What Singapore will be like in 2219

Get ready to enter into Singapore’s future—two centuries on. Developed by ArtScience Museum as part of the Singapore Bicentennial celebration, 2219: Futures Imagined showcases the vision of 25 artists. The works steer away from dystopian futures to focus on “intimate and enduring stories and traditions which are passed down from generation to generation,” says Honor Harger, Executive Director of the Museum. We present a sneak peek at five imaginative interpretations of this future world.

Bao Songyu: Museum of Marine Life 2119

Singaporean artist Bao Songyu’s Museum of Marine Life 2119 details a scene 200 years from now, when marine creatures are extinct and a marine biologist decides to build a series of nostalgic chimerical specimens, a tribute to vanished life forms in the form of a menagerie of kinetic sculptures.

John Akomfrah: Purple

UK artist and film director John Akomfrah’s Purple is a six-channel HD colour video installation detailing the implications of climate change across the planet and its effects on human communities, biodiversity, and the wilderness.

Larry Achiampong: Relic Traveller 0, 1 and 2

British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong presents Relic Traveller 0, 1 and 2, an ultra-high-definition video installation set across various landscapes and locations that tells the tale of the title character, who traverses the wilderness and discovers the remnants of a forgotten colonial empire.

Lisa Park: Blooming

Blooming is Korean-American interdisciplinary artist Lisa Park’s take on the inadequacies of technology and the importance of real-life human connections. This interactive AV installation takes the form of a life-sized 3D cherry blossom tree—a common symbol of social ties in East Asian culture.

Yanyun Chen: 娘 niang (wife)

娘 niang (wife) is one of four chapters of a larger body of work denoting the roles women are expected to play within a traditional Cantonese-Hainanese family. This installation focuses on the role of the wife, expressed through the chairs which were her grandmother’s dowry furniture. Objects associated with Chinese weddings also feature, albeit modified to emphasise the disparity of the expected roles of husband and wife in traditional Chinese culture.