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[ARCHI-INTERFACE] Discursive Picnic

The Discursive Picnic is a format to build agency amongst different people in so-called public spaces. Conceived as a pre-launch event of Mapletree Business City II (MBC II), the Discursive Picnic starts with a walking tour of MBC II by architects of the development, DCA Architects Pte. Ltd.; Prapan Napawongdee, director of SHMA Company Ltd; and curators of MBCII's public art commissions, Professor Ute Meta Bauer and Khim Ong from NTU CCA Singapore. Featuring poetry readings by well-known local poet Isa Kumari, that look into stories behind urban architecture and stand in dialogue with interventions by young poet Samuel Lee. The tour will be followed by a discussion, moderated by Assistant Professor Sophie Goltz, amidst the lush garden landscape at MBC II. Participants, curators, and architects will have the chance to share their ideas of working with space between business/work and art/leisure.


Ute Meta Bauer
Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore) is the Founding Director of the NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University. Prior, she was Associate Professor (2005-12) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States, where she served as the Founding Director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology. Professor Bauer was Co-Curator for Documenta11 (2001-02), Artistic Director for the 3rd berlin biennale for contemporary art (2004), and the Founding Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (2002-05). She recently co-curated with Paul Ha, MIT List Centre for Visual Art Director, the US Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), presenting the work of eminent artist Joan Jonas.

Sophie Goltz
Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore) is Deputy Director, Research and Academic Programmes at NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, NTU. Goltz was Stadtkuratorin Hamburg (City curator) from 2013 to 2016, and worked as Curator and Head of Communications and Public Programme at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein between 2008 and 2013, becoming Senior Curator in 2014. Goltz worked as curator and art educator for various international exhibitions, including Documenta 12 (2007), Project Migration (2004-06), Documenta11 (2002), 3rd berlin biennale for contemporary art (2004), and. She has taught at the University of Arts Vienna, the Technical University Berlin, and the University of Arts Berlin-Weißensee, and writes regularly for publications, including Texte zur Kunst, art agenda, and springerin.

Isa Kumari
Isa Kamari (Singapore) has written in Malay, nine novels, two collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, a book of essays on Singapore Malay poetry, a collection of theatre scripts and lyrics of two song albums. His novels have been translated into English, Turkish, Urdu, Indonesian, and Mandarin. His collections of essays and selected poems have been translated into English. His first novel in English, Tweet was published in 2016. Isa was conferred the Anugerah Tun Seri Lanang in 2009, Singapore Cultural Medallion in 2007, and S.E.A Write Award in 2006.

Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee's first collection, A Field Guide to Supermarkets in Singapore (Math Paper Press, 2016), was mentioned in The Business Times as "poetry debut of the year." His poems have appeared in the Yale Literary Magazine and A Luxury We Cannot Afford, and were adapted for the libretto of Artifacts, a choral work by Eric Banks. He is an associate editor at poetry.sg, an online resource for Singapore poetry and concurrently a Young Professional Trainee with the NTU CCA Singapore.

Khim Ong
Khim Ong (Singapore) is Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore. Prior, she worked as an independent curator and held curatorial positions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE, and Osage Gallery, Hong Kong. She was Manager, Sector Development (Visual Arts), at the National Arts Council during which she contributed to conceptualising NTU CCA Singapore. She co-curated with Founding Director Ute Meta Bauer the exhibitions Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice (2016), Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest (2016), and Yang Fudong: Incidental Scripts (2014). Selected curatorial projects include the Southeast Asia Platform, Art Stage Singapore (2015), and Landscape Memories, Louis Vuitton Espace, Singapore (2013).

Admission: Free (by registration to NTUCCAevents@ntu.edu.sg, limited capacity)

Saturday, 14 October, 2017

Mapletree Business City

10 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore, 117438


Teo Ming Jia

Phone: 82017936