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Residencies Insights: Artist Talk by Susanne Kriemann (Germany), Artist-in-Residence
1 Aug 2018, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Regarding the world as a “recording system” of human-caused environmental predicaments, the artistic practice of Susanne Kriemann unfolds through research-based investigations that engage with analogue photographic processes, social history, and archival practices often employing camera-less procedures and topical materials. In the last few years, these preoccupations coalesced in a complex body of works that explore the invisible catastrophes and streaks of slow violence generated by radioactivity as well as the intersections of military technologies and post-war industrial developments.

In this talk, Kriemann will discuss Pechblende (German for pitchblende, a type of uraninite), her ongoing project that addresses the rehabilitation of contaminated grounds, and will expand on the extended notion of the photographic document in her work.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Susanne Kriemann (b. 1972, Germany) is an artist and Professor for Artistic Photography at the University of Art and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include Canopy, canopy at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco, United States (2018) and Dyeing until the water runs clean, at the Kunstforum Baloise, Basel, Switzerland (2017). Her works have also included in numerous international group shows such as the 11th Shanghai Biennale, China (2016) and the 5th Berlin Biennale, Germany (2008), among many others. Together with artist and filmmaker Aleksander Komarov, she co-founded the artist-run initiative Air Berlin Alexanderplatz.  

 

Image caption: Susanne Kriemann, In the Belly of the Whale, 2016, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, exhibition view. Courtesy the artist.

Professional Short Course
ART OPENINGS: The Expanded Field of Art Writing
9 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
12 Jul 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
16 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
19 Jul 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
23 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
26 Jul 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
30 Jul 2018, Mon 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
2 Aug 2018, Thu 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

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A four-part workshop on critical art writing by established writers, poets, artists, and curators: Yeo Wei Wei, writer; Jason Wee, artist and poet; Pauline J. Yao, critic; and Nuraliah Norasid, writer

Course dates/times: 9 July – 2 August 2018 (see programme)
Venue: The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443
EXTENDED Application Deadline: Monday, 25 June 2018

Fee (inclusive of GST):
S$850 per person for entire course; *student discount: S$680 (only applicable for full course)
S$300 per person per weekly session

This four-part course on critical art writing explores various methods and techniques of writing about art and culture. Participants will acquire significant tools to develop skills in analysing, formulating, and editing texts, as well as expand their practical knowledge of the field.

TO APPLY: 
Please email the following documents (in pdf format) to NTUCCAeducation@ntu.edu.sg

  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Intent (250 words)
  • Up to 3 short writing samples

COURSE PROGRAMME

Monday, 9 July & Thursday, 12 July, 6.00 – 9.00pm
On Poetry
By Yeo Wei Wei (Singapore), writer

Yeo Wei Wei will guide participants away from the ekphrastic towards poetry’s other approaches to art, which does not simply describe or translate the visual artwork into a poem, but explores other ways in which poetic forms are able to be utilised in art writing and art making. Yeo is a Singaporean writer and translator. Her publications include a short story collection These Foolish Things & Other Stories, and essays on poetry, painting, photography, and theatre. She holds a PhD in English from Cambridge University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

 

Monday, 16 July & Thursday, 19 July, 6.00 – 9.00pm
On Artist as Writer
By Jason Wee (Singapore), artist and writer

Jason Wee will introduce ways of writing as an artistic practice. Editor for Softblow and the 2014–15 writer-in-residence at the National University of Singapore, Wee creates text to produce works such as the performance script Tongues (2012), co-written with Sean Tobin, commissioned for the Singapore Fringe Festival 2012, as well as in his poetry volume The Monsters Between Us (2013) as medium and way of expressing his socio-political views.

