Bringing Interdisciplinary Learning to and Beyond Tembusu College

In collaboration with FASS Science, Technology, and Society Cluster, Dr Margaret Tan convened the symposium Zero Day: Science, Technology, Society and the Imagination. The symposium wanted to fill a gap in STS studies by bringing art into the equation. It brought in theorists and practitioners straddling the fields of art, science, and technology and sought to uncover the relationships between new media artistic practices and research, as well as what we can learn from new media art practitioners. The symposium was successful in attracting quite a diverse group of graduate students and researchers from different faculties and institutions beyond Tembusu College and NUS. It is testament to the keen interest out there in interdisciplinary enquiry. In addition, three artists speaking at the symposium, and housed at Tembusu College, conducted RasberryPi and 360 degree VR workshops for our students.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.