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Singapore Biennale 2016 – An Atlas of Mirrors

The Singapore Biennale 2016, with the theme “An Atlas of Mirrors”, was recently concluded on the 26th February 2017, having started on 27th October 2016. This was the fifth edition of the Singapore Biennale and I am glad that I managed to visit most of the artwork exhibitions present at Singapore Biennale 2016 before it ended. Looking back at my own personal Singapore Biennale visits, I covered four out of five editions, starting from year 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2016, with photographs that I took during my visits to Singapore Biennale curated and consolidated inside this Flickr collection.

The theme “An Atlas of Mirrors” for Singapore Biennale 2016, was on the instruments of vision and navigation to explore around the world used by the human race. The atlas was used by the human race to explore and venture all around the world, to discover the unknown and open up new chapters in history and time, not just in terms of landing on a new country, it’s also about the cultural, sociological and psychological revolution and evolution. As the human race used atlas and maps over centuries of exploration, scientific development and technology growth, coupled with more rapid and intense human movement around the world.

Do we know, how and where we see ourselves, see the world, see the future, from we we are right now? With the growth and boom of information technology, internet and social media, are we even learning more about each other from different parts of the world? Or have we retreated into mountains and caves, becoming even more isolated than the industrial revolution era? Do we need the mirror to constantly look at ourselves and ask ourselves questions?

Over my four visits to Singapore Biennale, from 2008 to 2016, they had always been an eye opener for me, not just for my eyes, also for my heart, mind and soul. There were times when some of the artworks by the artists were too deep and complex for me to understand and relate. There were also some artworks that clicked immediately with my mind, heart and soul. The Singapore Biennale is one mega arts event that allow me to explore and learn more about contemporary art in Singapore, the region and around the world.

Couple an atlas and mirror together, that’s the theme for Singapore Biennale 2016 “An Atlas of Mirrors”. While I can’t say that I have every answer to the things I said in my earlier paragraphs, at the very least, it pushed me to think beyond the views and experiences that I have inside me currently, in the business world, in my photography and in life.

Due to personal situations that happened in the last quarter of 2016 and early 2017, I wasn’t able to split my time and visit the Singapore Biennale 2016 a few times, to slowly absorb and understand the artists abstract artworks and the meanings behind them. I only managed to visit them just four days before her closing day. Nevertheless, I am very glad that I did it, feeding my my mind, heart and soul with contemporary art from Singapore Biennale.

Some of the artworks at Singapore Biennale 2016 connected with me in some ways or another, here are some of them

  • There are those who stay / There are those who go
  • The Great East Indiaman
  • Cooking the World
  • “If you can dream a better world you can make a better world or perhaps travel between them”
  • Black Forest 2016
  • History Repeats Itself
  • One Has to Wander through All the Outer Worlds to Reach the Innermost Shrine at the End
  • The Covenant
  • Melampaul Batas (Beyond Boundaries)
  • SONICreflection

Do visit my Flickr folder – Singapore Biennale 2016 and view more photographs that I took during my exploration and adventure of the contemporary art festival!

I leave you with this short video recording (that I did with the Canon EOS M5 review camera unit that I was reviewing during the time when I was at Singapore Biennale 2016) on the artwork produced by Melissa Tan from Singapore, titled “If you can dream a better world you can make a better world or perhaps travel between them”

As the Singapore Biennale 2016 concluded her fifth edition, have you ask yourself, from where you are right now, how do you visualise the world, and see for yourself where you are right now and into the future?


Created with flickr slideshow.

The Lomo’Instant Automat Glass

Lomography recently announced a new Lomo’Instant camera to their line-up, the LOMO’INSTANT Automat Glass, the first camera with a wide-angle glass lens!

