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'Trees of Life - Knowledge and Material' at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art

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'Trees of Life - Knowledge and Material' at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art
Manish Nai, Untitled, 2018, compressed indigo jute cloths and wood. Image courtesy of the artist.

This July, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art will present Trees of Life - Knowledge in Material as part of their long-term research cluster CLIMATES. HABITATS. ENVIRONMENTS. In this particular exhibition, the Centre undertakes a study into natural materials; investigating the knowledge they embody as biological forms as well as within, social, geo-political, and historical context.

Liang Shaoji, Lonely Cloud, 2016, wood, silk, cocoons, steel pipes. Image courtesy of the artist.

Trees of Life - Knowledge in Material focuses on four plants deeply rooted in Asia: indigo (Indigofera Tinctoria), lacquer tree (Toxicodendron Vernicifluum), rattan (Calamoideae), and mulberry (Morus). The exhibition begins by revealing the materiality of the featured materials, through the works and artistic practices of Manish Nai with indigo, Phi Phi Oanh with lacquer, Sopheap Pich with rattan, and Liang Shaoji and Vivian Xu with mulberry silk.

Vivian Xu, Silkworm Project 2016 - Spinning in 3D, 2016, silkworm spinning in the horizontal spinning machine. Image courtesy of the artist.


The exhibition also expands from studying the plants’ properties and characteristics to their natural and cultural DNA, allowing for a further inquiry into their biological processes and diverse usages at their locale. The featured installations will be accompanied with selected research documents that focuses on the complex histories and circulation, as well as the effects of human intervention on these natural resources.

Liang Shaoji, Lonely Cloud, 2016, wood, silk, cocoons, steel pipes. Image courtesy of the artist.


Beyond the the exhibition itself, topical days with talks and seminars will be dedicated to each of the four materials, further inquiring their long-standing social applications in terms of their materiality, cultural references, or expanded ecology, and as emerging from technological advancements.

Trees of Life - Knowledge in Material opens and runs from 21 July 2018 - 30 September 2018 at NTU Centre of Contemporary Arts.

The topical days will take place on 21 July - Lacquer; 25 August - Rattan; 1 September - Indigo; and 8 September - Mulberry.

Exhibition Opening
Friday, 20 July 2018
7.00 - 9.00 pm

Click here for more information regarding the exhibition.


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