The chasing mén 1965 artwork is a mosaic of photographs comprising 1965 unique doors across Singapore.
Our photographers explored the streets and back alleys of the city in pursuit of doors to illustrate the rich cultural tapestry of Singapore.
chasing mén is an art piece as unique as each door it is composed of, as a labour of love and inclusivity. Our entrepreneurial team worked hard to bring this artwork to life.
The word ‘mén’ (门) in Chinese means ‘door.’ Behind every mén is a story to be told, reminding us of the forgotten history beneath our modern concrete jungle landscape. It is these stories that we want to focus on and share through this artwork, so step into a world of heritage through the doors of chasing mén 1965.
The 1,965 images that make up this artwork have been divided into their geographical locations in Singapore, and this is reflected in the artwork itself as the doors are placed within regions (North, Northeast, Central, East and West).
Our team of photographers has travelled 986 kilometres around Singapore to gather images that capture a collective Singaporean identity. Discover stories of historical significance, literary references, artistic endeavours, and depictions of everyday life.
Relive the history of the door-fronts of those who have occupied, visited, and worked there – remnants of their desires, ambitions, hardships, and successes remain. Explore distinctly human elements of life as they culminate in the doors, waiting to be remembered and cherished despite the wearing of the years.
To respect the unique nature of this artwork, chasing mén 1965 will be available for sale on OpenSea from 9th August 2022. The exclusive sale of the artwork corresponds to the piece's authenticity while encouraging the story behind the artwork to continue to unfold through each unique owner.
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The chasing mén 1965 artwork will be released as a heritage-based NFT. This marks the creation and minting of the first NFT to capture Singapore’s heritage as a full-fledged collaborative artwork, resulting in a collage of 1,965 images.
This is the first of many initiatives as part of a newly launched chasing mén, a creative collective focusing on the intersections between art, cultural heritage, and technology.
Over the past few months, the chasing mén team has come together to make our ideas a reality to raise awareness about Singapore’s heritage and culture through a digital art piece accessible to everyone.
The chasing mén collective was launched through a partnership between INTERLUNAR and Trampolene. Trampolene, an A*STAR spin-off, is a research & technology non-profit organisation that provides solutioning to bring about change and positive impact to the lives of the underprivileged, disadvantaged and vulnerable. Working with charitable groups through our artistic and technological projects, the goal is to continue to create a positive impact in the creative and technological field.
Portion of the profits from the sale of chasing mén 1965 will thus be donated to Trampolene to support their charitable initiatives to bring about change in the lives of the underprivileged, disadvantaged and vulnerable.