Progress: The Game of Leaders

Sam Lo

World Premiere

Wed 04—Sun 15 Oct


Where will you be standing when the First World falls?

Like a giant round of Jenga with Western civilisation as the stakes, Progress: The Game of Leaders invites you to take on the role of building a country. What blocks will you favour: economic progress or military spending? Higher standards of living or increasing globalisation? As players jockey for top position in the imaginary nation's guidance, the structure grows more precarious and its foundations grow ever more compromised. The game can only end one way.

Singaporean artist Sam Lo's Progress: The Game of Leaders is a playful and interactive allegory that asks what is put in peril by the unfettered progress of the First World, and is a refreshing take on world politics for a time that sorely needs it.

Progress: Game of Leaders play off

Thu 5 October 9AM—4PM

Join artist Sam Lo and local art world figures for an exhilarating play off event featuring: Mark Feary, Artistic Director, Gertrude Contemporary; Pippa Milne, Curator, Centre for Contemporary Photograhy; John Young Zerunge, artist; Maree Di Pasquale, Melbourne Art Foundation CEO; Cyrus Tang, artist; Vipoo Srivilasa, artist; Eugenia Lim, artist; and many other special guests!

Artists in Conversation

Sat 7 October 12.30PM

Sam Lo will discuss audience engagement at a free artist talk. More info and registration →

Presented with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and MPavilion
  • Melbourne Festival's free program proudly supported by

Progress: The Game of Leaders is commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Melbourne Festival.

PHOTO | Image courtesy the artist