D# – A Showcase of Design in Singapore’s Music Scene

In March early this year we collaborated with our good friends from Indigo Child Agency on an exciting project to create a new platform to showcase the works of local designers who have worked on music projects and artworks in Singapore.

D# (pronounced D Sharp) is a platform that serves as a visual presentation of Singapore’s talented designers in the music industry with the intention to create a deeper conversation on the importance and role of design in the process of artist branding and development.

The exhibition was held on the rooftop of the National Design Centre from 6 – 8 March, in conjunction with Singapore Design Week – showcasing the brilliant works
of local designers and artists such as Dawn Ang (Aeropalmics), Le Matt, Marc Gabriel Loh, Linying & The Super System.

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Singapore part of World’s Largest Arts Festival – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM – The annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival. Spanning over 25 days (5-29 Aug), the streets of Edinburgh was filled with over thousands of performances, ranging from musicals, theatre, to contemporary dance. People from all walks of life from all over the world came together, to participate, celebrate and enjoy art in its purest, rawest form. Nothing but amazing positive vibes filled the atmosphere, a sight that is very much missing and needed in the world in this day and age. And amongst the thousands of acts, we were beyond proud to have caught the only Singaporean collective ‘Bhumi’ representing the Lion City at the Fringe.

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Unzipping Serpentine Pavilion 2016

LONDON – This year’s Serpentine Pavilion 16th edition is designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – founded and headed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels in 2005 with offices in Copenhagen and New York.

The pavilion is described as “an ‘unzipped wall’ that is transformed from straight line to three-dimensional space, creating a dramatic structure that by day houses a café and free family activities and by night becomes a space for the Serpentine’s acclaimed Park Nights programme of performative works by artists, writers and musicians.” (Source: Serpentine Galleries)

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DSH on Humanitarian & Social Design

The Founder of Design Says Hello, shares his experiences and examples of case studies as means of discerning the techniques and tactics in the field of humanitarian design and social innovation in the developing world. He questions what one must take into account in order to cater to the needs of its target community. As successes can easily become a model for more of the same, whereas failure offers a platform for discussion and debate about what went wrong and what could have been avoided. He hopes to use the lessons from past failures to propose actions for the future.

Fictive Fingers: Anniversary Party

^ Aisah & Hani Dalduri, sister duo behind Fictive Fingers

So we caught up with the Dalduri sisters at their quaint textile design studio for their Anniversary Party last weekend – and boy did we love their collection, their space and their heart for staying true and committed in making beautiful hand crafted pieces.

We have been following Fictive Fingers since early 2013 when they first started out with a smaller studio in Chinatown. Over the years, we have had the privilege to see them grow from studio to studio and on to bigger and greater things.

They’ve expanded to wearables such as this beautiful ‘Fictive Fingers Basics’ kimono line!

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The Future of Us

SINGAPORE: ‘The Future of Us’ exhibition is an immersive and multi-sensory experience that offers a glimpse into the possibilities of how Singaporeans can live, work, play, care and learn in the future. The exhibition will call on Singaporeans to share their hopes and dreams for themselves, their family and the nation, and to participate in steering the Singapore journey towards the future. It is the capstone event to round up Singapore’s SG50 year of celebrations. (Source.)

Exhibition runs till 8 March 2016! Opens 9am-9pm daily and the best part of it all it’s free! Check it over at 30 Marina Boulevard (near Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16)).

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Turbine Festival 2015: One City One Day

LONDON – Turbine Festival 2015 sponsored by Hyundai Motor held earlier today at London’s Tate Modern was buzzing with activities. From live music performances, poetry readings, workshops, to installations – what better way to spend your Saturday? Here’s what we manage to catch!

^ Spontaneous performances at the Hunt & Darton Cafe – yup pineapple party!

^ Felix’s Machines – blew us away with its intricate setup and not to mention really amazing sound!

^ Under the umbrella ‘Hackoustic’ – we were presented with an array of interesting everyday objects that was hacked with wires, programming, codes and a combination of science producing some intricate tech to stripped-down-no-tech objects, giving birth to new sounds and interaction. This piece (above) entitled ‘The Epsilonograph’ converts light passing through into rich new forms of sound and music. Each disk has a different material on it giving the resultant sound a completely unique character.

^ ‘No Plug Sound Machine’ by Samira ‘Night by Night’ Allaouat explores the idea of a future where resources that we hold as fundamental to life will no longer exist, through plant-powered light theremins and a wind-up gramophone.

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Serpentine Pavilion 2015 Splashed In Psychedelic Colors

LONDON – At this year’s Serpentine Pavilion 15th edition, sees Spanish architects; Selgascano presenting a psychedelic worm-like structure at the heart of Kensington Gardens. The structure pops out amidst the greens of the grass and the blues of the sky creating a sense of fun and quirkyness within the space. The summer sun slips through the structure, painting the white floors with a splash of rainbow colours. Continue reading

London: Singapore Creative Talents Serving A Creative Rojak Fix

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LONDON – A pool of Singapore’s best creative talents are living it up in London as they set base in Brick Lane Yard as part of Singapore : Inside Out experiential cross discipline showcase, serving a creative rojak fix that ranges from architecture to fashion, film to food, music to performing and visual arts in one of the most creative hot spots in London.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset ^ Artist, Speak Cryptic takes up a wall in Brick Lane, London

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One of our favourite creative talents in Singapore is non other than chef/artist Janice Wong owner of restaurant 2am:dessertbar. Edible art is how she describe her works, it does not only look amazing, it taste amazing too. On showcase at Singapore : Inside Out is her work entitled 1000 Crosses. We were greeted with a sweet warm aroma as we stepped into the space. Overhead, are lollipops hanging off a colourful brush-stroked panel. “I wanted to create everything with locally inspired flavours – chili padi, gula melaka, kaffir lime and even bakkwa which is pork. So what better way to taste Singapore than pull a lollipop off the ceiling?”

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London: Singapore Music Night 2015

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LONDON – Singapore Music Night held at The Lexington, London organised by Singapore Music Export showcased some of Singapore’s finest music acts. The night kicked off with electronic duo .gif playing some sick electronic sounds inspired by bad dreams, stories and jungle sounds – hauntingly beautiful!

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Back from their North America tour a couple weeks back, with no sign of fatigue, Pleasantry took the stage and brought the house down with their post-rock sounds! Good vibes all around!

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