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Festival Director’s 2020 Message

By March 12, 2020 No Comments
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CONTACT 2020’s Message from Festival Director, Kuik Swee Boon

(translated from original Chinese text below)

No one could have anticipated the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 this year. Just like global warming, environmental pollution and other global social and political crises, the viral epidemic is yet another predicament and calamity in human history where we directly experience the fragility of life. It further compels us to reflect on cultural hegemony that governs the relationship between humans and nature, human to human or even amongst organisations and countries, and yet it also reminds us that the clock is ticking.

Because we live in such an interconnected and borderless world, my perspective is that this is a problem for all of mankind to solve together. It makes more sense to worry and experience fear, anxiety and anger together, rather than regard it as the responsibility of an individual, organisation, governing body or country. After all, the situation has only proven that national borders and human boundaries are expendable against this ‘terrorist’ virus, as it will probably be with other man-made or natural forces, whether tangible or intangible.

Is it then attainable for us to enliven, democratise and open up possibilities of cross-border international cooperation within the next decade?

The recent happenings have ignited my artistic impulse and I am more eager and hopeful than ever that the arts can play a role in influencing and pushing the boundaries of the status quo.

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像是去年的地球升温,环境污染以及众多的环球社会政治危机一样,COVID-19 似乎让我们对人类的困境与生命的脆弱性又有了一种更直接的体验。当它让我们反思自然与人类,人类与人类之间的强势霸权相处方式时,似乎也提醒着我们时间不多了。

话在这个环球化的时代,我其实更愿意把这个现象当成是一个全人类共同的难题来解决。一起担心害怕,恐惧或愤怒都好,也不愿把它当成单独的个体或国家的责任。事实也证明,国界已挡不住各种人为或自然,有形或无形的恐怖病毒

跨国界合作,有没有可能在下一个十年具有更积极开放的定义?

因为这些事,我也比以往任何时候更渴望得到广泛的艺术影响力,有某种冲动想要去改变一些现狀。

Kuik Swee Boon
Festival Director

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