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Summer Minglius "Ancient cities in dreams, and 12,350km"
Residence Program Report by 2 Artists: Masahiro Wada and Alberto Rodríguez Collía

Saturday August 3rd 18:30 - 21:30 *Mini-Talk by the artists from 19:30
AIT Room, Daikanyama *Free Entry
Masahiro WadaBeto Collia
Left: One of the images of an architecture in Masahiro Wada's dream
Right: Photo of Tokyo and Guatemala by Alberto Rodríguez Collía

Minglius is an event organised by the non profit art organisation AIT for MAD students and anyone else to mingle, mooch and mambo.

Since 2003, AIT has been carrying out an experimental Artist in Residency Program in Tokyo, hosting (or sending abroad) more than 60 artists and curators. Many of the previous artists have developed their networks during their stay inTokyo and revisited for new exhibitions and projects. How do artists perceive different cities and people, during a limited period of time, and connect these experiences to their new works?

For this Minglius, we will invite two artitsts : Masahiro Wada and Alberto Rodriguez Collía who have travelled as a residence artist to Mexico, and Tokyo. They will give a short presentation about their experiences and ideas for new works inspired from their stay.

Wada visited fortune tellers in Mexico City to ask for the location of an ancient ruin that appeared in his dream. Collía got inspired by the similarities of how the individuals interact with each other in Tokyo and Guatemala, although both countries have a very different history and culture, and are 12,350km away from each other.
By being mobile, artists cast light upon such discoveries and phenomenons that we tend to overlook.

Please join in for a time to explore the artists' ideas and imaginations 'before' they are turned into art works. AIT staff Naoko Horiuchi will be the moderator.
There will be a bar with drinks and snacks for sale.

MINGLIUS IS A NON SMOKING EVENT - smokers can smoke at the entrance to the building downstairs. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated! 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!

*Masahiro Wada stayed in Mexico, May-June 2013, via support of a partnership between AIT and an art space in Mexico called SOMA(This was realised from a network established by a program supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
*Alberto Rodri´guez Colli´a is currently in Tokyo, May-August 2013, via support of a partnership between AIT and the Backers Foundation

[About the artists]
Masahiro Wada (b. 1977, Tokyo)
Masahiro Wada BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College University of London (2004). Director of artist run space "HOMEBASE" (Tokyo/JP) since 2001. Selected exhibitions: "Big Tomorrow" / Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo(2011), "-Structural Integrity- NEXTWAVE Festival" / Arts House, Meat Market, Melbourne(2010), "5th Dimension" / former French embassy,Tokyo(2010), "Diamonds in Lucy with the Sky" / Play Room(Nakazaki Toru & Mizuki Endo) , Mito(2008). His solo show will be held at the Art Center Ongoing from August 14th.

Alberto Rodríguez Collía (b. 1985, Guatemala)
Beto Collia Graduated in 2007 as engraver from Escuela de Arte 10 from Madrid. Co-founded (together with La Torana and Mario Santizo) the Taller Experimental de Gráfica, the first workshop dedicated for engraving in Guatemala (2007). Collía uses archive's images (newspapers, television commercials, documentaries, video clips and the internet) to produce video works, drawings and collages. Selected exhibitions: "Estampida", Des.Pacio gallery ( San Jose, Costa Rica(2012), "Central American Biennial", Nicaragua (2010), "Auction 08", Museum of Latin American Arts , Long Beach, California(2008). Currently exhibiting at "Divided Against Ourselves" New works from Allegra Pacheco and Alberto Rodriguez Collia ( -July 27th, 2013 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI)

Other than Collia, there are following AIT's current residency artist and curator staying in Tokyo .
- Allegra Pacheco (Artist / Costa Rica)
- Jimmy Ogonga (Curator / Nairobi)*Ogonga will also be present at the event.

To know more about them, visit AIT website!

Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2013
Time: 18:30-21:30 *Mini Talks begin at 19:30
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama [MAP]
Twin Bldg Daikanyama B403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Admission: Free *No booking required
※The bar will be run by former MAD student Kei Asai, as part of his art project `itohen`. There will be delicious foods and drinks inspired by the event! (there will be a charge for food/drinks)
※Minglius is a no smoking event. Thanks you for your cooperation in advance!

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

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