Exhibition presents vision of dystopian Singapore


  • Singapore
  • Friday, 24 Jan 2020

A military ride show called Operation Lightning Crush, launched in September last year, will be free during the Total Defence weekend from Feb 15 to 16, 2020. - The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE: Visitors entering the latest exhibition at the Singapore Discovery Centre will be greeted with a vision of what a fictional dystopian Singapore in 2032 could look like.

The display includes an abandoned MRT station, the last specimen of the country’s national flower Vanda Miss Joaquim, and a brand new unsold smartphone priced at S$100,000 (RM301,353) – a sign of a rapid increase in the price of goods due to an economic crisis.

The special exhibition to mark Total Defence Day this year is titled “Will You Do You?”, which plays on the millennial slang “you do you”, meaning “do what you believe in”.

The centre’s assistant executive director Melvern Ong told reporters at the launch of the exhibition on Tuesday that it sought to draw attention to geopolitical issues that affect Singapore’s future and encouraged Singaporeans to put Total Defence into action.

The exhibition is among the activities that the Singapore Discovery Centre has lined up for the Total Defence campaign this year.

Total Defence Day is commemorated on Feb 15 every year – the day Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942.

Other activities include film screenings, vehicle displays by the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force.

Ong said the exhibition’s content was designed after consulting partners such as the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and the National Environment Agency.

“The exhibition has been several months in the making. This time round, we tried to have a gamification approach as we wanted to have content that resonates with the young,” he said.

“We also wanted to provoke people into contemplating the dystopian future – what do they stand to lose if they do not take adequate action? That was the angle we started with.” — The Straits Times/ANN
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