DASH begins with footage of an accident captured from a dashcam. Bearing witness to the crashes and collisions that occur within spaces of transit, the vast accumulation of such footage on the Internet can be said to constitute a contemporary index of the accident. Reflecting specifically on the view from the dashcam that captures the mobile subject’s forward rush into the horizon as it escapes a scene of accident, the lecture considers the modes of legibility that enable the accident—or crisis—to appear as such within a risk-managed and financially hedged era, for which the “horizon scanning” programmes run by the Singapore government serves as a privileged site of examination.
This Lecture Performance is part of the public programme of Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice
Ho Rui An (Singapore) is an artist and writer working in the intersections of contemporary art, cinema, performance and theory. Through the mediums of lecture, essay, and film, his research considers questions surrounding liberal hospitality, participatory democracy, and speculative futures. He has presented projects locally and internationally, gaining attention for his discursive performances that sift through historical archives and contemporary visual culture, probing into the shifting relations between image and power. Ho has presented work at Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia (2016); LUMA/Westbau, Zürich, Switzerland (2015); Para Site, Hong Kong (2015); Witte de With, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2014); Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India (2014); and Serpentine Galleries, London, United Kingdom (2013), among others.