Playing With & For The Community
This March, Jacquelyn Soo & Li-Cassidy from SCYA collaborated with Okto Tv Channel in creating a Light Art Installation for a tv series called, “Singapore Supersize!”
Singapore Supersize is a way to close the distance between communities and art. By bringing the community together with artists, the challenge of the programme was to come up with a collaborative art piece within a short time frame of 2-3 days and with limited resources.
The programme and idea was to provide heartlanders a different perspective in bringing and bridging art and ideas of expression in their daily living. The episode was shot largely at Jurong Lake as the chosen public space where general activities of play and leisure are exercised. The challenge was then to see how a group of people can work in large numbers together to create an installation work.
There were a total of 20 youths and 4 families staying in area that participated to create the light installation.
At 9a.m, Jacquelyn and Li, our featured artist for this project, met up at Jurong Lake Park and did some exploration around the park to choose the most suitable spot for executing the artwork. They found few spaces such as the playground, the elderly area, an outdoor theatre, and a SCAPE park that were suitable candidates.
However, the bridge was chosen as the perfect location to do the light installation, as the fences along the bridge would allow cable wires to go through, hence securing the light sticks.
Once the decision was made, Jacquelyn, Li and the crew head down to Daiso at NEX Mall in Serangoon to shop for all the materials that they need and at the same time, film Jacquelyn and Li purchasing the items.
Once it was done, everyone headed back to Goodman Arts Centre and met up collectively with me and the 20 participants.
At Goodman Art Centre, Jacquelyn and Li conducted a briefing on the project and at the same time gave a small workshop for the participants to draw what they had in mind for the artwork. The artwork was to be inspired by personal empowerment and inspirations about living with communities.
After the briefing, all 20 participants were given 45minutes to brainstorm on their artwork individually, While Jacquelyn and Li were kept busy by the crew from Okto to do multiple interviews about their thoughts on the first day.
By 5p.m, everyone showcased their artwork to Jacquelyn and Li for inspection and some touch up. After the last briefing, all the participants were dismissed while Jacquelyn, Li and I stayed back for more interviews about how the first day went so far. Poor Jacquelyn and Li, they were extremely exhausted by the time the crew went home. Despite the fatigue, all of us were still looking forward for the execution of the light installation art the next day!
At 3p.m, Jacquelyn, Li and I met up at Lakeside MRT, while the crew, participants and residences were already at the Park to do some preparations. We were pretty excited to see through the outcome of the project. However, the weather was not in our favor. Just as we were stepping out of the MRT station, it started to rain heavily. Furthermore, Li was the only one who brought her umbrella! We were stuck, literally, since we didn’t want to waste unnecessary money on taking a cab down to the park. Jacquelyn made a call to our director, Sean, about our situation and thankfully, one of the crew members, Adib, picked us up and brought us to the park.
As we reached at the shelter in the park, we had another problem to deal with. Given the current weather at that point of time, how are we going to finish the project in time? We didn’t want everyone’s efforts go to waste, especially when everyone had gotten themselves ready for the shoot. At last, Sean, Jacquelyn and Li made the decision to wait till 6p.m, and all we could do is to hope for the rain to clear.
At the mean time, there were other residences in the shelter. We met with an ensemble of traditional indian drum players practicing their performance in the shelter. Jacquelyn, intrigued by the instruments, went to speak with the musicians and tried her hands at playing. What a happy-go-lucky girl she is despite the disappointing weather, Jacquelyn has her way of making the best out of any situation.
Upon the direction of the Director, the three of us borrowed umbrellas and did different scenes around the area. I was the errand girl, giving out the “Singapore Supersize” event flyer to members of the public present in the park.
At 5:45p.m, the weather changed for the better. The rain had stopped and the sky gradually cleared to reveal a background of a setting sun illuminating the sky with it’s orange glow. The sun’s ray was an indication of hope for all of us!
Immediately, everyone got on their feet and started to work. Jacquelyn laid out the light sticks, organized them and instructed all the participants to take a handful of light sticks and cable ties. All of us took what we needed and head off to the bridge and started to create our installation art!
Some of us had trouble fixing the light sticks onto the fence as many of us are inexperienced in art-making. We helped each other through the process and as a result also exchanged ideas and made new friends.
We were mostly talking about what inspires us in our daily life, changes and hopes we wish to see take place in Singapore and how we can be creative in solving these issues. Many of the artworks reflect a personal inspiration of being loving & kind to our friends, strangers and families in our community. Some of us were concerned about environmental troubles that until today plague our society. All in all, many were able to use art as a way to find new meaning and expression in daily life.
It was heart warming to see all of us helping each other when we had troubles in creating the artwork. Everyone laughed heartily at jokes they made about the ideas behind each piece.
Although this event had ended later than expected, everyone was happy to complete the artwork and accomplished their goals for the day. The installation art had surpassed Li’s and Jacquelyn’s expectations and the view of everyone’s work was breath taking. There was even a helicopter camera that hovered above us when we were breaking the light sticks! This was truly a unique and new experience for me!
Before I end this post off, here are more photos of everyone’s installation art!
The episode will be aired sometime in Late April. Do keep a lookout on your Tv screens on Okto and remember to catch us in Singapore Supersize! Stay tuned for more updates about our projects and events! Have a great day everyone!