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AIT SLIDE TALK #34 Haizea Barcenilla

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"Can we curate commons?"
Curator talk by Haizea Barcenilla from Basque country, Spain

Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Time: 19:00 - 21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
Capacity: 30
※Booking required / Translation available

can we curate commons?
All photos from "Andrekale", courtesy of Señora Polaroiska

AIT is pleased to host SLIDE TALK #34 "Can we curate commons?" by Haizea Barcenilla, a current curator in residence on December 21, 2016. Barcenilla is staying to undertake her research in Japan until December 31 on a collaborative residency program initiated by AIT and TABAKALERA International Center for Contemporary Culture to exchange curators between Basque/Spain and Tokyo/Japan.

The talk will revolve around the idea of the public and the commons in relation to art practice and art curating which leads to her ongoing research developed as part of her residency at AIT. Her research consists to analyze the ideas of the public and the commons in Japan, especially in relation to the concept of performativity.
In the essay included in a book "Public Places in Asia Pacific Cities", academics have noted that the definition of space in Japan is marked by its use rather than its physicality. This would mean that publicness would be enacted temporarily while being created in certain spaces at specific moments.
At the presentation, Barcenilla particularly picks and introduces the project "Andrekale" produced and curated under "the New Patrons program", as an example of collaborative practice reflecting upon several themes chosen by participants such as urban space, history writing, gender and city empowerment.

Throughout the residency, Barcenilla asks; Can this performative idea be linked to the commons and understood as a social relationship around a resource or a knowledge? What is the role of art and of other cultural practices in the creation of these performative moments of publicness? During her talk, she shares with us some introductory ideas to develop these possibilities to expand further.

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 21, 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: 1,000 JPY (800 JPY for students, MAD students and AIT Base members / Free for House and Support members) *All admission include one free drink
*Booking required / Translation available
Translation: Satoshi Ikeda
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo, TABAKALERA International Center for Contemporary Culture
*Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2016

Please send an email with its subject line as "AIT SLIDE TALK #34" at otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, contact phone number and the category of your admission. (Please input @ in normal-width)

[Haizea Barcenilla]
Barcenilla is an art critic, curator and art history lecturer at the University of the Basque Country. Her research revolves around two axes of interest: on the one hand, the ideas of public and common, and how they can influence curatorial practice and artistic research; on the other one, the revisitation of history from a gender point of view.
She has written extensively on both topics, including a PhD about curating and the commons, and also curated and produced various artworks and exhibitions. The recent ones are framed in the New Patrons scheme, in which she helped develop and produce the publication Manual de Uso by artist Andrea Acosta about the Zorrozaurre neighborhood in Bilbao, and the video Andrekale by Señora Polaroiska, with the collaboration of Tabakalera, for the town of Hernani.
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ARCUS + AIT Artist mini-talk

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ARCUS + AIT Artist Mini-Talk
'Peeled, Peel, Peeling'
Talk by artists from El Salvador, Malaysia, Korea and Sweden

Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 16:30 - 18:00 *Talk begins at 16:30 followed by a gathering from 18:00
Venue: ARCUS Studio (2418, Itatoi, Moriya, Ibaraki)
Access: http://www.arcus-project.com/en/about/access.html
Organized by ARCUS Project, Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Supported by IASPIS
*Admission Free / No booking required / Consecutive translation available


ARCUS Project and Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] are pleased to host a mini-talk on Sunday, November 27, 2016 starting from 16:30 at ARCUS Studio which is the base of ARCUS Project. The talk will invite three artists currently undertaking residencies at ARCUS Project, Ernesto Bautista from El Salvador, Gan Siong King from Malaysia, Yen Noh based in Austria and one artist, Jenny Yurshansky who is staying with AIT in its residency program, she is based in Sweden and the USA. This talk will be a closing event held in conjunction with open studios at ARCUS Project, it will be followed by a gathering with the artists.

