Art Stage Singapore 2017 - Southeast Asia Forum: Artists in the Age of Olig...
Art Stage Singapore 2017
Southeast Asia Forum
Artists in the Age of Oligarchy
With Trong Gia Nguyen, Yoshinori Niwa and Beatrix Ruf
Moderated by Philip Ursprung
Date: Friday, 13 January 2017
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre,
Level 3, Angsana Room (3E and 3F), 10 Bayfront Avenue
Is globalisation coming to an end? Or is it revealing its true face as oligarchy? As the EU is disintegrating and the USA is withdrawing from their former role as world police, the grand narrative of the second half of the 20th century, namely the international connection of democracies to supranational unities, is giving way to protectionism, fundamentalism, and oligarchy.
How does this shift affect the realm of art? Will the fortification of borders and the erection of walls disrupt the mobility and cosmopolitanism of artists, force them to withdraw, lead them to protest? Or will they welcome the “call to order” and be inspired to focus on cultural specificities? Will the vanishing of the middle class and its loss of access to the benefits of globalisation entail the collapse of art as we know it since the mid-19th century? Or will the rise of the oligarchs prompt a new prosperity of the arts in the service of power, as in the age of Baroque? Will art take the role of a critical avant-garde where alternative ways of life are envisioned? Or will it provide the decorum of the new elite? This session is an occasion to speculate about the future role of artists and discuss the challenges and options that they are facing.
Trong Gia Nguyen
Director, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Chair of the History of Art and Architecture, ETH Zurich
About the Speakers
Trong Gia Nguyen’s work examines structures of power in their myriad forms, scrutinising the soft foundation upon which contemporary life plays out, often behind the façade of fairness, sincerity, security, tradition, and civility. Trong has exhibited widely, with recent solo shows in Ho Chi Minh City, Frankfurt, and New York. Group exhibitions include the California Pacific Triennial (Orange County Museum of Art, California, USA, 2017), Eye on the Storm (Housatonic Museum, Connecticut, USA, 2013), Satellites in the Night, (Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany, 2010), Sequences, (Reykjavik, Iceland, 2008), and Performa (New York, USA, 2005). He lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Yoshinori Niwa graduated from Tama Art University's Department of Moving Images and Performing Arts in 1999. Yoshinori's socially and historically interventionist works, on the street and in other public spaces, experiment with actions and propositions involving mainly impossibility and exchange. This shifting of perspective is what characterises his art practice, as he navigates a physical reality through casual interventions that, when seen initially, are trivial acts. It is this line of inquiry, of questioning meanings of gestures and historical fragments, that describes the nature of the artist’s approach to performance. Yoshinori currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
Beatrix Ruf was appointed Director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 2014, after being Director of Kunsthalle Zürich from 2001–2012, Director of Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus from 1998–2001 and Curator at Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Warth from 1994–1998. In Amsterdam she continues an international renowned exhibition programme, initiating travelling surveys of contemporary artists like Tino Sehgal, Ed Atkins, Isa Genzken and Seth Price. In 2006, Beatrix curated the third edition of the Tate Triennial in London and was Co-Curator of the Yokohama Triennial in 2008. She has been a member of the think tank core group of the LUMA foundation since 2010 and the Board of the Mark Morrisroe Estate since 2004. In 2013 she co-founded POOL, a postgraduate curatorial programme in Zürich. Beatrix is a Member of several Advisory and Programme Committees amongst others: the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Garage Moscow, MAXXI Rome, the Samdani Foundation, Bangladesh, and serves frequently as a jury member in award committees, among them the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize, the Absolut Award, the Han Nefkens/MACBA Award, Erasmus Prize, the Prix de Rome and recently the Turner Prize.
Philip Ursprung is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. He is currently directing the research project “Tourism and Cultural Heritage: The Explorer Franz Junghuhn” at Future Cities Laboratory of the Singapore-ETH Centre. He earned his PhD in Art History at Freie Universität Berlin after studying in Geneva, Vienna and Berlin, and he taught at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, Columbia University New York, the Barcelona Institute of Architecture and the University of Zürich. His most recent book is Allan Kaprow, Robert Smithson, and the Limits to Art (2013).
Date and Time
Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre
Level 3, Angsana Room (3E and 3F)
10 Bayfront Avenue