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In Conversation: Field Recordings with CLUBbleu, composers, performers, musicians and Dr PerMagnus Lindborg, Assistant Professor, NTU ADM Singapore
6 Jan 2017, Fri 07:30 PM - 11:00 PM

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How is the city used to create works? What is the interest of musicians and composers as well as artists in city sounds and how do they use field recordings? From dissecting, measuring the affect, colour, and intensity of sound, through composing and expressing state of minds or just for pure joy, what inspires such work? Composers and musicians Julia Mihaly and Felix Leuschner, known as CLUBbleu, will discuss with musician and sound researcher Dr PerMagnus Lindborg how they catch the most characteristic and unique urban sounds and how do they use their field recordings.

The Conversation will be followed by CLUBbleu’s latest CD launch.

This Conversation is part of the public programme of Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice.

Tour of Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice led by NTU CCA Singapore curators
4 Nov 2016, Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM
12 Nov 2016, Sat 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
12 Nov 2016, Sat 05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
2 Dec 2016, Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM
6 Jan 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM
13 Jan 2017, Fri 06:00 PM - 06:30 PM

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Tours of on-going exhibitions led by NTU CCA Singapore curators are held every first Friday of the month. To register, email NTUCCAeducation@ntu.edu.sg.

For more information on Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice, click here.

Image credit: Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice, 29 October 2016 – 29 January 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, installation view. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

Screenings: Re-Thinking the City – Film documentaries reflecting urban dynamics selected by Dr Marc Glöde, Visiting Scholar NTU ADM/CCA Singapore
7 Jan 2017, Sat 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
14 Jan 2017, Sat 04:00 PM - 07:30 PM

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03-FLATS, Lei Yuan Bin, concept and research by Dr Lilian Chee, National University of Singapore and 13 Little Pictures. Singapore, 2014, 90 min

03 - FLATS - Lingnah Promo Still

Image credit: Lei Yuan Bin and Dr Lilian Chee, 03-FLATS, Singapore, 2014, 90 min. Courtesy the filmmakers.

Singapore’s public housing programme—an inclusive space that prioritises families and intergenerational living—is arguably the most successful in the world. Amidst this backdrop, 03-FLATS follows the domestic experiences of three single women who are at different stages of their lives. Looking from within each flat, the architectural essay film moves between the women’s distinctively lived interiors and the ordered public spaces beyond. It records how domestic resilience might resist the ennui of mass housing, turning housing into home. 03-FLATS is a key filmic output of a research initiative led by Dr Lilian Chee (Department of Architecture, NUS). Chee conceptualised the project and made the architectural essay film in collaboration with award-winning Singaporean director and filmmaker Lei Yuan Bin (13 Little Pictures). The film probes how domesticity—a critical component wherein home is produced—may be viscerally represented and experientially encountered.

03-FLATS has screened in 12 cities worldwide. It was in chosen to compete at the Busan International Film Festival (2014) and won the best ASEAN documentary at the Salaya International Documentary Film Festival (2015). It was recently featured in the Singapore Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2016).

The screening of this film is supported by Asian Film Archives, Singapore.

Building Dreams – In search of Singapore Architecture, Singapore, 2002 – 2004, 198 min

Building Dreams

Image credit: Building Dreams – In search of Singapore Architecture, an 8-part series directed by various filmmakers, produced by XTREME Media Pte Ltd, 2002 – 2004. Courtesy XTREME Media Pte Ltd.

Building Dreams is an eight-part documentary that explores the development of Singapore’s built heritage. The series features key architects and planners who have played an important role in the shaping of Singapore’s present cityscape.

Episode 1: Dawn of a New Era, directed by Tan Pin Pin, 25 min
Episode 2: Reinventing the Skyline, directed by Tan Pin Pin, 23 min
Episode 3: The Living Landscape, directed by Tania Sng, 24 min
Episode 4: Reflections on the Urbanscape, directed by Gek Li San, 24 min
Episode 5: Living in the Tropics, directed by Yee Chang Kang, 25 min
Episode 6: Spaces of Memory, directed by Tan Pin Pin, 26 min
Episode 7: Constructions of Identity, directed by Juan Foo, 26 min
Episode 8: Future Landscapes, directed by Gek Li San, 26 min

The screening of this film is supported by XTREME Media Pte Ltd. For more information, visit www.xtreme.com.sg or www.facebook.com/xtrememediaasia

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This Screening is part of the public programme of Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice.