Ernesto Bautista works on sculpture, installation and video works and he is deeply conscious of the violence, death and war around him and feels compelled to investigate the essential meaning of human existence and life. Gan Siong King values a sense of "play" in his works and explores such theme as laughter, humor and joy. The works, however, are not so much sensuous but conceptual and they investigate primeval painting compositions. Yen Noh takes language and translation as her themes in producing installation and speech-performance, two of which relevantly face each other in a space. She examines misreadings and misunderstandings that impacted on modernization. The process of their artistic practices and research will be showcased and shared with audience during their open studios which begins on Friday, November 11. Jenny Yurshansky conducts detailed research on the origins and social histories of various invasive plants, connecting botanical and cultural landscapes. She works mainly with sculpture and installation. Her artistic practice explores the empiric and its tension with the poetic.

Although these four artists deal with various concepts and work on different mediums, their expressions all induce strong interest and perspective on the society we live in. It is as if their practices carefully "peel off" various layers of our society and those actions embed accumulation of time from the past, present and future. This mini-talk will reveal more about their practices, research and how they are experiencing each residency in Japan. It will invite us to look our daily lives differently through their unique way of depicting the world. The coordinators, both from ARCUS Project and AIT, will also join and everyone is welcome to meet the artists for further discussion.

ARCUS + AIT Artist Mini-Talk
'Peeled, Peel, Peeling'
Talk by artists from El Salvador, Malaysia, Korea and Sweden

Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 16:30 - 18:00 *Talk begins at 16:30 followed by a gathering from 18:00
Venue: ARCUS Studio (2418, Itatoi, Moriya, Ibaraki)
Access: http://www.arcus-project.com/en/about/access.html
Organized by ARCUS Project, Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Supported by IASPIS
*Admission Free / No booking required / Consecutive translation available

2016-11- 1

AIT ARTIST TALK #68 "From the History of Battle to Reconciliation and Love"

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AIT ARTIST TALK #68: "From the History of Battle to Reconciliation and Love"
Artist Talk by Chaw Ei Thein (Myanmay/Burma) and Krishnapriya Tharmakrishna (Sri Lanka)
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 13 2016, 19:00-21:00

Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] is pleased to present AIT ARTIST TALK #68 by two women artists Chaw Ei Thien (Myanmar/Burma) and Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar (Sri Lanka) who are currently in Tokyo through the residency programme with the support of The Backers Foundation and AIT.

This artist talk is organised in conjunction with the exhibition, "Healing and Loving", which will be on view from July 9 to 23 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI.

Chaw Ei Thein (b. 1969)
(Image left: Chaw Ei Thein)
has been a prominent artist for many years working in Myanmar, also known as Burma, creating paintings, sculptures and provocative public performances which comment on the situation of women's experiences and a situation of brutal oppression and dictatorship. Since her residency to New York supported by Asian Cultural Council in 2009, Chaw Ei Thein is currently in exile and based in New York and was unable to return to her country until the recent democratic elections in Myanmar/Burma.

Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar (b. 1987)
(Image: Impression 2-1, 2015, Nail drawing on tracing paper)
is an emerging artist lives and works in the northern Sri Lankan city of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, which experienced fierce fighting during the civil war from the early 1980s. The loss of family members and home forms a powerful ground for her works which largely take the form of paper based drawings and prints. Many dots and lines outline her individuality and identity from particular times of her life such as childhood, emphasizing an inner-heart empathy. "Healing and Loving" exhibition in Tokyo will be the first time showcasing her previous works in addition to the recent works she produces during this residency period.

Both Myanmar/Burma and Sri Lanka have brutal history of battles in the past and these two artists have experienced them directly in their youth. At this artist talk, their stories behind the works will be shared with us and tell how these women artists see their countries after all these years with dramatic changes in the political landscape and take them into their artistic practices.

We hope that you can join us for the artist talk and "Healing and Loving" exhibition at YAMAMOTO GENDAI.

[ Outline ]
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 13 2016, 19:00 - 21:00 (18:30 Door Open)
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Moderator / Translator: Roger McDonald
Capacity: 20 *Booking Required
Admission: JPY1000: General / JPY800: 'Base Members' and Students / Free: 'House Members' and 'Support Members'
Others: 1 free drink / This talk will be in English with consecutive translation.
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Co-Organized by: The Backers Foundation

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To book your seat, please send an email with its subject as "AIT ARTIST TALK #68" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.