Let me share with you some key information and details for the LOMO’INSTANT Automat Glass –

  • A Beautifully Sharp, Multi-Coated Glass Lens, made of six elements set in four groups and with the widest focal length on the market — the Lomo’Instant Automat Glass has everything you need to capture the world in crystal-clear, razor-sharp definition.
  • Excellent Low-Light Performance without even using the flash thanks to its largest aperture of f/4.5. Switch to Auto Mode for perfectly exposed shots at every click of the shutter!
  • With a Focusing Distance of 0.3m, you can get even closer to your subject and fill your frame with beautiful, crisp details.
  • Packed with Extra Creative Features including a Splitzer, a Close-Up Lens Attachment and a remote control lens cap for epic group shots and shake-free long exposures. With all of this and much more, the creative possibilities are endless!
  • Inspired by Pioneering Expeditions and Stargazing Observatories, this camera features textured black faux-leather with a geometric design and striking fluorescent orange details that will bring extra sparkles to your instant experience.

Price

Lomo’Instant Automat Glass Magellan Lens Package: SGD 275

*Package Include Close Up Lens and Splitzer

Pre-order the Lomo’Instant Automat Glass – https://shop.lomography.com/en/lomoinstant-automat-glass-black-combo

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Film Format: Fujifilm Instax Mini film

Exposure Area: 62mm x 46mm

Lens Focal Length: 38mm (21mm equivalent)

Auto Exposure Type: Programmed Automatic

Aperture: f/4.5, f/22

Shutter Speed: Bulb (maximum 30 seconds),

8s – 1/250 (Auto Shooting Mode)

Exposure Compensation: +1/-1 Exposure Values (Ambient Exposure)

Film Ejection Mechanism: Motorized

Multiple Exposures: Unlimited

Built-in Flash Guide Number: 9 (m)

Built-in Flash: Automatic Flash & Flash Off Mode

Closest Focusing Distance: 0.3m

Zone Focusing Setting: 0.3m / 0.6m / 1m – infinite

Tripod Mount: Yes

Remote Control Transmission: Infrared with 2 sensors

(one at the front, one at the back)

Film Counter: LED indication, counting down

Battery Supply: 2 x CR2 batteries (6V)

Remote Control Battery Supply: 1 x CR1632 batteries (3V)

Filter Thread Diameter: 43mm

Lens Attachments: Close-up, Splitzer

* Information and picture courtesy of Lomography Online Services *

Shoutout for N.E.mation! 11 – Final week to cast your votes!

The 11th edition digital animation competition is reaching its climax soon, the Top 10 digital animation videos were officially released on 14th January 2017 and this week would be the final week whereby the public can cast their votes for your favourite Top 10 teams digital animation videos!

N.E.mation! 11 has produced pretty outstanding digital animation video clips and all the Top 10 teams have excellent and solid content showcased in their digital animation video clips. This is going to be an exciting competition!

During this voting period, I had been following and observing my 5 teams under my care. The students were very active and enthusiastic, balancing their new school term studies with rallying and garnering votes for their digital animation video clip. They all deserve a big pat on their back for all the great work and effort that they put in during the production phase and voting phase.

I am also taking this chance to give the 5 teams under my care, helping them go give a shoutout in their final sprint to 5th February 2017, the last day of the voting period for N.E.mation! 11 digital animation competition! Their digital animation video clips are shown below, if you have not voted for your favourite Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11, take the time now to support and help my 5 teams below, cast your 3 favourite digital animation video clips –

Snakes and Ladders

C04 – Team Doughnuts & Donuts from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Building Our Nation

C05 – Team Finding Sanity from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

A Beautiful Song

C06 – Team Geekstrux from Crescent Girls’ School

Our SG Dollar

C08 – Team MADEit from Cedar Girls’ School

Just A Little Something

C09 – Team N.E. HEH HEH from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

There are 4 different methods of voting, check out the diagram below –

Picture courtesy of Animagine

Good luck to all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11!!

A special mention to my 5 teams under my care – Team Doughnuts & Donuts, Team Finding Sanity, Team Geekstrux, Team MADEit and Team N.E. HEH HEH!

To all my relatives, friends and readers, give them the care and support with your 3 votes across the 4 different voting methods!

N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic! Time to cast your votes!

