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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.


Mechtild Widrich

Residency period

22 November – 28 November 2016


Mechtild Widrich (Austria) is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), United States. Her work focuses on performance art, aesthetic theory, and global art geographies. Her book Performative Monuments: The Rematerialisation of Public Art was published with Manchester University Press, 2014. She has written for Grey Room, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Art Journal, The Drama Review (TDR), Performance Art Journal (PAJ), and Texte zur Kunst. She has edited books on Ugliness (London, 2013), Participation in Art and Architecture (London, 2015), and Presence (Berlin 2016), among others.


Working on the expansion of global art geographies, Writer-in-Residence Mechtild Widrich has previously focused her analysis on the opening of the National Gallery Singapore. While in residence, Widrich will expand her research and connect with local artists, curators and art administrators whose work revolves around performance art and issues related to urban development and museum studies.

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: Art, Capital and the City talk by Mechtild Widrich, Writer-in-Residence
23 Nov 2016, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Following the rise of the global gallery and biennale circuit, Mechtild Widrich will investigate the way contemporary art hubs, museums and artists engage with local and visiting audiences while navigating the tensions between national interests, local communities, and global art discourses.

Concurrently, Widrich will address the way current worldwide image circulation and rapid urban development affect site-specificity and performative interventions, using Hong Kong, Singapore, and Chicago as case studies to revise our concepts related to urban agency, imperial pasts, and uncertain futures.