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Nature & Urbanity
Acts of Life

Acts of Life: An interdisciplinary collaboration of NTU CCA Singapore and MCAD Manila commissioned by the Goethe-Institut.

Nature and Urbanity: Acts of Life is a critical research residency and presentation project that seeks to explore the relationship between environments and humankind in times of rapid urbanization and digitalization. The project is transdisciplinary in nature and lends itself to discussions between fields of art, culture, sociology, technology, philosophy and urbanism, amongst others. The project is a collaboration of NTU CCA Singapore und MCAD Manila, commissioned by the Goethe-Institut. About the project Four key Questions

The Residency

Various creative and interdisciplinary working scholars of related fields such as art, design, urbanism, humanities and digital sciences who live and work in Southeast Asia and/ or Germany are joining the residencies in Singapore and Manila, starting on 28 October 2018. The participants will work on their respective fields of research, together with selected counterparts of their interest, deploying conceptual, terminological, or methodological research tools.

The Residents The Residents

The Residents

The Goethe-Institut selected 16 residents to participate in the residency.

Process Process

The Process

The residency spanned over 4 weeks.

Residents‘ Reflection Residents‘ Reflection

Residents‘ Reflection

To be published in January

Public Presentation


What role does historical, traditional or indigenous knowledge of nature and culture play in the future of the world making and acts of life in general? How have digital technologies and internet culture shaped contemporary interpretation and translation of the nature/culture complex in the arts? The residents will present their results from 24 to 27 January 2019 in Singapore and from 21 to 24 February 2019 in Manila.

Residents' Research

Showcase Manila Showcase Manila

Showcase Manila

21.02.2019 (Thur) - 23.02.2019 (Sat)

Showcase Singapore Showcase Singapore

Showcase Singapore

25.01.2019 (Fri) - 26.01.2019 (Sat)

Commissioners & Partners

The Residency Nature and Urbanity: Acts of Life is commissioned by the Goethe-Institut Singapore and the Goethe-Institut Philippines with organising partners Nanyang Technological University Contemporary Arts Center (NTU CCA) and Museum of Contemporary Art + Design (MCAD) Manila.

Curatorial Committee Curatorial Committee

Curatorial Committee

The curatorial committee consists of 5 members from NTU CCA and MCAD Manila.


Partners Partners


The residency has been co-organised with NTU CCA and MCAD Manila.


A cooperation between

Acts of Life / A cooperation between Goethe-Institut, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Goethe-Institut, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design