Binna Choi (b. 1977, South Korea) is Director of Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Netherlands where she employs art and art institutional practice as a way to build a (micro) society in tandem with social movements. At Casco she has conceived and co-developed numerous long-term projects such as Composing the Commons (2013-2015) and Grand Domestic Revolution (2009/2010-2013). Her most recent curatorial projects include the three-day seminar Cultivate or Revolutionize? Life Between Apartment and Farmland (with Nikita Choi) at Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2014); the summer school and exhibition Group Affinity (with Bart van der Heide, 2011) at Kunstverein Münich, Munich, Germany; the 11th Gwangju Biennale, The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), Gwangju, South Korea (2016). As part of her practice, she also engages with writing, editing, publishing, and contributes to discursive platforms with lectures, discussions, and workshops. Choi has been a faculty member at the Dutch Art Institute/ Masters of Fine Arts Programme in Arnhem, Netherlands.
During the residency, Barbara London will connect with local artists and institutions in Singapore. Reflecting on her experiences at MoMA where she founded the video exhibition and collection programmes, London will deliver a public lecture that will touch upon the museums’ support of the medium from its early formative years to the present. She will also conduct a two-day professional short course titled Time-Based Media in Collections.
Syafiatudina will discuss the practice of organizing spaces with few initiatives, collectives, institutions which are related to arts and culture in Singapore. Furthermore, she wants to investigate on how a space for critical engagement can be established in Singapore where owning a place is consider to be a luxury.
Simon Soon is a Senior Lecturer in the Visual Art Department, Culture Centre, University of Malaya, Malaysia. His research focuses on 20th-century art in Southeast Asia. He is a member of the editorial collective of Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art and a team member of the Malaysia Design Archive. He was an Artist-in-Residence at NTU CCA Singapore in May 2015.
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.
Using Singapore as a case study, during the residency, Riksa Afiaty will explore the infrastructures of art institutions, economics, education, and production and the way in which these situations shape and affect art production. These investigations are part of Afiaty’s wider research on art infrastructures in Indonesia, and the conceptualisation of a new space and site of encounters whose commitments are in line with the political, societal as well as cultural shifts taking place both locally and globally.
Riksa Afiaty (b. 1986, Indonesia) lives and works in Jakarta. She recently co-curated with Charles Esche the exhibition Power and Other Things: Indonesia & Art (1835-NOW) at Bozar‚ Palais des beaux arts in Brussels for Europalia Art Festival 2017. She was part of the Curators Lab of the Jakarta Biennale 2015. As a member of the contemporary art organization ruangrupa from 2011 to 2016, she was involved with OK Video ‚ Indonesia Media Art Festival and ARTLAB. In 2013, she received a grant from Rumah Seni Cemeti to pursue her research on street art and graffiti. Her current research on non-Western models for art institutions is supported by a grant from the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.
A researcher and curator based in Berlin, Miya Yoshida develops different formats of projects based on her artistic research. She obtained her Master in Art History at Goldsmith College, University of London, and her PhD, Philosophy in Arts at Malmö Art Academy, Lund University. She has collaborated with art academies and universities in Germany, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia. Her recent curatorial projects include Amateurism (Heidelberger Kunstverein, 2012), Art and Measurement (Kunstraum, Lüneburg/ Archive Kabinett, Berlin, 2012-13, 2018) and the annual exhibition project,Sharing as Caring (Heidelberger Kunstverein, 2012–16, 2018–ongoing). With the support of Stiftung Kunstfonds. and Stiftung für modern und zeitgenössische Kunst, she published Art and Measurement, Towards (Im)Measurability of Art and Life (Archive Books, Berlin, 2017).
Responding to the context of the exhibition The Making of an Institution, Emily Pethick will present a talk on The Showroom, London, United Kingdom looking at its mission statement and how this was developed in tandem with the organisation’s development. This talk is part of Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review that brings together directors and founders of organisations that adopt critical and innovative strategies to advance the development of contemporary art practices and discourses. Pethick will also engage and connect with local artists and institutions.
Dirk Snauwaert will connect with local artists and explore the Singapore art scene as well as the larger region of Southeast Asia. Snauwaert will also give a public talk presenting ideas related to the exhibition Atopolis, organised by WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre (Brussels) in collaboration with Mons 2015 – European Capital of Culture, which presented a group of artists interested in phenomena of circulation, diaspora and cultural dislocation. Twenty-three artists temporarily installed a proposal for an atopolis, or for an ideal city, connected to everyplace or anyplace. Snauwaert will also provide insight into the institution he directs – WIELS which combines a set of complementary functions: exhibition, production through an international residency programme and a robust education focus.