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Tour of China. The Arts – The People led by NTU CCA Singapore curators
2 Jun 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM
24 Jun 2017, Sat 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
24 Jun 2017, Sat 05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
7 Jul 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM
4 Aug 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 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

Note: Tours on 24 June (Saturday) are held on the occasion of Art Day Out x School Holidays at Gillman Barracks. In addition, tours are also arranged for Mandarin speakers on 24 June at 3.00 – 3.30pm, and on 7 July (Friday) at 7.00 – 7.30pm.

For more information on Ulrike Ottinger: China. The Arts – The People, click here.

Image credit: Ulrike Ottinger, Familie von Seminomaden vor ihrem Winter-Lehmhaus, 1987. Context: Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia, Xi Wu Zhu Mu Qi Banner, Mongolia. Courtesy the artist.

Screening: Beijing Taxi by Miao Wang (China). Selected by Dr Marc Glöde (Germany/Singapore), former Visiting Research Fellow, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, and NTU CCA Singapore
2 Jun 2017, Fri 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Beijing Taxi is a timely, uncensored and richly cinematic portrait of China’s ancient capital as it undergoes a profound transformation. The film takes an intimate and compelling look at the lives of three cab drivers as they confront modern issues and changing values against the backdrop of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Through their daily struggles infused with humour and quiet determination, Beijing Taxi reveals the complexity and contradictions of China’s shifting paradigm.

This Screening is part of the public programme of Ulrike Ottinger: China. The Arts ­– The People, Photographs and Films from the 1980s and 1990s.

Image credit: Miao Wang, Beijing Taxi, 2010, film still. Courtesy the artist.

Residencies Studio Sessions: Screenings and conversation by chi too (Malaysia), Artist-in-Residence and Martyn See (Singapore), filmmaker
7 Jun 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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In the context of chi too’s ongoing research on activism and civil disobedience, this studio session present the screening of two documentary films: Penusah Tana (The Forgotten Struggle) (2008) by Hilary Chiew and chi too and Singapore Rebel (2004) by local filmmaker Martyn See. Both films documents episodes of resistance and are brought together because of the artist’s interest in understanding how protest and dissent take shape in Malaysia and Singapore. Penusah Tana (The Forgotten Struggle) addresses the struggles of the Penan, a forest-dwelling tribe in Sarawak, against logging corporations. Singapore Rebel recounts the political journey of Dr Chee Soon Juan, leader of the Singapore Democratic Party.
The screenings will be followed by a conversation between the artist and the filmmaker.

The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.
Please note that Singapore Rebel is rated M18.

Screening: China. The Arts – The People by Ulrike Ottinger, artist and filmmaker (Germany)
10 Jun 2017, Sat 02:00 PM - 06:30 PM

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In this four-and-a-half-hour documentary or filmic travelogue, Ulrike Ottinger imparts new ways of seeing a foreign culture. Divided in three parts, the film depicts everyday life in Beijing, Sichuan, and Yunnan, being highly sensitive to detail and allowing the viewer to follow Ottinger’s journey almost without commentary.

This screening is specially arranged to provide the opportunity for the audience to experience the work as a full film instead of the divided version installed in the exhibition space.

Image credit: Ulrike Ottinger, An der Strecke Chengdu – Kunming, 1985. Context: China. The Arts – The People, China. Courtesy the artist.

Residencies Studio Sessions: Instructions on Viewing the Landscape, lecture by Buen Calubayan (Philippines), Artist-in-Residence
14 Jun 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Buen Calubayan’s Instructions on Viewing the Landscape formulates a method of understanding the world and negotiating our position in it. It takes the form of a diagram and a set of instructions that allow us to unpack the patterns of representation and the processes of perception. In his lecture, Calubayan will employ the rules of perspective in order to locate the vanishing point in several 19th century artworks related to the representation of the Philippines to foreground “the bigger picture” and locate our current position within an expanded landscape. Framing techniques and temporal and spatial coordinates are discussed as a way to organize and archive nature and history.