SouthEastAsia Spaces of the Curatorial Book Launch
12 Jan 2017, Thu 05:30 PM - 06:00 PM

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Introduction by Professor Ute Meta Bauer, NTU CCA Singapore Founding Director

Following the session The Free and the Brave: Collector-founded Art Centres organised by Art Stage Singapore as part of Southeast Asia Forum

Books available for sale at discount price

Published by Sternberg Press, SouthEastAsia: Spaces of the Curatorial focuses on the practice of curating in Southeast Asia, a region experiencing a time of increased global visibility as well as nation and institution building. The publication brings together a diversity of voices that mirror the complexity of the region itself: its various curatorial spaces, infrastructures, and political systems.

SouthEastAsia: Spaces of the Curatorial is edited on behalf of the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries by Professor Ute Meta Bauer, NTU CCA Singapore Founding Director and art historian, Brigitte Oetker with the editorial consultancy of art critic Lee Weng Choy. The publication includes contributions by Ute Meta Bauer, Zoe Butt, Kevin Chua, Patrick D. Flores, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Tony Godfrey, Yin Ker, Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Seng Yu Jin, Simon Soon, Nora A. Taylor, and David Teh.

With support of Art Stage Singapore, this event marks the first launch of the publication in Southeast Asia in the presence of several of its contributors including Ute Meta Bauer, Zoe Butt, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Tony Godfrey, Yin Ker, Seng Yu Jin. Several book launching events will follow throughout the year in Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Chiang Mai, and Berlin.

Registration is required.

Image credit: Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore

Residencies OPEN: Art After Dark!
13 Jan 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often introverted sphere of the artists’ studio. Through showcasing discussions, performances, research and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice and the divergent ways artists conceive artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.

This edition of Residencies OPEN features book-related projects, video works as well as research materials and works-in-progress from Heman Chong (Singapore), Ho Rui An (Singapore), siren eun young jung (South Korea), Alice Miceli (Brazil), Thao-Nguyen Phan (Vietnam), and Jason Wee (Singapore).

Heman Chong, Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-07
Ho Rui An, Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-03
siren eun young jung, Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-05
Alice Miceli, Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-06
Thao-Nguyen Phan, Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-04
Jason Wee, Block 37 Malan Road, #01-01

Performance: Datang Untuk Kembali (Arriving to Return) by indieguerillas, Lulu Lutfi Labibi, and Ari Wulu, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
13 Jan 2017, Fri 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

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Datang untuk Kembali (Arriving to Return) is a collaboration between artist duo indieguerillas, fashion designer Lulu Lutfi Labibi, and music director Ari Wulu. The performance will be presented in the form of a procession of 20 model-performers, moving along a designated route from the exhibitions block of NTU CCA Singapore to various locations in Gillman Barracks, and ending outside Mizuma Gallery. This procession mimics Sekaten, a traditional Javanese ceremony commemorating the birthday of prophet Muhammad that was started by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I (1755–1792), in the alun-alun (city square) of Yogyakarta. The main gunungan (mountain)—which is carried around in the procession as a symbol of wealth and prosperity—will be made of a pile of clothing to be picked and worn by the model-performers as they walk along the designated route. These clothes will be from the “_hYp3<y<lu5_” collection by Lulu Lutfi Labibi in collaboration with indieguerillas. Inspired by our constant need to seek for something that is “hype” at the moment and the never-ending cycle of consumption, this collection features upcycled garments made of second-hand clothes from Singapore found at awul-awul stores in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The soundtrack for this performance will be created by Ari Wulu.

Projects, Workshops, Events, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
13 Jan 2017, Fri - 22 Jan 2017, Sun

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13 – 22 January 2017
Projects, Workshops, Events,
part of 
CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17 
Programme schedule

