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Roundtable forum "IN AND OUT OF THE SCENE"

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With support by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, AIT organized a roundtable forum in February 2015, entitled "IN AND OUT OF THE SCENE - Seven art centers working through art from the edges" to discuss the roles and relevance of art centers today. Participating institutions were 7 art centers which organize an Artist in Residence and various programs.

The forum was conducted in English only, and an excerpt from the 3 hour discussion is now available in Tabloid format (PDF / Japanese and English).


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[Introduction]

The opportunity to host curator Gina Buenfeld from Camden Arts centre in London became a catalyst to organize a roundtable discussion about the meaning and role of art centres' today. The very term 'art centres' in many ways seems old fashioned now, as arts organizations emphasize a more hybrid and networked model of working. Debates about the de-centralization of art have been prominent. However, art has also always operated through places of gathering, focused themes and centres for communities. Historically Tokyo in the 1960s had art centres that served as important hubs for avant-garde gathering, most prominently The Sougetsu Art Centre. These centres dissipated and became geographically dispersed through the 1980s, and today, like many other art cities in the world, Tokyo's art scene is highly fragmented.

I proposed to ask three interlinked questions through the roundtable: a) how do we work with art and artists today? b) how do we work with broader publics and communities? c) can we think about art centres as 'thinking machines' (in the words of Camden Art Centre's Director Jenni Lomax).
I invited Gina to give a brief overview of the historical and current activities of Camden Arts Centre. Seven Tokyo based independent arts organisations, including AIT, were invited to participate and share their experiences and ideas for the future. A broad range of models was represented, from artist in residency programs, critical research workshops, archive-building, art schools and artist based spaces.

The heyday of art centres in the 1960s was also embedded in a national politics of democratization, urbanization and participation. This was the era of John Berger's radical 'Ways of Seeing' (1972, BBC television), which in many ways heralded a shift towards art as a process of dialogue, inter-subjectivity and relations. How can we think about art centres in the contemporary context of global capital and information? We can perhaps suggest that a centre today not only points to a physical point in space, but also to an activity of 'centering', to a sense of stilling and concentration in time.
- Roger McDonald / AIT

【Outline】
IN AND OUT OF THE SCENE, Seven art centres working through art from the edges:
A roundtable forum in Tokyo about the role and meaning of art centres today, with seven different models of practice.
Wednesday 25th February, 2015 18:00 - 21:00
Venue: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] (B 403 Twin Building Daikanyama, 30-8 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 150-0033)
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2014



【participants】

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Ryota Tomoshige
ARCUS Project

Emiko Kato
Art Autonomy Network / AAN

Nozomu Ogawa
Art Center Ongoing

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Gina Buenfeld
Camden Arts Centre

Emma Ota
dislocate

Wataru Shoji
PARADISE AIR

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Yuko Shiomi
AIT

Naoko Horiuchi
AIT

Roger McDonald
AIT




【Participating organization】
ARCUS Project
ARCUS Project involves" Residency for Artists, Experiments for Locals" and aims to support promising artists who engage in creative activities around the world, as well as promoting the Ibaraki area through art. The project started in 1994 as a test artist-inresidence program and was an initiative of the Ibaraki Prefectural Government. After a successful six year test period, the project officially began. By collaborating with emerging artists, curators, and prospective art managers, ARCUS Project connects the Ibaraki area with art and encourages residents of Moriya city to participate in various art projects including exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and film screenings. Based in the city of Moriya, ARCUS Project is growing as a hub in which revolutionary art is fostered through international programs.
www.arcus-project.com


Art Center Ongoing
Art Center Ongoing is a complex art institution with a gallery that introduces the must-see artists that are leading today's art trends. Art Center Ongoing also includes a cafe and bar that are places for communication where visitors can read old and new art books, as well as browsing the library booth containing extensive information about the artists in our network. The institution also actively organises events such as symposiums and live events, with the aim of searching for the possibility of ongoing expression and to ask what's happening in art right now? By establishing new connections, Art Center Ongoing opens up new ground for the future of expression.
www.ongoing.jp


dislocate
dislocate is a platform for research, debate and action upon the public sphere that seeks to invest an invigorated awareness towards the spaces we directly inhabit and attempts to reassess our very sense of agency within these. The platform also proposes through various artistic interventions the creative potential invested in us on an individual and collective scale to construct the spaces and communities around us and challenge our assumed ways of seeing the world. It asserts the importance of questioning and freedom of expression in our daily enactments of civil society, and hopes to open up debate upon the role of so called democratic processes in the politics of the everyday.
www.dis-locate.net


