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Reading Group: Gut-Geographies: Queering Public Space and the Narratable Self after Feminism by Sophie Goltz and Dr Tania Roy
22 Aug 2019, Thu - 24 Oct 2019, Thu 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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The topic of gut-geographies is suggested to outline the relation of space, collective action, and phenomenological appearance, to the proposition of organic empathy—or the capacity of biological substrata in the body to problem-solve, “control, calculate, protect, and destroy” (Wilson 2004: 82). Following through key positions in post-gender theories of embodiment, the readings widely engage the interventions of “gut-feminism” with the wider problematics of public space and communal action, especially in urban contexts that are not directly addressed by the readings. By suggesting the capacity of bodies to affect and be affected in mutually implicated ways within the material or historical constraints of public space, the reading group invites participants to further relate the status of narrative truth-claims to those of the (neuro-)biological sciences. 


22 August 2019

Love and the Politics of Seclusionary Action by Adriana Cavarero, with additional readings by Luce Irigaray and Hannah Arendt

Please click here to read an essay by participant Abhinav Bhargava in response to the above session.


26 September 2019

Gut-Knowledges by Elizabeth Wilson


24 October 2019 (Waitlist)*

Precarity, Plasticity and Entanglement in texts by Catherine Malabou and Judith Butler



Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore) is Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes at NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media. Goltz was the Artistic Director of Stadtkuratorin Hamburg (City curator) from 2013 to 2016, and has worked as Senior Curator and Head of Communication and Public Programmes at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein between 2008 and 2013, becoming Associate Curator in 2014. Goltz worked as a freelance curator, as well as an art educator for various international exhibitions, including Documenta11 and documenta 12 (2002 and 2007), 3rd berlin biennale for contemporary art (2004), and Project Migration (2004-06).

Dr Tania Roy (Singapore) obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Political Theory and Literature from Duke University in 2003 and is currently Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore, where she is Chair of the Graduate Studies in English Literature. She has taught widely in the Department of English Language and Literature, and is currently teaching in the areas of Literature and Psychoanalysis, Postcolonial Theory and Literature, as well as Trauma Studies and Literature (MA). Her research interests are in the areas of Global Anglophonic literature, Postcolonial Studies, and Critical Theory (especially the Frankfurt School).


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*This reading group is capped at 20 people to facilitate a close reading and discussion of the selected text and topic. You may register to be placed on the waitlist and we will notify you when available slots open up. The Exhibition Hall will still be open to the public at this time.

The Lab: Culture City. Culture Scape. Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere
31 Aug 2019, Sat - 27 Oct 2019, Sun

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In partnership with Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd., Culture City. Culture Scape. is a public art education programme launched in 2017. A first of its kind in Singapore, the programme features a series of newly commissioned public art works by Dan Graham, Zulkifle Mahmod, Tomás Saraceno and Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), nestled at Mapletree Business City II, and aims to bring the arts closer to the communities.

Conceived as a research presentation at NTU CCA Singapore’s The Lab, Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere engages with the making of the Public Art Trail at Mapletree Business City II in the context of Privately-Owned Public Spaces (POPS) together with other artistic and urban developments in Singapore. The works of the Public Art Trail by international renowned artists Dan GrahamZulkifle MahmodTomás Saraceno and Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)are animated through augmented reality in a unique spatial setting. The presentation reflects on emerging discourses such as Future Asian Spaces or Art in the Public Sphere and situates the interconnectedness of cultural politics, urban developments and economic conditions in today’s Singapore. A same-titled Public Art Education Summit in October will reflect on the socio-poltical changes and challenges of Art in the Public Sphere with a focus on community engagement, social (corporate) responsibility, and new artistic approaches in an ever-expanding urban setting. 

Contributors include: Lewis Biggs, Chairman, Institute for Public Art; Lilian Chee, Associate Professor & Deputy Head (academic), Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore; Connie Chester, Head of Research and Communication, Studio Tomás Saraceno; Heman Chong, artist; Speak Cryptic, artist; Priyageetha Dia, artist; Eileen Goh, Assistant Manager, Art-In-Transit; Jeremy Hiah, artist and founder, Your Mother gallery; Ruth Hogan, Studio Manager; Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA); Kevin Hsiu, Assistant Director, Liveable Cities; Eileen Lee, Manager, Corporate Communications, Mapletree Investments; Vincent Lee, Principal Architectural Assistant, Art-In-Transit; Samantha Lo/SKL0, artist; Zulkifle Mahmod, artist; Khim Ong, independent curator; Seelan Palay, artist and founder, Coda Culture; Aurel von Richthofen, Senior Researcher, Singapore-ETH Centre SEC; Regina de Rozario, PhD candidate, NTU ADM; Peter Schoppert, Managing Director, National University of Singapore Press; Mustafa Shabbir, Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore; Angela Tan, Assistant Director, Sector Development (Visual Arts), National Arts Council; Isaiah Tan, 3D Modeler; Ludovica Tomarchio, Research Assistant, Singapore-ETH Centre SEC; Ian Woo, artist; Robert Zhao, artist; Epigram Books; Lisson Gallery; DCA Architects,; Shma Company Limited,; Shimizu Corporation; and among others.

