30.08.2019 um 15:30

Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism

Public kick-off and symposium

Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism sheds light on the history, significance and future of modernism in selected cities of Southeast Asia in the context of the Bauhaus centenary 2019. In many countries of Southeast Asia, the mid-20th century likewise marked the start of a new era as former colonies gained their independence. Young states such as Burma (today Myanmar), Indonesia, Cambodia and Singapore were faced with the task to establish themselves as new nations and defining their own postcolonial identity in an international context. Their efforts often included the use of architecture and urban planning to express this new beginning.

With partners in Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Singapore and Yangon, Encounters explores the impact of modernism at the crossroads between early globalisation, local conditions, and the search for an own identity, starting with this period of upheaval that accompanied the transition to independence after colonial times.

– How did local modernisms emerge in Southeast Asia, what role did international discourse play in their development, and what concepts do they offer today?

– What promises can be found in the architectural concepts, what values and ideas underlie them, and what narratives are inscribed in the design?

– How do architecture and urban design that developed from modernist concepts reach beyond the local context to impact the broader, global discourse?

With contributions by:

Avianti Armand, Architect, Avianti Armand Studio, curator, architectural scholar, Jakarta, Indonesia
Puay-Peng Ho, Professor, Head of Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore
Sereypagna Pen, Architect, urban researcher, Executive Director of The Vann Molyvann Project, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Pwint, Professor, Deputy Head of Department of Architecture, Yangon Technical University, Myanmar
farid rakun, Artist, researcher and instigator, ruangrupa, Jakarta, Indonesia
Setiadi Sopandi, Architect, Indra Tata Adilaras Architects, curator, architectural scholar, Jakarta, Indonesia
Shirley Surya, Curator for Design and Architecture, M+ museum for visual culture, Hong Kong
Lyno Vuth, Artist, curator, Artistic Director of Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Johannes Widodo, Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore
Win Thant Win Shwin, Architect, planner, lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Mandalay Technological University, Myanmar

Ute Meta Bauer, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Eduard Kögel, Curator, architectural scholar, lecturer, Berlin

Event information:
The symposium will be held in English.
After the symposium reception in the courtyard of the TAK.

Admission is free. Please register until 28 August.
Contact for further information and registration: mail@seam-encounters.net

Artistic directors, Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism: Sally Below, Moritz Henning, Christian Hiller, Eduard Kögel. Project partner: stadtkultur international ev.

Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism is funded by the German Foreign Office as part of the 100 Years of Bauhaus programme.


Images: Buddhist Library Yangon, National Sports Complex Phnom Penh, Hotel Indonesia Jakarta, Golden Mile Complex Singapore. Graphics: Alexander Lech




tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg
Aufbau Haus am Moritzplatz
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