For millennia we have turned to the aesthetic components of our environment to understand the world around us. If aesthetics are a global and intuitive language that engage with our deeply-rooted, human instincts, how might we engage with aesthetics as a cultural tool to investigate and develop a communities’ sense of place?
I designed and led this workshop as part of my ongoing research into the role of aesthetics in our contemporary place-making experiences whilst in Singapore (November 2019). Inspired by the prevalence of formal aesthetic components imbued with symbology and meaning found across Asian design, I asked if it was possible to show someone what it feels like to be somewhere, through the power of colour, shape and composition.
The workshop provided a platform for people to reflect, discuss and re-imagine their individual and sometimes opposing impressions of place through the narrative of making and sending a postcard. The postcards acted as “mitigating objects” that supported both self-reflection and communication of complex personal, political and cultural insights.