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Show Me The World Symposium


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  • 26 Jun - 28 Jun 2015
  • 72-13
  • FREE ADMISSION with O.P.E.N. Pass. Limited single entry tickets per day of symposium available at the door.

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Show Me The World Symposium


Curatorial Practice in the Performing Arts

The development of curatorial concepts and practices in the performance arts have so far been embryonic, especially when compared to the intensive debates of such ideas within the visual arts world. 

Show Me The World, organised by Goethe Institute and Singapore International Festival of Arts, seeks to address this deficit in Southeast Asia through a series of informative talks, lively panel discussions and eye-opening presentations by seasoned curators from diverse corners of the world, including SIFA Festival Director Ong Keng Sen; Rolf Abderhalden, Artistic Director of Mapa Teatro in Colombia; and Florian Malzacher, Artistic Director of Impulse Theater Biennale in Germany. 

Joined by eight young curators working in specific contexts in Southeast Asia, the conversation attempts to locate the curating of performance arts in a post-global world, where locality and historical differences have become urgent and necessary. To what extent do colonial attitudes pervade curatorial practices in Southeast Asia, and do curators have to ‘decolonise’ themselves of influences that they have imbibed unconsciously? 

Complexities will be collaboratively unpacked through imagined scenarios, negotiations of difference and debates about the position of audiences in curatorial practice. Some issues that could arise include ‘the exotic spectacle’, ‘hierarchies of power’, ‘fashion and ethics’ and ‘the essence vs the individual’. 

26 June, 7pm – 9pm 

Rolf Abderhalden presents 

27 June, 9.30am – 2.30pm 

Presentations from South East Asia 

27 June, 2.30pm – 4.30pm 

Florian Malzacher presents 

28 June, 10am – 6pm 

Presentations and Discussions 


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