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NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2020, Guest-curated by IdeasCity, New Museum, New York

15 Feb 2020, Sat - 22 Feb 2020, Sat
The Exhibition Hall, Block 43 Malan Road

Programme on 22 February 2020 


Start and Finish by Ute Meta Bauer and Vere van Gool
Dialogues by Shumon Basar and Ho Rui An on capitalism and the extreme self
Lecture by Kirsten Han on emergent medias and speech
Film screening by ila
Presentation by Heman Chong on archives as commons
Lecture Screening by Marwa Arsanios on ecofeminism and community
Presentation by Monica Narula on submarine horizons
Performance by Radha “Midnight Masala”
Hologram lecture by Audrey Tang
Conversation between Becca D’Bus and Fellows on solidarity with nature
Discussion by Shumon Basar, Heman Chong, Vere van Gool, Charles Lim, and Zarina Muhammad on sovereignty and indigenous contexts
Lecture by Emeka Ogboh on food diasporas
Reading by Alfian Sa’at on the poetics of migration
Presentations by House of Natural Fiber and the Land Foundation on strategies for combatting climate change
Video Presentation by Angela Dimayuga on culture and cookbooks
Discussion by Ute Meta Bauer, Vanessa Ho, and Prasoon Kumar on trust networks and sustainability
Kitchen Mapping Workshop by Bakudapan Food Study Group
VR Demo by Rindon Johnson on speculative futures
Roundtable by Fellows
Live Music by Bani Haykal
Lecture Screenings by Kunlé Adeyemi, Eleena Jamil, and Bouchra Khalili on the poetics of migration
Start and Finish by Ute Meta Bauer and Vere van Gool



Due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Ministry of Health (MOH) has advised and implemented safeguards to prevent the spread of the virus. NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore is working closely with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in responding timely and appropriately, to ensure that NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2020, guest-curated by IdeasCity, New Museum, does not pose any health risks to all involved.

The event is progressing ahead with some adjustments including temperature screenings for all visitors and staff accessing the Centre’s premises, as well as declarations of symptoms and travel history (including details for contact tracing). Staff members are additionally required to monitor and log their temperatures twice daily. These measures are consistent with the current MOH advisory.

The public programme on 22 February will be live streamed. We will share the livestream link shortly when it is available. 

NTU CCA Singapore is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all staff, collaborators and visitors, and will continue to comply with official advisories.


NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2020

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and the New Museum are pleased to announce participants and collaborators for the second edition of the NTU CCA Ideas Fest, IdeasCity Singapore, guest-curated by IdeasCity, taking place in Singapore and across Southeast Asia from February 15 to 22, 2020.

Building upon the NTU CCA Singapore’s research theme Climates. Habitats. Environments. and IdeasCity’s exploration of the role of art and culture beyond the walls of the museum, IdeasCity Singapore’s residency and public program will examine the urgency of solidarity structures in negating climate change and its impact on Southeast Asia and communities worldwide.

Twenty practitioners have been selected from an international open call for the residency program at the NTU CCA Singapore to develop independent research at the intersection of art and ecology. Throughout the residency, participants will engage in workshops and lectures presented by local artists, practitioners, and community leaders, including Heman Chong, Lynette Chua, Drama Box, Charles Lim, Zarina Muhammad, and Post-Museum, along with organizations such as New Naratif, The Projector, Singapore Community Radio, soft/WALLS/studs, and The Substation.

Residency Fellows include: Francisco Brown (United States), Jane Chang Mi (United States), Kar-men Cheng (Singapore), Lingying Chong (Singapore), Chloe C. Chotrani (Philippines/Singapore), Calvin Chua (Singapore), Fataah T. Dihaan (United States), ila (Singapore), Heider Ismail (Singapore), Lily Kwong (United States), Clarissa Ai Ling Lee (Malaysia), Michelle Lai (Singapore), Kwan Q Li (Hong Kong), Angela Mayrina (Indonesia/United Kingdom), John Kenneth Paranada (Philippines/United Kingdom), Patricia Sayuri (Japan/Brazil), Pen Sereypagna (Cambodia), Shahmen Suku (Singapore/Australia), Ruby Thiagarajan (Singapore), Dat Vu (Vietnam), Nikan Wasinondh (Bow) (Thailand) and Jason Wee (Singapore). For more information please visit:

