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Residencies Insights: György Kepes and the Agency of Interthinking. MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies as the Gatekeeper of a Universal Utopia. Lecture by Márton Orosz (Hungary/Germany), Curator-in-Residence
3 Feb 2017, Fri 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Márton Orosz’s lecture will address the holistic and concept-oriented approach of György Kepes and his understanding of art’s capacity to foster social transformation as a collaborative effort. A painter, designer, photographer, urban planner, curator, art theorist, editor, and educator, Kepes established the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at MIT, in 1967, as a think-tank for artistic agency. Orosz will discuss his visionary programme and utopian project to reconcile the “two cultures” in the Cybernetic Age, revealing some of the Center’s lesser known visual practices that aspired to reach a higher synthesis of human integrity by exploring the relationship between the media and the senses. He will also map out the trans-regional circulation of Kepes’s ideas on the integration of art, science and technology, positioning Southeast Asia as a significant catalyst of Kepes’s legacy.

Workshop for Teachers and Educators led by Kelly Reedy (United States/Singapore), artist and educator, with introductions by participating artists, and exhibition curators
11 Feb 2017, Sat 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

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This workshop was developed in collaboration with Kelly Reedy, a former lecturer at the National Institute of Education, who specialises in working with museums and galleries to enhance student learning through visual arts. The workshop is created to engage educators in contemporary art and artistic practices, highlighting the educational aspects of each section of the exhibition to better prepare for visits with their classes.

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This Workshop is part of the public programme of The Making of an Institution.

The Making of an Institution – Reason to Exist: The Director's Review. Talk by Emily Pethick (United Kingdom), The Showroom, London, United Kingdom, and Curator-in-Residence
15 Feb 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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This talk inaugurates Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review. An integral component of The Making of an Institution, this series of encounters brings together directors and founders of organisations that adopt critical and innovative strategies to advance the development of contemporary art practices and discourses. Emily Pethick will present The Showroom, a contemporary art space in London that focuses on collaborative and process-driven approaches as well as cultural production within its locality and beyond, linking experimental artistic practice to a range of communities of interest and political concerns. Responding to the context of The Making of an Institution, the talk will look at The Showroom’s mission statement and how this was developed in tandem with the organisation’s development. Pethick will also share some new approaches to the process of “evaluation” The Showroom is currently developing using mapping strategies.

This Workshop is part of the public programme of The Making of an Institution.

SouthEastAsia: Spaces of the Curatorial Book Launch, Art Fair Philippines
17 Feb 2017, Fri 04:30 PM -

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

Following the panel discussion Curating Across Asia organised by Ateneo Art Gallery as part of the Art Fair Philippines public programme, 3.00 ­– 4.30 pm

With support of Art Fair Philippines, this event marks the second launch of the publication in Southeast Asia in the presence of several of its contributors including Ute Meta BauerPatrick D. Flores, Tony Godfrey, and Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez. Published by Sternberg Press, SouthEastAsia: Spaces of the Curatorial focuses on the practice of curating in Southeast Asia, bringing together a diversity of voices that mirror the complexity of the region itself: its various curatorial spaces, infrastructures, and political systems.

A third book launch event is planned in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia hosted by Ilham Gallery on 5th March 2017.

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.


Image credit: Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore

The Making of an Institution – Artistic Research. Talk and screening by siren eun young jung (South Korea), Artist-in-Residence
22 Feb 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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What is artistic research? Which are the material and immaterial aspects that constitute contemporary art practices? Within the context of The Making of an Institution, Artist-in-Residence siren eun young jung addresses the process of artistic research that lies behind her long-term project on Yeosung Gukgeuk, a form of Korean theatre featuring only female actors that flourished between the 1940s and the 1960s. Over almost a decade, jung has produced a multiplicity of works around this subject challenging the interpretation of tradition and gender politics in contemporary Korean society. The artist will introduce the screening of Act of Affect (2013) and I am not going to sing (2015), positioning Yeosung Gukgeuk at the intersection between issues of affect, gender structures, and performativity.

This Workshop is part of the public programme of The Making of an Institution.

Ownership, Development, and Aspirations
25 Feb 2017, Sat 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Who owns a public institution? How does an institution balance the different sets of expectations held by its various stakeholders? What is the role of an international advisory board and how does it contribute to the institution’s development within a global perspective? Shifting the top-down operational model, can an institution learn from artists and incorporate artistic methodologies into its own structure? To address such questions, this session brings together several members of the NTU CCA Singapore’s International Advisory Board into a public discussion with representatives of the Centre’s stakeholders. The session will be moderated by Founding Director Ute Meta Bauer and preceded by Heman Chong’s performance Words, They, Wrote (2015 – ongoing). Utilising words written or spoken by several artists, the performance generates a moment of introspection opening up a space for the artists’ thoughts on their own lives and works.

This Workshop is part of the public programme of The Making of an Institution.

3.00 – 3.30pm
Words, They, Wrote (2015 – ongoing), performance by Heman Chong (Singapore), Artist-in-Residence

3.30 – 5.00pm
Public Discussion

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

Ann Demeester (Belgium/Netherlands) Board Member; Director, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands

Yuko Hasegawa (Japan), Board Member; Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan

Nikos Papastergiadis (Australia), Board Chair; Director, Research Unit in Public Cultures, and Professor, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Philip Tinari (United States/China), Board Member; Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

John Tirman (United States), Board Member; Executive Director, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States

Contemporary Art Magazines: A Critical Writing Reading Group #11
27 Feb 2017, Mon 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

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Contemporaray Art Magazines: A Critical Writing is a reading group that aims to generate conversations on both the contemporary art scene and the practice of publishing and writing about art. Each session is focused on a single issue of an art magazine. We will be reading e-flux journal 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:

About e-flux journal

Launched in 2008, e-flux journal is a monthly art publication featuring essays and contributions by some of the most engaged artists and thinkers working today. The journal is available online, in PDF format, and in print through a network of distributors.

Image credit: Courtesy e-flux journal.