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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 NTUCCAresidencies@ntu.edu.sg for more information.

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Tyler Coburn

Residency period

19 June – 31 July 2017

About

Tyler Coburn (b. 1983, United States) is an artist and writer based in New York. Shifting from performance and installation to writing and sound, his work critically addresses issues of labour and smart urbanism, trends in computing, the material infrastructures of the virtual world and the ways digital interfaces affect writing and notions of the self.

He holds an M.F.A. Studio Art from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. Literature from Yale University, New Haven, United States. In 2013-2014 he was a fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program

Coburn has exhibited widely, both within the United States and internationally. His work has been presented in group exhibitions at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2017); 2016 Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany (2016); de Cordova Sculpture Park, Lincoln, United States (2015); Shanghai Biennale, China (2014); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom (2012), just to mention a few. His writing has appeared in publications such as Frieze, e-flux, Mousse and Rhizome. Most recently, he participated in Container Artist Residency 01, a residency program that takes place onboard commercial cargo ships.

Focus

Investigating Singapore’s role within the growing global phenomenon of “green cities”, Coburn will pursue research into Singapore’s development from “Garden City” to “City in a Garden”. He aims to delve into historical and emerging notions of green urbanism, framing the garden as a pedagogical, philosophical, and literary construct. Focusing on two specific case studies, he will place the multiple functions of Singapore Botanic Gardens in a wider historical prospective and explore the social and economic conditions which underlie the complex eco-tourist structure of Gardens by the Bay.

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: Ergonomic Futures, lecture by Tyler Coburn (United States), Artist-in-Residence
12 Jul 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Ergonomic Futures is a multi-part project that asks questions about contemporary “fitness” through the lens of speculative evolution. Consisting of seats designed for future bodies that currently serve as museum furniture, a website (www.ergonomicfutures.com), and a lecture, the work comes out of Tyler Coburn’s interviews with paleoanthropologists, ergonomists, evolutionary biologists, and genetic engineers. To each he has asked: What are future scenarios for imagining new types of human bodies and how might this thought experiment reframe conversations about body normativity in the present day?

In the lecture, Coburn will discuss genetic engineering, the founder effect, postplanetary living, and other matters that contribute to the biological, philosophical, and legal definition of the “human.”

Behind the Scenes: artist Tyler Coburn and Zhuo Hongyi, Project Manager, Toh Garden
14 Oct 2018, Sun 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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During his 2017 residency at NTU CCA Singapore, Tyler Coburn developed a relationship with Singapore’s Toh Garden, which cultivates many orchid hybrids named after politicians and celebrities. In turn, Coburn legally named one of the Garden’s hybrids “Richard Roe,” a name used in American and British case law when the actual name of a person cannot be given. This session will start at NTU CCA Singapore, where Coburn will introduce his orchid hybrid and elaborate on the conventions of naming, then conclude at Toh Garden with a tour led by Zhuo Hongyi.

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BIOGRAPHIES

Tyler Coburn (United States) works with writing, installation, performance, and sound, addressing historical and emergent forms of labour: from the artist to the data miner, the factory worker to the cognitariat. Coburn works in a research-oriented, interdisciplinary, and occasionally collaborative manner, involving the participation of those working within the fields in question. No matter the focus of a given project, there are certain questions that drive Coburn’s practice at large: What does creative (or “uncreative”) writing look like in the 21st century? How can an artwork engage the complexities of our legal, technological, and geopolitical networks? Finally, what becomes of “subjectivity” and “the self” within post-human discourse? Coburn received a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University and an MFA from the University of Southern California. He also served as a fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2014–15. His work has been presented at South London Gallery; Kunstverein Munich; Kunsthalle Wien; Western Front, Vancouver; Grazer Kunstverein; UCCA, Beijing; and Sculpture Center, New York. Coburn participated in the 11th Gwangju Biennale and the 10th Shanghai Biennale. His writing has appeared in e-flux journal, Frieze, Dis, Mousse, and Rhizome. Coburn was an NTU CCA Singapore Artist-in-Residence from June to July 2017.

Zhuo Hongyi (Singapore) is Project Manager at Toh Garden. Raised in a family of commercial orchid growers, Zhuo has a BSc in Life Sciences from National University Singapore. At Toh Garden, he is mainly responsible for the orchid projects, securing orchid supplies and designing orchidscapes for clients. Zhuo has managed projects with the National Orchid Garden, Gardens by the Bay, Orchid Country Club, and UBS AG, among others.

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A public programme of Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II.

Image caption: Tyler Coburn, Richard Roe, 2018, orchid hybrid legally named “Richard Roe” by the artist, custom glass pots fabricated by Verreum, performance and related texts. Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Courtesy the artist. 

Reading: Richard Roe by artist Tyler Coburn
16 Oct 2018, Tue 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Tyler Coburn will read from his forthcoming book, a fictional memoir of the legal person “Richard Roe” that accompanies his orchid hybrid of the same name. This text, a hybrid of an essay and stand-up comedy, describes a world populated by legal fictions that creep around the margins of selfhood—and increasingly dictate the terms of economic and political process. Coburn will read the first chapter of this book, which discusses everything from the ancient trials of objects to recent arguments for the legal personhood of rivers and other elements of the natural world.

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BIOGRAPHY

Tyler Coburn (United States) works with writing, installation, performance, and sound, addressing historical and emergent forms of labour: from the artist to the data miner, the factory worker to the cognitariat. Coburn works in a research-oriented, interdisciplinary, and occasionally collaborative manner, involving the participation of those working within the fields in question. No matter the focus of a given project, there are certain questions that drive Coburn’s practice at large: What does creative (or “uncreative”) writing look like in the 21st century? How can an artwork engage the complexities of our legal, technological, and geopolitical networks? Finally, what becomes of “subjectivity” and “the self” within post-human discourse? Coburn received a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University and an MFA from the University of Southern California. He also served as a fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2014–15. His work has been presented at South London Gallery; Kunstverein Munich; Kunsthalle Wien; Western Front, Vancouver; Grazer Kunstverein; UCCA, Beijing; and Sculpture Center, New York. Coburn participated in the 11th Gwangju Biennale and the 10th Shanghai Biennale. His writing has appeared in e-flux journal, Frieze, Dis, Mousse, and Rhizome. Coburn was an NTU CCA Singapore Artist-in-Residence from June to July 2017.

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A public programme of Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II.

Image caption: Tyler Coburn, Richard Roe (detail: drawing by Krisia Ayala), 2018, orchid hybrid legally named “Richard Roe” by the artist, custom glass pots fabricated by Verreum, performance and related texts. Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Courtesy the artist.