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AIT + ARCUS Night Part 7

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Dreams, Moon, Nature, Modern Architecture...The Cosmic Mind of Artists
Mini Talk by Artists from The Netherlands, Argentina, Cyprus, and Sweden

Date: Saturday November 1st, 2014
Time: 18:30-21:30, Mini Talks begin at 19:30
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama [MAP]
*Free Entry / No booking required

AITxARCUS

We are pleased to host AIT + ARCUS Night Part 7 "The Cosmic Mind of Artists" on November 1st. AIT`s resident artist, Jenny Akerlund(Sweden) and 3 artists in residence of ARCUS will give a talk about their works and about their experiences in Japan. The talk will be translated consecutively into Japanese from English.

The guest curator of this year`s Arcus Project, Mihoko Nishikawa(Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo) and Coordinator will also be present at the event.

*On November 15th and 16th, there will be an Open Studio event at Arcus. For details, see here.

[ARCUS Project Artists in Residence]
-Seyit Battal Kurt (b.1978 Turkey / Lives and works in The Netherlands) >>
-Florencia Rodríguez Giles (b.1978 Argentina) >>
-Constantinos Taliotis (b.1983 Cyprus) >>

To know more about them, visit the ARCUS website!

[AIT Artist in Residence]
-Jenny Akerlund (b. 1984 Sweden / Supported by IASPIS)>>

At the event, there will be a bar, snacks, a relaxed sitting on the floor environment and music as usual.
We look forward to seeing you!

[OUTLINE]
Capacity:50 person
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Supported by: ARCUS ProjectIASPIS
Admission: Free *No booking required
*There will be simultaneous translation from English to Japanese for the mini talks
*Minglius is a no smoking event. Thanks you for your cooperation in advance!


OPEN STUDIOS at ARCUS Studio/Photo by Hajime Kato


2014-10-17

AIT SLIDE TALK #31

Talk by Gina Buenfeld from the Camden Arts Centre
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 9th, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama

*The talk will be held in English, with no Japanese translation.

AITSLIDETALK31


We are pleased to be hosting Gina Buenfeld, the Exhibition Organizer at the Camden Arts Centre for a one month residency in Tokyo supported by Cultural Affairs. (The residency will take place over a course of two periods, September 2014 and February 2015)

Gina Buenfeld will introduce the history of this institution, that has been one of London's leading publicly funded spaces for international contemporary art for the past 25 years. The talk will cover the Centre's activities which range from ambitious exhibitions with artists of the highest calibre from across the international arts' scene as well as an integrated public programme of talks, events, performances and screenings and a pioneering education programme. Camden Arts Centre has a distinctive combination of galleries, studios and workshop spaces and operates a highly regarded residency scheme. The discussion will place Camden Arts Centre within the broader London and UK art scene and will introduce other key spaces, educational facilities and artists based in the country as well as giving an overview of the current financial conditions and challenges for cultural production in the UK.

Throughout the talk, questions and comments from the audience will be welcomed.
We look forward to your attendance at this special event.


[ OUTLINE ]
Date and Time: Tuesday September, 9th 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) [MAP]
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
*The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2014
Booking required (limited to 40 guests)
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members)
Other details: Admission includes one free drink *Talk will be in English only.

[ CONTACT ]
Send an email with its subject as "AIT SLIDE TALK #31" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[Speaker Biography]


Gina Buenfeld
Gina Buenfeld has an MA in History of Art (20th Century) from Goldsmiths College (2004). Following a period working with gallerist and leading secondary market dealer, Emily Tsingou, she moved on to be programme director at Alison Jacques Gallery, focusing on cultivating relationships with artists and fostering commercial and curatorial context for their work. In 2009 she moved to Camden Arts Centre where she continues to work as Exhibitions Organiser, realising ambitious exhibitions with international artists, including Simon Starling, Jeremy Deller, Nathalie Djurberg and with the estates of key 20th Century artists such as Pino Pascali, Hanne Darboven and Dieter Roth.

2014-9- 1

AIT SLIDE TALK #30


AIT SLIDE TALK #30 Viewing event "Thinking about Writing about Art"
Speakers: Christy Lange (Associate Editor of frieze magazine), Andrew Maerkle (ART iT), Roger McDonald (AIT)
Date and Time: August 6th (Wednesday), 7 - 9pm
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama

*AIT will hold a screening event of AIT SLIDE TALK #30 which was held last month, as we received many sign-ups but due to limited capacity, many could not register. We look forward to your coming. *Talk was held in English only.