Image Caption: Zulkifle Mahmod, Sonic Pathway, 2017, copper pipes, 512 solenoids, microcontrollers, speakers, Mapletree Business City II. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

Exhibition (de)Tour: Landscape Design, Hybridity, and Public Art by Dr Colin Okashimo
1 Oct 2019, Tue 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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Over the last two decades, Dr Colin Okashimo has sought to fuse art and landscape architecture as well as sculpture and design through a strong research narrative that highlights the unique aspects of each location. Incorporating sculptural works into his landscape designs, Okashimo creates environments that are inspired by the research of the place’s culture, history, and society. In this talk, he will reflect on the potentiality of sculpture and public art in transforming a space into a place-specific environment offering meaning and memory.



Dr Colin Okashimo (Canada/Singapore) is a sculptor, landscape architect, and master planner. Of Japanese descent, Dr Okashimo was born and raised in Canada, where he graduated in landscape architecture at the University of Guelph in 1982. He moved to Singapore and established his own practice in 1996. He has designed intriguing landscapes for hospitality and residential projects across Asia. His PhD thesis is titled Art as Contemplative Place with Reference to the Sited Works of Isamu Noguchi(London’s University of Arts, 2007), and he has published a book titled Provoking Calm: The Artworks of Colin K. Okashimo. He was awarded the Singapore President’s Designer of the Year Award in 2015.


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Reading Group: Climate Conversations
8 Oct 2019, Tue 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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Led by Climate Conversations

This guided conversation about climate change will explore what this crisis means for the things we care about, and what we can do in response. Participants do not have to be environmentalists; this group welcomes everyone who has questions, is confused, worried, or curious about the topic. It encourages participants to be part of creating a brighter future, not just about surviving, but thriving together. 

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Climate Conversations (Singapore) was founded by four people to build the widespread support for climate action. They developed a unique outreach programme based on research and personal connection to enable those who are concerned to effectively engage friends and loved ones in meaningful discussions about acting on our responsibility to the things and people we love and what it means to protect them in the future. They have since trained dozens of facilitators who have reached hundreds of people through these conversations, inspiring them to act systematically and collectively to bring about meaningful change. For more information, please visit here. 

Tour: Culture City. Culture Scape.
Public Art Trail at Mapletree Business City II
25 Sep 2019, Wed 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM
28 Sep 2019, Sat 05:30 PM - 06:00 PM
9 Oct 2019, Wed 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM
23 Oct 2019, Wed 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM
26 Oct 2019, Sat 05:30 PM - 06:00 PM

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Meeting point: Alexandra Retail Centre (Taxi Stand)

Our upcoming tours are an excellent way to get inspired and unwind in the company of art nestled in the lush compounds of Mapletree Business City II (MBC II). Take a mid-day break and join us with friends or colleagues.

Themed Culture City. Culture Scape., this public art project, commissioned by Mapletree and curated by NTU CCA Singapore comprises of works by internationally renowned artists Dan Graham (United States), Zulkifle Mahmod (Singapore), Tomás Saraceno (Argentina/Germany), and Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) (Nigeria/United Kingdom). Inspired by the idea of expanded sculptural environments, the artworks explore the interplay between landscape, architecture, and the broader social and economic environments they are placed in. More than being monumental or site-specific, each work alters or permeates its local context to invite visitors to a broader and richer engagement.

For more information about our tours, please visit: or email

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Culture City. Culture Scape. is part of the Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore Public Art Education Programme, which includes regular guided tours, public events, educational materials, closed-door workshops, and a public art education summit.


Image caption: Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), Wind Sculpture I, 2013, steel armature with hand painted fibreglass resin cast, Mapletree Business City II. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

In Conversation: Curating the City: Golden Walls and Pink Dots
10 Oct 2019, Thu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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by Sophie Goltz, Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor, NTU ADM, and Regina De Rozario (Singapore), artist and PhD Candidate, NTU ADM.

Using best practice examples from Singapore, Hamburg, and beyond, artistic and activist strategies, with which urban spaces have been appropriated as democratic forums, will be examined. In addition, the methodological question will be raised: how can regionally differently situated practices of artists and activists be described more generally as art in the public sphere? Hence, which cultural and political implications do arise for a mutual understanding of urban and public space in theory and practice today?



Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore) is Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes at NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media. Goltz was the Artistic Director of Stadkuratorin Hamburg (City curator) from 2013 to 2016, and has worked as Senior Curator and Head of Communication and Public Programmes at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein between 2008 and 2013, becoming Associate Curator in 2014. Goltz worked as freelance curator and art educator for various international exhibitions, including Documenta 12 and 11 (2007 and 2002), 3rd Berlin Biennale (2004), and Project Migration (2004­–06).

