Performance Lecture by Tisna Sanjaya | "There are too many episodes of people coming here..." [projects 2008 - 2014]

Date: 28 May, Thursday 
Time: 7 - 9pm 
Venue: NUS Museum

7 - 7.15pm: Curatorial introduction to "There are too many episodes of people coming here..." [projects 2008 - 2014]
7.15 - 8pm: Performance-Lecture by Tisna Sanjaya
8 - 8.30pm: Exhibition Tour
8.30pm: Reception



On occasion of the exhibition, “There are too many episodes of people coming here…” [projects 2008 – 2014], Indonesian artist Tisna Sanjaya will be conducting a performance-lecture that revisits his 2011 exhibition presented at the Museum, Cigondewah: An art project by Tisna Sanjaya. As a project that began in 2007 and attempted to articulate a post-auratic positioning of art and artist within a communitarian framework of purpose and agency, the performance-lecture will evaluate and prospect evolving strategies, and the complex complicities that necessarily link between advocacy, the exhibitionary and publics, within and beyond Cigondewah. A publication on Tisna’s project Cigondewah will also be launched during the occasion of the lecture.

The Cigondewah exhibition of 2011 is one of several projects re-presented in “… too many episodes …”. An exhibition about exhibitions, it brings together a group of artworks, artefacts, and documentations drawn from projects organised by the NUS Museum between the years 2008 to 2014. Together, they can be considered highlights of recent curatorial projects; but importantly, they are assembled to prompt considerations into ways of working, and the broader relationships between objects, subjects, and authorial control or the lack of it. Many of these projects were also devised along encounters that drift between discipline and heuristic impulses, and as such render readings or positions dependent on negotiations and play.

The exhibition title is based on the words of Wak Ali, a custodian of a Muslim shrine that once stood on the banks of the Kallang River. It is at once an affirmation and a lament about the potentials of a site that may transform the individual regard, and the very contingency of positions on immediate experiences and commitments. An exhibition can only harbour meanings that are provisional and conditional, if it is to be an active site for a public with an active agency. Is this our purpose? If so, what of institutional methods and practice?

About the artist
A socially-engaged artist, Tisna uses a wide range of techniques and medium available (drawing, etching, aquatint, mixed media, installation and performance art) to raise awareness of the human, social and political conditions in Indonesia, though often done so with a characteristic humour. He has exhibited widely both in Europe and Asia, and was most recently included as part of the exhibition Secret Archipelago at the Palais de Tokyo in March 2015.

Exhibition runs till November 2015.

Event Photos
On occasion of the exhibition, <“There are too many episodes of people coming here…” [projects 2008 – 2014]>, Indonesian...
Posted by NUS Museum on Thursday, 25 June 2015


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