Vanishing Workflows

Vanishing Workflows
14 Dec 2018 - 10 Mar 2019
  • Aloft at Hermès, 541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers, Singapore 238881
Free Admission
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10.30am - 8pm daily

Vanishing Workflows by French artist Xavier Antin recalls the automation of the assembly line and its role in the upheaval of human labour, highlighting the resurgence of this cycle and provoking global questions about the value and future of labour, production, industry, and economics in today’s digitised world.

Moving images of the Botanic Gardens are printed and transformed into contemporary still-life tapestries, and a sculpture-like Bitcoin machine sits in their midst. As the machine accumulates credits by validating digital transactions, it sends an automated request for flowers to be delivered to Aloft.

Employing the timeless, symbolic representation of flowers and nature, vanity and life, Vanishing Workflows brings together the polarised worlds of artisanal craftsmanship and digitisation in an acute reflection of Singapore, a singular city with abundant nature spread across its numerous landscaped gardens and a thriving technological and finance industry.

Photo: Vanishing Workflows (Work in Progress), Xavier Antin, 2018; Image courtesy of the artist