*Please note the change in time. The talk will now be held from 8.30 – 9.30pm.*
NTU CCA SINGAPORE 5th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Take this opportunity to meet our International Advisory Board Members Doryun Chong, Deputy Director & Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis, Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, University of Melbourne, and Professor Ashley Thompson, Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art, SOAS University of London, and hear their views on the role of art institutions and their potential to engage in global conversations.
Doryun Chong (South Korea/Hong Kong) is Deputy Director & Chief Curator at M+, a new museum of visual culture, which will open its Herzog and de Meuron-designed building in 2020 in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. Appointed as the inaugural Chief Curator in 2013, Chong oversees all curatorial activities and programs including acquisitions, exhibitions, learning and public programs, and digital initiatives encompassing the museum’s three main disciplinary areas of design and architecture, moving image, and visual art. Some of the exhibitions he has curated at M+ include Mobile M+: Live Art, Tsang Kin-Wah: The Infinite Nothing, Hong Kong in Venice (both 2015), and Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint (forthcoming 2018). Prior to joining M+, Chong worked in various curatorial capacities at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2003–2009) and MoMA, New York (2009–2013).
Nikos Papastergiadis (Australia) is the Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, based at The University of Melbourne. He is a Professor in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne and Founder – with Scott McQuire – of the Spatial Aesthetics research cluster. He is Project Leader of the Australian Research Council Linkage Project, “Large Screens and the Transnational Public Sphere,” and Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project “Public Screens and the Transformation of Public Space.” His long involvement with the groundbreaking international journal Third Text, as both co-editor and author, was a formative experience in the development of an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research model, which continues to inform his research practice. His publications include Spatial Aesthetics: Art Place and the Everyday (2006), and Cosmopolitanism and Culture (2012). He is also the author of numerous essays, which have been translated into over a dozen languages and appeared in major catalogues such as the Biennales of Sydney, Liverpool, Istanbul, Gwangju, Taipei, Lyon, Thessaloniki, and Documenta 13.
Ashley Thompson (United Kingdom) is Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art at SOAS University of London, where she leads the Research and Publications division of the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme. She is a specialist of Cambodian cultural history, with a focus on classical and pre-modern arts and literatures. Objects of analysis include sculpture, ritual practices and texts, as well as other forms of fine and performing arts. The Cambodian case is informed by research on the larger South and Southeast Asian context with a view to theorising politico-cultural formations. Formative experiences include working under Hélène Cixous for her PhD, under Vann Molyvann for the creation of a Cambodian national management structure for Angkor, and with the Théâtre du Soleil and Phare Ponleu Selpak on the direction of a Cambodian production of Cixous’ Terrible but Unfinished Story of Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia. Recent publications include Engendering Cambodia: Territory, Sovereignty and Sexual Difference in the Inventions of Angkor (2016); “Hiding the female sex: a sustained cultural dialogue between India and Southeast Asia” (2017); “Emergenc(i)es: History and the Auto-Ethnographic Impulse in Contemporary Cambodian Art” (2017).
Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore) is Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, NTU ADM. Previously, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, where she also served as Founding Director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology. For more than three decades, Bauer has worked as curator of exhibitions and presentations, connecting contemporary art, film, video, and sound through transdisciplinary formats. She publishes regularly on artistic and curatorial practice. Bauer served as expedition leader of TBA21–Academy The Current 2015–18 exploring the Pacific Archipelago and littorals that are most impacted by climate change and human interventions in their environments.
A public programme of Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II.
Image credit: (L–R) Doryun Chong, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis, and Professor Ashley Thompson