Power Play is a newly established independent biennial festival that explores the manifold dimensions of power through the playful possibilities of contemporary art. The inaugural edition titled Invisible Lines, invites over 40 international and local artists from 18 geographical locations to come together as citizens of agency: exploring, questioning and subverting the invisible lines of power as experienced through sociocultural, socioeconomic, and sociopolitical narratives within our everyday lives. Audiences are invited to grace the fully immersive digital festival, which will feature an exciting array of programmes including performance art, visual art exhibitions, film screening, artist talks and workshops, as they are seemingly transported from anywhere in the world to our festival’s sites from 23 October to 8 November 2020 through a mesmerising 360-degree viewing experience.
The festival stems from the thematic idea of the invisible lines of power that are omnipresent in our everyday realities, where invisible refers to the unseen, enigmatic or easily ignored, while lines depict elements that may divide or unite; highlight or eliminate; and clarify or confuse. Placing a spotlight on these invisible lines of power that are inextricably woven into human societies across the globe within international, domestic and individual spheres, the festival will examine how such power dynamics have been normalized and internalized over time, while significantly shaping geographical, societal and personal space, boundaries and identities.
Conceived by A’shua Imran, Jaxton Su and Jireh Koh who are practicing artists themselves, Power Play is set to be an inclusive platform to empower diverse artistic voices and expressions by pushing the boundaries of contemporary art content and programming, as it attempts to stimulate intercultural discussion and exchange of ideas, while deepening audiences’ appreciation in the arts. The festival will have a special collaboration with London-based Truth to Power Café, founded by Jeremy Goldstein, to present a 1-minute video participatory programme and a 60-minute monologue English with an Accent, as it extends its viewership beyond Singapore.
When: 23 Oct - 8 Nov 2020,
Venue/Organizer: The Arts House