There is No More Land, There is Only Sand*
Milica Topalovic at the Johann Jacobs Museum
The process of Singapore’s transformation from a backwater colonial port, predominantly rural, to the new nation of industrial middle class housed in public high rises, was dubbed a “territorial revolution” with many layers: the social, political and economic dimensions of the national territory have been sculpted by the hand of the state, using topography as the main medium.
Singapore also shows that construction of urban land usually doesn’t come without a (vast) hinterland. The city-state is known as the world’s largest importer of sand for construction, as is located at the center of the sand-trade region whose radius extends to South China, Cambodia, and Myanmar. With nearly a quarter of its land area, around 140 square kilometers, added over the years, it has been estimated that three-quarters of this is “built on foreign soil.”
About the event:
3 – 5 pm
Johann Jacobs Museum
Seefeldquai 17
8008 Zürich

*Joshua Comaroff, “Built on Sand: Singapore and the New State of Risk”, Harvard Design Magazine no.39, F/W 2014.

The lecture is part of the finissage of the exhibition "Stealing the Trapeze or a history of Singapore, told from a sailor`s viewpoint" by Charles Lim at the Johann Jacobs Museum.