In 2006, a study confirmed that Singaporeans were the fastest walkers on the planet.

This finding confirms our reputation as a nation full of competitive go-getters egged on by our meritocratic system. While being faster, stronger and better seems perfectly desirable, is there an underside to this speed? How much faster can – and should – we go?

Rush Hour is an interactive projection that responds to the speed at which the participant walks. The faster the participant walks, the blurrer the movement of the people become. The video shows working adults in the business district during rush hour, which connects our local phenomenon to larger narratives of capitalism and the global economy.

The artists, Victor and Matthew, met in secondary school when they were thirteen. In 2016, they graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), each pursuing different specialisations. Victor developed his storytelling approach in the Film/Animation/Video department while Matthew tinkered away in the Industrial Design department. 

By Matthew Lim Ke Wei and Victor Gan

To see Matthew and Victor’s final piece, come down to the SOTA Art Gallery from 4 March to 13 March 2020.

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