THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME EXHIBITION: c. 2015 —

19 SEPTEMBER – 11 OCTOBER 2015
OBJECTIFS CHAPEL GALLERY / DECK

“There is no such thing as collective memory.” – Susan Sontag

Sontag, the American writer suggests that our current discourse of memory is not about remembrance. Rather, it is about ideology and instructions. States and institutions evoke memories and myth in forging shared commonality. Past and future are malleable. We constantly write and rewrite history. 

Past and future do not exist in this ever-expanding universe. Time is only a measurement of objects moving through and in space. Yet the arrow of time only flows one way. For our memories die with us—individual, irreproducible, unstable and perhaps even false. So every discourse on memory must begin with the Self. This exhibition begins with the theme of interrogating the self in relation to time.

The time is right now. 2015. 1980 or 2065. 34 artists in a letter to our future selves. From present to past and future, all of us are implicated.

Noise Singapore, a National Arts Council initiative, invited OH! Open House to curate The Apprenticeship Programme Exhibition in 2015. The exhibition featured artwork by 34 young artists responding to the theme “Letter to my Future Self”. Viewers walked through mirrored spaces fragmented by modules and partitions, losing their sense of time amongst works that dealt with past, present and future.