. . . Info for the Public Forum. . . . .

    1. Brief/General info 2. What is Public Art
    3. Speakers 4. Keynote speakers' CV

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    P u b l i c F o r u m

    A R T I N T H E P U B L I C S P A C E S

    ..Keynote speakers : Schneckenburger, Moeller
    ..Panelists : Koh Wen Gin, Lee Weng Choy,
    Matthew Ngui, Wee Chwee Heng.
    ..Moderator : Bro McNally

    SAT 7 APRIL 2001 . 2 PM to 5 PM
    Guinness Theatre . The Substation .
    45 Armenian St . Free admission
    Limited seats . First-come first-served

    Organised by the
    Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes Singapore
    in association with The Substation

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    P u b l i c A r t

    Innovative and experimental works of art in
    the public realm reflect the physical, social
    and psychological nature of the environment.
    It raises the level of awareness of the public. If
    left unchecked or without art, our public and
    private spaces will be reduced to sterile though
    efficient environments which however dull our
    creative capacities and weaken our sense of
    humanity. Art is nothing if not humane.

    What is puiblic art ? True public art is created
    for the public, expressing the social and
    material aspirations of the people. The work
    has to be site specific, consistent with the
    cultural, ethnic, historical and architectural
    settings of the neighbourhood. To move the
    work to another site would destroy, or at the
    very least, change its intended meaning. It
    should be part of the life of a community,
    enhancing the the environment in which it is

    Public art can be a legacy of the city's history,
    cultural attitudes and aesthetic taste. Earlier works
    use the human figure in heroic or allegorical
    monuments to commemorate people or events
    important to local history. Recent trends, however,
    are more abstract forms which express thoughts or

    Placed in a public site, this art is therefore for
    everyone, a form of collective community expression.

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    P u b l i c F o r u m
    A R T I N T H E P U B L I C S P A C E S

    . .Keynote speakers. . . .

    1. Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger
    Art historian ; Rector, Academy of Fine Arts,
    Münster, Germany

    - - He will give a 30' presentation with
    visual materials, showing an overview
    of art in the public spaces in Germany
    - the development of the concept of public
    art - its models and examples, its role and

    2. Christian Möller
    Architect ; media artist

    - - His presentation, Electronic Art and
    Public Space, is about an hour, with slides
    and video examples of his works.

    . .Panelists . . . .

    3. Mrs Koh Wen Jin
    Chief planner, Urban Redevelopment Authority

    4. Lee Weng Choy
    Art crtitic ;
    Artistic Co-Director, The Substation

    5. Matthew Ngui

    6. Wee Chwee Heng
    Architect, urban planner, Kumpulan Akitek

    . .Moderator . . . .

    7. Bro. Joseph McNally
    Sculptor ; President Emeritus, Lasalle-SIA
    College of the Arts

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    Prof Dr Manfred Schneckenburger is the Rector at the
    Academy of Fine Arts, Münster, Germany. He was
    twice the Artistic Director of the world's largest,
    most important and significant modern art exhibition
    -documenta - which is held once every 4 to 5 years
    in Kassel, Germany.

    For ducumenta VI of 1977, he introduced the display
    of video art. Media, photography, film and video,
    were programmatically raised to the level of art. The
    motto of 1987's documenta VIII is the 'return of art
    into social dimensions' - while sound and video
    instllations and numerous performance programmes
    played a central role, he gave much emphasis on
    architecture and design, creating a smooth transition
    between free and applied art.

    List of his publications include Art of the 20th Century
    and Art for the Public Space.

    Christian Möller, a largely sought-after architect, is a media
    artist in his own right. His light installations, light and
    audio sculptures, interactive works have been extensively
    shown in the USA, Europe and Japan.

    He studied architecture at the College of Applied
    Sciences in Frankfurt and further studied art at the
    Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. After working in the
    Stuttgart architect's office of Behnisch and Partner, he
    commenced as the guest artist at Peter Weibel's Institute
    for New Media in Städel School in Frankfurt. In 1990,
    he founded his own architect's office and media laboratory
    in Frankfurt.From 1995 to 1997 he headed the
    ARCHEMEDIA Reasearch Institute at College of Design
    in Linz, Austria. Since 1998 he has been teaching
    exhibition design at the State College of Design, Karlsruhe.

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    S L Moh (Ms)
    Programme Co-ordinator

    Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes Singapore
    163 Penang Road #05-01, Winsland House II
    Singapore 238463

    Tel : (065) 735 4555 Fax : (065) 735 4666