It’s been more than two months since the Circuit Breaker and Phase 1 have had us holed up in our humble, 99-year leasehold HDB flats. And frankly, we’re bored out of our wits.
Worse, it’ll be awhile yet before social activities, such as clubbing and mass celebrations, can go back to the way it was before Covid-19. So it’s perfect timing that a local creative video producer has conjured some serious gratification for our pent-up restlessness.
In a 25-second video posted on his Instagram account @dauntlus, Marcus Liew, founder and creative director of production house Dauntlus Studios, transformed a block of HDB flats at Punggol’s Waterway Terraces into a smashing rave party—with a uniquely Singaporean twist featuring Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Even for non-clubbers, this video is strangely surreal and feel-good. And at the same time, we want to believe that this actually happened. You’ll get what we mean when you watch the vid (with the sound on, please):
Pretty darn awesome, huh?
Speaking to 99.co, the video’s creator said that the inspiration for making this began when “Singaporeans were singing out of their windows for healthcare workers.”
“There were also some internet videos of police in Europe blasting music to both enforce and encourage people to stay in their homes, which I thought was very heartwarming,” said Marcus, who’s in his 20s.
“So I just took it to the next level and created a rave party, because with 3D you can make your own reality so why not push it?”
For those who’re curious, Marcus released a ‘making of’ video on how the Punggol HDB rave party was created from scratch:
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Asked if he’s offended by being labelled as “non-essential”, the engineering student-turned-visual artist told us that “reality is reality”.
“Sometimes what you can offer to society is not relevant at this period of time,” said Marcus. “I believe the outrage has been built from years of societal belief that you’ll never make it as an artist in Singapore.”
Well, is this make-believe HDB rave party relevant? We sure think so. And trust us when we say artists have a place in our society, because otherwise we’d be home staring at our four walls in between our Zoom meetings.
One more thing: Perhaps we can have an actual HDB rave party to celebrate the day when Singapore is Covid-free? We can only hope.
Would you mind a HDB rave party at your block? Share your thoughts with us in the comments 😉
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