19 – 30 October 2016
Image credit: The installation of the project exhibition We Are the Time Machines: Time and Tools for Commoning, Casco (2015-2016). Courtesy Binna Choi. Photo by Niels Molenaar.
Binna Choi will research the Singapore art scene and the wider Southeast Asian region as represented in Singapore Biennale 2016 – An Atlas of Mirrors. She will give a public lecture on the relationship between artistic projects and social movements drawing from her recent collaborative projects The Grand Domestic Revolution and Composing the Commons and will share models of collaboration and self-organisation developed at Casco.
After a revolution, what is left? How do we measure the quality or success of a socially driven art project that desires social transformation? How does a project fulfill its artistic or curatorial intents? How does a project relate to social movements? Where is a place of art in a paradigm shift? Binna Choi, Director, Casco – Office of Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht, the Netherlands, discusses the above questions, taking three major projects she co-developed at Casco in the last years: The Grand Domestic Revolution, a “living research” project inspired by late nineteenth-century “material feminist” movements in the United States that experimented with communal solutions to isolated domestic life, work, and intervention with urban planning; Composing the Commons, a research trajectory on the notion and practice of the commons; as well as her recent curatorial work for the Gwangju Biennale initiated in the aftermath of the 18 May democratic uprising that took place in Gwangju in 1980.