Singapore | Feb-Mar 2019


28 Feb.-1 March @School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2-3 March @National Gallery Singapore

City of Quantified Visions will be the curatorial theme of the Urban Media Art Academy in Singapore. In a 4-days program we will explore Singapore as one of the world’s ‘smartest’ cities today with advanced technologies of surveillance and tracking functionalities implemented across the island city-state. The computational infrastructure of intelligent cameras and sensors is mirrored in intense urban media aesthetics of light and celebration in this competitive urban context, growing fast in size, resolution and computational complexity while contributing to quantifying the quality and spatial feel at a street level. But do the visions of seamless government and celebratory aesthetics behind Singapore’s urban blueprint also stimulate initiative, participation and engagement at the human scale, from the bottom-up?

In a lab+lectures program and field trips we examine the urban visions reflected in Singapore’s urban media aesthetic environments and ask: how can we identify different urban visions in urban art and aesthetics, and how can they co-exist? How do these visions translate into experience at street level, and how do they affect human behavior?

The Academy program will combine learning on urban media art histories, urban theory, curatorial inquiries and criticality as well as ‘knowledge from the field’ via conversations with professionals. It will introduce participants to methods of artistic research, concept development and artwork proposals for creative city making.



28 February | 9:00-16:00 at School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University | 16:00-19:00 field trip
29 February | 9:30-17:00 at School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University | 17:00 field trip
1 March | 9:30-17:00 at National Gallery Singapore | 17:00 field trip
2 March | 9:30-17:00 at National Gallery Singapore | 17:00 field trip
3 March | 9:30-12:30 at National Gallery Singapore



3 March | 15:00-18:00 at National Gallery Singapore



School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University | Nanyang Drive, Level 4, Room 18 Singapore 637458
National Gallery Singapore | 1 St. Andrew’s Road #01-01 Singapore 178957




31 January | participant registration deadline (or until full)
6 February | notification of participation
11 February | online preparation, readings distributed
28-29 February | lab+lectures program at School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University
1-3 March | lab+lectures program at National Gallery, Singapore
3 March | afternoon Public Panel at National Gallery, Singapore



Dr. Tanya Toft Ag, Urban Media Art Academy and City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media
Susa Pop, Urban Media Art Academy and Public Art Lab



Mark Chavez, creative director of Media Art Nexus / MAN
Sebastian Chun, artist
Prof. Ina Conradi, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University
Prof. Dr. Luke Hespanhol, University of Sydney, Member of Media Architecture Institute
Prof. Dr. Kristy H.A. Kang, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
Suenne Megan Tan, director of Audience Development and Engagement, National Gallery Singapore
Elliott Woods, artist | Kimchi and Chips
Prof. Audrey Yue, National University of Singapore




Toft, Tanya. “What Urban Media Art Can Do_Introduction.” In What Urban Media Art Can Do – Why When Where & How, eds. Susa Pop, Tanya Toft, Nerea Calvillo and Mark Wright. Stuttgart: Av Edition, 2016.

(more readings and resources TBA)





Deadline 22 March 2019

After the program all participants will submit a text (max 600-800 words) in English, which will present your analysis and perspective on Singapore as a context for urban media art. Your answer to the question posed in the call for this academy: What can urban media art do for Singapore? was an initial exercise for this text, and you may want to build on your reflections submitted here.

Your illustrated text should address the following:

  • A title relating to Singapore as a City of Quantified Visions
  • Introduce your critical perspective on this urban issue (of quantifies visions) in Singapore
  • Present a brief urban/historical contextualization of the issue (e.g. refer to the city’s urban, architectural, political, philosophical, sociocultural, spiritual or other histories of your choice) – from minimum three different disciplinary perspectives – with references where appropriate
  • Reference a concrete urban space or environment in the city in which you locate this issue and can exemplify (briefly describe the character of the space, people in it, its dynamics and fluxes, etc.)
  • Reflection on artistic trajectories, tactics, practices, orientations and interdisciplinary encounters and methodologies that could do something with regards to these issues, perhaps with references to concrete works or artistic movements in Singapore
  • Conclude: what could urban media art do for Singapore – as a city of quantifies visions? Why, when, where, and how?
  • Please include minimum three visual images/illustrations to support your text (this you may gather during our field trips)

After feedback and evaluation (pass/no pass) based on the above guidelines and demonstration of the acquired learning goals, your texts will be edited and combined in an Academy report on Singapore summing up our investigations and findings during this program.



The program is open to students, artists, designers, architects, creatives, city-makers, architects and others with interest in urban media art and what it can do for the city of Singapore. Registered participants will receive a certificate upon completion.
Participation fee: 300 SGD (free for students).



Registration is open until January 31, 2019, or until full (20 participants).

Please submit to

  • Full name and title, 100-word bio, link to website, contact email
  • 100-word short statement: What can urban media art do for Singapore?
  • Image (square, b&w)



The Urban Media Art Academy is supported by the Goethe-Institut Singapore, the School of  Art, Design and Media, the National Gallery Singapore and co-funded in the framework of Future DiverCities and the European Union, Creative Europe Program.