State of Motion 2021: [Alternate / Opt] Realities
20 January 2021 - 21 February 2021
7 Straits View
The sixth edition of the multidisciplinary series, State of Motion 2021: [Alternate / Opt] Realities explores our visually engineered futures as conjured up by the science fiction genre and the magical efficacy of its images.
Thinking through power relations and the prospect of a “Southeast Asian Futurism”, the event considers the genre’s strategies as a vessel to speculate and spectacularise a time to come. As fictionalised sciences begin to actualise and a futuristic dystopia looms upon us amidst an ongoing global pandemic, how can we reflect upon this present time and chart the many courses that could exist in parallel to each other?
The title takes a cue from the function of the “Alt / Option” key on the keyboard which allows users to modify existing mechanical systems and command codes. By entangling the “Opt” into the familiar phrase of “Alternate Realities”, the possibilities of the optional, optimal and optical become visual pathways to thinking about realities beyond our own.
Curated by Syaheedah Iskandar and Thong Kay Wee.