TBA21–Academy The Current
Cycle I : Convening #3 – Tabu/Tapu

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

Block 43 Malan Road

Gillman Barracks

Singapore 109443

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January 25–27, 2018

Part of Singapore Art Week 2018

Coinciding with the exhibition The Oceanic (December 9, 2017 – March 4, 2018), featuring contributions by TBA21–Academy The Current Fellows—Nabil Ahmed and Inter-Pacific Ring Tribunal (INTERPRT),  Atif Akin,  Laura Anderson Barbata, Dr Guigone Camus,  Tue Greenfort, Newell Harry,  Dr Kristy H. A. Kang, Dr PerMagnus Lindborg, Armin Linke, Filipa Ramos, Lisa Rave, and Jegan Vincent de Paul—NTU CCA Singapore will present The Current Convening #3, in collaboration with TBA21–Academy, during Singapore Art Week 2018.  

Convening #3 marks the culmination of TBA21–Academy The Current’s first cycle of expeditions led by Professor Ute Meta Bauer from 2015–17. Convened by Markus Reymann, Director of TBA21–Academy, Stefanie Hessler, Curator of TBA21–Academy, and Professor Bauer, Convening #3 brings together The Current Fellows from the expeditions; Fijian collaborators; thought leaders from diverse disciplines; local agencies and community groups. Through a series of roundtable discussions, talks, lectures, workshops, and performances, Convening #3 shares with a wider public the research and collective body of knowledge from the expeditions to the Pacific archipelagos of Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, and Fiji. Focusing on the modalities of exchange, environmental urgencies, and responsibilities, as well as the ownership and rights of nature, Convening #3 provides a platform that invites active and creative participation and exploration into how we can be agents of change and effect development in international laws, policies, culture, and education. 


Guest-of-Honour during reception on January 26, 2018:
Masagos Zulkifli
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources of Singapore

The Current Fellows will be present, joined by TBA21 Chairwoman and Founder Francesca von Habsburg, TBA21–Academy team, with invited speakers and participants including: 


Tarek Atoui (Lebanon/France), musician, composer, and sound artist; Barney Broomfield (United States), filmmaker; Dr Cynthia Chou (Singapore/United States), Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Iowa, United States; Andrew Foran (Australia/Fiji), Head, Pacific Centre for Environmental Governance, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Suva, Fiji; Taholo Kami (Tonga/Fiji), Special Advisor, Pacific Partnerships and International Civil Society, COP23 Presidency Secretariat of the Fijian government; Dr Cresantia (Frances) Koya Vaka’uta (Fiji), Director, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies & Pacific Heritage Hub, UNESCO Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji; Dr Hervé Raimana Lallemant-Moe (French Polynesia), Law Department, University of French Polynesia, Tahiti; Dr Sandor Mulsow (Chile/Jamaica), Director, Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources, United Nations International Seabed Authority, Kingston, Jamaica; Rasmus Nielsen (Denmark), artist, SUPERFLEX; Lucy Orta (United Kingdom/France), artist, and Professor and Chair of Art and Environment, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom; Maureen Penjueli (Fiji), coordinator, Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG); Chief Roko Sau (Fiji), Paramount Chief of Totoya Islands; Joey Tau (Fiji), media and campaign officer, Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG)