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Acts of Life
Public Programme

25 Jan 2019, Fri - 26 Jan 2019, Sat
Various locations around NTU CCA

Acts of Life is a collaboration of NTU CCA Singapore and MCAD Manila, commissioned by the Goethe-Institut Singapore and Goethe-Institut Manila.

After an open call with an overwhelming response of 180 international applicants, 16 artists, writers, theorists from the region and Germany have been selected by a curatorial board to participate in a month-long residency in Manila and Singapore. Structured to encourage the heterogeneity and multiplicity of exchange through which a critical research residency is manifested, the transdisciplinary project seeks to explore the relationship between environments and humankind in times of rapid urbanisation and digitalisation.   

The Acts of Life Public Programme is a constellation of selected artistic research outputs culminated over the period and will happen during Singapore Art Week on 25 and 26 January 2019 and in Manila in February 2019.

Presented in an open studio accompanied with live activations, the presentation shows selected works in progress and is an encounter of how the research residency unfolds: the fostering of intellectual exchanges, lines of enquiry and the initiation of potential discourses around the intersections between art, nature, urbanity, and technology.


Curatorial Advisory Board

Prof. Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media NTU,María Jocelina Cruz, Director & Curator, MCAD Manilla, Prof. Patrick Flores, Professor, Department of Art Studies, University of Philippines and Curator, Vargas Museum Manilla, Asst. Prof. Sophie Goltz, Deputy Director, Research & Academics Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media NTU, Khim Ong, Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore.


For more information on the participants and programme, please see


Public Programmes

Open Studio:

25 January 2019, 7.00 – 11.00pm

26 January 2019, 2.00 – 7.00pm

Buen Calubayan (Philippines), Jayson C. Jimenez (Philippines), Stanya Kahn (United States), Miljohn Ruperto (Philippines), Charmaine Koh (Singapore), Ida Roscher (Germany), Roopesh Sitharan (Malaysia), Tromarama (Indonesia)

Venue: Block 38 Malan Road #01-05

In parallel with the NTU CCA Residencies Open Studios



Friday, 25 January, 7.00pm


Sound performance by Stefan Römer (Germany), in collaboration with Bani Haykal (Singapore), artist

Venue: Block 43 Malan Road, Entrance (outdoor)


Friday, 25 January, 9.00 – 10.00pm

Black Swans, Butterflies and Elephants

Lecture performance by Jayson C. Jimenez and Ida Roscher

Venue: Block 38 Malan Road #01-05



Saturday, 26 January, 2.00 – 3.00pm


With Phuong Phan (Vietnam), and Panel Speaker Dr. Chang Jiat Hwee, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, with reference to Jef Geys: Quadra Medicinale Singapore

Venue: The Exhibition Hall, Block 43 Malan Road



Saturday, 26 January, 4.00 – 6.00pm

Sensing the World

By Buen Calubayan (Philippines) in collaboration with Deo Briones (Philippines), musician and facilitator

Venue: The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road


Number of participants is limited (12 persons), please register here:


Image caption: Participants at the beginning of the Acts of Life critical research residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila. Image courtesy of MCAD Manila.