╡║╞ Studies of AutomobilityOrganised by: Goethe-Institut Singapore
Performed by: Bruce Quek
A ponderous dance of vast, multi-lane intersections; twirling, intersecting ribbons of overpasses and underbridges. This is the landscape of automobility, a chorus in concrete, asphalt, and steel. Approaching these structures in mute incomprehension, ╡║╞ is an attempt to understand this dream of fossil-fueled speed.
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.
╡║╞ is supported as part of the open call RECONNECT for 136 GOETHE LAB, which invited artists working on incubation projects or new bodies of work to present or develop their work in the space.