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  Topic: How is "The City" Reflected in Contemporary Art?  


How do we understand the city? Is it through comprehending the landscape, economy, politics, social system or energy created by inhabitants of the city? How does contemporary art reflect the city? In this lecture, Mami Kataoka will explore these simple questions through the diverse perspectives of the contemporary artists from Southeast Asia featured in the exhibition "SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now", which she co-curated at Mori Art Museum and the National Art Center, Tokyo.

Speaker: Ms Mami Kataoka
Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum (Tokyo)
Artistic Director, 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018)
Juror, Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize (2018)
About the
Ms Mami Kataoka has been Chief Curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo since 2003, where she has curated a number of exhibitions, including “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” (2009/ US Tour 2012-13), “Lee Bul”(2012), “Makoto Aida” (2012), “Lee Mingwei and His Relations” (2014-15), and “N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” (2017). Prior to this position, Ms Kataoka was Chief Curator at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (1997-2002) and researcher at the NLI Research Institute on cultural policies and urban development projects (1992-1997). She was also International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London from 2007 to 2009. In 2012, she guest-curated “Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and was a Co-Artistic Director for the 9th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea. She has been serving as a Board Member of CIMAM since 2014 and a professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduate School of Art and Design Studies since 2016. Ms Kataoka has been appointed the Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney in 2018, and is part of the jury panel for the 2018 edition of the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize.
Co-Chairs: Assistant Professor Hoe Su Fern
School of Social Sciences
Singapore Management University
Mr Louis Ho
Singapore Art Museum
Date: Saturday, 19 August 2017
Time: 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm (Registration Starts from 2.45 pm)
Venue: Glass Hall*
Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189555                   (Location Map)
Please enter through side gate along Queen Street
Registration: Click here to register

About the SMU-Substation Series:

The SMU-Substation Arts and Culture Matters Series is a collaboration between Singapore Management University, School of Social Sciences and The Substation, and is convened by Assistant Professor Hoe Su Fern. It aspires to be a platform for robust, lively and collegiate discussion of the issues and challenges related to the arts and cultural landscape. Each discussion will collectively convene members of the arts and creative community including policy-makers, scholars, students and artists, to explore timely topics that will nurture and advance understanding on the arts and culture, especially in and from the context of Singapore.

About the Theme: Discipline the City

For 2017, the Series will examine topics and issues related to The Substation’s 2017 theme: Discipline the City. Reading the city-as-text, if once an academic motif and trope, has largely disappeared. In its place is a different kind of representation that is interwoven with neo-liberal capitalism and globalisation, and by extension, the state funding of biennales, cultural institutions where art is symbolic capital projected outwards, and not to its own citizen/consumers. This series will explore questions such as: For whom is the city made? How does the city engage at the scale of human experience — through arcades, quarters, and other in-between spaces — or is it only an image, constructed and consumed only at a distance? How do urban planning policies and building codes invisibly shape our living and working spaces? What do large-scale art events like biennales have to do with defensive architecture? How do spatial relations affect power and economic relations?
This talk is supported and made possible by our venue partner The Singapore Art Museum.
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