AIT SLIDE TALK #30
Thinking about Writing about Art: Christy Lange (Associate Editor of frieze magazine), Andrew Maerkle (ART iT) and Roger McDonald (AIT).

Date and Time: Thursday, July 3rd, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama

*The talk will be held in English, with no Japanese translation.

AITSLIDETALK30
Left: frieze magazine 2014 Summer issue No.164 / Right: 2014 May issue No. 163

We are pleased to be hosting Christy Lange, Associate Editor of frieze magazine for a one month residency in Tokyo supported by The Backers Foundation. Christy has written extensively about contemporary art for frieze magazine, in addition to organizing talk programs for Frieze New York and London.

For this event Christy will introduce frieze magazine, its workings, and its editorial directions within the broader landscape of art media and criticism today. Following her presentation, Andrew Maerkle of ART iT and AIT's Roger McDonald will join Christy for a roundtable discussion about art journalism and criticism, with a focus on the situation in Japan. In a highly globalized art scene, what is the role of art magazines like frieze? Can we speak of a shared international art discourse today, and how could we imagine Japan in this context? Is art history still the foundational ground from which to write art criticism, or can we identify a more open field of references that includes music, film, literature or art brut? Throughout the discussion, questions and comments from the audience will be welcomed.

We look forward to your attendance at this special event.

[ OUTLINE ]
Date and Time: Thursday, July 3rd, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] in cooperation with The Backers Foundation
Booking required (limited to 40 guests)
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members) Other details: Admission includes one free drink *Talk will be in English only.

[ CONTACT ]
Send an email with its subject as "AIT SLIDE TALK #30" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[Speakers Biography]
Christy Lange
Christy Lange is an American writer living in Berlin, Germany. She is Associate Editor of frieze magazine and contributing editor of frieze d/e, as well as the co-curator of the Talks Program at Frieze Art Fair in New York in London.

Andrew Maerkle
andrew_maerkle
Based in Tokyo, Andrew Maerkle is an editor with the online publication ART iT. He also writes for international publications including Art & Australia, Artforum and frieze, and has contributed essays and interviews to catalogues for artists including Thea Djordjadze, Daan van Golden, Isaac Julien and Koki Tanaka.

Roger McDonald
roger_mcdonald
Deputy Director AIT and MAD program Director, independent curator, lecturer at Tokyo Zokei University and Director of Fenberger House, Nagano.

2014-6-25

THE BAR Vol.7 Exhibition

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The Backers Foundation and AIT residence programme vol. 7
"NEW WORKS BY ALBERT SAMRETH (USA) AND GOR SOUDAN (Kenya)"

Saturday, July 12 - Saturday, July 26 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI (Shirokane-Takanawa, Tokyo)
Opening Reception: 6pm - 8pm on Saturday, July 12


The BAR vol.7
Left: "Continuity Drift" (2013). Natural pigment dyes /reference image.  Right: Gor Soudan, Drawing in space (2014). Protest wire / reference image.

Press release Download(PDF / 889KB)


Exhibition flier Download(PDF / 5.4MB)


Artists interview Download(PDF / 2.3MB)
Interview by Ben Davis and Naoko Horiuchi



The exhibition will mark the 7th time that The Backers Foundation and AIT have partnered together, having previously hosted artists and curators from Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. As part of the joint residency programme, the exhibition will be accompanied by research, production and cultural exchange through educational sessions.

Albert Samreth (Born in 1987, Los Angeles, USA) is an emerging conceptual artist who has developed a studio practice based around engaging with natural and systematic processes. For this exhibition, Samreth will present a new series of paintings created by either the effects of Tokyo's heavy summer rainfall or made by the sunlight in a natural photographic process. The remainder of his work for the show will be derived from graphic scores related to his concurrent project for the International Moscow Biennale of Young Art, where he will be teaching songs to an African Grey Parrot.

Gor Soudan (Born in 1983, Kisumu, Kenya) is a self-taught conceptual artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For this exhibition, Soudan will present pieces from his "Drawing in Space" series alongside linear drawings and an installation constructed in his Tokyo studio using a variety of locally-sourced, natural materials.


[ OUTLINE ]
Title: The BAR (The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme) Vol. 7
"New works from Albert Samreth (USA) and Gor Soudan (Kenya)"

Date: Saturday, July 12 - Saturday July 26, 2014
Time: 11:00 - 19:00 *Admission free (Closed on Sunday, Monday and National holiday)
Venue: YAMAMOTO GENDAI(3F, 3-1-15, Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
Supported by: YAMAMOTO GENDAI / YOKUMOKU
Opening Reception: 6pm - 8pm on Saturday, July 12
Curated by:Naoko Horiuchi(AIT)
Related Event: Please check the AIT website for further information.

