Alfian Sa'at and Heman Chong
This is an online installation work. Co-creator Alfian
explains that his collaboration with Chong, a visual artist, aims to
give new meaning to Singapore, which is ""under-fictionalised''.
idea, he says, is to ""put a few writers and photographers in to
re-write Singapore and provide more idiosyncratic and personal
website invites artists and writers to submit their creative
interpretations of places that trigger off memories and emotions of
is hoping to create an online arts community that transcends the
borders of specialised disciplines.
Geograffiti V1.0, which is funded by The Substation, was
launched in March this year. It features the works of seven
the reader clicks on the nostalgic pictures scattered on a pop-up
window, he is taken on a ride down memory lane as the text evokes a
sense of familiarity.
like the site, look out for Version 1.1 -the update -of the website,
which Alfian says will be ready later this month.
editor's note on the site declares: ""This magazine is about self-
expression, about talking out loud. We want you to care about self-
expression because what you feel matters.''
you are a spitfire with flaring nostrils, be inspired to find a vent
eight issues under its belt, the2ndrule also scores a boost with
regular contributor Alfian Sa'at.
Exploring social matters in Singapore, every issue is a
selection of writing, ranging from interviews to poems, essays and
expect more dazzle, as the site takes on Flash, the multimedia
programme, after a facelift to incorporate more interactivity.
Arthur Kok, 25
The editor calls it a ""microcosm of the arts community''.
The e-zine, with a team of 10 writers, offers reviews of plays,
concerts and movies. Its theatre review section is the most active,
although Mr Kok promises the other sections will be revived soon.
e-zine adopts a tongue-in-cheek tone. For example, in its classical
concert catastrophe section, there is a Noise Rating Index, ""a
partially-objective measurement of pager and handphone blasts'',
measured on a scale of zero to five, in increasing annoyance.
According to Kok, the online magazine ÷ though he
prefers to call it a ""site'' ÷ has gained credibility as an
alternative theatre reviewer since its inception in 1995.
Despite the site's popularity, he has never considered
turning it into a commercial enterprise.
explains: ""There is a suspicion of websites that have gone
commercial. We do not want to get our hands tied.''
more interested in reaching more readers.
the hits counter on the site reads ""5,809,060 inkheads bashed since
24 Oct 1999''.
Synnette Sng aka Pei
On this website, Sng takes her adventures in design online.
page may look bare in its design, but Altered Consciousness takes
the reader on a highly-interactive tour as he has to hunt for the
buttons to click on, before guessing what each little icon leads to.
Started as a personal homepage in 1997 to display her poems,
Sng says that she has also cottoned on to web designing.
fact, she gives the website a facelift every six months.
Sections on the homepage are given names like Paper, Pencil
explains that ""Paper'' is a showcase of some works that she has
read and is fond of, while ""Pencil'' is a repository of poems that
she has written.
you were a voyeur, ""Eraser'' offers a peep into moments that she
wished never happened.
irony of displaying these moments of embarrassment in the public
eye, Sng explains that these records are like little journals,
except that she makes no qualms about sharing embarrassing details
with people who visit her website.
Poetry Billboard http://poetry.s-one.net.sg/
Alvin Pang, 28
was set up in 1996 and has brought together more than 20 writers'
works highlighted on the site.
laments that not many Singaporean writers use the Web for publicity:
""The Net helps to put Singapore on the world map. Singaporean
writers should use it to reach a wider pool of audience.''
site has garnered more than 17,500 hits since its overhaul in 1998.
However, with his busy schedule, he admits that he is able to update
his "hobby'' only once a month.
site links to another site, No Other City, a poetry collection he
helped edit. With excerpts, soundbites, wallpapers and a chat forum,
the site also invites readers' comments and poetry
site is a treat for the eyes, with its savvy design and layout
featuring black-and-white pictures and downloadable