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Title: Interfaces and intentionalities : adjacent practices of urban media arts in Singapore
Authors: Kang, Kristy H. A.
Keywords: Visual arts and music::Media
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Kang, K. H. A. (2019). Interfaces and intentionalities : adjacent practices of urban media arts in Singapore. Leonardo Electronic Almanac, 22(4).
Journal: Leonardo Electronic Almanac
Abstract: This paper explores how urban media arts transform Singapore’s public spaces into an urban interface – one that allows people to discover different devices and mediators of everyday experience, power infrastructures and space. Public spaces are also inherently cultural devices and mediators but they are latent, waiting for activation. They are the hard, infrastructure of the city. What urban media art does is activate public spaces, transforming them into an interface for discovering different conceptions and critiques of ‘place’ or the soft, socio-cultural layers of the city. This paper examines how Singapore’s public spaces are transformed into sites for discovering an understanding of ‘place’ – one of belonging or alienation. It looks at how of{cial and unof{cial urban media art is used to transform public space into different narratives of belonging by examining the work of independent street artist Samantha Lo and the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s iLight Festival and related projects. Each transforms public space into an interface for understanding the relationship between the (social and cultural) soft city and the (infrastructural) hard city.
ISSN: 1071-4391
Rights: © 2019 International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST). All rights reserved.
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