The Migrant Ecologies Project (Lucy Davis, Kee Ya Ting & Zai Tang)  
Bird People Series 1/8 (Lim Kim Seng & Lim Kim Chua)
24 Jun 2017, Sat - 3 Sep 2017, Sun

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The mixed-media selection presented in The Vitrine stems from Railtrack Songmaps, a project exploring competing claims to nature and culture that resound along the former Malaysian railway tracks at Tanglin Halt. For at least five decades, birds, nature lovers, songbird clubs, tree shrines, kampung gardeners and foragers have roosted and seeded themselves along the tracks, nurturing a tangled patch of urban wild that is currently undergoing redevelopment. The particular constellation of elements on display—photographs, Malay pantuns, embroidery on paper, delicate airborne assemblages of images, cut-outs, and coconut sticks—weave in and out of the memories of Lim Kim Seng, a Tanglin Halt longtime resident who, together with his brother Lim Kim Chua, joined the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) as a teenager; both are now senior members of the NSS Bird Group. Kim Seng helped The Migrant Ecologies Project to identify 105 bird species around Tanglin Halt.

The Migrant Ecologies Project was founded in 2010 by artist, art writer, and educator Lucy Davis. Investigating movements and migrations of nature and culture in Southeast Asia and beyond, the project unfolds through collaborations with sound artists, photographers, scientists, and designers.

Lucy Davis has been an Artist-in-Residence at NTU CCA Singapore from April to June 2017.

Screening: Taiga. A Journey to Northern Mongolia by Ulrike Ottinger, artist and filmmaker (Germany)
24 Jun 2017, Sat 12:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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This eight hour long documentary film is divided into 38 stations and depicts the daily life of the Darkhad and Sojon Urinjanghai nomads, as well as their ceremonies such as weddings, festivals and shamanistic practices.

Ottinger portrays particular characters, sometimes with their families, and documents gatherings, offerings, songs, dances, professions. The camera dwells on the different moments, mostly rendering the scene in real time and conveying a sense of being there. As we accompany the nomads preparing to move to their winter camp, or visit the children on their first day of school, we get familiar not only with the startling landscapes, but most importantly with the way of living of these nomadic peoples, their relationship to each other, to the animals, and to the land.

This screening is specially arranged to provide the opportunity for the audience to experience the work as a full film instead of the divided version installed in the exhibition space.

Presented on the occasion of Art Day Out x School Holidays at Gillman Barracks.

Image credit: Ulrike Ottinger, Jurtentür, Aufbau der Jurte am Bagchtara Gol, 1996. Context: Taiga, Mongolia. Courtesy the artist.

Residencies Studio Sessions: Talk by Geraldine Kang (Singapore), Artist-in-Residence
24 Jun 2017, Sat 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

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Lately, the work of Geraldine Kang has been revolving around issues related to the livelihood, social status, and representation of male migrant workers in Singapore, more specifically those employed as conservancy cleaners, and those on Special Pass. Focusing her research on the labour force and personal narratives that lie behind the ever-changing Singaporean cityscape, the artist finds herself negotiating a complex set of challenges about communication, trust, and the ethical tensions embedded in the production of visibility. In the talk, Kang will discuss her projects and reflect upon her approach to photography as a tool to question identities and problematise our relationship to certain subjects.

The Wunder Tribe Workshop for Kids by anGie seah
24 Jun 2017, Sat 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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Organised for children aged 7 to 12, the idea of “Wunder” serves as a starting point. By exploring some of the diverse cultures within and around Singapore, the artist and the participants will think about how tales are told and invent new personas and characters associated with flying, fight good causes, feed the hungry, and… to be somebody wonderful. Focusing on stories the region has to tell and the images that those stories summon, ways of sharing experiences, visions, and emotions will be analysed, by reinventing “ritualistic” actions and creating personalised objects. For enquiries and to register your child, email

Presented on the occasion of Art Day Out x School Holidays at Gillman Barracks.

