Playing With & For The Community
Once a notorious squatter district, Toa Payoh has undergone transformation over the past decades into a bustling town centre. Now, the heartland is welcoming a new addition to the neighbourhood– a multimedia sculpture involving sound, photography and painting.
A HDB Heartland Ambassadors Community Project organised by HDB and SCYA, involves Primary, Secondary and Tertiary school students working on a community art project. The tertiary students came together on 22nd December to work on the auditory aspect of the multimedia art piece.
The 3 hour sound workshop, headed by artists Zai Tang and Eswandy Sarip, introduced the students to active and passive listening techniques and soundwalking – a means solely focusing on what we hear as we pass through different acoustic environment.
Using digital recording devices the students explored the local area and recorded the different sonic elements that make up Toa Payoh’s community soundscape. They collected sounds from the neighbourhood (e.g. birds, market place, food court, parks etc.) and interacted with residents in the process.
The second step of the HDB Heartland Ambassadors Community Project will be the photography and painting workshop which will be held on 18 March 2013. Stay tuned for updates!
In the meantime, happy holidays and a happy new year!