January 2021
Singapore Art Week

Talk: Local Infrastructures, Global Ecologies

16 January 2020

16 January 2020

Tent B – Talks
S.E.A. Focus, Gillman Barracks
Admits entry with a valid S.E.A. Focus ticket

2.30PM – 4.00PM

Ade Darmawan, Artist/Director of ruangrupa/Co-Curator of documenta 15
Dinh Q. Lê, Artist
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Artist

Moderated by Kathleen Ditzig, Curator and Writer

We live in an age of the “glocal”, where the simultaneity of global imperatives and local realities manifests itself as tensions and anxieties between two often competing and contradictory systems. Contemporary artists are increasingly playing multiple roles in local infrastructures and global ecologies. This panel considers the various models of art production, circulation and display both in Southeast Asia and on an international level; as well as the blurred geographical boundaries of the contemporary art world which nonetheless persist in often unremarked ways.

About the speakers:

Ade Darmawan lives and works in Jakarta as an artist, curator and director of ruangrupa. His works range from installation, objects, drawing, digital print and video. Together with ruangrupa, he is co-curating the upcoming Documenta 15 in Kassel 2022. He became the executive director of Jakarta Biennale during its 2013, 2015 and 2017 editions, and was appointed as the artistic director of the Jakarta Biennale in 2009. Key exhibitions include Doing Business with the Dutch (Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, 2018), as well as Gwangju Biennale (2016) & Singapore Biennale (2016).

Internationally acclaimed artist Dinh Q. Lê’s important works document the unheard stories of survivors who endured the first helicopter war, utilising the artistic process as a tool for examining and unearthing history. He has exhibited all over the world, including the Houston Center for Photography and the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies; the Speed Art Museum, Kentucky. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and The Bronx Museum, New York, amongst others. 

Rirkrit Tiravanija is a pioneer of relational aesthetics, combining traditional object making, performances, teaching and other forms of public service and social actions. His works are part of notable public collections such as The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); and Tate, London. He has exhibited widely at renowned institutions such as the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and at biennales such as the São Paulo Biennial (2006); the Liverpool Biennial (2002 and 2004); the Whitney Biennial (1995 and 2005); and the Venice Biennale (1993 and 1999).

Kathleen Ditzig is a Singaporean researcher and curator. She has a Masters from CCS Bard, New York, and is currently pursuing her PhD at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her writing has been published in three different languages and on platforms such as Artforum’s Critic’s Picks, Art Agenda and Flash Art as well as peer reviewed journals such as Southeast of Now (NUS Press). Her most recent exhibitions include As The West Slept, a Performa 2019 consortium project and A Fear of Monsters commissioned by Asian Film Archive as part of its annual State of Motion series for Singapore Art Week 2019.