Regina De Rozario’s (Singapore) artistic practice investigates how strategies of walking, mapping, and image-making can enable us to recognise and respond to notions of power and control embedded in the physical and narrative spaces we inhabit. She is also one-half of Perception3, an interdisciplinary art duo established in 2007 working with photography, video, and site-specific text installations, having been recently exhibited at iLight Singapore: bicentennial edition (2019); 3rd Biennial of montevideo, (2016); Singapore Biennale 2016; and urbanness: contemplating the city, Dubai (2015). De rozario received the national arts Council Postgraduate Scholarship in 2018, and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at NTU ADM.


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Reading Group: Nomadic Readings on Women and Design, led by Laura Miotto and Savina Nicolini
24 Sep 2019, Tue 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
15 Oct 2019, Tue 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

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Following a series of encounters on the topic on women and design, these reading groups focus on the production and transmission of knowledge within the professional field of architecture, specifically with books by female architects. Discussions will be guided symbolically by two Greek mythological icons, Clitemnestra and Cassandra, and take on a participatory format. Readings and discussions will touch on Ida Faré, Beatriz Colomina, Lina Bo Bardi, Denise Scott Brown and many others.


24 September 2019

Nomadic Reading 1: Clytemnestra: A Special Exhibition Tour by torchlight.

Focusing on books by female architect, Ida Faré, the experience of “Mothers of Architecture”


15 October 2019

Nomadic Reading 2: Cassandra: A Reading Session/Who do we learn from?

Focusing on our masters, our inspirations, Lina Bo Bardi, and others



Laura Miotto (Italy/Singapore) is Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University, and co-chair of the MA programme in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices at ADM. She is also Design Director of GSM Project in Singapore, an international firm specialised in exhibition design originating from Montréal, Canada. With 20 years of experience in the design field, both as a creative director and an architectural designer, Miotto has worked on exhibitions focusing on heritage interpretation and sensorial design strategies in the context of museums, thematic galleries, and public spaces.

Savina Nicolini, (Italy/Singapore), MSc Hons Architecture Politecnico Milano, is the founding director of SNA Design, an award-winning design practice based in Singapore. Her multidisciplinary expertise spans across Commercial, Residential, and Hospitality. Her works include Ren-I-Tang, an architectural conservation project of TCM Medical Hall in Penang, Malaysia, which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2011, and Anguilla Park, which was awarded Best Apartment Residential Design by I-DEA Asia Pacific in 2015. She was also nominated “Emerging designer 2018-2019” by d+a magazine and founder of AIDA, a network of Italian designers based in Asia aimed at promoting design internationally.


*To highlight the absence of female architects in history and to encourage the female voice, this Reading Group is open only to female participants. It is also capped at 25 participants in order to facilitate its planned activities. The Exhibition Hall will still be open to the public till 8pm.

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Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere: Public Art Education Summit
17 Oct 2019, Thu - 19 Oct 2019, Sat

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NTU CCA Singapore is pleased to present Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere, which engages with art in privately owned public spaces through a Public Art Education Summit and research presentation. Taking as its point of departure the neighbouring Culture City. Culture Scape. Public Art Trail at Mapletree Business City—developed with curatorial consultation by NTU CCA Singapore—the presentation and Summit explore broader cultural and artistic developments on a civic scale situated in urban landscapes. How do political and economic changes in the public realm evoke a regional discourse on art in cities?

The Public Art Education Summit is the first of its kind in Singapore and part of a larger engagement of NTU CCA Singapore in professional education of public art. It focuses on cultural place-making and building communities through artistic practices. It aims to stimulate a debate between art professionals, policy makers, urban developers and other local stakeholders, on how and for whom art creates public spaces in our built environment. Any artistic or curatorial initiative in “public space” must address the question of how to construct “a public” and with it, how to encounter identity. Any difference—be it regional and local, ethnic and religious, economic and social—generates its own cohabitation of urban space and public culture to communicate with. The challenge for art in the public sphere lies in its openness to existing and yet, imagined communities of civic urbanism. Ranging from corporate cultural engagement in privately owned public spaces to urban regeneration, the invited speakers draw connections to the beginnings of community engagement in public art with its fluid methods. Furthermore, they suggest a critical look at different artistic and curatorial practices which reflect on “artists as citizens.” Or, how any space called public, first and foremost, is created by the different people inhabiting that space.

Guest-of-Honour: Prof Wang Dawei, Executive Dean, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University

With contributions by: Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), Richard Bell (Australia), Lewis Biggs (United Kingdom), Antonia Carver (United Kingdom/United Arab Emirates), Lilian Chee (Singapore), Amanda Crabtree (United Kingdom/France), Daniel Mudie Cunningham (Australia), Catherine David (France), Eileen Goh (Singapore), Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore), Limin Hee (Singapore), Kok Heng Leun (Singapore), Richard Lim (Singapore), Hongjohn Lin (Taiwan/Singapore), Massamba Mbaye (Senegal), Alecia Neo (Singapore), Alan Oei (Singapore), Nikos Papastergiadis (Australia), Jasmeen Patheja (India), Lorenzo Petrillo (Italy/Singapore), Milenko Prvački (Ex-Yugoslavia/Singapore), Ashley Thompson (United Kingdom), Philip Tinari (United States/China), Katherine Ann Leilani Tuider (United States), et al.

