2019

Any Anything Also Can broadsides

Client
Sing Lit Station

Creative Director
Bryan Angelo Lim

Designer
Deborah Neo
Lau Liqin
Shirley Tan
Vanessa Yeo

Any Anything Also Can is a broadside exhibition of multi-lingual poetry, organised by Sing Lit Station and curated by Tse Hao Guang, for The Art House‘s Textures 2019 programme. The exhibition, which was on from 1–17 March 2019, featured eight poems—each uniquely reflecting the multi-cultural linguistic texture of Singapore—creatively re-interpreted as broadsides.

Qu’est-ce Que C’est Design was invited to interpret four poems: An Anthology on Horse Racing (1893) by N V Rengasamy Dasan, Wittily Translating Malay by Hokkien Dialect (1932) by Khoo Seok Wan, Language (2016) by Pooja Nansi and My Kristang Awakening (2017) by Martha Fernandez while the four other poems were interpreted by Fellow Design.

From a design point-of-view, besides attempting the capture the essence of each poem, the creative team explored the limits of what a broadside as a format could be through three-dimensionality, smell, textures, depth and perspective as well as the use of light and space.

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Broadside interpreting An Anthology on Horse Racing(1893) by N V Rengasamy Dasan

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Broadside interpreting An Anthology on Horse Racing(1893) by N V Rengasamy Dasan, detail

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Broadside interpreting Wittily Translating Malay by Hokkien Dialect(1932) by Khoo Seok Wan

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Broadside interpreting Wittily Translating Malay by Hokkien Dialect(1932) by Khoo Seok Wan, detail

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Broadside interpreting Language(2016) by Pooja Nansi

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Broadside interpreting Language(2016) by Pooja Nansi, detail

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Broadside interpreting Language(2016) by Pooja Nansi, detail

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Broadside interpreting My Kristang Awakening(2017) by Martha Fernandez

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Broadside interpreting My Kristang Awakening(2017) by Martha Fernandez, detail