Cheajun Lim

Fort Lane’s Memory Line

Bachelor of Design Public Space Furniture Play Public

Connecting the dots in Fort Lane

Just as a line is formed with connected dots, cinematic is a movement created by connecting every single moment and scene. The moment and scene that we store at our gaze are the points, and those points are connected to become a complete line. This line indicates the memory segment of each individual. Providing an unforgettable memory is an important aspect to focus and develop on, as we humans are creatures that share and empathize with each other's memories.

This project was carried out with great inspiration through the techniques and ideas of Thomas Keller's Tango Metropolis (2003-2018) in the theme of frame and movement among cinematic elements. Thomas Keller’s photographic techniques showed that people unconsciously recognize unfinished forms based on past knowledge and memories. This greatly enhanced my interest in other people's memories. The project started from my first glance at Fort lane. When I first visited Fort lane, my gaze was intuitively pioneering a line in a space called Fort lane without even knowing it. All the scenes that started with my gaze were connected to one, and a line was drawn, and that line eventually formed a memory to recognize the Fort lane.

With the lines and memories from my gaze, I decided to design a street installation, for the project, by recording my gaze on Fort lane. However, while investigating installation art, I came across Jeppe Hein's Social Modified Benches (2016), and based on his design, my design was not just made through lines and memories, but improved the usability more so that people can communicate comfortably. The design has been modified to become more maximized in providing convenience to users. People who use the installation furniture created from my design, share my ideas and memories by using the space formed by my design. And, as they use the facility, they also share and communicate their own memories and views with others.

In addition, an interesting part of my design is the selection of materials. My main material was luminous material. The reason why I chose the luminous material is because the luminous material had the functionality of glowing after it stores the light before it produces, which seemed to be an idea matching with the functionality of people storing memories to remember.  Also, luminous light shines at night which allows people to make more memories at night as there has been development of night culture in Fort Lane.