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Singapore Art Book Fair 2014

13 November 2014 — 16 November 2014

NTU CCA Singapore Curatorial Programme :

publishing as expanded form

NTU CCA Singapore’s curatorial programme explores the activity of art publishing in all its diverse aspects from a professionalised industry to self-led endeavor; from an artistic to a curatorial medium. The series of events and presentations bring forward recent developments in the field of art publishing and highlights its ability to embrace new formats of production and distribution. A publication conventionally is in print but can also exist as an exhibition, performance or a durational, accumulative project. Artists and curators bring publishing beyond the format of the art book or exhibition catalogue into the realm of live performance and exhibition-making.

Curated by Anca Rujoiu (Curator, Exhibitions). Otherwise stated, all events take place at Block 43, CCA Singapore Section.


Permanent presentations:

Slide Show

A curatorial project by Charlotte Cheetham

Slide Show takes the form of an ongoing series of video by publishers, artists, designers, booksellers, and others working in the contemporary field of independent art and design publishing.

Charlotte Cheetham is a French curator based in Paris. Her printed projects and exhibitions focus on common issues in graphic design and art incarnated in specific curatorial and editorial practices.


B.O.O.K: Basic object of knowledge — the contemporary book and its model

A curatorial project by Danné Ojeda

Basic object of knowledge — the contemporary book and its model, features woks of contemporary graphic designers such as Irma Boom, Theseus Chan, Sara De Bondt, Karel Martens, Mevis & van Deursen, Danne Ojeda, Ingeborg Scheffers and Hansje van Halem. The project showcases physical transformations to the book anatomical canon to examine how the object book expresses through its materiality and form. It also pays attention to the collaborative efforts between designers, printers, publishers and editors, among other relevant agents in the field; in order to devise innovative reading systems that significantly improve communication.

Danné Ojeda is currently Associate Professor in the School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Danné Ojeda’ s work engages graphic design, art practice and theory.

This project was developed with the support of: School of Art, Design and Media, ADM, Nanyang Technological University, NTU and the Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (CCA Singapore).


It’s Moving from I to It – The Play

Directed by Tim Etchells, Commisioned by FormContent, documentation performance

It’s Moving from I to It – The Play is the translation of the eponymous FormContent’s curatorial programme into a play written and directed by British artist and writer Tim Etchells. Using text, visual material and performance to explore issues of authorship, language and institutional rhetoric, the play instigates a unique dialogue with the context in which each performance is given, allowing a reflection on different modes of cultural production and dissemination.

FormContent is a curatorial initiative, founded in 2007 with the intent of experimenting with exhibition formats and fostering collaborations that challenge the reciprocity of artistic and curatorial practices. Its current programme It’s moving from I to it has been developed as a nomadic curatorial project under the format of a script.

Public programmes

Studio Session Performance - An alternative ensemble: articles of music by Bani Haykal
13 Nov 2014, Thu 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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In 2011, Bani Haykal presented an alternative ensemble as part of his Associate Artist Research Programme with The Substation involving musicians of various backgrounds performing music centred around graphic notation. The second presentation of “an alternative ensemble” consists of new works that rely on text as a musical score that were developed during the artist’s research residency with the CCA Singapore, looking at culture as a social control mechanism.

Bani Haykal is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans the fields of visual and literal performances, using music and sound.

Talk: Sister publications by Aimee Lin in conversation with Lee Weng Choy
15 Nov 2014, Sat 11:30am - 12:30pm

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Aimee Lin will introduce the Asian edition of the ArtReview launched in 2013, its specific perspective and methodology in relation to the London-based edition.

Aimee Lin was the founding Editor of LEAP, a bilingual magazine on China contemporary art, where she left in 2012 as the Acting Editorial Director. Since 2013, she is the Editorial Director Asia for the British art magazine ArtReview and oversees its sister magazine ArtReview Asia.

Lee Weng Choy is the president of the Singapore Section of the International Association of Art Critics; he was a former artistic co-director of The Substation arts centre from 2000 to 2009. He has collaborated with the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore on various projects including: NTU CCA Talks at Art Stage (2013 & 2014); Free Jazz (2013) and No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia (2014). Lee has published widely on contemporary art, culture and Singapore, including contributions to the collections, Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985, and Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art.

Artist’s talk: Printing for the streets - The Nước Mía Printing Press Project
15 Nov 2014, Sat 4:00pm - 5:30pm

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Vietnamese artists Giang Nguyen and Richard Streitmatter-Tran bring old printing techniques to the street. The Nước Mía Printing Press Project takes an experimental, DIY approach by turning a traditional sugar cane street vending cart into a working mobile printing press.

Talk: Discursive approaches in publishing by Magdalena Magiera
15 Nov 2014, Sat 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Magdalena Magiera will focus on different approaches in the field of publishing drawn from her experience with mono.kultur, an independent interview magazine from Berlin and frieze magazine.

Magdalena Magiera is an independent curator and editor of mono.kultur, a quarterly interview magazine and has worked as managing editor of frieze d/e. She co-curated Based in Berlin (2011), as well as exhibitions for The Building and SPLACE in Berlin. She was the project manager of maybe education public programs dOCUMENTA13 (2012) and unitednationsplaza (2006-08) in Berlin. Currently she works for e-flux exhibitions and public programs in New York.

Artist’s talk: Artist as Writer by Charwei Tsai
16 Nov 2014, Sun 11:00am - 12:30pm

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Taiwanese born artist, Charwei Tsai utilises a variety of media in a socially engaging, performative practice addressing the transient nature of our natural and cultural environment. She is the founder of Lovely Daze, a curatorial journal of artists’ writings and artworks established in 2005. The publication aspires to provide a platform for artists to present first hand their writings and artworks, to explore conversely how theories substantiate practice, and how thoughts corporealize through writing and making art.

Talk: Self-publishing in Singapore by Melvin Tan and Kimberly Shen
16 Nov 2014, Sun 4:00pm - 5:30pm

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This talk will focus on the field of self-publishing in Singapore by exploring new initiatives.

Kimberly Shen is a curator and arts administrator from Singapore. She is the co-founder and editor of ellipsis journal, a London/Singapore print-based platform. The journal focuses on ideas that may normally be omitted or unheard, and encourages taking a new approach to old ideas. By using one letter per issue as a theme, the journal hopes to open up a discourse of multiple ideas and voices, creating a tangible collection of written and visual thoughts.

Melvin Tan is an artist and designer whose practice often involves sculpture, image-making and editorial matter. His works celebrate and challenge issues pertaining to aesthetics, visual culture and the internet.