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During the presentation of Shabbir Hussain Mustafa and Charles Lim. Photo: Latitudes.
The public symposium "When Does an Exhibition Begin and End?" (14 May 2014) was part of this year Curating Lab 2014
programme organised by NUS Museum. The event, convened and moderated by Heman Chong and Latitudes, counted with the participation of Shabbir Hussain Mustafa (Curator, National Gallery Singapore), Charles Lim (artist); Anca Rujoiu and Vera Mey (Curators, CCA — Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore) and artist Shubigi Rao.
Addressing the format of the
exhibition in terms of duration and process, the public symposium "When Does an Exhibition
Begin and End?" consisted
of two complimentary sessions that reflected on exhibitions'
capacity to articulate its own making and incorporate its own history.
In the same way that the Internet has untethered television from fixed
schedules and newspapers from print deadlines, the symposium will
further ponder on how the exhibition and today's art institutions are
undergoing similar transformations. Should exhibitions embrace or resist becoming
more like broadcasting or live-publishing? "When Does an Exhibition
Begin and End?" considered how exhibitions produce knowledge through
the format of conversations between curators and artists.
The first panel with Shabbir Hussain Mustafa and Charles Lim. Photo: Luca E.C.
Charles Lim and Shabbir Hussain Mustafa during the Q&A. Photo: Luca E.C.
Audience. Photo: Luca E.C.
Vera Mey, Anca Rajoiu and Shubigi Rao during the Q&A. Photo: Luca E.C.
The event was an occasion to reflect on the role of a symposium and its public within curatorial practice, and counted with the
engagement of Curatorial-Intensive participants who live-tweeted proceedings, a second group mapped concepts of the discussions (see photos below), and a final group will soon publish a blog post documenting and reporting the day for those
not physically present.
Curatorial Intensive participants live-tweeting the proceedings. Photo: Luca E.C.
Group working on the mapping of concepts throughout the symposium. Photo: Luca E.C.
Map 1 by Curatorial Intensive participants. Photo: Latitudes.
|Map 2 by Curatorial Intensive participants. Photo: Latitudes.| Tue, Apr 2 2013
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Cover of the interview. Photo: Joan Kee.
Heman Chong’s art practice is comprised of “an investigation into the philosophies, reasons and methods of individuals and communities imagining the future”. His ongoing project, The Lonely Ones, looks at the representation of solitude and the “last man on earth” genre in art, film and literature, and is the basis for a forthcoming novel entitled Prospectus. Chong’s recent solo exhibitions include LEM 1, Rossi & Rossi, London (2012), Calendars (2020–2096), NUSMuseum, Singapore (2011) and The Sole Proprietor and other Stories, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou (2007). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including the Asia Pacific Triennale 7 (2012), Performa 11 (2011), Momentum 6 (2011), Manifesta 8 (2010), Busan Biennale (2004), and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) representing Singapore. Amonograph of his work entitled "The Part In The Story Where We Lost Count Of The Days", edited by Pauline J. Yao, will be published in June 2013 by ArtAsiaPacific.
The interview was initiated at Spring Workshop, Hong Kong, in the context of Chong’s invitation to Latitudes to make a curatorial residency as part of Moderation(s), a year-long series of programming between Spring and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. "Digression(s), Entry Point(s): An interview with Heman Chong" also includes a guest spot with Gotherburg-based artist and writer Anthony Marcellini.
Drawing on the emerging practices of so-called 'Open Journalism' – which seek to better collaborate with and use the ability of anyone to publish and share – #OpenCurating is a research project that investigates how contemporary art projects may function beyond the traditional format of exhibition-and-catalogue. #OpenCurating
is concerned with new forms of interaction between publics – whether
online followers or physical visitors – with artworks and their
production, display and discursive context.
The project is articulated around a series of ten new interviews with curators, artists, writers and online strategists published as a free digital edition [read here the published ones so far], a Twitter discussion moderated around the hashtag #OpenCurating and an public conversation with Dia Art Foundation curator which took place at MACBA on the 19 February.
#OpenCurating is a research project by Latitudes produced through La Capella. BCN Producció 2012 of the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona.
Content partners: Walker Art Center
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