Founded in early 2012, the Independent Archive consists of a reference library and a collection of archival material pertaining to art in Singapore. Regular programmes including film screenings, music performances, performance art events, artist talks and discussions stimulate open discourse on art.
The Archive documents visual art practice in general and maintains special focus on ephemeral time-based and event-specific art that may escape documentation by conventional institutional policy. While its geographical focus is Singapore, the Archive’s relationships with artists, artistic communities and institutions around the world situate it as a cosmopolitan nexus for the cross-pollination of ideas.
The Archive constantly develops new trajectories in the articulation of artistic discourse. These emerge through programmes designed to further the examination of art and its issues under the condition of open critique.