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Mary Otis Stevens. The i Press Series
14 Feb 2020, Fri - 14 Jun 2020, Sun

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Mary Otis Stevens (b.1928) is a pioneering American architect. Her architectural designs, along with the founding of i Press (1968-1978), an important publisher of books on architecture, urbanism, and social space, were linked to her ability to radically re-envision space and relationships. In the context of the Cold War and American political activism in the 1960s, her work, which were often in collaboration with her partner, fellow architect and i Press co-founder Thomas McNulty, revealed her foundational training in philosophy and her commitment to de-centralising hierarchies. Revisiting her work more than fifty years later, the themes of active citizen participation in government, integrated planning, and genuine risk-taking to make substantial change in people’s lives remain relevant and crucial means of incorporating a social context into the practice of architecture. On view is Mary’s sensitivity to variations, large and small, visible in her work as a publisher as well as her drawings and architectural designs. This research presentation also explores The Ideal Communist City, an i Press publication by Alexei Gutnov et al. from 1970 that offers a deep dive into a utopian proposition that “the new city is a world belonging to all and to each.”

In order to help introduce the i Press series on the human environment to a wide audience, NTU CCA Singapore, with series editors Ute Meta Bauer (Founding Director, NTU CCA and Professor, NTU ADM), James Graham (Director of Publications, Columbia University GSAPP), and Pelin Tan (2019-2020 Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism, Bard College), is currently working with i Press and Mary Otis Stevens to republish several original i Press books with revisions and commentary by contemporary theorists and practitioners.

Mary Otis Stevens. The i Press Series is curated by Dr Karin Oen, Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore

 

Download the brochure here.

 

Image: Mary Otis Stevens, early concept model for the Lincoln House, architecture expressed as wave motion, 1965.

 

Film Programme: Third Way / After Bandung
7 Apr 2020, Tue - 21 Jun 2020, Sun

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*Due to the “circuit breaker,” NTU CCA Singapore will be closed temporarily until further notice. Meanwhile, the Centre will be streaming selections from the film programme. Click here for more details.

 

This programme features films that engage post-colonial processes covering different moments and geopolitical contexts. The Asian-African Conference in 1955, known as the Bandung Conference, amidst the complex processes of decolonization, established self-determination, non-aggression, and equality as part of the core values that then formed the Non-Aligned Movement. This history is unpacked and contextualised through this series of screenings.

Co-curated by writer and curator Mark Nash and film researcher Vladimir Seput.

Screening on loop during opening hours.

 

2 – 7 June 2020
Joris Ivens, Indonesia Calling, 1946 
35mm transferred to digital file, b&w, sound, 22 min
Screening on Loop

The film gives a glimpse of the immediate post-World War II Sydney, where trade union seamen and waterside workers refused to service Dutch ships which contained arms and ammunition, destined for Indonesia, utilising them to bring the Indonesian National Revolution to a halt. The film seeks to distil aspects of the historical context of the events depicted in the film and give insight to the major re-alignments in the relationship between Australia and Indonesia.

 

9 – 14 June 2020
First conference of Non-Aligned Movement, 1961
Archive footage, colour, sound, 10 min 51 sec
Screening on Loop

Archive footage from the first conference of the 1961 Non-Aligned Movement, otherwise known as the Belgrade Conference, presenting historical events from the meeting. The inaugural conference was initiated by three key figures: Josip Broz Tito, President of Yugoslavia; Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt; and Jawaharlal Nehru, First Prime Minister of India. Attended by 25 countries from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the conference is a direct response to the division of sphere of influence settled between the major world forces after WWII and the Cold War, enabling members to independently formulate their own position in international politics.

 

16 – 21 June 2020
Ousmane Sembène, Borom Sarret, 1963
35mm transferred to digital file, b&w, sound, 18 min
Screening on Loop

Borom Sarret is often considered the first film ever made in Africa by a black African. The stark masterpiece chronicles a day in the life of a Dakar cart driver. The frustrating day of this “borom sarret” (a Wolof expression for cart driver), where he encounters an unfortunate array of characters, leaving him cheated out of his wages and deprived of his cart. In this powerful evocative film with urban details and a socially critical voice, Sembène conveys the toll of natural loss, poverty, and the stain of European colonisation of Africa.

