Alexandra Pirici (Romania) is a classically-trained dancer and choreographer who naturally transitioned into the art world as her works grew increasingly experimental. Her performative installations straddle contemporary dance, performance, body art, and sculpture, while acknowledging the dramatic shifts in contemporary understanding of labour and the body, revealing the influence of present geopolitical realities. With choreographed pieces that work undisciplined, spanning across mediums and spatial contexts, Pirici addresses ideas of history, collective body, the rise of technology’s agency over the “human,” and the invisible structures and hidden mechanisms of power. The artist’s use of the human living body as a medium is a reflection on and exploration of such ideas and their impact on the “human” subject. Pirici has exhibited widely, including at the decennial art exhibition Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017; the Romanian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale; Tate Modern, London; New Museum, New York; the 9th Berlin Biennale; Manifesta 10; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum Ludwig Cologne; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; the 12th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; among others. In 2015 she received the Excellency Award from the National Dance Centre, Bucharest.
Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore) is Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, NTU ADM. Previously, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 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 2015–18 exploring the Pacific Archipelago and littorals that are most impacted by climate change and human interventions in their environments.
Susan Sentler (United States/United Kingdom/Singapore) is a choreographer, teacher, researcher, director, dramaturg, and performer. She was senior lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for 18 years and has taught globally in the field of dance for over 30 years. Sentler performed with the Martha Graham Ensemble, and has recently returned to performing in works by artists such as Tino Sehgal, Xavier le Roy, and Jérôme Bel. Her multi-disciplinary practice 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 personal durational installations. She is a lecturer at the School of Dance & Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.
A public programme of Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II.
Image caption: Alexandra Pirici, Delicate Instruments of Engagement, 2017. Russian Museum St. Petersburg, within Access Point. Photo by Vadim Frolov. Courtesy the artist.