Dr Ooi presents a soon-to-be published paper which shows that fine artists in Singapore are finding themselves internalizing a market logic and have tied their art practices to economic value. Essentially, the fine arts are being subjugated in the creative industries as the cultural development logic of arts promotion in Singapore moves to economic development, and experimental creativity is overshadowed by productive creativity.

Can-Seng Ooi (www.ooi.dk) is an Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School. His research interests include comparative art worlds, place branding, cultural tourism and crosscultural management. He leads the research stream on Place Branding, Art and Culture in the multi-disciplinary research project ©reative Encounters, a project supported by the Danish Strategic Research Council.

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