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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.

Speakers’ Corner
2 Aug 2017, Wed - 31 Aug 2017, Thu

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Ready, Steady, Go (2 — 8 August 2017)
Incidental Scripts (10 — 15 August 2017)
Proximities and Encounters (16 — 22 August 2017)
Islanded (23 — 31 August 2017)

Speakers’ Corner is a selection of video documentations of former public events and related research materials from its archives. Here, the term “Speakers’ Corner” stands as a metaphor for public discourses created through the various programmes of NTU CCA Singapore. Outreach not only means to create discussions but also to find different languages, or to question under what premises we create our knowledge. Altogether this is what creates a public discourse or a “speakers’ corner” within an institution, which can be 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. Unfolding over two months will be four chapters: Islanded, Incidental Scripts, Proximities and Encounters, and Ready, Steady, Go. Each chapter is related to an exhibition held at NTU CCA Singapore such as Incidental Scripts by Yang Fudong (2014) or SEA STATE by Charles Lim Yi Yong (2016), or to invited local and international Artists-in-Residence and their artistic research and practices like Heman Chong (2017) or Zac Langdon-Pole (2014). 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:

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
Content from Yang Fudong: Incidental Scripts, 12 December 2014 — 1 March 2015

Proximities and Encounters
Content from Theatrical Fields, 22 August 2014 — 2 November 2014

Ready, Steady, Go
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.

Residencies Studio Sessions: Open Studio by Miguel Andrade Valdez (Peru), Artist-in-Residence
2 Aug 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Transforming the studio into a time capsule of his own artistic practice, Miguel Andrade Valdez will present a selection of documentation materials related to his past and ongoing projects. Retracing the development of his practice and working methodologies within the socio-political contexts of Peru and Mexico, the artist will discuss his deep-seated interest in materiality, sculpture, space, and vernacular construction techniques as well as the role of monuments in our understanding of the public space. For this session, he will also present the documentation and leftover materials of an early performance he reenacted in the studio during the residency.

The event will take place in the artist’s studio.

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: Three Sisters by Wang Bing (China). Selected by Dr Marc Glöde (Germany/Singapore), Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU
4 Aug 2017, Fri 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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The documentary film Three Sisters tells the story of Ying (10 years old), Zhen (6 years old) and Fen (4 years old) who live alone and in extreme poverty in the high mountains of the Yunnan region. The father works in the town a few hundred kilometers away and the mother has left long ago. The little girls spend their days working in the fields or wandering in the village. Through Wang’s compassionate eye, the daily struggle of the villagers is captured, testifying to the inequality and unfairness present in the midst of the country’s economic boom.

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: Wang Bing, Three Sisters, 2012, film still. Courtesy the artist.

In Conversation: Dr Marc Glöde (Germany/Singapore), Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, and Ben Slater (U.K./Singapore), Senior Lecturer, NTU ADM
11 Aug 2017, Fri 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Ulrike Ottinger’s work translates a powerful research into a portrait of the world in images. These investigations, in Ottinger’s case often referred as travelogues, result in films that take time to encounter. By exploring her films and photographs, we are challenged to define the meaning of “documentary”, “narration”, or “experimental” anew. They take us on a journey during which we get to know foreign lands and cultures, and we are forced to constantly renegotiate the understanding of ourselves and the “other”. In this conversation, Dr Marc Glöde and Ben Slater will take a closer look at how Ottinger’s practice continuously invites us to become travellers and reformulate our discourses.

Image credit: Ulrike Ottinger, Exile Shanghai, 1997, film still. Courtesy the artist.

Residencies Studio Sessions: Artist Talk by Alice Miceli (Brazil), Artist-in-Residence
16 Aug 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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In this talk, Artist-in-Residence Alice Miceli will discuss her research on landscapes inscribed with human-induced traumas and how former theatres of war raise issues of visibility, accessibility, and memory. Focusing on two of her major projects—Chernobyl Project (2007–2011), which revolves around the exclusion zone generated by the infamous nuclear disaster and In Depth (landmines) (2014–ongoing), a photographic inquiry into landscapes contaminated with unexplored landmines—Miceli will unravel the multiple methodologies, from archival research and investigative travels to formal experimentation, which frame the traces of trauma in the context of her practice.

The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.

Residencies Studio Sessions: Artist Talk by Chia-Wei Hsu (Taiwan), Artist-in-Residence
23 Aug 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Chia-Wei Hsu’s ten-year long engagement with the moving image and the forgotten stories of the Cold War in Southeast Asia resulted in a complex body of works which address major historical events through the lens of minor narratives, often embedded in remote locations, that weave together reality and fiction, myth and history. In this talk, Hsu will trace the development of his practice discussing the relevance of fieldwork in his modes of inquiry, his understanding of the artifice of cinematic representation, and his current research into the role of the Dutch East India Company in the region.

The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.

Contemporary Art Magazines: A Critical Writing Reading Group #16
28 Aug 2017, Mon 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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Contemporary Art Magazines: A Critical Writing Reading Group is focused on a single issue of an art magazine at every meeting. The goal is to generate a conversation that will discuss both the contemporary art scene and the practice of publishing and writing about art. A sense of continuation is not based on reading the same magazine, but rather, on asking similar questions across the board of publishing. Such questions can range from the mundane (Why is this being published right now? Is the writing worthwhile? What is the editorial line like, if one seems to exist?) to the expansive (What makes for a real contribution in art publishing? What is the role of criticism in contemporary art?). The goal is to generate a conversation that would discuss both the contemporary art scene and the practice of publishing and writing about art. Similarly, the choice of magazines can and should vary from the obvious to the specific. 

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, and delicate airborne assemblages of images, cut-outs and coconut sticks – weave in and out of memories of Lim Kim Seng, who together with his brother Lim Kim Chua, joined the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) as teenager. Both are now senior members of the NSS Bird Group. Kim Seng assisted The Migrant Ecologies Project in the identification of 105 bird species around Tanglin Halt. In an accompanying soundtrack he recalls how an early encounter with a kingfisher first drew him into a bird zone.

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.