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The Making of an Institution — Artistic Research. Talk by Thao-Nguyen Phan (Vietnam), Artist-in-Residence
1 Mar 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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As part of The Making of an Institution, Artist-in-Residence Thao-Nguyen Phan explores what artistic research means in the context of her practice and how it has been developing over the years. Interweaving past and recent works that engage with the history of Vietnam, she will discuss her interest in educational patterns and the power of narrative in the transmission of knowledge. She will also talk about the projects she developed with Art Labor, a collective she co-founded in 2012.

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

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

Tour of The Making of an Institution led by NTU CCA Singapore curators
3 Mar 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM
11 Mar 2017, Sat 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
11 Mar 2017, Sat 05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
7 Apr 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 07:30 PM
5 May 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 NTUCCAeducation@ntu.edu.sg.

For more information on The Making of an Institution, click here.

Image credit: The Making of an Institution,  11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

SouthEastAsia: Spaces of the Curatorial Book Launch, Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
5 Mar 2017, Sun 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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In Conversation: Professor Ute Meta Bauer, NTU CCA Singapore Founding Director, Lee Weng Choy, President of the Singapore Section of the International Association of Art Critics, and Simon Soon, Senior Lecturer, Visual Art Department, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Books available for sale at discount price

Published by Sternberg Press, SouthEastAsia: Spaces of the Curatorial focuses on the practice of curating in Southeast Asia, a region experiencing a time of increased global visibility as well as nation and institution building. The publication brings together a diversity of voices that mirror the complexity of the region itself: its various curatorial spaces, infrastructures, and political systems.

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.

With support of Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur this event marks the third launch of the publication in Southeast Asia.

The Making of an Institution — Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review. Talk by Diana C. Betancourt (United States/Philippines/Bangladesh), Curator-in-Residence
8 Mar 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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As Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) enters its fourth edition in 2018, Diana C. Betancourt reassesses the landscape for cross-border artistic initiatives in South Asia addressing the urgent need to research the history of institutional building in the region, specifically in Bangladesh as it emerged from East Pakistan. Betancourt will speak about differentiating DAS by looking back while building forward, beginning new programs to foster Bengali critical discourse and forge deeper inter-Asia dialogues while also opening up new networks and channels for art education. 2018 also marks the opening of the Samdani Art Centre in Sylhet (Bangladesh) and Betancourt will explain why this collecting institution chooses not to use the word “museum”.

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

The Making of an Institution — Communication and Mediation, Part I — VISUAL IDENTITY: Workshop by graphic designer and web developer Christoph Knoth (Germany)
10 Mar 2017, Fri 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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Cultural institutions adapt with different speeds to the digital age and to their growing virtual audiences, transforming their print-based identities into multichannel versions.

Christoph Knoth will examine various approaches to digital design for art institutions. The participants in the workshop are encouraged to consider different strategies at play and reflect on several questions: How flexible does a design for an art institution need to be? How can an institution achieve a unique identity in a world of visual templates? And where are we heading next?

This workshop is free, but has limited attendance capacity.

To register, email NTUCCAexhibitions@ntu.edu.sg by Wednesday, 8 March 2017.

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

The Making of an Institution — Communication and Mediation, Part I — VISUAL IDENTITY: Workshop by Bastian von Lehsten (Germany), designer and co-founder, Novamondo Design
11 Mar 2017, Sat 10:30 AM - 01:30 PM

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Bastian von Lehsten will address the specific elements that constitute the visual identity of art institutions. Participants in the workshop will be introduced to the concept of “identity” through comparative analyses of various organisations in order to understand their modes of communication and the features that distinguish them in the wider art scene.

This workshop is free, but has limited attendance capacity.

To register, email NTUCCAexhibitions@ntu.edu.sg by Wednesday, 8 March 2017.

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

The Making of an Institution — Communication and Mediation, Part I — VISUAL IDENTITY: Workshop by graphic design collective åbäke (United Kingdom)
11 Mar 2017, Sat 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Working across the fields of graphic design, fashion, music, and publishing, the design collective åbäke will introduce the workshop’s participants into various modalities through which an institution can express herself and produce an always shifting identity.

This workshop is free, but has limited attendance capacity.

To register, email NTUCCAexhibitions@ntu.edu.sg by Wednesday, 8 March 2017.

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

The Making of an Institution — Communication and Mediation, Part I — VISUAL IDENTITY: Presentations by graphic design collective åbäke (United Kingdom); Bastian von Lehsten (Germany), designer and co-founder, Novamondo Design; and Christoph Knoth (Netherlands), graphic designer and web developer
11 Mar 2017, Sat 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

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Graphic and spatial design are constitutive forces in the process of institutional building. A series of workshops and presentations will explore how the institution identity is produced through visual languages and spatial articulations. The programme brings together various design practitioners who take an experimental, speculative, and critical approach to design expanding their practice in close collaboration with art institutions. Looking into the convergence between the languages of art and design, such a programme aims to challenge the understanding of design beyond its utilitarian role as service provider. It will explore how designers respond to an institutional brief, how they challenge and deconstruct it positioning design as a field of critical inquiry.

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

Residencies Studio Sessions: Can’t Help Falling in Love performance by Song-Ming Ang (Singapore), Artist-in-Residence
11 Mar 2017, Sat 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM

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We all have songs that we love despite knowing better. When it comes to the seductive illusions of music and film, what, if any, are the rules of attraction?