Friday, 13 January 2017
Performance: Datang Untuk Kembali (Arriving to Return) by indieguerillas, Lulu Lutfi Labibi, and Ari Wulu
6.30 – 8.00pm
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Saturday, 14 January 2017
Workshop by Lulu Lutfi Labibi
3.30 – 5.00pm
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Saturday, 14 January 2017
Talk by indieguerillas 
2.00 – 3.00pm
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Sunday, 15 January 2017
Workshop: Art-Food-Sustainability by Lucy + Jorge Orta in collaboration with Foodscape Collective
10.00am – 5.00pm
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Talk: Transcommunality: Collaboration Beyond Borders by Laura Anderson Barbata
12.30 – 1.30pm
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Participatory Project: World Cafe: Air, Land, and Water by Marjetica Potrč
10.00am – 6.00pm
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Workshop: Transcommunality: Collaboration Beyond Borders by Laura Anderson Barbata and the Brooklyn Jumbies
2.00 – 4.30pm
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Friday, 20 – Sunday, 22 January 2017
Rehearsal by Post-Museum
Friday, 20 January, 6.00pm – Sunday, 22 January, 6.00pm
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Friday, 20 January 2017
Participatory Project: 70 x 7 The Meal, act XL (40) by Lucy + Jorge Orta in collaboration with Chef Misso Russell Keith from Open Farm Community
7.30 – 10.00pm
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Saturday, 21 January 2017
Performance: Ocean Blue(s) by Laura Anderson Barbata and the Brooklyn Jumbies, with local stilt dancers
7.30 – 9.00pm
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Sunday, 22 January 2017
Workshop: Keyword Laboratory: “Socio-botanic” by Xu Tan
11.00am – 1.00pm
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13 – 22 January 2017
The Harvesting: An Urban Farming Initiative,
part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17

Programme schedule

Sunday, 15 January 2017
Workshop: Farming: Basics of Organic Growing by Edible Garden City
2.30 – 3.30pm
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Sunday, 15 January 2017
Screening: Growing Cities: A film about urban farming in America, Dan Susman, United States, 2013, 97 min
7.00 – 8.30pm
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Sunday, 15 January 2017
Workshop: Composting Made Easy by Michelle Lai, TANAH
4.30 – 6.00pm
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Sunday, 22 January 2017
Workshop: Urban Foraging by Michelle Lai, TANAH
9.30 – 10.30am
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Sunday, 22 January 2017
Workshop: Pixel Walk by Foodscape Collective and Victoria Marshall
2.00 – 5.00pm
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Sunday, 22 January 2017
Sunday Market at Gillman Barracks
11.00am – 5.00pm
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Who Speaks the Smart Nation? A Conversation with Aaron Maniam and Stephanie Chok, moderated by Artist-in-Residence Ho Rui An
13 Jan 2017, Fri 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM

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Moving beyond the idea of a “Smart City”, the Singapore government has recently spearheaded the “Smart Nation” initiative that aims to create a data-driven network that can enhance citizens’ lives and foster stronger communities. However, in invoking the “nation”, the Smart Nation risks forsaking the unstable and heterogeneous demographics of the global city with a sizeable transient population. This includes the almost one million low-wage workers whose lives are made vulnerable by the excesses of transnational capitalism and whose data are often missing, falsified or withheld. If among the vaunted merits of the Smart Nation is its ability to enable the people to “speak”, what are the conditions that govern the legibility of speech as such? How does one decide what counts as data and what counts as noise?

Aaron Maniam and Stephanie Chok will address these questions from their respective points of view in a conversation organized and moderated by Artist-in-Residence Ho Rui An.

The Harvesting: An Urban Farming Initiative, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
13 Jan 2017, Fri - 22 Jan 2017, Sun

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The Harvesting serves as an overarching platform for knowledge exchange on food, facilitating a debate concentrated on the Singapore domestic sphere. Over two Sundays during CITIES FOR PEOPLE, the project will catalyse discussions examining the larger socio-political conditions surrounding personal control of the food system, as well as looking at how locally grown food and small-scale and urban agriculture can be an agent for self-expression and assertion.

Part of the project initiates a small urban farm outside of NTU CCA Singapore’s Research Centre and Office in Gillman Barracks, where it serves as the hosting ground for a series of workshops and events. The workshops, conducted by local urban farming groups, will impart practical knowledge and skills useful for anyone interested in setting up an alternative, personal food source within a compact urban space, and outside of mainstream provisions. Parallel to the workshops are screenings of international films related to urban agriculture. These films present a more varied and metropolitan perspective on the relationship between food and personal politics, and the struggle towards complete food sovereignty that is currently ongoing in many parts of the world.

At its culmination, The Harvesting will host an outdoor farmers’ market featuring organic produce from independent urban agriculture practitioners and farmers in Singapore. This market will serve as a celebration of independent food sources, grown in respectful and sustainable manner, highlighting the autonomy of its makers as a powerful tool for the reiteration and marking of small sovereign units within the larger networked, multipolar urban context.

