‘1 X 1 Metre Space’’ is a process-based art investigation that explores notions of loss and recovery for subjects/objects in transit . Many people working and living in the Jalan Besar area and visitors to Sungei Road bemoan the changes in the landscape but are also proud and approving of the good roads built and the train station now in construction.

Our city is sprawling but in a constant flux, and ‘1 x 1 Metre Space’ is situated as an interrogative project that explores the relationships between new changes and the old lifestyles.

Employing photography as a documentary device, narratives of the Jalan Besar/Sungei Road area will be recorded, interrogated and retold/re-performed in this site-specific art installation and proposed publication and critical essay.

How do projects work?

As the title suggest, ‘1 x 1 Metre Space relates to the space allocated to a Sungei Road Street Vendor. The ubiquitous bundles of ‘2nd-hand goods’ are carefully arranged along the streets of Sungei Road.

Over a duration of 3 – 6 months, the artists adopt a research-based approach in coming up with artistic expressions that delve into notions of loss, memory and identity.

Two-fold Discovery Process

1. The artists will dialogue and reflect on the mapped out territory, each proposing a work that engages the community and connects the found objects/concepts to understandings of local and located praxis.

2. Visit the literal spaces of Jalan Besar/Sungei Road and find objects, traces of objects or subjects, which generate narratives and articulate ideas around their chosen mediums.

3. Series of field notes (or sketch books) to be developed to record observations or interviews and presented during art installation.

Engage the community

The more one investigates and interrogates a mapped territory, the more one learns about the complexity of its dimensions as a physical as well as a virtual space of collecting and exchanging both ideas and objects.