2219: Futures Imagined
2219: Futures Imagined

2219: Futures Imagined

DATE

23 Nov (Sat) - 5 Apr (Sun)

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TIME

Monday, 10:00 - 19:00

Tuesday, 10:00 - 19:00

Wednesday, 10:00 - 19:00

Thursday, 10:00 - 19:00

Friday, 10:00 - 19:00

Saturday, 10:00 - 19:00

Sunday, 10:00 - 19:00

PRICE

Admission Fees Apply

LOCATION

ArtScience Museum

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Step into 2219: Futures Imagined and explore how the world might change over the next 200 years in a major exhibition developed by ArtScience Museum. This immersive and experiential exhibition is a journey into imaginary future worlds, featuring over two dozen artists, architects, filmmakers, writers and theatre companies from Singapore and around the world.

Organised into five Acts, the exhibition explores how Singapore's society, culture and traditions may evolve when faced with global changes. Each Act aims to immerse visitors in settings which show how life may be impacted by changes in the Earth's environment. 

Act I articulates some of the worldwide transformations which are already occurring due to environmental degradation – desertification in some places, flooding in others - as visitors transition from 2019 into the world of the future. In Act II, visitors will step into a possible future located in a public housing apartment set in the midway in the 21st century. Through cleverly designed interiors and strategic placement of various household items, the apartment enables visitors to experience the lived consequences of climate change, showing how Singaporeans may adapt to a changed environment. This section also includes artworks that show how Singapore, and its neighbouring nations, may acclimatise to a world which is beginning to be reshaped by rising sea-levels, and disruptions to global trade.

Act III explores a possible new subterranean world, created by the necessity to migrate underground. The centrepiece is a detailed speculative architectural proposal for large-scale underground living environment. Singapore's mastery of critical infrastructure is highlighted, suggesting that the island-state is well-placed to adjust to such a dramatic change. 

Act III also investigates how our relationship with nature may change, if we moved away from the surface where much of life is sustained.

Act IV presents a dramatic immersive installation that aims to evoke a sense of urgency, encouraging us to take steps towards environmental conservation to protect all our futures. Visitors are invited to take part in a piece of participatory theatre which explores a future in which the oceans have adapted to support certain marine life, but the planet has become hostile for people. No matter how dramatically the world around us will change, the qualities that make Singapore unique will remain, as it moves towards its Quadricentennial. The final section of the exhibition, Act V, meditates on how cultures and traditions persevere, suggesting it is through collective memories, and shared customs, that we will be able to create the links between the past, present and future.

Exhibiting in Asia for the first time are UK artists Larry Achiampong and John Akomfrah, while Rimini Protokoll (Germany) and Superflux (UK) will be making their Southeast Asian debuts at 2219: Futures Imagined. Gordon Cheung (UK), Shan Hur (Korea) and Lisa Park (Korea) will also be showcasing their works in Singapore for the first time.

Works by many Singapore-based artists are also presented including Sarah Choo, Finbar Fallon, Ho Tzu Nyen, Adeline Kueh, Zarina Muhammad, Alvin Pang, Amanda Heng, Yanyun Chen, Priyageetha Dia, Donna Ong, Debbie Ding, Hafiz Osman, Robert Zhao Renhui, Johann Fauzi, Fyrool Dhama and BAO.

2219: Futures Imagined is curated by ArtScience Museum, based on an idea by Alvin Pang, with support from curatorial advisors Annie Jael Kwan and Adriel Luis. It is co-produced by SPACElogic.

Family Friday Tour
17 January, 3pm–4pm
Level B2
Complimentary to ticket-holders of 2219: Futures Imagined
Ages 12 and above

Follow us on a journey that investigates the multitudes of futures presented by artists, filmmakers, designers and architects. Across five highly participatory and environmentally distinct acts, walk into different moments in time and place which showcase future scenarios impacted by drastic changes in the Earth’s environment.

Guided Tour
11, 12, 18 & 19 January, 5pm–6pm
Level B2
Complimentary to ticket-holders of 2219: Futures Imagined
Ages 12 and above

Follow us on a journey that investigates the multitudes of futures presented by artists, filmmakers, designers and architects. Across five highly participatory and environmentally distinct acts, walk into different moments in time and place which showcase future scenarios impacted by drastic changes in the Earth’s environment.

Interactive Trail
11–19 January, 10am–7pm
Visitors should purchase an exhibition ticket before participating in the trail. The trail kit is available for purchase at the Museum Retail shop.
Ages 12 and above

Find yourself in the distant future with very little memory of how you got there. Follow the trail to investigate the mystery using clues provided through different galleries in the exhibition. Do you have what it takes to complete the trail in order to restore your memory?

Workshops, Masterclasses and Reading Circles 
Yanyun Chen, 11 January
Priyageetha Dia, 12 January
Adeline Kueh, 17 January
Zarina Muhammad, 18 and 19 January

To coincide with Art Week 2020 and in collaboration with Impart Art, ArtScience Museum presents a series of in-gallery artist interventions featuring Adeline Kueh, Zarina Muhammad, Yanyun Chen and Priyageetha Dia. Exploring how ritual and handiwork is handed down from generation to generation, in a fond layering of memories and identity, these four exhibiting artists will present intimate hands-on sessions and talks, as well as readings and performances.

The Bizarre Honour, Robert Zhao Renhui, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist

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