Making of The Machinist takes you into the printing press for a glimpse of the research, print and book-making process.

 
 

Making of the machinist

 

library@orchard
orchard gateway level 3

1 — 31 mar 2018
 

Through the lens of design, The Machinist documents the stories of a lathe artisan and his community in the auto and ship repair district of Jalan Besar, Singapore. Oral transcripts and architectural drawings lend a glimpse into their tales of labour and communal spirit. We learn how they come to dedicate their entire lives to mastering a skill, and question the meaning of craft in a rapidly changing urban context.

In Making of The Machinist, samples and notes from the research, print and binding processes take us into the printing press to understand how a book is made.

 
 

He draws new life from industrial scrap and the obsolete auto-parts we found in his workshop. 

 
 

trash to treasure

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lim hak tai gallery
nanyang academy of FINE ARTS
80 bencoolen street

10 mar — 8 apr 2018

part of overdrawN
a collaboration between
nanyang academy of fine arts
& victorian college of the arts
melbourne, australia

Precisely lathed treasures lie hidden,
shimmering in mounds of “trash”,
by-products of a fading craft.
He draws new life from industrial scrap
and the obsolete auto-parts we found
in his workshop.

An artisan of the old repairing culture,
the auto-parts machinist, seeks a new
purpose in a society lost in use-and-throw consumerism. And the brass shavings, like him and the jewellery he crafts, are at once worthless to some but treasure to the discerning eye.

 
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