The Harvesting programme schedule

Registration for all workshops is required. For enquiries, email ntuccaideasfest@ntu.edu.sg.

Sunday, 15 January 2017
Outside Block 6 Lock Road

2.30 – 3.30pm
Workshop: Farming: Basics of Organic Growing by Edible Garden City
Learn how to grow your own food organically as well as other knowledge about planting such as soil fertility, watering, and pest management. Participants will also be propagating plant cutting that they can bring home and nurture a pot of their own creation.
Register here.

4.30 – 6.00pm
Workshop: Composting Made Easy by Michelle Lai, TANAH
Learn the basics to making good, rich compost for your garden, using resources from around the neighborhood.
Register here.

7.00 – 8.30pm
Screening: Growing Cities: A film about urban farming in America, Dan Susman, United States, 2013, 97 min
A documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

9.30 – 10.30am
Workshop:Urban Foraging by Michelle Lai, TANAH
Various locations at Gillman Barracks. Meeting point at Block 6 Lock Road.
Go on a trail around Gillman Barracks, identifying local plants, as well as explore their culinary and other functional uses.
Register here.

11.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday Market at Gillman Barracks
Along Malan Road
A Sunday market of all sorts of barang-barang (wares). Expect street eats, creative arts, fresh produce, and nothing but good vibes!

2.00 – 5.00pm
Workshop: Pixel Walk by Foodscape Collective and Victoria Marshall
Various locations at Gillman Barracks. Meeting point at Block 6 Lock Road.
The pixel is the basic unit of data that makes up a satellite image. Our physical pixel allows us to be in much closer proximity than what satellites can provide and gives us a different imaginary of what mapping could be. It offers a more intimate encounter with the pixel as a tool, giving physical form to the invisible data. It makes satellite imagery more approachable and allows it to be sensed emotionally. In this workshop, participants will make a pixel by hand and take it for a “walk”. In Pixel Walk, participants will be  taken around Gillman Barracks. Each will be given a white string to make their personal pixel which they will then take for a walk and document in pictures. A particular area of interest will be mapped for participants’ interaction along the way. Photographs participants take will be pinned to a map of Gillman Barracks revealing a positionality as seen from the lens of a different kind of pixel.
Register here.

Future Trees and the Pulp of History (2) by Ho Rui An, Artist-in-Residence, and Tan Biyun (Singapore), artist
13 Jan 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
14 Jan 2017, Sat - 15 Jan 2017, Sun 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM
21 Jan 2017, Sat - 22 Jan 2017, Sun 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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Residencies Studio #01-03, Block 37 Malan Road

 

Future Trees and the Pulp of History (2) is a combined presentation by Artist-in-Residence Ho Rui An and artist Tan Biyun that explores the artists’ shared interests in participatory democracies, historical archives and speculative futures. Their works engage various strategies to rearrange existing narrative structures and activate new forms of political imagination.

As a consolidation of the research undertaken during his residency with NTU CCA, Ho presents a selection of material relating to the history of foresight, both globally and within the Singapore public sector. This includes a set of images extracted from a CD-ROM produced on the occasion of an exhibition organised in celebration of Public Service 21 (PS21), an initiative that can be regarded as a precursor to the current Smart Nation programme. Together, these materials variously project forms of millennial optimism or anxiety—the former exemplified by Peter Schwartz and Peter Leyden’s seminal essay “The Long Boom”, the latter by two national scenarios created by the Scenario Planning Office in Singapore describing the city-state in states of crisis.

Against this history of the future presented in Ho’s collection, Tan posits a speculative near-future where the history of Singapore faces the fate of being pulped. Tan conjures a scenario where students, sick of the propaganda purveyed in their textbooks, have abandoned the study of History altogether, prompting the Ministry to recall and destroy all textbooks in circulation. Conceived as a “protest against forgetting” (Eric Hobsbawn), Tan’s The Unforgetting Space seeks a more inclusive understanding of the past and triggers the process of reclaiming the writing of history from the authorities. This participatory project features several textbooks dating from the 1970s and two old typewriters on which audiences are invited to retype historical episodes selected from the books. They are also encouraged to contribute a text based on their own sources should a historical episode be found to be missing or misrepresented.

