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AIT SLIDE TALK #35 A workshop on attentional practices "Polishing the Spectacle of Myself": A Brief Introduction to the Work of ESTAR(SER)

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AIT SLIDE TALK #35
A workshop on attentional practices "Polishing the Spectacle of Myself": A Brief Introduction to the Work of ESTAR(SER)

Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / English only




On 24 November 2017, at AIT, visiting associates of ESTAR(SER) will offer a brief introduction to its past and present work, and present ongoing research into the history of the Order of the Third Bird (including a discussion of recent reinterpretations of the mysterious objects known as the MacGinitie Goggles). A number of ESTAR(SER) publications will be on hand, and several "protocols" for sustained attention inspired by those in use by the "Birds" will be made available. Experimentation will be encouraged.

New research, recently come to light, suggests that the eleven pairs of "Ganzfeld effect" goggles found in the so-called MacGinitie Collection of the W-Cache may have been used by associates of the Order of the Third Bird across the twentieth century as part of a heretofore unknown symbolic ritual of self-preparation. Did these individuals, with their focus on the proper way to look at works of art, collectively soil (and then cleanse?) various eyeglasses and protective eyewear in an intimate performance of their ambition to "see anew"? The evidence remains difficult to interpret. Links to Aldous Huxley's Art of Seeing are suspected.

About ESTAR(SER): The Esthetical Society for Transcendental and Applied Realization (now incorporating the Society of Esthetic Realizers) is an established body of private, independent scholars who work collectively to recover, scrutinize, and (where relevant) draw attention to the historicity of the Order of the Third Bird. www.estarser.net

[OUTLINE]
Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room(Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8, Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo) MAP
Capacity: 20
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members)
*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / English only

[Reservation]
Please send an email with its subject line as "AIT SLIDE TALK #35" at otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, contact phone number and the category of your admission. (Please input @ in normal-width)






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2017-11-16

AIT ARTIST TALK #72 "History flows from all the presents"

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AIT ARTIST TALK #72
"History flows from all the presents"
Artist Talk by Hans Andersson from Sweden

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / Summarized Japanese translation available


Works by Hans Andersson, 2017, Courtesy of Galerie Forsblom, Photo by Angel Gil

AIT is pleased to host the artist talk by our current artist in residence from Sweden, Hans Andersson, with the support of Iaspis.

What if a work of art could induce in the viewer a certain calming state of mind?
This kind of question was predominant when art was made in the service of higher consciousness. We see it repeated in the religious art of all cultures, and yet it is a question that is somewhat difficult to confront since the dawning of modernism.
Hans Andersson creates dense and richly time-layered drawings, collages and objects which perhaps hold some sense of this 'timeless' quality of great religious art. Drawing on numerous experiences and sources, including early electro-acoustic music, Indian Tantric art, architecture and altered states of consciousness, Andersson's art asks us to surrender and give ourselves over to the complex but eternally intruiging intersecting of matter and time.
Andersson will bring examples of his art work to help expound his talk, and Roger McDonald from AIT will join him later in conversation, and provide some basic consecutive translation.
We hope that you can join us.




[ OUTLINE ]
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 19:00 - 21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members)
*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / Summarized Japanese translation available

[ Reservation ]
Please send an email with its subject line as "AIT ARTIST TALK #72" at otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, contact phone number and the category of your admission. (Please input @ in normal-width)

[ Artist Profile ]

Hans Andersson
(b.1979 in Kalmar, lives and works in Stockholm)

Hans Andersson works with abstract images and sculptural objects from found materials. His work is a continuous questioning of the materials, their heritage and their internal and external qualities and tension. His process is intuitive and nonlinear. The philosopher Simone Weil states that a subject acts through its non-actions. The subject acts, but it is no longer the will that is the foundation for its actions, it is, on the contrary, a sort of obedience. Art, and philosophy as a concept, should according to Weil be received in awaiting and treated with contemplation. Hans Andersson spend a great deal of time with his work. The procedure is both gentle and spontaneous.
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2017-11- 2

AIT ARTIST TALK #71 "Tangled Thread over Southeast Asia"

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AIT ARTIST TALK #71
"Tangled Thread over Southeast Asia"
Artist Talk by Piyarat Piyapongwiwat from Thailand

Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / English only


Collaborative patchwork created by local home-based tailor, courtesy of the artist

AIT is pleased to host a talk by the current artist in residence from Thailand, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat.
For the past decades, Fast Fashion has brought a whirlwind of change in our world, economically and culturally. With the countries of Southeast Asia as well as China are the main producers in the industry that they satisfy our basic necessity, issues on the wage and the working/living environment of the workers have emerged along with the growth of the industry.

