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Contemporary Art Magazines: A Critical Writing Reading Group #12
3 Apr 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

The Making of an Institution — Artistic Research. Prelude of short films by Souliya Phoumivong (Laos), Artist-in-Residence and talk by Rodolfo Andaur (Chile), Curator-in-Residence
5 Apr 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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As part of The Making of an Institution, Artist-in-Residence Souliya Phoumivong will introduce and show his first claymation short film as a prelude to the talk of Curator-in-Residence Rodolfo Andaur.

Originally trained as a painter, Phoumivong will speak about how he first came across the universe of new media to introduce his first claymation film, Big World (2010), realised on occasion of a residency at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan. Delving into his own subjective encounters with modernity outside of Laos, the artist will also show snippets of the work he is developing in Singapore.

Rodolfo Andaur’s talk Exposed Territories interweaves narratives collected and accumulated over the last few years about historical and anthropological reflections on the landscape and the borders of the Atacama Desert in South America. Andaur will also discuss how his research aims to reassesses socio-cultural aspects and expose contemporary art experiences into multidisciplinary platforms.

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

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.

Imagining New Eurasia: Visualising the Historical Precedents and Contemporary Reconstruction of New Silk Roads. Talk by Kyong Park (South Korea/United States), Professor, Public Culture, University of California, San Diego, United States
11 Apr 2017, Tue 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Imagining New Eurasia is a multi-year project commissioned by the Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea to research and visualize the historical precedents and contemporary reconstructions of Eurasia as one continent. The project wonders what could be the new relationship between East and West, and what would be the new identity of Eurasia. Through a narrative sequence of three distinct chapters, Imagining New Eurasia highlights the significance of cities, networks and territories within new urban, regional and continental geopolitics.  The project questions whether a belief in the movements of commerce, migrations and cultural exchanges will bring about greater understanding between different societies, or if we are headed for only larger clashes of civilizations. Central to this project is the New Eurasian Pavilion, which will house panoramic projections of visualizations, accompanied by participatory exhibitions, publications and workshops.

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The Making of an Institution — Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review. Talk by Alec Steadman (United Kingdom/Indonesia) and Sanne Oorthuizen (Netherlands/Indonesia), Co-Chief Curators, Cemeti - Institute for Art and Society, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
12 Apr 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society (formerly “Cemeti Gallery”, then “Cemeti Art House”) is the oldest platform for contemporary art in Indonesia. Now in its 30th year, the artist founders have stepped aside from the day-to-day running of the organisation, staying on to advise as chairs of the board. The new team has started their role by taking a moment for public reflection to think through possible futures for the institution.

Instead of rolling out a fully developed programme, they are using 2017 to recalibrate, envisioning Cemeti as being “down for maintenance” (like a website), whilst being open to the public.

By conceptually taking the institution offline through Maintenance Works, several questions are addressed: What are the key social and political urgencies in the city, country and region? What is the social and political agency of art practice? What can institutions (of art) do? What is a gallery for? How do we work together?

In this talk, Alec Steadman and Sanne Oorthuizen will introduce Cemeti’s history, share their experience of Maintenance Works so far, as well as to dream out loud about Cemeti’s possible futures.

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

Art Reviews – The Expanded Field of Art Writing
17 Apr 2017, Mon 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
24 Apr 2017, Mon - 25 Apr 2017, Tue 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2 May 2017, Tue 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
8 May 2017, Mon - 9 May 2017, Tue 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
15 May 2017, Mon 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
22 May 2017, Mon - 23 May 2017, Tue 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Duration: 17 April – 23 May 2017, unfolding across nine evening sessions
Application deadline: Monday, 13 March 2017
Participation fee: 800 SGD (before GST)
To Apply:

This intensive programme is dedicated to different formats of critical art writing consisting of keynote lectures, preparatory readings, writing exercises, and focused workshops and discussions. The course is led by Ben Eastham, co-founder and editor of The White Review and editor of Art Agenda; Christy Lange, former Associate Editor frieze magazine and curator frieze Talks; and Carol Yinghua Lu, contributing editor of frieze magazine and co-founder and co-editor of Contemporary Art & Investment magazine.

