Exhibitions & Events, KR+D, Museum & Galleries l 2019

From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience

We re-told the last 700 years of Singapore’s history in new and compelling ways. Fortifying national sentiments in stories, this was a major production that required us to work with multidisciplinary collaborators.

Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience was dedicated to the remembrance of two hundred years of history that made a nation, with messages crafted, curated and devoted to its people. This two-part showcase beckoned with stimulating perspectives into history told in a variety of formats, bringing to life snippets of history going as far back as 1299.

to engage

From Singapore to Singaporean
 takes visitors on a journey through time to explore history as a series of visually audacious yet emotionally engaging adventures. Each act was conceptualised as a unique, exhilarating dive into Singapore’s past. Designed to resonate with visitors of all ages, the storytelling tone was intended to foster a participatory atmosphere and break the fourth wall, so that visitors would feel more like eyewitnesses, rather than simply passive observers.  

to inspire​

The team set out to tell a story that would spark curiosity in people, and encourage them to embark on a journey of discovery.  

Split into five acts spread over two levels of the Fort Canning Centre, the hour-long experience reaches back over a thousand years in time. The prologue opens on a rain installation that reverses dramatically to symbolise the journey into the distant past. This sets the scene for the dramatic rise and fall of settlements and port-cities across South-east Asia. The opening is mirrored in an emotionally charged finale on a rain-soaked Padang, with dark clouds giving way to warm sunshine over the modern metropolis Singapore has become. 

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The Bicentennial Experience opened from 30th May to 31st December 2019 to the public. For more behind-the-scenes, view our 45th Anniversary Book.

The entire exhibition was a collaborative work only made possible with passionate inputs from fellow creative minds - MET Studio , ZARCH Collective, multimedia partner - Anomalyst, and film partner - Zhao Wei films.
The project is also featured on Wallpaper*, CNA, and The Straits Times.

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