Some Exercises in Futility

Some Exercises in Futility

18 January – 4 February 2024
Shun Li Industrial Complex, Block B #05-18, 705 Sims Drive, Singapore 387384
Thursday and Friday 4 – 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 – 7pm, other times by appointment
Free Admission

Some Exercises in Futility

An Exercise in Futility is an activity that has no point, use, or meaning; which produces no result, and is therefore not worth attempting. Defined by its own negativity, futility seems to have no exit; a cycle we wouldn’t necessarily want to find ourselves stuck in. To enact a futile gesture, then, is to contend with the prospect that it might all come to nothing. Yet we might choose or feel compelled to do so anyway. In this group exhibition, five artists come together to examine the otherwise futile: repetitive processes that seem to have no clear outcome; objects stripped of the functions for which they were made; tasks with outright impossible goals; rituals that have lost their purpose for one reason or another. Through varied explorations of this space of non-productivity, these works contemplate the transformation of futility into fertility.

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Artists: Fiona Seow, Genevieve Leong, ila, Marvin Tang, Ryan Lim Zi Yi
Curator: Berny Tan

Image credits: Genevieve Leong

Exhibition Tour

20 Jan 2024 (Sat), 4pm - 5pm

A fruitless gathering by Genevieve Leong

27 Jan 2024 (Sat), 3pm onwards

Communal spoon-making with Genevieve Leong

pergi, balek: A Speculative Writing Workshop by ila

3 Feb 2024 (Sat), 2pm - 4pm

A speculative writing workshop by ila

Print Studio Tour

27 Jan (Sat), 2 - 2:30pm and 3 - 3:30pm

Registration required:

Y2ARTS Gallery, 211 Henderson Rd, #01-01A, Singapore 159552
13 – 31 January 2024
SIXTEEN:16 commemorates the 16th anniversary of Y2ARTS. Explore a diverse showcase featuring the works of 16 exceptional artists, each offering a unique perspective on the world of contemporary art.