With capability-development workshops by Amanda Crabtree (United Kingdom/France), Daniel Mudie Cunningham (Australia), Hongjohn Lin (Taiwan/Singapore) and Katherine Ann Leilani Tuider (United States).

Held in association with Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, and Institute for Public Arts, London. Supported by Mapletree Investments and, additionally, by Public Art Trust, an initiative of National Arts Council Singapore.

Admission is free. Register here.


Programme for Public Art Education Summit

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9.00am – 7.30pm
Venue: The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

8.45am             Registration and Coffee

9.00am             Opening addresses by Low Eng Teong (Singapore), Assistant Chief Executive, Sector Development, National Arts Council Singapore, Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, NTU ADM, and Guest-of-Honour Wang Dawei (China), Executive Dean, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University followed by Introduction by Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore), Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU

9.45am            Context is Everything, Presentation by Lewis Biggs (United Kingdom) Chair, Institute for Public Art, London

10.15am           Making Art, Making Society, Presentation by Amanda Crabtree (France), Director, artconnexion

10.45am          Community-First Public Art, Presentation by Katherine Ann Leilani Tuider (United States), Executive Director and Co-founder, Honolulu Biennial Foundation

11.15am           Coffee Break and Discussions

12.00pm          Public Art and Community Building
Roundtable Discussion with Eileen Goh (Singapore), Assistant Manager, Art-in-Transit at Land Transport Authority; Richard Lim (Singapore), Manager, Art Management, Project Development, CapitaLand; Lorenzo Petrillo (Italy/Singapore), Director and Founder, LOPELAB, moderated by Lilian Chee (Singapore), Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore

1.00pm             Lunch Break

2.00pm            Capability-Development Workshops
                         Venue: Studios, Block 37 Malan Road

#Activating#Communities New Patron Model for Public Art Commissioning, Workshop by Amanda Crabtree (France), Director, artconnexion. Register at

#Building#Communities, Fundraising as Community Engagement, Workshop by Katherine Ann Leilani Tuider (United States), Executive Director and Co-founder, Honolulu Biennial Foundation. Register at

5:30pm            End of Workshop

On the occasion of NTU CCA’s International Advisory Board annual meeting, invited members share their knowledge and experience.

6.00pm            Lecture by Nikos Papastergiadis (Australia), Professor, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne

6:30pm            Lecture by Ashley Thompson (United Kingdom), Hiram W. Woodward Chair of Southeast Asian Art, SOAS University of London

7:00pm            Roundtable Discussion with Antonia Carver (United Kingdom/United Arab Emirates), Director, Jameel Arts Centre; Catherine David (France), Deputy Director, Research and Globalisation, MNAM/CCI, Centre Pompidou; Philip Tinari (United States/China), Director, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, moderated by Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU

7:30pm            Reception


Friday, 18 October 2019, 9.00am – 5.30pm
Venue: The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

8.45am             Registration and Coffee

9.00am            Introduction by Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore), Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU

9.15am            A Railroad Switch in Time: South Eveleigh Case Study, Presentation by Daniel Mudie Cunningham (Australia), Director, Programs, Carriageworks

9.45am             Biennials as Public Space, Presentation by Hongjohn Lin (Taiwan/Singapore), Associate Professor, Taipei National University of Arts

10.15am           Action Sheroes, Heroes, Theyroes. Resonate #NeverAskForIt, Presentation by Jasmeen Patheja (India), Founder, Blank Noise

10.45am           Beyond Education, Beyond Community, Presentation by Milenko Prvački (Ex-Yugoslavia/Singapore), Senior Fellow, LASALLE College of the Arts, artist and founder, ART WALK Little India

11.15am            Coffee Break and Discussions

12.00pm           Art, Public Space, and Urban Development
Roundtable Discussion with Kok Heng Leun (Singapore), Artistic Director, Drama Box; Alecia Neo (Singapore), artist and co- founder, Brack; Alan Oei (Singapore), Artistic Director, The Substation, moderated by Limin Hee (Singapore), Director, Research, Centre for Liveable Cities

1.00pm             Lunch Break

2.00pm            Capability-Development Workshops
                         Venue: Studios, Block 37 Malan Road

#Supporting#Communities Urban Communities and their Stakeholders, Workshop by Daniel Mudie Cunningham (Australia), Director, Programs, Carriageworks. Register at

#Educating#Communities Biennials as Public Space: Between Artistic Approaches and Public Demands, Workshop by Hongjohn Lin (Taiwan/Singapore), Associate Professor, Taipei National University of Arts. Register at

5:30pm            End of Workshop


Saturday, 19 October 2019, 9.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

