Tilt Shift serves as a visual presence for Singaplural 2019 that draws the public in. Located in the main entrance of the National Design Centre, Tilt Shift is a wall feature that can be simplified as an application of two techniques, the tilt and the shift.

Commonly known in photography, tilt-shift lenses are widely used for architectural shots. "Tilt–shift" encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Drawing inspiration from this, the installation interprets the techniques of tilt and shift with a dual intention. Serving as an exterior presence, Tilt Shift is meant to draw the public into the exhibition with its dynamic form. On top of that, the installation represents the ethos of the theme Unnatural Phenomena, which seeks to make things intriguing and different.

The installation leans on a couple of techniques to fulfil these intentions. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus, applying this effect through layers of PVC boards, we create a dual point of view on the wall feature. The graphic element on the wall can only be read at certain moments, the top portion is only in focus when entering the tunnel from the street side, while the bottom can only be seen when leaving the gallery. An element of play is established, creating a hide and seek behaviour as one walks along the wall. Shift is used to adjust the position of the subject, pulling them into the exhibition through the behaviour of waves. The waves gradually build in the intensity as it approaches the sliding door that leads to the exhibition. This creates a pulling effect that lures passer-by to enter the exhibition.


Formwerkz Architects was established in Singapore in 2004 by Alan Tay, Seetoh Kum Loon, Gwen Tan and Berlin Lee. The practice is largely defined and shaped by their common interest in the recovery of mutual human relationships, and the restoration of primordial relationships between man and nature. Projects become vehicles to design happenings or more precisely, the conditions that can espouse more active engagement between man and man with his environment.