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Acts of Life: Critical Research Residency in Manila and Singapore

26 October 2018 — 25 November 2018

An interdisciplinary collaboration of NTU CCA Singapore and MCAD Manila commissioned by Goethe-Institut Singapore and Goethe-Institut Manila

Inclusive dates: 
26 October – 12 November 2018 [Manila] 
12 November – 25 November 2018 [Singapore]

Acts of Life is a collaboration of NTU CCA Singapore and MCAD Manila, commissioned by the Goethe-Institut Singapore and Goethe-Institut Manila.
This critical research residency and presentation project seeks to explore the relationship between environments and humankind in times of rapid urbanisation and digitalisation. The project is transdisciplinary in nature and lends itself to discussions between fields of art, philosophy, sociology, urbanism, and technology. After an open call with an overwhelming 180 international applicants, 16 artists, writers, theorists from the region and Germany have been selected by the curatorial board.
The first part of the 4-week critical research residency programme started on 27 October in Manila. Continuing on this journey of knowledge inquiry, the second part of the residency programme commences on 12 November in Singapore, and will include public lectures by Dr Welyne Jeffrey Jehom and Dr Yvonne Volkart.

The 16 residents are: 

Michaela Büsse, Buen Calubayan, Hung DuongJayson C. Jimenez, Stanya KahnJennifer Katanyoutanant, Charmaine KohPhuong PhanStefan Römer, Ida RoscherMiljohn Ruperto, Roopesh SitharanNuriye Tohermes, Tromarama (Febie BabyroseHerbert Hans, and Ruddy Hatumena).

The selection committee and artistic team will consist of:

Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
Joselina Cruz, Director and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila
Patrick Flores, PhD, Professor, University of the Philippines, Department of Art, and Curator of the Vargas Museum, Manila
Sophie Goltz, Deputy Director Research and Academic Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore and Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
Khim Ong, Deputy Director Curatorial Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore


Public Programmes

Lecture: The Future of Intangible Knowledge with Reference to Pua Kumbu by Dr Welyne Jeffrey Jehom, Head of Research, Centre for Malaysian Indigenous Studies, and Lecturer, Anthropology & Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya
Read more here.

Lecture: Technologies of the Ecological after the Anthropocene by Dr Yvonne Volkart, lecturer and researcher, IaeP, Academy of Art and Design, FHNW Basel
Read more here.


About Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institut of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. Goethe-Institut promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. It conveys a multi-layered and contemporary image of Germany by providing information about its cultural, social and political life. With a worldwide network of institutes and centres in over 150 locations, the Goethe-Institut forms close partnerships at both the local and the regional levels with artists, cultural professionals, researchers, educational experts and institutions. Its cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility. The Goethe-Institut is a partner for all who actively engage with culture and education, working independently and without political ties. Its interdisciplinary work brings together people from different disciplines, cultures and countries. These encounters are open and creative, paving the way for new developments and creating sustainable relations for the future.

About NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

Located in Gillman Barracks, the NTU CCA Singapore is a national research centre of Nanyang Technological University and is supported by a grant from the Economic Development Board. The Centre is unique in its threefold constellation of research and academic programmes, international exhibitions, and residencies, positioning itself as a space for critical discourse and diverse forms of knowledge production, focusing on Spaces of the Curatorial in Singapore, Southeast Asia, and beyond.


About Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

As part of the artistic community of the College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) is a unique institution that offers the experience of and exposure to contemporary art and its various publics, with a focus on Manila, Philippines as context. Distinct for its position as a non-collecting institution, MCAD’s contemporary art exhibitions, public programs, as well as other cultural and art-inspired undertakings showcase the possibilities of technology, new media and presents content that encourages engagement with art and culture, its practice and production, as well as its presentation and interpretation.