Ute Meta Bauer

Ute Meta Bauer Curator

Ute Meta Bauer is a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video, and sound that connect artistic work with other disciplines. Since 2013, she is Founding Director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and a professor in the School of Art, Design and Media. From 2012 to 2013, she served as Dean of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. Prior to that, she was Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, where she was the Founding Director of the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) (2009–2012) and Director of the MIT Visual Arts Program (2005–2009). In 2015, she and Paul C. Ha, Director of MIT List Visual Art Centre, co-curated an exhibition presenting the eminent artist Joan Jonas for the US Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. It received an Honorary Mention for Best National Pavilion by the International Jury. At the NTU CCA Singapore, Bauer has curated and co-curated exhibitions and projects including Allan Sekula: Fish Story, to be continued (2015), Ghosts and Spectres—Shadows of History (2017), The Oceanic (2017–2018), Tarek Atoui The Ground: From the Land to the Sea (2018), Trees of Life: Knowledge in Material (2018), Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II (2018), Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy (2019), The Posthuman City: Climates. Habitats. Environments (2019–2020) and most recently, Non-Aligned (2020). Bauer was Artistic Director of the 3rd berlin biennale for contemporary art, Berlin (2004) and Co-Curator of Documenta 11, Kassel (2001–2002) with the late Okwui Enwezor as Artistic Director. Bauer has edited numerous publications in the field of contemporary art, most recently South East Asia. Spaces of the Curatorial (with Brigitte Oetker), Sternberg Press,2016); Thomas Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions (with Anca Rujoiu), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, 2017); Place.Labour.Capital (with Anca Rujoiu), Mousse Publishing, 2018; and The Impossibility of Mapping (Urban) Asia (with Khim Ong and Roger Nelson), World Scientific, 2020. Bauer serves as a member of the various advisory boards for several institutions, including Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, and Bergen Assembly in Bergen, and documenta commission in Kassel.

Image credits: Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore