Waking Up in Strange Places is a travel compendium about Singapore-based photographer, Juliana Tan’s adventure through 9 countries and 33 cities captured in 5 unique chapters of various formats.
Familiar items such as a diary, postcards and paper planes inspired by her journey were translated into chapters of photographs and words. These chapters are bound together using magnets, allowing readers to re-arrange the chapters in any way they want where they get to design their own cover of choice. By using magnets as the medium of binding, it also allows more chapters to be added to the zine in the future.
There is no fixed sequel in reading, readers get to decide on their own version of Juliana's journey based on their arrangements. This zine engages readers in things like tearing the postcards apart to use, flying the paper plane and removing the landscape photos from its chapter, as such mirroring Juliana traveling experiences.
Singapore’s Vanished Public Housing Estates is an upcoming black-and-white publication by independent photographers, KC Koh and Eugene Ong. The book features over 25 now-vanished early public estates and precincts by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) and Housing Development Board (HDB) along with essays on the history of early housing in Singapore. Instead of having chapter dividers that are repetitive and often too easy to ignore, readers are forced to notice various forms of ephemeral such as collected postcards, HDB eviction notices, vintage maps and memorabilia related to each estate sandwiched within the book. These inserts serve as chapter dividers as well as a brief write up of each of its history encouraging readers to explore and read on.
'I Have A Room With Everything Too' is a graphic design exhibition solely dedicated to the art of printed matters. The exhibition takes an empty room and transforms it into one filled with rich and rare printed materials for visitors to explore and immerse in.
A handpicked selection of over 100 items are on display to pay homage to the print techniques and workmanship behind them, books, magazines and zines, catalogues to mailers and music albums by the most recognisable names in the art and design industry worldwide, such as SEA and Brighten The Corners from London, Sagmeister & Walsh from New York, Tokyo’s Ki Gi and Nign, Aaron Nieh and Wang Zhi Hong from Taipei, Artnivora from Indonesia and acclaimed designers from Singapore WORK, Kinetic and H55.
The exhibition was held at The Substation Gallery from 2 - 12 July 2015. An exhibition supplement was done with interviews with the curator, Sonya Dyakova of Atelier Dyakova, Aaron Nieh (Taipei), Wang Zhi Hong (Taipei), Theseus Chan of WORK (Singapore), Nign (Tokyo) and essays by Hee Suhui and Kellynn Wee.
An intimate project, this publication arises out of an anxiety towards the fast-changing built landscape of Singapore. Its objective is to look at place, memory and nostalgia through architecture, while attempting to understand the images of Singapore in the collective minds. How do we, as agents and recipients of the built environment, come together to decide the landscape that generations after our own would inherit?
We have gone about assembling individual memories of architects and users who are both, in their own ways, image-makers of the city. The result is a collage of both the physical and the sensory coming together to inform something about a spirit of intersecting times.
In its most celebrative tone, the images and anecdotes in this book recognize what we have. Yet, this is not meant as an evasion of criticality. Instead, we encourage readers to take an unprejudiced look at this city we call Singapore, before searching for their own meaning of place. We see this publication as a tribute, as well as a reminder of the choices we make to strengthen our national identity. With accompany republished essays from William Lim and Alfred Wong and 8 interviews of architects, architecture photographers and 40 featured buildings from offices, shopping malls to public and private housing and institutions and with up to 20 anecdotes from residents, tenants to security guards and workers.
This project is supported and partially funded by the iRememberSG Fund of the Singapore Memory Project.
• Publisher: Do Not Design
• Format: Hardback
• Number of Pages: 260
• Dimensions: 28 cm x 19.5 cm
• Language: English
• • ISBN: 978-981-09-1349-6
• Publication Date: December 2015
• Publication Country: Singapore
• Printed in Singapore by: AlsOdoMinie
• Stockist: (Singapore) Kinokuniya, DECK, Basheer, Objectifs, Gallery & Co.
• Editor and Writer: Virginia Who
• Design: Do Not Design
• Associate Photographer: Beton Brut
• Contributing Photographer: Darren Soh
DEAR is a zine that collects, archives and immortalises in print, all things fun and unique.
For our inaugural issue, we visit nostalgia by exploring the theme Lost and Found in our salad-bowl of a nation, Singapore. Mixed cultures, forgotten identities and the quest for meaning in retrospection are uncovered and probed into by contributing artists Ang Song Nian, Aik Beng Chia, Caleb Ming, Cleo Tsw, Debbie Ong Gie, Ernest Goh, Esther Goh, GT Gan, John Clang, John Nursalim and Yang Tan.
The theme Lost and Found was the main focus of the cover design. A noisy mass of text created through the removal of word spaces, die-cuts and overlaps presents itself as a chunk of letterforms, albeit so familiar to us, in a disorientating, and uncomfortable fashion. Words and meaning are lost at first glance, but later found again upon careful inspection.
This project is supported and partially funded by the SG50 Celebration Fund.