We Are Alive and Kicking, Really!

It has been pret­ty qui­et from our side late­ly, save for the few Write­board ses­sions we’ve been work­ing on in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Esplanade.

And we apol­o­gize for that.

In case you were won­der­ing, we’re still very much alive. Here’s proof:

It has been close to a year since we launched our web­site offi­cial­ly, with the first episode, Bread and But­ter, for the Unseen/Unsaid series. Come 29th June 2012, it’ll be exact­ly a year since that con­ceived. Much has changed. We have grad­u­at­ed from school.

How have we been doing? And what are our plans in the near future?

Sin­ga­pore has also evolved in terms of urban­iza­tion. Cer­tain build­ings and spaces are no more. But such is the tran­sience of many things in the world.

We have been con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing about a num­ber of upcom­ing con­tent for the site and to say that we are excit­ed at how things are look­ing is an under­state­ment.

1. Recap of Unseen/Unsaid series and poten­tial DVD launch
Look­ing back at the episodes, many of the sto­ries encom­passed trades and places that may not be around right now. The Tan­jong Pagar Rail­way Sta­tion is a prime exam­ple. Jere­my, Song and myself were hav­ing a chat about the rapid urban­iza­tion in Sin­ga­pore some time back and we exchanged inter­est­ing view­points on the sit­u­a­tion. Because of the time invest­ed dur­ing the film­ing of the episodes, we felt that the brief episode sum­ma­ry in each of the Unseen/Unsaid post was not jus­ti­fi­able of the big­ger top­ic we strove to tack­le. We want to explain more about our thought process when we came up with the sto­ries to tell in each episode.

In addi­tion to this, we are keep­ing our fin­gers crossed in the hope that we have the good news to be able to push out a DVD col­lec­tion of the series.

In con­junc­tion with our recap of the Unseen/Unsaid series, we have been invit­ed by Sight­Lines Pro­duc­tions to their sopho­more stage play of “Boom”. “Boom” cap­tures influ­ences from the con­tro­ver­sy sur­round­ing recent urban­iza­tion plans in Sin­ga­pore, such as the exhuma­tion of Buk­it Brown Ceme­tery and the demo­li­tion of Rochor Cen­tre. We have five pairs of tick­ets to give away so look out for that one in the com­ing days. 🙂

3. SHINE Youth Fes­ti­val 2012
The Nation­al Youth Coun­cil got in touch with us and were inter­est­ed in our Write­board­ing con­cept and want­ed to use that as an ini­tia­tive to spear­head the SHINE Youth Fes­ti­val cam­paign which offi­cial­ly launch­es on 30th June 2012. We have been busy out on the streets ala Write­board style to get youths to pledge their aspi­ra­tions and hopes. Look out for this one!

4. Rid­ing on Land­scapes
We love rid­ing our bicy­cles. Clean, reli­able, free. Jere­my and Song pro­posed for a project where we would be cycling around land­scapes in Sin­ga­pore to pho­to­graph. We are not yet sure of the ini­tia­tive but here’re some exam­ples from Jeremy’s cycling escapades in his Pung­gol vil­lage of what we intend to do. It’ll be excit­ing and we will def­i­nite­ly be pro­vid­ing more updates. Just bear with us at the moment as we try to get every­thing in place.



5. Capi­tol Build­ing Fea­ture
A good friend, Ban­glin and myself shot a short video at the Capi­tol Build­ing some­time last year but nev­er got down to releas­ing the video. We are look­ing at it again and explor­ing the poten­tial of a short trib­ute to Capi­tol Build­ing, anoth­er icon­ic land­mark that is a vic­tim of urban­iza­tion.

6. Spot­light: Liu Yuhong
I met Yuhong whilst dab­bling in film pho­tog­ra­phy. Extolling the good­ness of film, Yuhong has an exten­sive col­lec­tion of cam­eras, and pho­tographs to vouch that his craft goes beyond sim­ply col­lect­ing cam­eras. He has an excel­lent album suc­cinct­ly enti­tled ‘Old Places’ which doc­u­ments, well, old places. Expect images of nation­al ‘mon­u­ments’ like the Nation­al Sta­di­um in her final days of glo­ry, as well as the Vic­to­ria The­atre. Pret­ty excit­ed for this one.

7. Redis­cov­er­ing Signs
Jere­my is cur­rent­ly explor­ing the redis­cov­ery of signs. He is col­lab­o­rat­ing with his pri­ma­ry school bud­dy, Don Chia, who is an accoun­tant by day and a free­lance design­er by night, to come up with a series of revamped sym­bol signs. Accord­ing to him, he intends to bring the sexy back to signs if they are even sexy to begin with. Nonethe­less, here’s a sneak pre­view and hope that more designs can come out from the duo.

That’s all, folks. At least for now
We are def­i­nite­ly look­ing for­ward for the sec­ond half of the year and we hope you all will join/continue this jour­ney with us on redis­cov­er­SG!

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