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Contemporary Art in Indonesia today and Revisiting Relational Aesthetics

Talk by emerging curators Sudjud Dartanto(Indonesia) and Che Kyongfa(Japan)
Date and Time: Sunday March 25, 14:00-16:00 *Booking required
Venue: Hillside Annex B (30-2 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)

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Left:「Immemorial, Reaching Back Beyond Memory」(2009/2011)

AIT is pleased to host a talk by two promising curators from Indonesia and Japan. Sudjud Dartanto from Indonesia is currently in Tokyo via AIT`s residence program. The first half of the talk will be led by Sudjud addressing the relevance of the theme "Relational Aesthetics" today, in connection with the contemporary art scene in Indonesia. Kyongfa will join the talk from the second half for further discussion and analysis on the topic. A casual bar will open afterwards serving Indonesian snacks.

Date and Time: Sunday, March 25, 14:00 ? 16:00 *Casual bar opens after talk
Venue: Hillside Annex B (30-2 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Capacity: 30 people *Booking required in advance
Admission: 1000YEN / 800Yen for *MAD Students / Free for AIT House, and Support Members
*MAD: Educational art program by AIT
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2011
Other details: Talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation

Send an email with its subject as "3/25 Curator Talks" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

Sudjud Dartanto


Sudjud Dartanto (b. 1976) is a Curator, Lecturer and Cultural Researcher based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia . He graduated with a BA from Craft Department, Faculty of Visual Arts, Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) Yogyakarta, and received a MA in Religious and Cultural Studies from Sanata Dharma University also in Yogyakarta. Sudjud has co-organized international project and exhibitions including: "South Project, 5th International south-south Gathering" (Yogyakarta, 2009) and "Trajectory" (Australia, 2008), "Immemorial, Reaching Back Beyond Memory" (Australia and Indonesia, 2009 and 2011, "U(dys)topia", (Dresden and Berlin, 2010). Sudjud's articles and art review's have been published on numerous occasions in Indonesian domestic news media and art catalogues. http://www.isi.ac.id

Che Kyongfa


Kyongfa Che(b. 1977) received a MA in Art History and Theory (20th century) from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2000 and completed the Critical Studies (post-MA) at the Malmo¨ Art Academy, Sweden in 2006. Her major curatorial projects include: The Journey to the West (2012, New Delhi), Fog Dossier (2010, Seoul), The Demon of Comparisons, Electric Palm Tree (2009, Amsterdam) and Recycled (2008, Oslo) and OK Video Festival (2005, Jakarta).



"Photo as Flat Sculpture" Talk and Workshop by Russian/Dutch artist, Ksenia Galiaeva
Monday, March 12th, 19:00 - 21:00 *Booking required *Talk/Workshop will be in English with consecutive translation

"Untitled", 2011, Analogue colour photo

AIT is happy to host a talk and workshop by Ksenia Galiaeva on Monday, March 12th. Ksenia Galiaeva is a Russian/Dutch artist working mainly with photography, currently artist in residence with AIT through the support of FONDS BKVB (the Netherlands Arts Foundation). She lives and works in Amsterdam. Following a short introductory talk about her works, a fun and experimental workshop on photography will follow, using cameras and various objects.

For fourteen years she has been making photos of her parents in the paradisiacal surroundings of their Russian summerhouse ? often humorous photos of them busy in the their garden or snapshots of foods in vivid colours on the kitchen table. What fascinates her is the way memories change through repetition and grow to mythical proportions, and our abilities to steer memory in different directions. The flow of time, continuity and memory are main themes in her work.

The challenge in photography is to get past the restrictions of the medium ? a 'decisive moment' seen in 'monocular' perspective. Ksenia is interested in connections photography has with other art disciplines ? literature, painting and sculpture.
For the workshop, participants will be asked to bring a digital camera (or simply use camera function on mobile phones) and any objects they`d like to use at the workshop (pictures from magazines? coloured paper? candy? vegetables or fruit?)
The aim is to explore between the 2-dimensional and the 3-dimensional. In a photo we can suggest volume and space ? other volume and space than that we see with our eyes. Sculptures can be flat and photos can have form and volume: a face from a magazine cover folded in half instantly becomes 3D, objects once in a photo becomes 2D.
Examples of ways to experiment will be shown during the introduction through works by Ksenia and other artists, such as Gabriel Orozco, Erwin Wurm, Wolfgang Tillmans, John Stezaker, and more! In the end, all participants will be asked to briefly share their work.

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

Date and Time: Monday, March 12th 2012, 19:00 - 21:00 Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo Funded by: FONDS BKVB Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku) [MAP] Capacity: 12. Booking Required. Things to bring with you: Digital camera(or use camera function on mobile phone), Objects to use at workshop (There will be material at AIT room available for use) Admission: JPY1500 (JPY1200 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members) Other details: Admission comes with 1 free drink, talk and workshop will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation

Send an email with its subject as "AIT ARTIST TALK #59" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Ksenia Galiaeva BIOGRAPHY ]


Ksenia Galiaeva, born 1976 in Pskov, Russia. Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Graduated "Academy for Art and Design, 's-Hertogenbosch" in 1999. Finished MFA at "St.-Joost" (Both in The Netherlands). She is represented by "Gallery Ellen de Bruijne Projects" (The Netherlands). She has participated in a artist in residence in Leipzig in 2010. Her works have been collected by "De Nederlandsche Bank" and by educational institutions such as "Hogeschool 's-Hertogenbosch". http://www.kseniagaliaeva.com/

"Untitled", 2011, Analogue colour photo
"Untitled", 2011, Analogue colour photo

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