Friday 12 September 2014

RECAP: Curatorial Roundtable 02 | Dis-positions: Between Artistic Practice and Curatorial Practice

Moderated by Anca Rujoiu, curator at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore (CCA), the second session of the Curatorial Roundtable convened last Thursday evening with Singaporean artist, curator and publisher Michael Lee and Romanian artist Florin Tudor, currently on residency with the CCA.

Topic: Dis-positions: Between Artistic Practice and Curatorial Practice 
While the debate on the intersections between the artist and the curator continues, much of such discussions and theorisations continue to move at the expense of discerning the local contexts within which they are articulated. This session is an attempt to add to this ongoing debate concerning artistic practice and curatorial practice; but at the same time it insists also on a plurality within this discussion by examining the different contexts where artistic practice and curatorial practice may meet.

About the moderator
Anca Rujoiu is a Romanian curator currently based in Singapore. She is curator at CCA - Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore and co-director of FormContent, a curatorial initiative in London. Previously, she coordinated the public programme of the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (UK). With FormContent she explored various exhibition models and challenged the relationship between artist/curator often overlapping their roles in the process. Her recent project with FormContent, It’s Moving from I to It unfolded as a performative script within a nomadic structure testing formats of production and distribution. She has been a visiting lecturer at various universities including Goldsmiths College, Central Saint Martins University and Newcastle University (UK). As a researcher and writer, she worked for several film and television productions, artists’ publications. She graduated from the MFA Curating Programme at Goldsmiths College (UK) and was one of the curators selected for the 3rd International Curator Course at the Gwangju Bienniale (KR) in 2011. 

About the speakers
Michael Lee is an artist, curator and publisher based in Berlin and Singapore. He researches urban memory and fiction, transforming his observations into objects, diagrams, situations, curations or texts. He has staged solo exhibitions in Berlin, Hong Kong and Singapore. His biennale participations include Shenzhen Sculpture (2014); Kuandu (Taipei, 2012); Singapore (2011); Shanghai (2010), and Guangzhou Triennial (2011, 2008). His curatorial projects include Between, Beside, Beyond: Daniel Libeskind's Reflections and Key Works 1989-2014 (Singapore Art Museum, 2007), and his editorial projects include Who Cares: 16 Essays on Curating in Asia (published by Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, 2010).

Florin Tudor, together with Mona Vatamanu, is an artist in residency at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore. Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor¹s artistic practice span diverse media including film, photography, painting, performance, and site-specific projects. Through their works, they confront the traumatic legacy of Communism in their native Romania and Eastern Europe, while wrestling with the ongoing challenge of how to process history. As part of their residency at CCA so far they have taken a look at the surrounding environment of both the natural jungle-like environment and various constructions happening in Gillman Barracks to explore various social dynamics. Their work has been included in numerous international exhibitions including (selection): Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), Istanbul, 2012; Blind Spots, Akademie der bildenden K√ľnste Wien, Vienna, 2009; 5th Berlin Biennial, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2008; among others. Vatamanu and Tudor live and work in Bucharest.

Curatorial Roundtable 01 | in photos

Curatorial Roundtable 01 |  video
Curatorial Roundtable 02 | Dis-positions: Between Artistic Practice and Curatorial Practice from nusmuseum on Vimeo.

*Due to a technical fault, parts of Anca's and Michael's presentations have unfortunately not been captured on video.

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