Haven’t been writing here… Time got robbed by my valuable ten weeks stint at the DesignSingapore Council.
I graduated and came home from London when two incidents took place - the Messiah Hacking Case and Little India Riot. It was a quick update on the state of our society. Things have definitely changed and it is not pretty. I love my country and appreciate what our Government had done in the past. An interesting opportunity as a 'civil servant' came along and I grabbed it.
I believe I am not the only one from my generation who will gladly take the opportunity to make a positive and catalytic change, no matter how small and humble it can be. Times change and methods expire. No radically new solutions can be derived and deduced from past formulas. The unconventional can bring fresh new possibilities.
Design is a culture. It adds monetary value but it is beyond just creating aesthetics pleasing to the eye. It is a way of life and it needs to be inspiring. It doesn’t necessarily have to rhyme with ROI and KPI. By encouraging enterprises to adopt design for higher revenue, we are cultivating a faux and soulless creative culture. Design cannot just be measured in short term monetary gains, because the intangible benefits can only be visible in the long run. Design serves a higher purpose. All roads lead to Rome, and Rome isn’t built in a day.
I believe Singapore can benefit from fresh perspectives through fearless experimentation and lateral thinking. Experiment with unorthodox ways to innovate, to zig when everyone zags. Go against conventional wisdom, like our forefathers successfully did. We have been subconsciously participating in a culture of fear and insecurities. One of the paradox in life is that everybody has opinions yearning to be heard but no one enjoys listening to other’s opinions. I believe that different ideals can co-exist and be collaborative, if the purpose and goals are rightfully aligned.
There is one thing only art schools abroad can give - an exquisite experience of liberation and worldly exposure. I hope DSg can grant more scholarships to young creative talents so more people can have a chance to grow from the whirlwind of valuable life experiences our little red dot cannot provide. The next Chris Lees and Pann Lims are out there, and they are not your potential scholar candidates. They are not straight As students, but rebels who are brave enough to carve a different path.
I aspire to be my generation’s Antonio Gaudi. He audaciously splashed the magnificently beautiful Barcelona with vividly coloured mosaic tiles and whimsical architectures that shaped the awe-inspiring and charming personality of his city. I believe my dream is big enough for now because it scares me and I love it. Whatever kind of dream it is, I hope we will not lose track of it. I believe life can be extremely meaningful if we choose to light the candle than curse the darkness.