*The Associate Editor of Frieze Art Magazine, Christy Lange, joins the artists as a curator-in-residence.





<Artist Biography>

Albert Samreth (Born in 1987 in Los Angeles, USA)

Albert Samreth

Albert Samreth is an emerging conceptual artist who has developed a studio practice based around engaging with natural and systematic processes, and was recently featured in the Singapore Biennale 2013. His recent works include "Pacific Ocean Water Colors," a series of paintings created using the currents of the Pacific Ocean, and "The Voice," a five-channel audio installation commissioned for the Singapore Biennale 2013, where his poetry was narrated by Carolyn Hopkins, a voice actress whose announcements are used for the entire New York City subway system and most airports worldwide. For this exhibition, Samreth will present a new series of paintings created by either the effects of Tokyo's heavy summer rainfall or made by the sunlight in a natural photographic process. The remainder of his work for the show will be derived from graphic scores related to his concurrent project for the International Moscow Biennale of Young Art, where he will be teaching songs to an African Grey Parrot.

http://albertsamreth.com/

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Gor Soudan (Born in 1983 in Kisumu, Kenya)

Gor

Gor Soudan is a self-taught conceptual artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. With a background in sociology and philosophy, Soudan approaches issues relating to the rapid socio-political changes that Africa, and Kenya in particular, is currently undergoing. His ongoing series "Drawing in Space" comprises works made from protest wire - a tangled, black mass of wire salvaged from car tyres burnt during the civil unrest that accompanied the last elections in Kenya. Soudan more recently produced sculptural works from old bicycle brake cables that he gathered during his time in Freetown, Sierra Leone. For this exhibition, Soudan will present pieces from his "Drawing in Space" series alongside linear drawings and an installation constructed in his Tokyo studio using a variety of locally-sourced, natural materials.

www.gorsoudan.daportfolio.com

Read more...



What is The Backers Foundation?
Since 2007, the Backers Foundation, a private group of patrons from the business worlds, has supported ten emerging contemporary artists and five curators to visit Tokyo and stay for a three month residency. The non-profit organization AIT works with the Backers Foundation to organize and host the program. In 2012, a group exhibition bringing the ten previous residency artists was held at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art.

Further Information
Press Enquiries
Ms. Sakai at YAMAMOTO GENDAI
Tel: 03-6383-0626 / i@yamamotogendai.org

Backers Foundation/Artist-in-Residence Enquiries
Naoko Horiuchi, Rika Yoda at Arts Initiative Tokyo
Tel: 03-5489-7277 / otoiawase@a-i-t.net

2014-6-22

AIT ARTIST TALK #65

AIT ARTIST TALK #65
「Technics, Labour, Abstraction」Artist talk about recent works and new ideas by Dutch artist Vincent Vulsma

Date and Time: Monday, March 24th, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama 
*Booking required *Talk will be in English with consecutive translation

Vincent Vulsma Left: Figure 1.1 (Raghu Bhai), 2013 and Figure 1.2 (Norbhai Badhiya), 2013, Jacquard fabric, hand spun cotton
and machine-spun cotton, on wooden stretcher, 215 x 150 x 4 cm and 500 x 150 x 4 cm
Right: Figure 1.2 (Norbhai Badhiya), 2013, detail, Jacquard fabric, hand spun cotton and machine-spun cotton,
on wooden stretcher, 500 x 150 x 4 cm/ Photo: Achim Kukulies

AIT is pleased to present a talk by Dutch artist in residence Vincent Vulsma on Monday, March 24. Vulsma is currently undertaking a residency in Tokyo with support from The Mondriaan Fonds Foundation in the Netherlands.

The work of Vincent Vulsma explores the tensions between autonomous art and the socio-political relations underlying its production. The history and economy of cultural appropriation serve as important starting points for his investigations, with an underlying theme being the relationship between work and artwork. By playing various production technologies off against one another, Vulsma interrogates the hierarchic division of immaterial and material labour in an era that is dominated by digital forms of production.

For example, the source of his recent works, 'Figure 1.1 (Raghu Bhai)' and 'Figure 1.2 (Norbai Badhiya)', which were created on a computer-controlled Jacquard loom, was an 18th century Indian chintz from the collection of the Calico Museum in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Using a handheld scanner primarily used for document scanning, Vulsma digitised details of the historical fabric. The irregularities and distortions caused by the scanning process are transferred abstractly into the digitally woven structure whose height corresponds exactly to the duration of each scan operation. By defining the volume of the cotton to be processed, the amount of physical labour was also quantified. Starting from the idea that abstracted knowledge is stored in cultural goods and artefacts, Vulsma's works reflect the interaction of historical relationships - such as India's leading role in the history of textile production, the rapid development of a European market and the desire to copy the Indian form language for Europe's own production - and the contemporary hierarchies in an unequal global distribution of labour.