PARADISE AIR
PARADISE AIR is an Artist-in-Residence program based on the upper floor of Rakuen pachinko parlour and organised by Matsudo Community Council, a group of local neighborhood associations from around Matsudo Station. Many years ago, Matsudo prospered as a place where travellers could rest between the cities of Edo and Mito. At that time, artists often paid for their lodging with a piece of art and a number of the city's current residents still collect the works of writers and painters from that era. Inspired by a rich cultural and artistic history, PARADISE AIR continues the tradition of "One Night, One Work of Art" by allowing artists to stay at the residence in exchange for an artwork.
paradiseair.info


Art Autonomy Network [AAN]
AAN was founded in Japan in 2005 to examine autonomous art organizations and individuals through the presentation of small but significant art activities across a range of fields. Since its foundation, AAN has built a network based around art activities that are not often represented in major institutions such as museums and commercial galleries. In fostering an art archive featuring documentation and information from various art organizations, AAN hopes to enhance cultural exchange by initiating and facilitating networks among organizations in both Japan and overseas. Emiko Kato, a director of AAN has been involved a core member of NICA: Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Arts which has opened in a centre of Tokyo for creating new contemporary art scenes in 2015, while understanding the global contexts from Japan.
a-a-n.org


Camden Arts Centre [CAC]
CAC is a place for world-class contemporary art exhibitions and education. With artists at the core of the programme, CAC strives to involve members of the public in the ideas and processes of today's artists, and the artists who inspire them. In addition to gallery spaces, the building comprises of studios which schools can use free of charge and in which people of all ages and abilities can learn skills in ceramics, painting, drawing and writing as part of the courses programme.
www.camdenartscentre.org


Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
AIT has been running an artist-in-residence program since 2003. In partnership with art organisations in Japan and abroad, over 70 international artists and curators have come to Tokyo to conduct research, build networks and experience the metropolis and its unique clustering of people, information, architecture and objects. The program is unique in that it interfaces with MAD (Making Art Different), the educational program run by AIT. The involvement of visiting artists and curators in both lectures and experimental workshops provides an additional platform for MAD students to exchange a variety of ideas and opinions with peers working in the art industry.


Roundtable
[From Left in the back row] Yuko Shiomi, AIT / Nozomu Ogawa, Art Center Ongoing / Emma Ota, dislocate / Roger McDonald, AIT / Ryota Tomoshige, ARCUS Project
[From Left in the front row] Naoko Horiuchi, AIT / Emiko Kato, AAN / Gina Buenfeld, Camden Arts Centre / Wataru Shoji, PARADISE AIR
Photo by Yukiko Koshima




[About Publication]
Published: 31st March 2015 by Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Editors: Ben Davis, Roger McDonald, Naoko Horiuchi, Rika Yoda
Translation: Hanare × Social Kitchen Translation
Photography: Yukiko Koshima
Design: Mika Okada, Fruitmachine

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2015-8-28

AIT SLIDE TALK #32 Marianna Dobkowska

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AIT SLIDE TALK #32: "A-I-R and the City / Laboratory of relations"
Talk by Marianna Dobkowska from the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 22nd, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama
*The talk will be held in English, with no Japanese translation.
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Top Left: "We Are Like Gardens" temporary permaculture garden, project by Juliette Delventhal and Paweł Kruk at A-I-R Laboratory, summer 2012 Photo : Michał Grochowiak, Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Top Right: Bread and pizza baking oven project of Juliette Delventhal and Paweł Kruk at A-I-R Laboratory, summer 2011, Photo: Michał Grochowiak Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Bottom Left: Francis Thorburn "Vehicle # 11: Amphibian", moving sculpture and public event, summer 2012, Photo: Bartosz Górka Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Bottom Right:Beginning of the soudwalk in the frames of workshop "Urban Sound Design Studio" led by Caroline Claus, Warsaw, July 2015 Photo: Bartosz Górka, Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw


We are pleased to be hosting Marianna Dobkowska, curator at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw for a one month residency in Tokyo supported by The Backers Foundation.

During Dobkowska's talk she will present some of the projects she has curated and produced at Artists-In-Residence Laboratory, a residency program where she is a curator. Founded in 2003, Artists-In-Residence Laboratory is a department of the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, one of the major institutions of contemporary art in Poland.

