There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served.
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Right now, i’m preparing to open an art exhibition in which 9 artists expose the cityscapes of their formed selves. In accompaniment, 10 writers slice this in 900 words or less. The whole process has gotten me hyper-sensitive to my urban surroundings, and how it interacts with me.
Recently, things sifted into three layers, which is all i can see as i walk around town; and there’s no escaping town on this island: the people as they live (our day-to-day routines and lives), the people as the state wants us to live (our national aspirations and urban planning), the people as they dream (the gap between our lives, and our personal aspirations).
URBAN BODY runs 2 august to 2 september 2012 at the orange thimble cafe, tiong bahru (56 eng hoon st), singapore. Come take a look.