 

Monday, 23 July & Thursday, 26 July, 6.00 – 9.00pm
On Non-Fiction
By Pauline J. Yao (United States/Hong Kong), Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+ Museum, Hong Kong

Pauline J. Yao will speak about the documentary, the essayistic, the archival, as well as other non-fiction approaches to art writing. Before her current position as Lead Curator, Visual Art, at M+ Museum in Hong Kong, Yao held curatorial positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and worked as an independent curator and writer in Beijing for six years. She is a co-founder of the storefront art space Arrow Factory and is a regular contributor to Artforum, e-flux Journal, and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. Her writings on contemporary Asian art have appeared in numerous catalogues, online publications, and edited volumes.

 

Monday, 30 July & Thursday, 2 August, 6.00 – 9.00pm
On Fiction
By Nuraliah Norasid (Singapore), author

Nuraliah Norasid’s session will focus on the possibilities of the novel and the short story as forms of art writing. The winner of the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize for her debut novel The Gatekeeper (published 2017), Nuraliah holds a PhD in English literature and creative writing from Nanyang Technological University and works as a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs, where she studies marginalities and the confluence of religious ideas and secular society. Her writing has been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Karyawan Magazine, AMPlified, and Perempuan: Muslim Women Speak Out (2016).

 

Image caption (from left to right): Yeo Wei Wei, Jason Wee, Pauline J. Yao, Nuraliah Norasid

Workshop: The Colour of the Region. Indigo Dye and Batik by Dinu Bodiciu (Romania/Singapore), Fashion Lecturer, LASALLE College of the Arts and Martin Bonney (United Kingdom/Singapore), Fashion and Textile Lecturer, LASALLE College of the Arts, and textile designer
4 Aug 2018, Sat 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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Workshop fee: S$35
Please register via Peatix: https://colouroftheregion.peatix.com/

*Developed for participants aged 13 and above.

The introductory presentation will revolve around the ancestral past of Indigo and key textiles processes within Southeast Asia. Participants will be introduced to the colour of Indigo—its strong socio-cultural connotations from various cultures around the world and a brief history of its progression from the “colour of the kings” to the “colour of the masses.” The hands-on workshop will allow the participants to explore with a series of resist dye approaches and tools (chanting, copper stamps, and brushes). The understanding of the method of batik, resist dyeing techniques, and the mix of tools offered to participants will allow them a great space for creativity, visual exploration, and experimentation.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Dinu Bodiciu (Romania/Singapore) is a fashion and accessories designer currently teaching Fashion Design in Singapore at LASALLE College of the Arts. His designs are conceptualised as extensions of the human body, tackling aspects situated at the border between dress and skin. His projects include collaborations with Lady Gaga, Hunger Games ep3&4, KCPK, while his designs have been featured in various fashion and design magazines and specialist books published around the world.

Martin Bonney (United Kingdom/Singapore) is a fashion and textiles designer, practitioner, and researcher currently a full-time faculty member at LASALLE College of the Arts, teaching on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Textiles programme. His design and research question the use of craft and culture within contemporary practice today and has a range of international experience in London, Paris, and New York in the textile industry.

 

Image credit: Courtesy Dinu Bodiciu. 

Workshop for Teachers and Educators by Kelly Reedy (United States/Singapore)
25 Jul 2018, Wed 04:00 PM - 06:30 PM
15 Aug 2018, Wed 04:00 PM - 06:30 PM

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Join us for a Teachers Workshop by arts educator Kelly Reedy focusing on the artworks in the exhibition Trees of Life —Knowledge in Material. This workshop engages with artistic practices and prepares educators for visits with their students by providing educational tools as entry points to the exhibition, and assisting in identifying aspects of the exhibition that might be relevant to their classes. It suggests techniques for exploring both the visual arts and other areas of daily encounters.

To register, please email: NTUCCAeducation@ntu.edu.sg

Mapletree–NTU CCA Singapore Public Art Education Programme
16 Aug 2018, Thu 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM

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To mark the beginning of the Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore Public Art Education Programme, Singaporean artist Zulkifle Mahmod will activate his work Sonic Pathway (2017), a commissioned work that is part of the Programme, inviting the audience to experience a multi-layered sound performance. Mahmod adopts different approaches to the medium by using recorded natural sounds as well as his own electronic compositions. The performance will be followed by a conversation with the artist.

