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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.


Barbara London

Residency period

13 March – 27 March 2018


Between 1973 and 2013, Barbara London (United States) was curator at MoMA where she founded the video exhibition and collection programmes. She is also a pioneer of the integration of the Internet into curatorial practice. Among the exhibitions she organised are one-person shows with early mavericks such as Nam June Paik, Steina Vasulka, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Bill Viola, VALIE EXPORT, Laurie Anderson, and Zhang Peili. Her thematic projects have included Looking at Music, parts 1-3 (2008–2011) and Soundings: A Contemporary Score (2013). Her writings have appeared in a range of catalogues and journals, including ArtForumYishuLeonardoArtAsiaPacificArt in AmericaModern Painter, and Image Forum. Currently, she is completing a book with Phaidon and is teaching at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, United States.


During the residency, Barbara London will connect with local artists and institutions in Singapore. Reflecting on her experiences at MoMA where she founded the video exhibition and collection programmes, London will deliver a public lecture that will touch upon the museums’ support of the medium from its early formative years to the present. She will also conduct a two-day professional short course titled Time-Based Media in Collections.

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: History is a Story: Thoughts about Media as Art, lecture by Barbara London (United States), Curator-in-Residence
14 Mar 2018, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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In this lecture, Barbara London examines how video monitors and installations challenged the white cube. Back in the 1970s, art museums operated with object-oriented categories. Meanwhile Land Art, with its spatial site specificity, Performance Art, with its abstract notions of duration, and electronic music, with its manipulation of the electronic signal, all challenged existing conventions by propelling contemporary art beyond the limitations of the gallery’s four walls. Looking at video’s relationship to performance, theater, feminism, and politics, London will discuss the factors that facilitated museums’ support of video in its dynamic early years while also addressing one of the most pressing questions in the field today: As memory and technologies fade away, are media acquisitions destined to become conceptual works?