Exhibition "Non-self" by Rosa Doornenbal

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The exhibition by Rosa Doornenbal
Date: March 26 (Sat) - 31 (Thu) 12:00 - 19:00
*Open daily / Admission Free
Opening Reception: March 26 (Sat), 18:00 - 20:30 *19:00 - Performance Lecture by the artist
Venue: Higure 17-15 cas (Tokyo)
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.

Left: Shapes of my Pinkish Purity / 2016 / Collages, fabric, ceramic, 410 mm × 620 mm
Right: Calming Balming / 2016 / Single channel video (color, sound)


AIT is pleased to host the exhibition, "Non-self" by Rosa Doornenbal. The exhibition opens on Saturday March 26 through Thursday March 31 at Higure 17-15 cas in Tokyo. Doonenbal is from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and currently staying in Tokyo as an artist-in-residence with AIT.

If a tearoom can contain the universe, how can the tea bowl create emptiness?

In the history of the Japanese Tea Ceremony its specific aesthetic language got more and more defined, while at the same time, the ceremony still functions as a moment to escape reality and focus on the very moment of making and drinking tea. After leaving your worldly desires behind you, you will enter a spiritual realm and hopefully transcend the 'self'. Though, walking through the streets of a present-day urban landscape, another reality checks in. A contemporary pop culture with its own conceptions of beauty; where girls will always be young and eyes are excessively big.

'Non-self' is a visual exploration of the aesthetic ideologies of two contradicting but yet very explicit visual cultures. It tries to grasp their spiritual and signifying fundamental.

- Rosa Doornenbal

In Doornenbal's interdisciplinary practice, she investigates how formal, cultural and social aspects influence the appreciation of, and identification with objects in everyday life. The parallel of this in the art world - the viewer's experience of sculpture - is central in her work.

The exhibition by Rosa Doornenbal
Date: March 26 (Sat) - 31 (Thurs) 12:00 - 19:00 *Open daily / Admission Free
Opening Reception: March 26 (Sat), 18:00 - 20:30 *19:00〜 Performance Lecture by the artist
Venue: Higure 17-15 cas / 3-17-15, Nishi Nippori, Arakawa, Tokyo [Google Map]
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.

[Rosa Doornenbal]
Doornenbal1 Doornenbal works in a variety of media creating detailed circumstances that reveal the interrelationship between viewer, object, equipment, tool and sculpture. With a critical and playful attitude she often treats the exhibition space, with its already formulated codes of behavior, as part of her work. In her most recent works the process of creation becomes a subject as she explores issues of craftsmanship and what artisthood could mean today. She obtained her BA of Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2013. She also has a background in Cultural Studies of which she obtained her BA at the University of Amsterdam in 2012.
Blog: "wabi-bijin"

2016-3- 9

【 Thai Art Night: Finding Ways Through 】

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【 Thai Art Night: Finding Ways Through 】
Recent Issues in Thai Contemporary Art
With Artists, Curator and Writer from Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Date: March 12 (Sat), 2016 / 17:00-20:00
Venue: GRAIN / 5-25-1, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Capacity: 20 *Booking required
Admission: Free (excl. food/drink)

AIT is pleased to welcome Thai artist Atikom Mukdaprakorn, curator Penwadee Nophaket Manont, writer Judha Su and artist Takuro Kotaka who stayed in Thailand on a residency program in 2014. Held at GRAIN in Harajuku, the talk will take place on March 12. Mukdaprakorn and Manont are currently AIT Artists/Curators in Residence, staying in Tokyo until the end of March.
In recent years there have been many instances of younger artists and curators creating new alternative art spaces and initiatives in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. These kinds of movements are different from more formal university art schools as well as institutional museums and galleries and Western trends.
In addition to this we see an ongoing tense and unstable political situation in Thailand around street demonstrations and coup d'etat, which feed into the artistic culture and its context. With limited public funding, these artists and workers are actively looking for alternative networks and possibilities for practice.
For this talk we will hear presentations from each of the invited speakers, outlining their work as well as prospects for art in Thailand and tips for surviving in this situation.
This is a rare opportunity for emerging Thai artists to gather and share thoughts in Japan. We will also serve food and drinks from a chef Momoko's kitchen. We look forward very much to seeing you at GRAIN.

