Can Space Speak?

More than [show] business: Post-PopUp at CCA
13 June – 1 October 2014
Studio #01-07, Block 38 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

More than [show] business is a collaborative project between CCA – Centre for Contemporary Art and Post–Museum. This collaboration is conceived as a platform for exploring different curatorial formats and ways of presenting and distributing art.

We are looking for proposals from individuals and groups who will use the space as a platform for cultural production and activity. How can a space be inhabited? How can a space respond to multiple uses, shift identity and open up to different forms of engagement? How can a space produce context? How can one negotiate with the inherent restrictions in using an institutional space within a temporary framework? How open is an open space?

Proposals will be selected on a basis of how to use a space in a generative and critical nature.

Please send us your ideas and proposals at admin@post-museum.org! We embrace various formats for activities.

Proposals of a maximum of 500 words due on 4 July 2014.

Proposals will be selected on the basis of content, practicality and feasibility. The selected proposals will unfold throughout July, August and September.

The Post-PopUp is hosted within one of the CCA artists’ studios as a site for events, happenings, artistic experiments, hanging out and spontaneity. The programme will unfold in several episodes, bringing together institutional, curatorial and artistic gestures. More than [show] business is a space that could be tested for a future of co-constituted creative spaces and artistic communities in Singapore, looking at institution building in tandem with artistic practice. Going beyond exhibition making as artistic output, More than [show] business at Post-PopUp at CCA invites those to engage with other aspects involved in artistic production, the discursive event, the community group and the overnight show.

Figure adapted from “Model of a ‘praxis’of creativity and explanatory notes” (Heather Chi, 2011) for Post-PopUp at CCA, Gillman Barracks, Singapore, June-Sept 2014.

Used with kind permission from the author.*


* Chi,Heather (2011) Can Space Speak?Independence, Creativity and Social Action in Singapore: A Case Study of Post-Museum. Unpublished B. Soc. Sc. Honours thesis, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore.


The project More than [show] business – Post-PopUp at CCA is a collaborative effort between Post-Museum and CCA, led by curators Anca Rujoiu and Vera Mey, with the additional support of the National Arts Council (NAC).


Call for Feedback – Proposed Amendments to Public Entertainments and Meetings Act

MDA is planning to amend the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act (PEMA) to “spur co-regulation”. This is important for the arts in Singapore, so please email them your feedback by 30 May.

Read the MDA news release here.

The 4 amendments mentioned in the news release are:

1. New scheme of Self-classification and Term Licensing.

Basically, event organisers can train at MDA to become registered content assessors so that they can self-classify their performances as well as those of other practitioners. It is not stated who can be trained and the contents of the training. There will also be Tier 1 and 2 licences issued to expedite the staging of multiple performances within the licence period. It is not stated how long a term would be and how much the various licences would cost.

2. Licensing a virtual performance streamed for exhibition at a public venue as a live performance at the same venue.

3. Giving MDA power to investigate and fine breaches. It is not stated what fines would be imposed for what breaches and it is also not stated that the police will relinquish their power.

4. Requiring venues with Public Entertainment Licence to get classification from MDA for putting up arts entertainment.

There is insufficient info given to provide a good sense of whether these amendments would be better for the arts but we think that this is definitely not a case of more freedom of expression and less government control.