The N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic took place on Saturday 14th January 2017 at The Cathay, External Atrium, Level One, from 1pm to 4pm. This would be my fourth Downtown Picnic attendance and coverage, when it began during N.E.mation! 8 to 9 and then 10. The Downtown Picnic at The Cathay was fun, packed and well received by the teams, schools and their supporters.

I arrived a little bit earlier at the venue before the official start time of 1pm, went around chatting with the students from the five teams that I am ambassador for. Some were having lunch while some were still preparing with the final preparations for the start of the Downtown Picnic at 1pm. Prior to arriving at the N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic, I watched all the Top 10 teams digital animation video clips when they were officially released after 12midnight on 14th January 2017. All the Top 10 digital animation video clips were really good and equally strong in content, style and presentation. The journey to who might be the champion of N.E.mation! 11 is going to be very interesting and exciting with the start of the public voting at N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic.

The Downtown Picnic is also a platform and event ground for the Top 10 teams to showcase their digital animation works to their school, family, friends and supporters, as well as getting support from the public to vote for their digital animation video clip. All these experiences would definitely serve them well in the future, it might be a bit of a daunting experience for them to approach members of the public, sharing their video and asking them to vote. These experiences are priceless and invaluable, they would be able to help them build up their self confidence and public speaking, in school and later in adult life.

At the Downtown Picnic, there were many activities and performances, the Top 10 teams were also invited up on stage to share their digital animation video clip to the participants and visitors at the picnic ground. They also shared about how their video, theme and idea came about, and also their experiences during N.E.mation! 11 production phase. Going up to the stage in the public space, speaking, sharing and pitching for votes are commendable for the young students. The younger students would definitely learn from these experiences while you can spot and sense the maturity of the slightly older students who had prior N.E.mation! experiences in previous/earlier seasons.

Now, this is also the time that I am going to share on the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 digital animation video clips, watch all the Top 10 teams videos, give them the support and encouragement, cast your votes for your favourite digital animation video clips and you might stand to win attractive prizes too! Visit N.E.mation! website or YouTube channel to view the Top 10 videos by the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11!

Check out the picture below on the 4 different methods of voting!

Picture courtesy of Animagine

There are exciting prizes to be won too! Check it out below!

Picture courtesy of Animagine 

Now that you have voted for your favourite digital animation video clips, do a good deed, spread the word, pay it forward and pass it on, to your family, relatives, friends, colleagues etc etc. Share the wonderful digital animation works produced by these young school students!

In N.E.mation! 11, I am also the ambassador for the following five teams, let me give them a quick shoutout here with the link to their digital animation video –

Snakes and Ladders

C04 – Team Doughnuts & Donuts from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Building Our Nation

C05 – Team Finding Sanity from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

A Beautiful Song

C06 – Team Geekstrux from Crescent Girls’ School

Our SG Dollar

C08 – Team MADEit from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Just A Little Something

C09 – Team N.E. HEH HEH from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

Please do give my five teams listed above the extra support with your votes!

Last but not least, I would like to wish good luck and all the best to all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11 in the final leg of the digital animation competition!

Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail CNY 2017

The Year of the Rooster 2017 is going to start soon in about 12 days time (starting from today 16th January 2017), ushering in the Chinese New Year on the 28th January 2017. Leading up to the festive season of the Chinese Lunar New Year, we have exciting events, activities and our favourite festive bazaar at Chinatown.

Having grew up in Singapore, I visited Chinatown a number of times during the Chinese New Year festive bazaar, to indulge in the festive atmosphere. It can get really crowded during this period and this is a great time to experience the Chinese New Year festivities in Singapore.

I recently went for the Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail held during the Chinese New Year 2017 festivities on 14th January 2017. Let me bring you through some of the destinations, features and highlights that you can experience for yourself with your family, relatives and friends during this Chinese New Year festivities at Chinatown (12 more days of Chinese New Year festivities before the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year on 28th January 2017)

This Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail was interesting for me because we had the gorgeous and beautiful Mediacorp artiste Sora Ma, leading us for this walking trail! She’s a great travel/tour guide, awesome interaction with the stall owners and walking trail participants, in the midst of the huge crowds and congestion!