Date: March 12 (Sat), 2016 / 17:00-20:00
Venue: GRAIN / 5-25-1, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Capacity: 20 *Booking required
Admission: Free (excl. food/drink)
*Talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation
Moderator: Naoko Horiuchi[AIT]
Translator: Satoshi Ikeda
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo[AIT]
Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2015

Please send an email with its subject as "Thai Art Night" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

17:00 Door Open
17:30-18:00 Talk by Penwadee Nophaket Manont (Curator)
18:00-18:30 Atikom Mukdaprakorn (Artist)
18:45-19:15 Judha Su (Art Writer)
19:15-19:45 Takuro Kotaka (Artist)
19:45 Discussion / Q&A
20:00 End

Atikom Mukdaprakorn (Born in 1981, Bangkok, Thailand)

Co-founder of mute mute, which emphasizes mutual discussion about society in order to expand the boundary of perception through art, cultural performances and social activities in different forms. He is personally interested in media/art culture, especially domestic photography, freedom of expression and the state of art in Thailand. These form the basis for many of the conditions used in his media/art performances. Currently, he has been collaborating on the project "Chiang Mai Art Conversation" which originated in Chiang Mai. The purpose of the project is to facilitate a connection of art with discussion and Thai society to gain greater knowledge through all kinds of management and media.

Penwadee Nophaket Manont
(Born in 1973, California, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand)

Her curatorial projects include the Mekong Art & Culture Project: Curatorial and Traveling Exhibition (2007-2008), supported by Rockefeller Foundation and Silpakorn University, where she was one of the four Southeast Asian Art Curators for the Underlying exhibition, from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. She also co-curated Poperomia/Golden Teardrop (2013), an exhibition at the 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, Italy. At the end of 2013, Penwadee founded ANTs' POWER Art & Cultural Group, who are active on Human Rights and Democracy related issues.

Judha Su (Art Writer, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand)

Judha dances around the ideas of art and its intersection with other disciplines. Her current research project titled: Thinking in Critical Constellations, funded by Asia Centre Japan Foundation.

Takuro Kotaka (Born in 1984, lives and works in Tokyo, Japan)

"Traveling Africa with a Potato" / 2010 / Video
Kotaka is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work references the everyday experiences of the people he encounters whilst traveling. His journeys to Indonesia, Thailand, Africa and other parts of the world have resulted in video works and performances that address issues of cross-cultural communication, otherness, history, rumours, and narrative.
In Chiang Mai, Kotaka produced the new video work How to Transform into Na Neck. He found the access point to integrate his relationship with society by imitation well-known Thai comedian Na Neck after Chiang Mai natives told him that he resembled the comic.


Exhibition "Karaoke at Le Moulin de la Galette"

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"Karaoke at Le Moulin de la Galette"
The Revival of the Lost Exhibition by Thai Artivists curated by Atikom Mukdaprakorn

yebizo8_kom_maskparty_615pxPhoto by Atikom Mukdaprakorn (Reference image for the exhibition)

Date: February 12 (Fri) - 20 (Sat), 2016
Time: 11:00-19:00
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama [MAP]
*Admission free / Closed on Sunday
Reception: 12 (Fri), 19:00 - 21:00 / Artist Talk from 19:30 -

AIT is pleased to host the exhibition, "Karaoke at Le Moulin de la Galette" The Revival of the Lost Exhibition by Thai Artivists curated by Atikom Mukdaprakorn.
The exhibition is held as a partnership event of The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2016. This year's main theme of the festival is "Garden in Movement", and runs from Feb 11 to 20 at several venues in Ebisu area.
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MAD WORLD with NODE : One day workshop and seminar by Perla Montelongo

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Global Art Perspectives from Tokyo

One day workshop and seminar by Perla Montelongo
Seminar: 'Art thinking: an insight on the thinking processes of artists'
Workshop: Institute for Terranautical Exploration: Fictional uses of art

Date and Time: Saturday December 12th, 2015 13:00 - 16:30
Venue: BankART1929 2F(Yokohama, Japan) *Booking required

Node Innovators Program 2015, Image courtesy of Node Center.

