Project Plug: Cherngzhi’s Commute Sketches

“I travel extensively with my sketchbooks, recording the visages of the people who I meet, places I have been to and cultures that I have personally experienced. Through my craft, I hope to inspire and share the peace and joy I feel when I create and paint. Currently I am working on publishing a book, titled “In transition”, featuring sketches I make when I travel on public transportation.” – Cherngzhi.

twentyfifteen by Platform

We love an initiative when it comes to showcasing the work of local creatives, and Platform really wowed us with their twentyfifteen folios, inviting 20 photographers to create 15 images documenting the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence.

A folio will be published for each photographer in the months leading up to August 9, 2015. So far, they’ve produced six and for the remaining 14 folios they have launched a crowdsourcing project on avivo.me.

(from the project page)

The 20 photographers, all working in Singapore, include eminent and up-and-coming photographers. They come from diverse backgrounds and shoot in a range of styles. In no particular order, they are: Sean Lee; Chow Chee Yong; Darren Soh; Edwin Koo; Jing Quek; Ernest Goh; Nguan; Tan Ngiap Heng; Sam & Sam (Samuel He and Sam Chin); Ore Hui Ying; Samantha Tio; Robert Zhao; Tay Kay Chin; Kevin WY Lee (Ox); Lim Weixiang; John Clang; Sit Weng San; Zinkie Aw; Matthew Teo; Sim Chi Yin.

The images made by the photographers will be about Singapore- through their unique eyes. It is our hope to contribute to Singapore’s collective memory through photography. In a hundred years from now, people can look back and see how others lived, and how 20 photographers chose to interpret what Singapore meant to them. From the story of a Bangladeshi construction worker to a fictional collection of photos of Singapore from 1925-2025, we guarantee the range of subject matter will be spellbinding. It will be close to our hearts. It will be about us.

The folios are designed by Studio Roots’ Jonathan Yuen, who is on board pro-bono because he believes in this project. The design of each folio is unique and based on a discussion with the photographer on his/her concept.

Luwei Ye’s Komfi

Step into the week-end with us and learn about stimulation points, heat sensors, vibrating mechanisms and the Komfi massaging device from aspiring Product Designer, Luwei Ye. “Komfi derives from the word comfort. Inspired by the theory of Chinese Acupuncture, this scarf adornment is a smart massaging device that is designed to take care of muscle tension caused by bad posture. Adapting the idea of stimulation of points on the body, a heat sensor is attached to detect rising temperature caused by muscle tension. If the temperature exceeds presets, it triggers the LEDs in the bubbles to alert the user of bad posture. The bubbles also feature vibrating mechanisms that stimulate the Jian Jing point (a point on shoulder which relieves muscle pains) to better achieve the effect.”

Luwei believes in creating and designing products which enhance the quality and quantity of life. “Simplicity is the basis of my design philosophy, and I strive for maximal impact with minimal substance. I was nurtured in a conservative Chinese environment, and my creative intuition is much influenced by my oriental roots.”

Elephant in the Room by Iskandar Thani

Starring Lyon Sim, Kong Yit Sim, Joe Moreira, Ernest Seah. Produced by Ng Qin Ching, Directed by Iskandar Thani, Cinematographer Charlene Ng, Production Designer Pamela Tan, Editor Jay Jun Jie.

It was some images of Iskandar Thani’s final year project that first caught my eye on the ADM Grad Show page, and when I saw the trailer, I decided it was high time to catch up with him to find out a bit more about the Elephant in the Room.

“It is the story of a man born without a soul and his strange quest to fix himself with the aid of his dead mother and a peculiar machine built out of scrap parts. I tell this story hoping to explore the emotions we feel and the journey we go through when someone we love passes on. To be able to have conversations that we used to and be able to have last words is what I would guess many of us pine for. It’s a bit of a too little too late kind of feeling and plenty of ‘what if’s?’ that linger in the air. Ultimately, the film aims to take on the taboo of death and souls yet shy’s away from bringing it to the forefront much like how I feel many of us refuse to speak of it even if it’s the biggest thing in the room.”

About the Director, Iskandar Thani: “I was born a dreamer, raised a dreamer and have, in bits and pieces threaded a dream to tell; one that is filled with an enthusiasm to explore, a respect for tradition and a wide-eyed appreciation for all things subtle and simple in our lives. I also attempt to combine the old and the new, the spoken and the forgotten, the listless and the quiet and the perpetual need to feel and be felt.”

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