Meeting point/Starting point: Chinatown Heritage Centre

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is an excellent destination for everybody, for the locals and our international visitor friends. This is the place where you can go and visit, to learn, see, feel and discover the footsteps of Singapore’s early pioneers and explore the personal stories of early Singaporeans who lived in Chinatown.

I visited and toured Chinatown Heritage Centre on a separate visit with my university alumni group during an alumni outing. It’s definitely an eye-opener and I strongly encourage everybody to visit Chinatown Heritage Centre. More information and details can be found on their website.

There are two exciting programmes at Chinatown Heritage Centre during the Year of the Rooster festive celebration

Happy Rooster Family Album

6 January to 28 February 2017

Daily: 9am to 8pm

27 Jan: 9am to 5pm

28 Jan: Closed

If you are born in the Year of the Rooster and you are visiting Chinatown Heritage Centre, you can get free admission into Chinatown Heritage Centre if you participate and be a part of the Happy Rooster Family Album!

Year of the Rooster Capteh Challenge

6 January to 28 February 2017

28 Jan: Closed

The capteh is a traditional game, I personally played it before when I was a young kid. A fun game, if you can juggle a football consecutively, you are definitely game enough for the capteh! It can be challenging yet it will be fun!

All you have to do is to catch Chinatown Heritage Centre’s signature memorable moments at 1pm and 4pm daily to participate in the capteh challenge. If you can keep the capteh flying in the air by kicking and controlling it for 8 consecutive times non-stop, you can win free admission to the Centre!

Try it out! It’s going to be a fun experience!

Chinese New Year Festive Street Bazaar

A must visit when you are in Chinatown during the Chinese New Year period, indulge and soak in the festive atmosphere of the Chinese New Year festivities, the huge crowds, the bazaar, the goods and food on sale.

It can be very very crowded, making it very difficult to walk around the congested streets during this time. Take it slow and easy, wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Check out some of the stalls that we visited during the Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail!

YouthEATS @ Temple Street

A new addition to the traditional and regular Chinese New Year festive street bazaar, it’s my first time too! You have to check out the stalls and their food below –

Must try, I reckon you would love them! Sometimes, I don’t need to write a food review for them because I just want to show you the food and where to find them! Go try it!

Spots for Chinatown light up photography

I do love coming down to Chinatown for photography during the Chinese New Year festival season. I took photos from this location previously! There are a lot of different lightings, lanterns and displays during the festive season. Let me share with you, one of the locations to view, enjoy and take photographs!

Garden Bridge (Chinatown Pedestrian Bridge)

You can’t miss this bridge when you are in Chinatown, many people use this bridge to cross from one side of Chinatown (Pagoda Street, Temple Street, Smith Street, Mosque Street) to People’s Park Complex, The Majestic, OG People’s Park.

This would be one of the locations for me to take photos of Chinatown during the Chinese New Year festive season. Visit it during the night when the lightings, lanterns and displays are lighted up, making Chinatown extra bright and colourful!

Lepark @ People’s Park Complex

This is probably one of Singapore’s not too well known yet locations that I believe would slowly grow, transform and evolve into a destination that is popular with creative artists, youth and future flea markets. Lepark is located on the 6th floor of People’s Park Complex, the roof top carpark!

I heard a lot about this location and I had yet to visit Lepark. Thanks to this special Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail, I finally got to visit Lepark. When we were up there on 14th January, there was YHFLEA: Come Lepark Edition a first-of-its-kind collective flea and car boot market with Lepark and Young Hungry Free. Although YHFLEA was only held for two days (14th and 15th January), I hope they would return again and slowly help Lepark grows into a destination for all to visit in the future.

Lepark is another ideal location for street/urban landscape photography of Chinatown and Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar CBD sector. I have a feeling that more photographers will start to visit this location as time goes by. Let’s hope that all these activities and events would slowly transform and grow Lepark at People’s Park Complex.

After visiting Lepark, this marked the ending point for this specially organised Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail tour on the 14th January 2017. It was a fun trip with Sora Ma as our tour guide! Of course, we have to take group photos with our gorgeous and beautiful Sora Ma!

