Type

2015: Curatorial, 2019: Curatorial & design

Program

Permanent collection

Location

National Design Centre,
Singapore

Client

DesignSingapore council

Timeline

06/2014 – 03/2015, (revamp) 11/2018 – 07/2019

Surface

270 sqm

Budget

Undisclosed

Partners

Pico Art International pte. ltd. (for 2015 & 2019);  Gallagher & Associates Asia pte. ltd. (for 2015 only)

Fifty Years of Singapore Design chronicles;

the development of the Singapore design scene from its early years in the 1960s.

The collection presents iconic, popular and pivotal designs that have shaped the industry, bringing together for the first time, design works gathered from the fields of Environmental Design, Fashion & Accessories, Product & Industrial Design, and Visual Communications in a fifty-year span. Along with designed objects, the showcase includes the stories that reflect the movements, trends, and values of each decade. Through the curatorial journey which included in-depth interviews and collaborations with designers, this exhibition is not merely a timeline of triumphs and milestones of Singapore’s design scene; but also a collection of personal accounts, a self-portrait of a nation’s creative sensibility and attitude set against a backdrop of changing aesthetic, and economic and socio-political climate.

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Type

Marché Public

Programme

Scénographie & signalétique

Localisation

ArtScience Museum, Singapour

Client

ArtScience Museum, Singapour

Calendrier

03/2018 – 06/2018

Surface

1,700 m2

Budget

NC

Réalisation

Pico Art International pte. ltd.

Photo Credits

Frank Pinckers

This exhibition unravels the science behind the Strandbeests’ unique locomotion

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests presents the lifework of Dutch sculptor, Theo Jansen. Jansen has spent the last 28 years designing and building a series of wind-powered creatures called Strandbeests or ‘beach animals’. Jansen’s extraordinary creations, which he describes as “a new form of life” are a true embodiment of art, science, engineering and performance.

Presented in four sections, this exhibition brings together 13 large-scale Strandbeests, from the most recent moving ‘animals’ to the ‘fossils’ of past beasts and a comprehensive collection of films, artist sketches and prototypes. Charting Jansen’s imaginative vision and the origins of the Strandbeests, this exhibition unravels the science behind the Strandbeests’ unique locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their evolution. It further explores how Jansen’s beach-walking creatures have dramatically advanced in form and function over the years, becoming much more than he originally intended and evolving into a new species of man-made animals.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests presents the lifework of Dutch sculptor, Theo Jansen.  Jansen has spent the last 28 years designing and building a series of wind-powered creatures called Strandbeests or ‘beach animals’. Jansen’s extraordinary creations, which he describes as “a new form of life” are a true embodiment of art, science, engineering and performance.

In the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, Jansen has applied his background in both art and science to create over 30 self-propelled Strandbeests. Originally conceived as a solution to address the threat of flooding caused by rising sea levels, Jansen envisioned the wind-powered creatures roaming the beaches, pushing and piling sand on the shore to form natural barriers.

Presented in four sections, this exhibition brings together 13 large-scale Strandbeests, from the most recent moving ‘animals’ to the ‘fossils’ of past beasts and a comprehensive collection of films, artist sketches and prototypes. Charting Jansen’s imaginative vision and the origins of the Strandbeests, this exhibition unravels the science behind the Strandbeests’ unique locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their evolution. It further explores how Jansen’s beach-walking creatures have dramatically advanced in form and function over the years, becoming much more than he originally intended and evolving into a new species of man-made animals.

The exhibition concludes with a commissioned installation, Backyard Lab, by Singapore-based artist Isabelle Desjeux. Similar to Jansen, Desjeux’s work is an exploration into the process of creation using everyday objects through trial, error and experimentation.

Wind Walkers investigates how Jansen has dedicated his life to fostering the evolution of his dreams and reflects on his personal philosophy that “the walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.”

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