The three-day Public Summit brings together a prominent group of architects, theorists, researchers, curators, and community groups to discuss and exchange ideas about urbanism, modes of exchange, critical spatial practice, and to envision a future city. Consisting of a series of Structured Conversations, selected participants include:
Laura Anderson Barbata (Mexico/United States), artist; Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore), NTU CCA Singapore; Regina Bittner (Germany), Bauhaus Dessau; Calvin Chua (Singapore), Singapore University of Technology and Design; Joshua Comaroff (United States/Singapore), Singapore University of Technology and Design; Yvonne P. Doderer (Germany), University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf; Lukas Feireiss (Germany), curator and author; Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore), NTU ADM / CCA Singapore; Eugene Heng (Singapore), Waterways Watch Society; Nikolaus Hirsch (Germany), architect; Qinyi Lim (Singapore), independent curator; Matthew Mazzotta (United States), artist; Lucy Orta (United Kingdom/France), University of the Arts London; Hyungmin Pai (South Korea), University of Seoul; Marjetica Potrč (Slovenia/Germany), University of Fine Arts (HFBK), Hamburg; Apolonija Šušteršič (Slovenia/Norway), Oslo National Academy of the Arts; Paul Teng (Singapore), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU; Sissel Tolaas (Norway/Germany), artist and smell researcher; Woon Tien Wei (Singapore), Post-Museum
Professor Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore) is Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). As Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, United States (2005–2012) she served as Founding Director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT), and was Dean of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom (2012–2013). Professor Bauer was a co-curator of Documenta11 (2001/2002); Artistic Director, 3rd berlin biennale for contemporary art, Germany (2004); and the Founding Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo, Norway (2002–2005). In 2015, she co-curated with MIT List Center for Visual Art Director Paul Ha the US Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy, presenting eminent artist Joan Jonas, honoured with a special mention for Best National Pavilion.
Regina Bittner (Germany) studied cultural theory and art history at Leipzig University and received her doctorate from the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. As Head of the Academy of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation she is responsible for the conceptualisation and teaching of the postgraduate programme for architecture and modern research. She has curated numerous exhibitions on the architectural, urban, and cultural history of modernism. She has been the Deputy Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation since 2009. The main focal points of her work in research and teaching are international architectural and urban research, the modern era and migration, the cultural history of modernism, and heritage studies. Her most recent publications include In Reserve: The Household, in collaboration with Elke Krasny (2016) and The Bauhaus in Calcutta. An Encounter of the Cosmopolitan Avant-garde, in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg (2013).
Yvonne P. Doderer (Germany) is a professor for Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf and runs the Office for Transdisciplinary Research & Cultural Production in Stuttgart. Her work focuses on the linkage of urban/spatial theories, gender studies, and contemporary art. As an artistic/cultural producer, she has participated in various international contemporary art exhibitions. Her most recent book is Shining Cities: Gender Relations and Other Issues in Urban Development of the Twenty-First Century. Doderer graduated as an engineer for architecture and earned her doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) with excellence in politics at the University of Dortmund, Faculty of Spatial Planning.
Lukas Feireiss (Germany) works as curator, writer, art director, and educator in the international mediation of contemporary cultural reflexivity beyond disciplinary boundaries. He attained his graduate education in Comparative Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethnology. His Berlin-based creative practice Studio Lukas Feireiss aims at the critical cut-up and playful re-evaluation of creative and intellectual production modes and their diverse socio-cultural and medial conditions. Feireiss is author and editor of numerous books, and curator of manifold exhibitions. He has lectured and taught at various universities worldwide, and is head of the new Masters programme Radical Cut-Up at Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Nikolaus Hirsch (Germany) is an architect, editor, and curator. He was the director of Städelschule and Portikus in Frankfurt and currently teaches at Columbia University in New York. His architectural work includes the award-winning Dresden Synagogue (2001), Hinzert Document Center (2006), Cybermohalla Hub in Delhi (2008–2012), an artist residency building at The Land (with Rirkrit Tiravanija), and “Museum of Immortality” in Mexico City (2016). Hirsch curated numerous exhibitions at the Portikus, the Folly project for the Gwangju Biennale (2014), and Housing Question / Wohnungsfrage at HKW in Berlin (2015). Hirsch is the co-founder and editor of the Critical Spatial Practice series at Sternberg Press and the new e-flux Architecture platform.
Matthew Mazzotta’s (United States) work explores the intersection of art, activism, architecture, design, urban planning, ethnography, community building, and local government. It focuses on the power of the built environment to shape our relationships and experiences. His practice invites a critical perspective and a sense of openness into the places where we live by dissecting the systems that make up our “everyday” and exploring the potentials of public spaces that are too often taken for granted. Mazzotta received an undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters of Science in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.
Sissel Tolaas (Norway/Germany) has a background in mathematics, chemical science, languages, and visual art. Since 1990, Tolaas’s work is concentrated on the topic of SMELL / SMELL & LANGUAGE – COMMUNICATION within different sciences, fields of art / design, and other disciplines. She established the SMELL RE_searchLab Berlin in January 2004, supported by International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF); founded the Institute of Functional Smells in 2010; and is recently a founding member of FUTURE OF EDUCATION, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Future Education Platform, Berlin Palo Alto. Tolaas’s research and projects are recognised internationally and have been presented in several institutions including dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany; MOMA, New York, United States; Tate Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Venice Biennale, Italy; and National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China. To date, she has conducted City SmellScape research for 52 cities including Paris, Stockholm, Nuuk, Kansas City, Berlin, Oslo, Mexico City, London, Calcutta, Cape Town, Amman, Shanghai, and now Singapore, amongst others. Tolaas is also Visiting Research Fellow at NTU CCA Singapore