PUBLIC PROGRAMMES


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Organised by NTU CCA Singapore, the programme for Singapore Art Book Fair 2019 explores the medium of publishing as a research space. It brings together local, regional, and international publishers, writers, artists, and scholars who deal with what it means to publish about art as a knowledge-producing format and engage with its various discourses.

All programmes take place at The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, unless otherwise stated.



Friday, 28.06.19




1.

Opening Address


7:15 — 7:30pm
Speakers:
Renée Ting [SG], festival director




2.

Performances by
Bani Haykal [SG] & Ferry [SG]


7:30 — 8:00pm
Organiser:
Ujikaji [SG]
The beat writer William Burroughs wrote: "Word begets image and image is virus." The opening performances will comprise musicians who work heavily with foundations of words and text, transforming them into viral images through sound, voice, instruments, and technology.



Saturday, 29.06.19

*Registration at 10AM



1.

On Publishing

Panel

10:30am — 12:00pm
Speakers:

  • Shauba Chang [TW], Founder and Chief Editor, Waterfall

  • Victoria Hindley [US], Acquisitions Editor in Design and Visual Culture, The MIT Press

  • Trasvin Jittidecharak [TH], Founder Silkworm Books and Mekong Press

  • Li Qi [CN], Editor-in-Chief of LEAP, and Deputy Editor of The Art Newspaper China

  • Moderated by Ute Meta Bauer [DE/SG], Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, NTU School of Art, Design and Media

The conversation will revolve around the role of publishing art writing and cultural histories, with representatives from
both established and relatively young imprints questioning the role institutions play in creating a discursive space for writing art histories.



2.

On Critical Writing

Panel

2:00 — 3:30pm
Speakers:
  • Quinn Latimer [US/CH], poet, critic, editor

  • H. G. Masters [US/HK], Deputy Editor and Deputy Publisher, ArtAsiaPacific

  • Carlos Quijon, Jr [PH], writer, curator

  • Ema Tavola [FJ/NZ], artist-curator

  • Moderated by Qinyi Lim [SG], Curator, National Gallery Singapore
This discussion will focus on the contemporary landscape of critical writing. How do writers, scholars, and artists understand, define, and practise critical writing? It will examine why such writing is needed and what influence and role it plays not only within the art scene, but also within a broader discourse.



3.

On Publishing Series

Panel

4:00 — 5:30pm
Speakers:
  • Dr Ana Bilbao [MX/UK], Editor, Afterall

  • Helen Hughes [AU], Co-founder and Co-editor, Discipline

  • Verónica Sanchis Becomo [VZ/HK], Editor, Writer, and Founder of Foto Féminas

  • Peera Songkünnatham [TH], Aan Journal

  • Moderated by Mark Rappolt [UK], Editor-in-Chief, Art Review & Art Review Asia
Questions around current developments and discourses (or their lack of) will be the focus of this session. What affects and steers the critical reader/magazine landscape in the wider Asia-Pacific region and beyond?



4.

Improvised Ambient Set
by Kin Leonn [SG/UK]

 
7:30 — 8:00pm
Organiser:
KITCHEN. LABEL [SG/JP]
Utilising a palette of reverb-drenched guitar, synthesiser harmonies, and a system of MIDI-driven software triggers, Kin Leonn will construct a temporary world of immersive atmospheres using instinct and emotional response to sonic occurrence.



Sunday, 30.06.19




1.

Performing the Voice

Workshop

10:00am — 1:00pm 

The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

Workshop fee: S$35
Registration: performingthevoice.peatix.com

Instructor: Quinn Latimer [US/CH], poet, critic, editor


The centrality of performance in today’s contemporary art landscape suggests the explicit importance of the body and embodied practices in the visual art field. As it has become generally accepted that all culture is performance, as are all relations in the social sphere—inflected by gender, class, racial difference, citizenship, and so on—how do we distinguish, define, and practise the performative work that artists and writers do? How do we understand the production of meaning through the singular and social body—a body that includes an audience?

This workshop will focus on the performance of language—the voice—an everyday enactment that is often cast, inaccurately, as “natural,” inevitable, and unrehearsed. It will examine how the performance of language encourages the development of a radical subjectivity, as well as how a new kind of oral and literary culture—one that circulates through digital technologies via messaging and online practices—has transformed how we conceive of and perform language on a daily basis.



2.

Facebook Artist in Residence Programme: Open Form

Panel

12:30 — 1:30pm
Speakers:
  • Jessica Shaefer [US], Art Programming & Partnerships, Facebook

  • Pey Chuan Tan [SG], Art Curator & Producer, Facebook,

  • Genevieve Chua [SG], artist,

  • Speak Cryptic [SG], artist

  • Moderated by Melanie Pocock [SG], curator, writer, and Assistant Curator, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts
This panel discussion invites members of the FB Art Department to speak on the collaborative decisions that put together Open Form, a publication which celebrates the Facebook Artist in Residence (AIR) programme’s recent five-year anniversary. Open Form traces the development of the AIR programme's from its roots in the counterculture of San Francisco Bay Area, to its integration within the company’s hacker culture. Featuring over 200 art commissions worldwide, the book serves to replicate immersive artistic experiences through the medium of the analog book. Local AIR artists will also be present to share their views on creating analog art in a digital world, and how the AIR experience has influenced their practice.


3.

Seenthesis: Visual Literacy through Singapore Photography

In Conversation

2:00 — 3:00pm
Speakers:
  • Ang Song Nian [SG], artist, Lecturer, NTU School of Art, Design and Media

  • Guo Yixiu [SG], artist, educator

  • Moderated by Gwen Lee [SG], co-founder and Director, DECK

This conversation is an attempt to put together a resource book for school educators on creating engaging classroom art activities. Across 168 pages, with over 100 works by 28 photo artists, the book provides a basic fundamental overview of the medium and the social history of photography in Singapore. The launch presentation will share the concept and process in developing content to complement the school arts curriculum, and how Seenthesis ultimately hopes to enable visual literacy among youths through photography from Singapore.



4.

The City as…The City for…

Panel

5:00 — 6:30pm
Speakers:
  • Ute Meta Bauer [DE/SG], Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, NTU School of Art, Design and Media

  • Calvin Chua [SG], Adjunct Assistant Professor, Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

  • Woon Tien Wei [SG], artist/ curator.
The critical spatial discussions of this panel advances from an understanding of the built environments from regional perspectives and practices, that are situated within global discourse, focusing on regional bottom-up city planning that is informed by postcolonial heritages, tropical modernities, and global architectural approaches. Reflecting also the cultural formats of how we can engage in such questions, the discussion will offer a rich source of artistic/activist interventions and their imaginary of “art on a civic scale.”



Saturday and Sunday, 29—30.06.19




1.

Residences OPEN


2:00 — 7:00pm

Blocks 37 and 38 Malan Road
Featuring Artists-in-Residence:
  • Ang Song Nian [SG]
  • Tanatchai Bandasak [TH]
  • Wei Leng Tay [SG]
  • Iris Touliatou [GR]
  • Munem Wasif [BD]
  • Zarina Muhammad [SG]
Residencies OPEN provides a rare insight into the often introverted sphere of artist studios by profiling the diversity of contemporary art practices from around the globe and the divergent ways artists conceive an artwork with the studio as a space for experimentation and research.