 

Talk by indieguerillas, and Workshop by Lulu Lutfi Labibi, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
14 Jan 2017, Sat 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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2.00 – 3.00pm
Talk by indieguerillas

Come hear from the artists on their practice and sharing on the performance Datang Untuk Kembali.

3.30 – 5.00pm
Workshop by Lulu Lutfi Labibi

This workshop is based on the idea of “upcycling” by transforming the traditional into the “current”, and by-products of the fashion industry into new materials or better products. Lulu Lutfi Labibi will demonstrate the creation process behind his “Celana Paman” collection, launched in 2011, in which he deconstructed oversized men’s pants and made them into dresses of various styles. In this workshop, participants will be asked to bring unused or unwanted clothings and be introduced to various technique for transforming them into ready-to-wear drapes.

Register here. For enquiries, email ntuccaideasfest@ntu.edu.sg.

Workshop: Art-Food-Sustainability by Lucy + Jorge Orta in collaboration with Foodscape Collective, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
15 Jan 2017, Sun 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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How do arts, food, and sustainability come together? As a lead-up to 70 x 7 The Meal, act LX (40) by artists Lucy + Jorge Orta, this workshop with the artists and Foodscape Collective will delve deep into four branches of this growing planetary concern by examining food production, distribution, identity and culture, giving and sharing. What conditions enable and perpetuate the status quo, and what unobserved limits do we and our social systems place on the creativity of our society to adapt to emerging circumstances, needs, and social forms? Consisting of sharing sessions and intensive workshopping with people active in the local foodscape, this workshop sets up a collective platform to raise questions pertinent to food issues in both the local and global contexts.

Register here. For enquiries, email ntuccaideasfest@ntu.edu.sg.

Participatory Project: World Cafe: Air, Land, and Water by Marjetica Potrč, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
17 Jan 2017, Tue 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

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Adopting the World Cafe methodology (an effective format for large group dialogue), the workshop will bring together a diverse group of people including grassroots communities, environmental activists, and other social interest groups, who are engaged with environmental and sustainability issues. In this workshop, participants will hold presentations and discussions on topics of urgency relating to air and water. Participants are asked not only to consider the current state of matters, but more importantly, to project solutions and desires for the next 30 years, from the bottom-up perspective: What can we do ourselves to change the human and environmental conditions of air, land, and water – essential elements and finite natural resources that Singapore residents live with every day but rarely ask questions about. The workshop begins with small group presentations and conversations with each group focusing on one elected topic, after which participants rotate and move to another topic.

The final aim of the workshop will be for the participants to come up with proposals/manifestos for the future and present them to invited representatives from relevant state agencies. Through this workshop, Marjetica Potrč lays a special focus on participation and agency. Individual empowerment, problem-solving-tools, and long-term strategies are key in her approach.

Register here. For enquiries, email ntuccaideasfest@ntu.edu.sg.

Talk and Workshop: Transcommunality: Collaboration Beyond Borders by Laura Anderson Barbara and the Brooklyn Jumbies, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
17 Jan 2017, Tue 12:00 PM - 04:30 PM

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12.30 – 1.30pm
Talk: Transcommunality: Collaboration Beyond Borders by Laura Anderson Barbata

For over 20 years, transdisciplinary artist Laura Anderson Barbata has worked on long-term, participatory art initiatives in many parts of the world (Venezuela, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway and Brooklyn, New York) that merge art practice with social action. Transcommunality presents the artist’s work with the Brooklyn Jumbies—an African diasporic stilt dancing performance group—with stilt-dancing communities from Mexico, the West Indies and Brooklyn and master artisans from Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and the United States.

Laura Anderson Barbata and the Brooklyn Jumbies have worked together for over 10 years in Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Jamaica and New York creating public presentations for Carnival and performance ¨interventions¨ that combine social commentary, dance, music, sculpture, and costuming. Transcommunality highlights the vitality of the moko jumbie stilt walking tradition and demonstrates the possibility of using this storied art form as a platform for social contemporary performance, group participation and protest. The project combines community participation in construction, development, and presentation of the work.

2.00 – 4.30pm
Workshop: Transcommunality: Collaboration Beyond Borders by Laura Anderson Barbata and the Brooklyn Jumbies

In this workshop, the participants (individual or groups) share about their practices and traditions, while Anderson Barbara and the Brooklyn Jumbies present the history of stilt dancing in Mexico, West Africa, and the Caribbean. The session will focus on the exchange of history, traditions, and knowledge through images, talking, and demonstration. This workshop is open to anyone interested in dance, performance, and movement.

