Monday, 18 November 2013

Panel discussion & Opening | In Search of Raffles' Light - An Art Project with Charles Lim

Date: 20 November 2013, Wednesday
Time: 6 pm
Venue: NUS Museum

Free Admission.
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Guest-of-Honour: Professor Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Nanyang Technological University

Panelists: Charles Lim, Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Fiona Tan & Kwa Chong Guan (Moderated by Ahmad Mashadi)

An interdisciplinary project guided by the Raffles Lighthouse as an evolving metaphor, In Search of Raffles’ Light explores the various angles of looking at Singapore’s maritime history and ecology. The exhibition also takes as an alternative point of departure, a series of correspondences which outlines the beginnings of a maritime museum for Singapore in the early 1970s. Yet, the two are not independent, but, as the exhibition proposes, implicate one another.

Although the project started with the intention of excavating the histories attached to the site of the Raffles Lighthouse on Pulau Satumu, but the closer it got to the lighthouse the more it found itself drifting away to the different currents surrounding the site. This panel discussion attempts to revisit just some of these fragments shored up during the process of researching for the exhibition. These include rethinking the statuses and nature of archival materials, a multitudinous approach to curate history as such, the possible relations and implications between museums and maritime history.

As part of Grounded Conversations, the Museum’s ongoing series of panel discussions, join Charles Lim alongside curators Shabbir Hussain Mustafa and Fiona Tan as they discuss the origins of the project, its evolving collaborative framework, and efforts to sustain individual approaches. Historian Kwa Chong Guan joins the panel to discuss the exhibition in relation to Singapore's maritime history and museum 

5.45pm - Arrival of guests and registration
6.00pm - Panel discussion
7:00pm - Opening speech by Guest-of-Honour
7:20pm - Artist Tour of In Search of Raffles’ Light

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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