A Daily Act
exercises for the everyday, from the everyday

Where does the “public” reside in public art? Is it within people, within shared spaces, or both? Does the notion of the “private” exist in public art? Can public art infiltrate the private spheres of individuals? Can it be privately experienced? 

A Daily Act focuses on everyday, mundane life occurrences. Participants are encouraged to explore the emotional nuances of their daily routines, whether at home or on the streets. As they go about a regular day, some individuals may encounter instructions; they may walk past them on their way to the train station or pause to observe a postcard while enjoying their coffee. Over time, these prompts may lead their perceptions to shift, senses to sharpen and movements to become more deliberate.  

Motivated by a desire to introduce poetry into daily lived experiences within the city, A Daily Act asks: Can the banal become remarkable? Can the ordinary become extraordinary? Widely distributed as site-specific instructions across Tanjong Pagar, the project aims to evoke an aesthetic experience rooted in participants’ willingness to engage. 

Developed by Atelier HOKO, A Daily Act is commissioned as part of The Everyday Museum, a public art initiative by the Singapore Art Museum. 

Ways to engage

29 June–27 July

Look out for A Daily Act instructions at the following venues, engage in the act and share your responses (in any format):

  • DTP Green (Next to Tras Link Park)
  • International Plaza (10 Anson Rd, Singapore 079903; Digital screen at Level 1 directory, and Level 1 lift lobby)
  • Tanjong Pagar Plaza (Block 5 carpark entrances)
  • Duxton Plain Park
  • Grassroots Book Room (25 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089839)
  • bag me up Bagel House (2 Everton Park, #01-59B, Singapore 081002)
  • Cafe Wabi Sabi (3 Everton Park, #01-79, Singapore 080003)
  • Hello Arigato (4 Everton Park, #01-42, Singapore 080004)
  • Nesuto @ Tanjong Pagar (53 Tras St, #01-01, Singapore 078992)
  • Trapeze Rec. Club (27 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088450)
  • DOPA (7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-107, Singapore 081007)
  • Book Bar (57 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089521)
  • Balestier Market Collective (39 Keppel Road, #01-02, Singapore 089065)

About Atelier HOKO

Atelier HOKO (2002) is an independent research lab that focuses on the study of the growing disengagement between people, things and space. The atelier hopes to cultivate in people an open-ness and ability to un-know, bringing about a heightened curiosity towards all phenomena by taking a fresh look at reality. Founded by Alvin Ho and Clara Koh.