AIT is pleased to host Berlin based curator and founder-Director of NODE Center for Curatorial Studies, Perla Montelongo for a one day workshop. As part of our new MAD World series which aims to connect international art professionals to Tokyo through English language lectures and workshops, Perla will lead a unique workshop exploring the nature and possibilities of artistic creativity and inspiration.

The workshop will be held at the exhibition of the "Nissan Art Award 2015: Exhibition of New Works by the 7 Finalists" in BankART, Yokohama, with Perla leading participants through the exhibition and art works as a basis for the workshop. The event will be aimed at an introductory level and held in English.

Date : Saturday December 12th, 2015
Time: 13:00 - 16:30
Venue: BankART1929 2F(3-9 Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0002) [MAP]
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Lecturer: Perla Montelongo (Director of NODE)
Capacity:15 persons *Booking required
Admission: [Special Price] JPY4,500, Student/Base member JPY4,000
Other details: Admission includes a cup of tea and snacks
*The seminar and workshop will be in English only

[Curriculum Details]
13:00 - 14:00: 'Art thinking: an insight on the thinking processes of artists'
Modality: Seminar

What is the process that artists use prior to creating a work? Do artist think or see differently? Thinking divergently, questioning the everyday and using intuition are some common processes that artists consciously or unconsciously use as part of their creative activity. Can this way of thinking be applied to other disciplines and everyday life?

Node Center for Curatorial Studies - Berlin created a two-month program that gathered a group of 7 'innovators' from fields of art, education, neuroscience, physics and psychology to create a tool to strengthen ways of thinking divergently based on the thinking processes of artists.

As a first stage, we began researching texts on creative thinking and perception, particularly from the fields of neuroscience and psychology. In addition, we interviewed artists in order to find out commonalities in how they think. We also made an open-call survey to see whether there was a difference in thinking between artists and non-artists.

From this first mapping, we found four key components of the way that artists think that could be useful in other fields, specifically in education:

- Seeing - using multiple perspectives and ways of seeing the world
- Feeling - using intuition and trusting the senses
- Detouring - using abstract, non-linear ways of thinking
- Doing - an impulse to do and build regardless of its use or logic

With these components in mind, we created rough prototypes that were designed to train them: an app, a workshop and an online platform for teachers that heightens intuition, lateral thinking and engages the senses. These prototypes were developed and refined during the program and are still in development while we gain feedback from the actual users and testers.
In this seminar we will share the results, weaknesses and working methodology of the Node Innovators' Program.

L:Design thinking workshop at Node Innovator's Program, 2015. Image courtesy of Sabine De Schutter.
R:Node Innovators Program 2015, Image courtesy of Node Center.

14:30 - 16:30: Institute for Terranautical Exploration: Fictional uses of art
Modality: workshop and fun!

A workshop on art interpretation aiming to discover possible uses of art and artworks. In this workshop we will immerse ourselves into a fictional future where no knowledge of art exists. In this fictional future, the "Institute for Terranautical Exploration" is in charge to discover what kind of purposes, uses or information do strange objects (artworks) carry with them.

The aim of the workshop is to put aside our preconceptions of art in order to analyze artworks from an unfamiliar and fresh perspective, discovering what kind of uses, purpose or information can art have besides the known ones.

'Game Design in Artistic Research', workshop by Viktor Bedö and Perla Montelongo.
Photo courtesy of Aalborg University

Send an email with its subject as "MAD WORLD with NODE" to mad@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ About Perla Montelongo ]

Perla is Director of Node Center for Curatorial Studies, her main focus is on designing alternative learning strategies from and for contemporary art. In 2010, she co-founded Node Center, establishing it as a place for teaching researching, and experimenting with subjects related to curatorial studies and contemporary art practices. Perla develops and defines Node Center's structure which has included the Collaborative Curatorial Residencies, Online Educational Platform and now the Innovators Program.

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AIT SLIDE TALK #33 Jenni Lomax


The Artist in Education and the Place of Education in Residencies:
A Talk by Jenni Lomax, Director of Camden Arts Centre, London.
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 25th, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama *The talk will be held in English only.