A-I-R Laboratory hosts up to 30 international artists a year and focuses on production and research based practices within the context of the residency treated as an artistic medium. Since 2014 the team of A-I-R Laboratory started a new program at the socrealist interior of the former hat shop Porthos in the center of Warsaw.

Invited architects gathered portfolios of the building while designing the revitalization of its interiors. Activities programmed in the space are directed to stimulate discussions: about the heritage of socialist realism and the social responsibility of the institutions of art.They are also focused on establishing new relations with local communities.

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: Wednesday, July 22 2015, 19:00 - 21:00
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
In cooperation with: The Backers Foundation
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Capacity: 30. *Booking Required.
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 #32" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Curator Biography ]

Marianna Dobkowska
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Marianna Dobkowska curates projects, residencies and exhibitions, edits and designs publications and produces new works at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. She studied art history at Warsaw University and curating at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She was a curator and manager of the Polish-Norwegian production and research based project and exhibition, Rooted Design for Routed Living. Alternative design strategies and editor of the book under the same title as well as co-manager of Re-tooling Residencies, a project dedicated to investigate the current condition of the residency models and fostering development of new residency-based initiatives in Eastern Europe. Dobkowska's curatorial projects include a solo show of American artist Jesse Aron Green The Allies, a cycle of exhibitions of young Ukrainian artists Transfer and We Are Like Gardens - a permaculture garden established in the park surrounding CCA Ujazdowski Castle. During her research stay at AIT Marianna Dobkowska focuses on social practice Japanese art, grassroots initiatives and programs that have a wide community base.
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www.csw.art.pl
www.re-tooling-residencies.org
www.design-in-residence.org






2015-7- 9

AIT ARTIST TALK #67

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AIT ARTIST TALK #67: "Today of Yesterday"
Talk and Film Screening by Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith from Cambodia
Date: Wednesday, July 15th 2015, 19:00 - 21:00

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Top Left: Rattana Vandy, Looking In My Office 7, 2006 / Top Right: Rattana Vandy, Surface, France, 2011
Bottom Left: Kanitha Tith, Season of Cambodia, Transparent Studio at Bose Pacia, NYC photo courtesy: Pete Pin Bottom Right: Kanitha Tith, "Endlessly"(2011), Photo by Heng Ravuth


'History, memory, time.'
An evening talk and video screening with two emerging artists from Cambodia.

Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] is pleased to present AIT ARTIST TALK #67 on Wednesday, July 15. Commencing at 7pm, the talk and video screening will be led by Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith, two Cambodian artists who are currently in Tokyo with the support of The Backers Foundation and AIT.

The event has been organised in conjunction with Vandy and Tith's exhibition,The BAR Vol.8 "Today of Yesterday", which will open on Saturday, July 11 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI.

A self taught photographer with a background in journalism, Rattana Vandy (b. 1980) is an artist working predominately with photography and video. As one of Cambodia's up-and-coming artists, Vandy has had his work featured in recent exhibitions including "TIME of OTHERS" at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art and "dOCUMENTA(13)", and was also shortlisted for this year's Hugo Boss Asia Art Award. In his most recent video work, "MONOLOGUE", Vandy speaks to those who lost their lives during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, addressing the time and pain that have since been removed from history. Through a translation project that has been reviving Khmer-language philosophy and technical texts lost through the bookburning policies of the Pol Pot era, Vandy has been reflecting on memory and history.

Kanitha Tith (b. 1987) is an artist who produces works across a range of media including sculpture, performance and installation. As an artist that questions the stereotypical roles assigned to women in Cambodia and the loss of history and place under the weight of power and capitalism, Tith's previous works include "Season of Cambodia" (2013), an installation comprising wire sculptures and women's underwear, and "Heavy Sand" (2012), a performance in which she wore a bathing suit and showered in a mix of water and sand. In 2010, Tith received an honourable mention at the inaugural You Khin Memorial Women's Art Prize, an award that recognises contributions to improving the rights and social status of women in Cambodia.

While celebrating strong economic growth in recent years, Cambodia is a country where much remains buried in history and time. Throughout the evening, the artists will use their talk and video screening as the basis for taking a broader look at their country's social circumstances, while also shedding light on the thinking behind their practice.
We hope that you can join us for this insightful and thought-provoking evening.


*Also participating in The Backer's Foundation/AIT joint residency program is Marianna Dobkowska, a Polish curator who will arrive in Tokyo on July 7. Dobukousuka will also be presenting an evening talk on Wednesday, July 22. The event will be held in English only, with further information to be uploaded to the AIT website in the coming weeks.


