Oppy

What are your opera estate memories?

This is the estate I grew up in. Returning after six years abroad left me feeling detached from my local neighbourhood. Houses changed, people changed. I started to question what’s left of memories and nostalgia – where do I go when I want to reminisce my childhood? The places don’t look the same anymore. Thus this project, Oppy to try and understand this neighbourhood and its inhabitants.

A resident shared that back in the days, people borrowed things from one another in kampungs. When you run out of salt, you borrow from your neighbour and you need to build those relationships with the people around you. 🧂Nowadays, we have the supermarket everywhere nearby. 🏪

It made me think if we are becoming more isolated the more self sufficient we are? People helped and depended on one another in older days. They might have had less materially but the interdependence builds the social bonds and relationships needed for healthy communities. Nowadays it’s so ingrained in us to have to figure out our own problems, that people are busy, that we should be independent – we inevitably find it difficult approaching others for help.

That’s why I started my public interventions – to create social situations in which these connections and relationships could be formed.

What connects you to your local community?

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Tally at Edinburgh Fringe, Venice Biennale and Gillman Barracks, Singapore

 

Spreading positivity across the globe. Starting from Venice Biennale to Edinburgh Fringe Festival and finally ending off with Singapore’s art hot pot Gillman Barracks, I brought memory sharing to these different cities. Sad memories are released from the owners and stay in the pocket, while happy memories travel to strangers’ pockets to stay in the form of smiles on their faces.

Share a memory in exchange for a happy memory.

My most memorable ones? Kids x2, Swimming with dolphins

If I’m a refugee, will you take me in?

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Performed at Battersea Arts Centre as part of Homegrown festival, 8 April 2017.

Sally carried the memories of refugees and volunteers at camps. This performance in particular was a social experiment to see the response of people in lieu of growing political tensions and xenophobia.

Continue reading “If I’m a refugee, will you take me in?”

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Under the Counter. Royal Albert Hall. 6 March 2017
Students from University of the Arts London present Under the Counter at the Royal Albert Hall on 6 March 2017

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Immersive and interactive performance at Royal Albert Hall, Prince of Wales room

6 March 2017

“If all the paintings in this room were sold, people wouldn’t be homeless.”

A group of protestors infiltrated Royal Albert Hall and occupied the posh VIP room. Newspaper articles of various social and political issues like Trump’s muslim ban and infiltration plans scatter the floor. The audience are invited to engage in a meaningful conversation on socio-political issues they are passionate about.

Link to official Royal Albert Hall page review

http://www.royalalberthall.com/about-the-hall/news/2017/march/under-the-counter-central-st-martins-students-present-an-immersive-promenade-exhibition-around-the-royal-albert-halls-unseen-spaces/