Finding What’s Next Exhibition

Photographer Bob Lee’s photo exhibition, Finding What’s Next, is an intimate and important look at autistic youth who have left the santuary of education.  Through portraits of 12 young individuals with autism, Mr Lee explores the future and how individuals and their families struggle without a national support system.  The exhibit is also bolstered by stories produced by Lim Hwee Hwee and Sun Meilan.

The photos are dynamic, personal and often moving – in Mr Lee’s portrayal of 20-year-old Marcus who requires constant movement, there are touching pictures of Marcus and his father involved in activities together.  Many of the individuals are also depicted at work – showing how purpose and routine can help.  Alongside the photos, personal effects like notebooks or artwork are sometimes displayed.

Mr Lee not only worked on taking the photos but also came up with the overall look of the exhibition – with dark-blue painted walls and mood lighting to make the photographs pop.  He even closely monitored the set-up of the exhibition, saying, “I was there every day during the set-up and the installation guy thought I was a contractor!”

Perhaps most essential is what we do *after* viewing the exhibition.  In the video playing alongside the exhibit, Mr Lee explains why he created Finding What’s Next – not only does he want to urge family members of autistic youth to plan ahead so that they are able to support special needs family member in the future but also, crucially, raise awareness among neighbours and community members so that we can care, and take action.

Finding What’s Next is open all day at the Esplanade tunnel until 4 July 2021.

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Derrick Tay

“Performing keeps me going!  I started when I was in school – initially I would perform for free and school is a good place to safely experiment and express oneself.  At about 15 years old, I had my first public performances and at 19 I had regular gigs at cafes and I also did emceeing!

When I was younger, my parents weren’t fully supportive because it didn’t seem practical. After NS, I went to LASALLE College of the Arts and studied Technical and Production Management for 5 weeks only; because I was still very much drawn to the performing arts, I transferred to a performing arts course in LaSalle instead.

Event performances are always on-going – I worked on mental health week recently, for instance, and though I’m a solo artist, I also have a pool of friends I can come together and work with.  

Performing keeps me going and before the circuit breaker, a partner and I decided to work together to put together a space that would be a safe space for like-minded creatives to inhabit.  Owning @sainouspace is not just about performing anymore but also about curation – I’m still learning how best to work with it but most importantly, it’s aligned to what we want to do.”

Derrick Tay
Performing Artiste

Look out for our upcoming feature on this one-of-a-kind arts space!

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When the pandemic hit, D3 Solutions, a pioneering local race organiser and printer, did not want serious athletes to be left in the lurch.  At the cost of $150,000, they made the D3_VR app, a platform for runners and cyclists to clock their times and distances.

The virtual race platform uses GPS to record distance and, crucially, advanced analytics to determine if a participant is “cheating”, for example by taking a bus.  

This element of accountability is what makes the D3_VR the first race app of its kind locally – it allowed true competition even before mass sporting events were allowed.  

Said Mr Zubinn Tan from D3 Solutions, “Once we developed the app we offered it to some traditional event partners who declined as they did not want to be the first to try it. So we overcame it by launching a few events ourselves, so far 5, 10,15km runs and a round-island cycling event.  These have recently concluded and we’ve even held our own marathon, the Niu Year Runfastic Marathon.”

By using the app and running, even alone, athletes can participate in various races.  At present, the platform is being used for SAFRA ExploreSG, a series of 6km runs around the island that will continue till the end of April.  It is also used by schools for cross country and IPPT.

Said Mr Tan, “The most rewarding thing is that we have nearly 150,000km logged by users of the app over a few events, so it is definitely working.  The more distance we record, the more confidence I have.”