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"Horror Vacui - Fear of Empty Spaces" by Swedish artist, Michael Johansson
Monday, December 5th 2011, 19:00 - 21:00 *Booking required


From left: Strolls through time and space, 2009 / Monochrome Anachron, 2008 / Self Contained, 2010 / Ghost II, 2009

AIT is happy to host a talk by the current artist in resident, Michael Johansson on Monday, Dec 5th.

Michael Johansson is the 2011 IASPIS artist in resident with AIT, staying in Tokyo for three months. Johansson's works are sculptural installations using everyday objects stacked in highly complex formations so that they become almost solid geometric forms, reminiscent of Minimalist sculpture. An avid collector of 'things', Johansson's art practice is intimately connected to his interest in place as a point of departure and research. Johansson has said that his dense sculptures and the city of Tokyo share a certain parallel in terms of being 'packed'. In this talk the artist will speak about his works using images. The title of the talk evokes a contrasting emotion to his interest in density.

The talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation by AIT staff.

Date and Time: Monday, December 5th 2011, 19:00 - 21:00
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Funded by: IASPIS
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku) [ MAP ]
Capacity: 30. Booking Required.
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members)
Other details: Admission comes with 1 free drink, talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation

Send an email with its subject as "AIT ARTIST TALK #55" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Michael Johansson BIOGRAPHY ]


After studies at the Art Academy in Trondheim, Norway, and Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee, Germany, Johansson took his masters degree at Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, 2005. After that he has taken part of several residencies, exhibited frequently both within and outside of Sweden, and constantly developed new work. He currently lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. www.michaeljohansson.com

Selected solo exhibitions
2011 Recollection, Ystad Konstmuseum, Ystad (SE)
   Luleå Konsthall, Luleå (SE)
   Familiar Abstractions, The Flat - Massimo Carasi, Milan (IT)
2010 TÄTT, Växjö Konsthall (SE)
   Galerie Ramakers, Den Haag (NL)
   Haninge Konsthall (SE)

Selected group exhibitions
2011 Space Invaders, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (DK)
   Norsk Skulpturbiennale, Vigeland-museet, Oslo (NO)
   La Vie Mode d'Emploi, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (BE)
   Overlap. Den Frie Kunstbygning, Copenhagen (DK)
   If on a winter's day a traveller..., Bologna Art First, Bologna (IT)
2010 Spår, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, (SE)
   BGO1, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen (NO)
   Space Invaders, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (NL)
   Moscow International Biennual for Young Art, Moscow Museum
   of Modern Art (RU)
   Umedalen Skulptur, Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Umeå (SE)



Talk and Live Discussion with Canadian artist Ken Lum

Monday November 28th 19:00-20:30 *This talk will be in English only
Speaker:Ken Lum


Ken Lum "Cheeseburger" 2011

AIT will hold an artist talk by Ken Lum on 28th November.
He will mainly talk about his art making and works, which will be shown in Tokyo this winter.

Ken Lum is a Canadian artist of Chinese origin whose works in photography and installation have been exhibited across the world in many exhibitions, including Documenta XI (2002), Istanbul Biennale 2007 and Gwangju Biennale 2008. His approach may be considered conceptual and concerned with issues of portraiture and language. He has made large scale public art commissions in Canada and Europe and has also been involved in several curatorial projects including 'The Short Century', a 2001 exhibition curated by Okwui Enwezor. Lum co-founded the English language 'Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art' in 2000. Lum's diverse works share a questioning attitude to the systems and structures which shape our everyday world, manipulating advertising, business, consumer or traditional signs and visual forms. Lum served as advisor for AIT from 2001-2008.

Ken Lum's visual grammar to represent the constitution of identity in the face of the relentless forces of acculturation as played out in everyday lived experience will provide an opportunity to hear fresh insights and thoughts.
Please feel free to join us!

Date: Monday November 28th, 2011
Time: 19:00-20:30
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama [ MAP ]
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Admission: Free
*This talk will be in English only

Send an email with its subject as "AIT ARTIST TALK #54" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.



Born 1956 September 29th in Vancouver, Canada

Awards and Commission:
 2009 Monument to East Vancouver, Mapping and Marking Public Art
 Commission, City of Vancouver
 2008 Utrecht, Nieuw Welgelegen Public Art Competition, Utrecht,
 The Netherlands (completion 2010)
 2007 Hnatynshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award
 2006 City of Vienna Westpassage Karlsplatz Public Art Competition,
 Vienna, Austria
 2005 City of Vancouver National Works Yard Public Art Commission
Selected Solo Exhibition:
 2011 Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Feb 12 - July 3
 2009 L.A. Galerie - Lothar Albrecht "Works and Videos" November 6 -
 December 31
 Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany, January 31 - February 28
 2008 Galeria Llucia Homs, Barcelona, Spain, June 12 - 31 July
 Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna, Austria, June 6 to July 12
 Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris, France, March 8 - April 25

Ken Lum Solo Exhibition:
Date: Thurthday December 15th, 2011 - Saturday March 3rd, 2012



MINGLIUS WITH ARCUS Part 4 "Talks by 3 Artists from ARCUS Residence Program"
Monday November 21st, 19:00-22:00 *FREE ENTRY *Mini Talks begin at 20:00
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama


From left: Wojciech Gilewicz(Poland)/Wai Keung Hui(Hong Kong)/Fazal Rizvi(Pakistan)

We welcome the 2011 artists in residence of ARCUS to make short presentations about their works and also hear from ARCUS Director, Mami Odai. The presentations will be translated consecutively into Japanese from English.

ARCUS Project was launched in 1995 by Ibaraki Prefectural Government as its main organizer. It mainly offers an artist-in-residence program as well as other programs such as exhibitions, workshops, lecture series, concerts and film screenings.
For its artist-in-residence program, ARCUS Project invites artists from all over the world through a public selection. ARCUS promotes each artist's activities by providing studio space, financial support, and opportunities to interact with the local community.

This year's artists in residence are:
・Wojciech Gilewicz (Born in 1974/Lives and works in: Poland)
・Wai Keung Hui ( Born in 1973/Lives and works in: Hong Kong)
・Fazal Rizvi ( Born in 1987/Lives and works in: Pakistan)

To know more about them, visit the ARCUS website!

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!

Date: Monday November 21st, 2011
Time: 19:00-22:00, Mini Talks begin at 20:00
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama
Twin Bldg Daikanyama B403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033 [ MAP ]
Admission: Free *No booking required

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

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