Over the past half century we have seen a rise in the creation of national cultural policies where states formulate statements comprised of aspirations and pledges in order to tell their populations and others what the cultural values and practices of their nations are. Yet increasingly we see that the notion of the nation state is challenged through new technologies and increasingly porous borders. Countries collaborate in international venues and prescribe areas of shared interest from participation in agencies such as UNESCO, which concentrates on negotiated legislation and protectionist practices, to the proliferation of an international festival circuit where various art-forms are put on display for their own populations and are designed to attract the attention of others.
We shall explore, through the lens of Singapore, (a modern state which is typified by constant change but with an agenda of social cohesion and stability), whether it is possible to maintain distinct art-forms and cultural identity whilst also being responsive to technological and other forms of change. The Summer School will provide students with an overview of Singaporean society, its history, culture and arts. We will meet with arts managers, policy makers, artists, and educators, participate in a public forum and attend performances at the Singapore Arts Festival as well as attend Exhibitions at various Museums and Galleries.