The Chinese New Year festivities are now taking place at Chinatown, do visit and explore some of the festivities, locations and food that I shared here!

Thank you Ninemer PR for the invitation and Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee for organising this walking trail!

N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic on 14th January 2017!

The N.E.mation! season 11 competition is entering into the final phase, starting with the Downtown Picnic on the 14th January 2017 at The Cathay, External Atrium, Level One, from 1pm to 4pm.

This upcoming N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic would be my fourth time attending! I was there at N.E.mation! Downtown Picnic 8, 9 and 10, held at The Plaza, Ground Floor of The National Library at Bugis.

At the N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic, you can visit all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11, they would be showcasing their completed digital animation clips for the first time to the public! I had been documenting their Top 10 production process for a two weeks period during the three weeks production phase from 21st November to 9th December 2016. I am looking forward to view their completed digital animation clips on 14th January 2017!

The N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic also marks the start of the public voting phase, do share and spread the word with your family, relatives and friends! During the Downtown Picnic on 14th January 2017, check out all their videos, vote for your favourite video clips and share them with your family, relatives and friends!

There are many exciting activities and events taking place during N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic! Do share this event and invite them to come down!

Do visit these 5 teams that I have been covering and sharing during the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 production phase, say hi to them and have a chat with them!

See you folks on the 14th January 2017 at N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic at The Cathay, External Atrium, Level One from 1pm to 4pm!

* Event poster courtesy of Animagine Productions *

Animation techniques used in N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 Production Phase

The world of animation is huge, it can be fascinating as well as challenging for those who are not versed in the history, foundations and basis of animation, the techniques and evolution of animation techniques over time. The power of animation brings life into the still images that you see. The animation industry is a thriving and growing industry, from the simple flip books to the motion picture films.

Animation techniques can be generally divided into

  1. Traditional animation
  2. Stop motion animation
  3. Computer animation (Digital animation)

There are a number of different animation techniques being applied during the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 production phase. I would like to share some of the animation techniques that were used by the teams during this time for my readers and followers to have a better understanding and a short introduction to some of the animation techniques that were being applied.

Stop Motion Animation

In N.Emation! 11 Top 10 production phase, although there wasn’t a purely 100% stop motion animation technique being used to produce the video clip, some of the teams used a hybrid of animation techniques, combining stop motion animation technique with digital animation techniques to produce their final animation clip video. One of the teams was Team NE HEH HEH and I would share a bit more about their hybrid animation technique in a later paragraph below.

During N.E.mation! 6, I attended a stop motion workshop, learned about paper cut (Cutout animation) animation and produced a short stop motion video clip. The experience was invaluable for me as I started my involvement and support for N.E.mation! over the past 5 seasons.

Some of the stop motion techniques include clay animation a.k.a plasticine animation and object animation. The plasticine animation technique was used previously in some of the earlier seasons of N.E.mation! Keep a lookout for the object animation technique used by Team NE HEH HEH that I would be sharing about below.

Digital Animation (Computer Animation)

Digital animation, sometimes as known as computer animation, utilises modern technology and software on the computer to create digital animation clips. The students used photography editing software such as Adobe Photoshop to edit their images. For the segment on digital animation, there are a number of different software that can be used such as Adobe Animate, Adobe After Effects. The students spent quite a large amount of time on the computer screens, ensuring that their flow, timing and movements of their animation were correct.

Some of the digital animation clips are not just done on the computer, the students also had access to tablets whereby they need to do their editing of their images via Photoshop before they could be input into the animation software to produce their animation clip.

Hybrid Animation (Stop Motion Animation + Digital Animation)

One of the five teams under my care, Team NE HEH HEH, applied the hybrid animation technique to produce their animation video clip during the production phase. Their stop motion animation was object animation, with the plastic cups being the object and focus of attention. There was a fair bit of initial preparation for the plastic cups and the flow of their story boards. Once the plastic cups were all prepared, they would find themselves being placed inside the light box with a Canon DSLR camera mounted on a tripod to take the photographs.

