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Writer-in-residence

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 NTUCCAresidencies@ntu.edu.sg for more information.

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Mechtild Widrich

Residency period

22 November – 28 November 2016

About

Mechtild Widrich (Austria/United States) is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SIAC), United States. Her work focuses on performance art, aesthetic theory, and global art geographies. Her book Performative Monuments: The Rematerialisation of Public Art was published with Manchester University Press, 2014. She has written for Grey Room, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Art Journal, The Drama Review (TDR), Performance Art Journal (PAJ), and Texte zur Kunst. She has edited books on Ugliness (London, 2013), Participation in Art and Architecture (London, 2015), and Presence (Berlin 2016), among others.

Focus

Working on the expansion of global art geographies, Writer-in-Residence Mechtild Widrich has previously focused her analysis on the opening of the National Gallery Singapore. While in residence, Widrich will expand her research and connect with local artists, curators and art administrators whose work revolves around performance art and issues related to urban development and museum studies.

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: Art, Capital and the City talk by Mechtild Widrich, Writer-in-Residence
23 Nov 2016, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Following the rise of the global gallery and biennale circuit, Mechtild Widrich will investigate the way contemporary art hubs, museums and artists engage with local and visiting audiences while navigating the tensions between national interests, local communities, and global art discourses.

Concurrently, Widrich will address the way current worldwide image circulation and rapid urban development affect site-specificity and performative interventions, using Hong Kong, Singapore, and Chicago as case studies to revise our concepts related to urban agency, imperial pasts, and uncertain futures.