Home'ing the Everyday Nomad
A project proposal.

by lei, pat, tyng & lwl

“... in traditional Southeast Asian cultures, the home was not a castle but a place to rest a weary head. Home is not defined by the walls that contain us but by the community in which we participate. Home is not a place to be owned or mortgaged. In a sense, home is nowhere.”(Chua 1997: 13) Chua, Lawrence. “All Fall Down.” In Collapsing New Buildings, edited by Lawrence Chua, 5-17. New York: Kaya Books, 1997.

In this age of nomadism, it is obvious that a house does not necessarily equate to home. Home as a very foundation of human life in our society today is under mutation.

People across different layers in our society become nomadic for their own reasons.

As they move about our city (or beyond) carrying out their daily life, they are leaving traces and claiming spaces as their home.

The network of these moving contains a manifold of story (life) shape out of trajectories and alterations of spaces. It remains daily and indefinite. It is another spatiality that is anthropological, emotional, poetic and human.

This project is about perceiving the city as a trajectory of ‘HOME’ for The Everyday NOMAD.

Surfacing the underlying self-organising layers that are growing and interweaving within the systematic structure of a city.

‘HOME’ is nowhere [nowhere = no-where + now-here (coined by Dr Cris de Groot, Nowhere Foundation)]

‘HOME’ is a way of perceiving the city as a trajectory of our house, where the 24 hr convenient store right downstairs is our fridge, and the kopi diam round the corner - our dining hall, the café in town – our living room etc.

‘HOME’ is fluid and border-less where the entire world can actually be home.

‘HOME’ is about space in relation to time.

‘HOME’ thus also means that it is dematerialised into movement of spaces.

‘HOME’ is a spontaneous world. It is not planned in advance but rather grown according to circumstances, emotions, chance and coincidence.

‘HOME’ is about relationships: relationship with environment, relationship with the society, relationship with community, relationship with friends, relationship with self etc.

‘HOME’ is a social reflection.

‘HOME’ is a way of life.

The Everyday NOMAD

The Everyday Nomad can be anyone in our city.

The Everyday Nomad spreads across different layers in the society. From the yuppies to the homeless.

The Everyday Nomad is one who travels and wanders in the city for his/her daily survival, extending the idea of home beyond the solidity of his/her house.

The Everyday Nomad is a lifestyle.

[The intervention in digital media for this project is coined as ‘HOME’ing ]
‘HOME’ing the Everyday NOMAD - some possibilities

The operation of ‘HOME’ ing is about embodying the movement of traveling and migration of the Everyday Nomads; picking up traces/momories left by the Nomads along their paths. Transforming these movements/habits into spatial legibility.

It’s about embodying another spatiality.

‘HOME’ing is a way of perceiving our city (or beyond) as a (fluid) ‘house’ that can be identified as home.

The process could be a double translation of space whereby the idea of home is extracted from the physicality of a house and then translated back into the analogy of a house in a form that is inclusive of time. To transform the enclosure of Singapore Pavilion into a scaled down ‘house’ representation of our city that is in sync with the pulse beat of the city real time.

‘HOME”ing is a dissection of social habits across the different layers in our society.

Tracking the Everyday NOMADs from different walks of life, tracing their paths and spatial occupation in such a way as to transcribe their HOME.

‘HOME’ing is to provide insider perspectives to life in our city.

Visualisation of these movement of temporary residences from the point of view of the NOMAD. Unfolding of ‘Narratives’ that is an outcome of the spaces.

‘HOME’ing is an introduction of a new system interweaved into the city for the Everyday Nomad

A possible system that allows communication between strangers who are sharing the same ‘HOME’. A communication system that is at the same time a collection of the traces of dwelling.

‘HOME’ing is a verb.

The project will attain a life of its own that is the life of the city.