Great Western Studios invites Creative [SIN]ergy to exhibit Uniquely Singapore - Distinctively London? at their premise during London Design Festival from 20 - 26 September 2010.
Uniquely Singapore, Distinctively London? is supported by the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), Contact Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Uniquely Singapore, Distinctively London? Is an Architectural Photographic exhibition derived from ongoing conversations on generic spaces between six pairs of architects and architectural students in London and Singapore over the past year. An online version of this dialogue was launch during The London Festival of Architecture.
Using photography as a medium of observation, communication and representation, this project has been a series of ongoing conversations on generic spaces between six pairs of architects and architectural students in London and Singapore over the past year. Six key activity spaces (Transit, Eating, Leisure, Retail, Living and Occupational) that define our contemporary life have been identified as the basis for discussion. This exhibition showcases the collective findings by the correspondents.
The main position of the project arise from the prevailing condition of cities striving to be unique through icons, but yet reinforcing the generic with cities made the same through the endless repetition of differences by the same set of building programs and signature ‘starchitecture’ styles. Therefore, rather than claiming uniqueness through cultural references in architectural expression or iconic figurative gestures; this project questions and rediscovers the uniqueness of urban spaces through the most generic and banal scenes of everyday life. Perhaps, the uniqueness of the city can only be revealed through celebrating the generic.
About Great Western Studios:
Great Western Studios aims to provide affordable studio space to practitioners across the visual arts. The individual studio spaces range in size from 250 sq ft plus. Good light is afforded by the internal glass atrium and all studios come with integrated broadband and telephone systems. 24 hour access is from the main entrance by individual electronic fob.
Alongside the studio spaces Great Western Studios also houses a cafe that is open weekdays from 10am - 4pm and caters for everything from morning coffee and breakfast to cheap, delicious and nutritious lunches. Studio users also have access to basic office facilities such as the photocopier and fax.