Group of 4 | March 2018, Singapore (Royal College of Art)
Memo is a project examining the intersection of technology and remembrance within the context of Singapore. Singapore has diminished the amount of land devoted to remembrance in recent years due to land constraints amid rapid modernisation, prioritising residential and commercial projects. Memo is a proposal for an unused space in Singapore to become a new, inclusive space for remembrance. Digital memories of people are stored for viewing in intimate, interactive ways that allows Singaporeans to have a greater understanding of who shaped the society in which they currently live.
Preliminary research of choosing our area of interest was done outside of Singapore, but all other research was done within the local context.
In the early stages of our project, we researched what factors fed into ceremony and process of remembrance for people in Singapore. We made site visits, conducted interviews with ordinary citizens and people working in remembrance, and created pop-up booths which helped lead us to our proposed solution.
Singapore is a religiously diverse country and we visited multiple religious sites to understand the different traditions of remembrance.
We chose Dakota Crescent for the site of Memo, a historical living block with rich traditions that underwent forced abandonment by the government. The site was chosen as there was no use for the site yet and for its rich connection to Singapore’s past.
Memo is designed as an inclusive space of remembrance with no preference towards religion. People may practice their individual traditions in the private spaces offered by Memo. The space is open with winding pathways to bring people a sense of peace and history.
Artificial flowers contain the memories of individuals. The flowers can be located via an app on cell phones and are designed to be picked up to be taken to remembrance rooms.
The remembrance rooms within Memo provide an interactive experience of remembering a friend or loved one. Memories are chosen by friends and family, as well as by the individual if they left behind memories to share before they passed.