Last weekend saw me attending a couple of exciting events which definitely exposed me to a world of schmoozing that I hardly get to see in my everyday life. Needless to say, it was extremely fascinating to observe the pros socializing, mingling and conversing with one another in a social-business setting. After all, they make networking appear to be such an effortlessly easy skill or some might say, art to grasp and master. On another hand, the skeptic in me cannot help but wonder what lies beneath this world of glitz and glamor … is this really just a facade? Fun as those events were, I think (for now) I’ll stick to events that are more casual and informal because those are the ones that make me feel more comfortable in my own skin. sigh, when will i ever learn to get out of this mentality?
I was invited to the opening party for Digital Nights 2010 last Thursday, courtesy of JZ and Zocard. Thanks for the invitation! 🙂 Held in conjunction with the much hyped about Grand Prix Season Singapore, Digital Nights 2010 serves as a platform to showcase the various interactive, visual and new media works of both foreign and local artists. Indeed, it was an eye-opening experience for Koey and me as we immersed ourselves in this modern extravaganza of digital art installations. Most of the exhibitions interact with the audience via a change in movements (or so i think) and so, it wasn’t an unusual sight to catch people waving their hands/moving around frantically to alter the movement captured by the motion sensors. The movement displayed by the art installations is a result of this interaction between the audience and the exhibits, hence giving rise to the term “interactive art”. As you can tell, it’s quite a challenge for me to explain this form of interaction in words so for the best visual treat, you have to experience it yourself!
The digital art installations are currently displayed at 2 locations – the heart of the shopping belt, Orchard Road and the home of arts in sg, SAM. Admission to view the Digital Nights @ SAM installations is free for all.
PS: Credit to JZ for all pics on Digital Nights 2010.
A Digital Experience
“A Digital Experience is a sound and light interactive installation. It translates Visual System’s representation of a city of the future, inspired by the artist’s vision of Shanghai. It presents different aspects of digital contemporary art, immersing the viewer into a network of poetic and interactive works. A musical composition accents and completes the digital universe.”
Artist: Visual System (VS)
Framework f5 x 5 x 5
“Framework f5x5x5 refers to informatics’ modular workspace called a framework. It is an interactive kinetic light sculpture which extends the bi-dimensional screen space by transportation of its pixel resolution to the physical space. A modular infrastructure, this exhibition is a communication and computation system, propagating in the form of light and sound in the spaces it inhabits.”
“Binary Waves is an urban and cybernetic installation based on the measuring of urban flows and their transposition into luminous, sonic and kinetic rules. This exhibition relates the micro-events happening in the area to a unified play of light, colours and sounds directly derived from the city flows.”
“Ultra-Nature is a Monet-inspired generative and interactive virtual reality installation. It creates an impressionistic virtual garden with several varieties of luminescent, scalar plants, vibrantly coloured herbaceous vegetation and bright yellow flowers.”
Artist: Miguel Chevalier
Your Invitation to a Lifestyle Less Ordinary. That is exactly what one should expect to experience upon stepping foot into KU DE TA. A franchise of the luxurious KU DE TA Bali that has often been dubbed as “the Ibiza of the East”, KU DE TA Singapore aims to awe the sophisticated crowd by bringing the glamor factor up a notch at its sprawling 14,500 sq feet premises. Consisting of a restaurant, club, pool terrace and al fresco bar, KU DE TA promises to be THE place to fulfill your every need and whim. Since I’m certainly not one who’s willing to pay a bomb for dining experiences ( a meal will set you back at least $100/pax), I thus jumped at the rare opportunity when my love invited me for a free food tasting session.
While I eventually concluded that I’m a hawker centre girl at heart (alternatively, I’ll pick a quaint cafe tucked in some hidden corner over a posh & exclusive restaurant any day), the experience of being treated so professionally by the well-groomed staff and to a feast of scrumptious gourmet meals prepared by award-winning chefs was inevitably one that truly made me felt like a “VIP” guest for the evening.
Located on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands ( 1 level above the MBS Skypark observation deck), one needs to be warned to get ready to be mesmerized by the magnificent panoramic city view that KU DE TA has to offer. With a playground so close to the skies, rest assured that you will be treated to an unparalleled spectacular & breath-taking view of our city’s skyline that is not to be found at anywhere else in Singapore. To quote them, Experience the high life like never before.
My lovely companion of the evening, Shermin and yours truly at the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, where we truly felt like we were on the top of Singapore. It was only when we were greeted by this awe-inspiring sight at MBS that we finally realized that our stunningly striking skyline is certainly one that’s comparable to other major and bustling cities.
Volunteer: Celebrate an early Mid-Autumn Festival with the old folks at Kwong Wai Siu Hospital
As part of the festival, the old folks were treated to an evening of singing and oriental wushu performances put by volunteers. The hospital also managed to successfully raise an estimated $280,000 in donations, much thanks to the throngs of sponsors who bought either a handmade lantern or lotus through the “Light A Lantern, Warm A Heart” program”.
Lotus floating on the Wishing Pond
My virgin attempt at being a flea market “stall owner” for the Down Memory Lane @ Crescent Flea Market
Discovered a pus-filled inflammation/lump at the side my boobs and had it checked out at a breast specialist clinic because the family general practitioner said that there was nothing that he could do about it. Fortunately, the lump turned out to be nothing serious (no cancerous cells) but it required a very minor operation aka a simple cut at the inflammation to squeeze the pus out. A dose of local anesthesia, 10mins of excruciating pain from the squeezing of pus later, the lump had subsided though a dark scar remains thus serving as an ugly reminder of this incident.