Advanced Architecture Laboratory, Augmented Human Laboratory and IDMI Arts and Creativity Laboratory were selected by the Singapore Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) to implement their proposed project titled “Sonic SG” as part of Singapore 50th Jubilee celebrations in 2015.

Sonic SG is a large-scale interactive light installation in the Singapore River close to the Civic District in the shape of the island nation. It allows visitors to extend a field of LED lights with “sonified personal pixels” that can be created through mobile devices. Using the visitors’ location relative to the actual field of lights or to their Singapore postal codes, the networked devices are individually addressable. “Personal pixels” connect them to each other through sound and light patterns.

The project celebrates Singapore’s achievements by fostering a holistic understanding of the ways in which technology is changing our thinking about design and the built environment and how its proliferation in high-density urban contexts such as Singapore can improve connectivity and reflect a sense of place.