Academic Profile

Ute Meta Bauer is a curator of exhibitions and presentations, connecting contemporary art, film, video and sound through transdisciplinary formats. Since October 2013 she serves as Founding Director of NTU CCA Singapore – Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore — a research centre of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), where she is a full professor in the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM). 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). She served as professor for ten years at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria (1996 – 2006), heading the Institute of Contemporary Art and as Vice-Rector (International Relations)

During her tenure as Founding Director of the Office for Contemporary Art (OCA) in Oslo, Norway (2002-2005), she was also commissioner of the Nordic Pavillion (Norway, Sweden) for the 50th edition of the Venice Biennale (2003) and Norwegian contributor for the Bienal de São Paulo (2004). Furthermore, she was co-director with Hou Hanru of the World Biennial Forum No. 1, Gwangju, South Korea, 2012; Artistic Director of the 3rd berlin biennale for contemporary art, 2004; and Co-Curator of Documenta11 (2001–2002) on the team of artistic director Okwui Enwezor.

At the NTU CCA Singapore, Bauer curated and co-curated “Paradise Lost” (2014), “Theatrical Fields” (2014), “Yang Fudong, Incidental Scripts” (2014/2015), “Simryn Gill, Hugging the Shore” (2015), “Allan Sekula: Fish Story, to be continued” (2015), T”omás Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions” (2015), “Joan Jonas, They Come to Us without a Word” (2016), “Amar Kanwar, The Sovereign Forest” (2016), “Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice” (2016/2017), “The Making of an Institution” (2017), “Ulrike Ottinger, China. The Arts – The People” (2017), “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).

In 2015, Bauer co-curated with MIT List Centre for Visual Art Director Paul Ha, presenting eminent artist Joan Jonas, the US Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale that received Honorary Mention for best National Pavilion by the International Jury. Bauer was an expedition leader of TBA21-Academy The Current (2015–2018) exploring the Pacific Archipelago and littorals that are most impacted by climate change and human interventions in their environments that led to the exhibition “The Oceanic” (2017/2018) at the NTU CCA Singapore.

Bauer also served as Chairperson of the Goethe Institute Visual Art Board (2004-2008) and on the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (2001-2011). Furthermore, Bauer is a member of Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) Advisory Board, Shanghai, of the Expert Team of IHME Helsinki, and of documenta15 Commission in Kassel, Germany. In Singapore, she serves in local advisory boards such as in National Gallery Singapore’s Research Panel since 2015, and National Arts Council’s Engagement Sessions on strategic directions and priorities for research in the arts sector (which helped developed Our SG Arts Plan (2018-2022). She was a steering committee member of the Singapore Biennale 2019.
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Prof Ute Meta Bauer
Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, School of Art, Design and Media
Professor, School of Art, Design and Media

Contemporary art, film, video, and sound and connecting these through transdisciplinary formats
  • Centre For Contemporary Art Phase 2
  • Bauer, Ute Meta and Rujiou, Anca. (2020). On The Sovereign Forest: in Conversation with Amar Kanwar.Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry, 7-14.

  • Bauer, Ute Meta; Ong, Khim and Nelson, Roger (Eds.). (2020). The Impossibility of Mapping (Urban Asia). World Scientific Publishing.

  • Bauer, Ute Meta.(2020). Chapter 1: Introduction The City as Space to be Lived - A City for People. In Ute Meta Bauer, Khim Ong and Roger Nelson(Ed), Impossibility of Mapping (Urban Asia)(32-37). Singapore: World Scientific Press.

  • Bauer, Ute Meta and Rujiou, Anca (Eds.). (2017). Place.Labour.Capital. The Making of an Institution. Mousse Publishing.

  • Bauer, Ute Meta and Rujiou, Anca (Eds.). (2017). Tomás Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions. NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.