Listening to Performances of Difference - Negotiating Multiplicity with Dialogic Empathy (Charlene Rajendran)

Sounding out Matters of the Nation through Visual Arts Education - Pedagogical Cues from Singapore Contemporary Artists (Chee-Hoo Lum)


Time: January 20, 2022, 12:00 Central European Time

Speakers: Charlene Rajendran & Chee-Hoo Lum (Singapore) 

Moderators:Nicklas Hoffmann & Emma Göttgens

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Context: Camp on Education Link

Listening to Performances of Difference: Negotiating Multiplicity with Dialogic Empathy 

The presentation will draw from the experience of five established Singapore theatre practitioners, Alvin Tan, Alfian Sa’at, Haresh Sharma, Kok Heng Leun and Ong Keng Sen, whose artistic works negotiate issues of cultural diversity and create spaces for audiences to encounter alternative perspectives that reconfigure normative notions of ‘us’ and ‘them’. Attending to questions of inter-cultural conflict and the struggle to deal with prejudice, their collaborative and experimental approaches to theatre provide potent examples of inclusive and critical options for rethinking cultural identity.


Sounding out Matters of the Nation through Visual Arts Education: Pedagogical Cues from Singapore Contemporary Artists

This presentation offers critical perspectives of young Singapore contemporary artists in the articulation of their relationship with the nation state through their creative works and processes. The ambiguous and self-censoring ways with which artists articulate their opinions and speak about their works point to the layered and oftentimes subversive ways with which narratives of difference are weaved into the artistic outcomes as they negotiate and comment on state mechanisms. Pedagogical implications drawn from the works of these contemporary artists are suggested for working with primary and secondary school students within the visual art classroom to encourage a more critical approach towards sounding out matters of the nation.


Chee-Hoo Lum is associate professor of music education with the Visual and Performing Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the coordinator of the NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE), an initiative of the UNESCO UNITWIN programme ‘Arts Education Research for Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development’. Chee-Hoo’s research interests include issues towards identity, cultural diversity and multiculturalism, technology and globalization in music education; children’s musical cultures; creativity and improvisation; and elementary music methods.