Casual Statements by Nicholas Zechariah Wong

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Casual Statements

Nicholas Zechariah Wong is a graduating Communication Design student at the Glasgow School of Art Singapore, currently showing his final year project at the degree show.

“Casual Statements” is a design initiative that began with this very common yet derogatory statement, “Don’t go out by yourself, if not, the Apu Neh Neh will come catch you!”. Growing up as a local born chinese, I remember this casual remark that many parents makes when their children don’t listen to them and sometimes I wonder if it is even true at times. Through this piece of work, it questions the use of casual statements in common daily life scenarios and the thoughts of the recipients of the subtle yet derogatory remarks.

Drop by the show before it closes on June 23.

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Making Places by Junyi Wong

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“makingplaces.sg is an independent creative initiative to document our neighbourhood and build an archive of our environments,” Junyi tells Culturepush about her thesis project, now on display at the GSA Singapore Degree Show 2017.

“We live in and go to places all over, but sometimes we can be oblivious to the stories of our surroundings. makingplaces.sg brings these tales to light, archiving journeys, stories and even secrets. Engaging Singaporeans to share their journeys and impressions of their neighbourhood, we hope to build a sense of belonging amongst them: one that pushes them to look beyond the surface and reveal the beauty of even seemingly mundane corners.”

Drop by the show before June 23.

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ARC Headgear by Alex Teo

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Another stand-out project we spotted at the NUS DID Grad Show earlier this month is the ARC headgear, featuring  a responsive mechanical metamaterial that absorbs and redirects impact forces. “This headgear offers up to 2.77 times better protection against linear impacts and 2.52 times better protection against rotational impacts than conventional headgear designs,” Alex Teo goes on to say. “This design rides on the developmental trend of Additive manufacturing towards mass production, as observed from big players of lifestyle brands like Adidas. Adidas had announced their plan to release up to 5000 pairs of Futurecraft 4D shoes with Carbon 3D, an American based 3D printing company.

ARC headgear also wishes to break the paradigm that additive manufacturing is meant for personalization and customisation of one-off products. In fact, the manpower and expertise required for personalizing a digitally designed product is the reason behind the much higher cost incurred by the end user. Hence, ARC is designed to have an adaptable fit that comfortably conforms to various head shapes and profile, a move to ensure additively manufactured products can be made for the masses and cost lowered by achieing economies of scale.

The invention of a new lattice structure design in this product is key to its success, which replaces the usage of conventional foam as protective padding materials. Conventional padding materials (like polyurethane foam) when designed to be highly protective (denser or thicker) inevitably comes with usability tradeoffs (ventilation, an undesirably thick profile etc).

The invented lattice structure was digitally conformed over a head form to create the bespoke ARC Headgear. Such a design can only be achieved by highly technical and iterative digital processes in 3D CAD, which is then eventually tangiblized via additive manufacturing.”

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What’s Wrong with Black sheep by Abdul Rahman

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One to watch at the GSA Degree Show opening tomorrow, is Abdul Rahman. His thesis project titled What’s Wrong with Black sheep motivates artists to take courage in his or her ideas and to gain a true sense of self rather than merely follow the herd.

“Every day, we’re bombarded by ideas of how things should be, how we’re supposed to think. There is so much to take in, that we take begin to take this saturation of information for granted. Unfortunately, it’s all come to a point of becoming so desensitised to our own self – all we know is to follow. To take in what is given and not search for more. The idea of self becomes portrayed consciously, only to be subconsciously controlled by the masses way of being and thinking.

The Glasgow School of Art Singapore Degree Show 2017 runs until 23 June at the SOTA Gallery, Level 2.

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Spotted! Crystal Fong

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Made during the mentorship programme at Monster Gallery, Crystal Fong used reduction printing to produce the featured work. “In a reduction print I develop all colors from the same block,” she tells Culturepush. “I must print the entire edition as I work, because the printable area of the single block is reduced with each color pass.”

“This series takes a critical viewpoint of my social and cultural surroundings. I reproduced familiar visual Icons, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces.

Singapore is said to epitomize multiculturalism. Growing up, we are exposed to different cultures, and though most of the time we try and understand certain people’s racial beliefs, sometimes we just can’t comprehend a certain ethnic group’s way of life. As we pride ourselves for being a united country regardless of race, language or religion, we don’t usually question one’s way of life and just adapt or compromise. So it was a shock to me when my partner who is very westernized – she is Eurasian – started questioning my family’s very Chinese upbringing and values. This caused many arguments between us as we fail to understand each other’s culture. I also started to notice how my partner always stands out in public situations, due to her outspokenness and her different outlook on Singapore social standards. Making this series of works helped me to better understand her views on certain points she has made in the past.

Crystal’s work is on show at the Working Proofs: Young Printmakers League exhibition which runs until 30 June.

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