Research and academic programmes 2019

Research and academic programmes 2019

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

(1) Siah Armajani, Sacco and Vanzetti Reading Room #3, 1988. Courtesy the artist and MMK Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt. (2) Culture City. Culture Scape. Public Art Trail at Mapletree Business City II, artworks. Clockwise from top left: Zulkifle Mahmod, Sonic Pathways, 2017. Tomás Saraceno, Stillness in Motion, 3 Airborne Dwellings, 2017. Dan Graham, Elliptical Pavilion, 2017. Yinka Shonibare, Wind Sculpture, 2013. (3) Sissel Tolaas, Smellscape Singapore 2/42. Research Phase 1, detail, 2016. Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice (2017), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore. Image credits: (1) Axel Schneider, (2-4) NTU CCA Singapore.

April 18, 2019
Research and academic programmes 2019
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NTU CCA Singapore announces a series of exhibitions and public programmes addressing art and its relation to urban space for the new Academic Year 2019/20.

The Impossibility of Mapping (Urban Asia)
Publication, July/August 2019

Following the lifework (1960s to 2010) of visionary Singaporean architect William S. W. Lim, this edited volume is a critical compilation of responses from artists, architects, planners, and scholars engaging with Lim’s legacy of a critical spatial practice. Emerging from a past exhibition and conference on Lim’s idea of incomplete urbanism at NTU CCA Singapore, the volume contains research essays, artworks, visual-textual documentation, and spatio-temporal maps that grapple with the complexity of Southeast Asia, offering unexpected responses to the planning and building of living cities and urban spaces. 

Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy. 
Exhibition, NTU CCA Singapore, The Exhibition Hall, July 20–November 3, 2019

Celebrated Iranian-born artist Siah Armajani traversesarchitecture and conceptual art in sculptures, drawings, and public installations in his practice spanning fifty years. Informed by democratic ideologies and inspired by American vernacular architecture, his vast body of worksinclude gathering spaces for communality, emphasizing the “nobility of usefulness.” This exhibition—his first institutional presentation in Asia—unfolds along a large-scale installation, Sacco & Vanzetti Reading Room #3. A selection of models for public spaceshighlight the artist’s ideas and interests that could be summarised as “art on civic scale.”

Culture City. Culture Scape. Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere. 
Exhibition, NTU CCA Singapore, The Lab, August 23–November 3, 2019 

International Award for Public Art and Symposium, NTU CCA Singapore and Mapletree Business City, October 17–20, 2019
In collaboration with Shanghai University
NTU CCA Singapore will co-host the 2019 International Award for Public Art (IAPA) ceremony as part of Culture City. Culture Scape. Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere. The highest achievement in Public Art worldwide conferred by the Institute for Public Art, the award recognises artistic projects that articulate art-led urbanism, place-making, community building, and social practice. On the occasion of the 2019 edition of the IAPA, NTU CCA Singapore is pleased to present an exhibition in The Lab exploring the potential of corporate engagement in publicly accessible art in Singapore, alongside a symposium featuring keynote presentations by renowned scholars, artists and curators, that hopes to stimulate debate and reflect upon global discourses of art in urban space. 

The exhibition and IAPA are generously supported by Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd

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Culture City. Culture Scape.: Public Art Trail and Education Programme at Mapletree Business City II
Publication, September 2019

The publication is part of the Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore collaborationon education in the field of art in public spaces.Featuring in-depth interviews with the four internationally renowned artists—Dan Graham, Zulkifle Mahmod, Tomàs Saraceno, and Yinka Shonibare— who were commissioned to develop projects forMapletree Business City II, the publication also includes a dialoguewith Edmund Cheng, Chairman of Mapletree, highlighting corporate engagement in currentreal estate developments. 

Spaces of the Curatorial:

Master of Arts in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices
Call for applications: September 2019

The one-year, course-based Masters programme is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, and is designed to prepare graduates for professional positions in a diverse cultural landscape. Offered by the NTU School of Art, Design, and Media in collaboration with NTU CCA Singapore, this unique course is centred around the everyday requirements of museummanagement, art administration, and the interpretation, in the fields of art and cultural heritage, public and private art institutions, addressing the wider sphere of curatorial engagement.

About NTU CCA Singapore 
A leading international art institution, NTU CCA Singapore is a platform, host and partner creating and driven by dynamic thinking in its three-fold constellation: Exhibitions; Residencies Programme; Research and Academic Education. A national research centre for contemporary art of Nanyang Technological University, the Centre focuses on Spaces of the Curatorial. It brings forth innovative and experimental forms of emergent artistic and curatorial practices that intersect the present and histories of contemporary art embedded in social-political spheres with other fields of knowledge.

About Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore
This unique and pioneeringcollaboration between Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd and NTU CCA Singapore is focused on education on  art in public spaces, and featuresa series of public art installations, as well as a Public Art Education Programme at Mapletree Business City II to bring the arts closer to a variety ofcommunities.

About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore)
A research-intensive public university, NTU has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and its Graduate College. NTU’s campus is frequently listed among the top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) buildings.​ Besides its 200-ha lush green, residential campus in western Singapore, NTU has a second campus in the heart of Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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