Our Projects

About Tangible Stories
Tangible Stories is conceived and led by Thomas Kong. Over a two-month period starting in October 2016, Whampoa senior residents will be asked to share a unique story related to an object or objects they possess.

The project is based on the premise that objects serve more than just our needs. They are bearers of personal histories and meanings. For many senior residents of Whampoa, the objects they collected or made in their lifetimes are also memory anchors in a fast changing society.

By documenting these objects and stories, and presenting them in April 2017 as a traveling exhibition within Whampoa, senior residents will be able to share their stories to a larger audience while at the same time, offers the public an insight into their lives and memories.

Project duration: October to December 2016

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About Photovoice: Everyday Whampoa
The aims of the Whampoa Retrospective Project are:

  1. 1. To mine the heritage of Whampoa.
  2. 2. To create an art and photography driven pathways for successful aging and encountering intergenerational relationships.
  3. 3. Making participant centered art and photography encounter able in Whampoa.

Over several sessions, participants will be guided by mentor photographers in the basics of visual storytelling. Mentor writers and/or artists will provide training in writing narratives to accompany the photographs. At the end of the project cycle, each participant will contribute a photographic or mixed media series that records his/her personal story and Whampoa’s heritage.

Project duration: December 2016 onwards

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About Tangible Companions
The goal of the Tangible Companions project is to imagine contemporary companions for a number of old artifacts that Whampoa residents have fond memories of. From January to April 2017, participants will draw from the interviews and images curated from the Tangible Stories project to develop their proposals. By describing the outcome as a companion, the project aims to encourage a multi-scalar and an interdisciplinary spirit of inquiry grounded on an empathic design response to the artifact’s history, qualities as well as its affective relationship with the owner. The project is carried out in collaboration with students and faculty from the Department of Visual Arts at the School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA).

Project duration: January – April 2017

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About Social Archiving
Social archiving is a new model of safekeeping of and caring for objects and documents that carry cultural and heritage value. Social archiving differs from current institutional model of archiving in the following ways:

  1. 1. It relies on the interest, passion, care and housing offered by a community of volunteer archivists instead of an institution.
  2. 2. It promotes social interaction, both digital and in real time in the archival process.
  3. 3. It encourages active and creative re-interpretation of the archived objects and materials that extends beyond the passive role of offering a storage space.
  4. 4. It uses social media as the primary means of maintaining contact between archivists, between the original owner and the archivist, and in the organization, dissemination and sharing of the archived materials.
  5. 5. It permits the transferring of the archived materials if the new archivist agrees to the role and expectations.
  6. 6. It is a scalable process that can range from an intimate social setting to a large, community level interaction.

Project duration: January – April 2017