The city as an urban archeological archive: archiving the matrix change

Jailani, Tina (2018) The city as an urban archeological archive: archiving the matrix change. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: The city as an urban archeological archive: archiving the matrix change

If we look at an object beyond its physicality, can it tell us about changes that have happened in the urban geographical and ecological environment? In a city that is transforming as rapidly as Singapore, physical changes in these environments reshape the temporal and spatial ordering of human experiences, which affect habits, collectivities and memory. The fleeting temporality of urban experiences and the historical detachment of society from place leaves one to sense the immense magnitude of the present – negating connections with the past. Perhaps, the omnipresence of an ‘ahistorical’ condition provokes artist to yearn for a sense of meaning, history and memory as a sense of reconciliation with the past that compels them to create imaginative conceptions of the city. This thesis seeks to explore how two visionary Singaporean contemporary artists, Robert Zhao and Debbie Ding, explore and recode the matrix of change through the conceptualisation of the archival object. It argues that changes in the urban geographical and ecological environment are embodied in the archival object, and are interconnected through the dimensions of time, place, practice, habit, collectivities and memory. The interdisciplinary practices of Zhao and the Institute of Critical Zoologists, and Ding and the Singapore Psychogeographical Society, inform us of the entanglement between humans and changes in the urban environment. Zhao and Ding present us with alternative perspectives for looking at the urban archeological archive, as well as the speculative potentialities of the archival object to chart the phenomena of a new reality and speculative conceptions of the city.

Subjects: Art History
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 06:54
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 07:04
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