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The Making of an Institution

11 February 2017 — 7 May 2017

The Making of an Institution captures different moments in the development of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) connecting artistic projects, discursive manifestations, and the institutional apparatus in a seamless display. It looks back into its young past in order to shape its future. Challenging the format of an exhibition, The Making of an Institution creates a communal space where projects and research explorations by the Centre’s Artists-, Curators-in- Residence, and Research Fellows coexist with ongoing series of talks, screenings, performances, and workshops. The project engages the Centre’s main pillars–Exhibitions, Residencies, Research and Academic Education)–bringing to a close the overarching curatorial narrative Place.Labour.Capital. that served as a framework for its activities since 2013.

Established in 2013, the Centre embodies the complexity of a contemporary art institution in times of knowledge economy and global art. The role of a contemporary art institution should not be limited to the presentation of art. It feeds off and nurtures the cultural ecosystem it belongs to through a complex series of actions that often reside in the realm of the immaterial. The Centre’s inaugural programme Free Jazz addressed the foundational question “What can this institution be?” highlighting the skill of improvisation and free play. Three years later, different questions are to be raised: What could the role of the NTU CCA Singapore be for the years to come within a fast changing local, regional, and global cultural landscape? What are the criteria to evaluate its achievements and impact?

In revisiting its own process of institutional building, NTU CCA Singapore appropriates the format and language of a “public report”. While a public report is conventionally employed to deliver an official written narrative, the Centre’s report unfolds in the exhibition space through the languages of the performative, the discursive, and the archival.

“It’s amazing how far we were able to come in just three years,” said Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore. “The Making of an Institution is a celebration of the international community we have built, including scholars, artists, and the public. Now it is time for us to reflect and analyse our achievements before the exciting next steps ahead.”

The Making of an Institution is divided into four sections borrowed from the structure of a public report: Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review; Ownership, Development, and Aspirations; Artistic Research; and Communication and Mediation. The first section, Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review maps out a network of institutions, like NTU CCA Singapore, that place research at the core of their identity. Each guest director will closely examine the vision, mission, and operative model of her respective organisation in a series of talks aimed at deepening our understanding of the changing role of contemporary cultural institutions. Ownership, Development, and Aspirations is a public panel with several members of the NTU CCA Singapore’s International Advisory Board and its stakeholders representatives that stresses the importance of feedback and exchange among peers especially in the development phase of an institution. The section dedicated to Artistic Research frames the material and immaterial aspects that constitute contemporary art practices. It takes over the Centre’s physical Spaces of the Curatorial—The Exhibition Hall, The Single Screen, The Lab, and The Vitrine—juxtaposing artworks and research projects by NTU CCA Singapore’s Artists-, Curators-in- Residence, and Research Fellows alongside various formats of public programming. Finally, Communication and Mediation explores the production of an institution’s identity through visual communication and spatial practices. Through workshops and presentations, artists, architects, and designers will discuss how they create diverse visual and spatial identities for art institutions.

Among the contributors are former and current Artists-, Curators-, Writers-, and Curators-in-Residence, Research Fellows and other invited participants: åbäke (United Kingdom), Hamra Abbas (Pakistan/United States), Rodolfo Andaur (Chile), Diana Campbell Betancourt (United States/Philippines/ Bangladesh), Dinu Bodiciu (Romania/Singapore), Kray Chen (Singapore), Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia), Heman Chong (Malaysia/Singapore) and Renée Staal (Taiwan/Netherlands), Weixin Chong (Singapore), Choy Ka Fai (Singapore), Ann Demeester (Belgium/Netherlands), Rosemary Forde (Australia), Marc Glöde (Germany/Singapore), Yuko Hasegawa (Japan), Bani Haykal (Singapore), Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad (United Kingdom), Maria Hlavajova (Netherlands), Ho Rui An (Singapore), James Jack (United States/Japan), siren eun young jung (South Korea), Christoph Knoth (Netherlands), Koh Nguang How (Singapore), Wilfried Kuehn (Germany), Bastien von Lehsten (Germany), Li Ran (China), Loo Zihan (Singapore), Zulkifle Mahmod (Singapore), Ato Malinda (Kenya/Netherlands), Alice Miceli (Brazil), Laura Miotto (Italy/Singapore), Regina Möller (Germany/Singapore), Arjuna Neuman (United States), UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam), Nikos Papastergiadis (Australia), Jegan Vincent de Paul (Canada/Singapore), Emily Pethick (United Kingdom), Thao-Nguyen Phan (Vietnam), Souliya Phoumivong (Laos), Ana Prvački (Serbia/United States), Arin Rungjang (Thailand), anGie seah (Singapore), Jeremy Sharma (Singapore), SHIMURAbros (Japan/Germany), Alec Steadman (United Kingdom/Indonesia) and Sanne Oorthuizen (Netherlands/Indonesia), Anocha Suwichakornpong (Thailand), Erika Tan (Singapore/United Kingdom), Guo-Liang Tan (Singapore), Tan Pin Pin (Singapore), Philip Tinari (United States/China), John Tirman (United States), Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor (Romania), Bo Wang (China/Germany, United States), Farah Wardani (Indonesia/Singapore), Tamara Weber (United States), Jason Wee (Singapore), and Otty Widasari (Indonesia).

The public report will culminate into a book planned for publication in mid-2017, gathering the voices of all the artists, curators, researchers, and academics who have contributed to this first phase of the Centre.

The Making of an Institution is curated by Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, Anna Lovecchio, Curator, Residencies, and Anca Rujoiu, Manager, Publications.

Public programmes

Workshop for Teachers and Educators led by Kelly Reedy (United States/Singapore), artist and educator, with introductions by participating artists, and exhibition curators
11 Feb 2017, Sat 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

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This workshop was developed in collaboration with Kelly Reedy, a former lecturer at the National Institute of Education, who specialises in working with museums and galleries to enhance student learning through visual arts. The workshop is created to engage educators in contemporary art and artistic practices, highlighting the educational aspects of each section of the exhibition to better prepare for visits with their classes.

Registration required. Email ntuccaeducation@ntu.edu.sg

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

The Making of an Institution – Reason to Exist: The Director's Review. Talk by Emily Pethick (United Kingdom), The Showroom, London, United Kingdom, and Curator-in-Residence
15 Feb 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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This talk inaugurates Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review. An integral component of The Making of an Institution, this series of encounters brings together directors and founders of organisations that adopt critical and innovative strategies to advance the development of contemporary art practices and discourses. Emily Pethick will present The Showroom, a contemporary art space in London that focuses on collaborative and process-driven approaches as well as cultural production within its locality and beyond, linking experimental artistic practice to a range of communities of interest and political concerns. Responding to the context of The Making of an Institution, the talk will look at The Showroom’s mission statement and how this was developed in tandem with the organisation’s development. Pethick will also share some new approaches to the process of “evaluation” The Showroom is currently developing using mapping strategies.

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

The Making of an Institution – Artistic Research. Talk and screening by siren eun young jung (South Korea), Artist-in-Residence
22 Feb 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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What is artistic research? Which are the material and immaterial aspects that constitute contemporary art practices? Within the context of The Making of an Institution, Artist-in-Residence siren eun young jung addresses the process of artistic research that lies behind her long-term project on Yeosung Gukgeuk, a form of Korean theatre featuring only female actors that flourished between the 1940s and the 1960s. Over almost a decade, jung has produced a multiplicity of works around this subject challenging the interpretation of tradition and gender politics in contemporary Korean society. The artist will introduce the screening of Act of Affect (2013) and I am not going to sing (2015), positioning Yeosung Gukgeuk at the intersection between issues of affect, gender structures, and performativity.

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

Ownership, Development, and Aspirations
25 Feb 2017, Sat 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Who owns a public institution? How does an institution balance the different sets of expectations held by its various stakeholders? What is the role of an international advisory board and how does it contribute to the institution’s development within a global perspective? Shifting the top-down operational model, can an institution learn from artists and incorporate artistic methodologies into its own structure? To address such questions, this session brings together several members of the NTU CCA Singapore’s International Advisory Board into a public discussion with representatives of the Centre’s stakeholders. The session will be moderated by Founding Director Ute Meta Bauer and preceded by Heman Chong’s performance Words, They, Wrote (2015 – ongoing). Utilising words written or spoken by several artists, the performance generates a moment of introspection opening up a space for the artists’ thoughts on their own lives and works.

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

3.00 – 3.30pm
Words, They, Wrote (2015 – ongoing), performance by Heman Chong (Singapore), Artist-in-Residence

3.30 – 5.00pm
Public Discussion

Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, School of Art Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University

Ann Demeester (Belgium/Netherlands) Board Member; Director, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands

Yuko Hasegawa (Japan), Board Member; Artistic Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan

Nikos Papastergiadis (Australia), Board Chair; Director, Research Unit in Public Cultures, and Professor, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Philip Tinari (United States/China), Board Member; Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

John Tirman (United States), Board Member; Executive Director, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States

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.

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.

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.

[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.

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.

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.

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.

The Making of an Institution — Artistic Research. Sublime Dreams of the Body Explorers, lecture by Choy Ka Fai (Singapore/Germany), Artist-in-Residence
3 May 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Sublime Dreams of the Body Explorers is a collection of proposals on new perspectives for imagining our future through the body. Choy Ka Fai presents his ongoing research and explorations into how the body can remember and invent technological narratives. His project spans across the visual fields of choreographic processes, from the technicality of body conditioning to the cultural, social, and political aspects of dance. The lecture will also introduce the blueprint of Ember Jello, the first Artificial Intelligent Machine prototype for choreographic processes designed by the artist.

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