B O R D E R L E S S - Childhood Imaginations
B O R D E R L E S S is a participatory exhibition curated with the intention of encouraging people to recall their childhood imaginations and believe in the world of the imaginary once again. It challenges the norm of casting away the imaginary in our current society for its annotations of being ‘useless’ and ‘impractical’.
 
The curating process involves the participant to share their childhood imagination with the artist and it places no borders and boundaries, hence the term ‘borderless’ on the artist’s choice of illustration style and the participant’s choice of imagination. The result is a fusion of imaginations that holds the hopes and dreams created in our mind when we were young.
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01  //  MY TWIN
Tuan Szi Yi
Imagined at the age of 10-12
 
I imagined I had a twin. She was someone whom I shared everything with – my troubles, hopes and eccentric thoughts. She looked exactly just like me, just that she was always a bit different. She was crazy when I was too strict with myself; she was mature when my thoughts were childish; she was motivating when I felt lazy. She was the balance to my life.
02  //  MAID
Gladys Chang
Imagined at the age of 7-8

I imagined myself to be a Filipino maid. I was envious of my then-helper, who had the freedom to go out to talk to her friends. She also had a personal shelf that was filled with only her things. I wanted that kind of freedom; I want to go out to the playground and talk to my friends too. And I wanted the kind of things that she had because it just seemed so cool to have them.
 
03  //  SPACE POLICE
Michelle Wong
Imagined at the age of 8
 
I imagined I was a space police. I would travel in space on a hover board to catch monsters that were taking over the planets in the solar system. There would be one king monster that was big and fat, and he would be followed by a few retarded-looking minions behind. While patrolling, I would be in an astronaut suit, except with an oxygen mask instead of the suit’s headgear. My weapons to defeat the monsters would consist of a troy blue sword and two guns.
04  //  SINGER
Felicia Tan
Imagined at the age of 7
 
I imagined myself as a singer. When I was young, I love to sing a lot. And thus, I would imagine myself singing on stage, at an indoor stadium, in front of thousands of fans. I would be wearing a pretty dress and I would mesmerize them with my songs.
05  //  TALKING TO ANIMALS
Chi Jing Na
Imagined at the age of 5-6
 
I imagined I had the power to talk to animals. I used to be the only child at home and things were lonely then.I always wanted a pet, a friend. However, I could only play with the strays along the streets. I wanted to talk to them, understand their thoughts and be friends with them. And I would be the only one who was able to talk to them; others would only hear them purr.
06  // FLYING POWER
Chi Jing Na
Imagined at the age of 7-10
 
I imagined I had the power to fly. The ability would help me to reach far away places, and lead me toas high as the outer space. I would be able to view planet Earth, see the tiny people from the sky, and reach school without needing to walk like everyone else. It would be so convenient if I could fly.
07  // TELEPORTATION
Felicia Tan
Imagined at the age of 8
 
I imagined I had the power to teleport myself to any place that I wished to go. To do so, I just needed to turn myself around on the spot and tada! I would be at the place that I wanted to be. If given a choice, I would teleport myself to the Chinese imperial palace and live my life as a princess adorned in pretty attire and accessories.
08  // EATING ABILITY
Michelle Wong
Imagined at the age of 12
 
I imagined I had the ability to eat a lot of food without getting fat. The sole reason being that I love food and love to eat too much. Steak, chicken rice, ramen, ice lemon tea, ice cream… and the list goes on and on without ending. If only fats didn’t exist in the real world.
09 // ANCIENT TIMES
Chua Shi Min
Imagined at the age of 8
 
I imagined I would go back to the ancient times. The environment would be much more tranquil and untouched as compared to the reality that we reside in now. I would be an innocent little girl, playing by the waterfall with my pet fox, and enjoying nature as it is.
10 // LIBRARY
Chua Shi Min
Imagined at the age of 6
 
I imagined I had a library filled with books of alchemy, mysterious creatures, magic and spells. I wanted to investigate the mystery of the unknown world through these books. All four walls of shelves that are about 10 times taller than me would surround me. I would bury myself in stacks of books and read all day long without anyone disturbing me.
11 // ROAD SAFETY
Tuan Szi Yi
Imagined at the age of 11
 
I imagined I was playing at the Road Safety Park. I remember it was one of the school outings after the SARS period. Though the epidemic was over, my mother didn’t allow me to go as her friends told her it was still unsafe to go out as a group. Ended up, I was the only one who didn’t go to the outing and I remember my friends chatting excitedly about what happened at the park the next day. I wanted to be there to role-play as a pedestrian, raising my hand high up and crossing the zebra crossing soooooo slowly that my friends who role-played as drivers would be annoyed.
12 // MY WOLF
Fabian Sah
Imagined at the age of 7-10
 
I imagined I had a wolf as my companion. He was big in size and looked very beastly. He would be like an elder brother that takes care of me and keep me company. I would ride it to school, walk in the park with him and we would sit together under the moon at night. He would be the best buddy that I could ever have.
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Preview link:
https://invis.io/C47123A6H#/152310653_160413_VCweb_Mock01
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Special thanks to my friends who participated in this project, for which their enthusiasm in recalling their childhood imaginations has made me believe even stronger that imaginations are not useless and will indeed make our world a livelier place to live in:
 
Gladys Chang
Chi Jing Na
Michelle Wong
Felicia Tan
Chua Shi Min
Fabian Sah
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