Participants will undertake excursions to exhibitions, write reviews, discuss results during focused workshops, and acquire tools to develop their reading, analysing, formulating, and editing skills. This course approaches various methods and techniques, offering access to a broad range of knowledge sources, and to renowned writers and editors.

The course leaders are committed to provide personalised guidance during their courses. At the end, each participant will have produced three polished reviews of different lengths and styles.


1000-Word Review, led by Carol Yinghua Lu
Introductory Lecture: Monday, 17 April 2017, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Workshop: Monday and Tuesday, 24 and 25 April 2017, 7.00 – 10.00pm

300-Word Review, led by Christy Lange
Introductory Lecture: Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Workshop: Monday and Tuesday, 8 and 9 May 2017, 7.00 – 10.00pm

Online Review, led by Ben Eastham
Introductory Lecture: Monday, 15 May 2017, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Workshop: Monday and Tuesday, 22 and 23 May 2017, 7.00 – 10.00pm

Note: Between each part, participants are asked to read three recommended readings, selected by invited guest lecturers, to prepare for upcoming sessions.


Please submit the following documents (in pdf format) via email to
– CV (max. 2 pages)
– Cover Letter/Letter of Intent (250 words)
– Up to 3 short writing samples

Note: All applicants must be able to commit to the full duration of the programme.

For any enquiries, please contact

Image credit: Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore

The Making of an Institution — Artistic Research. Curating as pedagogy, talk by Rosemary Forde (Australia), Curator-in-Residence
19 Apr 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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This talk, in the context of Artistic Research as part of The Making of an Institution will look at Rosemary Forde’s year-long curatorial project Art holds a high place in my life | Damp: study of an artist at 21 that took place on campus at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia throughout 2016. This programme experimented with modes of shared ownership and shifts between public and closed display. Situated in the context of an art school within the university, it also aimed to explore ways in which initiated curatorial activities could be brought closer together with the research and learning practices of the institution.

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

The Making of an Institution — Artistic Research. Talk by Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Artist-in-Residence
26 Apr 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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As part of The Making of an Institution, Artist-in-Residence Chris Chong Chan Fui will introduce the public to the projects he is in the process of developing and share his approach to artistic research through a selection of past works. Fuelled by a deep-seated fascination for experimental film-making, Chong’s practice often explores the threshold between illusion and reality, documentary and fiction, questioning the conventional boundaries of representation.

The talk will take place in the artist’s studio, #01-05, Block 38 Malan Road

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

Residencies OPEN on the occasion of the Singapore Art Book Fair 2017
27 Apr 2017, Thu 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often introverted spaces of the artists’ studios.  Through showcasing discussions, performances, research, and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice and the divergent ways artists conceive artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.

This edition of Residencies OPEN takes place on the occasion of Singapore Art Book Fair 2017, and features Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Choy Ka Fai (Singapore), Lucy Davis (Uganda/France), Hu Yun (China), Geraldine Kang (Singapore), Souliya Phoumivong (Laos), and Matthias Sohr (Germany/Switzerland).

NTU CCA Singapore at the Singapore Art Book Fair 2017
27 Apr 2017, Thu 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
28 Apr 2017, Fri - 29 Apr 2017, Sat 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
30 Apr 2017, Sun 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM

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NTU CCA Singapore is participating in the 2017 edition of the Singapore Art Book Fair (SABF). The Centre will present its recent and new publications and will launch a new series of limited edition merchandise made in collaboration with our past and present Artists-in-Residence.

Image credit: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (Presenting Institution); Singapore Art Book Fair 2014, 14 – 16 November 2014, Organised by HJGHER and BooksActually. Photography by Colossal Photos.