Place.Labour.Capital. connects cultural production and artistic research to
broader political and social concerns engaging readers with contemporary
debates in Southeast Asia and beyond. The title of the publication refers to
the framework employed at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
in its first cycle of activities (2013–2016). Singapore, as the world’s second
largest trading port and the economic epicentre for the region of Southeast
Asia, served as an important point of departure to examine the intersections
between locality and the global world, labour and flows of capital.
Place. Labour.Capital. serves equally as a rear-view mirror that enables an
art institution to review the parameters of its own position in times of a
globalised art world and knowledge-production economies.
This extensive publication “reminds us that institution building remains enormously
significant as a means of opening up new spaces, claims, communities,
dialogues, publics, and trajectories for critical artistic practice.” (Felicity D.
Scott, Associate Professor Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and
Preservation, Columbia University, New York).
Unfolding across four broad sections of “The Making of an Institution,” “The
Geopolitical and the Biophysical,” “Incidental Scripts,” and “Incomplete
Urbanism,” this publication reads as an exhibition. Drawing connections
across disciplines and merging theory with practice, Place.Labour.Capital.
weaves together a constellation of different bodies of materials from essays
to poetry, fiction, artworks and documentation of the Centre’s past
exhibitions. Richly illustrated, the publication brings together the voices of
more than 80 contributors to the Centre’s programme from former Research
Fellows such as Regina (Maria) Möller (Germany), T. K. Sabapathy
(Singapore), and Yvonne Spielmann (Germany) to former Artists-in-Residence including Amanda Heng (Singapore), Shooshie Sulaiman
(Malaysia), Erika Tan (Singapore/United Kingdom), Lee Wen (Singapore),
and Yee I-Lann (Malaysia). Other participants include those from the
Centre’s public programmes such as Stefano Harney (United
States/Singapore), Nikos Papasteriadigis (Australia), Post-Museum (Jennifer
Teo and Woon Tien Wei, Singapore), and David Teh (Australia/Singapore), to
name just a few.