World of Variation
By Mary Otis Stevens, Thomas McNulty. Edited with text by Ute Meta Bauer, Karin Oen, Pelin Tan. Afterword by Mary Otis Stevens. Essy by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley.
Design by Enver Hadzijaj
Printed by Kopa
© 2022 the editors, Mary Otis Stevens, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Weiss Publications
Distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
Copies are available for sale at NTU CCA Singapore S$35/US$25
World of Variation is a a visual/verbal essay addressing critical societal issues such as community versus privacy, public versus private realms, social justice and humane, sustainable developments from a global perspective. To avoid datedness and the cultural biases inherent in realistic representations, the two authors, Mary Otis Stevens and Thomas F. McNulty, both MIT graduates and noted for their projects in the Modern Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, formulated an abstract visual language to convey their conceptual ideas.
This new edition contains a facsimile of the original edition published in 1970 with added commentaries by Pelin Tan, sociologist and art historian, professor at Fine Arts Academy, Batman University, and senior fellow of CAD+SR; Karin G. Oen, principal research fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design, and Media (NTU ADM); Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and professor at NTU ADM; and a text by Beatriz Colomina, professor of the history of architecture at Princeton University, and Mark Wigley, professor of architecture and Dean Emeritus, Columbia University.