Once all the necessary photographs were taken, they were combined together with the digital animation portion, to produce a hybrid animation video clip. How do you think this hybrid animation video clip by Team NE HEH HEH would turn out? Stay tuned, coming soon! The video clips by the Top 10 teams would be released in the month of January 2017, do keep a lookout for them!

The short introductory write ups of the animation techniques used in N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 Production would give a glimpse into what the students had been doing and using during their three weeks production phase. From my personal experiences following and supporting N.E.mation! over the past six seasons (including this season 11), the animation video clips produced by the students during N.E.mation! were impressive, pretty good quality and standards too! The students never fail to amaze me with their final animation video clips (from the past few seasons) when they are officially announced and launched to the public for viewing and voting.

While the Top 10 teams animation video clips are now currently going through post production process, I am excited and eagerly awaiting for the official announcement for the Top 10 animation video clips to the public for viewing and voting.

The N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 videos are coming soon in January 2017! Stay tuned and keep a lookout!

End of N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 Production Phase

The N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 production phase that took place over a period of three weeks was recently concluded on 9th December 2016. I was with them over a period of two weeks since I wasn’t able to visit the Top 10 production phase during the first week due to urgent family matters when I visited them on the 29th November, 2nd December and 6th December.

On my first visit to the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 production phase, I was introduced to the five teams there were under my care. The 5 teams were

On my first visit to the Top 10 production phase on 29th November, it was an ice breaker for me since this was my first visit to my five teams under my care. I had a chat with each team to know more about them, the theme and what would their animation clip was all about. I introduced each team in an individual article post, giving my readers a sneak peak of the animation clip that they were going to produce.

In my next two visits on 2nd December and 6th December, I continued to have a chat with them on their progress and how they have been doing. During those two days, it was a delicate balance chatting with them, learning about their progress, encouraging them as well as not imposing too much time on them or interference on their production phase. I observed the five teams under me were very hardworking, putting in lots of effort and time, in getting their animation clip completed.

On 6th December 2016, the Top 10 teams played host to different groups of visitors from partners, vendors, teachers and their families. I followed and tagged along when the guests visited each of the five teams that I am covering for, listening to the girls presenting and sharing their theme, production and a peak into their digital animation progress. These group of young secondary school students showed maturity and confidence when presenting to the adult visitors. Being the ambassador for the five teams, I am really happy and proud of what they have completed during the production phase time frame, the maturity, confidence, public speaking and presentation were highly commendable for these group of young secondary school students.

On my last visit to the Top 10 production phase on 6th December 2016, I was able to catch a glimpse of their digital animation clips from the five teams, they had pretty much wrapped up three weeks of intense digital animation production hard work, getting ready for post production to combine all their individual hard work together into their final digital animation video clip that would be announced and showcase in early January 2017.

I would like to congratulate all Top 10 teams on a job well done! Good luck and all the best in the next phase of the N.E.mation! 11 competition!

There was a wrap up party for the Top 10 teams to celebrate after an intense and hardworking three weeks of digital animation production. I joined them for a short time over dinner and watched their first few fun games from the sidelines. They deserved their fun and enjoyment after putting in so much effort and time during these three weeks of digital animation production work.

This is not the end of N.E.mation! 11 season, the Top 10 teams videos are now in the post production phase. Once the videos are ready for viewing, I would be sharing more news and information on their digital animation works, stay tuned and keep a lookout for my updates! That would also be a downtown picnic event whereby the Top 10 teams would be showcasing their videos, introducing themselves and rallying for the public support in January 2017! Do keep a lookout for my update, more information coming soon!

Enchanted rainforest at National Museum’s revamped Glass Rotunda

The Glass Rotunda at the National Museum of Singapore went through a revamp for the past two years and today on Friday 10th December 2016, they will reopen to the public again. The revamped Glass Rotunda is going to showcase two new permanent installations, visitors would be entering into an enchanted world of flora and fauna, mesmerised by the art light work projection displays inside the Glass Rotunda. The two new permanent installations are – “Story of the Forest”, a commissioned work by internationally renowned art collective teamLab and “Singapore, Very Old Tree” exhibit by acclaimed local photographer and artist Robert Zhao.