Image credit: Courtesy the artist.

Residencies Studio Sessions: Talk by Lucy Davis, Artist-in-Residence
28 Jun 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Lucy Davis will talk about interspecies entanglements, natural and art historical legacies, and urban memory in the context of Railtrack Songmaps, a four-year interdisciplinary project delving into competing claims to nature and culture along the former Malaysian railway tracks at Tanglin Halt that the artist developed with a MOE Academic Research Fund Tier 1 at the School of Art, Design and Media (NTU).

Tree shrines, kampung gardeners, songbird gatherings have seeded themselves along the tracks over many decades. Today, a fifty-year-old HDB estate is undergoing demolition with existing communities moving away while the railway was object of an international competition to create a “Green Corridor” modeled on the High Line in New York. Davis has been re-developing an interactive media experience led by bird songs and stories recorded from residents and birders along the tracks. In collaboration with composer Zai Tang, photographer Kee Ya Ting, and graphic designer Hera, she is currently working on a book to be published at the end of the year as well as on a new series of portraits of “bird people.”

Speakers’ Corner
26 May 2017, Fri - 1 Aug 2017, Tue

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Speakers’ Corner

Islanded (26 May – 11 June 2017)
Incidental Scripts (13 June – 28 June 2017)
Proximities and Encounters (29 June – 14 July 2017)
Ready, Steady, Go (15 July – 1 August 2017)

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore presents Speakers’ Corner, a public resource platform comprising of video documentation of public programmes and related research material from the Centre’s archives.

Speakers’ Corner serves as a metaphor for public discourse created through the various public programmes of NTU CCA Singapore since its inception in October 2013. Speakers’ Corner presents a range of discussions held and questions under what conditions and parameters we create our knowledge, and in the languages employed. All together this is what creates a public discourse or a “speakers’ corner” within an institution, which can take forms of the academic, literary, or performative. It opens up the possibility for encounters with the known and unknown, the expected and unexpected, as a form of its lively activities.

NTU CCA Singapore’s public programmes reflect on our present world through culture and art. Over the two month installation, Speakers’ Corner will be presented in four chapters: “Islanded”, “Incidental Scripts”, “Proximities and Encounters”, and “Ready, Steady, Go”. Each chapter relates to an exhibition held at NTU CCA Singapore such as Incidental Scripts (2014) by Yang Fudong (China) or Sea State (2016) by Charles Lim Yi Yong (Singapore) or to invited local and international Artists-in-Residence and their artistic research and practices like Heman Chong (Singapore) or Zac Langdon-Pole (New Zealand/Germany). On a broader scheme, the events offer an expanded reading and understanding of the complexity and diversity of the contemporary art production of today and how it intersects with current developments in culture, society, and politics.

The Speakers’ Corner programme includes:

Islanded, 26 May – 11 June 2017
Content from The Geopolitical and the Biophysical: a structured conversation on Art and Southeast Asia in context symposium Part II, 17 – 18 June 2016

Incidental Scripts, 13 June – 28 June 2017
Content from Yang Fudong: Incidental Scripts, 12 December 2014 — 1 March 2015

Proximities and Encounters, 29 June – 14 July 2017
Content from Theatrical Fields, 22 August 2014 — 2 November 2014

Ready, Steady, Go, 15 July – 1 August 2017
Content from multiple sources including talks by Artists-In-Residence and visiting scholars

Image credit: Still from video documentation of past public events at NTU CCA Singapore. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

Daily Screenings: Exile Shanghai by Ulrike Ottinger, artist and filmmaker (Germany)
27 May 2017, Sat - 13 Aug 2017, Sun 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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Exile Shanghai (1997) tells the stories of six German, Austrian, and Russian Jews that intersect while exiled in Shanghai. Through narratives, photographs, documents, and music and images of the contemporary city, the film is a real-life epic with significant historical value. Albeit the film focuses on the life of Jewish refugees, it stresses at the same time the very condition of the exiled, preserving their culture in midst of another.