【Outline】
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 15 2015, 19:00 - 21:00
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Co-Organized by: The Backers Foundation
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku
Capacity: 30. Booking Required.
Admission: JPY1000/JPY800: 'Base Members' and Students/Free: 'House Members' and 'Support Members'
Others: 1 free drink, talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation

[ CONTACT ]
Send an email with its subject as "AIT ARTIST TALK #67" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Artists Biography ]

Rattana VANDY(Born in 1980 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Rattana Vandy
Still from "MONOLOGUE", 2015, Single channel HD video, color, sound

Vandy lives and works between Phnom Penh, Paris and Taipei. In 2007, he was one of the co-founders of Stiev Selapak / Art Rebels, and in 2009 he was also one of the co-founders of Sa Sa Art Gallery. He contributed, in 2011, to establish SA SA BASSAC, the first dedicated exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Cambodia. Vandy Rattana began his photography practice in 2005 concerned with the lack of physical documentation accounting for the stories, traits, and monuments unique to his culture. His serial work employed a range of analog cameras and formats, straddling the line between strict photojournalism and artistic practice. His recent works mark a shift in philosophy surrounding the relationship between historiography and image making. For Vandy, photographs are now fictional constructions, abstract and poetic surfaces, histories of their own. He lately began interested in film-making. The short-film "MONOLOGUE" is his latest work. In 2014, he co-founded Ponleu Association, which aims to provide access to international reference books, through their translation and publication in Khmer. It also publishes its own books, focusing on various fields of knowledge (philosophy, literature, science, etc.)
www.vandyrattana.com


Kanitha TITH (Born in 1987 in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia)
Kanitha Tith

Tith lives and works in Phnom Penh, she works revolves around the production of sculptures and installations that investigate the possible relationships between the artist's personal experience and memories and her environment, namely the fast-changing landscape of Cambodia. Her sculptural work made of woven metal strings are informed by her childhood memories and combine her interest in the relationship between human and non-human form with spatial strategies that straddle Tith's domestic sphere with the public arena. The material used by the artist - metal strings, found traditional cooking stoves or collected objects belonging to her neighbours - pertains to the realm of daily Cambodian material culture. By so doing, Tith questions the status of the artist and its potential to engage with issues of community, gender and women's identity. The artefacts created by Tith thus act as documents of the effects of the economic and social development in Cambodia on the private and urban spheres, on the individual and her environment, and formulate a visual poetics that evoke the possibility of change. Tith collaborates on film (with French-Cambodian filmmaker Chou Davy) and music (with the American Cambodian band Dengue Fever) projects and is active as a costume designer.

2015-7- 2

ART FAIR TOKYO 2015 Guided Tour

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Date: Sat. March 21 - Sun. March 22, 2015
Venue: Tokyo International Forum, B2F Exhibition Hall
*Booking required *Tour will be in Japanese or English

 
view of ART FAIR TOKYO 2014 / Photo : Munetoshi IWASHITA


AIT will host 4 guided tours at Art Fair Tokyo 2015 as the fair`s educational partner for the 4th year.
An art collector, writer, curator, and art media consultant will be your guide to explore "what art collecting is about" "the basics of art writing", "Venice Biennial" and "an overview of the Tokyo art scene".
Participation fee includes the fair`s 1-day passport (2,000JY tax incl.) so participants can enjoy the fair after the tour.
Come and join us to experience Japan`s largest art fair where you can see the best art works of Japan, Asia, and beyond.


[ Overview ]
Date: Sat. March 21 - Sun. March 22, 2015
Venue: Tokyo International Forum, B2F Exhibition Hall (5-1 Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo 100-0005 Japan)
Meeting point: ART FAIR TOKYO 2015 Ticket Counter
Organizer: ART FAIR TOKYO Committee
Planned and coordinated by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
In Cooperation with: Warehouse TERRADA

[ Admission ]
4,500 yen each (includes tax and ART FAIR TOKYO 2015 1-DAY Passport)
*For ART FAIR TOKYO 2015 1-DAY Passport holder: 3,000yen (includes tax).

