Skip Main Navigation
Page Content
This event has ended

Save This Event

Event Saved

The Mapping Series: In Conjunction With Singapore Biennale 2013

Singapore Art Museum

Multiple Dates

The Mapping Series: In Conjunction With Singapore...

Share The Mapping Series: In Conjunction With Singapore Biennale 2013

Event Details

About the event

The Mapping Series: In Conjuction With Singapore Biennale 2013

The ‘Mapping’ series of lectures and artist talks is jointly organised by the Singapore Art Museum and National Library Board on the occasion of the Singapore Biennale 2013. Engaging elements of social sciences, cultural anthropology and arts and design, this series encourages a multi-layered and multi-disciplinary exploration of some of the salient themes and issues of the Singapore Biennale 2013.

Saturdays | 2pm – 4.30pm

23 Nov, 7 Dec, 14 Dec, 11 Jan, 18 Jan, 25 Jan, 15 Feb

Glass Hall, Singapore Art Museum and Visitors’ Briefing  Room, Level 1, National Library Building

Free admission. Registration Required. 


Sat 23 Nov 2013 | 2pm - 4.30pm

Visitors' Briefing Room, Level 1, National Library Building

Singapore: 60’s Redux

Dr. Lai Chee Kien

How are memories and identities tied to buildings and places? Lai Chee Kien’s Singapore Biennale 2013 installation National Theatre@50 is a homage to the demolished National Theatre – which would have passed its fiftieth anniversary this year – and straddles the line between architecture and art. In this presentation, Lai will speak about his Biennale work and his architectural practice.

Contestations of Memory in Southeast Asia

Dr. Roxana Waterson and Dr. Kwok Kian Woon

Memories found within different groups in any society are open to negotiation, suppression, contestation or revision in the ever-evolving politics of the present, and the unresolved issues in Southeast Asia are no different. This presentation will look at a comparative study of collective and personal memories as well as dominant and suppressed narratives in Southeast Asia, and how these can yield insights into the human potential to become perpetrators, victims or bystanders. 

Sat 7 Dec 2013 | 2pm - 4.30pm

Visitors' Briefing Room, Level 1, National Library Building

Digging Outside the Box: Volunteer Archaeology in Singapore

Dr. John Miksic

Who in Singapore cares about archaeology? Quite a few people, to judge by the number who have contributed their time, sweat, and energy to the subject over the last 30 years. The pursuit of archaeology has been an informal way of spending time for hundreds of volunteers since excavations began in 1984. Academics, soldiers, school children, visiting air crews, artists, secret society members, mystics – the list of participants encompasses nearly the entire spectrum of society. The unofficial nature of archaeology in Singapore has been in many ways a boon to the pursuit of knowledge about the past of both Singapore and Southeast Asia, since almost anybody who wants to has been able to play literally in or near their own back yards.

‘Form as Substance’: Continuities and Discontinuities in Southeast Asian “International Relations”

Dr. Alan Chong Chia Siong

Southeast Asian international relations can only be said to have begun with the emergence of the independent nation-state in the region. Prior to this, Southeast Asian political entities have hewed to flexible notions of boundaries and tributary authorities. This informal arrangement has been variously described as ‘mandala-like’ and inter-societal. Therefore, one can read continuities and discontinuities in present-day ASEAN’s relational patterns among its member states and between those member states and extra-regional great powers such as China, India, Japan, USA and Russia. These relational patterns can be scrutinised for change and continuity with the premodern past in terms of accommodation, soft community with great powers, and syntheses of interstate behavioural norms.

Sat 14 Dec 2013 | 2pm - 4.30pm

Glass Hall, Singapore Art Museum


Bricolage and the City

Professor Robbie B.H. Goh

What are some of the ways in which individuals negotiate and intervene with planned spaces in cities such as Singapore? The term “bricolage”, as used in the field of social sciences, refers to expediency and of adapting one’s actions to the situation at hand – in other words, making do. When applied to the study of planned spaces in Singapore, “bricolage” can take the form of a variety of alternative and subjective positions by its inhabitants – including citizens, youths, and itinerant residents – on a seemingly totalising system. This presentation will explore the artistry of “Others” and the ways in which “bricolage” occurs in cosmopolitan everyday life in Singapore.

Place and Creativity in Singapore

Dr.Ho Kong Chong

This talk will address the issue of the diverse sources of creativity, and the role specific locations play in enhancing creativity, particularly in Singapore. There is a wild and unruly side to the creative activities of the economy, and this is related to how work-styles may be tied to lifestyles.  In such instances, working closely together may allow workers in the new media, arts, and culture industries to add to the creative milieu of the city. 

Sat 18 Jan 2014 | 2pm - 4.30pm

Glass Hall, Singapore Art Museum

The Isle is Full of Noises:  Excavating Local Histories through Film

Liao Jiekai and Dr. Hong Lysa

Liao Jiekai’s work for the Singapore Biennale 2013, Bukit Orang Salah, explores the varied histories that St. John’s Island, to the south of Singapore, has possessed and inhabited through the years. In this session, the artist will speak about his Biennale work and his practice, while historian Dr. Hong Lysa will respond to his film, and discuss how “history” is captured and narrated through the medium of film. 

