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Seeing The Obvious 5:
A Young Person’s Guide to Surviving in Singapore

The 5th edition of Seeing the Obvious began with the curiosity of investigating how children and youths find ways to cope with stressors in their lives. Titled ‘A Young Person’s Guide to Surviving in Singapore’, the co-creation project explores how young persons creatively use the limited resources they have - from money, clothing, to body movements - as tools to self-regulate and to care for their peers.

The project is presented as a walking tour that brings visitors through various locations in Boon Lay. Visitors are given a map titled ‘A Map to Feeling Better in Boon Lay’ which will guide them to places that children and youth frequent. Besides the self-guided walking tour, visitors can sign up for participatory sessions conducted by youths to learn more about creatives use of money and to design clothing for different self-expressions.

About 5th Editon

Presentations

Master Class: Road to Success

Directed by Han Xuemei

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Dates 
Times
Price 
Max pax
Duration

22, 23, 29, 30 July 2023
2:00pm, 4:00pm
$8 
5 per slot 
45 minutes

In this lecture, Aden (aged 14) and Lucas (aged 16) will share how they have learnt to make financial decisions based on the analysis of their family values, superstitions, personal priorities, and life’s curveballs. Together with the audience, the duo will attempt to design a Road to Success where one could have a lot of money without having to work. The masterclass is conducted mostly in Mandarin with no subtitles. Recommended for adults!

Presentations

Walking Tour: Out in the Neighbourhood

Guided by Chew Shaw En

Join Shaw on a playground hop in neighbourhood spaces that span across Boon Lay Drive, guided by five wall murals titled ‘unsuspecting guardians cutting a path through dust’. As the artist shares her anecdotes and thoughts about spontaneous play, participants are also invited to observe and embody the human interactions that build the social resilience of this old residential area. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, and bring along a water bottle and an umbrella. Recommeded for families!

Dates 
Times
Price 
Max pax
Duration

22, 23, 29, 30 July 2023
5.00pm - 6.30pm
$8 
15 per slot 
90 minutes

Workshop: Pillow & Garbage Fashion Studio

Facilitated by Lim Ci Xuan

Dates 
Times
Price 
Max pax
Duration

22, 23, 29, 30 July 2023
2:00pm, 4:00pm
$8 
8 per slot 
45 minutes

Do you need a customised costume to go about your daily lives? Pillow & Garbage Fashion Studio listens to you and rants together with you about your stress, your relationships, your body, your mental health and anything that matters to you. Our team consisting of Si Tong (aged 14), Zay (aged 13), and Cindy (aged 12) will design personalised clothing that helps you express your wants, hide your insecurities, or simply… give clear signals to others to respect who you are. Recommended for young adults!

Seeing The Obvious

About Seeing The Obvious

Seeing the Obvious is 3Pumpkins’ annual community action project that highlights the 'invisible' social dynamics and relationships that we often take for granted or do not notice in the neighbourhoods. Each edition is a result of site-specific longitudinal research practice, and aims to create new possibilities for people to connect and reconnect through art and design.

LGPO STO Toa Payoh 2018

Adding new play elements at Toa Payoh Lor 1 Park (2018)

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Transforming Boon Lay Drive Block 177 void deck into a gallery (2021)

Since 2018, the project has taken place in Toa Payoh, Lengkok Bahru and Boon Lay. Projects include reinventing games played at a local playground with new communication visuals, turning half a local fruit shop into a pinhole camera studio, designing asset-mapping murals, discovering a child-led community development centre, and co-creating a weekly 'Getai' open-mic that has evolved into a community ritual for the local children and youth to express themselves.

Seeing the Obvious is conceptualised and led by 3Pumpkins’ founder Lin Shiyun. Past collaborators include Nanyang Polytechnic School of Design & Media (Visual Communications), Isabelle Desjeux, Huang Suhuai and Tak Takut Kids Club. The initial work in Toa Payoh received a Cities of Love merit award (2019) for social sustainability.

Acknowledgement

Acknowledgement

Presenter

Youth Participants

Aden Chew, Cindy Toh, Lucas Lee, Tan Si Tong, Zay Linn Htet,
children from Tak Takut Kids Club 

Producer

Lead Artist

Project Artist

Project Manager

Graphic Design 

Cheryl Gan, Lin Shiyun

Han Xuemei

Chew Shaw En, Lim Ci Xuan

Megan Hon

School of Film & Media Studies. Inspire Design 2023, Wildcard Agency

Supported by

Special Thanks to

Seeing The Obvious: 5th Edition

3Pumpkins 2023.

Designed by School of Film & Media Studies.

Inspire Design 2023, Wildcard.

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