Public Opening Reception: Friday, 8 December 2017, 7.00 – 9.00pm
The Oceanic marks the start of NTU CCA Singapore’s new overarching research topic CLIMATES. HABITATS. ENVIRONMENTS. that will inform and connect the Centre’s various activities, ranging from research to residencies and exhibitions for the next three years (2017–19).
Climate change has become an urgent issue around the globe for its impact on urban environments and other habitats. As we face global warming, changes in weather patterns are causing droughts, large storms, severe flooding, raising sea levels, and are forcing the migration of humans and animals. The Centre intends to gain a deeper understanding of these precarious realities through projects across disciplines, bringing together artists, scientists, and practitioners from diverse fields of knowledge.
The works in The Oceanic refer to the long cultural history of the Pacific and its Archipelagos and the impact of recent human activities at sea. The artistic investigations emerging from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary–Academy (TBA21–Academy) The Current’s first cycle (2015–17)—with expeditions to Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, and Fiji—address the environmental, cultural, and social transformations that have taken place on less accessible littorals and island groups. These ongoing projects by the artists are created and developed in exchange with the local residents, researchers, and experts from various backgrounds.
CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE THE CURRENT FELLOWS
Nabil Ahmed (Bangladesh/United Kingdom)
Atif Akin (Turkey/United States)
Laura Anderson Barbata (Mexico/United States)
Guigone Camus (France)
Tue Greenfort (Denmark/Germany)
Newell Harry (Australia)
Kristy H.A. Kang (South Korea/Singapore)
PerMagnus Lindborg (Sweden/Singapore)
Armin Linke (Germany/Italy)
Filipa Ramos (Portugal/United Kingdom)
Lisa Rave (United Kingdom/Germany)
Jegan Vincent De Paul (Sri Lanka/Canada)
Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU
This exhibition is organised by NTU CCA Singapore with the support of TBA21–Academy The Current.
Image credit: Lisa Rave, Europium, 2014, still of HD video, sound, 21 min. Courtesy the artist.
Watch this space for more details on the programme.
On the occasion of the exhibition The Oceanic, NTU CCA Singapore will present The Current Convening #3, organised together with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary–Academy (TB21–Academy) during Singapore Art Week 2018. Convened by Markus Reymann, Director of TBA21–Academy, Stefanie Hessler, Curator of TBA21–Academy, and Professor Ute Meta Bauer, The Current expedition leader (2015–17), this three-day event of conversations, roundtables and talanoa sessions, workshops, performances, and screenings, focuses on the modalities of exchange, shared responsibilities, and also addresses ownership rights of nature and cultures.
Image credit: Joan Jonas, Ocean – sketches and notes, TBA21–Academy The Current Convening #2, Kochi, India, 2016. Photo by TBA21, Vienna.