux, we choose to cling on to its impermanence. The ones that pass by, the things that pass by, the minutes that pass by. There are a total of ten chapters in this book, each constituting to the many things we hold on to. Shadows are an expression of the brief transition of life, of the impermanent things we cling on to. The reader’s shadow indicate temporary presence, as one passes by to hold space. We catch a glimpse of things as one interacts with it—the shadow; it manifests, it warps, it changes, and then it disappears.”

The Noise Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) exhibition runs at SAM at 8Q (8 Queen Street) until 7 September. Admission is free.

Obscura by Tiffany Loy

If you have been searching for an ambient sound and image projector for your iPhone then we definitely suggest the Obscura. Launched on HAYSTAKT, the Obscura is made up of a lens which projects the images on screen, and a sound flap, which directs music to the people behind it.

Designer Tiffany Loy: “There are many good-quality smart phone projectors in the market. They are compact, and portable. So why make another one out of card and magnifying lens? I believe there is something delightful about a completely analog add-on to a techy product – like an obscura for a smart phone. There’s something nice about super low-tech solutions.”

Tiffany was trained in industrial design and prototyping at the National University of Singapore and the Design Incubation Centre. Her approach to design is focused on materials, alternative fabrication methods, and the experience of the physical object. “I believe that the physical form of any object, however small, is very important, because it contributes to our experience when we interact with it. In my projects I love to be involved in the fabrication process, because a big part of the design development happens there. Understanding the way things are constructed leads to greater sensitivity in design details. There’s so much we can learn from manufacturers.”

I suggest you visit Tiffany’s page on HAYSTAKT for more details about her project.

The Unsavoury Alphabet by Gene Whitlock

Behold! The next inspiring project from the BooksActually goes STGCC list of five is The Unsavoury Alphabet by Gene Whitlock aka The Danger Gene. As well as making some pretty solid funny books, Gene spends his days working as a full-on commercial artist.

The Unsavoury Alphabet started in 2011 as an exercise to draw more than just kangaroos and koalas. That exercise evolved into a series of microstories before expanding into a behemoth and then getting reduced into a merry caper that eventually fell into the framing sequence of the upcoming Mike Blood P.I. series. The Unsavoury Alphabet is an homage to the noir stories of the 40s with just a touch of the nihilism of the 70s and the insanity of the 00s all mixed in with some Omaha the Cat Dancer and The Wind in the Willows. I hope you like it. If you don’t, I’ll send Mike around with a hammer!”

If you’re curious, you can check out his book at the STGCC which runs on 6 and 7 September at Marina Bay Sands. Meet and greet Gene on both days between 1:00pm – 1:45pm at booth #H21.

And Now, I Am Cloud by Lai Yu Tong

“And Now, I Am Cloud documents my transition to Cloud through the performance of mindless acts such as arranging, stacking, overturning, breaking and tilting on everyday objects, immediately upon encountering them.” – Lai Yu Tong.

Yu Tong created his project during his NOISE apprenticeship under the guidance of Robert Zhao. “The experience gave me an insightful look into the professional arts industry, being an aspiring artist myself. Robert’s finesse and attention to detail influenced the eventual presentation of my work and gave me an idea of the level of professionalism that arts should attempt to achieve. The informal discussions at midnight over coffee with Robert and my fellow apprentice friends, Marvin Tang and Cao Zhiyi, were a major highlight.”

The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) Exhibition runs until 7 September at SAM at 8Q (8 Queen Street). Admission is free.

A Wonderful Life by Kenfoo

Today’s BooksActually goes STGCC feature is about extraordinary badass author and illustrator Kenfoo whose work is brilliantly authentic and pretty darn good.

His new book titled A Wonderful Life is a funny comic diary created over a four-year period.

“Written and drawn in a distinctly humorous style it features astute observations of the mundane, ranging from fecal documentation to cat fights, toilet woes, crazy people, disturbing fantasies, abnormal behaviour, and other hilarious and irreverent musings. Sometimes vulgar, sometimes empathetic, but ever engaging in energy and subject.”

There will be a signing session with Kenfoo on 6 and 7 September from 3:00pm – 3:45pm at booth #H21.

Come Home by Genevieve Leong

Genevieve Leong is an aspiring artist in her final year at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media where she studies Photography.  Under the guidance of mentor Pann Lim, the TAP apprentice is now showing off her Coming Home project at the Noise TAP Exhibition at 8Q.

Genevieve talks us through her project: “I have never quite understood what the course of time would entail. Two people, two lives, apart but always a part of one another. Grandma and Grandpa got married in March 1962. They have both forgotten the exact date of their wedding. In 1971, after the birth of their third child, things began to take a turn. Habits and differences started to get in the way. Yet for the sake of family, they were never officially separated. Soon enough, when their children had their own families, they felt that they could not live together any longer. Come Home is my attempt in restoring and safeguarding whatever that may have remained in a relationship that has long faded away.”

Noise Singapore 2014 – The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) Exhibition runs until 7 September at SAM at 8Q (8 Queen Street). Admission is free.

Spotted! Debbie Ong Gie

Ever wondered about the bus stops around Singapore?  Well thanks to Debbie Ong Gie, you can indulge your curiosity in her Final Year Project. Debbie has only just graduated from LASALLE  with a BA(hons) in Design Communication.

“I photographed 102 bus stops, all of them different. People always complain that Singapore is boring, but never look at what’s out there. We take our surroundings for granted. I started out capturing bus stops and HDB flats. They are everywhere but we never bother to look at them.”

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