About the Affair

A part symposium, part art festival — otherwise, a gathering — A Weekend Affair is set to occur over the weekend of June 01-02, 2019. The year marks the 200th year of Singapore’s marriage to her colonial legacies, which have manifested in myriad ways, from the pristinely-kept barracks turned art gallery clusters, to socio-militarized policymaking and the “Raffles-Singapore” brand. Taking on the theme of ‘an affair’, what we seek is a deviation from this union through, on one hand, a reinvestigation of our sociopolitical history, and on the other, a regeneration of theory on how we might (re)negotiate our relationship with coloniality&/capitalism  — away from the infamous “divide and rule” — and into a shared future. It is therefore vital to recognize the need to go beyond this relationship with coloniality; to see that it extends to unravel the threads of relation that weave the complex contemporary condition of capitalism, characterized by exhaustions, depression, alienation, and the sense of perpetual crises and precariousness. Hence, the question is then one of departure: how do we begin to disentangle from a relationship 200 years in the making, and how do we reinvent or forge a new relationship through a different form of currency or exchange? How do we care for one another in this condition? If an uprising is unimaginable, how does one be covert?

The Essence of the Affair

A Weekend Affair is informed and broadly framed by five key texts/concepts: Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle; Walter Mignolo’s Epistemic Disobedience and Decolonial Thoughts; Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism; Stefano Harney & Fred Moten’s The Undercommons; and lastly, Franco ‘bifo’ Berardi’s Futurability.

In an increasingly alienating climate of late-capitalism, we recognize that exhaustion is now part and parcel of everyday life. As we attempt to exit this spectacle — that flattens lives and social relations into an accumulation of images — we must be reminded of both Capitalist Realism and Futurability, that plots for plausible possibilities, and the adjustment of alternative ambitions into the real/a reality that can be worked towards. This shared future — that is, the effort to disentangle — must, in the process, provide care and genuine modes of exchanges that can be practised outside the capitalist framework. As such, decolonization is therefore a logical step and process in understanding one’s position and perspective on power and knowledge — where they are situated — outside of the Westphalian order that demands the freedom of independent thoughts and need for a true departure from coloniality/colonial legacies and the neoliberal-capitalist regime.

A strategy to consider beyond the Affair lies in The Undercommons, where Fred Moten and Stefano Harney suggest that to achieve such ambitions, we must shift towards a conceptual position of fugitivity — to extract; to steal, even, from existing/dominant systems, resources and lessons to facilitate a fellowship in fugitivity. And to be fugitive, we must place ourselves in what Moten and Harney call “Bad Debt” — which is to say, we must willingly and purposefully break away from the morally-charged cycle of financial credit and debit; must attempt to forge new relationships through new currencies of giving and taking that run the balance sheet amok.

All in all, A Weekend Affair suggests lush intimacy, passion, and care, but at the same time, it is also covert, and perhaps (most importantly) fugitive and unregulated.

Supporting the Affair

What we are trying to do here might seem extremely ambitious, however, this affair would not be possible without the help and support of fans, friends, and the community. We have launched #supporttheaffair during Rendezvous I, along with our Indiegogo campaign to help y’all to understand what is needed monetarily in order for us to realize The Weekend in June 2019.

As of March 31, we have raised roughly S$3,000, that will go into the venue in Changi; Rendezvous I; as well as support and fees for the presenters. Our budget adjustment estimates an amount of between S$5,000-S$5,500 as the total operational cost. Hence, fundraising effort will continue through our website until The Weekend on June 1-2, 2019. 

Of course, support can also come in non-monetary form, as we come closer to The Weekend, we would greatly appreciate it if you wish to help us out in some administrative and managerial tasks (if you wish to provide services such as design, editorial, etc., please do not hestiate to write to us directly)! For this, we wish to repay your help in kindness, and in exchange of future labor (from us). Meaning to say, we “owe you one” in the form of work-for-work exchange. In the same vein, as we are providing a small fee for all our presenters and writers who are contributing to the content/program of A Weekend Affair, (you are not obliged to, but) we would be happy if you’d choose to opt out of a payment/for a work-for-work scheme with us. Work-for-work would not only cultivate a non transactional form of exchange, it encourages healthy form grassroots collaboration that is vital for an arts community that is already extremely precarious, individualistic and subsumed into capitalism. We humbly ask for you to take a leap of faith with us, and lend your support.

Finally, we welome suggestions pertaining our #aweekendmonthly reading series. We sincerely hope that this gathering is more than a BBQ session, but a beginning of a community of friends/practitioners, that is willing to disentangle from the problematics, and engage at A Weekend Affair.

Please #supporttheaffair

The Weekend

The Weekend of June 2019 will consist of roughly 1.5 day program consisting of ideas submitted through our open call. On top of that, there will be a collateral show with a few participating artists/artist-groups running concurrently. As aforementioned, A Weekend Affair is essentially a gathering, a space to unwind; for (self-)care, love and intimacy. Come with friends; get soaked in (art) theory, get a massage, walk on the beach, read or, for the BBQ — that is up to you!

In the spirit of covertness, we urge that the venue in which A Weekend Affair will be held — that is in a beautiful colonial-styled venue in eastern Singapore — be a hush-hush thing. 

Schedule and information regarding registration for The Weekend will be released on May 01, 2019.