Barbara London —Residencies |  NTU CCA Singapore
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The NTU CCA Singapore Residencies programme is an integral part of the NTU CCA Singapore’s mission as a research centre and hosts artists, curators, critics and scholars from Singapore and abroad. The studio-based Residencies programme is dedicated to facilitating the production of knowledge and research for and by established and emerging artists. It serves as a forum for cultural and artistic exchange in Southeast Asia, augmented with public events Residencies: Insights / Studio Sessions / OPEN series, ranging from open studio sessions, lectures, live performances, to special projects in The Lab, NTU CCA Singapore’s space for curatorial experimentation. The application for residency at NTU CCA Singapore is via nomination, please email for more information.


Barbara London

Residency period

13 March – 27 March 2018


Between 1973 and 2013, Barbara London (United States) was curator at MoMA where she founded the video exhibition and collection programmes. She is also a pioneer of the integration of the Internet into curatorial practice. Among the exhibitions she organised are one-person shows with early mavericks such as Nam June Paik, Steina Vasulka, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Bill Viola, VALIE EXPORT, Laurie Anderson, and Zhang Peili. Her thematic projects have included Looking at Music, parts 1-3 (2008–2011) and Soundings: A Contemporary Score (2013). Her writings have appeared in a range of catalogues and journals, including ArtForumYishuLeonardoArtAsiaPacificArt in AmericaModern Painter, and Image Forum. Currently, she is completing a book with Phaidon and is teaching at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, United States.


During the residency, Barbara London will connect with local artists and institutions in Singapore. Reflecting on her experiences at MoMA where she founded the video exhibition and collection programmes, London will deliver a public lecture that will touch upon the museums’ support of the medium from its early formative years to the present. She will also conduct a two-day professional short course titled Time-Based Media in Collections.

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: History is a Story: Thoughts about Media as Art, lecture by Barbara London (United States), Curator-in-Residence
14 Mar 2018, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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In this lecture, Barbara London examines how video monitors and installations challenged the white cube. Back in the 1970s, art museums operated with object-oriented categories. Meanwhile Land Art, with its spatial site specificity, Performance Art, with its abstract notions of duration, and electronic music, with its manipulation of the electronic signal, all challenged existing conventions by propelling contemporary art beyond the limitations of the gallery’s four walls. Looking at video’s relationship to performance, theater, feminism, and politics, London will discuss the factors that facilitated museums’ support of video in its dynamic early years while also addressing one of the most pressing questions in the field today: As memory and technologies fade away, are media acquisitions destined to become conceptual works?