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“The Geopolitical and the Biophysical: a structured conversation on Art and Southeast Asia in context” is conceived as an extension to Charles Lim’s SEA STATE project presented at the Singapore Pavilion, and is in response to Okwui Enwezor’s curatorial theme for the 56th International Art Exhibition – the Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures.

9th May, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: The Geopolitical and the Biophysical: A structured conversation on Art and Southeast Asia in context

Public Conversation at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia Organised by the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
Saturday 9 May 2015, 4pm – 6:30pm | Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy

Speakers: Thomas J. Berghuis, Carla Bianpoen, Doryun Chong, Heri Dono, Patrick D. Flores, Natasha Ginwala, Vincent J.F. Huang, Charles Lim, Mariano G. Montelibano III, Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Jose Tence Ruiz and Eugene Tan

Moderators: Ute Meta Bauer and Lee Weng Choy

This public conversation will address the possibilities and uncertainties faced by societies within and beyond the boundaries of Southeast Asia, focusing on the notion of national representation and its challenges: How are geopolitical boundaries configured and rewritten in the specific context of the Biennale di Venezia, and what visibility and forms of acknowledgement can such a platform offer to younger nation-states and new or imagined political entities? Such questions will be explored through a focus on three Southeast Asian countries participating in the Biennale Arte 2015: Singapore, The Philippines, and Indonesia. The conversation will extend the discussion to the presentations of Hong Kong, India & Pakistan, and Tuvalu in this year’s edition of the Biennale. In the format of a structured conversation rather than a presentation on stage this event invites those interested and invested in the topic to take part in this open debate.

The Geopolitical and the Biophysical: a structured conversation on Art and Southeast Asia in context is conceived as an extension to Charles Lim’s SEA STATE project presented at the Singapore Pavilion and is in response to Okwui Enwezor’s curatorial theme for the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia: All the World’s Futures. It is organised by the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) under its Research & Education programme, which aims to connect academic research with other forms of knowledge production.

The programme is commissioned by the National Arts Council of Singapore (NAC).

NTU CCA Singapore at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

NTU CCA Singapore Artist-in-Residence, Charles Lim will represent Singapore at the Biennale with his critically acclaimed SEA STATE project. NTU CCA Singapore’s involvement at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia will also include Founding Director, Ute Meta Bauer, who will co-curate with Paul C. Ha, Director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center, the U.S. Pavilion featuring pioneering video and performance artist, Joan Jonas.

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