Songmap for Lim Kim Seng and Lim Kim Chua: Shadow Boxes

Lucy Davis, Alfian Sa'at, Zachary Chan

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Artists and writers go beyond disciplinary boundaries and linear histories to address the fight for environmental justice, uniting the Asia-Pacific vantage point with international discourse.

Modeling the curatorial as a method for uniting cultural production and science, Climates. Habitats. Environments. weaves together image and text to address the global climate crisis. Through exhibitions, artworks, and essays, artists and writers transcend disciplinary boundaries and linear histories to bring their knowledge and experience to bear on the fight for environmental justice. In doing so, they draw on the rich cultural heritage of the Asia-Pacific, in conversation with international discourse, to demonstrate transdisciplinary solution-seeking.

Experimental in form as well as in method, Climates. Habitats. Environments. features an inventive book design by that puts word and image on equal footing, offering a multiplicity of media, interpretations, and manifestations of interdisciplinary research. For example, botanist Matthew Hall draws on Ovid's Metamorphoses to discuss human-plant interpenetration; curator and writer Venus Lau considers how spectrality consumes—and is consumed—in animation and film, literature, music, and cuisine; and critical theorist and filmmaker Elizabeth Povinelli proposes “Water Sense” as a geontological approach to “the question of our connected and differentiated existence,” informed by the “ancestral catastrophe of colonialism.” Artists excavate the natural and cultural DNA of indigo, lacquer, rattan, and mulberry; works at the intersection of art, design, and architecture explore “The Posthuman City”; an ongoing research project investigates the ecological urgencies of Pacific archipelagos. The works of art, the projects, and the majority of the texts featured in the book were commissioned by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.

Copublished with NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimates Habitats Environments
Subtitle of host publicationMIT/ NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
EditorsUte Meta Bauer
PublisherMIT Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)978-0-262-04681-7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022
MoE publication typeNot Eligible


  • Climates
  • Habitats
  • Environments
  • Art & Ecology

Field of art

  • Contemporary art
  • Film


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