In collaboration with Swiss artist collective U5 and local-Swiss urban think tank Future Cities Laboratory, NUS (National University of Singapore) Museum presents to you “17 Volcanoes” as part of the research project “Tourism and Cultural Heritage: A Case Study on the Explorer Franz Junghuhn”. This exhibition will bring you into the tracks through the itinerary which consists of a series of expeditions from Singapore to Java of Junghuhn where you will get to see seventeen of his favorite volcanoes.
Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is the first programme of the Singapore-ETH Centre, established by ETH Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation. FCL seeks to shape sustainable future cities through science, by design, and in place, with an Asian perspective.
The expedition team, comprising scholars and professionals from the fields of humanities, science, urbanism and architecture present artworks that are wide-ranging and imaginative, including archival, documentative, scientific, digital visualization, and of course artistic – video and images, artefacts, sound and smell. The aims of this project are to develop new methods and narratives of research and contemporary exploration.
Part of the Team:
- Philip Ursprung and Alex Lehnerer, both professors at ETH-Zurich and principal project investigators at Future Cities Laboratory, co-curate the project with Sidd Perez (Assistant Curator, NUSMuseum);
- Photographer and filmmaker Armin Linke presents a massive accumulation of images of infrastructure and systems of labour that relate to the volcano;
- Architectural designer Adrianne Joergensen presents Volcanarium, a series of visual and architectural representations of the volcano;
- And British volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer presents a work based on ‘Into the Inferno’, a critically acclaimed film he made with celebrated German filmmaker Werner Herzog
- Zurich-based artist collective U5 presents scanned objects collected on the expeditions, and their new film, The Human Crater
The expeditions pass through densely populated areas and volcanic areas, questioning the traditional opposition between the urban and the land. 17 Volcanoes performs this multi-disciplinary lens that confronts and reconfigures methods of knowledge exchange and research experience.
What this exhibition at the NUS Museum draws from the Future Cities Laboratory project are the inspirations and speculations about the role of history and heritage around the scholarly and artistic oeuvre of Junghuhn. Junghuhn (1809-1864) trained as a doctor in Germany and spent almost his entire life in the service of the Dutch colonial authorities on the island of Java. His legacy in the realm of cartography, botany, geology and writing can only be compared to the role of Thomas Stamford Raffles, Alfred Russel Wallace or Alexander von Humboldt. In fact, he was often called the “Humboldt of Java” but remains in the shadow of his famous peers. He was one of the first explorers to climb and document Java’s volcanoes.
Overall Photo Credits: NUS Museum & Photographer Hoong Wei Long
Note: Friday, 19 January, 7-9pm [Film Screening] Into The Inferno
To Read More About This Exhibition Visit: 17 Volcanoes Brochure Interview & Profiles
Exhibition duration: 6 October 2017 – 15 February 2018
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