About the Database

The Environmentally-Engaged Artistic Practices in South, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Database aspires to provide a comprehensive and rich data source for artists, climate scientists, and policymakers on the artistic practices of artists and collectives from the South, Southeast Asian and Pacific Regions. The complexity of the climate crisis at hand requires a transdisciplinary approach to research and practice, even as we see climate change becoming an ever-pressing theme across the disciplines of science and art. This database does not aim to be an exhaustive list of artists from the South, Southeast Asian and Pacific region but a carefully crafted list of artists and collectives that have a keen focus on environmental themes. Drawing on the expertise built up by NTU CCA over the years, this database animates the expansive network of artists from around the South, Southeast Asian and Pacific regions dedicated to themes related to traditional knowledge, biodiversity and ecosystems, anthropogenic impacts and risk and resilience. The hope is that this database presents an easy to use and initial source of information for scientists, policymakers and artists to find artists relevant to their area of expertise or region of study with the possibility of collaborating with artists in the database toward building transdisciplinary research methods.

The content featured in the database is edited and proofread by an internal team at NTU CCA. If you would like to contribute to, update or edit any of the information that currently exists in the database, please email ntuccacomms@ntu.edu.sg to get in touch.

This database is supported by the Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund Tier 1 Grant (RG39/21) Environmentally-Engaged Artistic Practices in South, Southeast Asia and the Pacific and their potential impact as contribution for transdisciplinary research in Singapore led by Principal Investigator Professor Ute Meta Bauer. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author (s) and do not reflect the views of the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

How To Navigate the Database

Thematic Categorisation
The artists in this database are categorised into four distinct themes that reflect topics shared across climate sciences, humanities and the arts.

Anthropogenic Impact and Deep Time features artists illuminating human impact on environments with immediate devastating consequences on ecosystems but also pointing to possible rifts through future worlds.
Traditional Knowledge and Cosmologies includes artists that draw from ancestral histories, folklore and spiritual intelligence that deepen our understanding of the unseen and spectral elements of the natural world.
Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Livelihoods focuses on particular species-relations that artists developed through methods of long-term observation, cataloguing and audio-visual documentation.
Risk, Resilience, and Resistance shed light on the inequalities created by a changing climate and subsequently impacting regional ecosystems an dlivelihoods, artists in this category focu on community practices, localised knowledge as well as as on environmental and social justice.

Geography and Research Methodologies

The featured projects are further sorted into geographic locations, research methodology, and the various artistic media used. Many of these projects work both within but also without the current geographical delineations of maps, complicating the ways that we think about boundaries, topographies and spatiality. We hope to provide a wider range of 'countries/regions' onto this database that go beyond existing framing of borders. Similarly, artists engage in various rigorous research methodologies across a variety of fields and mediums, we hope to expand through our categorisations an expansive way of understanding research methodologies.


Ute Meta Bauer
Founding Director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University

Ute Meta Bauer co-chairs the Master of Arts in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices and is the Principal Investigator for the Environmentally-Engaged Artistic Practices in South, Southeast Asia and the Pacific under the Ministry of Education Singapore Tier 1 Academic Grant, as well as the project Climate Crisis and Cultural Loss, under the Ministry of Education Singapore Tier 2 Academic Grant. Stemming from her inquiry into CLIMATES. HABITATS. ENVIRONMENTS., Bauer has curated multiple exhibitions in Singapore engaged in critical environmental enquiries, including Posthuman City, 2020, Trees of Life - Knowledge in Material, 2018 as well as The Oceanic, 2018 and its convening Tabu / Tapu - Who Owns the Ocean?, 2018. Over the past two years, Bauer has also organised two multi-day conferences under the title Climate Futures #1 & #2, that took place in Jakarta and Siem Reap, co-directed by NTU CCA colleague Magdalena Magiera in partnership with KONNECT ASEAN.


Angela Ricasio Hoten
Research Assistant
NTU School of Art, Design and Media

Angela Ricasio Hoten is a graduate of the Class of 2023 from Yale-NUS College with a degree in Environmental Studies and minor in Anthropology. As the Tier 1 research assistant at NTU CCA, Angela focuses primarily on building the database and researching on the possibilities of interdisciplinary collaboration across arts and sciences. She is also an environmental advocate in Singapore and writer, her current work includes 'Clementi Forest: From Rubber Plantation to Urban Forest with an Uncertain Future' and 'Dover Forest: The Fight to Protect Vanishing Ecosystems'  NUS’ as well as a forthcoming chapter in the book La-La Land Ocean Heritage, with Epigram Publishing.

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Eunice Lacaste
Research Assistant, PhD Candidate
NTU School of Art, Design and Media

Eunice Lacaste was born in the Philippines and she grew up in Singapore. After obtaining her bachelor degree from University of the Philippines, she continued her postgraduate studies back in Singapore at the Nanyang Technological University. She is currently researching screen cultures. Eunice focuses on participatory art that engages the public through digital media. As an emerging researcher practitioner, she intends on decompartmentalising the aesthetic and the ethical, only to repackage them together in a more inclusive approach. Eunice is currently a member of the Artist Village Singapore, one of the pioneering art collectives in the country.

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