Can Seng-ooi - Education and social engineering - museums in singapore

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Can Seng-ooi - Education and social engineering - museums in singapore

  1. 1. Education and social engineering: Museums in Singapore Can-Seng Ooi Associate Professor and DirectorCenter for Leisure & Culture Services Copenhagen Business School
  2. 2. Agenda• Setting out the issues• Examples• A fledging Occupy Museum moving
  3. 3. The Main Museums in Singapore• The National Museum of Singapore (NMS)• The Singapore Art Museum (SAM)• Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM)
  4. 4. Main museum issues in Singapore• Political pragmatism• Research – History and identity• Education – National education program – Gracious society• Industry – A Renaissance City – Creative industries
  5. 5. Political pragmatism• Economic development above ideology• Citizenship: Rights versus privilege• Freedom and responsibility• Identities: Descriptive and normative
  6. 6. Research role of the Asian Civilisations Museum • Chinese, Indian, Malay and Others (CMIO) model • Singaporeans’ ancestral cultures • Ancient “Asian values”Official’s hat armchair Huanghuali wood Ming dynasty
  7. 7. Educational role of the NMS The Singapore Story • Colonial period (1819 – 1945) • Political awakening (1945 – 1955) • Communist threat (1955 – 1961) • Battle for merger (1961 – 1963) • Merger years (1963 – 1965) • From survival to progress (1965 – present) • Future in our hands (future)
  8. 8. Industry and the Singapore Art Museum• 20th Century Southeast Asian visual art• Move to contemporary art• Move towards “community participation”• Market definition of value
  9. 9. Occupy Museums• New anti-CMIO identities• Contemporary art and its discontents• Internet, social media and independent art spaces
  10. 10. Thank you for your attention! • www.ooi.dk • ooi@cbs.dk

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