For the talk, Vulsma will present a selection of his projects from the past few years. Furthermore he will introduce the focus of his current research in Japan. During his residency Vulsma has studied the historical process of adaption and imitation of exotic cotton textiles during the Edo period in Japan, in particular shima-mono (striped and checked fabrics) and sarasa (Indian chintz and its imitations produced in South-East Asia and Europe). Such imports largely increased under influence of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the early modern global trading system. Rather than focusing on the style and meaning of such patterns, Vulsma is interested in the technical modification that these patterns underwent through local differences in mass printing and dyeing technologies, for example the use of Japanese katagami stencils versus Indian block printing. He would be happy to share how these findings could possibly shape concepts for new works.

The talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation.

[ OUTLINE ]
Date and Time: Monday, March 24th 2014, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Organizer: Arts Initiative Tokyo, with support from The Mondriaan Fonds Foundation and with cooperation from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tokyo.
Founder: Mondriaan Fonds
Capacity: 30. Booking Required.
Admission: 1000 yen (800 yen for Students and AIT Base Members, Free for AIT House and Support Members)
Other details: Admission includes one free drink.


[ CONTACT ]
Send an email with its subject as "AIT ARTIST TALK #65" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Artists Biography ]
Vincent Vulsma (Born in 1982, Zaandam, Netherlands)

Vulsma

Vulsma studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2002-2006) and was a participant at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2006-2008). His recent solo exhibitions include 'A Sign of Autumn' at Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam, 2011) and 'ARS NOVA E5305-B' at Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender (Berlin, 2009); whilst he has also participated in group exhibitions at Museum Abteiberg (Mönchengladbach, 2013), Musée d'Art Moderne (Paris, 2013), De Vleeshal (Middelburg, 2013), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 2012), Kunstverein Düsseldorf (2012) and the 6th Berlin Biennale (2010).

2014-3-20

AIT + ARCUS Night Part 6

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AIT + ARCUS Night Part 6 " Parallel Home"
Mini Talk by Artists from Germany, Mexico, India, and Italy

Date and Time: Saturday December 7th,18:30-21:30 *Mini Talk from 19:30
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama *Free Entry/No booking required

Event report by ARCUS AIT ARCUS night


AIT + ARCUS Night Part 6 " Parallel Home"
Mini Talk by Artists from Germany, Mexico, India, and Italy


We are pleased to host AIT + ARCUS Night Part 6 " Parallel Home" on December 7th. AIT`s resident artist, Matteo Rosa(Italy) and 3 artists in residence of ARCUS will give a talk about their works and about their experiences in Japan. The talk will be translated consecutively into Japanese from English.

The chief coordinator of Arcus Project, Ryota Tomoshige will also take part in the talk, while AIT`s curator in residence Anna Ptak(Poland) will also be present at the event.

*On November 30th and December 1st, there will be an Open Studio event at Arcus. For details, see here.

[ARCUS Project Artists in Residence]
-Rodrigo Gonzalez Castillo (b. 1984 Mexico)
-Sybille Neumeyer (b. 1982 Germany)
-Nandesha Shanthi Prakash (b. 1968 India)

To know more about them, visit the ARCUS website!

[AIT Artist & Curator in Residence]
-Matteo Rosa (b. 1978 Italy, Lives and works in Sweden / Supported by IASPIS)
-Anna Ptak (b. 1979 Poland / Supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2013)

At the event, there will be a bar, snacks, a relaxed sitting on the floor environment and music as usual.
We look forward to seeing you!


[OUTLINE]
Date: Saturday December 7th, 2013
Time: 18:30-21:30, Mini Talks begin at 19:30
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama(Twin Bldg Daikanyama B403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033
Capacity:50 person
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Supported by: ARCUS ProjectIASPISA-I-R Laboratory
Admission: Free *No booking required
※Minglius is a no smoking event. Thanks you for your cooperation in advance!

AIT ARCUS night
2012 ARCUS + AIT minglius night

[CONTACT]
Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
T03-5489-7277 / F03-3780-0266

2013-11-27

Guatemalan Film Screening and Talk


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Guatemalan Film Screening and Talk by AIT Artist in Resident, Alberto Rodriguez Collia
Date and Time: Sunday August 4th, 2013 12:00-18:00
AIT Room, Daikanyama
Guatemala_film
Left(Tom&Bottom): "The Devil's Dream"
Right(Top): from "Marimbas from Hell" Right(Bottom): "Distance"


AIT is pleased to host a filming event and talk by current Artist in Resident, Alberto Rodriguez Collia from Guatemala.

