Wikicliki – Debbie Ding in Conversation with Shabbir Hussain Mustafa
Debbie Ding will imagine what metrics may be used to measure the “success” or “notability” of an artwork. Maintained since 2008, Wikicliki or http://dbbd.sg/wiki is a constantly evolving artwork that traces emerging issues around society’s use of the internet, technology, design, architecture, linguistics and varied cultural topics.
Debbie Ding (DBBD.SG) is a visual artist and technologist who researches and explores technologies of perception through personal investigations and experimentation. Prototyping is used as a conceptual strategy for artistic production, iteratively exploring potential dead-ends and breakthroughs – as they would be encountered by amateur archaeologists, citizen scientists, and machines programmed to perform roles of cultural craftsmanship – in the pursuit of knowledge.
DBBD received a BA in English Literature from the National University of Singapore and, as a recipient of the NAC Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate), an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art, London. She has had solo exhibitions at The Substation Gallery, Singapore (2010) and Galerie Steph, Singapore (2013). Notable group exhibitions include “President’s Young Talents” (Singapore Art Museum, 2018); “After the Fall” (National Museum of Singapore, 2017); Singapore Biennale (2016); Radio Malaya (NUS Museum, 2016); Unearthed (Singapore Art Museum, 2014); Engaging Perspectives: New Art from Singapore (NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, 2013); Primavera (Immanence, Paris, 2012). She currently lives and works in Singapore.
Shabbir Hussain Mustafa is currently Senior Curator at the National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. At the Gallery, he leads the curatorial team overseeing Between Declarations and Dreams, a multi-year exhibition that surveys Southeast Asian perspectives from the 19th century to the present. Mustafa’s recent projects include SEA STATE: Charles Lim Yi Yong for the Singapore Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale; The Sunwise Turn, a meditation on Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy at the Dhaka Art Summit 2018; and Ahmad Fuad Osman: AT THE END OF THE DAY EVEN ART IS NOT IMPORTANT (1990-2019) at the Balai Seni Negara. He also co-curated Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960-1969) an exhibition first held at the Centre Pompidou and later at the ILHAM Gallery and National Gallery Singapore.