Conversations & Working in Public – a discussion and exploration series on participation and collaboration

Venue: The AGORA
Address: The Agora, 28 Sin Ming Lane #03-142 Midview City, Singapore 573972.
Date: 13 August 2015
Time: 7.30pm

This series of conversations and working with others explore how we can have meaningful interactions, be more inclusive of differences and see participation as acts of social connections and solidarity. At the same time, where and when independent voices are expressed, negotiations can be initiated to move towards participation and collaboration. Does this require us to re-learn another mode of communication or acquire another form of critical competence in language?

Participants in these events will negotiate and take ownership to determine the directions and themes of the ongoing discussions. Let us come together to explore the foundations and processes of people-centred interactions as meaningful and affirmative undertakings.

This workshop will be moderated by Jay Koh.

Moderator’s Bio:Jay Koh, born in Singapore and became a German citizen in 1999. He identifies himself as a Southeast Asian artist-curator. He begins in the early 90s’ his multifaceted practice to seek responsive, reciprocal, dialogical and critical engagement with others. Prior to art, jay was involved in social and health activism in Cologne that advocated caution over genetically engineered products and their applications in the medical fields. Under the platform of iFIMA – international Forum for InterMedia Art, founded in 1995, jay has created diverse public participatory art projects, symposiums and residency programmes across Europe and Asia; directed art spaces in Cologne (arting) and Yangon (NICA – Networking & Initiatives for Culture & the Arts) and initiated the Open Academy, an art-led, learning-driven, capacity building programme in Hanoi, Hue, Ulaanbaatar and Yangon, in collaboration with Malaysian artist Chu Yuan.

In the last few years he has been working mostly in Ireland, taking onadditional roles as an evaluator, mediator and mentor in arts relatedand resource development activities. In 2013 he obtained his Doctor of Fine Arts in cross-disciplinary artistic research at the University ofthe Arts Helsinki. In 2010 he was awarded a cultural diversitycurator fellowship in Northeast Scotland and from 2011-2014, he was a member of the research team Asian Arts and Performance Consortium. He has just concluded a durational public art project with Spaced Australia and continues to research on the ecological validation and answerability of public engaging art praxis. His research and experience has been published in a book on Art-led Participative Processes (ALPP), please see this link for info.