#DIGITAL LEGACIES

Overview of 89plus

89plus is a longterm, international, multiplatform research project cofounded by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets that investigates the generation of innovators born in or after 1989. 89plus brings together innovative individuals from a generation whose voices are only starting to be heard - artists, writers, architects, filmmakers, musicians, designers, scientists, activists, economists, sociologists, technologists – yet this generation accounts for almost half of the world’s population today.

1989, the year that launched the internet and subsequently digital culture, changed the way of life as we have known it. Some have described this as the third turning point of human civilization, the first being the invention of writing when cultures moved beyond orality, the second being the invention of printing which allowed writing to be disseminated, the third being the rise of digital culture which has allowed for new accessibilities and potentials.

Since an introductory panel held in January 2013 at the DLD – Digital, Life, Design conference in Munich, 89plus has manifested itself in New York through the 89plus Colony Conference at MoMA PS1, and the 89plus Marathon at Serpentine Sackler Gallery - an ambitious festival of ideas that takes place in London and brings together the fields of art, culture, science and technology
Image courtesy of Bruno Zhu



TALK #DIGITAL LEGACIES

INSIGHT: The 89plus Generation
Hans Ulrich Obrist, renowned curator, writer, critic and historian of art, and Simon Castets, director and curator of the Swiss Institute based in New York, will be giving an Insight Talk for The O.P.E.N. This Insight Talk forms part of the Singapore/South East Asian edition of the international 89plus project – a multidisciplinary mapping of the transformations in the world with the rise of digital culture, a central legacy of the 20th century.

Sat 12 July 2014
5pm - 6pm
Venue: 72-13
TALK #DIGITAL LEGACIES

89plus in Singapore and South East Asia
Positing a relationship between these worldchanging events and creative production at large, 89plus of The O.P.E.N. explores the work of some of this generation’s most inspiring protagonists in Singapore and in South East Asia. There are two panels curated by Ho Rui An, himself of the 89plus generation.

Brunch at The O.P.E.N.: Being 89plus
The nature of creative practice changed forever in 1989, the year when the Internet was launched. In the past quarter-century, we have seen the emergence of a new post-internet generation - a generation for whom the Internet has thoroughly infiltrated the ways they think and create. Join artist and writer Ho Rui An, and designer and architect Matthew Claudel, for a lively brunch discussion of what it means to be a part of the 89plus Generation. Rui An will attempt to refract the concept of "89plus" through the lenses of his own practice that spans cinema, performance, writing and curating, while Matthew will share on the projects he has undertaken in Singapore with the MIT Senseable City Lab, which include the development of autonomous vehicles and big data analytics.

Sat 5 July 2014
11am - 12noon
Venue: 72-13
TALK #DIGITAL LEGACIES

89plus Panel 1: Local/Knowledge
Local / Knowledge convenes some of the most exciting protagonists of the 89plus generation – the generation born in or after 1989 – in a panel that investigates what it means to produce knowledge around the local. Focusing on longitudinal and collaborative modes of research that key members of the 89plus generation have carried out in Southeast Asia, it looks at how a younger, more mobile and more cosmopolitan generation negotiate their relationship with locality, whether is it through the construction of new corpuses of knowledge, the practice of forms of fieldwork and ethnography or the development of new tools and technologies.

Panelists include: Lee Weng Choy (SG), Grace Teng (SG) Amanda Lee Koe (SG) Brigitta Isabella (IDN) and Matthew Claudel (USA)
Moderator: Ho Rui An (SG)


Sat 5 July 2014
12.30pm - 2pm
Venue: 72-13
TALK #DIGITAL LEGACIES

89plus Panel 2: Commentary
Commentary is a panel that investigates how the 89plus generation – the generation born in or after 1989 – engages new forms and avenues of socio-political critique. What are the roles and responsibilities of the critic in a contemporary networked environment where “comment is free” and where opinion does not just respond to but also increasingly shapes the contemporary moment? Focusing on Singapore and the wider Southeast Asian region, the panel further examines how the online media has been mobilised for the production of critical discourse and new forms of political agency in the region.


Panelists include: Raksha Mahtani (SG), Tan Zi Hao (MY), Fahmi Reza (MY)
Moderator: Ho Rui An (SG)



Sun 6 July 2014
12.30pm - 2pm
Venue: 72-13
CONCERT #DIGITAL LEGACIES

The 89plus Concert: The Sam Willows
A celebration of life, a melting pot of sounds from dirty blues to gospel-funk, pop-rock to indie-folk. Bursting onto the Singapore indie music scene in May 2012, The Sam Willows have torn down the walls of disparity in love and art whilst creating a solid buzz across the island-state with their luscious harmonies.

Sat 5 July 2014
10pm - 11.30pm
Venue: 72-13
SCREENING #DIGITAL LEGACIES

Web Junkie

Dir.Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
(2014) Israel-USA
74 mins
In Mandarin, English subtitles
Rating: PG13 (SOME COARSE LANGUAGE) 
Singapore Premiere


China is the one of the first countries to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. Seeing this as a brewing social crisis, the Chinese government set up rehabilitation centres to help deprogramme teenagers so they can kick their habit. Funny and honest, the documentary explores on some of the underlying issues facing the teenagers growing up in modern China.



Sat 5 July 2014
3pm - 4.30pm
Venue: 72-13
SCREENING #DIGITAL LEGACIES

E Agora? Lembra-me (What Now? Remind Me)
Dir. Joaquim Pinto
(2013) Portugal 
164 mins
In Portugese, English subtitles
Rating: R21 (HOMOSEXUAL CONTENT)
Singapore Premiere


Digital devices are largely celebrated as the democratizer of filmmaking, anyone with an iPhone can make a movie. But few are as inspired, ambitious and transcendental as What Now? Remind Me. Winner of the Jury prize and Critics’ Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival 2013, the film is based on notes by the filmmaker who has been living with HIV for almost twenty years. An open and eclectic reflection on time and memory, on epidemics and globalization, on survival beyond all expectations, on dissent and absolute love.


Sun 6 July 2014
7.30pm - 10.30pm
Venue: 72-13
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