Through 3 small and intense film screenings, we will present a small but precise glimpse of the Guatemalan society, broken and forced but with a strong heart that is provided from the marginalized.

The political and economical power do not recognize the importance of culture and also try to diminish it, despite that, the society keeps producing and living culture with an underground attitude because it´s on their blood, it's one of their keep-living-motifs.

These small budget, passion-produced films are also the best examples in cinematography from Guatemala, each will have a small introduction and conversatory to explain details of this complicated society by Collia.

There will be a casual session with the artist, with some handmade Guatemalan snacks. We hope you can join us.

※Films will be shown in Spanish, with English subtitles
※Talk will be in English with consecutive translation into Japanese


[Outline]
Guatemalan Film Screening and Talk by AIT Artist in Resident, Alberto Rodriguez Collia
Date and Time: Sunday August 4th, 2013 12:00-18:00 (Door Open 11:45)
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg Daikanyama B403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Capacity: 20 per film
Entrance fee: Comes with 1 drink
For 1 film - 800 JY
For 2 or 3 films - 1500 JY
*Half of entrance fee will be contributed to the 3 filmmakers in Guatemala


[How to participate]
There is no booking required.
Please come directly to the venue and pay entrance fee at the door.


[Event Schedule]
Open 11:45 
Talk #1 12:00-12:20
Film #1 12:20-13:40 "Marimbas from Hell"
<Break> 13:40-14:10  
Talk #2 14:10-14:30
Film #2  14:30-15:40 "Devils Dream" 
<Break>  15:40-16:10
Talk #3 16:10-16:30
Film #3 16:30-17:50 "Distance" 
Close 18:00


[Introduction of Films]

MARIMBAS FROM HELL
Julio Herna´ndez Cordo´n / Guatemala / 2010 / 78 mins.

In Guatemala City contradictions converge in spaces and situations that challenges our imagination. This semi-documentary story represents these encounters and struggles that take place in a society that hates changes. Don Alfonso, a Guatemalan traditional marimba player, Blacko a heavy metal band member and Chiquili´n, a sui-genris-rapper and ex-gluesniffer, seek to create a new musical project due their economical crisis. Their effort to get along will be overwhelmed by the contradictory situation of non-acceptation in society.

THE DEVILS DREAM
Mary Ellen Davis / Guatemala-Canada´ / 1992 / 68 mins.

From the Guatemalan Trilogy, this is a documentary with important historical value, held at the end of the 80's, shows the traces left by Civil War in Guatemalan society and approaches the discourse of what happened at the time of the Peace Agreements, when many of the Civil War actors covered their traces. Film that narrates through poetry the darkest era of a society.

DISTANCE
Sergio Rami´rez / Guatemala / 2011 / 75 mins.

Toma´s Choc, a widowed farmer from Guatemala's highlands, has been searching for his daughter ever since she was kidnapped as a baby during the country's civil war. When, after 20 years, he receives word that she is alive, he sets out on a journey cross country to meet her. Gently, beautifully observed and subtly ingenious in its evocation of the horrors of the past, this is an immensely moving and emotionally satisfying film.

[About the artists]
Alberto Rodríguez Collía (b. 1985, Guatemala)
Beto Collia Graduated in 2007 as engraver from Escuela de Arte 10 from Madrid. Co-founded (together with La Torana and Mario Santizo) the Taller Experimental de Gráfica, the first workshop dedicated for engraving in Guatemala (2007). Collía uses archive's images (newspapers, television commercials, documentaries, video clips and the internet) to produce video works, drawings and collages. Selected exhibitions: "Estampida", Des.Pacio gallery ( San Jose, Costa Rica(2012), "Central American Biennial", Nicaragua (2010), "Auction 08", Museum of Latin American Arts , Long Beach, California(2008). Currently exhibiting at "Divided Against Ourselves" New works from Allegra Pacheco and Alberto Rodriguez Collia ( July 13th-July 27th, 2013 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI)
http://www.a-i-t.net/en/residency/2013/06/alberto-rodriguez-collia.php

【CONTACT】
Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
T03-5489-7277 / F03-3780-0266


<Related Event>
Summer Minglius "Ancient cities in dreams, and 12,350km"
Residence Program Report by 2 Artists: Masahiro Wada and Alberto Rodríguez Collía

