Ute Meta Bauer | Saying It Without Saying. Can a Biennale Be a Newspaper?: On The Process of Creating the 17th Istanbul Biennial
The suspension of life-as-we-knew-it is a rare license to do things differently. Doing justice to this moment means resetting our expectations and our purposes, reimagining our formats and making way for a fundamental questioning that is political and philosophical; for conversations, intimate and public, generous and trenchant. What is needed above all in this uncertain window is the confidence to try unfamiliar ways, old and new, of interacting with each other and with the world.
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Ute Meta Bauer is an educator and curator in the field of contemporary art. Since 2013, she has been the Founding Director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and a Professor in the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, where she co-chairs the Master in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices. She was the director of the MIT Visual Arts Program from 2005 – 2009 and was the Founding Director of ACT, where she served from 2009 – 2012. Bauer was the Artistic Director of the 3rd berlin biennale for contemporary art (2003-2004), Co-Curator of Documenta11 on the team of Okwui Enwezor (2000-2002), and co-curated with MIT List Centre Visual Art Director Paul C. Ha the US Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), featuring video and performance pioneer Joan Jonas. Her recent curatorial and editorial projects for NTU CCA Singapore include The Oceanic (2017/18), Tarek Atoui, The Ground: From the Land to the Sea (2018), Trees of Life: Knowledge in Material (2018), Jef Geys – Quadra Medicinale Singapore (2018/19), Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy (2019), The Posthuman City: Climates. Habitats. Environments. (2019/20), Non-Aligned (2020) and Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films. (2020/21); Climates.Habitats.Environments. co-published with The MIT Press (2022), as well as the two-part reprints of the legendary i Press series edited by architects Mary Otis Stevens and Thomas McNulty (both MIT), The Ideal Communist City (1968, 2022) and World of Variation (1970, 2022). Bauer is currently curator of the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale (2022) featuring artist Shubigi Rao, and co-curator of the 17th Istanbul Biennial (2022) with filmmaker Amar Kanwar and art historian David Teh.