How are curatorial concepts shaped by artistic practices? For Artist Resource Platform: activate! III curator and writer Melanie Pocock discusses her approach to curating as a response to ideas and aesthetics of particular artworks. Highlighting her inspiration from several artists in the NTU CCA Singapore Artist Research Platform, she revisits two projects: Countershadows (tactics in evasion), an exhibition that was presented at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts in 2014, and A machine for (living) dying in (2014), a solo exhibition by artist, curator and publisher Michael Lee. During the session, Pocock and Lee also reflect on reciprocal relationships between curators and artists, and their respective practices.
Melanie Pocock is Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts and Editor-at-large of Kaleidoscope Asia. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s MA in Curating Contemporary Art, she previously held curatorial positions at Art Scene China and Modern Art Oxford, where she worked on solo exhibitions by Shezad Dawood and Stephen Willats. Pocock’s projects and writing explore shifting modalities in contemporary media and the influence of intercultural exchange on artistic practices. Exhibitions she has curated include Jack Tan: How to do things with rules (2015), Countershadows (tactics in evasion) (2014) and Michael Lee: A machine for (living) dying in (2014). In 2014, Pocock edited and co-authored Sulaiman, the first monograph on the work of Malaysian artist Shooshie Sulaiman.
Michael Lee (Singapore) is an artist, curator and publisher. He researches urban memory and fiction, especially the contexts and implications of loss. Lee transforms his observations into objects, diagrams, situations, curations or texts. He has staged solo exhibitions at Yavuz Fine Art (Singapore, 2014), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin, 2013), Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong, 2010), Baba House (Singapore, 2008) and Alliance Francaise de Singapour (Singapore, 2005).
Image credit: Countershadows (tactics in evasion), Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, 20 September – 26 October 2014, installation view. Photo courtesy of Olivia Kwok.