Singapore’s inaugural Festival of Tech to bring futurist
tech concepts to the streets, figuratively and literally.
What if we told you that for a week, you
could communicate with lamp posts, bus stops, and fire hydrants around you?
No, we’re not smoking anything illegal
here, just hear us out. From 10 to 18 October, please feel free to strike up
conversations with your favourite lamp posts, fire hydrants, post office boxes,
and even bus stops, as you wait for friends. (Really)
Hello Lamp Post will be one of several
curated activities featured in FutureEverything Singapore, as part of the
upcoming Festival of Tech: Singapore’s first arts-meets-technology festival
organised by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore to celebrate
the country’s 50th birthday.
In a bid to capture public imagination and
spark conversation and awareness about Smart Nation, the Festival of Tech takes
an offbeat approach, leveraging the creative and design community to frame
future tech in a different light. For example, Hello Lamp Post’s disarmingly
whimsical touch scratches the surface of a man-machine relationship that is
possible in the future, and will surely evoke our collective curiosity towards
IOT, as well as shape our own personal vision of Smart Nation.
The festival will kick off on 10 October
with a special online feature – a collaboration between IDA and Straits Times –
called 35 Years of Infocomm Development in Singapore, which traces Singapore’s
development in Infocomm Technology since 1981.
Of course, we’re not asking you to actually
talk to street furniture – April Fool’s is still a long way off and even we
can’t make you fall for that one – but wait, it’s possible to text them!
But yes, you can indeed send SMSes to them,
and converse as you would a friend or a friendly stranger. It’s considerably
less embarrassing, so you can finally ask the Merlion what he thinks of his job
No embarrassing questions or embarrassing
language please – although the AI is smart enough to keep the conversation PG.
It will also remember interesting bits of your conversation and apply it to future
conversations with others.
Winner of the inaugural Playable City
Award, Hello Lamp Post is a sophisticated experience installation designed by
experienceproduction studio, PAN Studio. First played out in Bristol, UK, the
exhibit has recently made its way to Tokyo, Japan, and Austin, USA. It’s an
interesting way for us to look at the city a little differently and engage with
things that we take for granted.
Where: Various locations
When: 10-18 October, all day
The Chronarium is an example of a more
direct and hands-on exhibit, addressing a standing issue in today’s fast paced
Life may have become easier as tech
improves but the time we saved is diverted back into productivity tasks. Sleep
often makes way in this virtual tugofwar of personal resources, what with round
the clock communications and a globalised business becoming commonplace – and
in many cases, mandatory. We of today sleep less than our forebears, and it’s
hard to imagine that the quality of our sleep is any better.
Designed by Loop.pH, a London based spatial
laboratory experimenting across the fields of design, architecture and the
sciences, The Chronarium Sleep Lab was seeks to draw awareness to importance of
sleep as well as change perceptions of sleeping habits. Located in a busy
shopping mall to challenge the notion of what is considered optimum sleeping
conditions, The Chronarium also explores the role of public space as a shared
resource for health and wellbeing: a public sleep laboratory presented as an
immersive audiovisual environment.
It features different environmental stimuli
to reset their internal circadian rhythm for more harmonious sleep. Visitors
will be invited to lie back and rest inside a huge hanging quaternary net that
gently rocks and moves inside the textilebased space. As you settle in, a cyclical
audio-visual programme encourages a deep relaxation and rest over a 10-15
minute period using pink noise and a wash of coloured light.
Where: The Cathay
When: 10-15 October, 1000H – 2200H
You can also check out the Signals of
Tomorrow Conference on 17 October, 1015H to 1900H, at the ArtScience Museum. A
huge roster of leading figures in the industry from Singapore and around the world
will gather at the conference, including Scott Smith (Founder, Changeist), Dan
Hill (Executive Director, Future Cities Catapult), and Ayesha Khanna (CEO, The Keys
Academy). They will speak about the future and seeking to cross the boundaries
of art, design, technology and society in our progress towards a Smart Nation.
During the course of the forum, the panel
will seek to address burning issues like what it means to be a Smart Nation;
how do artists, designers, futurists, and civic innovators collaborate and
weave technology into the fabric of our infrastructure, economy, as well as
society; where are the developing spaces in Singapore to explore this, with
regards to civic innovation, maker spaces, business, and education; how the
government can become smart side by side with its citizens.
There will also be a public showcase at the
ArtScience Museum for the Signals of Tomorrow Innovation Lab showcase – the
results of a closed-door workshop that runs from 10-14 October. The workshops
will produce a series of prototype participatory art and design projects to
spark the imagination and ask questions about the implications of new
Where: ArtScience Museum
When: 17-18 October (Innovation Lab Public
Showcase), 17 October 1015H – 1900H (Conference, limited to 140 seats)
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By Justin Choo / October 6, 2015
14:30PM GMT+8 Singapore
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