Fostering Diversity in the Art Ecosystem

26 January 2019

"The Village" at S.E.A. Focus
Gillman Barracks, Block 7, Lock Road S108935

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

General admission tickets permit entry to all the talks.

With Chomwan Weeraworawit, Nathalie Johnston, Seelan Palay
Moderated by Mark Rappolt

This talk assembles individuals who draw on alternative models in order to shape the way art is framed, shared, and disseminated to the public. The art ecosystem is a summation of various personalities and curatorial approaches that are driving innovative structures and models, which range from independent and self-run spaces to spectacular events such as biennales. The panellists will discuss the motivations behind different types of structures along with the challenges that accompany them. Furthermore, they will explore the different ways that the various models engage the public with contemporary art and how they cope with the evolving needs of a multifaceted and rapidly changing socio-political environment.

Some questions that will be addressed include: what are the different models that artists, curators and art professionals use to foster and disseminate art? How do we balance between having a plan and remaining open-minded in a rapidly fluctuating world? Do different regions require different infrastructural solutions when it comes to making art public or does one size fit all? How do different models negotiate between the needs of various parties such as artists, patrons, and the public?

About the Speakers

Chomwan Weeraworawit is Founder of Mysterious Ordinary, a creative/cultural consultancy that specialises in creation, production and consultation, working mainly with artists, filmmakers, designers, and architects. One of Mysterious Ordinary’s most prominent projects was the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival, an experiential film and arts festival that was co-curated by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tilda Swinton. In 2018, she co-produced Ghost:2561, the first edition of Ghost, a video and performance art triennial in Bangkok founded by artist Korakrit Arunanondchai and Akapol Sudasna. Chomwan also contributes as a writer to various publications such as,, Purple Magazine and The Bangkok Post.

Nathalie Johnston is Founder and Director of Myanm/art, a project space and resource centre in Yangon that investigates contemporary Myanmar art and promotes artists to local and international audiences. In 2014, she became director of TS1 Yangon, a contemporary arts space in Yangon. She has written for numerous publications including Art Asia Pacific, Art Stage Singapore, Myanmar Times, Mizzima, and has produced and edited numerous exhibition catalogues.

Seelan Palay is a visual artist from Singapore whose practice focuses on the concerns and complex conditions found in our present-day, globalized society. Having studied Fine Art at LASALLE College of the Arts, he works with mixed media, installation, performance, film and sound. He is the mind behind Coda Culture (, an independent artist-run space.

Mark Rappolt is Editor-in-chief of ArtReview and ArtReview Asia, the latter of which he founded in 2013. He has delivered talks and lectures everywhere from the London School of Economics to Art Basel Miami Beach, and organises an annual series of talks on art for CHART in Copenhagen. He recently co-curated with Liam Gillick and Tom Eccles the exhibition “Like a Moth to a Flame” for Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin.