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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.


Monica Ursina Jäger

Residency period

01 February – 30 March 2018


Working with drawing, sculpture, installation, and cognitive mapping, the practice of Monica Ursina Jäger (b. 1974, Switzerland/United Kingdom) unfolds through a multidisciplinary reflection on concepts of space, landscape, and architecture that scrutinizes the relationship between the natural and the constructed environment.

Her work has been presented at the Biennale Kulturort Weiertal, Winterthur, Switzerland (2017); Haus Konstructiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2017); Kunstverein Wagenhallen, Stuttgart, Germany (2016) amongst other venues. She was the recipient of the Swiss Art Award 2007 and is currently a research associate and lecturer at the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences IUNR, University of Applied Sciences Zurich ZHAW, Switzerland. 


During the residency, Monica Ursina Jäger will examine the shifting topography of Singapore and Southern Malaysia and how it changed over the last century by engaging with urban development, and architecture. Of particular interest is the relationship between built environments and natural landscapes in “the vertical shift” incurred in the notion of landscape. Looking at Singapore as a unique case study, her research aims to focus on and excavate histories related to the social, political and sensorial conversations between natural and built elements and to rethink ‘topography’ as a mental landscape, rather than as a form of visual representation.

Public programmes

Residencies Studio Sessions: Shifting Topographies
Artist Talk by Monica Ursina Jäger (Switzerland/United Kingdom), Artist-in-Residence
17 Mar 2018, Sat 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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The importance of the spatial dimension of our lives and of the physical spaces we produce and experience cannot be underestimated. Space, place, landscape, and environment form essential realms of our daily lives as they shape, and are shaped by, political discourses; they are the grounds in which our past is layered and upon which our future is built. In presenting a selection of her artworks in dialogue with a range of iconographical and historical referents, Monica Ursina Jäger will explore the multifaceted nature of spatial experience and the rich history of its representation. Using Singapore as a unique case study, she will also address the “vertical shift” in the concept of landscape and discuss new forms of non-linear perception of time and space.

The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.

Part of Gillman Barracks’ Art Day Out! x Singapore Design Week 2018.