[ How to Register ]
Please click here for sign up


[ Tour content ]
1. How Collectors get the most out of Art Fair Tokyo *Japanese Only
Date: Sat. March 21, 11:00-12:00
Capacity: 15 people
Navigator: Daisuke Miyatsu (Art collector )


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(C)Yoko Asakai 2010

The collection of contemporary artworks he accumulated as a simple company employee ("salaryman"), as well as his house which he built with the contribution of various artists, have extensively been covered by the Japanese and international press or displayed in exhibitions in places such as Tokyo Opera City's Art Gallery or the Daelim Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul. In 2011, a great exhibition of his collection was organized at the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Taiwan, and in 2012 the BEXCO convention centre in Busan with the video and visual works. Miyatsu Daisuke is the author of "Gendai Art wo KaÔ!" (Let's buy contemporary art!), published in Japanese as part of the Shueisha Shinsho Collection, as well as in traditional Chinese, Taiwanese, and Korean. "Gendai Art Keizaigaku" (Contemporary Art Economics), published by Kobunsha is his latest book.
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/DaisukeMiyatsu.Collector
新浪微博 Sina Weibo:http://weibo.com/u/2858143297




2. Make your own Report of Art Fair Tokyo! *Japanese Only
Date: Sat. March 21, 13:00-14:30
Capacity: 10 people
Navigator: Kohei Sasaki (Editor, CINRA.NET)


佐々木

After gaining work experience in the art industry in a gallery, auction, and publishing, now works as editor at CINRA.NET, mainly writing articles on art and performing arts.




3. Discover more about the Venice Biennial at Art Fair *Japanese Only
Date: Sun. March 22, 10:30-11:30
Capacity: 15 people
Navigator: Naoko Horiuchi (Curator, Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] )


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Photo by Yukiko Koshima

Currently working as a curator, lecturer, and facilitator of Artist in Residence Program at Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]. After completing MSc in Contemporary Art and Art Theory at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) in 2005, worked as an independent curator in Edinburgh. Curated Aiko Miyanaga's one person exhibition 'Tales dedicated to the dark' (2007 / Sleeper Gallery), and was an assistant curator of 'Metronome Think Tank Tokyo in collaboration with Documenta 12 magazines' (2006). At AIT, has curated several art projects and Residency Program exhibitions such as 'Divided Against Ourselves' (2013 / YAMAMOTO GENDAI), 'Home Again' (2012 / Hara Museum of Contemporary Art), and 'Round' (2011 / hiromiyoshii roppongi). She was a guest curator of ARCUS Project in 2013. In 2015, she has curated 'Shuffling Spaces' (Gallery Seescape / Thailand), and co-curated 'Invisible Energy' (St Paul St Gallery / New Zealand).



4. [English tour] Meet the Gallerists: Tips on How to Buy Art in Tokyo *English Only
Date: Sun. March 22, 13:00-14:30
Capacity: 10 people
Navigator: Rasa Tsuda (Art media consultant / AZITO / Ocula)

Buying art in a new city may be intimidating in some ways. The guide will help you to learn about the background of more than 20 contemporary artworks and know their price by visiting 10 highly acclaimed gallery booths at the fair. Through the tour, you can see the trends of Tokyo and be familiar with the gallerists.


津田

Currently works for OCULA (Art portal website focused on Asia Pacific region) and runs AZITO (online gallery of Japanese contemporary art). She moved back to Tokyo from two years living in NY. Before moving to the art industry in 2006, she also worked in the Central Bank of Japan after graduating from Keio University. Art x IT x Abroad is her main focus to spread the idea of artworks worldwide.


* Please note that all tours are subject to change.


2015-3- 3

"At the still point of the turning world..." - a salon event curated by Gina Buenfeld


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"At the still point of the turning world..."
- a salon event curated by Gina Buenfeld (Camden Arts Centre, London)
Saturday 21st February, 2015
Time: 15:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 15:00)
Venue: SHIBAURA HOUSE (Tokyo)



For this two-part salon event, curator-in-residence Gina Buenfeld (Camden Arts Centre, London) will present a programme of live performance, screenings of artists' film, encounters with sound and objects with open discussion in the incomparable setting of SHIBAURA HOUSE, designed by Kazuyo Sejima & Associates. As a project that emerged from Buenfeld's curatorial residency with AIT last year, and her ongoing research, "At the still point of the turning world..." is a selection of works that proposes questions about sculptural and dynamic form with a particular focus on dance and ceramics - two craft traditions with a strong historical and contemporary presence in Japan. Drawing out the tensions between seemingly inanimate objects and fugitive yet perpetually reiterated movement, the event proposes questions about form and the varied ways in which its characteristics prevail as they are reexpressed and re-created.

