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NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore Celebrates its 5th Anniversary with ‘Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II.’


NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore Celebrates its 5th Anniversary with ‘Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II.’

Reviewing the performative format of NTU CCA’s inauguration in 2013, Free Jazz will return for its second installment of talks and performances. From the 21 September to 6 November, NTU CCA celebrates the practice of improvisation through collective and performative approaches. ‘Stagings. Soundings. Readings.’ will take on a multidisciplinary structure with motivations in challenging traditional modes of presentation and re-presentation, whilst discussing ethical values pertaining to community, territory and the environment. This falls under the Centre’s current overarching research topic, titled ‘CLIMATES. HABITATS. ENVIRONMENTS.’ Featured works emphasize collectivity through theory and practice as a response to “unprecedented loss of biodiversity, habitat destruction and cultural transformations”. ‘Stagings. Soundings. Readings.’ takes on the enactment between artist and audience, forming an engagement with a less prescribed environment, allowing for reflections on history, collective action, and human interaction.

Alexandra Pirici, 'Aggregate', 2017, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, exhibition view. Courtesy of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein.

Curated by Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director of NTU CCA Singapore and Professor at School of Art Design and Media, NTU as well as Magdalena Magiera, Curator, Outreach & Education, NTU CCA Singapore, viewers can expect works through a range of artistic practices and formats. Maria Loboda’s sculptural installation will take its place in a public outdoor space at Gillman Barracks. Tyler Coburn’s installation and readings will seek to address forms of labour, whilst examining the notion of writing in the 21st century; this will take place in the Centre’s foyer. Heman Chong will be analyzing motifs of exchange and their boundaries through the embracing of inter-human connections; there will be an open call for participation for Chong’s work. Other performative works include those of Cally Spooner as well as Alexandra Pirici, with Ming Wong staging an improvisational piece. The Centre will also be presenting ‘Journey of a Yellow Man. Selections from the Independent Archive’, a culmination of a digitalization project that started in 2017, established by Singaporean performance artist Lee Wen.

Heman Chong, 'A Short Story About Geometry', 2009, durational performance involving a short story. Courtesy of the artist and FOST Gallery.

Since its inauguration in 2013, the NTU CCA Singapore has welcomed 170,000 visitors and presented 19 solo and group exhibitions. Some of which have been an artist’s first large-scale show in Southeast Asia. To date, they have also organized over 500 dynamic programmes from exhibition tours, (de) tours, stagings, and hands on workshops designed for educators and younger audiences. All this is done so as to approach current exhibitions as an open-ended discourse that additionally engage with other fields of study. Listed below are the performative events as part of their 5th anniversary programme: 


21 September – 6 November 2018

Heman Chong (Singapore), A Short Story About Geometry, 2009, durational performance involving a short story

(prior registration is required; please email

Maria Loboda (Poland/Germany), This Work is Dedicated to an Emperor, 2012–18, installation, 10 Podocarpus trees

6 – 14 October 2018

Saturday, 6 October 2018


A Radical Philosophy School for Embodied Knowledge

with Maggie Segale (United States), Cally Spooner (United Kingdom/Greece), Jesper List Thomsen (Denmark/United Kingdom/Greece)

Cally SpoonerDRAG DRAG SOLO, 2016, single-channel projection; Soundtrack for a Troubled Time, 2017, sound installation; and activation by the artist

6 October – 6 November 2018

Tyler Coburn (United States), Richard Roe, 2018, installation
with a reading by the artist on Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 7.30 – 9.00pm

17 – 28 October 2018

Carlos Casas (Spain/France) in collaboration with Phill Niblick (United States), Avalanche XIV, 2018

Saturday, 20 October 2018, 12.00 – 7.00pm

Avalanche performances by Carlos Casas and Phill Niblock

Sunday, 21 October 2018, 12.00 – 7.00pm

Screening of Movement Of People Working (1973–85) and T H I R (1992)

by Phill Niblock

27 October 2018

Late Night at NTU CCA Singapore, 10.00pm till late

Ming Wong (Singapore/Germany)

Carlos Casas

31 October – 6 November 2018

Alexandra Pirici (Romania), Re-Collection, 2018, performance

Wed–Fri: 12.00–3.00pm
Sat, Sun, Tue: 2.00–6.00pm


To find out more about NTU CCA Singapore’s 5th anniversary events, click here.

Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.

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