A Brief History of the Politics of Walking the City

Dr Daniel PS Goh 

Walking is no mere physical activity, but an action filled with socio-political significance. This talk will explore the politics of walking the city and the role this has played in the urban history of Singapore. For example, the early colonial state sought to keep native peoples from walking the streets while local communities evolved their own street culture, transgressing the racial grid of colonial urban planning. Singapore as a young nation state sought to regulate walking and to co-opt it for nation building, while communities struggled to continue traditional practices or invent new ones. Today’s urban planning is defined by global city-making and walking has become a major component in promoting the consumption of the city as heritage and visual spectacles. 

Sat 25 Jan 2014 | 2pm - 4.30pm

Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building

Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore

Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh

What happens when a country splits apart? Singapore and Malaysia have developed their own social, economic and political trajectories since the former separated from Malaysia forty-eight years ago, with differing national policies arising from these trajectories. In a journey of exploration and self-discovery, two Singaporeans set off to cycle around Peninsular Malaysia, armed with a tent, two pairs of clothes and a daily budget of three US dollars each. They spent 30 days on the road, cycling through every Malaysian state, and chatting with hundreds of Malaysians. This talk will look at how these two divergent nations and their peoples now see each other and the world around them, with their shared historical and cultural links, based on the speaker’s interviews and travels through Malaysia and Singapore.



History as Controversy


Dr. Khairudin Aljunied


Recent decades have witnessed a remarkable expansion of debates over the content of history textbooks and the ways in which contentious historical issues and topics are being taught in schools. One key issue that emerges from these debates is that in an increasingly digitised and globalised world, there is a need to confront – rather than sidestep – historical themes and topics that may be viewed as “controversial” or “sensitive” in the study of history. This presentation will look at how the teaching of historical controversies can help foster active citizenry and widen our understanding of the past, as well as help open up new possibilities for the creation of a knowledge-driven, cosmopolitan and mature society. 



Sat 15 Feb 2014 | 2pm - 4.30pm

Glass Hall, Singapore Art Museum

Sound and the City

Angie Seah

How do people experience the city through their senses? Angie Seah’s interactive installation for the Singapore Biennale 2013, Conducting Memories, invites visitors to explore how familiar and oftentimes long-lost sounds can evoke memories of Singapore. In this session, the artist will speak about her Biennale work and her practice.


City Life and the Senses

Dr. Kelvin E.Y. Low

Cities are often thought of as built structures that relate to functionality in modern life, but they are also sites of human experience that comprise social relationships, memories and emotions, which are negotiated on a daily basis. Embedded within this is how the senses mediate one’s experience with the city—what roles do the senses play in urban spaces? What social meanings are associated with sensory experiences in the city? This talk will survey a range of sensory methodologies that may be harnessed towards articulating experiences of city life and the senses, which include smell- and soundscape walkabouts, as well as a sensory analysis of archival news reports and heritage materials.  

About the exhibition

Singapore Biennale 2013: If The World Changed

25 October 2013 to 16 February 2014

The rich cultures and geographies of the Southeast Asian region have historically been the corridor of the world's major civilisations. The ebb and flow of these complex cultural interactions have yielded responses of accommodation and resistance, leaving legacies of layering and sedimentation within the varied communities.

In the 21st century, the speed of transformation in Southeast Asia is perhaps beyond anything experienced by preceding generations. This change is prompting multiple conceptions and perceptions of time and our worlds, both the external and internal. Against this backdrop of past and continuous change, artists have been reflecting, mediating, envisioning, and making propositions. If The World Changed, the title of the 4th Singapore Biennale, is an invitation to artists to respond to and reconsider the worlds we live in, and the worlds we want to live in.

Singapore Biennale 2013 features the works of 82 artists and artist collectives from the region and beyond, with a 27-member curatorial team who, with their combined expertise, have harnessed the unique energies of Southeast Asia to shape the region’s premier contemporary art exhibition. The focus of SB2013 also goes beyond the major metropolitan centres to present a greater diversity of artistic practices that reference urgent and key issues in our contemporary world.

Do you have questions about The Mapping Series: In Conjunction With Singapore Biennale 2013? Contact Singapore Art Museum


Glass Hall, Singapore Art Museum / Visitors' Briefing Room, Level 1, National Library Building

Multiple Dates

  Add to my calendar


Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum opened its doors in 1996 as the first fully dedicated visual arts museum in Singapore. Since then, we have built one of the world’s most important collections of contemporary art by artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia. We are committed to creating meaningful encounters with art for all our visitors, through our exhibitions, research, publications, public and educational outreach.

In 2019, our two museum sites – the former St. Joseph’s Institution on Bras Basah Road and Catholic High School on Queen Street  closed for a building redevelopment. With the aim to create an architectural landmark for contemporary art in Singapore, this major undertaking includes the preservation of the buildings’ heritage architecture, thoughtfully blending the old and the new. When SAM re-opens, visitors can look forward to an iconic museum space where the public can experience and engage with art.

During this period, we will continue to hold exhibitions and events at partner venues and spaces like the Regional Libraries of Tampines, Woodlands and Jurong. Please visit or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest information about our building works and museum programming.

  Contact the Organiser

Interested in hosting your own event?

Join millions of people on Eventbrite.

Please log in or sign up

In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.