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Workshop: Keyword Laboratory: “Socio-botanic” by Xu Tan

Description
“Urban farming is a social practice that has associations with contemporary life on many levels, relating fundamentally to environment, capitalism, global consumerist lifestyles, and to the production of knowledge and technology for human sustenance.” — Xu Tan

In this workshop, artist Xu Tan invites local practitioners engaged in the social practice of urban farming, to share with participants how to grow, what to plant, and why. The workshop takes a hands-on approach, allowing participants to handle samplings of plants, seeds, and soil. Through these interactions between practitioners and public participants, the workshop provides a platform for knowledge exchange on a sociopolitical and an aesthetic level.

A collection of six videos of interviews by Xu with urban farmers in China and Singapore, the latter he filmed during his time on the NTU CCA Singapore Residencies programme, will also be on view. These videos are part of his ongoing research into the social practice of botany/farming.


BIOGRAPHY
Xu Tan (China) is an artist currently based in Guangzhou and former Artist-in-Residence at NTU CCA Singapore. He is known for his ongoing project Searching for Keywords that analyses video interviews of different communities to identify key words based on meaning that reveal values and motivations of contemporary Chinese society. The derivative lexicon gives a pulse of the current social climate and presents an insight into the collective social consciousness of China. His project Keywords School has been exhibited extensively in Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Sweden. Xu has participated in numerous international exhibitions such as at Venice Biennale, Italy (2009, 2003) and Center Pompidou, France (2003). A member of Big Tail Elephant Group from 1993 to 1998, he recently exhibited at the Group's retrospective exhibition at Guangdong Times Museum, China (2016).
Sun Jan 22, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM SGT
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Venue
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
Tickets
General Admission FULL
Venue Address
Blk 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109443 Singapore
Organizer
CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17
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