Mapletree–NTU CCA Singapore Public Art Education Programme includes regular guided tours, public events, educational materials, seminars, and conferences until September 2019.

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5.45pm Welcome by Edmund Cheng, Chairman Mapletree Investments
6.00pm Sound Performance by Zulkifle Mahmod
7.00pm Artist Talk
7.30pm Guided Tour MBC II Art Trail by Khim Ong and Sophie Goltz

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Image credit: Zulkifle Mahmod, Sonic Pathway, 2017, copper pipes, 512 solenoids, microcontrollers, speakers, Mapletree Business City II, installation view.

Workshop: Mysterious, Magical, and Medicinal – The Power of Indigo by Kelly Reedy (United States/Singapore), artist and educator
19 Aug 2018, Sun 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Workshop fee: S$35
Please register via Peatix: https://thepowerofindigo.peatix.com/

*Developed for participants aged 13 and above.

Indigo has fascinated people across ages and cultures, having been attributed mysterious, magical, and medicinal powers. Its fermented dye bath has been used to ward off evil spirits and applied as an antiseptic. This workshop explores how indigo is cultivated, processed, and used in sacred and everyday rituals. Participants will have the opportunity to try several methods of shibori, a Japanese tie-dye technique, to create unique patterns on their cloth. At the end of the workshop, a small amulet or pin will be made from the indigo samples giving a sense of protection and visual pleasure through the beautiful and powerful blues produced by indigo.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Kelly Reedy (United States/Singapore) has worked in Singapore for over 18 years as an artist and educator. She holds a BFA in Fine Art (University of Wisconsin, 1985), and MA in Education (Hunter College, 1991), MA in Art Therapy (LASALLE College of the Arts, 2017). She has exhibited her artworks internationally in Paris, Chicago, and Berlin, as well as locally at Jendela Visual Arts Space, Esplanade, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, and Alliance Française. Reedy has developed educational resources for the National Gallery Singapore and trained teachers at the National Institute of Education, specialising in visual arts education in museums and galleries.

 

Image credit: Kelly Reedy Studio, Waterfall, 2018, naturally dyed indigo on silk. Courtesy the artist.

Lecture: The Ethnobotanic Story of Rattan by Dr John Dransfield (United Kingdom), ethnobotanist and Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
25 Aug 2018, Sat 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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With over 600 species, rattan is astonishingly diverse with its main centre of distribution in Southeast Asia and the Malay Archipelago. Uses of the plants range from medicine to cigarette papers, from basket weaving to cane furniture. Leading rattan expert Dr John Dransfield will talk about unsustainable harvesting, the expansion of the oil-palm industry, the possibilities of smallholder cultivation, and what it means for the future of rattan furniture and the handicraft industries.  

 

BIOGRAPHY

Dr John Dransfield (United Kingdom) graduated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, gaining his PhD under Professor E.J.H. Corner in 1970 with a study of two Malaysian palm genera, Eugeissona and Johannesteijsmannia. He devoted his working life to palm research, working first in Indonesia for four years specialising in rattan, the climbing palms that are the source of cane for cane furniture. In 1975 he continued palm research at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew where he was head of Palm Research until his retirement in 2005. Dransfield is Honorary Research Fellow at Kew and author of several books on palms (including rattan) and numerous scientific papers.

 

 

Image credit: Courtesy John Dransfield. 

