Initiated in 1998 by Afterall, a Research Centre of the UAL and based at Central Saint Martins, Afterall journal focuses on artistic and cultural production in relation to broader theoretical, social, and political contexts from which both emerge. The journal was founded by Charles Esche (Netherlands) curator, writer, current Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and Mark Lewis (Canada/United Kingdom) artist and filmmaker.
Afterall journal is widely acknowledged for its in-depth analysis of artistic practices, contextual essays, engagement with exhibition histories and curatorial practices within various geographical constituencies. Through this publishing partnership, NTU CCA Singapore strengthens its mission to connect artistic practice with critical discourse within and beyond Southeast Asia. The Centre will actively contribute to expand Afterall journal cultural conversations and research in a fast-changing region defined by multilayered narratives, discrepant conditions of production across its vast geography, and intertwined cultural histories and experiences transversing national borders. NTU CCA Singapore is committed to support the critical work of scholars, curators, and art critics who are engaging with contemporary art in the region from within the context filling the gaps in the cultural history of the region, providing alternatives to Western-driven narratives, exploring cultural production through theoretical and political frameworks, and embracing new forms of writing.
Professor Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), Founding Director of NTU CCA Singapore, will serve as co-editor and the Centre’s Publications team will work closely with the editorial teams of Afterall’s journal wider family of institutional partners (academic and non-academic) including Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Belgium, The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada. The editorial team will pursue research, propose ideas, and select contributions shaping the content of the journal’s upcoming issues. Such research can feed also into other of Afterall’s publications: One Work, book series, focused on single artistic works and Exhibition Histories, likewise a monograph series offering critical analysis of influential exhibitions of contemporary art.
The journal is published twice a year, it benefits from a large distribution with a worldwide subscription management system, and bookstore distribution in Europe and North America managed by The University of Chicago Press. While access to several articles is available online, the journal unpacks and explores its content beyond the print and digital platform through symposia and screenings hosted by important academic and art institutions. As an editorial member, NTU CCA Singapore will play also an active role in various manifestations that engage with the journal’s content contributing to its production and disemination of ideas across and beyond the region.