What stories would the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (TPRS) tell if only it could speak? What would it have to say about the people who have passed through its arched entrances? What special place does the TPRS occupy in Singapore’s consciousness and in our personal narratives?
15 Stations, The O.P.E.N.’s Augmented Reality Memory Tour project, written by Christopher Fok and with the participation of Nanyang Technological University students, is a performance in the present time and space, where you are the only performer wandering through fact and fantasy.
Created as a downloadable app, and viewed only through smartphones (which are provided to audiences if necessary), this Augmented Reality Memory Tour offers three unique, carefully curated perspectives or routes – Reflect, Connect and Imagine – on this iconic and much-loved railway station.
Drawing on archival materials and the art of animation, each memory route weaves its own narrative about the relationship between the station and those who have passed and will pass through its doors. Meet the people – real and imagined – whose lives were connected by the railway line, and envision a future created by a generation that never had the chance to set foot in the station during its heyday.
15 Stations is the very essence of POST-Empires, where reality is no longer sufficient, but has to be augmented with technology.
Each memory route is in English and takes about 30 minutes. A visitor who chooses to go on the entire tour of Reflect, Connect and Imagine will take 90 minutes in total.