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My thesis was one of the very few included in the URECA 2011 Hardcopy Yearbook Disposure makes you give trash a second glance. It is an installa… Read More
My thesis was one of the very few included in the URECA 2011 Hardcopy Yearbook Disposure makes you give trash a second glance. It is an installation that allows viewersto discover the Singapore Identity through trash. 1000 custom-made sachets storerubbish that I systematically collected throughout the island. Displayed in a grid form,these unitary signifiers represent multiplicity in a singular manner, like that of a HDBflat. Rubbish is often deemed useless. But in reality, these objects hold forensic capacities thatreveal a lot. This analysis addresses the Singapore’s Identity because not only does ourrubbish hold undertones of economic prosperity and governmental policies at work, thesyntheses of different fragments hold a lyrical exactitude to our multi-ethnic and globalsociety. Singapore has a diverse yet powerful, compact and sustainable city model. With thatmodel and Singapore’s population density, 1000 Singapores can efficiently house theentire world’s population. Can 1000 bits and pieces of Singapore house the National Identity? Or is this processof searching for this National Identity, our Identity in itself? Disposure becomes an a discourse. Viewers can look at it individually or as a wholeentity, piecing together their own disposition of Singapore’s unique character. Read Less
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DISPOSUREAn Installation made from 1000 packs of trash from all over the country.




Artist: Melvin Tan Special Thanks: Michael Tan
Units of the display. Just 3 of 1000 pieces. 
Poster Design for my installation