As the pandemic drags on with no sign of a reprieve, most, if not all, have or are experiencing pandemic fatigue of some sort or the other. To make matters worse, due to the travel restrictions, many of us are unable to go on vacation. Seeing countries in Europe and the USA opening up and resuming life as usual makes things feel even more stifling, manifesting in the “grass is greener on the other side” syndrome.
Most of us yearn to travel back in time where we could escape from the daily grind of our lives, and the “eat,sleep,work”, repeat cycle by going on a vacation to Kuala Lumpur for cheap shopping bargains or head off to a music festival at Bangkok for a fun time. Nowadays, life feels like a never-ending rat race and many of us feel aimless, bereft and disorientated.
In light of this, Airplane Mode has been launched from November 2021 to December 2021, featuring local artists, brands with workshops, retail pop-ups and art exhibitions happening in GR.iD. Airplane Mode aims to help Singaporeans disconnect from their devices and enter a headspace where they can rest, reflect, recharge and develop a greater appreciation for art. “The workshops in The Airplane Mode are safe spaces for our participants to come and get away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, create something unique and to bring home something meaningful while exploring their creative selves,” said Benedict Yu, one of the organisers.
Regardless of your inclination or skill level, there is something for everyone, with a diverse array of activities conducted by 10 local artists and brands. Do you have a penchant for music? The music composition class would be suitable for you. If you are good with your hands, you can join the crocheting class. As for aspiring artists who like to paint idyllic landscapes, there are art jamming sessions available.
Besides affecting our livelihoods and mental health, the pandemic has also dealt a strong blow to artists, as many of them have faced pay cuts or even a loss of income. Hence, some graduates and students of Lasalle College of Arts organised this event to garner support for artists going through tough times. The paper clip logo for Airplane Mode signifies the act of people coming together to support one another, standing in solidarity.
They hope that the intimate and cosy environment provides an authentic experience for artists to connect meaningfully with the participants.
Airplane Mode will be happening at GR.iD from 5 November 2021 to 9 January 2022, from 11am to 9pm, featuring an exhibition space for independent local artists to showcase their creations. If you want to show your support for local artists and destress from the humdrum of your daily life, mark these dates on your calendar.