The Making Of An Institution

Dublin Core

Title

The Making Of An Institution

Description

The Making of an Institution captures different moments in the development of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) connecting artistic projects, discursive manifestations, and the institutional apparatus in a seamless display. It looks back into its young past in order to shape its future. Challenging the format of an exhibition, The Making of an Institution creates a communal space where projects and research explorations by the Centre’s Artists-, Curators-in- Residence, and Research Fellows coexist with ongoing series of talks, screenings, performances, and workshops. The project engages the Centre’s main pillars–Exhibitions, Residencies, Research and Academic Education – bringing to a close the overarching curatorial narrative Place.Labour.Capital. that served as a framework for its activities since 2013.

Established in 2013, the Centre embodies the complexity of a contemporary art institution in times of knowledge economy and global art. The role of a contemporary art institution should not be limited to the presentation of art. It feeds off and nurtures the cultural ecosystem it belongs to through a complex series of actions that often reside in the realm of the immaterial. The Centre’s inaugural programme Free Jazz addressed the foundational question “What can this institution be?” highlighting the skill of improvisation and free play. Three years later, different questions are to be raised: What could the role of the NTU CCA Singapore be for the years to come within a fast changing local, regional, and global cultural landscape? What are the criteria to evaluate its achievements and impact?

In revisiting its own process of institutional building, NTU CCA Singapore appropriates the format and language of a “public report”. While a public report is conventionally employed to deliver an official written narrative, the Centre’s report unfolds in the exhibition space through the languages of the performative, the discursive, and the archival.

“It’s amazing how far we were able to come in just three years,” said Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore. “The Making of an Institution is a celebration of the international community we have built, including scholars, artists, and the public. Now it is time for us to reflect and analyse our achievements before the exciting next steps ahead.”

The Making of an Institution is divided into four sections borrowed from the structure of a public report: Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review; Ownership, Development, and Aspirations; Artistic Research; and Communication and Mediation. The first section, Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review maps out a network of institutions, like NTU CCA Singapore, that place research at the core of their identity. Each guest director will closely examine the vision, mission, and operative model of her respective organisation in a series of talks aimed at deepening our understanding of the changing role of contemporary cultural institutions. Ownership, Development, and Aspirations is a public panel with several members of the NTU CCA Singapore’s International Advisory Board and its stakeholders representatives that stresses the importance of feedback and exchange among peers especially in the development phase of an institution. The section dedicated to Artistic Research frames the material and immaterial aspects that constitute contemporary art practices. It takes over the Centre’s physical Spaces of the Curatorial—The Exhibition Hall, The Single Screen, The Lab, and The Vitrine—juxtaposing artworks and research projects by NTU CCA Singapore’s Artists-, Curators-in- Residence, and Research Fellows alongside various formats of public programming. Finally, Communication and Mediation explores the production of an institution’s identity through visual communication and spatial practices. Through workshops and presentations, artists, architects, and designers will discuss how they create diverse visual and spatial identities for art institutions.

The public report will culminate into a book planned for publication in mid-2017, gathering the voices of all the artists, curators, researchers, and academics who have contributed to this first phase of the Centre. The Making of an Institution is curated by Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, Anna Lovecchio, Curator, Residencies, and Anca Rujoiu, Manager, Publications.

Coverage

Exhibition Item Type Metadata

Short Description

The Making of an Institution creates a communal space where projects and research explorations by the Centre’s Artists-, Curators-in- Residence, and Research Fellows coexist with ongoing series of talks, screenings, performances, and workshops.

Exhibition Mode

Exhibition Space

Location

Onsite (CCA)

Exhibition Start Date

2017-02-11

Exhibition End Date

2017-05-07

Collaboration

No

Commissioned Work

No

Files

The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, anGie seah, Talk to the Hand. NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017,  Bo Wang, mixed-media map. NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, Ho Rui An, Hotel Singapore. NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, Koh Nguang How, Snippets from Singapore Art Archive Project at NTU CCA Singapore. NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, Heman Chong, The Library of Unread Books. Courtesy NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, Heman Chong, The Library of Unread Books. Courtesy NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, Li Ran, It is not Complicated, A Guide Book, film still, 2016. Courtesy the artist.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor,<br />
Le monde et les choses. Courtesy NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, exhibition view.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, SHIMURAbros, Chasing the Light, film still, 2017. Courtesy the artist.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, Tamara Weber, Close Readings. REBUS, inkjet digital print, 2016. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.
The Making of an Institution, 11 February – 7 May 2017, Zul Mahmod, RESONANCES: READYMADE SOUND SCULPTURES, 2016. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

Collection

Citation

“The Making Of An Institution,” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed September 27, 2022, https://ntuccasingapore.omeka.net/items/show/103.