Together with a team of curators, artists, copywriters and architects, we designed a modern day totem, of which is a digital-analog survey machine that manifests social consensus.
For the 2023 Venice Biennale, we are honoured to represent Singapore Institute of Architects, together with a team of curators, artists, copywriters and architects, for the design of the Singapore Pavilion. As the spatial design lead, we visioned the historical space as a vessel for a modern day totem, of which is a digital-analog survey machine that manifests social consensus. In the centre of the exhibition space sits the 5-meter tall measurement machine that records visitors’ answers to 6 survey questions by making tangible marks on rolling translucent fabric. A typical visitor will approach the centre machine and witness their own mark made amongst the rest as it rolls upwards towards the revealed answers after interacting with the digital survey. On the two sides flank a total of 41 relatable questions that various architects, academias and practitioners’ projects are framed to provide possible answers. All the questions and answers can be found on www.singaporepavilion.sg
All photos by Ar. Melvin HJ Tan