Open Systems 1_Open Worlds (OS1) is a virtual exhibition that explores the relationship between real and virtual worlds through video games and digital culture. From 4 May to 10 August 2023, audiences can access opensystems.sg and interact with 18 artworks featuring artists and thinkers from 14 different countries who reimagine digital realms and the limitations of virtual environments through film, music videos, video essays and interactive computer games that expose how the patterns of economic and social inequities of lived experience may also be observed in virtual spaces.
Gradually unfolding with six themed chapters that are refreshed with three new artist projects every two weeks, OS1 adopts an introspective riff off ‘Open World’ gaming, reflexive of the supposed autonomy these free-roaming environments provide to users. Exploring themes of privatisation, artificial scarcity and inequalities that transfer between lived and digital realms, OS1 presents the question considering how games and virtual spaces may function as sites to rehearse alternative and novel modes of social, political, and spatial organisation.
OS1.1_Virtual Capital, Lawrence Lek, Alice Bucknell, Bahar Noorizadeh, Rudá Babau & Waste Paper Opera (Klara Kofen, James Oldham, Gary Zhexi Zhang, Anna Palmer)
4 to 18 May 2023
OS1.2_WoW, Unite!, Cat Bluemke, Joshua Citarella & Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman, Mario Mu
18 May to 1 June 2023
OS1.3_Landscapes of the Political Imaginary, Zheng Mahler, Shabtai Pinchevsky, and Firas Shehadeh
1 to 15 June 2023
OS1.4_Unrealpolitik, Yeyoon Avis Ann & George Chua, Clemens von Wedemeyer, and Grayson Earle
15 to 29 June 2023
OS1.5_Dematerialised Zones, Hayoun Kwon, Total Refusal, and Antoine Chapon
29 June to 13 July 2023
OS1.6_Intimate Encounters, Sara Sadik, Kara Güt, and Xafiér Yap
13 to 27 July 2023
When: 4 May - 10 Aug 2023,
By: Singapore Art Museum (SAM)