Register here. For enquiries, email ntuccaideasfest@ntu.edu.sg.

Incomplete City Walks: Smellscape 24/7 by Sissel Tolaas, smell researcher and artist, Visiting Research Fellow, NTU CCA Singapore
17 Jan 2017, Tue 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
19 Jan 2017, Thu 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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The aim of this walk is to experience the city anew, outside of one’s routines under the guidance of Sissel Tolaas, who has been studying smells since the early 1990s. By a conscious use of the sense of smell, participants will navigate and explore various parts of Singapore, rediscovering the city through a different sense perception.

Register to receive details at NTUCCAexhibitions@ntu.edu.sg

This Incomplete City Walk is part of the public programme of Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice.

Workshop: Keyword Laboratory: "Socio-botanic" by Xu Tan, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
18 Jan 2017, Wed 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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“Urban farming is a social practice that has associations with contemporary life on many levels, relating fundamentally to environment, capitalism, global consumerist lifestyles, and to the production of knowledge and technology for human sustenance.” — Xu Tan

In this workshop, artist Xu Tan invites local practitioners engaged in the social practice of urban farming to share with participants how to grow, what to plant, and why. The workshop takes a hands-on approach, allowing participants to handle samplings of plants, seeds, and soil. Through these interactions between practitioners and public participants, the workshop provides a platform for knowledge exchange on a sociopolitical and an aesthetic level.

A collection of six videos of interviews by Xu with urban farmers in China and Singapore, the latter filmed during his residency period at the NTU CCA Singapore, will also be on view. These videos are part of his ongoing research into the social practice of botany/farming.
For more information about the Projects, Workshops and Events for CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17, visit here.

Public Summit, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
19 Jan 2017, Thu 03:00 PM - 06:30 PM
20 Jan 2017, Fri 01:30 PM - 06:30 PM
21 Jan 2017, Sat 01:30 PM - 06:30 PM

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The three-day Public Summit brings together a prominent group of architects, theorists, researchers, curators, and community groups to share and discuss ideas about sustainability, food and energy sources, spatial practice, and social relations in the urban fabric. Programmed as a series of Structured Conversations, the Public Summit attempts to bridge artistic practices and academic research with bottom-up initiatives and explore various strategies and participatory approaches, projecting solutions and desires for future “cities for people”.

Free admission, registration is required. For enquiries, please email NTUCCAIDEASFEST@ntu.edu.sg.

 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

3.00pm

Registration

Tour of exhibition Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice by Khim Ong (Singapore), Deputy Director, Exhibitions, Residencies, and Public Programme, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore)

4.00 – 6.30pm

Welcome Address

Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

 

Structured Conversation #1: Food, Air, Water

This session opens up the debate surrounding sustainability in relation to food sources, water resources, and air quality. As elements that possess fundamental significance for all life, how has urban development and technology impacted and intervened into these resources? Can sustainability be achieved only with improved technology? Is sustainability sustainable? (William S. W. Lim) How can we better understand and work with regenerative processes of nature to create a more informed way of living for all?

Host: Paul Teng (Singapore), Professor and Adjunct Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU

With Joshua Comaroff (United States/Singapore), Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design and Design Consultant, Lekker; Eugene Heng (Singapore), Founder and Chairman, Waterways Watch Society; Conrad H. Philipp (Germany/Singapore), Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore-ETH Centre; and Marjetica Potrč (Germany), Professor for Social Design, University of Fine Arts (HFBK), Hamburg

Respondent: Cecilia Tortajada (Mexico and Spain/Singapore), Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS)

 

 

Friday, 20 January 2017

1.30pm                                         Registration

2.00 – 4.00pm

Welcome Address

Ute Meta Bauer and Khim Ong

Structured Conversation #2: Modalities of Exchange

Dedicated to examining various modes of exchange beyond pure economic terms, speakers will share their experiences working across cultures and diverse communities, introducing strategies for bridging differences. How are we able to create shared knowledge and resource, and intervene into various social and cultural patterns? Can the shared spaces we create allow us to achieve an alternative economy based on social debate, giving, and sharing that can be managed by citizens rather than global finance?

