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The Posthuman City. Climates. Habitats. Environments
Image: Irene Agrivina, SOYA C(O)U(L)TURE, 2014, installation view of XXLab: SOYA C(O)U(L)TUREworkshop, Post City, Ars Electronica 2015. Courtesy Ars Electronica, Linz. 
The Posthuman City. Climates. Habitats. Environments
Image: Ines Doujak, Ghospopulations (detail), 2016–19. Courtesy the artist. 
The Posthuman City. Climates. Habitats. Environments
Image: Marjetica Potrč, The Pot Maker Shapes Unity, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Stockholm, Mexico City. 
The Posthuman City. Climates. Habitats. Environments
Image: Hito Steyerl, Liquidity Inc., 2014, film still. Courtesy the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, and Esther Schipper, Berlin. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2019.
Exhibition
The Posthuman City. Climates. Habitats. Environments
23 Nov 2019 - 15 Mar 2020  12PM – 7PM

Opening Reception
Friday, 22 November 2019, 7.00–9.00pm

The Posthuman City Afterparty: Gillman Barracks Afterglow
Friday, 22 November 2019, 9.00pm till late 

Featuring:

Irene Agrivina (Indonesia)
Animali Domestici (Italy/Thailand)
Ines Doujak (Austria/United Kingdom)
Pierre Huyghe (France/United States)
Jae Rhim Lee (South Korea/United States)
Lucy + Jorge Orta (United Kingdom, Argentina/France)
Nicholas Mangan (Australia)
Marjetica Potrč (Slovenia/Germany)
Hito Steyerl (Germany)

Currently, more than half of the world’s human population lives in urban areas. Urban growth poses challenges to the various city dwellers, and creates material demands that cause lasting damage to the wider environment. The climate crisis is already announcing threatening scenarios particularly for coastal regions and megacities located at coastlines. Global urbanisation and the exploitation of resources happen on the expense of human and other species alike. The Posthuman City features artists who propose a shift in perspective.

Taking NTU CCA Singapore’s overarching research topic Climates. Habitats. Environments. as point of departure, the exhibition The Posthuman City considers the possibilities of a conscious sharing of resources, and a respectful and mindful coexistence between humans and other species. Through imaginative propositions at the intersection of art, design, and architecture, the selected artists engage questions addressing issues of sustainability, water scarcity, invisible communities, nature as a form of culture, and suggest the implementation of lived indigenous knowledges. Examining the urban fabric in its condition as a habitat for a diversity of life forms, the featured works range from installations to time-based media.

The Posthuman City, through artistic propositions, intends to open a discussion about the imbalanced relationship between an anthropocentric thinking that puts the human at the centre, and the fact that the urban environment is a habitat for many life forms. In her book The Posthuman (2013), Rosi Braidotti calls for resilience, stating that “sustainability does assume faith in a future, and also a sense of responsibility for ‘passing on’ to future generations a world that is liveable and worth living in. A present that endures is a sustainable model of the future.”

Curated by Ute Meta Bauer, Professor NTU ADM, and Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore, and Laura Miotto, Associate Professor, NTU ADM.

The accompanying public programmes include seminars addressing techno-optimism and eco-hacktivism on 23 November 2019, and biodiver-city and urban futurism on 18 January 2020, deepening the discussion around posthumanism and the urban condition.

During the last week of the exhibition 15–23 February 2020, the second edition of NTU CCA Ideas Fest takes place, guest curated by IdeasCity, New Museum, New York. We are excited to announce an open call for participants in IdeasCity Singapore Residency Program. The residency will take place from 15 – 23 February 2020, and is open to emerging practitioners working at the intersections of urbanism, art, design, community activism, and technology. Application deadline is on Sunday, 1 December 2019. For submission guidelines or to apply, please visit our ideascity.submittable.com.

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore)
Exhibitions: Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109443. Research Centre and Office: Block 6 Lock Road, #01-09/10, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108934

Exhibition Hours
Tue - Sun: 12.00 - 7.00pm
Fri: 12.00 - 9.00pm
Mon: Closed
Open on Public Holidays
Free Admission

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