Panel Discussion: Traditional Rattan in Contemporary Design with Paola Bellani (Italy), Deputy Editor and Founder, disegno; P.C. Ee (Singapore), Co-founder, Industry+; and Lim Masulin (Indonesia), Founder, BYO Living
25 Aug 2018, Sat 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

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Moderated by Laura Miotto (Italy/Singapore), Associate Professor and Co-director, MA Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU ADM)

Dedicated to spatial and furniture design, this panel brings together designers and manufacturers who use traditional weaving techniques guided by an environmental consciousness. These specialists are also at the forefront of innovating the traditional uses of rattan on an international scale.  

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Paola Bellani (Italy) is the Deputy Editor and Founder of disegnoa biannual paper magazine dedicated to design culture. Her interest focuses on design communication and contemporary design culture. She has worked extensively as a consultant on brand communication and creative direction. Among her clients are Yamakawa, a Japanese company specialising in hand-woven rattan furniture; and Fritz Hansen, the historical Danish furniture brand. Bellani is also an educator and currently teaches Culture of Project at NABA University in Milano.

P.C. Ee (Singapore) is Co-founder of the Singapore-based furniture brand Industry+ that constantly works with designers and manufacturers to produce and promote Asian design products for the international market. P.C. Ee edits and produces works of Asian designers including Jun Yasumoto, Studio Juju, and Nendo, in a collaborative process for the brand’s collection. Industry+ also creates a collection of outdoor furniture for WOHA’s new brand WOHAbeing. Industry+ strives to push the boundaries of materials, manufacturing, and craftsmanship in Asia, producing pieces that carry traces of influence from the culture of its designers to collectively represent a subconscious Asian aesthetic.

Lim Masulin (Indonesia) is “ASEAN Senior Mastercraft Designer” known to invent the BYO Living weaving technology for energy saving architecture like Toyota Headquarter’s 4,000m2 LEED Platinum ventilation weaving panels, East Java power plant’s cooling façade, ad Maldives Halaveli’s outdoor furniture. On sustainable materials, he uncovers regrow-able rattan with durable silica skin, tear-proof grass from CO2 absorbing peatland, and weatherproof upcycle waste. At the World Economic Forum, he shared how to make a social impact with weaving’s circular sustainability. You can visit his latest work on Indonesian architect Andra Matin’s pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which received a Special Mention Award for reflecting on material/form of traditional vernacular structures.

Laura Miotto (Italy/Singapore) is Associate Professor at NTU ADM and Design Director of GSM Project in Singapore. With 15 years of experience in the design field, both as a creative director and an architectural designer, Miotto has worked on permanent and temporary exhibitions, focusing on heritage interpretation and sensorial design strategies in the context of museums, thematic galleries, and public spaces. Among her projects are the new Sarawak Museum in Kuching and the Living Galleries at the National Museum of Singapore that explore local cultures in a phase of transformation. In 2010 she received the President Design Award for the exhibition Quest for Immortality: The World of Ancient Egypt.

 

Image credit: Tokyo Tribal Collection 15. Photo by Akihiro Yoshida. Courtesy Industry+.

In Conversation: Sopheap Pich (Cambodia), artist with Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU
25 Aug 2018, Sat 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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Sopheap Pich, whose work is among those featured in Trees of Life – Knowledge in Material, started working with natural materials, such as bamboo, rattan, burlap, beeswax, and earth pigments, in the early 2000s to create sculptural objects informed by themes of time, memory, and the body. This conversation with Ute Meta Bauer gives insight into his creative process and his long-term engagement with natural materials and local craftsmen.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Sopheap Pich (Cambodia) left Cambodia with his family as a refugee at the end of the Khmer Rouge’s reign, settling in the United States in 1984. Memories of his childhood and a desire to reconnect with his home country drew the artist back to Cambodia in 2002. Pich holds a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1995), and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999). His work was presented at NTU CCA Singapore as part of Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative’s No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia (2014), curated by Dr June Yap. In 2013, Pich held a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, entitled Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich. Selected group exhibitions include the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); the Moscow Biennale (2013); Documenta 13, Kassel (2012); the Singapore Biennial (2011), among others. 

Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore) is Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor, NTU ADM. She was formerly Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, where she also served as Founding Director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology. For more than three decades, Bauer has worked as curator of exhibitions and presentations, connecting contemporary art, film, video, and sound through transdisciplinary formats. She publishes regularly on artistic and curatorial practice. Bauer served as expedition leader of TBA21–Academy The Current 2015–17 exploring the Pacific Archipelago and littorals that are most impacted by climate change and human interventions in their environments.

 

Image credit: Sopheap Pich, Delta, 2007, rattan, wire, 478 x 341 x 70 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Lecture: Rattan – A New Look at a Centuries-Old Material by Dr Hanna Szczepanowska (United States/Singapore), Senior Conservation Scientist, National Heritage Board, Singapore
25 Aug 2018, Sat 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

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A climbing palm of tropical Southeast Asia, rattan has supplied material over the centuries for everyday objects and artworks. What is the surface made of? What are the unique characteristics of rattan? Examining laboratory analysis from electron microscopy, confocal laser scanning, and stereo-microscopy, this lecture focuses on rattan’s lustrous surface and material stability. 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Hanna M. Szczepanowska (United States/Singapore), Senior Conservation Scientist, is currently setting up the Research Laboratory and Programme for National Heritage Board in Singapore. She obtained a PhD in material science from the University of Lyon, France, and a Masters Degree in paper and parchment conservation from the University of Nicolaus Copernicus, Torun, Poland. Prior to moving to Singapore, she worked for over ten years at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, United States, taught at George Washington University, Washington DC, and served as a consultant in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia. She received two Fulbright Scholarships to Malta and Egypt, advising the government in both countries on cultural heritage.

 

Image credit: Courtesy Hanna Szczepanowska.

Workshop: Weaving Patterns with Rattan by P.C. Ee (Singapore), Co-founder, Industry+ and Lim Masulin (Indonesia), Founder, BYO Living
26 Aug 2018, Sun 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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Workshop fee: S$35
Please register via Peatix: https://weavingrattan.peatix.com/

P.C. Ee and Lim Masulin will introduce the applications and advancements of weaving from their perspectives as producer and manufacturer, which is followed by a hands-on activity. P.C. Ee has been producing woven pieces for Industry+, notably the Tokyo Tribal Collection designed by Nendo, which brings the traditional craft up-to-date by introducing playful geometry. Lim, as a manufacturer, has been developing weaving techniques using recycled waste and natural plants for various applications including furniture, architecture, and accessories.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

P.C. Ee (Singapore) is Co-founder of the Singapore-based furniture brand Industry+ that constantly works with designers and manufacturers to produce and promote Asian design products for the international market. P.C. Ee edits and produces works of Asian designers including Jun Yasumoto, Studio Juju, and Nendo, in a collaborative process for the brand’s collection. Industry+ also creates a collection of outdoor furniture for WOHA’s new brand WOHAbeing. Industry+ strives to push the boundaries of materials, manufacturing, and craftsmanship in Asia, producing pieces that carry traces of influence from the culture of its designers to collectively represent a subconscious Asian aesthetic.

Lim Masulin (Indonesia) is “ASEAN Senior Mastercraft Designer” known to invent the BYO Living weaving technology for energy saving architecture like Toyota Headquarter’s 4,000m2 LEED Platinum ventilation weaving panels, East Java power plant’s cooling façade, ad Maldives Halaveli’s outdoor furniture. On sustainable materials, he uncovers regrow-able rattan with durable silica skin, tear-proof grass from CO2 absorbing peatland, and weatherproof upcycle waste. At the World Economic Forum, he shared how to make a social impact with weaving’s circular sustainability. You can visit his latest work on Indonesian architect Andra Matin’s pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which received a Special Mention Award for reflecting on material/form of traditional vernacular structures.

 

Image credit: Andra Matin pavilion Elevation, Venice Architecture Biennale, 2018. Courtesy Lim Masulin.