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27 Sep 2019
MET Studio creates immersive, multi-sensual history of Singapore

Experiential designers MET Studio have worked with the Singapore Bicentennial Office to create "an immersive experience charting the area’s occupation through to modern day Singapore."

The experience comprises a 45-minute tour of Singapore’s evolution set within an original colonial building. A combination of digital and physical techniques are used, with the tour curated as a series of zones or acts.

Act one sees a "virtual storm" projected onto water within the atrium space of the building. Sounds of gushing water, a strobe to give the appearance of reversing the raindrops and 3D projected images are used to enhance the scene.

In act 2, theatrical gauze is backlit by LED screens to create a sense of immersion and depth and 3D sounds are played within the space to tell the story of how indigenous people and foreign invaders have come and gone over time.

The third act uses point-of-view and panoramic footage in a 360-degree viewing room with revolving floors. It takes audience members through the story of Singapore’s changing laws and treaties, the arrival of settlers, the industrial revolution and the Japanese invasion.

The penultimate act begins with visitors enclosed in a pitch-black space that is then illuminated with a single shaft of light while a survivor of the Japanese occupation tells its story. Sights and sounds of the war are told through cracks in the walls and a sense of claustrophobia is created "as the space narrows, darkens and the experience shifts to mainly lighting and audio effect."

Finally, act 5 is set in a room in which there are digital screens behind mirrors, reflecting the crowd of visitors back at themselves, and focuses on the post-war rebuilding of Singapore and the death of its leader. Physical rain falls during his funeral, as it is said to have done at the time.

MET Studio has previously worked on Jakarta’s Museum MACAN in Nusantara, the Museo de Ciencias Ambientales in Guadalajara and a Manchester United visitor attraction at the Venetian Macao-Resort-hotel in Macau. The firm is also currently working with Foster+Partners on the Mobility Pavilion for Expo 2020.

The Singapore Bicentennial experience is already open and runs until January 2020.


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20 Feb 2020
Sweat 2020: ukactive announces two new reports as part of Business Intelligence service
ukactive has launched two major new reports as part of its Business Intelligence service.
20 Feb 2020
Sweat 2020 event kicks off, charting the UK's boutique fitness market
The annual Sweat event kicks off in London today (20 February), offering the UK's fitness industry a platform to discuss the future trends within the thriving boutique sector.
19 Feb 2020
ISPA Talent Symposium will offer professional one-on-one coaching sessions
ISPA has announced the addition of private coaching sessions for attendees at the upcoming ISPA Talent Symposium.
14 Feb 2020
Sweat 2020: new report to offer fresh insight into impact of multi-operator gym memberships
A report outlining membership habits and retention in the fitness sector will be released at the Sweat 2020 event next week.
06 Feb 2020
Create a culture of ‘productive generosity’: ISPA keynote to explain how
American psychologist Adam Grant has been announced as a keynote speaker for the 2020 ISPA Conference and Expo, scheduled for 14-16 October 2020.
04 Feb 2020
GBWE partners with Hutchinson Consulting and Contento Marketing
US-based wellness event Global Beauty and Wellness Exchange (GBWE) has announced a partnership with Hutchinson Consulting and Contento Marketing with the aim of bringing new buyers to the tenth annual event.
03 Feb 2020
Major step forward for Birmingham 2022 plans as £72m Alexander Stadium revamp is approved
Detailed plans for the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium in Birmingham have been approved, marking a major milestone in the preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
03 Feb 2020
New ‘Together’ programme of events launched for ukactive members
Physical activity body ukactive is launching a new programme of regional events, aimed at providing a platform for the physical activity body and its members to discuss the key issues facing the sector.
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