As part of the Connected by art initiative and following the temporary closure of our physical spaces in October, we offer a panel discussion moderated by the curator and Executive Director of the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, Cheryl Sim.
In connection with our exhibition Emergence & Convergence presented at the PHI Centre during the summer season, this panel discussion highlights the inspirations and visions of artists George Fok, Katherine Melançon and Moritz Wehrmann.
This discussion was held as part of the Ars Electronica Festival, a world-class event dedicated to arts and technology. PHI presented its exhibition Emergence & Convergence in one of the festival's virtual gardens that took place mainly online from September 9 to 13, 2020.
Emergence & Convergence brings together works that contemplate the space between the self, digital technology, the built environment, and the natural world. It focuses on the effects of confinement on our collective consciousness. How has this experience of hardship forced us to re-evaluate our priorities and values as a global community? How has it contributed to a renewed connection with nature? The works in this exhibition propose complex explorations of a future in which the fusion of nature and technology could become a new ecology.
"Emergence & Convergence is an invitation to immerse ourselves in an exhibition which investigates our humanity in relationship with our planet and all living beings. Following months of confinement, we are confronted with a chance to re-evaluate our values and consider how the future might reveal itself."
-Phoebe Greenberg, founder and director of PHI