Returning in 2019 for its second edition, External Assessment Summer School brings together a series of lectures and workshops by cultural producers, artists and designers who have navigated the systems of cultural production at local, regional and international levels. While the 2018 edition mapped out the structural and political worlds of art and design that have enabled and informed the practices of individual artists and designers, this edition explores the social and political aspects of communal creative practices. How have histories of managerialism been internalised in our everyday work lives? How can we design systems of collaboration that work across boundaries and silos of cultural capital?


Vanessa Ban

Vanessa Ban is a graphic designer, artist and educator based in Singapore. Her practice focuses on the cross-fields of contemporary art and graphic design, and notable shows include both solo and group shows at the Southeast Asian Forum at Art Stage Singapore 2017, Singapore Writers’ Festival, Grey Projects and the London Design Festival. She is currently an associate faculty with the Glasgow School of Art Singapore, and LASALLE College of the Arts.

Kathleen Ditzig

Kathleen Ditzig is a researcher, critic and curator based in Singapore, where she is pursuing her PhD at NTU. Her art historical research addresses the relationship of Cold War globalism and the emergence of Southeast Asia as a cultural region. She received a scholarship from NHB and a Curatorial Fellowship from the Centre of Curatorial Studies (CCS) to pursue her MA in Curatorial Studies from CCS, Bard College, which she received in 2015. She was also a regents scholar at UCLA, when she pursued her BA in Art History and Asian Humanities. She has published in academic journals such as Southeast of Now and Finance and Society and in art magazines such as Art Forum, Flash Art and artagenda. She has participated in exhibitions such as the 9th Berlin Biennale and co-curated international exhibitions for institutions such as the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She recently curated State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters.

Darius Ou

Darius Ou is a designer based in Singapore, offering art direction and graphic design services to commercial and cultural fields. Working at the intersection of print and digital, he believes in an inquisitive approach for each and every project.

Wong Bing Hao

Wong Bing Hao is a writer and curator based in Singapore. They research gender and sexuality in theory, art, and everyday realities. Recent projects include Indifferent Idols (2018), the first in a new series of online research publications. Their writing has been published in Frieze, Leap, and Aqnb.

Nurul Huda Rashid

Nurul Huda Rashid is a researcher, educator, and photographer. Her research interests focus on images, narratives, visual and sentient bodies, feminisms, and the intersections between them. Her current project, Women in War, is a survey of images of women in war, critiqued through concepts of gender and violence, politics of the visual, and the role of media and the archives as methods. She has exhibited her projects, Hijab/Her (2012) and Untitled (2011) at the National Museum of Singapore and The Substation, and produced “Phase 3: Notes to Her” (2018), part of her Women in War project as part of a studio residency with Objectifs. Nurul develops and facilitates Photography and Sex Education workshops with AWARE, a Women's Advocacy Organization, and teaches across various tertiary institutions on subjects such as Anthropology, Liberal arts, and Design. She loves smelling old books and hates that she is perpetually being asked, “are you Singaporean?”

Candice Ng

Candice Ng is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Art Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. A designer, educator and researcher currently based in Singapore, her practice concerns issues of critical inquiry within design, the visual arts and pedagogy in examining notions of norms, values and belief systems in contemporary society. She holds an M.F.A in New Media from Pennsylvania State University and was previously an artist fellow at Studio|Lab - an interdisciplinary space that facilitates new methodologies of art-science research and practice.

Image 1: Abstracted forms of text and image of the Supplemento Dominical Journal Do Brasil - a cultural newspaper supplement that was published from 1956-1961 in Brazil - used as musical scores to explore alternative methodologies of ‘reading’ the news.

Image 2-3: Informal Reading - A selection of text compiled to investigate the practice of design.

Magdalena Magiera

Magdalena Magiera is Curator, Outreach & Education at NTU CCA Singapore. She was an independent curator, Managing Editor of frieze d/e, and currently editor of mono.kultur, a quarterly interview magazine. She co-curated Based in Berlin (2011) as well as exhibitions for The Building and SPLACE in Berlin. Magiera was Project Manager of The Maybe Education and Other Programs at dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel (2012) and UNITEDNATIONSPLAZA, Berlin (2006–08). Prior to joining NTU CCA Singapore, she worked for e-flux exhibitions and public programmes in New York City.

