When approached by the curators of SingaPlural, the anchor event of the annual Singapore Design Week, we got very excited about the idea of working on a design installation based on the theme “Senses: The art and science of experiences”.
As ceramic artists, the clay medium is highly sensory by nature and creating an experiential installation opens up a myriad of possibilities in our imagination. We were inspired by a trekking journey in the mountains of Taiwan where we spent a day hiking in the midst of the swirling clouds that surrounded them. Awed by the ethereal and transient beauty of the clouds flowing silently around our feet, we imagined a world where clouds are alive – little creatures that flock and sing to one another in tiny voices.
As a departure from the conventional presentation of fragile ceramics, with over four thousand handmade pieces of unglazed white stoneware delicately positioned on flexible rattan sticks, we designed a cloud-scape that visitors could wander into and engage with, running their hands playfully over the ceramic pieces and listening to their tinkling sounds as they bounced gently against one another. Creatively transforming the predominantly visual and tactile medium of ceramics, we celebrated the sense of hearing in this interactive sound installation where visitors are invited to forget what is real and, for a brief moment, become the wind:)
<I Feel The Clouds Singing>
We all know what clouds look like, but what if we can also touch and hear them? “I Feel The Clouds Singing” imagines a world where clouds are little creatures that flock together and sing joyfully with one another. Combining clay and rattan, ceramic artists Huiwen and Kenneth from Studio Asobi explore the unique physical properties of these materials, creating an interactive cloud-scape that challenges viewers to engage the world with all our senses, and more importantly, with the curious eyes of our imagination.
Because the world is so much more beautiful when our entire being is immersed in it.
The making was only made possible with the immense support of family and friends! A special shout-out to Woodfix who worked with us to put together our curvy wooden base! Here is a video of the making, shot by Aaron, the talented photographer/carpenter:)
We were also excited to be featured in SingaPlural’s Recognition Showcase – a collective showcase of design works from Singapore!