Story of the Forest by teamLab, is a very beautiful and engaging light artwork projection display (FYI, teamLab was the artist for iLightMarinaBay 2016 Art Science Museum installation display!). They are inspired by the rich ecological heritage and history of the tropical rainforest, the flora and fauna that lives in the tropical rainforest, with sights and sounds that visitors can identify with. Upon entering into the Glass Rotunda, be prepared to be mesmerised and blown away by the enchanted rainforest. The ceiling of the Glass Rotunda is 15m high and visitors are going to walk down a 170m passage to the base of the Glass Rotunda. At the beginning of your enchanted rainforest journey, visitors will be welcomed and greeted by constant celestial movements of flora that falls from the top of the dome structure.

As you walk across the bridge, into the middle section of the Glass Rotunda, the night turns into day. Continue walking, observe and experience the life, the richness and gorgeous colours of the tropical rainforest beside you, as you walked down the passage. Do not rush, enjoy the time and tranquility, spot the animals such as the animated Malayan Tapir. Nearing the bottom/lower segment of the Glass Rotunda, the scenes started to turn dark, entering into the night time zone.

Reaching the base of the Glass Rotunda, look up above, walk around, get close to the walls and interact with the light artwork projections. Experience and witness with your own eyes and heart, the growth and bloom of native flowers and fruits. If you prefer to lie down on the ground and look up above into the top of the Glass Rotunda, go ahead and do it! The base section of the Glass Rotunda is really amazing, it’s a mix of an enchanted rainforest, night sky and space. When I was there looking up at the enchanted rainforest inside the Glass Rotunda, how I secretly wish that they could fly me away inside the enchanted rainforest world!

There is an app for you to download into your smartphone that can enhance your visitor experience at Story of the Forest inside the Glass Rotund. It’s available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Once you exit from the Story of the Forest installation, you will enter into another world, iconic trees that showcase the roots and history of Singapore. Some of the trees are not just iconic, they are a part of Singapore, the heart, culture and society, the personal and intimate connections that bind the trees and people of Singapore together. In my exploration and documentation of old places in Singapore over the years, as well as growing up in Singapore, I can identify some of the old trees on display and I can relate to the personal and intimate connections between the trees, society and people.

Once you completed touring both Story of the Forest and Singapore, Very Old Tree, visitors have the option of beginning their experience of the Singapore History Gallery from the Glass Rotunda. I visited the Singapore History Gallery before and this tour schedule starting from Story of the Forest, followed by Singapore, Very Old Tree and starting the Singapore History Gallery tour is a pretty good itinerary for a visit to the National Museum of Singapore with your family and friends.

Come on down and visit the National Museum of Singapore, let yourself be mesmerised by the enchanted Story of the Forest, Singapore, Very Old Tree and take a walk down into Singapore’s History Gallery!

Fore more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.sg

Introducing N.E.mation! 11 Team MADEit

Team MADEit is from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, they are one of the Top 10 teams competing in N.E.mation! 11. They are a team of enthusiastic and friendly girls. The team members are Angel, Nicolle, Wendalyna and Gwyneth. During my visit to their production booth, I had a fun time chatting with them, learning more about their story title, their storyboard, progress and updates.

Since this is an introduction article post on Team MADEit, I would be sharing a bit of an insight into what they are doing and what is their animation clip all about?

Team MADEit story is based on two of the five pillars of Total Defence – Economic Defence and Social Defence, showcasing Singapore’s history and changes through time from the early Singapore’s independence days to the modern Singapore today. What do you think the girls from Team MADEit is going to come up with for their themes? Remember to follow Team MADEit on the social media channels for their updates!

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I remembered Team MADEit during N.E.mation! 10, I met them again at the N.E.mation! 11 Top 40 pitch and now they are now in the Top 10, running for the final phase of the competition.

Do follow and support Team MADEit here on the various social media channels!

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/_madeit_/

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