Saturday August 3rd 18:30 - 21:30 *Mini-Talk by the artists from 19:30 AIT Room, Daikanyama *Free Entry

2013-7-30

Summer Minglius


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Summer Minglius "Ancient cities in dreams, and 12,350km"
Residence Program Report by 2 Artists: Masahiro Wada and Alberto Rodríguez Collía

Saturday August 3rd 18:30 - 21:30 *Mini-Talk by the artists from 19:30
AIT Room, Daikanyama *Free Entry
Masahiro WadaBeto Collia
Left: One of the images of an architecture in Masahiro Wada's dream
Right: Photo of Tokyo and Guatemala by Alberto Rodríguez Collía


Minglius is an event organised by the non profit art organisation AIT for MAD students and anyone else to mingle, mooch and mambo.

Since 2003, AIT has been carrying out an experimental Artist in Residency Program in Tokyo, hosting (or sending abroad) more than 60 artists and curators. Many of the previous artists have developed their networks during their stay inTokyo and revisited for new exhibitions and projects. How do artists perceive different cities and people, during a limited period of time, and connect these experiences to their new works?

For this Minglius, we will invite two artitsts : Masahiro Wada and Alberto Rodriguez Collía who have travelled as a residence artist to Mexico, and Tokyo. They will give a short presentation about their experiences and ideas for new works inspired from their stay.

Wada visited fortune tellers in Mexico City to ask for the location of an ancient ruin that appeared in his dream. Collía got inspired by the similarities of how the individuals interact with each other in Tokyo and Guatemala, although both countries have a very different history and culture, and are 12,350km away from each other.
By being mobile, artists cast light upon such discoveries and phenomenons that we tend to overlook.

Please join in for a time to explore the artists' ideas and imaginations 'before' they are turned into art works. AIT staff Naoko Horiuchi will be the moderator.
There will be a bar with drinks and snacks for sale.

MINGLIUS IS A NON SMOKING EVENT - smokers can smoke at the entrance to the building downstairs. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated! At the event, there will be a bar, snacks, a relaxed sitting on the floor environment and music as usual. We look forward to seeing you!



*Masahiro Wada stayed in Mexico, May-June 2013, via support of a partnership between AIT and an art space in Mexico called SOMA(This was realised from a network established by a program supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
*Alberto Rodri´guez Colli´a is currently in Tokyo, May-August 2013, via support of a partnership between AIT and the Backers Foundation


[About the artists]
Masahiro Wada (b. 1977, Tokyo)
Masahiro Wada BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College University of London (2004). Director of artist run space "HOMEBASE" (Tokyo/JP) since 2001. Selected exhibitions: "Big Tomorrow" / Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo(2011), "-Structural Integrity- NEXTWAVE Festival" / Arts House, Meat Market, Melbourne(2010), "5th Dimension" / former French embassy,Tokyo(2010), "Diamonds in Lucy with the Sky" / Play Room(Nakazaki Toru & Mizuki Endo) , Mito(2008). His solo show will be held at the Art Center Ongoing from August 14th.
http://masahirowada.com/


Alberto Rodríguez Collía (b. 1985, Guatemala)
Beto Collia Graduated in 2007 as engraver from Escuela de Arte 10 from Madrid. Co-founded (together with La Torana and Mario Santizo) the Taller Experimental de Gráfica, the first workshop dedicated for engraving in Guatemala (2007). Collía uses archive's images (newspapers, television commercials, documentaries, video clips and the internet) to produce video works, drawings and collages. Selected exhibitions: "Estampida", Des.Pacio gallery ( San Jose, Costa Rica(2012), "Central American Biennial", Nicaragua (2010), "Auction 08", Museum of Latin American Arts , Long Beach, California(2008). Currently exhibiting at "Divided Against Ourselves" New works from Allegra Pacheco and Alberto Rodriguez Collia ( -July 27th, 2013 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI)
http://www.a-i-t.net/en/residency/2013/06/alberto-rodriguez-collia.php

Other than Collia, there are following AIT's current residency artist and curator staying in Tokyo .
- Allegra Pacheco (Artist / Costa Rica)
- Jimmy Ogonga (Curator / Nairobi)*Ogonga will also be present at the event.

To know more about them, visit AIT website!



【OUTLINE】
Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2013
Time: 18:30-21:30 *Mini Talks begin at 19:30
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama [MAP]
Twin Bldg Daikanyama B403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Admission: Free *No booking required
※The bar will be run by former MAD student Kei Asai, as part of his art project `itohen`. There will be delicious foods and drinks inspired by the event! (there will be a charge for food/drinks)
※Minglius is a no smoking event. Thanks you for your cooperation in advance!


