ISSUE is an international peer-reviewed art journal focused on exploring issues in contemporary art and culture. This annual publication is an inter- and trans-disciplinary journal that carries a curated set of scholarly articles, essays, interviews and exhibitions on disciplines ranging from contemporary art, design, film, media, performance and cultures.
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Editor: Dr. Venka Purushothaman
Associate Editor: Susie Wong
Advisor: Milenko Prvački
Professor Patrick Flores, University of the Philippines
Dr. Peter Hill, Artist and Honorary Enterprise Professor at the VCA, University of Melbourne
Professor Janis Jeffries, Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr. Charles Merewether, Art Historian, Independent Researcher, Curator and Scholar
Dr. Felipe Cervera, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of California Los Angeles
Editorial and Publication Support Team:
Malar Nadeson, Dr. Darren Moore, Sureni Salgadoe
This section provides an overview of the process leading to the scholarly and peer-reviewed publication ISSUE, which is published by LASALLE College of the Arts, University of the Arts Singapore, since 2012.
Published once a year, ISSUE is peer-reviewed. It has a limited print run and, since 2023, has an online version.
Playground – a vast, open free space set for socio-cultural, physical-embodied and artistic creative explorations. Often deeply associated with the developmental journey of humans as children, it has historically remained a boundless space of raw discovery, joy and social bonding. From spaces fecund with human potential, playgrounds have transformed, in much of the late twentieth century, into normative, adult spaces – determined and managed by adults as to what people (both as children and adults) should explore, how to consume and perform play. Attendant to this is how to determine the safety and surveil interaction with others.
This special volume of ISSUE is dedicated to a series of critical inquiries into the field of performance curricula, pedagogies and practices. Informed by changing positionalities in performing arts education and emerging interdisciplinary approaches in performance and experience making, these inquiries were germinated and crystallised at a landmark conference, Arrhythmia: Performance Pedagogy and Practice, held in Singapore in June 2021 amid a raging pandemic.
Emergency as a contemporary idea is primarily borne out by sudden medicalized ruptures to the human body, severe political fractures to the body politic of society, and everyday breaks as a means to temporally attend to matters with a sense of immediacy, urgency. These ritualized signifiers form the basis on which one can help ascertain the current station of contemporary society.
The 2021 issue focuses on studying Tropical Lab.
Artist learning and practicing environments have historically been defined around concepts of an atelier, which is not merely a hosting space but one that embodies practices, conversations, critiques, references, and histories. Contemporary artist learning environments have evolved to encompass found and transitional sites and group gatherings and activities to facilitate continuous learning towards formal and informal pedagogies.
The 2021 issue is Mobilities.
The study of mobilities over the centuries – of peoples, cultures, ideas, ideologies – speaks to the integral nature of the human condition to be constantly on the move, to be moved. Nature and its constitutive environments were prime conditions for the mobility of peoples as communities. Subsequently, as humans organised themselves, commerce, ideologies, religions and education became key movers of peoples as individuals.
Three perspectives anchor the will to erase.
These three perspectives form the basis on which one can help ascertain the current station of contemporary society. Looking through the prism of art, politics, power, technology, spirit, and reality-visual culture and ideas, can the notion to easily erase or delete be seen to relativise our understanding of truths today? Moreover, the will to delete is an integral part of digital socialisation today as such it affords the emergence of new cultural myths and forms. How do these manifest in contemporary art and visual culture?
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