edited by Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu
Place.Labour.Capital. connects cultural production and artistic research to broader political and social concerns, through the agency of a new institution, the Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art (NTU CCA) Singapore.
The title refers to the framework employed at CCA in its first cycle of activities, from 2013 to 2016. Singapore, as the world’s second largest trading port and an economic epicentre for the region, serves as a point of departure to examine place, that is the intersection between locality and the global, labour, and flows of capital. This beautifully-designed publication weaves together critical essays and contributions by curators and academics with former artists-in-residence at NTU CCA Singapore, and documents past exhibitions in photographs. Place. Labour. Capital. serves equally as a rear-view mirror that enables an art institution to review its own economies of knowledge production and its position in the time of global art. Drawing connections across disciplines and fields of practice, this publication is conceived as a Space of the Curatorial for the reader to encounter, experience, and engage critically with ideas that bear a sense of the urgency of the now and have relevance in the wider social sphere.
“… an inspiration and a valuable tool to anyone trying to find ways of building relevant arts institutions for the future.” – Sally Tallant, Director, Liverpool Biennial
“This remarkable collection reminds us that institution building remains enormously significant as a means of opening up new spaces, claims, communities, dialogues, publics, and trajectories for critical artistic practice. Place.Labor.Capital. will be central reading for all those invested in understanding or in instituting new trajectories for artistic and curatorial work, and for all those committed to opening up new social and political spaces through which to do so.” – Felicity D. Scott, Columbia University
Ute Meta Bauer is the founding director of the NTU CCA Singapore and professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Bauer was co-curator for Documenta11 (2001–02), the artistic director for the 3rd Berlin Biennale for contemporary art (2004), and the founding director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (2002–05).
Anca Rujoiu is a curator and manager of publications at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.
Publication Year: 2018
456 pages, 290mm x 230mm
278 colour illustrations
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore