Progress: The Game of Leaders – 4A x Melbourne Festival

OCT 4 – 15 – MPavilion as part of Melbourne Festival

Program venue:
Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004


  • Progress: The Game of Leaders can be played:
    Wednesday 4 October – 9AM – 12PM
    Daily, Thursday 5 October – Sunday 15 October – 9AM – 4PM


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.

Commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art as part of Melbourne Festival 2017.


About the artist:

Sam Lo (b. 1986), also known by the moniker SKL0, is a Singaporean contemporary artist whose work is heavily inspired by daily observations and research on the sociopolitical climate from which she executes through visual commentary comprising of text and imagery. The end results birth new meanings, lent to existing situations by incorporating ideas, messages and emotions with familiar visual codes into urban situations in hopes of creating experiences to invoke critical thought on the viewer’s everyday life. 

Exhibitions include solo shows at One East Asia Gallery (Singapore, 2017) and at The Substation (Singapore, 2015), as well as showcases like The Affordable Art Fair (Singapore 2013) and Georgetown Festival (Penang, Malaysia 2014). The artist has also released a book titled ‘Greetings From Singapore‘ and recently completed a residency in Delhi with ST+Art Foundation involving The Singapore High Commission and Singapore Tourism Board.

Sam is also founder of the creative platforms Project XIV and INDIGOISM.