Sited within NUS Museum, the prep-room is envisioned as a curatorial stage where the artefactual, the archival and the exhibitionary converge to contribute towards and challenge the institution’s rigour and aspirations. “things that may or may not happen” inscribes the principle of the prep-room as a fluid, temporary and dialogic space.
This prep-room DRILLS session brings together current collaborators Fyerool Darma (After Ballads) and Kate Pocklington (Buaya: The Making of a Non-Myth) with Charles Lim, who worked on the first prep-room Raffles Light in 2011. Fyerool and Pocklington will discuss their particular methodologies and ambitions within the interstices of the prep-room as a fertile and activated site in a museum, while Lim will offer his reflections on routing a prep-room project into an exhibition, consequently positing it as a significant encounter in his growing body of works. Through these measures, the prep-room locates its contrary and propositional nature, constructing its direction according to the curatorial hope of each particular collaboration.
This session will also present the video interview series on Fyerool Darma and Kate Pocklington, produced by NUS Museum interns Sara Lau and Harith Redzuan.
prep-room DRILLS is a series of public presentations of ongoing research and studio works by invited practitioners and researchers. Invited to work around the open-ended framework of NUS Museum’s prep-room, the collaborators engage with the framework of the prep-room and its features to interpose objects within the permanent collection or research trajectories of NUS Museum. DRILLS introduces many explicit and tacit modes of working by the artists and researchers within the context of a University Museum.