Event excerpt

Under its first dedicated virtual initiative ‘Open Systems’, Singapore Art Museum presents the online exhibition titled Open Systems 1_Open Worlds (OS1) that offers an immersive art experience exploring the digital worlds of video games.

Curated by Duncan Bass, it features 18 artworks by 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, the exhibition 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, the exhibition 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.


Lawrence Lek

Alice Bucknell

Bahar Noorizadeh, Rudá Babau and Waste Paper Opera

Cat Bluemke

Joshua Citarella and Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman

Mario Mu

Zheng Mahler

Shabtai Pinchevsky

Firas Shehadeh

Yeyoon Avis Ann and George Chua

Clemens von Wedemeyer

Grayson Earle

Hayoun Kwon

Total Refusal

Antoine Chapon

Sara Sadik

Kara Güt

Xafiér Yap

  • Sunday 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
  • Monday 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
  • Tuesday 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
  • Wednesday 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
  • Thursday 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
  • Friday 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
  • Saturday 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

Online Exhibition

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