by Sophie Goltz, Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes, NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor, NTU ADM, and Regina De Rozario (Singapore), artist and PhD Candidate, NTU ADM.
Using best practice examples from Singapore, Hamburg, and beyond, artistic and activist strategies, with which urban spaces have been appropriated as democratic forums, will be examined. In addition, the methodological question will be raised: how can regionally differently situated practices of artists and activists be described more generally as art in the public sphere? Hence, which cultural and political implications do arise for a mutual understanding of urban and public space in theory and practice today?
Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore) is Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes at NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media. Goltz was the Artistic Director of Stadkuratorin Hamburg (City curator) from 2013 to 2016, and has worked as Senior Curator and Head of Communication and Public Programmes at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein between 2008 and 2013, becoming Associate Curator in 2014. Goltz worked as freelance curator and art educator for various international exhibitions, including Documenta 12 and 11 (2007 and 2002), 3rd Berlin Biennale (2004), and Project Migration (2004–06).
Regina De Rozario’s (Singapore) artistic practice investigates how strategies of walking, mapping, and image-making can enable us to recognise and respond to notions of power and control embedded in the physical and narrative spaces we inhabit. She is also one-half of Perception3, an interdisciplinary art duo established in 2007 working with photography, video, and site-specific text installations, having been recently exhibited at iLight Singapore: bicentennial edition (2019); 3rd Biennial of montevideo, (2016); Singapore Biennale 2016; and urbanness: contemplating the city, Dubai (2015). De rozario received the national arts Council Postgraduate Scholarship in 2018, and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at NTU ADM.
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