Category: Arts – Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts


Liminality in Inclusivity: Faculty Perceptions Towards an Inclusive Educational Community

As Singapore lives with COVID-19, the notion of an inclusive educational community is imperative to enhance the engagement of persons with diverse learning abilities. Over the course of eight months from February to September 2021, concepts of human-centred design, disability through the lens of inclusion, and principles of Universal Design for Learning were examined in


Differences as a Source of Creativity: Friendship Between Wang Hui and Yun Shouping

The biography of Wang Hui (1632-1717), a famous seventeenth-century landscapist in China, has been written many times over. While the question of whether to define him as a professional artist or as a scholar-amateur is still being debated, it has not been fully articulated what the sophistication of his identity brought to his work as


A SDT-SFBT Based Group Intervention on College Students’ Smartphone Addiction and Positive Smartphone Usage

Smartphone addiction/problematic smartphone usage has become a pressing issue, however, interventions aiming to arouse positive energy and inspire self-determination to change are scant. Integrating the tenets of self-determinaiton theory (SDT) and solution-focus brief therapy (SFBT), this study aimed to implement a group intervention to evaluate its effectiveness on college students’ smartphone addiction, positive usage of


Social Forums for a Different Democracy: Key Artistic Strategies of Chinese Socially Engaged Art in the 21st Century

It is the goal of this presentation to analyze how do some recent Chinese socially engaged art experiment a different democracy than the western paradigm. An in-deep study of art project Everyone’s East Lake (2010-2014) will be introduced. East Lake is the biggest tourist attraction in Wuhan city of China, whereas, in recent ten years,


Resisting Precariousness, Reclaiming Community: Contemporary Art, ‘Unitary Urbanism’ and Urban Futures

This paper will examine instances of contemporary art that have responded to the social urgencies of capitalist-urbanism, which force urban communities into precarious positions such as, exclusionary development, gentrification, housing struggles and the displacement of vulnerable groups. Such works have demonstrated art’s potential to be a tool for assisting communities in acquiring agency over urban


Anti-amnesia: the Viability of Millenary Weaving in a World of Acceleration

This paper presents a design research mediation process towards the sustenance of ancient weaving techniques in the Portuguese region of Almalaguês. It focuses on identity, traditions, knowledge and economic viability; actions comprise ethnography, archiving, design practices, and media and business strategies. The project subscribes to the need to “consider the ways in which we contextualise


The Individual and the Arts in a Globalised Society

The topic for this presentation would be to make use of the social and political agendas in the Arts in a manner that would highlight the transformational nature of identity, difference and belonging in an increasingly globalised and multicultural society. This in turn has changed the way we approach and relate to people based on