Lowave is a platform for curatorial research based in Singapore and Paris. Its activities range from exhibition concepts, film programming and live performances, to artistic consultations, publications, and teaching. The singularity of Lowave's work is its international scope with a strong interest in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, highlighting emerging artists and the use of interdisciplinary and intercultural crossings. Lowave was co-founded by its director Silke Schmickl in 2002 and consists of four main members including Mickaël Robert-Gonçalves, Jeremy Chua and Patricia Cartier-Millon, as well as a dense network of project-based partners. Lowave has collaborated with institutions such as Centre Georges Pompidou, French Cinematheque, The British Film Institute, 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, KIT – Kunst-im-Tunnel, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore and UNESCO.
In the heart of Paris's museum land, neighbouring the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, a few minutes from the Grand and Petit Palais, the Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the musée du quai Branly has an exceptional location on the banks of the River Seine, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The arts of Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas now form part of the historical and artistic grand tour of the capital. The musée du quai Branly is an innovative cultural institution – museum, educational and research centre, and public living space all in one. Built on one of the last available sites in the heart of Paris, the architectural design of this original project is the work of Jean Nouvel.
Centre Pompidou's Department of Cultural Development offers a wide range of programming within all artistic and cultural fields, reflecting closely the societal concerns that cross the contemporary world. The events and exhibitions are inscribed in a pluridisciplinary approach and an ongoing playful dialogue between the arts, especially cinema, performing and visual arts, and the domain of ideas. Within the department, the Service de la Parole is a platform for expression linking thought and creation, mainly within the field of visual arts, that encourages a reflexion on modes of the reception of art and its interfaces with the current society. Hence the department regularly invites artists, art historians, philosophers, writers and other actors of the contemporary intellectual life for debates, conferences and colloquiums.
Founded in 2010 by Frédéric Blondy and Marguerite Lantz and hosted in the prestigious Saint-Merry church in the centre of Paris, The Rendez-vous contemporains de Saint-Merry is a regular programme of concerts and screenings dedicated to innovative contemporary art practices. Conceived as a platform where established and emerging, French and foreign artists are invited to collaborate and explore a wide range of musical genres – ranging from classical to improvised, experimental, electronic or electro-acoustic music –, the association also wishes to offer an exceptional architectural space to essential sonorous experimentations which are often confined to underground networks.
A must destination for cinephiles visiting the city of light, La Cinémathèque française is dedicated to everything celluloid, from the past and the present. Housed in a building designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, La Cinémathèque française includes a film museum with a permanent exhibition exploring cinema throughout its short but vibrant history, hosts regular temporary exhibitions as well as an annual film programme, paying homage to specific film directors, national film traditions or periods.
Point Éphémère, established in 2004, is a centre for the arts located in the former construction material store Point P on canal Saint Martin in Paris. From its beginning Point Ephémère has offered an extensive programming of exhibitions, public openings, concerts, evening performances, conferences, workshops and unusual happenings. Its objective is to welcome the public, carry out active involvement throughout the city and provide a location for an artist-in-residency programme (visual arts, music, dance, scenography). It is lead by the team of Usines Ephémères which has been converting run-down and unused buildings into temporary artistic spaces for twenty years.
studioKALEIDO is a progressive, full-service design practice and curatorial think-tank currently based in Singapore and founded by graphic designer Winnie Wu, an emerging leader at the forefront of Asian graphic design. Its distinct perspectives on the design of visual branding, print collateral and publications combine a high level of craftsmanship and conceptual innovation. As independent curators and editors, studioKALEIDO takes its predilection for the arts further, stitching together exhibitions, events and publications that are contemporary explorations of urban phenomena and cultural chasms.
The National Heritage Board (NHB) was formed on 1 August 1993. As the custodian of Singapore’s heritage, the NHB is responsible for telling the Singapore story, sharing the Singaporean experience and imparting our Singapore spirit. The NHB's mission is to preserve and celebrate the shared heritage of our diverse communities, for the purpose of education, nation-building and cultural understanding. It manages the national museums, heritage institutions and the Language Councils Secretariat. The NHB also sets policies relating to heritage sites, national monuments and the National Collection. Through the National Collection, the NHB curates heritage programmes and presents exhibitions to connect the past, present and future generations of Singaporeans. NHB is now a statutory board under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
The Singapore International Foundation makes friends for a better world. Our programmes bring people together to share ideas, skills and experiences in areas such as healthcare, education, the environment, arts and culture, as well as livelihood and business. Through our suite of cultural exchange programmes, we harness the power of arts and culture to promote understanding for an inclusive world and deliver on social impact.
Operating under the supervision of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Institut français is in charge of ensuring the status and prestige of French culture worldwide. It promotes artists, ideas and works that help portray France’s innovative and dynamic creative scene. To support cross-cultural dialogue, it helps develop professional communities in the sectors it works.
We would like to thank all the artists, writers, galeries, distributors and partner institutions as well as Christine Abdelnour, Allegro Print, Bénédicte Alliot, Clément Arnoux, Asian Film Archive, Guelfo Ascanelli, Ila Baharom, Vanini Belarmino, Flora Boillot, Frédéric Blondel, Eglantine de Boissieu, Nicole Brenez, Enoch Cheng, David Chew, Tee Pao Chew, Sophie Collombat, Catherine David, Charlène Dinhut, Linh Dong, Wafa Ghermani, Sylvia Goh, Géraldine Hebras, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Rainer Jochim, Baptiste Joxe and his team, Jee Leong Koh, Anna Laban, Davina Lai, Marguerite Lantz, Lasalle College of Art, Yves Le Fur, Kenny Leck, Delon Madavan, Frédérique Magal, National Museum of Singapore, Objectifs Films, Ota Fine Arts, Melanie Su Zhen Pocock, Point Ephémère's technical team, Shubigi Rao, Christine Rosas, Lucie Roibet, Georgies Srour, Némésis Srour, David Suchestow, Kay Wee Thong, Marko Schiefelbein, Warren Sin, Soh Lai Yee, Bala Starr, studioKALEIDO, Tan Boon Hui, Nelson Yeo, Kathryn Weir, Wenjie Zhang, Cécile Zoonens.
Director of the publication: Silke Schmickl
Managing editor: Mickaël Robert-Gonçalves
Associated editors: Patricia Cartier-Millon, Vicki Yang
Graphic design: studioKALEIDO
Images: Philipp Aldrup, Sookoon Ang, Wesley Leon Aroozoo, Patricia Cartier-Millon, Kent Chan, T. Chapotot, Chye Teck Chua, Jeremy Chua, Debbie Ding, Kevin Foong, FOUDRE!, Rajendra Gour, Bani Haykal, Ho Tzu Nyen, Godwin Koay, Zai Kuning, Urich Lau, Jiekai Liao, Loo Zihan, NGUAN, Ezzam Rahman, Mickaël Robert-Gonçalves, Silke Schmickl, Jason Soo, Némésis Srour, Georgies Srour, Tan Pin Pin, Eva Tang, Teow Yue Han, Jason Wee, Ming Wong, Ruyi Wong, Nelson Yeo.
Published by Lowave in 2015
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