8.45am            Registration and Coffee

9.00am            Introduction by Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore), Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU

9.15am            Participation in Practice: Artists as Ally, Presentation by Alecia Neo (Singapore), artist

9.45am             The Village of the Arts of Senegal, Presentation by Massamba Mbaye (Senegal), lecturer, Dakar Cheikh Anta Diop University & Virtual University of Senegal

10.15am           Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Presentation by Richard Bell (Australia), artist

10.45am           Coffee Break and Discussions

11.15am            Roundtable Discussion with Richard Bell (Australia), artist, Hongjohn Lin (Taiwan/Singapore), Associate Professor, Taipei National University of Arts, Massamba Mbaye (Senegal), lecturer, Dakar Cheikh Anta Diop University & Virtual University of Senegal, and Alecia Neo (Singapore), artist, moderated by Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore), Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU

12.00pm           Closing Remarks by Lewis Biggs (United Kingdom)


Programme as of 1 October 2019, subject to change.



Image Caption: Discursive Picnic at Archifest 2017, Mapletree Business City II. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

Reading Group: Readings/Movements, A Scored Exercise in Space
19 Oct 2019, Sat 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
20 Oct 2019, Sun 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

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Created by Susan Sentler in collaboration with and performed by LASALLE College of the Arts, School of Dance & Theatre, Diploma in Dance Level 2 Students.
This intervention is a durational structured improvisation, a performance exercise, that involves
selected readings from the books within the space, coupled with bodily scores inspired by works
on view from Siah Armajani’s Tomb series. Performers will work in twos or threes, each taking on
the role of reader or mover at specific timings, inspired by Dora Garcia’s The Sinthome Score.
Choreographically, the structure will allow variations such as the changing of roles or performers,
sculpted via, and anchored in, the activities of reading and movement. This creates an
architectural performative landscape that invites visitors to experience and expand in their
associations with and between text, objects, space, and body.



Susan Sentler (United States/United Kingdom/Singapore) is a dance artist working as
choreographer, teacher, researcher, director and performer. She has taught and worked globally
in the field of dance for over 30 years. She engages in a multi-disciplinary practice which is
anchored by a honed somatic relationship to image; working in gallery and museum contexts to
create “responses” or “activations” for specific visual artworks as well as generating durational
installations consisting of still and moving image, objects, sound and live performance. She is a
lecturer with the School of Dance & Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.


Image: Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy., 20 July – 3 November 2019, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Courtesy Susan Sentler.

Reading Group: Facing Brownness led by Hariharan Vanan
22 Oct 2019, Tue 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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Led by Hariharan Vanan, Publications intern, Grey Projects

This session is part of the longer programme Facing Brownness that takes place in October and November at Grey Projects. The readings are recently recorded personal narratives of meeting and facing one’s brownness, sometimes as self-reflection and intimate dialogue, and other times by the force of antagonism and violence. Participants and audiences are encouraged to share their experiences, and to speak to the intersections between class and race within the classroom and the school. One of the aims of this programme is to record the everyday tactics of facing brownness, from strategic silences to confrontation to survival amnesia, to form a general handbook for surviving racism in Singapore.



Hariharan Vanan (Singapore) is interested in critical questions surrounding lived experiences relating to race and class, as well as the intersections between the two. He is a Publications intern with Grey Projects, and a Sociology and Arts and Culture Management undergraduate at the Singapore Management University.


Register with Grey Projects at with the subject headline, ‘Reading Group: Facing Brownness‘.


Image courtesy Grey Projects. 

In Conversation: Looking Back Forward with Public Art, Speak Cryptic and Robert Zhao
26 Oct 2019, Sat 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM

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Guided tour at The Lab: Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere
3.30pm – 4.00pm

Conversation with Speak Cryptic (artist, Singapore) and Robert Zhao (artist, Singapore)
4.00pm – 5.00pm

Guided tour: Public Art Trail at Mapletree Business City II
5.00pm – 5.30pm
No registration required.


With Speak Cryptic (artist, Singapore) and Robert Zhao (artist, Singapore), moderated by Sophie Goltz (Deputy Director, Research, NTU CCA Singapore and Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University)

The discussion will take the newly commissioned large scale, temporary public art works for the Singapore Bicentennial as a point of departure. The two commissioned artists, Robert Zhao and Speak Cryptic will reflect on their proposals, their artistic positions in the landscape of public art, their material choices as well as their experience of working with art in the public space.



Farizwan Fajari (b. 1980), professionally known as Speak Cryptic, is a visual artist who lives and works in Singapore. Inspired by the visual language prevalent within the cultures of comics and underground music, his works primarily deal with issues pertaining to the human condition. Speak utilises personal iconographies and a cast of characters that he has developed over the years, applying these characters to various narratives inspired by his observations on current affairs and his immediate environment.  

Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1982) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice addresses the relationship between humans and nature, challenging accepted parameters of objectivity and scientific modes of classifications. Over the years, Zhao has appropriated codes and conventions of documentary photography and museum display to compose compelling narratives that documents our relationship with nature. His work has been exhibited in numerous international exhibitions including: Jakarta Biennale (2017); 7th Moscow Biennale (2017); and 20th Sydney Biennale (2016). He received the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2010 and was a finalist for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artists 2017.


On the occasion of Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere, a research presentation supported by Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, NTU CCA Singapore presents a series of talks by visual artists whose recent works refer to the present and history of public spaces in Singapore through performative and installation-based interventions such as sculptural and graphic works.

Reading Group: Becoming Posthuman led by Professor Ute Meta Bauer and Dr Andreas Spiegl (only 29 October)
17 Sep 2019, Tue 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
29 Oct 2019, Tue 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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Led by Professor Ute Meta Bauer, NTU ADM, and Dr Andreas Spiegl, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (only 29 October)

During these reading sessions, participants will look at and discuss texts from books such as Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene and Rosi Braidotti’s The Posthuman. The group will explore the possibility of a critical humanity, ranging from cohabitation with other forms of life to more dystopian scenarios. This links to the Centre’s overarching research topic Climates. Habitats. Environments., which examines, among others, the precarious conditions of human habitats due to climatic shifts, and their impact on geo-political, social, and cultural systems.



Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore) is the Founding Director of the NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, Singapore. Previously, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, where she also served as Founding Director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (2005–13). For more than three decades, Bauer has curated exhibitions and presentations, connecting contemporary art, film, video, and sound through transdisciplinary formats including Documenta11 (2002), 3rd berlin biennale for contemporary art (2004), and the US Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). 

Dr Andreas Spiegl (Austria) studied art history at the University of Vienna and is since 1990 teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He held the position of Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Research from 2003 to 2011, and is since 2015 Head of the Institute for Art and Cultural Studies. His work focuses on the connections between theories of space, subject, and media. He has numerous publications on art and art and media theory. He also works as a freelance curator and art critic, collaborating with artists, dancers, fashion designers, and photographers.



17 September (Led by Professor Ute Meta Bauer, NTU ADM)

29 October (Led by Professor Ute Meta Bauer, NTU ADM, and Dr Andreas Spiegl, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)


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Talk: The Political Agency of Art with Post-Museum
31 Oct 2019, Thu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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In this talk, Post-Museum will discuss how the artistic medium can act as a galvanising agent to foster positive social discourse and encourage collective organisation.



Post-Museum(Singapore) is an independent social and cultural enterprise in Singapore which was founded by Jennifer Teo and Woon Tien Wei. It aims to encourage a thinking and proactive community while serving as a hub for the development of local and international cultures. Currently nomadic, it is an open platform for examining contemporary life, promoting the arts, and connecting people. Post-Museum hosts investigative and experimental projects which respond to their location and community, such as the Bukit Brown Index(2014­–ongoing) and Really Really Free Market(2009–ongoing). They have worked alongside a wide network of social actors, cultural workers, and institutions to stimulate public engagement with ideas of identity, society, and community. Their projects have sought to bridge the seemingly distant worlds of art and activism through a diverse oeuvre of events, art exhibitions, and public interventions.


Image courtesy Post-Museum.

In The Vitrine:

Nguyen Trinh Thi Landscape Series #1, 2013
28 May 2019, Tue - 1 Dec 2019, Sun 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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Interested in the idea of landscapes as a quiet witness to history, artist Nguyen Trinh Thi collects and compilates hundreds of images in which anonymous persons are portrayed pointing towards seemingly empty locations within a landscape. Taken by innumerable Vietnamese press photographers, figures are always captured in the same position, gesturing towards the landscape to indicate a past event, the location of something gone or something lost or missing. We are left with no information about the people and their specific thoughts or feelings, only their repetitious sameness of pointing towards an “evidence” within the silent landscape.

The land bearing witness to the volatile transitions in our geo-political, cultural, and social systems questions the extent of which unsustainable and environmentally-taxing practices effect the environment. Does a landscape harbour ill-feelings towards events and circumstances that have caused it harm? And if it were to break its silence, what forgotten stories would it reveal? Rather than disregarding the land, Nguyen’s photographs suggest these environments contain a plethora of unspoken histories. 

Nguyen’s works are built upon and are often generative of one another. Parallel to this presentation, two of her films, Vietnam the Movie (2015) and Fifth Cinema (2018), will be on view in The Single Screen from 28 May – 9 June and 11 – 23 June respectively. This screening is part of the Centre’s Film Screening Programme: Faces of Histories, 14 May – 17 July 2019.



Nguyen Trinh Thi (Vietnam) is a Hanoi-based filmmaker and moving image artist. Her diverse practice—traversing boundaries between film and video art, installation and performance—consistently engages with memory and history, and reflects on the roles and positions of art and artists in society and the environment. Nguyen studied journalism, photography, international relations, and ethnographic film in the United States. Her films and video art works have been shown at festivals and art exhibitions including Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art (APT9) in Brisbane (2018); Sydney Biennale 2018; Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux; the Lyon Biennale 2015; Asian Art Biennial 2015, Taiwan; Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial 2014; Singapore Biennale 2013; Jakarta Biennale 2013; Oberhausen International Film Festival; and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Nguyen is founder and director of Hanoi DOCLAB, an independent centre for documentary film and the moving image art since 2009. She previously showed at NTU CCA Singapore in the exhibition Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History (2017).


Image caption: Nguyen Trinh Thi, Mr. Nguyen Tan (on the left) and Mr. Huynh Ngoc Anh (of Phuoc My commune) are pointing to the direction of the river where dozens of people’s homes and gardens have been swallowed by the “patron god of the river.”, from Landscape Series #1, 2013, 20 photographs, colour and black-and-white; 35mm slide projection, 77 slides. Courtesy the artist.

Film Programme: Resonating Structures
18 Jul 2019, Thu - 17 Nov 2019, Sun 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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In the early 1970s, Siah Armajani’s experimentation with computer-based graphics paved the way not only for a new aesthetic field, but also expanded his artistic practice to new territories. Taking his film work on the exploration of structures and lines using computer graphics as a point of departure, this film series expands into a presentation of films by other filmmakers/ artists in a similar theme of “line structure” and three others of Armajani’s tropes of interests: bridges, houses, and gardens. (Links at bottom for more information.) Just as Armajani’s Dictionary for Building (1974–75) deconstructs the typology of domestic architecture, these films explore new meanings of functional, social, and visual concepts of architecture and space.


Event, 1970
Computer-generated 16mm film transferred to digital file, b&w, silent, 6 min 41 sec.
Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Gift of the artist, 2015.


To Perceive 10,000 Different Squares in 6 Minutes and 55 Seconds, 1970 
Computer-generated 16mm film transferred to digital file, b&w, silent, 7 min 37 sec.
Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Gift of the artist, 2015.


Before/After, 1970
Computer-generated 16mm film transferred to digital file, b&w, silent, 1 min 50 sec.
Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Gift of the artist, 2015.


Inside/Outside, 1970
Computer-generated 16mm film transferred to digital file, b&w, silent, 1 min 40 sec.
Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Gift of the artist, 2015.


Rotating Line, 1970
Computer-generated 16mm film transferred to digital file, b&w, silent, 1 min 26 sec.
Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Gift of the artist, 2015.


Line, 1970
Computer-generated 16mm film transferred to digital file, b&w, silent, 1 min 16 sec.
Courtesy of the artist and Rossi & Rossi, Hong Kong.


Since the 1960s, Siah Armajani has explored the use of technology as a medium as well as in the intersection of art with science. In 1970, he produced a series of experimental films using a computer capable of printing on 16mm celluloid at the Hybrid Computer Laboratory, University of Minnesota. In these films he generated moving lines and shapes using mathematical formulae and computer programming to create the illusion of three-dimensional space and time on one-dimensional surfaces that ultimately point to the functionalism of space, a consistent thread in Armajani’s work.


Event is an explicit example of such a connection as it brings together the notions of architecture’s social space through texts, equations, and diagrams. To Perceive 10,000 Different Squares in 6 Minutes and 55 Seconds presents ten thousand squares, each in a single frame in descending order of size; with the illusion of a single square hovering in space.Before/After suggests spatial and temporal ambiguity, depicted by two synchronised animated representations of movements over time. Inside/Outside explores the function of boundaries and the concept of closed and open systems in a space. Rotating Line illustrates the blurring of dimensional states within a space through the transition of a single point into a line that subsequently appears to rotate in and out of the screen. In Line, Armajani reflects upon the inadequacy of painting and sculpture in expressing ideas through the most basic aesthetic form.


These six films will be played on loop during opening hours from 18 July to 17 November, 2019. During this time, a presentation of films by other filmmakers/ artists, grouped according to the themes Line Structure, Bridges, Houses, and Gardens, will also be shown in conjunction with Siah Armajani’s films. For more information on film schedule, please visit the links below.


Image caption: Siah Armajani, Event, 1970, computer-generated 16mm film transferred to digital file, b&w, silent, 6 min 41 sec. Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Gift of the artist, 2015.

Open Call for Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy.
20 Jul 2019, Sat - 3 Nov 2019, Sun

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As part of Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy., NTU CCA Singapore is seeking interested individuals, groups, or organisations to engage with the artist’s works. The Sacco and Vanzetti Reading Room #3 is available to be used for readings, gatherings, discussions, workshops, or other events. Interested parties can appropriate the installation and exhibition space, including the books accompanying the installation, and respond to the exhibition and its title, the artist and the work, or related topics.

The list of authors of the books includes: Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, John Berryman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Dewey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Luigi Galleani, Emma Goldman, Hafez, Martin Heidegger, Thomas Jefferson, Frank O’Hara, Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rimbaud, Richard Rorty, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Ahmad Shamlou, Henry David Thoreau, Alfred North Whitehead, Walt Whitman, and Nima Yooshij.