Over the last 5 months, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat has spent her days conducting detailed research over several countries in Southeast Asia such as Vietnam, Thaniland, Cambodia, Myanmar where she observed of workers carefully in garment factories in each country. She collected pieces of video footages including everyday lives of these workers, even with their own cameras on the mobile phones capturing their private scenes with the family members.


Left: Garment workers working in the factory in Phnom Penh, courtesy of the artist
Right: Worker dormitory near Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone (PPSEZ), courtesy of the artist


At this talk, Piyapongwiwat will share us what these collections of moments will narrate in today's globalizing community and will revolve around the issues on work environment, wage, and labor conditions in the Southeast Asia's garment industry, as the reverse side of globalism in our economic and cultural activities.

We hope that you can join us.




[OUTLINE]
Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
Capacity:20 *Booking required
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members)
*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / English only

[Reservation]
Please send an email with its subject line as "AIT ARTIST TALK #71" at otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, contact phone number and the category of your admission. (Please input @ in normal-width)

[Artist Profile]

Piyarat Piyapongwiwat (born in Phrae, Thailand, 1977) is an artist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her work centers on contemporary issues such as gender and social disparity as well as the implications of the globalized economy, which she conveys by incorporating philosophy and social science theories through the use of various media such as images, photographs, texts, and sounds. She is currently staying shortly in Japan, as part of Japan Foundation Asia Center's fellowship program and also joining a residence program supported by AIT. Her recent works have been exhibited at "Koganecho Bazaar" (Kanagawa, 2016) in which her work "Message from Nowhere to Nowhere" was derived from a research on Thai community in Yokohama, along with a collection of words and conversations gathered in the urban space. She also participated in a group exhibition "Samut Thai: Incomplete History" (Kanagawa, 2017) with other fellow Thai artists. Most recently, she is currently participating in the 6th Asian Art Biennial at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung, Taiwan, 2017).


2017-10-11

AIT ARTIST TALK #70 "FUTURE BODY TALK"

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AIT ARTIST TALK #70
"FUTURE BODY TALK"
Artist Talk by Dutch artist Rory Pilgrim

Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / Consecutive translation available


Top and bottom left: Sacred Repository N.3: THE OPEN SKY HD Film, 2016
Bottom right: Affection is the Best Protection Performance Land Art Live, Flevoland, NL 2015




AIT is pleased to host a talk by the current artist in residence from the Netherlands, Rory Pilgrim on Friday, March 17th. Rory Pilgrim is currently undertaking his residency in Japan from January to March in 2017 with AIT, with the support of The Mondriaan Fonds in the Netherlands.

Pilgrim will make a performative talk that will explore ideas of language, body and technology. In his work, Pilgrim is greatly inspired by the origins of Socially Engaged and Feminist art practice. At a time dominated by the proliferation of the Internet, Pilgrim's work has explored how people come together beyond the screen to voice themselves individually and collectively. Pilgrim composes music as a way to bring people together, enable action and create a collective experience.

Working with a variety of people in contexts including schools, churches, art fairs, public space and television, his work has focused on the need and failure of language to voice ourselves. The largest of his performance works included choreographing the re-opening of the Stedelijk Museum in which he collaborated with a group of teenagers to create an anthem and a series of speeches exploring how they as a generation would give a voice to the museum. From 2013-2016, Pilgrim created a film trilogy entitled 'Sacred Repositories' that focused on the need to find and reclaim words through intergenerational dialogue, as a means to explore how language can still have radical agency.

At the talk, Pilgrim will introduce examples of his work while interweaving a series of simple exercises that think about language and our relationship with the body. Pilgrim will also use these exercises to introduce his current research in Japan which will contribute towards his latest body of work entitled 'Erasure' that focuses on how the voice and body can be used as a site of action at a time of momentous global political change.

We hope that you can join us.


[OUTLINE]
Date and Time: Friday, March 17th 2017, 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue:AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku) [MAP]
Capacity:20
Translation: Satoshi Ikeda
Organizer: Arts Initiative Tokyo, with the support from The Mondriaan Fonds




[ Booking ]
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[ Artist Profile ]

Rory Rory Pilgrim
(Born in 1988, Bristol, UK)

The work of British artist Rory Pilgrim is based on emancipatory concerns, in which personal and political questions are brought together to explore questions of time and connections between activism, spirituality, music and community. Strongly influenced by the origins of activist, feminist and socially engaged art, Pilgrim works in a wide range of media including live performance, film, text, workshops and musical composition. Pilgrim in particular composes music as a way to bring people together and explore how we use it to challenge, celebrate and voice ourselves.





