A key principle in the Summit derives from the bedrock of The Substation’s philosophy that art needs to be socially responsible, ethical, and connect with the human spirit.
HAO will invite and challenge participants to “confront the future” – a future that they will build. And the work of building a future starts in knowing oneself and being aware of how we are all interconnected. HAO aims to inspire people to effect change – for themselves and for their environment.
In its format and methodology, HAO deliberately departs from the conventional conference structure so as to create the optimum conditions for creative thinking by participants.
A key methodology used to provoke thinking in the Workshops and Summit is to shake off the usual habits of body and mind adopted during a Conference – where usually the participant passively listens to lectures and presentations. Instead, workshops at HAO will be activity-based, including small group work, outdoor activities, debates, etc. Participants will be encouraged to mingle and work closely with one another, and get to know people from different countries and cultures.
As part of the methodology, we hope to hold some of the workshops at unexpected locations such as the beaches, parkland, and cafes/restaurants on Sentosa.
Art invigorates humanity and is a testament to great civilizations. The endurance and future of art and culture in Asia is up to the young emerging leaders in the creative sectors whose task it is to educate and reach their publics, and present inspired artworks to the world.