Interested groups are welcome to invite their own audience or to organise events. However, all inhabitations have to happen within the parameters of a public exhibition space.

The exhibition opening hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 12.00 – 7.00pm, but inhabitations may take place during the available timings below:

Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 7.00pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12.00 – 7.00pm


If you would like more information, have any questions, or are interested in using the space, please email with the following:

– A description of your planned activity (100–150 words)

– Biography of facilitator or host (100 words)

– Preferred date(s) (and timings, if possible. Activities can be repeated if desired)

– Expected duration of planned activity (if possible)

– Expected profile and number of participants (if possible)

– Please also indicate if you need any equipment that we may be able to provide (e.g. chairs or audio equipment)


*Submissions will be reviewed and scheduled on a rolling basis.


**Please note this open call is not a commission for a work or an engagement of services and therefore no fees are offered.


Image caption: Siah Armajani, Sacco and Vanzetti Reading Room #3, 1988. Installation view of the exhibition Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, Walker Art Center, September 9 – December 30, 2018. Courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photo by Bobby Rogers.

Film Programme: Resonating Structures (Houses)
24 Sep 2019, Tue - 3 Nov 2019, Sun

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24 September – 6 October 2019: Ant Farm, Inflatables Illustrated, 1971­–2003

8 October – 20 October 2019: Dan Graham, Pavilions Compilation, 2014

22 October – 3 November 2019: Carsten Nicolai, Future Past Perfect Pt. 2 (Cité Radieuse),2007



24 September – 6 October 2019

Ant Farm, Inflatables Illustrated
United States, 1971­–2003

B&w and colour, sound, 21 min 20 sec

As a critique of consumerism and reaction to Brutalist architecture, Ant Farm created a utopian, inflatable architecture that was participatory and communal, cheap, and easy to transport and assemble. It had been used to host festivals, conferences, or installed as university campuses. Without a fixed structure, these inflatables challenged the notions of a building as well as the reliance on expert knowledge of architects. The film, which brings its audience through the steps of making a small inflatable using basic materials found in a kitchen, is an example of “open source,” in which concepts are made accessible to the public.


8 October – 20 October 2019

Dan Graham, Pavilions Compilation
United States, 2014

Colour, sound, 31 min

This film surveys Dan Graham’s series of sculptures Pavilions, created since the late 1970s, with documentary footage of the works in different cities. Created on a human scale out of glass or mirror, they serve as instruments of perception as viewers become both the object of spectacle as well as the subject or spectator of themselves reflected in the glass walls. Representing a hybrid between a quasi-functional space and an installation, art and architecture, public and private realms, the sculptures reflect Graham’s investigation into the social phenomenology and performativity of the viewer with the art object.


22 October – 3 November 2019

Carsten Nicolai, Future Past Perfect Pt. 2 (Cité Radieuse)
Germany, 2007

Digital film line, colour, sound, 7 min 43 sec.

Shot at Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation (built in 1952) in Marseille, a classic example of Brutalist architecture, the film focuses first on the exterior of the building followed by its interior before ending at its rooftop. Twice, the film’s calm atmosphere is disrupted by a rapid, flashing sequence, achieving a cinematic effect while engineering the elements of time, space, and social relations.



Ant Farm(United States) was founded in 1968 in San Francisco by architects Chip Lord and Doug Michels as a countercultural collective intersecting between media art and architecture. Their influential work, which integrated art into everyday life with an ironic humour, highlighted environmental degradation, promoted sustainability, and challenged the ideologies and pervasiveness of American mass media, culture, and consumerism. They disbanded in 1978 after a fire destroyed their studio.

Dan Graham(United States) is an influential pioneer of conceptual art and performance-related video art. His multi-disciplinary practice, spanning across curating, writing, performance, installation, video, photography, and architecture, aligns itself with popular culture more than contemporary art. His work is informed by a social awareness, often working with hybrids that oscillate between quasi-functional spaces and installations to expose processes of perception, of which his freestanding, sculptural structures called Pavilions are an example. NTU CCA Singapore collaborated with Mapletree to permanently install Elliptical Pavilion (2017) at Mapletree Business City II.

Carsten Nicolai(Germany) is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work intersects art, music, and science. He introduced the dimensions of time and temporality and concepts of ephemerality in his work as well as experiments with sound and light frequencies in the mid-1990s. He is interested in the subject of human consciousness and how the complex phenomena of micro and macrosystems, and abstract concepts of physics, influence someone’s behaviour. For his musical outputs, he uses the pseudonym Alva Noto.




This film screening is part of the Film Programme: Resonating Structures, which features six of Siah Armajani’s computer-generated short films from the 1970s. For more information on Siah Armajani’s short films, and for the schedules of other screenings within Resonating Structures, please refer to links below.


Image caption: Carsten Nicolai, Future Past Perfect Pt. 2 (Cité Radieuse), 2007, Digital film line, colour, sound, 7 min 43 sec. Courtesy the artist, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, and Pace Gallery.