Visually, the interconnectedness of different histories and people is emphasised by the diversity of cultural influences. This moment of openness of Shanghai created a whole cosmos within the city. Presented through the lens of the exiled, its tone is nonetheless optimistic, converted through the enthusiasm of the characters.

Exile Shanghai is part of the daily screenings of Ulrike Ottinger: China. The Arts ­– The People, Photographs and Films from the 1980s and 1990s. It is presented at The Single Screen on every other day, alternating with Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia.

Exile Shanghai is screened on the following dates:

6 June 2017, Tuesday
8 June 2017, Thursday
10 June 2017, Saturday
14 June 2017, Wednesday
16 June 2017, Friday
18 June 2017, Sunday
20 June 2017, Tuesday
22 June 2017, Thursday
24 June 2017, Saturday
28 June 2017, Wednesday
30 June 2017, Friday

2 July 2017, Sunday
4 July 2017, Tuesday
6 July 2017, Thursday
8 July 2017, Saturday
12 July 2017, Wednesday
14 July 2017, Friday
16 July 2017, Sunday
18 July 2017, Tuesday
20 July 2017, Thursday
22 July 2017, Saturday
26 July 2017, Wednesday
28 July 2017, Friday
30 July 2017, Sunday

1 August 2017, Tuesday
3 August 2017, Thursday
5 August 2017, Saturday
9 August 2017, Wednesday
11 August 2017, Friday
13 August 2017, Sunday

Image credit: Ulrike Ottinger, Regen (Rain), 1996. Context: Exile Shanghai, China. Courtesy the artist.

Daily Screenings: Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia by Ulrike Ottinger, artist and filmmaker (Germany)
27 May 2017, Sat - 13 Aug 2017, Sun 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
27 May 2017, Sat - 13 Aug 2017, Sun 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia (1989), starring Badema, Lydia Billiet, Inés Sastre, and Delphine Seyrig, is Ottinger’s only feature fiction film shot in East Asia. Staged in the legendary Trans-Siberian Railroad, the film starts by introducing four different Western women, each representing a story from different epochs, and who meet on this train. A group of Mongolian female warriors kidnap them, and the story unfolds amidst multiple cultural misunderstandings. The intersection of the fictional and the documentary arises from the encounter with the foreign, which intervenes unpredictably and filled with humour along the plot.

The entire film is a homage to the way nomadic cultures leave their mark along the travelled paths, and embraces the migration of culture. Different kinds of narration are explored within this feature, emphasising cultural relations, similarities and contrasts, as well as how misunderstandings can be productive.

Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia is part of the daily screenings of Ulrike Ottinger: China. The Arts ­– The People, Photographs and Films from the 1980s and 1990s. It is presented at The Single Screen on every other day, alternating with Exile Shanghai.

Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia is screened on the following dates:

7 June 2017, Wednesday
9 June 2017, Friday
11 June 2017, Sunday
13 June 2017, Tuesday
15 June 2017, Thursday
17 June 2017, Saturday
21 June 2017, Wednesday
23 June 2017, Friday
25 June 2017, Sunday
27 June 2017, Tuesday
29 June 2017, Thursday

1 July 2017, Saturday
5 July 2017, Wednesday
7 July 2017, Friday
9 July 2017, Sunday
11 July 2017, Tuesday
13 July 2017, Thursday
15 July 2017, Saturday
19 July 2017, Wednesday
21 July 2017, Friday
23 July 2017, Sunday
25 July 2017, Tuesday
27 July 2017, Thursday
29 July 2017, Saturday

2 August 2017, Wednesday
4 August 2017, Friday
6 August 2017, Sunday
8 August 2017, Tuesday
10 August 2017, Thursday
12 August 2017, Saturday

Image credit: Ulrike Ottinger, Tsam Zeremonie im Grasland, Abt und Lamas vom Tempel Xili Tu Zhao, 1988. Context: Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia, Grassland, Mongolia. Courtesy the artist.