Nina Copy Shop, Archival Contamination and Companionship
Date: 16 March 2023, Thursday
Time: Anytime between 11am – 6pm
Venue: Level 5, Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
Free, by registration.
Nina bell F. and friends invite you to exchange knowledge and experiences about community archiving practices. They will facilitate a conversation to explore questions posed for the Nina bell F. House Museum. Archiving practices contain a diversity of values and principles dependent on questioning what matters or what is worth collecting.
Various forms of documentation narrate the discrepancy between state-based archiving institutions and independent archival initiatives. In the Nina bell F. House Museum archival practices consider ways of being and knowing in common, whereby fragility, fragmentation and fermentation are embraced. Here, archives as incomplete as they are, can serve as the glue and structure for relationality. An important question arises, what kind of spaces, practices, perspectives and resources do independent art and cultural organizations need to be sustainable?
The team has planned the following flow of events:
11am - 1pm: Conversation between Jason Wee (Grey Projects), Berny Tan, G (wares not warehouses), Jennifer Teo (POST-MUSEUM) Rifki Akbar Pratama (KUNCI Study Forum & Collective), Sam Yi Yao Chao (Asia Art Archive), facilitated by Ying Que and Sophia Park
1pm - 2pm: Break
2pm - 3pm: Presentation by Rifki Akbar Pratama from KUNCI Study Forum & Collective and Sam Yi Yao Chao from Asia Art Archive
3pm - 6pm: Zine-making
Event for the Zine-making are invited to bring materials from their personal or community archives to feed imaginations about independent forms of archiving practice as well as institutional building. The harvest of these discussions will become the base of an informal, hand-made publication-companion, to be put together, copied and bound on the spot to be distributed further beyond the room.
Presented as part of Singapore Biennale 2022 named Natasha, organised by the Singapore Art Museum. The Biennale is commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore.