GSA Degree Show 2018: These Young Graduate Designers Are Tackling Thought-provoking Campaigns On Everyday Social Issues

The Glasgow School of Art Singapore Degree Show 2018

The Glasgow School of art Singapore Design Grad Show 2018 poster


The Glasgow School of Art Singapore Degree Show 2018

14 – 21 June 2018 , Admission is FREE

12.00pm – 8.00pm (21st June, 12.00pm – 5.00pm)

SOTA Gallery, Level 2, School of the Arts Singapore

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The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Singapore is celebrating the achievements of the fifth graduating cohort with their returning annual Degree Show 2018 from the 14th to 21st June! Happening once again at SOTA Gallery at the School of the Arts Singapore, the exhibition will showcase over 100 creative works by the whole 113 student-graduating cohort in communication and interior design.

These thought-provoking campaigns and projects by the graduating students have a fresh take on confronting social issues such as, fighting diabetes, racial stereotypes, sexual harassment and internet addiction to name a few. Highlighting everyday grievances we may have, designs to improve the everyday living space.

To design projects that explored fresh approaches to reimagine the living spaces of different social groups including seniors, singles and foreign domestic workers.

Featured here among many others, these young graduate designers include Amanda Cheng, Ang Peng Da, Arthur Liew, Constance Neo Wen Ning, Edith Ng, Er Chen Wei, Jarryl Lee Yong Hui, Jolene Chu Yue Ning, June Ng Suan Yen, Kyle Ngo Wee Hian, Mohammadn Akidmuzhafar Bin Mohd Taib, Raymond Wong, Sim Jun Quan Jayden, Tengku Azlan Shah Bin Tengku Alam Shah;  selected by the Communication and Interior Design faculties of GSA.


Amanda Cheng, 22

“Greyspace” Project by Amanda Cheng, 22

“When designing, I work from both the heart and with reason. In this personal project I was greatly influenced by my grandmother’s keenness to age in place; she is fiercely independent, even in old age. This drove me to develop ‘Greyspace’ which is part residential, part commercial project contained within a two-bedroom HDB flat. It takes into account atmosphere, programming and residential routines to provide a multilevelled space that reduces isolation and enables members of society across all ages tofind a place amongst each other.”


Ang Peng Da, 24

“Diabetes: A living Hell” by And Peng Da, 24

“Religion has been with us for many centuries and has played a huge role in the morals and ethics we are so familiar today. My initial research started at Har Paw Villa and led me to realise that many of the representations of hell in religious beliefs felt very similar to diabetes when left uncontrolled. To me, the different side effects of the disease mirrored the layers of hell in Chinese, Islamic and Hindu beliefs. The lack of a cure for the disease also mirrored beliefs where there was no reincarnation or eternal suffering. At this moment, it may seem to suggest that the work may end up as a full-on fear campaign, and I was very wary of that. But the demonisation of disease allows for a crusade against these demons, offering a hope or salvation for the audience.”


Arthur Liew, 25

“Unplug” by Arthur Liew, 25

“Unplug is an initiative aiming to promote mindfulness; the art of being present. In this fast-paced age, efficiency, convenience, speed and approval are all things we are addicted to. These aspects of life are heightened to an unhealthy level with the ever present, all-encompassing smartphones. However, being busy and speedy all the time does not equate to a life of joy or satisfaction. Let our starter kit and this initiative slow you down as you experience the art of being present by noticing all the small details of life we’d normally miss when our eyes are glued to these black mirrors”


Constance Neo Wen Ning, 23

“CUCKOO Magazine” by Constance Neo Wen Ning, 23

“CUCKOO is the magazine that seeks to cast light on how new definitions, ideas and perspectives can be formulated, even on universal topics such as routines. This is manifested in a collection and dissemination of a range of everyday daily actions and activities which come naturally to us. Challenging the familiar, perhaps CUCKOO will reveal how something which might matter may not be immediate, but rather in time to come. For example, we live in an age where information is so readily available that we are immune to even simple gestures such as scrolling through our phones. The magazine hopes to present diverse opinions and themes on routines for the reader to explore. Through a range of various visuals and narratives inspired by ideas inherited simply by breaking out of a routine. CUCKOO represents the idea that we should not settle, and that we are meant for so much more. This might seem insane to those who embrace the familiarity and comfort of routine, but what if routine itself could actually mean something else?”


Edith Ng, 23

“The Silent Witness” by Edith Ng, 23

“Sexual harassment is sadly, a regular and frequent occurrence. Equally sadly, possibly due to a perceived shame or some fear, most victims choose to stay silent about their abuse. They may be either too afraid to speak up or scared that nobody will stand up for them. In most cases, people who witness sexual harassment usually turn a blind eye and not support, intervene or stand up for these victims. Hence, this project aims to target the bystanders to be vigilant and respond against sexual harassment. The project functions by augmented reality where the viewers will be using their phones to scan the images, and sounds of a victim or perpetrator can be heard. The idea of scanning with a phone is used as a simile for the actions of most bystanders – to witness the abuse, snap a photo and walk away with no direct involvement.”


Er Chen Wei, 24

“An alternate gallery zone at N.A.W.C.” by Er Chen Wei, 24

“The project explores the beauty in an iconic yet abandoned and decaying interior. The National Aerated Water Company site is used to reimagine what preservation might mean for a Singaporean landmark. The concept seeks to minimise changes to the site and retain the existing interior conditions as integral to its identity. The aim is to allow users to experience contrasts in materiality and atmosphere between the well worn and the new. The ‘alternate gallery zone’ project envisions itself not only as an iconic arts and event venue, but also as a public space for social and cultural gatherings.”


Jarryl Lee Yong Hui, 26

“The Disembodied High” by Jarryl Lee Yong Hui, 26

“It’s fascinating to try and understand the human mind, and see how does a person behave or function in society. Especially in this day and age, where everyone is considered a little narcissistic or attention seeking. A magazine curated to discuss and breakdown trends and popular culture. Inspired by the media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s idea of the “Self-amputated image”, which describes our relationship to technology, that is this numbing loop that is extended between us and the gadgets that are ourselves. The Disembodied High will allow readers to understand the impulsivity of following trends, followed by the instant gratification that comes after, and then the clarity of the thinking behind it.”


Jolene Chu Yue Ning, 24

“Spatial Justice for Foreign Domestic Workers” by Jolene Chu Yue Ning, 24

“I feel that the issue of spatial justice within the city has become more relevant as the number of foreign workers increases in Singapore, and an awareness of spatial equality among people, regardless of socialstatus, should be cultivated. The project represents a very personal ambition to recreate a thoroughly human, integrated environment for both the work and leisure pursuits of Singapore’s foreign domestic workers. It aims to recover latent needs for both privacy and community. The residential design offers a centre of refuge, while also encouraging a social bridge between ‘helpers’ and the surrounding residents.”


June Ng Suan Yen, 22

“CHINK” by June Ng Suan Yen, 22

“CHINK, as a brand and movement, does away with the “politically correct” bullshit of racism. CHINK
is not created to solve the problem of racism, but to show people that if you take it with a pinch of
salt, laugh about it, and even own it, that is when racism truly dies off. CHINK makes fun of the typical “Asian stereotypes”, in order to make people understand how ridiculous these stereotypes can be. While there is some truth in this, we Asians simply laugh at our own absurdity, accepting that we are what we are, as we always do.”


Kyle Ngo Wee Hian, 24

“The Manipulation of Data–Kasper Northemier” by Kyle Ngo Wee Hian, 24

“Conventional design’s success is measured against how well it sells and how elegantly conflicts among aesthetics, production, usability and costs are resolved. Today’s designers need to be able to do more than solve known problems; they must be comfortable with uncertain opportunities and capable of inventing the unexpected by giving form to the ingenious. My studio works explore, experiment and discover imaginary possibilities in the form of speculative design, new modernism and emerging technologies with relations to the cultural, social, technological, ethical, geographical and political implications. Crafting the coexistence of design in the here-and-now and yet-to-exist with physical presence that can locate in our present-day world, while their meaning, embodied values, beliefs, ethics, dreams, hopes and fears belong somewhere in the possible future.

Pictured above is one of his projects: The Manipulation of Data – Kasper Northemier

“The Manipulator of Data: Kasper Northemier is a digital experiment to investigate how the manipulation of
data can be easily achieved through a credible and believing hoax. It challenges the methods of design
process with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of data. I tricked the Glasgow School of Art and other art schools in Singapore into thinking that there is an exclusive talk to be held by a fictional Dutch designer named Kasper Northemier. Creating promotional posters, websites, electronic-mails and application forms, I falsified all possible publicity about the event, and collated the resultant data and continued manipulating them. Subsequently releasing it as a hoax, the result was a huge success, followed with many sharing on social media.”

Mohammad Akidmuzhafar Bin Mohd Taib, 26

“Chromatic Shift” by Mohammad Akidmuzhafar Bin Mohd Taib, 26

“My project is based on “Colors and Perceptions”. The wonders of colors have question my doubts on how they are perceived, how these agents have interacted with the users, how they are visually and emotionally engaged. Most of the time I have noticed colors were represented but rather affectively discussed. Personally, this captures my attention to approach on colors as I felt they are more than just the surface. Through an extensive experimentation of color study and perceptions, I hope to find the possibilities and produced “designs in color” rather than colored “designs”. This will then be applied through spatial exploration and integration to showcase the spiritual realm of color application. It is to channel the appropriate color technique that breaks convention of color as an affective agent, registering mood than directive/ notational system.”

Raymond Wong, 26

“Gender, Space and Identity” by Raymond Wong, 26

“I always felt that good design can one day change the ways we live; that good design should be embedded into the fabrics of society to interact with us in our daily lives. What is design if it does not respond to its surrounding? The project looks at gendered spaces and their representations in Singapore. If marriage is a criterion for the ownership of an HDB flat, what does it mean to be single? What are the pressures associated with pairing up? How do individuals negotiate space within these government-built flats?”

Sim Jun Quan Jayden, 29

“The Simulacra of Space, looks at thermal comfort – an important building regulation, silently yet surely directing interior behaviours, being the condition of mind that expresses satisfaction with the thermal environment. The completion of the Masters revealed interests to explore further in the field of interiordesign. “I wish to further investigate on technology’s impact on interior design – through critical evaluation of new innovations and installations and perhaps find a way to integrate technology seamlessly into the interior design experience. On the other hand, having experienced GSA’s unique design approach and philosophies, I plan to give back to the subject, through both industrial practice and the interior design education.”


Tengku Azlan Shah Bin Tengku Alam Shah, 26

“Rendezvous Magazine” by Tengku Azlan Shah Bin Tengku Alam Shah, 26

“A cultural magazine that explores ‘lepak’ spaces and hidden gems. The No Name Issue covers the story of the longest running teh tarik stall in Singapore – which happens to be nameless in google map. This issue also covers a feature story of the roadside barber and what is probably the last of its kind.”

**All images provided courtesy of The Glasgow School of Art Singapore

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Stevie Ku'shon

Stevie grew up in the cusp between the VCR and DVD era and can't afford Netflix either. Reportedly the first ever person to transition from Beta female, to Alpha female, to Beta again successfully without any complications - she also has a degree paper, that paper being white - And 11 out of 10 people agree that she never tells any lies, especially in writing. With a background in fine arts, particularly an affinity for performance/ installation art that touch on breaking boundaries and social norms, she has a lil sum-sumthin to say about it all

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