Data without Numbers by Fariz Junaidi

Fariz Junaidi is the final of our GSA graduates, and he wooed us with the sumptuous poster he created for this year’s show. We emailed Fariz to learn a bit more about the poster and his Data without Numbers project.

“Data without Numbers is an experimental, multi-disciplinary approach to information visualisation where day-to-day data collected in the train stations were transformed into five interactive, fashion contraptions. These contraptions bridges a tangible connection between 2-dimensional statistical data and an immersive bodily experience for users to appreciate and understand information beyond digits and pixels. Since there is no dedicated journals or publications to the ubiquitous field of contemporary data visualisation, “Data without Numbers” was also published as a magazine publication to give a platform for academic writings, discussion and critiques revolving around the artistic and pragmatic perspective of data visualisation.”

The GSA Degree show opens in two days and runs until July 15 at DECK. See you there!

Disintegrate by Jason Khoo

Can ephemerality be a spatial experience?

Our next graduate from the GSA Interior Design program is Jason Khoo. Jason has a keen interest in realising something conceptual with spatial renderings as a medium.

About his project: “While there are art installations inspired by the theme of the ephemeral, and even social media embracing ephemeral messaging as its core, what about a space that is ephemeral? Each project attempts to conceptualise ephemerality in terms of materiality, time and lights and shadows.”

Look out for Jason’s work at the GSA Degree show which opens this Saturday and runs until July 15 at DECK.

Doubt by Max Tan

The notorious phrase: “Jack of all trades, master of none” in the design community hasn’t stopped our next GSA graduate from exploring and using different mediums when approaching communication design.

Apart from focusing on conventional design, Max Tan is involved with up and coming duo Campfire, helping with the conceptualization and experimentation of their music videos.

“This project/brief started off as an exploration of intellect and instinct in relation to creative processes. I was required to act instinctively, undertaking a series of mini projects which should lead from one to the next that would push and stretch my own approaches to generating ideas. I was asked to document my process as I move along and reflect on any issues or interesting questions that arises. As I embarked on my research, a widely used and heard phrase surfaced: “Trust your instincts.” There were, however, many who felt that this statement was fallacious. The question after; are first instincts generally bad? Each mini project presented was “hand made” (no digital imaging or photo manipulation) photographed and documented. These projects were some that I never thought would succeed as outcomes or even thought possible to execute. Acting instinctively, fighting the doubts I had along the way I moved from one project to the next, and as I reflected through each project, I concluded; Instincts do not push creativity. Doubt does.”

The GSA Degree show opens on July 9 and runs until July 15 at DECK. Check it out!

Banner Shuffle! Binary Style Scarves

Santhi and Sari Tunas of Binary Style, are architecturally trained twin sisters, specialised in designing Singapore themed scarves. “Tiong Bahru, Bukit Timah, Botanical Gardens … our scarves are scarves with stories, Singapore stories.”

Let’s All Do A Little Bit More by Khor Serene

“As a designer and craftsperson, I am curious about the relevance of craft in our fast-paced society,” says Khor Serene, our next GSA graduate. “Being a scholar from Singapore Polytechnic and Singapore Institute of Technology makes me particularly inquisitive of the status quo and my role as a creative in Singapore. As the notion of craft seems to go against the very grain of how our society functions, I ponder on the values of craft and how it may remain relevant in modern times.”

Serene’s project titled “Let’s All Do A Little Bit More” is an exploration of productivity in Singapore. “Productivity has long been a challenge for us since independence and “Let’s All Do A Little Bit More” is one of the slogans from the Productivity Campaign in the 1980s. As a result of the campaigns, apathetic attitudes towards work and life in Singapore were ingrained and our drive to increase productivity plateaued in recent years. The series plays with all too familiar slogans to offer alternative perspectives on productivity, highlighting quotes from art critic John Ruskin on how we may work and live differently. Embroidery is a less than productive mode of presenting these ideas and subverts the definitions of productivity and efficiency in Singapore. Perhaps it is through less than obvious approaches that we find a solution to increase Singapore’s productivity during this dry spell.”

The GSA Degree show opens on July 9 and runs until July 15 at DECK.

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