Divided into two acts whose atmospheres are inspired by Noh and Butoh, the event will feature video works by international artists: Manon de Boer; Trisha Brown | Babette Mangolte; Jefford Horrigan; Joachim Koester; Simon Martin; Ursula Mayer; Jeremy Millar; Fernanda Muñoz Newsome and Ina Dokmo; Hiraki Sawa; Sriwhana Spong; a live performance by Mildred Rambaud who will be in Japan especially for this event; and contributions from AIT artists-inresidence Jesse Wine and Caroline Achaintre, who will be based in Tokyo for two months commencing in late January.



Summary
Title: "At the still point of the turning world..."
Date: Saturday 21st February, 2015
Time: 15:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 15:00)
Venue: SHIBAURA HOUSE(Level 5, 3-15-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo)[Access]
Admission: Free (refreshments will be available for purchase)
Capacity: 50 people No reservations needed
Organisers: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] , Camden Arts Centre
Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2014,
British Council, SHIBAURA HOUSE
Curator: Gina Buenfeld (Camden Arts Centre)


Time table
15:00 Doors open
15:30 - 17:00 Introductory presentations and discussion
- Intermission -
17:30 - 18:30 Act 01
Theme: Noh (screening)
- Intermission -
18:45 - 20:00 Act 02
Theme: Butoh (screening, live performance)
20:00 - 21:00 Open Discussion


Participating artists
Live Performance: Mildred Rambaud
Talk: Caroline Achaintre Jesse Wine

Screening:
1: Theme / Noh (45 min)
Hiraki Sawa
Jeremy Millar
Jefford Horrigan
Ursula Mayer
Manon de Boer
Joachim Koester

2: Theme / Butoh (45 min)
Mildred Rambaud
Simon Martin
Trisha Brown | Babette Mangolte
Fernanda Muñoz Newsome and Ina Dokmo
Sriwhana Spong


[Artist Profile]

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Mildred Rambaud
Mildred Rambaud is a London-based French artist whose practice encompasses a range of media including sculpture performance and film to explore archetypal imagery, fragility and the impossible. She has exhibited and performed at galerie Gabriel Rolt, the Place, Oto, Shunt, Moot gallery, Point Ephémère, 54éme Salon de Montrouge, Wysing Art Centre ... beyond others.



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Caroline Achaintre
Caroline Achaintre (FR, 1969). Born in France and raised in Germany, Achaintre trained as a blacksmith before travelling to London with the prestigious DAAD scholarship to study at Chelsea School of Art & Design and Goldsmiths College, London. Solo exhibitions include the Present / Future Illy Prize at Castello di Rivoli, Turin, IT from November 7 and currently at Tate Britain, London, UK until June 2015 as part of the BP Contemporary Spotlight programme Her works belong to Museum collections that include FRAC, Aquitaine, FR, Musée d'Art moderne de al Ville de Paris, FR and the Southampton City Art Gallery, UK. The artist lives and works in London.



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Jesse Wine
Born in 1983, and now living and working in London. Jesse Wine gained his BA Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art (2007), and his MA Fine Art at Royal College of Art (2010). His work combines humour, biography and art history. While Wine's work is multidisciplinary, he often describes himself as a ceramicist. His recent work, mostly using clay, has an erudite take on the medium, using its history, its alliance with craft and its placement within the visual arts. His works reveal a fascination with the medium and the process of making, as well as underlining issues of form and display. Recent and forthcoming solo shows include BALTIC Centre for Contemporary art, Gateshead, UK; Galerie Hussenot, paris, FR; Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow, UK; Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, UK (All 2014); BolteLang, Zurich, CH; Offspaceprojekt, Bernkastel, DE (all 2015); South London Gallery, London, UK; Limoncello, London, UK; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (All 2014)


[Curator Profile]

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Gina Buenfeld
(Exhibitions Organiser, Camden Arts Centre)
Gina Buenfeld has an MA in History of Art (20th Century) from Goldsmiths College (2004). Following a period working with gallerist and leading art consultant 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 began working at Camden Arts Centre where she continues to work as Exhibitions Organiser, realising ambitious exhibitions with international artists, including João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, Simon Starling, Jeremy Deller, Nathalie Djurberg and the estates of seminal 20th Century artists Pino Pascali, Hanne Darboven and Dieter Roth.











       

2015-1-29

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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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

>>> Japanese

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