【CONTACT】
Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
T03-5489-7277 / F03-3780-0266


<Related Event>
Guatemalan Film Screening and Talk by AIT Artist in Resident, Alberto Rodriguez Collia
Date and Time: Sunday August 4th, 2013 12:00-18:00
AIT Room, Daikanyama

2013-7-25

The BAR vol.6 Exhibition

The Backers Foundation and AIT residence programme vol. 6
New works from Allegra Pacheco and Alberto Rodríguez Collía

Saturday, July 13 - Saturday, July 27, 2013 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI (Shirokane, Tokyo)


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Left: Allegra Pacheco / Untitled / 2013  Right: Alberto Rodríguez Collía / No lugar (Non place) / 2013



Press release (Japanese) Download(PDF / 893KB)





The Backers Foundation and Arts Initiative Tokyo are delighted to announce the 6th Backers and AIT Residence (BAR) programme exhibition, "Divided Against Ourselves " which will be held between July 13th and 27th at YAMAMOTO GENDAI. This year, emerging artists Allegra Pacheco (b.1986) and Alberto Rodríguez Collía (b.1985) will present works inspired by the experiences and discoveries of their three month residency in Tokyo, funded by the Backers Foundation.

Allegra Pacheco is a Costa Rican artist who works in a variety of mediums, with her work predominantly photographic, but often expanding into drawing and installation. In 2012, Pacheco exhibited her first installation work, 'Boobs', a series of breast-shaped soft sculptures made in collaboration with disenfranchised women from La Carpio, an immigrant neighborhood in Costa Rica. The exhibition space took on the innocence of a children's playground, but at the same time served as a platform whereby feminist issues and taboo subjects such as sexuality could be addressed in an un-biased environment. For this exhibition, Pacheco will produce an installation using both photography and illustration, and inspired by the architecture and density of Tokyo, where systems and rules unconsciously control the city's occupants and their lives. Her fantastical cityscapes are claustrophobic and lonely, where the post-apocalyptic undertones of a machine-ruled world invite the viewer to contemplate where our growth-focused lifestyles might lead our future generations.

In Japan for the first time, Guatemalan artist Alberto Rodríguez Collía uses archive's images (newspapers, television commercials, documentaries, video clips and the internet) to produce video works, drawings and collages. Collía presents images borrowed from mass media to criticize the unstable social and political situation in his country. For the 2008 project 'La Favorita', Collía gathered together with Erick Menchú, Guatemalan visual artist, images of folk sign designs from Guatemala, sharing the anonymous voices of the country. During his stay in Tokyo, he will produce engravings that combine semi-autobiographical situations from Guatemala and Tokyo, weaving together new stories.

The artists share certain similarities in that they use familiar motifs, presented at times in humorous ways, to portray the hidden and darker elements of our society. In recent years, as collectors increase, and the market expands, there is increasing interest in the South American art scene, but at the same time there is much to be learnt about creative expression and the socio-cultural situation.

Residency programs allow us to look through the artist's eyes, seeing not only the pleasant, but also the cultural differences and misunderstandings, in turn allowing us to view our society in a different manner.

Text: Naoko Horiuchi (AIT) Translation: Ben Davis

[ OUTLINE ]
Title: The BAR(The Backers Foundation and AIT residence programme)vol. 6
"Divided Against Ourselves"
New works from Allegra Pacheco and Alberto Rodríguez Collía


Date: Saturday, July 13 - Saturday, July 27, 2013
Venue: YAMAMOTO GENDAI(3F, 3-1-15, Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo)TEL:03-6383-0626
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
Supported by: YAMAMOTO GENDAI / YOKUMOKU
Time: 11:00 - 19:00 (Closed on Sunday, Monday and National holiday) *Admission free
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13 18:00 - 20:00

*Related Event: Talk by the two artists and Jimmy Ogonga (Residence Curator from Nairobi) at AIT.
Please check the AIT website for further information.

*YAMAMOTOGENDAI website: www.yamamotogendai.org/
*AIT Artists in residence Official Instagram : (@AIT_AIR)
Curator: Naoko Horiuchi (AIT)




<Biography (Selected)>

Allegra Pacheco(Born in 1986, Costa Rica, Lives and works in London)

AllegraPacheco ・2011 BFA Photography, School of Visual Arts (New York)
・2013 *Currently obtaining a Masters in Fine Arts, Wimbledon College of Arts (London)
・2010 White Box/SCOPE Art fair (Miami)
・2010 New York Photo Festival, DUMBO BK (New York)
・2011 Tokyoscapes, Just Another Space (Tokyo)
・2012 BOOBS Galeria Des.Pacio (SJ Costa Rica)
・2013 Boobs in Japan, GALLERY MoMo (Tokyo) July 20 - Aug 10


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Left: Untitled, Mori Art Museum ( From the series of "Tokyo") / 2011  Right: Boobs / 2012 / mixed media (detail)

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Untitled / 2013 / acrylic, ink on board




Alberto Rodríguez Collía(Born in 1985, Lives and works in Guatemala)

AlbertoRodriguezcollia ・Graduated in 2007 as engraver from Escuela de Arte 10 from Madrid
・2007 in august he co-founds the Taller Experimental de Gráfica, the 1st. workshop dedicated for engraving in Guatemala.
・2008 "Auction 08", Museum of Latin American Arts (California)
・2008 "Horror Vacui", Espacio CE! (Guatemala)
・2010 "Central American Biennial" (Nicaragua)
・2012 "Estampida", Des.Pacio gallery (San Jose, Costa Rica)


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From the series of "Weekend" / 2009 / scanned newspapers, frame

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Left: Vegetation / 2013 / super 8 film transferred to digital video / 3' 07" Right: No lugar (Non place) / 2013 / engraving on paper

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From the series of "Weekend" / 2009 / scanned newspapers, frame




What is The Backers Foundation?
Since 2007, the Backers Foundation, a private group of patrons from the business worlds, has supported ten emerging contemporary artists and five curators to visit Tokyo and stay for a three month residency. The non-profit organization AIT works with the Backers Foundation to organize and host the program. In 2012, a group exhibition bringing the ten previous residency artists was held at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art.

2013-7-12

AIT ARTIST TALK #64

Talk and Film Screening of latest works by Dutch artist Melvin Moti
Date and Time: Thursday, March 28th, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama *Booking required *Talk will be in English with consecutive translation


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Eigenlicht (The Inner Self in Outer Space), 2012, 35mm film, 18 minutes



AIT is pleased to host a talk by the current artist in resident from the Netherlands, Melvin Moti on Thursday, March 28th. Melvin Moti is currently artist in resident from January to April 2013 with AIT, through the support of The Mondriaan Fonds Foundation in the Netherlands.

Moti examines neurological, scientific and historic processes in relation to visual culture. Over the last years he produced several films along with artist books, objects and drawings.
In one of his latest films, "Eigenlicht (The Inner Self in Outer Space)", he attempts to examine the self-referential properties of objects.
The film shows a number of fluorescent minerals including Uranium, which absorbs UV light and emits visible light. Uranium vivid colors conveys its toxic intentions by the way the green glow roars at its viewer. While the film focuses on how objects can "speak" for themselves devoid of any cultural context, an artist book created parallel to the film complements Uranium as a loaded cultural subject; particularly the cultural history of Japan and its relationship with Uranium and nuclear energy.

At the talk, Moti`s latest 3 films, "Eigengrau", "Eigenlicht" and "Dust" will be shown each in its full version.
Moti states, "In 2008 I decided to continue making films without using sound. These future films would remain mute, as cinema before "the talkies", once was. In years prior to that decision my films contained a spoken voice-over. I remember very well when I made that decision, it was after the moment I thought; "when I present my work in Japan, how will I solve the language problem"? Will I translate the voice-over or subtitle the film? Instead I decided to not use language all together. Well, here I am, in Japan, and it seems only logical to present my mute films. "

Before the screening will be a short introduction to the projects and a question and answer session will follow afterwards.
Having worked with various materials such as glass objects and textiles as part of his installations in the past, Moti has dedicated his residency at AIT to researching Japan`s traditional dying techniques such as Edo Komon and Bingata. He will share episodes from this research along with other discoveries through his stay in Tokyo, and possible ideas for new works.

The talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation.


[ OUTLINE ]
Date and Time: Thursday, March 28th 2013, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo
Founder: Mondriaan Fonds
Capacity: 30. Booking Required.
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members)
Other details: Admission comes with 1 free drink, talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation

[ CONTACT ]
Send an email with its subject as "AIT ARTIST TALK #64" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Melvin Moti BIOGRAPHY ]

Melvin

Born 1977, Rotterdam. Lives and works in Rotterdam and Berlin. Moti examines neurological, scientific and historic processes in relation to visual culture. Over the last years he produced several films along with artist books, objects and drawings.Recent solo exhibitions were shown at National Museums Schotland, Kunsthalle Lisbon, Mudam (Luxembourg), Wiels (Brussels), Galeria Civica (Trento), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and MMK (Frankfurt).


2013-3-16