Interactive Media – Chu Hao Pei
Triggered by the proposal of the Cross Island Line (MRT), which will cut across MacRitchie Reservoir – which holds the last remaining primary forests in Singapore –, Developing MacRitchie
is an ongoing project challenging the issue of development over preservation.
Conceived in a mixed media installation, actual signs from MacRitchie Reservoir and edited signs are appropriated into sculptures . The accompanying video monologues, a platform for the MacRitchie inhabitants’ voices to be heard, completes the immersive space. The installation, as a whole, subtly provokes a series of questions along the way.. Do we refer to new creations as development? Is preservation not development too?
Mixed Media Installation
Chu Hao Pei is a multi-disciplinary artist who primarily works with mixed media installations and print. His works often explore the themes of memory, history and nature as well as questioning and critiquing societal issues, particularly in Singapore’s context. The subtle political slant in his works is influenced by Hans Haacke, a German-American conceptual artist. Hao Pei’s interests in these themes was inspired by his active involvement in several local grassroots activities. In 2012’s Crowbar Awards, he won the Silver Award under the category “Advertising – Print Craft (Typography)”.
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