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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.


Anne Szefer Karlsen

Residency period

19 September – 23 September 2016


Anne Szefer Karlsen (b. 1976, Norway) is a curator, writer and editor interested in artistic and curatorial collaborations as well as developing the language that surrounds art productions of today – linguistically, ideologically, spatially and structurally. She is currently Associate Professor for MA Curatorial Practice at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway.

Previously, Szefer Karlsen was Director of Hordaland Art Centre in Bergen, Norway (2008-2014); curator of Art Belongs to Those Who See it, the Norwegian Sculpture Biennial (2015); and co-curator of Just what is it that makes today so familiar, so uneasy, Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway (2013). She was also Associate Curator for Research and Encounters for Inventer le monde: l’artiste citoyen, Biennale Bénin (2012). Her writings have appeared in journals such as Afterall, Billedkunst and She is currently series editor for Dublett (2012 – 2016), a book series featuring artists’ works through anthologies and artists’ books.


Anne Szefer Karlsen will connect to and explore the Singapore art scene, investigating parallels between the Singaporean and Norwegian art environment. She will give a public presentation discussing the Scandinavian art book series Dublett (2012 – 2016). Each edition of Dublett consists of a new artist’s book and an anthology of commissioned texts on the artist or project at hand, written by contributors from a variety of disciplines that aim to cultivate art mediation within a book format. While in residence, Szefer Karlsen also aims to connect with artists, curators, writers and designers in Singapore, focusing on the intersections between editorial and curatorial practices.

Public programmes

Residencies Insights : Talk by Anne Szefer Karlsen (Norway), Curator-in-Residence
21 Sep 2016, Wed 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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Exploring the intersections between editorial and curatorial work, Curator-in-Residence, Anne Szefer Karlsen discusses the Scandinavian art book series, Dublett. Currently in its fourth edition, each  consists a new artist’s book and an anthology of commissioned texts on the artist or project at hand, written by contributors from a variety of disciplines that aims to cultivate art mediation within a book format.