Restored in 2013 by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in association with Institut National de l’Audiovisuel and the Sembène Estate. Restoration work was carried out at Laboratoires Éclair and Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. Restoration funding provided by Doha Film Institute. 

 

23 – 28 June 2020
Mikhail Kalatozov, I am Cuba (Soy Cuba), 1964
35mm transferred to digital file, b&w, sound, 141 min
12pm, 2.30pm, 5pm

I am Cuba follows four short stories outlining the sufferings of Cubans during the Cuban Revolution. Maria, a young woman who works at a Havana nightclub that caters to rich Americans who is forced to entertain and sleep with tourists for money; Pedro, a tenant farmer whose sugarcane fields are taken from him after the landowner decides to sell the plot to an American company; Enrique, a young revolutionary and university student who is part of the intellectual resistance; and Mariano, a peasant who is moved to take up arms and join the rebel army after a government bomb kills his son. The film is narrated by Raquel Revuelta, carrying the story to its conclusion: the triumph of the revolution.

 

30 June – 5 July 2020
Ousmane Sembène, Black Girl (La noire de… ), 1966
35mm transferred to digital file, b&w, sound, 60 min
Every Hour

The film follows Senegal’s first years of independence through a young ambitious woman, Diouana. She secures a job as a maid with a French couple working in Dakar. Seduced by the apparent kindness of her employers, she accepts their offer to follow the family to the French Cote d’Azur. In France, she finds herself imprisoned, being denied any time off and treated like an object. A harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement, critiquing the colonial mind-set of a supposedly postcolonial world. Black Girl is the first black African feature film which screened at Cannes and won the Prix Jean Vigo and top prize at the Carthage Film Festival.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Film Foundation. 
Restored by Cineteca di Bologna/ L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with the Sembène Estate, Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, INA, Eclair laboratories and the Centre National de Cinématographie. Restoration funded by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. 

 

7 – 12 July 2020
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Memories of Underdevelopment, 1968
35mm transferred to digital file, b&w, sound, 97 min
12pm, 1.45pm, 3.30pm, 5.15pm

The film’s narrative presented through the lens of Sergio, a wealthy bourgeois aspiring writer, during the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. His family decides to retreat to Miami during the turmoil of social changes. The film is interspersed with real-life documentary footage of protest and political events in which Sergio’s life and personal relationship unfolds. As the threat of foreign invasion intensifies looms over Sergio, his desire for companionship also intensifies.

Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna at L’ Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC ). Restoration funded by the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project.

 

14 – 26 July 2020
Želimir Žilnik, Early Works (Rani Radovi), 1969
35mm transferred to digital file, b&w, sound, 58 min
12pm, 1.30pm, 3.00pm, 4.30pm, 5.45pm

Early Works (Ravi Radovi) recounts a story of youths who took part in student demonstrations, set June 1968 in Belgrade. Three young men and a girl, Yugoslava, set out to defy the petit-bourgeois routine of everyday life. Wanting to change the world and inspired by the writings of the young Karl Marx, they go to the country to persuade the peasants in their fight for emancipation. They eventually get arrested. Frustrated as the planned revolution has not been realised, the three young men decide to kill Yugoslava. They shoot her, cover her with the party flag and burn her body. The smoke rising up into the sky is the only thing that remains of the intended revolution.

 

14 – 26 July 2020
Želimir Žilnik, Shorts: Black Film (Cri Film), 1971
16 mm transferred to digital file, b&w, sound, 14 min
1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm, 6.45pm

The film chronicles Žilnik picking up a group of homeless men from the streets of Novi Sad and taking them to his home. Žilnik carries along a film camera to witness his efforts to “solve the problem of the homeless,” while the group of homeless men enjoy themselves in his house. He speaks to social workers, members of the general public, and even engages with the policemen. However, they turn a blind eye to the “problem” at hand

 

28 July – 2 August 2020
Karpo Godina, Litany of Happy People (Zdravi ljudi za razonodu), 1971 
35mm transferred to digital file, colour, sound, 15 min
Screening on Loop

The Litany of Happy People is a song-film about the diverse group of people living harmoniously in rural Vojvodina, an autonomous province of Serbia known for its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic identity. The film presents families with multi-ethnic backgrounds, standing in front of their seemingly similar but colourful rural houses. The film won numerous awards at short film festivals. 

