No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

About NTU CCA Singapore

The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) is a national research centre of Nanyang Technological University, developed with support from the Economic Development Board, Singapore. Officially opened in October 2013, NTU CCA Singapore plays an active role within Singapore’s art scene, fostering collaborations with local institutions serving as a space for knowledge production and artistic experimentation. Located in Gillman Barracks alongside a cluster of international galleries, NTU CCA Singapore operates as a local hub with a global perspective.

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Currently on View at NTU CCA Singapore

Tomás Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions

Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions at NTU CCA Singapore is a new production by Tomás Saraceno that brings his long-term research on spiderwebs into the realm of sound. The artist will turn webs into musical instruments, making audible the extraordinary structural properties of the spiders’ silk and laying bare their sophisticated vibrational method of communication. Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions is an interactive audiovisual installation, a process-driven laboratory for experimentation that pushes the boundaries of interspecies communication. (


About No Country at NTU CCA Singapore


Installation view: No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, a national research centre of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), May 10–July 20, 2014. Courtesy: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Following presentations at the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York, and Asia Society Hong Kong Center, the third and final staging of No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia was presented at NTU CCA Singapore. For this exhibition, many of the artworks returned to the region from which their makers hail, which called for an even closer examination of the region’s interrelationships and cultural representation. Grouped according to four themes—reflection and encounter, intersections and dualities, diversities and divisions, and the desire for unity and community—the works in No Country explored the region’s complex aesthetic, economic, historical, and political territories.

Organized by Singaporean curator June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, and tailored to respond to the local context and venue, No Country at NTU CCA Singapore marked the debut of two works—Loss by Sheela Gowda and Morning Glory by Sopheap Pich—not previously seen as part of the No Country exhibition. Other artists included: Bani Abidi, Reza Afisina, Poklong Anading, Shilpa Gupta, Amar Kanwar, Vincent Leong, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, The Otolith Group, Navin Rawanchaikul, Norberto Roldan, Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo, Tang Da Wu, and Tran Luong.


Learn more about how this unprecedented initiative is expanding the Guggenheim’s collection and involves the museum in working with curators in residence and collaborating with education teams across the globe.

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Discover the inspiration behind No Country and find out how the exhibition explores ideas of nation and community in an essay by June Yap. Download: e-book | PDF

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Artist Talks, Forums, and More . . .


With educational and public programming a key component of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, NTU CCA Singapore held tours, a forum, artist talks, and education workshops in conjunction with No Country. Highlights include:

  • For the first time since its opening, NTU CCA Singapore offered public tours for adults and school groups. Guggenheim education staff worked in close collaboration with the CCA, the Singapore Teacher's Academy for the Arts (STAR), and Friends of the Museum to facilitate professional development workshops for teachers and docents modeling interactive exhibition touring strategies for adults and youth. As a result of the No Country docent training led by Sharon Vatsky, Director of School and Family Programs, Friends of the Museum educators recently held an “Inquiry-based approach for guiding” workshop at the Asian Civilisation Museum.
  • Exhibition artists Sheela Gowda, Navin Rawanchaikul, and Norberto Roldan talked about their cultural influences and their use of unconventional artistic methods and materials.
  • In a conversation about curatorial approaches to regional issues, June Yap and Zoe Butt discussed concepts such as “localness” and “globalness,” center and periphery, theme and history. Yap referred to the representation of Vietnamese historical narratives in No Country, while Butt described exhibition making in the context of international biennials.
  • Ashish Rajadhyaksha answered questions from Lee Weng Choy, June Yap, Ute Meta Bauer, and others about his fascination with “the time of celluloid,” and with recent art that explores the history of the moving image. He also discussed the evolution of documentary film in India, the rise of video as a medium, and the status of the cinematic archive.
  • MAP artist collective The Otolith Group talked about their recent essay-film, The Radiant, about Japan’s Fukushima power plant, focusing on their readings of science fiction, and on the imagery and significance of disaster.
  • Lee Weng Choy moderated a discussion with the Otolith Group, Marian Pastor Roces, T.K. Sabapathy, and June Yap on the subtleties of national and regional economics, identity, and ideology that shape the area’s aesthetic and theoretical practices.


Resource Guides

Teacher's Guide
This Resource Guide focuses on seven artists whose work is included in No Country. The exhibition provides an opportunity for students to learn how contemporary artists address the issues and concerns of our time.
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Family Guide
This Family Guide is designed for children and adults to use together as they discover more about the art that is being produced by contemporary artists across South and Southeast Asia.
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