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Yvonne Spielmann

Biography

Yvonne Spielmann (Ph.D, Dr. habil.) was appointed Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. Previously she was Research Professor of New Media at University of the West of Scotland, and Professor of Visual Media at Braunschweig University of Art. Spielmann’s milestones of published research outputs are five authored monographs and over ninety single authored articles. Her book “Video, the Reflexive Medium” (published by MIT Press 2008, Japanese edition by Sangen-sha Press 2011) was rewarded the 2009 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics. Spielmann’s other book “Hybrid Culture” was published in German by Suhrkamp Press in 2010, and in English by MIT Press in 2013.  Her most recent monograph discusses Indonesian contemporary arts in the context of Southeast Asia. Spielmann’s work has been published in German and English, and has been translated into French, Polish, Croatian, Swedish, Japanese and Korean. She holds the 2011 Swedish Prize for Swedish-German scientific co-operation.

Research focus

Residency period: 1 January – 31 March 2016

Yvonne Spielmann’s research aims to explore contemporary arts in Southeast Asia comparatively, discussing the contexts of contemporary arts practices with a focus on infrastructure, social and political framework, aesthetic and cultural tradition, colonial/postcolonial history, religious and ethnic diversity, and the point of departure of the development of modern and contemporary arts practices in each country. Spielmann’s comparative study will give an overview on the Southeast Asian region, focusing on the countries Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Public programmes

Contextualising Indonesian modern and contemporary arts: A talk by Visiting Research Fellow Yvonne Spielmann (Germany)
9 Mar 2016, Wed 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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Contemporary Indonesian art production is distinctive in its thematic and formal diversity, a trait that has resulted from the dynamic processes of colonial and postcolonial structures of power. Visiting Research Fellow Yvonne Spielmann is interested in how Indonesian arts of the present have emerged from a syncretistic mixing of ethnic elements and are strongly imbued with cultural and religious references. In this talk, Spielmann will discuss the contexts underlying the development of modern and contemporary arts in Indonesia, and how Indonesian art newly interprets traditional techniques and materials and marries them with Western influences and pop culture.

Yvonne Spielmann is an art and media advisor and previously the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts. Spielmann is a prolific academic and her most recent monograph discusses Indonesian contemporary arts in the context of Southeast Asia. Spielmann is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at NTU CCA Singapore.

Image credit: Heri Dono, A Maestro Affandi, 2009. Courtesy of Dr Melani Setiawan.

Methods and approaches towards de-westernising discourse about Contemporary Southeast Asian Arts: A workshop by Visiting Research Fellow Yvonne Spielmann (Germany) and Dr Wulan Dirgantoro (Singapore)
15 Mar 2016, Tue 11:00am - 5:00pm

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The workshop will use Indonesia as a framework to discuss the issues of diversity in artistic practices in Southeast Asia. As one of the key players in the region, Indonesia with its cultural diversity and political history could provide a site for addressing the questions of global contemporary versus local contemporary. The workshop will examine the writings of Southeast Asian art that have been shaped by a variety of methodologies that are richly interdisciplinary, despite the lack of comparative methodology. The workshop aims to facilitate a conversation to initiate certain avenues of inquiry or even disagreement in investigating possibilities of comparative framework/s for Southeast Asian art.

Yvonne Spielmann is an art and media advisor and previously the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts. Spielmann is a prolific academic and her most recent monograph discusses Indonesian contemporary arts in the context of Southeast Asia. Spielmann is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at NTU CCA Singapore.

Dr Wulan Dirgantoro is a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts. Her research interests are transnational feminisms, and trauma and memory in Indonesian modern and contemporary art. She is currently a participant in “Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art” a research project funded by the Getty Foundation.

Image credit: Jumaldi Alfi, Melting Memories – Rereading Landscape Mooi Indies #03, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and OFCA International.