As a research centre, the NTU CCA Singapore is dedicated to knowledge production, critical discourse and the exchange of ideas. The Centre’s programming is supported by a rigorous education and public programme consisting of Exhibition (de)Tours, film screenings, talks, workshops, symposiums, performances and open studios. By collaborating with artists and cultural practitioners from diverse fields of knowledge, the public programme aims to provide points of entry to engage with the key themes of the exhibition and artist practice. View Calendar
NTU CCA Singapore has been awarded the following grants in 2021:
Ministry of Education (MOE) Academic Research Fund Tier 2
Climate Crisis and Cultural Loss
Term of Funding: 1 March 2021 – 29 February 2024
This project examines how climate crisis and cultural loss interconnect. The core objective is the co-production of knowledge that can lead to a changed understanding of environmental justice, which, in turn, will suggest changes in existing legal and policy frameworks. The project hypothesises that a fundamental connection between people and their environments has been lost in contemporary urban contexts, resulting in feelings of indifference towards the climate crisis or unexplained feelings of climate anxiety.
It deploys a research team with transdisciplinary methods to build on emerging environmental jurisprudence in the Pacific region and produce narrative visualisations demonstrating the links between cultural loss and climate change.
By combining scholarly knowledge with cultural and artistic practices, the project will develop an innovative framework for addressing the impact of accelerated climate change. Using tools from visual studies and forensic architecture, from ethnography and law, to make scientific evidence on climate change socially robust and impactful, it will also create a relay between local perspectives and knowledge generated in different academic fields. Data visualisation and audiovisual presentations of ecological and cultural loss will be instrumental to transform ecological grief and loss into catalysts for climate action. Such narrative visualisations make visible the necessity to re-establish a direct relation between human societies and the environment, especially in the rapidly-changing urban fabric of a metropolis like Singapore.
National Arts Council (NAC) Research Grant
Understanding Southeast Asia as a “Geocultural Formation: Three Case Studies of Artistic Initiatives from the Region
Term of funding: 19 March 2021 – 31 December 2022
This research is an inquiry into curatorial, artistic, and academic networks of exchange that foster a pluriversal understanding of Southeast Asia. Three initiatives embedded in the local art community that demonstrate these transnational, transdisciplinary modes of engagement serve as case studies for this project:
1. Ong Keng Sen’s long-term curatorial initiative The Flying Circus Project (1994-2013), which took the Mekong River as one of its geographical nodes and as a site for interaction between different artistic forms.
2. Ho Tzu Nyen’s project, The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia (2012-present), which provides an indexical inquiry into the socio-political realm of the region.
3. The recently-founded journal Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia (2015-present), which features critical writing on Southeast Asian art.
The research into these networks which approach Southeast Asia as a “geocultural problem”, as raised by eminent Singapore art historian T.K. Sabapathy, intends to break away from the existing canon.
It aims to answer questions such as:
* How do these transnational initiatives contribute to a new understanding and production of knowledge of Southeast Asia?
* Can a lexicon, consisting of vernacular vocabulary such as ghosts and tigers (Ho Tzu Nyen), be used to determine a region?
* How can we generate knowledge from local and traditional artistic expressions around the Mekong River (The Flying Circus Project) that is creating a counter-map to national delineations?
* How can we foster a discursive space through a cultural domain (Southeast of Now) beyond the geographical?