Rewilding the Sky Past Event
Wed Mar 24 – Sun Mar 28
The notion of Rewilding the Sky emerges from the rise of skyscrapers, higher and higher, that reflects our desires and anxieties. The rooftop garden is now a popular trend in landscape architecture design. Building upon the totem of anthropocentrism, we speculate these rooftop spaces as more than just artificial land driven by capitalism. As landscape architecture practices, we deal with the life sciences. From simply fulfilling anthropocentric benefits with the commodification of other lives, to believing ourselves as negotiators between humans and other beings. We continually reassess our relationship with nature and the processes of coevolution. And now, the advancement of technology and science enables us to understand that we are at the dawn of the Post-Anthropocene. The huge impact we humans incurred have pushed other living beings into an imminent peril. We recognise that we, humans, are not the center of the Earth.
The exhibit expresses the often-regarded mechanised discipline of construction and its associated egos into the poetic ambivalence of the current flux of humanity.
The exhibition space consists of two independent works: After Landscape and Rewilding the Sky. The two installations stem from a conversation initiated by designers in reshaping the ground and sky. The discourse is framed within the practice of landscape architecture.
MR CHANG HUAI-YAN
Chang Huai-yan is the founder of Salad Dressing. He leads a practice that leverages on the flux of humanity during this post-Anthropocene transition. He is inspired by contemporary culture that is defined by information technology, genomic science and cosmic explorations. By magnifying human’s original limited cognitive ability through machines, the studio challenges a change in bio-ethnics.
DR YAZID NINSALAM
Yazid Ninsalam is a Singaporean-born landscape architecture academic based in Australia. He lectures at RMIT University and leads an emerging creative practice called Superterrestrial. His research emerges from the interdisciplinary nature of landscape architecture, actively integrating research collaborations with industry and teaching.
MS GOH YU HAN
Goh Yu Han is a Malaysian-born landscape architect and a director of design at Salad Dressing. A background in the arts informs her design philosophy which is grounded in history and Eastern literature. As a polymath, she inhabits the definition of a generalist and flirts with concepts of a post humanist driven ecology through her practice. This year, she leads the design of Singapore’s Venice Biennale exhibit and is currently developing a robot for the Singapore Pavilion at the Dubai Expo.
MR YUKIO HASEGAWA
Yukio Hasegawa is the director of Salad Dressing and a Japanese-born architecturally trainer designer. The service he rendered to the Japanese military during his early years prepared him for well for decades spent in the forests of Borneo. He did not only cultivate an affinity toward nature while working in the tropical rainforest but also met his wife who is a Forest Officer. He believes that in order to overcome anthropocentric environmental issues we need to advocate for a collective consciousness of existence with all other beings.