State of Motion: Alternate/Opt Realities

explores the interstices of visual art, cinema, and filmic research through exhibitions, film screenings and artistic responses. The sixth edition of this multidisciplinary arts event organised by the Asian Film Archive explores the science-fiction genre through the potency of audio-visual technologies.

The theme takes its cue from the “Alt / Option” key from the computer keyboard, allowing users to modify existing mechanical systems and command codes. By entangling the “opt” between the phrase, “alternate realities”, the optional, optimal, and optical imagine possibilities beyond present realities. The visual identity follows this narrative by entangling two main shapes that visually conjure palpable shapes/letters in its latent spaces — representing new worlds/realities formed by the endless permutations. (Credits — Graphic & Website design: w/ Kim Nguyen; Website development: OKOK Services; Site photography: Nigel Tan & Chloe Tan)


Form & Agency

is a solo exhibition by artist Brandon Tay that explores the materiality of the digital. Presented on three stacks — the physical, the virtual, and live simulation components — the visual identity echoes the verticality of the stacks with a custom typeface. Shown in Yeo Workshop.

The experimental variable typeface, As above, so below with elongated ascenders and descenders is capable of forming ‘vertical ligatures’, not with lateral letters but across lines of texts through stems of letterforms. This verticality is reflected through the placement of texts on edges of walls in the gallery space; of thresholds between spaces. Vertical ligatures challenging the linearity of languages; of words in lines; of thresholds between symbols and meanings. (Credits — Curator: Rafi Abdullah; Exhibition design: Amirul Nazree, set up w/ Nghia Phung; Website design and build: w/ Bảo Anh Bùi; Exhibition Photography: Jonathan Tan)