As an artist whose practice focuses on the everyday and popular culture, Song-Ming Ang’s lecture performance, presented for the first time in Singapore, explores the seductive qualities of music. From cover versions to guilty pleasures and propaganda pop, Ang provides keen observations and cheeky confessions on how we succumb to the artifice of music, film and art.

The Making of an Institution — Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review. Talk by Farah Wardani (Indonesia/Singapore), Assistant Director, Resource Centre, National Gallery Singapore and former Director of the Indonesian Visual Art Archive, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
15 Mar 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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As with many other practitioners in the Indonesian art scene, in the early stages of her career Farah Wardani took on the role of a multi-tasker working as writer, curator, teacher, art organiser, and translator. The lack of institutional infrastructure forces one to become a jack-of-all-trades, creating an “ecosystem” of collaborations and synergies where everyone can become an active contributor. In this unique environment, Wardani focused her interest on a key problem: the scarcity of documents and archives of Indonesian art and of art in general. This major gap became the driving force behind the establishment of Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA) in 2007, an institution she continues to be involved with after joining the Resource Centre at the National Gallery Singapore in 2015. Wardani will expand on her engagement with the archive and its crucial role for art institutions today.

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

The Making of an Institution — Communication and Mediation, Part II — SPATIAL IDENTITY: Lectures by Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad (United Kingdom), Wilfried Kuehn (Germany), and Laura Miotto (Italy/Singapore)
18 Mar 2017, Sat 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM

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Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad’s practice spans from neighbourhood plans and public spaces to recipes, games and objects. His approach to design draws on play theories and strategies of defamiliarisation as contextual research tools that actively engage different publics in design processes.

His presentation will focus on Hello Stranger (2016), a critical game designed with and for staff members at the Victoria & Albert’s Museum of Childhood, London, United Kingdom. Estrangement devices were created to induce “question-making” as a tool to recalibrate the overfamiliar and sense the museum anew in order to critically reflect upon the experiences it offers and the qualities it values.

In this lecture, Wilfried Kuehn will address the concept of “Curatorial Design”, an expression coined by the Kuehn himself. He will explore the role of space and architecture in artistic and curatorial practices through several case studies of exhibition displays and institutional projects he developed, including the exhibition design for Documenta11.

Laura Miotto will address site-specific spatial narratives focusing on her work for the Malay Heritage Centre in Singapore. Located in the historical precinct of Kampong Glam and re-opened to the public in 2012, the Centre undergone three years of interpretative planning that repositioned the institution in the cultural ecosystem of Singapore. Miotto will unpack site-specific strategies to regenerate connections with the many identities associated to this significant place, looking at the intersection between architecture, site, and narratives.

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

The Making of an Institution – Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review. Instituting Otherwise, talk by Maria Hlavajova (Slovakia/Netherlands), Curator-in-Residence
22 Mar 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Drawing upon the practice of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht (Netherlands), where she is the founding artistic director, Maria Hlavajova will discuss the notion of “instituting otherwise”. Dedicated to thinking about, with, and through art, BAK develops long-term research trajectories addressing the urgencies that define our contemporary, including issues of social and environmental justice as well as the impact of digital technologies on the present. Hlavajova will speculatively expand upon a number of interrelated projects she has been engaged with, such as FORMER WEST (2008–2016) and Future Vocabularies (2014–ongoing), all the while exploring the shifts in our existing conceptual lexicon within artistic, intellectual, and activist practices.

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

SouthEastAsia: Spaces of the Curatorial Book Launch, Art Basel Hong Kong
23 Mar 2017, Thu 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

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Introduction by Anca Rujoiu, Manager, Publications, NTU CCA Singapore

Books available for sale at discount price.

Published by Sternberg Press, SouthEastAsia: Spaces of the Curatorial focuses on the practice of curating in Southeast Asia, a region experiencing a time of increased global visibility as well as nation and institution building. The publication brings together a diversity of voices that mirror the complexity of the region itself: its various curatorial spaces, infrastructures, and political systems.

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.

This book launch is generously hosted by Para Site.

Contemporary Art Magazines: A Critical Writing Reading Group #12
27 Mar 2017, Mon 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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This is a reading group that aims to generate conversations on both the contemporary art scene and the practice of publishing and writing about art. 

To RSVP and find out which publication we will be reading this session, please email NTUCCAeducation@ntu.edu.sg

[CANCELLED] The Making of an Institution — Artistic Research. Talk by Alice Miceli (Brazil), Artist-in-Residence
29 Mar 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Artist-in-Residence Alice Miceli will discuss during her talk her long-term research into both social and natural landscapes that have been inflicted by human-induced trauma. Her interests have culminated in the Chernobyl Project (2007-2011) where she documented the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster, an environment that has been deeply affected by invisible radiation. Miceli’s most recent research project titled In Depth (landmines) (2014-ongoing) focuses on photographic representation of landscapes contaminated with unexplored landmines and on the physical position of the photographer’s body within these fields. Within the Artistic Research component of The Making of an Institution, furthers our understanding into Miceli’s research and artistic process that encompasses formal experimentation, archival research, and investigative travels.

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