 

4 – 9 August 2020
Karpo Godina, About Art of Love or a Film with 14441 Frames (O ljubavnim veštinama ili film sa 14441 kvadratom), 1972 
Colour, sound, 10 min
Screening on Loop

This film presents an almost journalistic report of the female textile workers and male military soldiers in the Macedonian village of Stip. Interwoven with military footage and shots of the village, the alternating scenes present the two groups in proximity, while being completely isolated.  The film went through a thorough restoration process in 2016 and was shown at the 30th edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy.

 

11 – 16 August 2020
Isaac Julien, Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask, 1995
35mm transferred to digital file, colour, sound, 70 min
12pm, 1.30pm, 3.00pm, 4.30pm, 5.45pm

This film interrogates the life and work of Frantz Fanon, a highly influential anti-colonial writer, civil rights activist, and psychoanalytic theorist from Martinique. The docudrama is interspersed with archival footage of Fanon as well as interviews with family members and colleagues. Reflecting on the black body and its representations, the film is rooted in the black arts movement in Britain and North America.

 

 

 

Image: Production still from Želimir Žilnik, Early Works (Rani Radovi), 1969, 35mm transferred to digital file, b&w, sound, 58 min. Courtesy Andrej Popovic.

Residencies Online Screening Programme
Stakes of Conscious(ness) 
22 May 2020, Fri - 5 Jun 2020, Fri

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With national frontiers sealed worldwide and bodies forced into a standstill, it can be all the more relevant to embark onto journeys of the mind and explore different states of consciousness. Which shape(s) does human consciousness take when time unfolds within conditions of spatial confinement? What happens when the body plunges into increasingly immaterial networks and disembodied social relations? Is an emancipated society already inscribed in the deep recesses of our conscious? Stakes of Conscious(ness) brings together works of Danilo Correale (Italy/United States), Liu Yu (Taiwan), and a new film by Marianna Simnett (United Kingdom) specifically produced for this occasion, three artists whose residency at NTU CCA Singapore has been disrupted by the viral pandemic. Each work modulates a unique mindscape and pushes our imagination beyond the boundaries of normative reason, the entrapments of capitalistic development, and the limits of our sensorium.

Curated by Dr Anna Lovecchio, Curator, Residencies

 

DANILO CORREALE

Reverie. On the Liberation from Work. Transition, 2017

HD colour and sound, 20 min. Courtesy the artist.

 

Developed in collaboration with a hypnotherapist, Reverie. On the Liberation from Work (2017) is a two-part hypnosis exercise that soothes the body and the mind into a state of relaxation wherein “the ease of a post-work society” slowly comes into focus. Through the lull of the voiceover and mesmerising visual aids, Transition releases our mental confines and prompts us on a inward journey towards a future society where work is no longer commanded and humanity is free to dedicate itself to mutual care and collective improvement. Neither a retreat nor an escapist lure, Reverie. On the Liberation from Work rather paves the way for visions of future freedom by eliciting a renewed sense of presence and the empowering awareness that the future is there for us to shape.

The practice of Danilo Correale (b. 1982, Italy/United States) critiques contemporary life and investigates the opacity surrounding complex cultural and economic systems. In recent years, his research revolves around the dichotomy between labour and leisure and the relation between sleep and enforced wakefulness under the neoliberal economic regime. His work has been presented in numerous international group exhibitions and his solo shows include They Will Say I Killed Them, Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, United Kingdom (2019); At Work’s End, Art in General, New York, United States (2017); and Tales of Exhaustion, La Loge, Brussels, Belgium (2016). In 2017, he was awarded both the New York Prize for Italian Young Art and an Associate Research Fellowship at Columbia University.

 

LIU YU

Somehow I feel relaxed here, 2017

HD colour and sound, 12 min 52 sec. Courtesy the artist.

 

Taking place within the ruins of Taiwan’s former Zhongxing Paper Factory—built by the Japanese in 1935 and heavily bombed during WWII—Somehow I feel relaxed here (2017) overlaps fragmentary experiences and visual narratives that blend the boundaries between past and present, space and time, sleep and wakefulness. Recounts of World War II air raid survivors, images captured by urban explorers’ handheld cameras, and sequences from online war gaming sessions unfurl along a guided meditation path led by a entrancing voiceover. Through these site-specific and mind-shifting detours, the film draws an imaginary map where the entanglements of historical decay, memory, and disembodied experience chart out different modes of consciousness while also speculating on the status of contemporary corporeality.

