Heartlander Shirt


A wearable locative artwork that tracks your location in Singapore over 12 hours with respect to the HDB town estates that dot the island. 80% of Singaporeans live in HDB public housing. No matter where you are in Singapore, chances are that you are near a HDB town estate. Even the city area has HDB blocks with mix land use. The shirt print is a HDB map of Singapore, and LED lights on the shirt represent HDB towns such as Ang Mo Kio and Tampines.

Your current location will cause the LED light in that HDB location to blink rapidly. A non-blinking lit LED means that that is the location where you have spent the most amount of time in the last 12 hours, and this location represents your “home”. A slow blinking LED means that your current location is also your “home” location. E.g. if you live in Hougang, in the morning before you leave for work, the Hougang LED will be blinking slowly. As you travel to work, the Hougang LED will change to a lit non-blinking state, and your current location will be tracked by fast blinking LEDs. At the end of the day, if you work in Tampines, the Tampines LED will be blinking slowly which means your work location is your “home” at the end of the day.

The artwork is intended to build up a relationship between the user and environment. In this case, the public’s spatial perception of public housing will be strengthened. The user is also encouraged to think about the idea of “home” as where time is spent most. The context of this artwork is actually based on research done on the community aspects and space identity of public housing in Singapore which was documented in a book “A House is not a Home”.


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