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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.


Krist Gruijthuijsen

Residency period

2 April – 8 April 2018


Krist Gruijthuijsen (Netherlands/Germany) is Director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin and Course Director of the Master of Fine Arts Department at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. From 2012 to 2016, he was Artistic Director of the Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria. He is one of the co-founding directors of Kunstverein in Amsterdam and has organised numerous projects and exhibitions for institutions such as Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, United States (2013); Artists Space, New York, United States (2009); Manifesta 7, Trentino – South Tyrol, Italy (2008); Swiss Institute, New York, United States (2007); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (both 2006) amongst many others. 


During the residency, Krist Gruijthuijsen will connect with local artists and institutions in Singapore. He will present a talk titled The Ouroboros Effect featuring a selection of projects initiated over the past decade that reflect upon the importance in his curatorial practice of the artist’s voice and of the material and social conditions of artistic production.

Photo by Ali Kepenek.

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: The Ouroboros Effect talk by Krist Gruijthuijsen (Netherlands/Germany), Curator-in-Residence
4 Apr 2018, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Influenced by his background in theatre and previous experience as an artist, Krist Gruijthuijsen’s curatorial projects play an integral part in his artistic practice. Giving pride of place to the artist’s voice, he employs different models of representation to address the social and political role of the artist and to unearth urgencies, complexities, and pragmatics involved in the production, presentation, and reception of art within complex networks and systems of exchange. Expanding upon these lines of inquiry, Gruijthuijsen will present a selection of projects initiated over the past decade—ranging from exhibitions, lectures, and public programmes—that reflect upon the material conditions of art production and artists’ sustenance, considering how the ways in which artists socialise, dress, speak, think, and behave influence the making of an artwork as well as its relationship to the market.