Left:Camden Arts Centre building Right:Outside space inside the art centre

AIT is honored to host a short talk by Jenni Lomax, long time Director of CAC in London, who will be in Japan as a jury member for The Nissan Art Award 2015. AIT has had the pleasure to collaborate with CAC since September 2014, hosting the CAC exhibition organizer Gina Buenfeld in Tokyo as well as Jesse Wine and Caroline Achaintre. Although AIT and CAC share very different histories and contexts, the two arts organizations do share a strong commitment towards the place and relevance of education, in multiple senses, for the arts and within artist in residency programs.

CAC has organized pioneering residency programs for artists where they also engage with learning and education within the centere's community and beyond. What role can the artist play in education, and how can learning be an integral aspect of residency programs? As the dynamics of global art and ideas of what a commons means changes in the C21st, it seems pertinent to ask these questions now. Jenni will speak on these topics from her extensive experience for about one hour, and an informal Q&A session will follow. Drinks will be served.

Date: November 25 Wed, 19:00 - 21:00
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (B403 Twin bldg.Daikanyama, 30-8 Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo)
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

[ Reservation ]
Send an email with its subject as "AIT SLIDE TALK #33" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

Jenni Lomax
Director, Camden Arts Centre (London, UK)

Jenni Lomax has been the director of Camden Arts Centre, London, since 1990, where she has established a forward thinking programme of international exhibitions, artists, residencies and education projects, all of which have artists and their ideas at the core. She led the organisation through a major building refurbishment scheme which was completed in early 2004. She was awarded the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2007, and received an OBE for her services to the Visual Arts in 2009. Before Camden Arts Centre, Jenni developed and headed up the Community Education and Public Programmes at the Whitechapel Art Gallery throughout the 1980's. Throughout her career she has been involved in an advisory capacity with many arts, education and charitable organisations and has been a member of selection and judging panels for numerous awards and exhibitions including The Turner Prize, Arts Foundation Award and the Jerwood Drawing Prize.


AIT + ARCUS Minglius Night Part 8


AIT + ARCUS Minglius Night Part 8
"Hide and Go Seek- Uncovering history and borders"
Mini Talk by Artists from Indonesia, UK, South Africa, Sweden and Germany

Date: Friday November 27th, 2015
Time: 18:30-21:30
, Mini Talks begin at 19:00
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama [MAP] *Free Entry / No booking required

We are pleased to host AIT + ARCUS Minglius Night Part 8 "Hide and Go Seek- Uncovering history and borders" on Friday, November 27. 5 resident artists/designers from AIT and ARCUS Project will give a talk about their works and their experiences in Japan. The talk will be translated consecutively into Japanese from English.
From ARCUS Project, the coordinators organizing the residency will also be present at the event.

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

*From November 14 to 22(excl.16), there will be an Open Studio event at ARCUS Studio!
For details, see HERE>>.

[ARCUS Project Artists in Residence]
-Timoteus Anggawan Kusno (Indonesia)
-Stephanie Bickford-Smith (U.K.)
-Eduardo Cachucho (South Africa)

To know more about them, visit the ARCUS Project website!

[AIT Artist in Residence]
-Menja Stevenson (Germany / Supported by Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd.)
-Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche (Sweden / Supported by IASPIS)

Date: Friday, November 27, 2015
Time: 18:30-21:30, Mini Talks begin at 19:00
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama[MAP]
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Supported by: ARCUS Project, IASPIS, Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd.
Capacity:40 persons
Admission: Free *No booking required
*There will be simultaneous translation from English to Japanese for the mini talks
*Minglius is a non smoking event. Thanks you for your cooperation in advance!


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).

See the publication

(PDF: 2.9MB)


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

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


Roundtable Roundtable Roundtable

Ryota Tomoshige
ARCUS Project

Emiko Kato
Art Autonomy Network / AAN

Nozomu Ogawa
Art Center Ongoing

Roundtable Roundtable Roundtable

Gina Buenfeld
Camden Arts Centre

Emma Ota

Wataru Shoji

Roundtable Roundtable Roundtable

Yuko Shiomi

Naoko Horiuchi

Roger McDonald

【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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

[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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