Cabinet of Curiosities: A SG50 Collective

Funded by Singapore Memory Project, iRememberSG fund -
Cabinet of Curiosities: A SG50 Collective
Exhibition: 3rd - 30th April 2015
@ National Library Building, Level 1 Plaza

To celebrate Singapore's jubilee year, I collaborated with a friend to participate in the Singapore Memory Project that aims to collect memories of the past 50 years and showcase our collected memories.

Our end product: an interactive installation -
Cabinet of Curiosities, is a collection of different objects which are generally representative of Singapore’s past 50 years and each object reflects different stories from people from varying walks of life.

Each compartment in the cabinet showcase different stories (in the form of old photographs, objects, videos or audio recordings, including interviews) from different people through the engagement of the audience’s five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. Singaporeans will be able to re-live their own Singapore memory and explore the other versions of the same stories as they open up each compartment. Most importantly, the installation hope for Singaporeans to be more appreciative of the many facets of Singapore’s past 50 years, creating an all-rounded Singapore flavour.

As all of the objects showcased in the Cabinet of Curiosities were borrowed from the public, a publication was created to document the whole installation. This way, our exhibition could still continue to reach out to more people.

Project duration: June 2014 - July 2015

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Michelle Chong Jiahui
Casual Budding Designer