INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PUBLIC ENGAGED ART
Co-organised by IFIMA (International Forum Intermedia Art) & The
March 1-5, 2002
The Guinness Theatre, The Substation
Admission is free, but please pre-register. And kindly circulate this
invitation to anyone who may be interested.
The "International Symposium on Public Engaged Art" brings together
artists and cultural activists from The Philippines, Malaysia,
Thailand, Japan, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Singapore, the US, and
the UK to share their experiences and knowledge gained in-the-field,
and to initiate engaged art activities within communities and
networks in Singapore and the region.
With the increasing emphasis on civil society in democratic and
pluralistic societies, there has been a corresponding shift in the
social function of art, whereby art plays a greater role in promoting
public action and facilitating social change. As art practices become
more socially and publicly oriented, there arises a need to theorise,
critique and advance forms of interdisciplinary engaged art
practices. While engaged art offers a constructive means for art to
be socially responsive, it also opens up many areas that need
The main focus of the symposium is on practice and practical issues,
while the supplementary focus is on the theoretical underpinnings of
practice. Various models and degrees of engagement will be examined,
as well as the structural problems and practical issues concerning
working with community, with different disciplines and with
institutions. The symposium aims to address such questions as: What
are the pressing issues of concern to art practitioners dealing with
active and direct engagement with the public or communities? What
positive action can be taken to address these issues? What can we
learn from each other's experiences?
Pre-registration is encouraged due to the limited seating capacity of
The Guinness Theatre and so that we can make an estimate for food to
be catered. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call Celine Yeo
at 337 7535 or fax at 337 2729. Please include your contact
__ I would like to attend the symposium opening on the evening of 1st March
__ I would like to attend the 1st day of symposium on 2nd March
__ I would like to attend the 2nd day of symposium on 3rd March
__ I would like to attend all of the above
International Symposium on Public Engaged Art The Guinness Theatre,
A) Friday, 1 March 2002
Opening of Symposium & welcoming speeches by Jay Koh, symposium
initiator, and Lee Weng Choy & Audrey Wong, Artistic Co-Directors,
Dinner and social gathering, informal tour of exhibits.
B) Saturday, 2 March 2002
Keynote Paper by Eileen C. Legaspi-Ramirez, President of Pananaw Ng
Sining Bayan, Inc., The Philippines. Topic: Critical Issues in Public
Engaged Art in The Philippines.
Presentation by Jay Koh and Chu ChuYuan, Former Artists-in-Residence,
The Substation, Singapore. Topic: Encounters from Investigating
Public Engaged Art, Singapore.
Open discussion moderated by Lee Weng Choy.
12.30 - 2.30pm
Lunch (not catered)
2.30 - 4.30pm
First panel discussion. Topic: Art as agency of social engagement and
change-Examining methodologies of public engagement.
Moderator:Nisar Keshvani, journalist and educator.
Presenters: Lea Kantonen, artist, Finland; Grant Kester, Asst. Prof.
University of California San Diego, USA; Lee Weng Choy, Artistic
Co-director, The Substation, Singapore.
Respondents: Eva Ursprung, Women Art Support, Graz, Austria; Arun
Mahizhnan, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore; Tan Tarn How,
playwright and journalist, Singapore.
C) Sunday, 3 March 2002
10.00 - 11.30am
Brunch (catered) & registration
11.30 - 2.00pm
Second panel discussion. Topic: Empowerment through civil society,
media, and art activities-How to enlarge the spaces and processes for
Lucy Davis, artist, curator, writer
Janet Pillai, theatre activist, ARTS-ED, Penang, Malaysia; Tan Chong
Kee, civil society activist and chair of the board of The Necessary
Respondents: Barbara Steveni, Co-Director of Organisation +
Imagination, London, UK; Pekka Kantonen, artist, Finland;
Representative from the National Arts Council, Singapore (to be
2.00 - 2.45pm
Art in Society: Case Presentations 1
Presenters: Organisation + Imagination, London; Barbara Steveni will
present works by O+I, the pioneer of the art strategy "Art in Social
Context", and argues for "The Repositioning of Art in the
decision-making Processes of Society".
Woman Art Support (WAS), Eva & Co.,"Baodo", Graz Eva Ursprung will
present the work of WAS and Eva & Co., as well as a project titled
"Baodo" (with African and Afghanistan immigrants).
Respondents: Miho Shimizu, artist, Japan; Kirsten Dufour, artist, Denmark.
D) Tuesday, 5 March 2002 (Note change of venue to Classroom)
7.00 - 9.30pm
Art in Society: Case Presentations 2
Presenters: Y.N.B.Cultural Bureau, Copenhagen, Denmark. Kirsten
Dufour will present the work of Y.N.B.Cultural Bureau, Copenhagen,
which grew out of a project initiated in spring 2001 in which a new
group of artists living in Nørrebro, a local area in Copenhagen, made
daily observations in the neighbourhood for several years. The
project aimed to find and introduce cultural resources in the
neighbourhood, to create co-operation between artists and different
alternative invisible cultural groups (social, ethnic, religious,
gender etc.); to create/develop trust with the local communities; to
introduce new models of sociality/ communication and develop other
'meeting' spaces within public space.
Lea and Pekka Kantonen, artists, Finland. Lea and Pekka will discuss
their work which combines everyday life with art, as seen from the
Tent project, that is based on their experiences living as a family
among different indigenous communities, and a video diary that is
based on shots filmed every day since March 1990. They will also talk
about their role in facilitating young people in the process of
self-representation, which they felt has raised many questions that
are without definite answers.
Respondents: Jay Koh and Chu Chuyuan, artists, IFIMA
Exhibition and Video Screenings
There will be exhibits, video screenings and case presentations of
engaged art projects from various countries shown in The Substation.
Artists and arts groups whose works will be exhibited and presented
Amanda Heng, Singapore
Barbara Steveni & John Latham, Co-Directors of Organisation +
Imagination (O+I), London, UK
Eva Ursprung and Veronika Dreier, Woman Art Support, Graz, Austria
Ho Soon Yeen, Singapore
Project Environment/ Littoral, UK
Kirsten Dufour, Copenhagen, Denmark
Lea & Pekka Kantonen, Helsinki, Finland
Miho Shimuzu, Japan
Pananaw Ng Sining Bayan, Inc., The Philippines
Video Screening 1 & 2 March, 7.00 - 10.00pm Classroom, The Substation
Exhibition 2 & 3 March, 10.00am to 6.00pm Foyer, The Substation
National Arts Council, Singapore
LEE Foundation, Singapore
Sponsored and Supported by:
University of Art and Design Helsinki
Arts Council of Finland
The British Council
The Substation, Singapore
Projekt Herzgehirn e.V., Cologne
Bundesministerium fuer auswaertige Angelegenheiten, Austria
KUNST bundeskanzleramt, Austria
Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte Ltd
DCA Danish Contemporary Art Foundation
45 Armenian Street
tel 337 7535
fax 337 2729