2017-2-28

AIT ARTIST TALK #69 "Unknown Arts & Crafts"

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AIT ARTIST TALK #69
"Unknown Arts & Crafts"
Artist Talk by British artists, Eva Masterman and Jackson Sprague
followed by a discussion with Roger McDonald [AIT]
Date and Time: Friday, Feburary 17, 2017, 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room




Left: Jackson Sprague, My hand on your eye, 2017, Plywood, acrylic, Coutesy of Breese Little
Right: Eva Masterman, Used, 2016, Ceramic, Steel, Kiln Props, trolley



Unknown Arts & Crafts: Eva Masterman & Jackson Sprague

AIT is very pleased to host two UK based artists in collaboration with Camden Arts Center. This collaboration has focused on the exchanges and dialogues between contemporary art practice and ceramics.
The wider issues which this residency explores are the ways in which art today is an expanded field incorporating many different fields and approaches. One of these has been a renewed interest in the field of craft, and its many implications concerning the hand-made, traditional materials such as clay and an array of historical references and figures which have usually been left out of art discourse.

The title of this talk indeed references two of these figures: the founder of the Japanese Mingei Movement Yanagi Soetsu and the title of his collected writings 'The Unknown Craftsman' (1972), which is also a fascinating point of dialogue between the English potter Bernard Leach and Japanese ideas about art and craft, and the Arts and Crafts Movement of John Ruskin and William Morris in the UK.
This unique historical dialogue is one of the reasons we wanted to create a collaborative residency with Camden focused on the arts and crafts dialogue today.

The two artists will each present a thirty minute slideshow about their works, followed by a discussion moderated by Roger McDonald from AIT about some of the wider issues surrounding art and craft, art and issues of use-value, domesticity, social function, the hand-made and ideas about presence and time, and the relevance of historical references.
These issues are also very much a part of the 2017 MAD curriculum and its Holistic perspective. Several lectures will focus on similar issues throughout 2017.

We hope that you can join us.

[Outline]
AIT ARTIST TALK #69
"Unknown Arts & Crafts"
- Artist Talk by British artists, Eva Masterman and Jackson Sprague
followed by a discussion with Roger McDonald [AIT]

Date and Time: 19:00-21:00, Friday, February 17, 2017 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
Capacity: 20 seats *Booking required
Admission: 1,000 yen (800 yen for MAD students, general students and AIT Base member / Free for AIT House and Support member) *All admission include 1 free drink.
Moderator: Roger McDonald [AIT]
Translation: Satoshi Ikeda
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo
*Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2016

[Booking] Please send an email with its subject line as "AIT ARTIST TALK #69" at otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, contact phone number and the category of your admission. (Please input @ in normal-width)


Eva Masterman
Eva Investigation into material and process led practices through cross-disciplinary workshops, seminars and writing, predicates Materman's art-work. This dual approach of direct research into the boundaries and preconceptions of the visual arts, coupled with her own artistic practice, allows Masterman to create a critical discourse that surrounds her own sculptural territory; one that sits firmly in the middle of the 'expanded field' of inter-disciplinary, material-specific making and fine art sculpture.


Eva Masterman's profile >>>

Jackson Sprague
Jackson Sprague's work plays-up tensions between aesthetic and functional, sculptural and pictorial, lasting and ephemeral: a room divider performs as a painting, a painting on the wall is also a plaster cast sculpture, painted cardboard appears to be ceramic. These ambiguities are characteristic of relationships, physical and psychical, Sprague's work tenderly exposes.


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2017-2- 2

AIT SLIDE TALK #34 Haizea Barcenilla

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AIT SLIDE TALK #34
"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.


[Outline]
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
Supported by BASQUE INSTITUTE ETXEPARE, ACCIÓN CULTURAL ESPAÑA(AC/E), EU JAPAN FEST
*Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2016

[Booking]
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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2016-12-14

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

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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

[ Reservation ]
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.

2016-6-15

Exhibition "Non-self" by Rosa Doornenbal


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"Non-self"
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)





Non-self

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.





[Outline]
"Non-self"
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.








【Outline】
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

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

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



【Speakers】
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.

2016-2-22