Speakers: Dr May Ee Wong and Karen Lim (TBC)
Free admission (with pre-registration)
16 March / 7.30PM / UCC Atrium
Have you ever come across large sculptures in public and wondered at what they are, or what their significance is?
What is often latent to such works is a complex constellation of meaning, space, and material coming together in conversation with each other to create experience. Beginning with an inquiry on public art as interventions of the built environment, the conversation examines the interactions between natural and urban spaces. Here, navigating such spaces while making meaning of the world around us is not contingent entirely on language and texts, but on the ways that our embodied responses in relation to such public structures refract, expand, or diminish our connections with nature. By being obstructions or conduits of light, the panel discussion locates how such public sites determine the presence and movement of organic bodies, emotional responses, socio-political contexts, and uses.
You can catch public art right here on campus at UTown with the unveiling of the winning work from the Public Art Competition, or examine how light affects our embodied movements with NUS Dance Synergy’s performance!
May Ee Wong is an interdisciplinary researcher and writer whose research interests include critical conceptions of the urban and built environment, contemporary architectural and design history from the 1960s, feminist Science, Technology and Society (STS) studies, and contemporary media theory and culture. She received her PhD in Cultural Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory from the University of California at Davis and has contributed to Architecture_MPS, Cultural Politics, as well as Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary