[Book Launch + Panel Discussion] Grounded Conversations: Re/Visiting, Re/Thinking, Re/Writing

[Gallery impression, 'Come cannibalise us, why don't you?' | Erika Tan, NUS Museum, 2013]

Date: 2 May 2014, Friday
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Venue: NUS Museum
Presented as part of a book launch for an artist book that rewrites as much as it documents Erika Tan’s exhibition ‘Come cannibalise us, why don’t you?’ at the NUS Museum, this event will feature a panel discussion between curators and artists, following screenings by Erika through which she will appear in absentia, as ways to encounter the artist book. As much a closing event as it is a book launch, Re/Visiting, Re/Thinking, Re/Writing aims also to perform an advanced mourning for the exhibition, tracing and anticipating some of its afterimages in the absence of its "author".

Some of the participants for the panel discussion include Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Charles Lim, Kenneth Tay, Janice Loo and Ahmad Mashadi as moderator.

About ‘Come cannibalise us, why don’t you?’
Emerging from an ongoing discussion between NUS Museum curators and artist Erika Tan since 2009 about the multitudinous potentials of the museumised object, the colloquially titled ‘Come cannibalise us, why don’t you?’ is an artist’s response that revisits through re-use, re-enactment and repatriation, the artefacts and writings from, and referenced in, the exhibition Camping and Tramping Through The Colonial Archive: The Museum in Malaya (2011-2013). In addition, newer artworks developed by the artist include film, objects and works on paper will be shown alongside. The guiding principle being a form of aesthetic cannibalism.

The exhibition ‘Come cannibalise us, why don’t you?’ closes on 4th May 2014.

About the Artist Book
Co-edited by the artist and the curators involved, the artist book – similarly titled Come cannibalise us, why don’t you? consists of text/image/archival entries that reframe and engage historical data, events, artefacts that have a specific relationship to the colonial museum in Malaya and more generally, exhibitionary and museological practices and their relevance today. Organised along the sections of “Re/View”, “Re/Collections from The Archives”, “Repetition, Rehearsal, Remake” and “Re/Visiting, Re/Thinking, Re/Writing”, the book also traces some of the interior rumblings and indigestions of the exhibition.

About Grounded Conversations
Presenting a series of distinct projects on how art practitioners have begun to adopt comprehensive paradigms in their fieldwork methods traditionally associated with anthropological or historical research, Grounded Conversations brings together practitioners from the contemporary art world to unravel this 'anthropological turn'.


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