Host: Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore), Assistant Professor, NTU ADM / CCA Singapore

With Qinyi Lim (Singapore), independent curator; Matthew Mazzotta (United States), artist; and Woon Tien Wei (Singapore), Post-Museum

Respondent: Yvonne P. Doderer (Germany), Professor for Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf

4.15 – 6.30pm

Structured Conversation #3: Critical Spatial Practice

This session explores the social, cultural, and political production of space in relation to urban intervention and the possibilities for individual acts and bottom-up initiatives versus top-down planning. What is the critical mode of spatial practice today? What ideas and options do we have for future urban habitats?

Host: Ute Meta Bauer

With Nikolaus Hirsch (Germany), architect; Hyungmin Pai (South Korea), Director, 1st Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017 and Professor of Architecture, University of Seoul; and Apolonija Šušteršič (Slovenia/Sweden and Norway), artist, architect and Professor, Art & Public Space, Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Respondent: Regina Bittner (Germany), Head of Academy Department and Deputy Director, Bauhaus Dessau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

1.30pm                                    Registration

2.00 – 4.00pm

Welcome Address

Ute Meta Bauer and Khim Ong

Structured Conversation #4: Performing the City

How can artistic practices activate communities, give voice to, and provoke different experiences of our built environment? How do artistic interventions stimulate processes of reflexivity? What are the shared methodologies that allow us to intervene into the social, cultural, and political through performative gestures that animate an alternative understanding and experience of everyday living?

Host: Anca Rujoiu (Romania/Singapore), curator and Manager, Publications, NTU CCA Singapore

With Laura Anderson Barbata (Mexico/United States), artist; Lucy Orta (United Kingdom/France), artist and Professor and Chair of Art and the Environment, University of the Arts London; and Sissel Tolaas (Norway/Germany), artist and smell researcher

Respondents: Sophie Goltz; and Charmaine Toh (Singapore), Curator, National Gallery Singapore

4.15 – 6.30pm

Structured Conversation #5: Who Owns the City

This session explores the social, cultural, and political production of space in relation to urban intervention and the possibilities for individual acts and bottom-up initiatives versus top-down planning. What is the critical mode of spatial practice today? What ideas and options do we have for future urban habitats?

Host: Calvin Chua (Singapore), Adjunct Assistant Professor, Architecture and Sustainable Design, Singapore University of Technology and Design

With Regina Bittner; Yvonne P. Doderer; Lukas Feireiss (Germany), curator and author; and Marjetica Potrč

Respondent: Wong Chen-Hsi (Singapore), Assistant Professor, NTU ADM, Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

Part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17.

Click here to download the full schedule of the Public Summit.

Participatory Project: 70 x 7 The Meal, act XL (40) by Lucy + Jorge Orta in collaboration with Chef Misso Russell Keith from Open Farm Community, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
20 Jan 2017, Fri 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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70 x 7 The Meal is Lucy + Jorge Orta’s ongoing participative artwork which draws from the ancestral ritual of dining together. For each rendition, or “act”, the artists imagine thought-provoking settings that have brought together thousands of people from all over the world to dine together and talk about specific issues, often related to food, sustainability, and the environment. “70 x 7” takes its meaning from the notion of infinity, whereby each meal is the starting point for conversations and exchanges that can continue beyond the meal. To facilitate this process, each meal is accompanied by commissioned artworks and objects.

For CITIES FOR PEOPLE, the artists will create the setting for “Act 40”, a dinner for up to 250 guests with a menu designed in collaboration with a Singapore chef from Open Farm Community, made of locally sourced or sustainable produce only. Each table will be assigned an “island of knowledge” and adorned with elements relating to the artists’ visual and textual language. An exchange workshop prior to the meal will bring together the agricultural, farming, and urban gardening communities, policy makers, artists, and activist groups to generate a wide range of playful, provocative, and meaningful questions that operate as triggers for the thematic discussions during the evening’s proceedings.

After the meal Lucy + Jorge Orta will transform the photographic documentation and objects collected from Singapore markets into a series of iconic sculptures, prolonging their experience of the food collaborations and discussions beyond Singapore, to generate new processes of exchange in contexts where the objects are re-presented.

Register here. For enquiries, email ntuccaideasfest@ntu.edu.sg.

Rehearsal by Post-Museum, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
20 Jan 2017, Fri - 22 Jan 2017, Sun 06:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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Rehearsal is a social experiment stemming from the urge to incite and foster public discussions in Singapore, addressing the city and how to organise collectively. Spaces for different groups to come together are lacking and only few opportunities exist for civil society groups and government sectors to meet and have open debates. Responding directly to the need for places that facilitate discussions and gatherings, Post-Museum‘s first Rehearsal, which took place at the Substation, invited people to spend time together and do something collectively over a 24-hour period.