Adeline Setiawan

Adeline Setiawan is an anthropologist, designer, and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Saturday Kids, a curiosity school for children to learn how to create with code, design, engineering and empathy, and co-founder of FabCafe Singapore, a fabrication cafe located in ArtScience Museum Singapore where people can create things with 3D printers and laser cutting while enjoying a cup of coffee. She is currently co-founder and Chief Publisher of an online interdisciplinary publication x art gallery, so-far.online.

Kenneth Tay

Kenneth Tay is completing his MA Media Studies at The New School where he is working on a thesis that examines Singapore's integration into the logistical media of the "global surface." Some recent projects include: FLAT.SPACES (2018), an online archive of the Singaporean internet art-collective tsunamii.net (2001–2005); Left–Right (2016), a co-edited publication on Singapore and its image factory; and Concrete Island (2016), a curatorial project on Singapore, cinema, and urban infrastructures.

Heman Chong

Heman Chong (Malaysia, 1977) is an artist whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. He received his Masters in Communication Art & Design from The Royal College of Art, London in 2002. He lives and works on Depot Road, Singapore. His work has been shown in a number of solo exhibitions: Spirts in the Material World (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2019); Legal Bookshop (Swiss Institute New York, USA, 2018); Never is a Promise (Calle Wright, Manila, Philippines, 2018); Because, the Night (72-13, Singapore, 2017); Ifs, Ands, Or Buts (Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2016); An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories (South London Gallery, london, England, 2015); Never, a Dull Moment (Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea, 2015); Correspondence(s) (P!, New York, USA, 2014); Calendars (2020–2096) (NUS Museum, Singapore, 2011); Common People and Other Stories (Art in General, New York, USA, 2007); The Sole Proprietor and Other Stories (Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou , China, 2007); Vexillogy, Cartography and Other Stories (Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2005); Snore louder if you can (The Substation, Singapore, 2004); and The Silver Sessions (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 2003).

In 2006, he developed a writing workshop with Leif Magne Tangen at Project Arts Center in Dublin where they co-authored PHILIP (2007), a science fiction novel with Mark Aerial Waller, Cosmin Costinas, Rosemary Heather, Francis McKee, David Reinfurt and Steve Rushton.

Between 2012 and 2014, Chong produced Moderation(s), a third space that exists between Witte de With Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Spring Workshop in Hong Kong, China which involved more than 50 artists and comprised a conference, three exhibitions, three residencies and a book of short stories.

Chong is the co-director and founder (with Renée Staal) of The Library of Unread Books which has been hosted by the NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore; The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Philippines; Casco, Utrecht, Netherlands; and Kunstverein Milano, Milan, Italy.

He is currently working on a novel, The Book of Drafts, which will be published by Polyparenthesis in 2019.

Image 1: The Sunday Times, Sunday, April 1, 2018, Page B11 UV print on unprimed canvas, 51 x 78.7 x 1.5 inches (130 x 200 x 5 cm) Signed and dated verso, Unique, 2018

Image 2: Foreign Affairs #35 UV print on unprimed canvas, 51 x 78.7 x 1.5 inches (130 x 200 x 5 cm) Signed and dated verso, Unique, 2018

The next official open call takes place 1 March 2019 and closes 15 June 2019, with notification sent by 30 June 2019. Interested applicants should email us with their CV and portfolio and/or work samples, whichever you deem applicable for your practice. We encourage undergraduates and professionals in various creative fields (design, art, writing, curation, photography etc) to apply.

This year's edition will be held at DECK from 15—19 July. If you are working full time or travelling into Singapore, for your own scheduling purposes please note that External Assessment Summer School is a full 5 day programme. Fees are $380 per participant, to be paid in full upon acceptance of the course.

23—27 July 2018
Goodman Arts Centre

Vanessa Ban, Kathleen Ditzig, Sean Kelvin Khoo, gideon-jamie, Darryl Lim, Anca Rujoiu, Kenneth Tay, Binghao Wong

Kia Yee Ang, Raissa Ali, Radhiah Anis, Justin Chua, Catherine Kusuma, Thaila Lam, Leonardo Laurensius, Adelia Lim, Clara Lim, Jael Ng, Kevin Ng, Sara Ng, Ow Ting Quan, Kyle Ngo, Sha Yee Jin, Ramona Raj, Bernice Sim, Berny Tan, Jenson Tan, Daryl Bradley Tan, Nadia Wagner, Johann Yamin, Rakeeza Sheren

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