An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season by guest curator Syaheedah Iskandar features the works of 10 young Singapore-based artists. The exhibition offers immersive mixed-media installations, performances and site-specific artistic interventions that encourage visitors to collectively reflect on and imagine new ways of thinking and doing towards a more humane future.
Tini Aliman’s Pokoknya: Organic Cancellation, an aural performance translated into sculpture, explores plant consciousness and interspecies communication, inviting visitors to contemplate our fraught relationship with nature; while Kin Chui’s Station 13010 engages visitors in discussions of spirituality through an installation where microscopic organisms such as fungi and algae are worshipped as deities in a dystopian future.
Visitors are encouraged to re-evaluate our habit of mass consumption in Clara Lim’s 3 GHz, a mixed-media installation that comments on society’s worship of technological progress and its tendency to discard things instead of repairing or recycling them. Multi-disciplinary artist Ila’s There can be no touching here is an ongoing project that reflects on how we consume and disseminate information on assault. It explores existing and new pathways for action, actively addressing and reducing instances of harm, especially in the face of structural inefficiencies and weaknesses during a time of crisis.
The exhibition is part of Proposals for Novel Ways of Being, an unprecedented initiative by National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum, in partnership with 10 other local art institutions, independent art spaces and art collectives. The large-scale collaboration features the works of over 170 artists in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and they offer the public inspiration in moving forward in a changed world. Gallery visitors will experience diverse art works that draw them into poetic meditations on the present state of affairs in society and invite them to explore notions of caretaking and time in a world altered by the pandemic.
Venue: National Gallery Singapore
When: 4 Sep 2020 - 21 Feb 2021,