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Reloaded, Art in Public Space Singapore with Priyageetha Dia and Seelan Palay

28 Sep 2019, Sat 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Guided tour at The Lab: Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere
3.30pm – 4.00pm

Conversation with Priyageetha Dia (artist, Singapore) and Seelan Palay (artist, founder Coda Culture, Singapore)
4.00pm – 5.00pm 

Guided tour: Public Art Trail at Mapletree Business City II
5.00pm – 5.30pm
No registration required.


With Priyageetha Dia (artist, Singapore) and Seelan Palay (artist, founder Coda Culture), moderated by Sophie Goltz (Deputy Director, Research, NTU CCA Singapore and Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University)

In this conversation, Dia will introduce her artistic intervention Golden Staircase (2017). Taking over a block of steps from a HDB staircase in Jalan Rajah, the work stirred controversy and public debate on how contemporary art could relate to the built environment we live in. The debate was exceptionally amplified on social media. Palay will discuss his artistic practice and his public performance 32 Years: The Interrogation of a Mirror (2018), a conceptual work in progress. In 2018, the public (performative) action led to his arrest and resulted in an island-wide debate around what can be considered a work of art in public. The discussion with both artists will look into recent urban developments and artistic approaches in the public sphere.



Priyageetha Dia (b. 1992) is an emerging artist whose practice lean towards public site-specific installations and is best known for her controversial work Golden Staircase (2017) and Golden Flags (2018). In particular, Dia is interested in bridging the banality of lived spaces and the act of subversion using the medium of gold. Presently, she is involved in research work on public space with US-American artist Martha Rosler and Thai artist Rikrit Tiravanija at Hong Kong. She graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore in 2016. Contributing to the discourse of what constitutes art in Singapore, Dia continues to push the boundaries with new perspectives of art in public spaces.

Seelan Palay (b. 1984) is a visual artist from Singapore whose practice focuses on the concerns and complex conditions found in our present-day, globalised society. Having studied Fine Art at LASALLE College of the Arts, he works with mixed media, installation, performance, film and sound. Palay is founder of the local independent art space, Coda Culture, which has been actively running since 2018.


On the occasion of Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere, a research presentation supported by Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, NTU CCA Singapore presents a series of talks by visual artists whose recent works refer to the present and history of public spaces in Singapore through performative and installation-based interventions such as sculptural and graphic works.