Share stories at this podcast studio with Arts in Your Neighbourhood | The A List
A new pop-up recording booth in Bukit Panjang aims to be the talk of the town this March. The installation, set up in the open space outside the Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council, invites the community to record, share and listen to one another’s stories.
The pop-up installation, Podscape, is developed by placemaking studio Shophouse & Co. It is part of Arts in Your Neighbourhood, an initiative by the National Arts Council that encourages people to appreciate the arts through engaging experiences in their everyday spaces.
Arts in Your Neighbourhood will take place island-wide from 12 to 29 March, but it will also spotlight Bukit Panjang. So, about half of the family-friendly activities, including a street art trail, as well as dance and music performances, will take place in that neighbourhood.
With Podscape, Shophouse & Co.’s co-founders Stella Gwee and Adib Jalal hope to create a “communal podcast listening experience.” Gwee likens it to a throwback experience where people in a neighbourhood would gather at the community centre to watch TV dramas.
She says: “We would pipe in and share our thoughts, cheering on our favourite characters whenever possible.” This sense of belonging, formed over shared stories, is what Podscape hopes to build.
Instead of bonding over reel life dramas, however, Podscape aims to inspire people of all generations to share their personal stories and tales of the estate and build a sense of neighbourhood pride.
To get things rolling, Shophouse & Co. reached out to some residents of Bukit Panjang for their stories. Gwee and Adib then worked with artist Ng Sze Min to layer recordings of the stories with sounds from the estate and original music that reflects the vibe of the ’hood, for example, a made-up jingle for the Bukit Panjang LRT station. The result is two podcast episodes that will broadcast at Podscape for a start, to inspire others to share their stories at the onsite recording booth.
Stories recorded onsite will then be combined with sounds from the neighbourhood and music by Ng to create four additional podcasts. The final recordings will be available for listening at the pop-up installation, as well as via the Shophouse & Co.’s website. You don’t have to be a resident of Bukit Panjang to share your stories at Podscape, so don’t be shy, give it a try.
Details about Podscape here.