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Mark Nash

Biography

Mark Nash is an independent curator and writer, until recently Professor and Head of Department, Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art London. He collaborated with Okwui Enwezor on The Short Century exhibition and Documenta11, both 2002 and Ute Meta Bauer on the 3rd Berlin Biennial 2004. Post Documenta11 he has written extensively on artists’ work with the moving image – both in his Experiments with Truth (Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philaelphia 2004-5) and his One Sixth of the Earth, ecologies of image at ZKM, Karlsruche and MUSAC, Leon. This latest exhibition continued to explore the artistic legacy of the formerly socialist countries, first explored in Reimagining October at Calvert 22 2009 (curated with Isaac Julien), which explored the artistic legacy of the Soviet period. Prior to joining the Royal College of Art, Mark Nash was Director of Fine Art Research at Central St Martins. He has also been a senior lecturer in Film History and Theory at the University of East London, and visiting lecturer on the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and the Film Curating MA at Birkbeck University of London. He holds a PhD from Middlesex University. He is currently working on two exhibitions: Socialist Friendship for Calvert22, London in 2015 and The Shadow Never Lies (with Joshua Jiang) for ZKM in 2016.

Research focus

1. Historical legacy of independence and liberation struggles and cold war politics, including the non-aligned movement, in terms of the different affective relationships these alternative world views propose particularly as realised in South East Asian art

2. Alternative philosophies and aesthetics of the moving image – e.g. how Chinese or Indonesian artists approach the moving image, and the concepts of the image embedded in their linguistic etymology

3. Moving image and photographic works along the Asian part of the Silk Road

Public programmes

NTU CCA Singapore presents: VeloCity as part of Art Stage Singapore
21 Jan 2016, Thu

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This programme of video works curated by NTU CCA Singapore Visiting Research Fellow Marc Glöde and Visiting Associate Professor Mark Nash centres around the rapid changes of urban environments and its impact on communal life. The presented video/films explore different features of the urban ranging from built environments to architecture(s) to rural zones within cities. VeloCity refers to the vast changes in urban planning and development and how communities transform in different parts of the world.

Works by Ute Adamczewski, Louidgi Beltrame, Dionisio Gonzålez, Taweewit Kijtanasoonthorn, Cocoy LumbaoYusuf RadjamudaTaiki Sakpisit, and Tintin Wulia.

Screening of selected films by Mark Nash, curator, writer, Visiting Associate Professor at NTU CCA Singapore and the School of Art, Design and Media Nanyang Technological University (United Kingdom/Singapore)
18 Mar 2016, Fri 7:30pm - 10:00pm

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Lives of Performers by Yvonne Rainer, USA, 1972, 90 min, English
Lives of Performers, the first feature film by the choreographer and co-founder of the Judson Dance Theater Yvonne Rainer, explores the overlapping and at times, disjunctive languages of cinema and performance. Developed from a dance performance choreographed by Rainer, it plays with generic conventions of melodrama to explore the dilemmas of women struggling to define themselves in relation to masculinist scripts.

Wind, Joan Jonas, USA, 1968, 5.37 min, Silent
Wind is a 1968 performance film. Cutting between snowy fields and a raw seashore, Jonas focuses on a group of performers moving through a windswept landscape. The 16mm film — silent, black and white, jerky, and sped-up — evokes early cinema, while its content locates it in the spare minimalism of the late 1960s.

Duet, Joan Jonas, USA, 1968, 4.25 min. English
Duet is a classic early video performance. In this seminal exploration of the phenomenology of video as a mirror and as “reality,” Jonas, face-to-face with her own recorded image, performs a duet with herself.

This screening is part of the Education and Public Programme of Joan Jonas: They Come to Us without a Word.

Mark Nash is an independent curator and writer, and, until recently, Professor and Head of Department, Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London. Currently he is at NTU CCA Singapore and the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University as Visiting Associate Professor. Nash was Director of Fine Art Research at Central Saint Martins and has been a senior lecturer in Film History and Theory at the University of East London, and visiting lecturer at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and the MA in Film Curating at Birkbeck University of London.

Image credit: Yvonne Rainer, still from Lives of Performers, 1972

Workshop and Screening of selected films by Mark Nash
19 Mar 2016, Sat 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Mark Nash will discuss selected works chosen from a period of intense experimentation with the new medium of video art. In their early works Richard Foreman, Terry Fox, and Martha Rosler explore quasi-didactic scenarios similar to those Jonas has employed in works including They Come to Us without a Word. They all share a minimalist aesthetic dictated by the limitations of the technology, in camera edits or rough mixes being the only ways of transition within the standard 30 minute recording tape.

This workshop and screening is part of the Education and Public Programme of Joan Jonas: They Come to Us without a Word.

Mark Nash is an independent curator and writer, and, until recently, Professor and Head of Department, Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London. Currently he is at NTU CCA Singapore and the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University as Visiting Associate Professor. Nash was Director of Fine Art Research at Central Saint Martins and has been a senior lecturer in Film History and Theory at the University of East London, and visiting lecturer at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and the MA in Film Curating at Birkbeck University of London.

Image credit: Joan Jonas, Production still from Mirage, 1976. Courtesy of the artist.