Our fourth online symposium discussed what formats are needed to facilitate new and critical perspectives in education – in Southeast Asia and beyond.
From 10 September to 24 October 2021, contributions from Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Singapore, Yangon, and Germany where shown at the Haus der Statistik in Berlin.
Our third online symposium focused on conservation strategies being discussed in Germany and Southeast Asia.
On 10 September 2021, the exhibition Contested Modernities. Postcolonial Architecture in Southeast Asia opened its doors at Haus der Statistik in Berlin.
After we had to postpone the exhibition several times, we were finally able to invite to the opening. It was a wonderful evening!
In lectures, videos, and discussions the event explored how to bring modernist buildings into the future and what considerations can be helpful in this process.
With this video for Contested Modernities, d-associates reflect on the process of the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex renovation.
arch+ 243: contested modernities – postcolonial architecture and the construction of identities in southeast asia
Using examples from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Singapore, ARCH+ 243 Contested Modernities discusses society's struggle for a postcolonial future.
The first event explored how modernities were build through transnational collaborations, and presented issue 243 of ARCH+ on Contested Modernities.
Sally Below, Moritz Henning, Christian Hiller and Eduard Kögel reflect on Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism in docomomo journal 63, "Tropical architecture in the Modern Diaspora".
Puay-peng Ho and Eduard Kögel met Tay Kheng Soon, one of the most prominent architects, planners, and critics of Singapore’s urban development, for an interview.
At the closing event for "Encounters with South East Asian Modernism" in 2019, the issue of housing in Singapore was discussed, and the experiences with the SEAM spaces in Phnom Penh ect..
The architecture tour on 29 November took the project team to four stations that address different aspects of housing in Singapore.
The SEAM Space exhibition in Singapore addressed the topic of housing in the early years after independence.
The German Ambassador to Singapore, Dr. Ulrich A. Sante, gave a wonderful greeting at the opening of the exhibition "Housing Modernities". Read it here!
The SEAM Space exhibition “Housing Modernities” was officially opened at URA Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore on 28 November 2019.
For Synthesis of Myanmar Modernity, five architects and artists were invited to share their view on Modernism. Watch the interview compilation here!
The exciting tour on 22 November highlighted the development of modern architecture in Yangon with selected exemplary buildings.
The public lecture day at the Goethe Institute Myanmar discussed the development of modern architecture in Yangon and it’s connection to the arts.
Curators Pwint and Win Thant Win Shwin worked closely with filmmaker Kriz Chan Nyein and the Berlin team to create “Synthesis of Myanmar Modernity”.
More than 150 guests attended the opening of the exhibition "Synthesis of Myanmar Modernity" at Goethe-Institut Myanmar in Yangon on 20 November.
On the final day of the exhibition Setiadi Sopandi, Avianti Armand, and Alvin Tjitrowirjo, critically Discussion on modern product design in Indonesia.
With the screening of the famous movie Tiga Dara (Three Maidens) from 1957, a breath of romance was brought to the Occupying Modernism exhibition
The Occupying Modernism team challenged the participants’ creativity in creating solution-based designs within a limited time.
The Chapsa card game was brought to the SEAM Space Jakarta, in order to escape the trap of modernity.
The guided walking tour “Our Modern Spaces as Political Communication” explored lighthouse projects of postcolonial modernism in Jakarta.
Together with local experts, the project team took a tour exploring contemporary architecture practice in Jakarta on 25 October.
Curators Avianti Armand and Setiadi Sopandi teamed up with Rifandi S. Nugroho for “Occupying Modernism: Impressions on Indonesian Modernist Spaces”.
Prior to the opening of the “Occupying Modernism” exhibition, the curators organized a panel discussion entitled “Disclosing Our Modern Spaces”.
The exhibition “Occupying Modernism: Impressions on Indonesian Modernist Spaces” at Kopi Manyar was officially opened on 24 October.
The participants of Grace Samboh's workshop programme at Gudskul "Visualization of the National History: From, by and for whom?” produced podcasts on six dioramas at the National Monument.
Grace Samboh, Lyno Vuth and Christian Hiller contributed with lectures to the seminar titled "(Re)Producing Fear and Joy: From, by and for whom?".
Together with the curators and students of "Visualization of the National History: From, by and for whom?”, the project team went on an excursion to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.
The archive exhibition “Visualization of the National History: From, by and for whom?” provides a spatial anchor for a seminar, workshop and excursion programme.
The varied public programme of the SEAM Space Phnom Penh was concluded on 2 November with the talk “Exhibiting the Contested Modern in Post-independence Cambodia” by Vuth Lyno.
As part of the SEAM Space Phnom Penh public programme, two special film screenings on the topic of “Modernism in Cambodia” took place at the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center on 19 and 28 October.
On 16 October, we had the great honour of welcoming the Ambassador of the German Embassy in Phnom Penh, Mr. Christian Berger, to the SEAM Space Phnom Penh.
The Architectural Lab was a two-month research project focusing on archiving modernist architecture in Phnom Penh, documenting Cambodia’s modernist architectural heritage online.
On Sunday morning, the project team together with interested attendees went on a guided tour to some exciting examples of Phnom Penh's architecture.
Lectures on Phnom Penh’s urban changes since its early beginnings and the Cambodian architect Lu Ban Hap drew an engaged audience.
The exhibition "Folding Concrete" is the heart of the SEAM Space in Phnom Penh. Carefully arranged, the individual exhibits open up an exciting dialogue with each other.
The first of the four SEAM Spaces opened its doors in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 10 October. About 150 guests followed the invitation to see "Folding Concrete" that Thursday evening.
Nine impressive presentations were given at the kick-off symposium of Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism in Berlin. See all contributions, and the closing discussion here.
Following the symposium on Friday, the curators from Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Singapore, and Yangon went on a four-day exploratory tour together with the team from Berlin.