[Public Seminar & Installation] Holes in the Future City: A Singapore Statement

[Public Seminar]
Holes in the Future City: A Singapore Statement
4 - 6pm, Celadon Room, NUS Museum

7pm, prep-room, NUS Museum

Holes in the Future City: A Singapore Statement serves as a preparatory meeting for an upcoming exhibition that will open at NUS Museum in late 2017. It is part of the research project Tourism and Cultural Heritage: A Case Study on the Explorer Franz Junghuhn led by Alex Lehnerer and Philip Ursprung at the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) in Singapore. Its backbone is a series of expeditions by an interdisciplinary group which investigates 17 of the island’s volcanoes.

Inspired by a satellite image of Java by night, the exhibition focuses on the volcanoes which appear as clearings in the seamless anthropogenic fabric. With 140 million inhabitants, Java is one of the world’s most densely populated areas. It appears as the epitome of a ‘future city’. A city in the making, Java reveals phenomena of urbanity that are difficult to grasp, yet surely add to the grand narrative of the contemporary metropolis. What the research team observes in Java also allows to see cities like Singapore with fresh eyes. In the phase of colonialism, a metropolis was adequately represented by a map, in the phase of industrialisation by a skyline and in the phase of de-industrialisation by a terrain vague, the wasteland. The nightly image of Java asks for alternative images and concepts.

Shortly following the seminar will be CRATER WALKS, a culminating installation of the five
volcano performances – Putih, Merapi, Galunggung, Gede, and Bromo – held in Crater Studios. This prep-room programme of Zurich-based artist collective U5 and designer/researcher Adrianne Joergensen has been ongoing since February 2017.

Image credit: NASA 2016, Java by night.

Thu Jun 22, 2017
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM SGT
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[Public Seminar] Holes In The Future City (4 - 6pm) FULL
[Installation] CRATER WALKS (7 - 8pm) FULL
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