HAO XIN ON CONFORMITY

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White Black by Hao Xin, is a dance narrative which speaks about conformity. Something everyone has been through especially when you yearn for acceptance. His idea evolved and changed dramatically from one without any character, to a more choreographed piece. It’s not uncommon for creatives to have a completely different approach after an initial draft, though time might be of an issue then. We are still in favour of Change, his initial narrative concept but we can see why he shifted to a dance piece. He brings us through his creative process through this feature.

COLDSTEAM – BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE SHORT VFX FILM

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We spoke to the creators of Coldsteam, a short visual effects (VFX) film based in a post-apocalyptic world about a girl’s struggle for water in a world infested with mysterious creatures. It was screened just yesterday at Cartoons Underground along with a few other shorts. The team behind Coldsteam; Nicholas Chia, Yeo Shiyun, Goh Peng Fong and Yang Sishuo, were the pioneers from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design & Media’s Visual Effects course. Coldsteam is one of its first ever VFX final year projects, and also one of the few examples of a multi-disciplinary collaboration across different majors. They collaborated with the school’s film students and it was shot entirely in front of a green screen with an ARRI Alexa Camera. Watch the trailer below.

CLARENCE SIM ON GENDER OPPRESSION AND STEREOTYPE

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Clarence Sim highlights his views on gender oppression and how one is stereotyped into the gender he or she was born in, with regards to behaviour, mannerism and appearance. We like how strong and visually appealing his graphics are. Especially since its ambiguity also appears androgynous, in line with his concept. There’s an interactive visual installation he produced as well if you’re interested to see how he integrates it with projection mapping.

TRIVIA GOH – NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF THIS

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Nightmares Are Made Of This by Trivia Goh is a children’s book for adults. Initially published in a size of 1.6m, it’s now printed and published in a friendly size of 12cm by 18cm, due to popular demand. We like how she has taken a step further and come this far. Many of us have a passion for what we do and what we stand for. Taking it to the next level and actually making it a reality is the next step, however hard that may be. We also like how she’s spreading the word that lying to children should not be encouraged at all with illustrations and her own rhymes.

DOREEN LAU – FLATS BECOME FLAT

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Flats Become Flat by Doreen Lau emphasizes on the characteristics of flats. We’ve seen architectural icons being portrayed the same way but never in our local context of high-rise buildings. They might seem to be nothing more than monotonously repetitive blocks but not to Doreen. Showing a balance between her studies of Interior Design and her interest in Graphic Design, she created two dimensional vectors for the different flats in Singapore. We like how she sees them as people, having their own colour and personality. She also takes it a step further and offers the print version of it where you can fold and have it look like a building block.

ALVIN CHAN – CONCRETE EVERYTHING

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We have Alvin Chan the maker of Concrete Everything. With a background in Architecture and Industrial design, Alvin and his partner Vanessa started crafting unique pieces with concrete. They have since explored with integrating other materials as well but we’re still intrigued by their earliest piece, Miss Moony. Their passion has pushed them to do this on the sides apart from their full time job. We know exactly how tough that must be that’s why we’re featuring not only what they stand for, but also their craft and perseverance to do what they are truly passionate about. (Image of Alvin: 7BraidStrong)

ROWELL TAN – EXPLORING THE SUBJECT OF NATURE

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Our first feature Rowell Tan, explores the subject of nature with a series of images through Ultraviolet(UV) light photography titled Abyss Sea of Wonders. We like how he sees the unseen, the less observed with everyday objects. Objects which we consume and use without paying any form of attention to it, at all, other than it’s purpose. These images are also not digitally manipulated in any way, which we appreciate more considering the digital age we live in. We find out more about him and why the use of UV light.

TALK: DARIO REICHERL (FRITZ HANSEN)

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There are many furniture design companies in the world. But when we first saw Dario Reicherl at Singapore Indesign 2015 during the BIZLIFE segment, we knew we wanted to learn more. He generously agreed for a meet up recently and we gathered a lot about him and his company, Republic of Fritz Hansen, which we will be talking about over the next few days.

FEIT SPECIAL: INTERVIEW WITH JOSH PRICE

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You’ve now read about how we swear by neoluxury artisans, FEIT. In this article, we speak with Josh Price, Co-Founder and FEIT brother, who is based out of Sydney Australia. What’s a typical day like for you? 7am – I wake up and do an hour or so of Qi Gong as soon as I get out of bed. 8am – I have a cup of tea and then once I’m psychologically prepared, open the computer and start going through my emails. I’m based in Sydney and most of our team is in NY, so there tends to be a lot of catch up on what has happened, on the previous day in NY.