Organised during CITIES FOR PEOPLE, Rehearsal is a parallel event that provides a place to further reflect on the topics discussed during the Ideas Fest, particularly in the Public Summit. This iteration of the Rehearsal will take the form of a campsite that invites the public to stay, eat, and live together over a period of three days and two nights. The space, to be built through a collective wood workshop using recycled materials from NTU CCA Singapore’s previous exhibitions, will include a kitchen, sleeping area, library, an edition of Singapore Really Really Free Market, and a meditation space. Participants are asked to shape the site according to their activities and interests throughout the event period.

Performance: Ocean Blue(s) by Laura Anderson Barbata and the Brooklyn Jumbies, with local stilt dancers, part of CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
21 Jan 2017, Sat 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Ocean Blue(s) is a cross-disciplinary performance developed by artists from Mexico and the Caribbean diaspora that continues to evolve as it includes new collaborators around the world. Based on first-hand experiences, research, and ancient wisdom, it charts the physical and emotional relationship maintained with the ocean and the urgent need for collective transformation. The resulting work combines dance, spoken word, stilt dancing, costuming, and music to create a unique form of storied performance that will unfold during CITIES FOR PEOPLE: as a series comprised of conversation, knowledge exchange platform, and workshop, culminating in a public performance.

Ocean Blue(s) was first presented as What-Lives-Beneath in 2016 for TBA21 The Current, The Kula Ring convening in Jamaica.

Brooklyn Jumbies collaborators for the Singapore presentation include: Najja Codrington; Keil Alibocas; Jabari Rollocks; and Kyle Lambert.

Lecture Performance: DASH by Ho Rui An, Artist-in-Residence, NTU CCA Singapore
25 Jan 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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DASH begins with footage of an accident captured from a dashcam. Bearing witness to the crashes and collisions that occur within spaces of transit, the vast accumulation of such footage on the Internet can be said to constitute a contemporary index of the accident. Reflecting specifically on the view from the dashcam that captures the mobile subject’s forward rush into the horizon as it escapes a scene of accident, the lecture considers the modes of legibility that enable the accident—or crisis—to appear as such within a risk-managed and financially hedged era. Of special interest is the logic of “horizon scanning” that undergirds the foresight programmes of the Singapore government. As a crucial node along the electronic circuits of global finance as well as the sweaty regional routes crossed by disenfranchised migrant labour, Singapore is held up within the lecture as a privileged site to attend to the disturbances or “weak signals” that crop up on the horizon, from which a fantastic speculative economy—one populated by the likes of “black swans” and “dragon kings”—is produced to affirm some narratives while extinguishing others.

This Lecture Performance is part of the public programme of Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice.

Contemporary Art Magazines: A Critical Writing Reading Group #10
31 Jan 2017, Tue 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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This is a reading group that aims to generate conversations on both the contemporary art scene and the practice of publishing and writing about art. We will be reading frieze #183 the Nov/Dec 2016 issue this session, so join us for a lively discussion!

Initiated in New York City for the Public School by Orit Gat & Clara Halpern, a parallel version of this reading group is currently organised in New York, at Triangle and in London, at PEER.

To RSVP for this session, please contact: NTUCCAeducation@ntu.edu.sg

About Frieze

frieze magazine was set up in 1991 and is the leading magazine of contemporary art and culture. frieze includes essays, reviews and columns by today’s most forward-thinking writers, artists and curators.

Image credit: Courtesy of frieze magazine.

The Library of Unread Books by Heman Chong (Singapore), Artist-in-Residence, and Réene Staal (Netherlands), chief librarian
23 Sep 2016, Fri - 24 Feb 2017, Fri 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

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The first iteration of a ten-year-long project, Heman Chong‘s The Library of Unread Books develops from the artist’s deep-seated longing for books. It is a members-only reference library made up of donated books that are unread by their previous owners. The cost of a lifetime membership to the library is the donation of one unread book. By receiving and revealing that which people choose not to read, the Library is the result of a collective gesture and traces the perimeters of unwanted knowledge. Managed in collaboration with chief librarian Renée Staal, the library is open every Friday from 12.00pm to 12.00am until the end of February.