In 2014, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the goal of a “Car-Lite Singapore”. He remarked during a speech, ‘We have to rely less on cars on the roads because we cannot keep on building roads — more roads for more cars”. What the Prime Minister did not say, but could be reasonably inferred, is that our reliance on cars, and the consequent need for more roads, have relegated the development of infrastructures for other modes of travel, making them less convenient. National goals and strategic planning aside, decades of automobile-centricity have become inalienable from our experience of the built environment.
Bruce Quek is a Singaporean artist and writer. Driven by a fascination with the strangeness and complexity of cities, he observes our technological society with a sense of cynical humour, and reframes commonplace experiences to heighten their internal absurdities and contradictions. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at ZKM, Karlsruhe, QAGOMA, Brisbane, and Singapore Art Museum, among others. Between 2015 and 2019, he worked with the late performance artist Lee Wen on the Independent Archive.
Venue: Goethe Institut Singapur, Goethe Lab, 136 Neil Road, Singapore 088865
When: 30 Jun - 17 Jul 2022,