Merging fictional stories and historical accounts, the works of Liu Yu (b. 1985, Taiwan) cuts across video, installation, and text to re-contextualize stories of marginalised communities and comment on the intricacies of domineering power structures. Using field work and site-specific methodologies, she reconstructs alternative narratives strung together by fragmented representations of space, history, image, and narration. Among her solo exhibitions are The history of the concave and the convex, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2018) and Several Ways to Believe, Taiwan Academy, Los Angeles, United States (2016). She has recently participated in 2019 Asian Art Biennial, Taichung, Taiwan.

 

MARIANNA SIMNETT

Tito’s Dog2020

HD colour and sound, 6 min 56 sec. Courtesy the artist.

 

What impact does lockdown have on identity when borders are closed and movement is restricted? In this work, produced during the recent global lockdown and performed in Croatian and English, Marianna Simnett enacts the remarkable story of Tito and his dog, Luks. Tito, the former President of Yugoslavia, was a contested symbol of unity in the artist’s childhood memory and this month marks the 40th anniversary of his death. Continuing her investigation of interspecies relationships whilst also confronting her own identity, Simnett uses makeup and prosthetics to transition from human to German Shepherd as she tells a story of survival and animal suicide.

Marianna Simnett (b.1986, United Kingdom) lives and works in London. Her interdisciplinary practice includes video, installation, performance, sculpture and watercolour. Simnett uses vivid and visceral means to explore the body as a site of transformation. Working with animals, children, organs, and often performing herself, she imagines radical new worlds filled with untamed thoughts, strange tales, and desires. Simnett has shown in major museums internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include LAB RATS, Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2019), My Broken Animal, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands (2019), CREATURE, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2019), Blood In My Milk, New Museum, New York, United States (2018) among others. She is a joint winner of the Paul Hamlyn Award 2020, receivedthe Jerwood / FVU Award in 2015, and was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2017.

 

 

Header Image: Danilo Correale, Reverie. On the Liberation from Work. Transition, 2017, film still, 20 min. Courtesy the artist.

Exhibition (de)Tour: Nonlinear Trajectories by Dr Itty Abraham, Professor and Head, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, NUS
18 Jun 2020, Thu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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This lecture will be streamed live on Zoom. Stay tuned to this page as the link will be live on 18 June 2020.

 

Taking the dis-connections between the three cinematic projects in the exhibition as points of departure, Professor Abraham will engage in a critical conversation about the multiple pasts of what is today called the Global South. A historical overview of the Bandung Conference and its links to the Non-Aligned Movement, real and imagined, will help contextualise different Cold War trajectories as structure and as possibility. 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Itty Abraham (United States/Singapore) is Professor and Head of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Earlier, he was director of the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin and program director at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), New York. He was a Fulbright-Nehru senior fellow in 2011 and has received research grants from the US National Science Foundation, Ford, Rockefeller, and MacArthur foundations, among others. He has written about nuclear power, criminal borderlands, foreign policy, digital cultures, and postcolonial technoscience. He is currently working on a book on refugees and forced migration in Asia.

Singapore Art Book Fair 2020, Presented with NTU CCA Singapore
26 Jun 2020, Fri - 26 May 2020, Tue 12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
27 Jun 2020, Sat 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
28 Jun 2020, Sun 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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*This workshop has been postponed till further notice. Stay tuned for more updates.

 

Exhibitor applications are NOW OPEN. Apply here before 27 March 2020 to be part of one of the biggest art fair in Singapore.

Singapore Art Book Fair (SGABF)  serves as a platform that celebrates and represents artists’ books, zines, monographs, contemporary art editions, and other printed ephemera. Over the course of the weekend, the fair is complemented by a range of programmes such as talks and performances. These programmes aim to provide resources that will deepen the appreciation and increase the awareness of the printed matter.

Its seventh year running, SGABF has well established itself as one of the leading art book fairs in Asia. While the fair continues to grow in exhibitors and audience, it remains committed to building an environment of support for artists, small and/or independent presses, and publishers working in the medium. SGABF serves to capture the energy and vision of artists, and believes in evolving and presenting the diversity of our community, as well as exposing the audience to new and innovative publishing practices.

This event is free and open to the public. Stay tuned to this page for regular updates of programmes.