Beyond Repair

From August 2020 to January 2021, soft/WALL/studs becomes a site for mutual care. Growing from our past years of engagements, we’re thinking about wellness, and the notion of a well; a collective and collection of gestures existing along continua of repair, restoration, and reinvention within broken, fractal worlds and disorienting sensoriums. What might it mean to live “well”, given our (and Art’s) imbrication within structures of harm, exhaustion, extraction, and precarity? How can we re-envision notions of time, sovereign personhood, multiplicity, labour, rest? What portals can be accessed, what new relations can be formed?

In all, we are supporting nine collectively organised initiatives spanning this 6 month period, facilitated by 12 individuals from soft/WALL/studs. A tangle of programmes will be presented between digital platforms and the physical site of soft/WALL/studs, spanning gardening projects, research and learning platforms, cinematic remedies, complaints resolution systems, gaming sessions, remote listening episodes and scores, scheduled naptimes, publications, and collective aid.

Our programmes will continue to focus on capacity building in creative work and life, care and repair, informal education, the redistribution of resources and reimagining of futures, the détournement of visual and bodily regimes, the form of the "complaint", amateur pedagogies, entangled borders, planetary, social, ecological metabolisms, and ecological futures.

Beyond Repair is part of Proposals for Novel Ways of Being, an initiative by National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. 


Folding Horizons*
Online talk-in series
22 July 2020, 8.30pm - 10.30pm (UTC+8)
15 August 2020, 3.30pm - 5.30pm (UTC+8)

Collective Aid*
Online initiative
August 2020 onwards

Online initiative
August 2020 - January 2021†

On Rants: Re-thinking acts of complaint
Sustained closed-door initiative, with final public activations at s/W/s
August 2020 - January 2021†

The Garden as Question: Words will not save us
Initiative sited at s/W/s, with online components
29 August 2020 - 31 January 2021†

Futures Writing Research Unit
Sustained closed-door initiative, with final publication component
September 2020 - January 2021†

Monthly online screenings
September 2020 - January 2021

Monzoom Zchool
Online sharing sessions
10 October 2020
31 October 2020
21 November 2020

Daemon / Lurker
Remote listening episodes and scores
20 October - 15 December 2020

Arcades Project
Initiative sited at s/W/s, with online components
1 November 2020 - 31 January 2021

Sleep Study
Online participatory study
15 November - 31 December 2020

* Part of regular s/W/s programming, existing beyond Beyond Repair
† Initial sessions of these programmes are closed-door, any public-facing aspects will be broadcasted as Facebook events