A collaborative project by Boxcopy
10 December 2010 – 5 February 2011
Invisible Structures: Australian artist collectives in Tokyo, Singapore and Yogyakarta presents three Australian artist collectives on separate residencies across Asia. The project is the second-stage of Structural Integrity, a high-profile exhibition, residency and cultural-exchange project involving 11 local and international Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) that was part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival, held in Melbourne, Australia in May 2010.
Invisible Structures embraces collaborative and process-based projects, presenting opportunities for an even deeper engagement between the participating Australian and Asian artists, and between the artists and the various local people and communities they encounter. With the support of Asialink, Boxcopy will now travel back to Singapore to work with independent cultural space Post-Museum, another ARI from Structural Integrity. Boxcopy will work on-the-ground in Singapore throughout December 2010 and January 2011.
‘The Knowledge’ is Boxcopy’s project for Invisible Structures. It is based on the ‘Knowledge of London’ Examination System (also informally known as The Knowledge), which tests London taxicab drivers’ intimate knowledge of the city. A driver is required to swiftly decide the best route in response to a passenger’s request, without using a map, satellite navigation or radioing the controller. For this project, the Boxcopy team will attempt to acquire an intimate knowledge of the city of Singapore by forming a free delivery company, The Boxcopy Publics Carriage Office of Singapore (BPCOS), which will provide services around the city by foot, bike and public transport. In addition to committing to memory and documenting the streets and sites of Singapore, the BPCOS team will also perform random tasks, such as deliver goods or messages, travel a particular route or visit a site, as requested by the people of Singapore!
Invisible Structures has been organised and developed by Asialink in partnership with Next Wave, and is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. The Asialink Visual Arts Touring Exhibition Program is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Image: Boxcopy The Knowledge 2010-11. Post-Museum, Singapore.