BLOG: Report of the 89Plus Project at the O.P.E.N.
The year 1989 is considered a pivotal moment in global history; it marked the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War and the birth of the World Wide Web. But what relevance did these events have in areas beyond traditional centers of geopolitical influence—in Southeast Asia, for instance?
This was the central question posed by 89plus in Singapore: a weekend of talks and panel discussions curated by artist and writer Ho Rui An, which was presented in July as part of the O.P.E.N, the public engagement initiative of the Singapore International Festival of Arts. An iteration of the eponymous multiplatform research project, co-founded by curators Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, 89plus sought to reflect on the historic moment and influence of 1989, through the lens of artists, designers and activists working in Southeast Asia—the majority of whom were born in or after that year.