HEVEALOGY

Hevealogy noun [u] /hɪəviːlə.dʒi/  the scientific study of the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis. As part of the school programme, students follow classes on physics, chemistry, biology, geography, history… But the rubber plant is so important that it needs its own classroom and its own hours of study in the curriculum. Hevea brasiliensis (the botanical name … Continue reading

Gallery:Garden

I have been developing Camera Obscura and Pinhole cameras in parallel for a few years now, since I first offered to run a basic photography class for my daughter’s grade 5 class in 2014. I am attracted to both because the huge power they have to make us look and wonder while using minimal technology. … Continue reading

Learn to Fail at ArtScience Museum

From the 27th of June to the 2nd of July 2017, and part of the Microbites of Innovation, a strange lab setup was installed at the top floor of the ArtScience Museum Titled “Learn to Fail”, the exhibition promised to include “Participative Failure” as a medium. It meant that the exhibition (hidden behind the black … Continue reading

Learn to Fail

Unless you’re a 3-year old, a scatterbrain or a daredevil, you probably harbour (secretly or not) a fear of failure. Yet you might also be used to saying “Failure’s good, and it’s unavoidable if you want to get ahead”. How do you reconcile the two? By experiencing first hand what a scientific failure might look … Continue reading

Ibaraki Inventorium

My trip to Japan last year (February, June and September) was a magnificent opportunity to meet people from the Ibaraki region. An area less than 2h away from Tokyo by train, but that feels much more remote than that. Going there, every time, reminded me of the trips I make in the summer when I … Continue reading

Shadow Play at SAFRA Toa Payoh

SAFRA Toa Payoh has created a large black room in order to house a new version of ShadowPlay! The installation is running from the 18th until the 28th of February 2017, daily from 11am till 6pm. It operates in free play mode, so the children can just walk in, pull the rope to make the … Continue reading

Shadow Play

While working at Playeum as Creative Director for their inaugurate season (and helping set up the direction for the new Children’s Centre for Creativity), I had the opportunity to test one of my own pieces, Shadowplay. Shadowplay was inspired by Japanese artist Ryota Kuwobata’s “The Tenth Sentiment” artwork, where a toy train supporting a torchlight … Continue reading

Charity: the Wild Plants Chair

The chair is overgrown by too much nature: plants grow naturally to create a beautiful environment; similarly, our bodies result from exquisite development of different parts. However, when cells grow with too much enthusiasm, they can create havoc, the harmony is disrupted, in the same way that weeds can overgrow any landscape. In the making … Continue reading

Giggling Weeds and Tickling Weeds.

After Talking Weeds at the French School, Playeum’s House of Weeds continued to pop-up at a few locations around Singapore. And this was the perfect occasion to bring out the Ticking Weeds and the Giggling Weeds. The Giggling weeds is an installation where the viewer is invited to touch the plants and hear them laugh, … Continue reading

“Talking Weeds” an artwork for the French School in Singapore

In January 2015, I was invited by the LFS or French School in Singapore’s Art Lecturer  Sharon Feenan to work with the “4èmes” (Gr. 8) students. I had proposed to introduce the kids to my way of mixing art and science and we worked on a project which is now part of the larger “Weeding … Continue reading