Spaces of the Curatorial: South East Asia

Paul-Desmarais Theater
Tuesday, February 20 – 6:30 PM

Event organised by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with the CCA, UQAM and Hexagram.

Curator and director of the NTU CCA Singapore, Ute Meta Bauer investigates the profession of the curator in Southeast Asia, a region experiencing a time of increased global visibility as well as nation and institution building. In the Philippines and Singapore, a wide range of excellent museums and collections function like similar infrastructures globally. At other locations, the space of the curatorial is where art gets produced in studios, in artist residency programmes – often run by artists for artists – or in smaller organisations, most often also created by artists due to the lack of spaces to show art, to meet and to discuss. The profession of the curator is fairly new, and time and again it is artists that undertake to present their own work and those of their peers.

How do artists, curators and art historians engage with the intricacies of a particular place, and how do they respond to the specificities of the local under the expectations of the international? It is crucial to acknowledge the multitude of voices in this complex history of the region. What emerges is a highly diverse art system that shifts away from traditional formats to embrace new or alternative platforms-from symposia to fieldwork-with the aim of emphasizing producing and curating as a process of critical thinking that goes beyond presentations and representations.

The lecture will be followed by a conversation between Ute Meta Bauer, Barbara Clausen (Curator/Art Historian, UQAM) and Alice Jim, (Curator/Art Historian, Hexagram).


Biographical notes

Ute Meta Bauer
Ute Meta Bauer is the Founding Director of the NTU CCA Singapore and Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She was previously Associate Professor (2005-2012) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA where she served as the Founding Director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology. Bauer has been working for over three decades as a curator and director and since 1996 as a professor in contemporary art. She was Co-Curator for Documenta11, Artistic Director for the 3rd Berlin Biennale for contemporary art and the Founding Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway. She co-curated with Paul Ha, director of MIT List Center for Visual Art, the US Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale presenting eminent artist Joan Jonas. Recent publications include “Becoming Palm”, Symrin Gill/ Michael Taussig; “Theatrical Fields – Critical Strategies in Performance, Film and Video”; “South East Asia Spaces of the Curatorial”; “Tomás Saraceno: Arachnid Ochestra”; and “Place.Labour.Capital.”

Photo: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore


Listen to the full lecture, also available on Hexagram podcast channel

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