On February 22, 2020 at NTU CCA Singapore, IdeasCity Singapore will present and broadcast a series of dialogues between local and international artists and community leaders on topics including food sovereignty (Angela Dimayuga and Emeka Ogboh), underground archives (Heman Chong and Monica Narula of Raqs Media Collective), image and power (Ho Rui An and Shumon Basar), ecofeminism (Marwa Arsanios), and traces of migration (Kunlé Adeyemi, Eleena Jamil, Bouchra Khalili and Alfian Sa’at). A sequence of debate circles will examine the roles of solidarity and speculation in addressing climate injustice, featuring interdisciplinary perspectives from speakers such as Becca D’Bus, Kirsten Han, Prasoon Kumar and Zarina Muhammad.

Workshops and conversations facilitated by Bakudapan Food Study Group and a presentation of new VR work by artist Rindon Johnson will invite select audiences to engage directly with artists envisioning pathways to equitable and sustainable futures. The programme will also feature screenings, showings, and remarks by performance artist ila and Digital Minister of Taiwan, Audrey Tang.

Responding to the context of climate crisis, in which artists, activists, and scholars around the world are working today, IdeasCity Singapore will include a series of programmes across Southeast Asia in collaboration with The Forest Curriculum and Nomina Nuda (Los Baños, Philippines), Malaysia Design Archive (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), House of Natural Fiber (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), The Land (Chiang Mai, Thailand),  Sàn Art (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (Boston, United States).

Facilitated by IdeasCity and workshopped at NTU CCA Singapore with an advisory council of Singaporean community members whose work exemplifies equitable practices, a community agreement was developed that details best practices for achieving an accountable, sustainable, and authentic collaboration in Singapore.

For more information

NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2020 is guest-curated by IdeasCity, New Museum, New York.

IdeasCity Singapore is conceived and organized by Vere van Gool with Gabe Gordon, Nicholas Liong, Gregory Ng Yong He, and Karen Wong at the New Museum, as well as Ute Meta Bauer, Karin Oen, Magdalena Magiera, Leong Min Yu Samantha, and Ze-Tian Lim at NTU CCA Singapore.

NTU CCA Ideas Fest is a platform to catalyze the critical exchange of ideas and encourage thinking outside the box. It is a bottom-up approach linking the artistic and the academic with community groups and grassroots initiatives. The pilot edition, Cities for People (2016–17), expanded on artistic interventions and engaged with contemporary issues such as air, water, food, environment, and social interaction in connection to artistic and cultural fields, academic research, and design applications. This second iteration in 2020 coincides with the exhibition The Posthuman City. Climates. Habitats. Environments (November 23, 2019–March 15, 2020) at NTU CCA Singapore.

About IdeasCity
IdeasCity is a collaborative, civic, and creative platform that starts from the premise that art and culture are essential to the future vitality of cities. This international initiative provides a forum for designers, artists, technologists, and policymakers to exchange ideas, identify challenges, propose solutions, and engage the public’s participation. The initiative was cofounded at the New Museum by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis, Director, and Karen Wong, Deputy Director. Previous international IdeasCity programs have taken place in Istanbul (2012), São Paulo (2013), Athens (2016), Arles (2017), and Toronto (2018).

About New Museum
The New Museum is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a center for exhibitions, information, and documentation about living artists from around the world. From its beginnings as a one-room office on Hudson Street to the inauguration of its first freestanding building on the Bowery designed by SANAA in 2007, the New Museum continues to be a place of experimentation and a hub of new art and new ideas.





Image: Ho Rui An, Green Screen Studio, Medan, c. 1898, 2016. Print mounted on acrylic glass with aluminium backing, 40 x 30.7 in (101.6 x 78.1 cm). Courtesy the artist.