Multi-Sensory perception of Space and Objects
Research into multi-sensory spatial design – studying and experimenting with user experience beyond pure visual. This has culminated in two series of art installations/ performances to date and forms the core philosophy of Cheryl Heng’s curriculum for the 3D Foundation Course at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) School of Art, Design and Media (SADM).
“Natural” Urban Spaces
This set of NUS final-year research focused on identifying and re-establishing connections on a human-scale with “Urban Nature”; recognizing its potential as “Chance Architecture”.
Part-Time Lecturer, 3D Foundation, Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media
Jan 2013 – Present
Student Sketch Models for Taste, Smell, Sound & Touch exercises
Although sight appears to be the contemporary man’s primary sense in perceiving his world, the other senses also play important roles in how we interpret what we see. This is increasingly so in our highly competitive consumerist world where there is a shift from mere ‘eye candy’ to the holistic experience of a design be it an object, a space or a service; extracting that subtle plus-alpha sensory factor which subconsciously hits home with a potential client. Continue reading →
A concept design for a Chapel/ Restaurant/ Boutique Hotel
2008-2009, Karuizawa, Japan
Concept Designer and main Liaison/ Interpreter for a Japanese ‘chapel-chain’ client (In Japan there is a trend for ‘fantasy wedding chapels’ where clients are promised a dreamy wedding setting in any style, without having to set foot out of the country) and French restaurant consultant (renowned French chef Dominique Bouchet) at GKK Architects and Engineers.
Art Coordinator for Setouchi International Art Festival
Apr 2010 – Nov 2010, Tokyo and Takamatsu, Japan
Setouchi International Art Festival Background
The Setouchi International Art Festival 2010 is the inaugural triennial contemporary art festival that takes place on multiple islands of the Setouchi (Seto Inland Sea) region of Japan, showcasing the art works of many renowned contemporary artists inspired by and in collaboration with the local residents, majority of whom are in their silver years.
The objective of this unique 100-day Art Festival stretching from 19th July- 31st October, is to re-invigorate the islands that have seen dwindling population by including numerous events bringing people from all over the world and Japan into contact with the local islanders through the making of Art and the sharing of lifestyle cultures. Many Artists lived in residence on the islands months before the festival conceptualising and making their artwork together with locals and volunteers alike.
A concept design for a Women’s University
2008, Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Photos showing the Open Dining Concept
Concept design for a women’s university specialising in food and nutrition set in the Kiryu countryside.
This project was born when the University invested in a pizza oven, and wanted to share it with the community. Due to the lack of restaurant options in the area, the University decided to implement a novel concept of providing dining options to the local community as well. This creates the opportunity for feedback on the students’ culinary skills. Therefore, the ground level dining area is open to the exterior, connecting it with the community. Daily menu, designed by the students, is served to the University staff, students and public in this open dining area.
A concept design followed by project management for a residential project
2007, Fujisawa, Japan
photos of completed project with mock-up models
Main Liaison, Full Design and Project Management for Imafuku Residence (under GKK Architects and Engineers). This residential project consisted of the tearing down of half of a 50-year-old single-storey timber house belonging to the grandmother to clear land to accomodate a new double-storey cantilevered timber house which would house her son, his wife and their two young children (a boy and girl ages 7 and 12 respectively). Continue reading →
“I am a hybrid of many experiences and chance encounters, born of a moment, build up of many moments…”
Through the sensorial puzzle of discovering ‘Who’ the artist is through sight, sound and smell, the participant is coaxed into discovering who he is… The installation of three beanbags suspended at different heights, is differentiated by the single “sense” each contains. The participant’s encounter with each beanbag is a personal one- by inserting his head into each beanbag whilst standing, sitting or kneeling, the acquaintance with the artist and himself becomes a very intimate experience. Continue reading →