NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore is proud to present Open College, a new educational initiative for everyone who is passionate about personal and professional growth and development in the arts sector.
Open College programmes are offered on 2 tracks; Discovery and Immersive Series. Discovery Seriesprogrammes are short exploratory courses that allow participants to explore topics outside their usual fields of interest, and acquire basic knowledge and skillsets that may be transferrable to other areas of study and work. By contrast, Immersive Series programmes are more in-depth and led by professional educators, researchers and critical thinkers in their fields of expertise. Through a blend of practical projects and discussions to stimulate critical thinking and dialogue, participants will deep dive into a subject matter and gain new perspectives.
“ What I enjoyed the most about 𝘔𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘐𝘵 𝘏𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯! 𝘋𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳 were the topics that were discussed and the exercises that lead us to develop what would be the deliverables at the end of the course. I will be putting a lot of the things I have learnt into practice, where practice makes permanent! Other things I have learnt through the course is to not be afraid of change and disruption. The examples that Karin offered were very enlightening, I even bought her recommended books, Yoko Ono's 𝘈𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘯 and Allan Kaprow's 𝘌𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦. I was surprised at the outcome of my project proposal where the materials and resources provided during the course has allowed me to inject it into my practice as an artist. ”
— Manny Padernos, Artist
“ One key takeaway from 𝘔𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘐𝘵 𝘏𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯! 𝘋𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳 that I will put into practice is the delegation of work and how to tap into people's expertise without feeling the need to hold on to all the hats at the same time. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to gain new forms of understanding in project management. ”
— Moses Tan, Artist and Founder of Starch SG
Curator · NTU CCA Singapore
COUNTRIES OF PRACTICE: Singapore · Romania
Anca Rujoiu is a curator and editor based in Singapore. As curator for exhibitions and later head of publications (2013–2018), she was part of the founding team of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. In 2019, she was the co-curator of the third edition of the Art Encounters Biennial, Timișoara, approached as a one-year institutional programme. Whether working in a contemporary art centre, an independent space, an art school, or in the context of a biennial, she has been passionate about stretching art’s publicness, working across formats. First-Person Institutions, her PhD research at Monash University in Melbourne is focused on institution building, artists’ archives, and transnational imaginaries.
Writer · NTU CCA Singapore
COUNTRY OF PRACTICE: Singapore
Jason Wee lives and works in Singapore and New York. His practice is concerned with hollowing out singular authority in favour of polyphony. He transforms singular histories and spaces into various visual and written materials, with particular attention to architecture, idealism, and unexplored futures. Wee is the founder and director of Grey Projects, an artists’ space, library, and residency programme that focuses on emerging artists, experimental curatorial practices, new forms of writing, and design propositions. He is editor of the poetry journal Softblow.
His work has been included in group shows at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, United States; Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore. He has been Artist-in-Residence at Artspace, Sydney, Australia; Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan; Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan-si, South Korea. He received the 2008 Young Artist Award for visual arts in Singapore and has been Studio Fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
Between October 2016 and January 2017, Wee was Artist-in-Residence at NTU CCA Singapore where he continued his research interest in the cycle of redevelopment that is endemic to the life of Asian global cities.
Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes · Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes · NTU Centre for Contemporary Art
COUNTRIES OF PRACTICE: United States · Singapore · United States
Karin G. Oen is Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes, at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. She received her PhD in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture from MIT. A global modernist, she has recently focused on curatorial projects that explore transmediatic, transcultural, and transhistorical discourse. Oen is the curator of the forthcoming exhibition, teamLab: Continuity, at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, where she was a curator from 2015-2019.
Jegan Vincent de Paul
Jegan Vincent de Paul
Architect, artist, and PhD candidate · NTU CCA Singapore
COUNTRIES OF PRACTICE: Canada · Singapore
Jegan Vincent de Paul (Sri Lanka, Canada/ Singapore) is an artistic researcher with an interest in large-scale technopolitical phenomenon with a focus on physical infrastructures. He received his Ph.D in Art, Design and Media from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2021. His doctoral thesis Infrastructure, Narrative, Impact: A Counter-Reading of Belt and Road uses art as a research methodology to show how “the Belt and Road” is a rhizomatic global narrative constructed in the process of interpretation and analysis. He has worked internationally as a researcher and designer and was a visiting scholar and lecturer at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (2010–12). He has exhibited at the 4th ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose, California, Space in Kingston, Jamaica and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore. Vincent de Paul holds a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT.