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Ruth Noack —Residencies |  NTU CCA Singapore
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Curator-in-residence

Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Ruth Noack

Residency period

9 – 13 November 2015

About

Ruth Noack (b. 1964, Germany) trained as a visual artist and art historian, held numerous lectureships, and works as curator, critic and author. She was curator of documenta 12. Recent shows include Notes on CrisisCurrency and Consumption and Vienna and Ines Doujak’s first solo show in London. Noack headed the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the RCA, London, United Kingdom (2012-2013). She was Šaloun Professor at Academy of Fine Art (AVU), Prague and led the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course (2014). Currently, she is curator-tutor of a Dutch Art Institute’s Roaming Academy trajectory. She has published widely, including a book on Sanja Ivekovic’s, Triangle for Afterall.

Focus

As part of her time in Singapore she presented the lecture “Non-transmittable form? Thoughts on the impossibility to show what might need to be shown today” which she described as “It is a contemporary given that cultures are replete with forms that have been transmitted from elsewhere. Most discourse on global art either assumes that this transmission has been easy and neutral, or fraught and based on power relations. Whether the problem of transmission is articulated or not, it is commonly taken for granted that exhibitions are functioning transmission machines. But what about form that simply does not transfer? Or does not transfer simply?”

Noack also spent time in Singapore further understanding different institutional structures.

Public programmes

Residencies: Insights – A lecture presented by Curator-in-Residence Ruth Noack (Germany)
11 Nov 2015, Wed 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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Non-transmittable form? Thoughts on the impossibility to show what might need to be shown today

It is a contemporary given that cultures are replete with forms that have been transmitted from elsewhere. Most discourse on global art either assumes that this transmission has been easy and neutral, or fraught and based on power relations. Whether the problem of transmission is articulated or not, it is commonly taken for granted that exhibitions are functioning transmission machines. But what about form that simply does not transfer? Or does not transfer simply?

Ruth Noack trained as a visual artist and art historian, held numerous lectureships, and works as curator, critic and author. She was curator of documenta 12. Recent shows include Notes on Crisis, Currency and Consumption, Vienna and Ines Doujak’s first solo show in London. Noack headed the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the RCA, London (2012-2013). She was Šaloun Professor at AVU, Prague and led the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course (2014). Currently, she is curator-tutor of a Dutch Art Institute Roaming Academy trajectory. She has published widely, including a book on Sanja Ivekovic’s Triangle for Afterall.