Reclamation and Redemption
GAN generated video (3:00:00) + stills
As part of Fragment of a Shoreline installation, commissioned for National Gallery Singapore for Light to Night 2022

500 satellite images of beaches and land reclamation in action from former British colonies were fed into a GAN (generative adversarial network). A video and images were generated from the model.

These images speculate on the land reclamation activities in the name of urban and economic re/development undertaken globally. Such developments tend to be driven by mechanical and logical needs of more land and better economy; created by cold processes of crunching numbers, planning policies, urban planning regulations and zoning plans. Economic development is often paramount to any aesthetic decisions. Often times reclamation ignores the current landforms and creates a new tabula rasa seafront.