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AIT SLIDE TALK #36 "Alternative Art Education for Social Changes in Japan and Hong Kong"

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"Alternative Art Education for Social Changes in Japan and Hong Kong"

With Yoshiko Shimada and Asia Art Archive

Date: Wednesday, 25 July, 2018
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
Seats: 30 (Booking required)
Admission: 1000 JPY (general), 800 JPY (MAD students and AIT Base Members), Free (AIT House and Support Members) /All admissions with 1 drink
*Summarized translation available

Gendaishicho-sha Bigakkō, Nakanishi Natsuyuki's class (Photographed by Jun Morinaga, 1969)

AIT is pleased to host AIT SLIDE TALK #36 titled "Alternative Art Education for Social Changes in Japan and Hong Kong" on July 25th.
This public talk specially introduces Yoshiko Shimada, a Japanese contemporary artist, and we are also excited to be joined by Asia Art Archive (AAA), one of the non-profit organizations leading in Hong Kong and beyond that Shimada recently joined their residency program in this year.

Since 2010, Shimada has been continuously engaging her research on Gendaishicho-sha Bigakkō that was initially established in 1969 and continued until 1975 as an alternative art school in Tokyo during the aftermaths of the student movement by Gendaishicho-sha, the publishing company known for their radical criticism. The founder Kyoji Ishii envisioned the school as "A movement to change the world by changing the way the world is perceived." Nakanishi Natsuyuki, Akasegawa Genpei from Hi Red Center, and Nakamura Hiroshi, Kikuhata Mokuha from Kyushu-sha, and a forerunner of Japanese Conceptualism, Yutaka Matsuzawa taught at the school.
During her time in Asia Art Archive, she came across a similar form of alternative art school, "創建実験学院" which was established in 1967 riot aftermath and last one year from 1968.
Shimada shares her perspective, and ongoing research mainly focused on alternative art education and her most recent findings in Hong Kong, to bring up discussions with some fundamental principles of Bigakkō and how those artists formed them during that period, which may be still relevant today when we consider about alternative art education.

     創建実験学院 advertisement, Image Courtesy of the Ha Bik Chuen Family and Asia Art Archive

Susanna Chung, Head of Learning and Participation from Asia Art Archive will give a glimpse of the various programs they organize from digital archiving to the educational program that they have been engaging. She will share the recent dramatic development in the landscape surrounding arts and culture in Hong Kong with more new art institutions such as the recently opened Tai Kwun Contemporary, and M+, the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, anticipated to open soon, and how AAA responses to the changing cultural ecology through collecting, creating, and sharing of knowledge around recent art in Asia.

Photo(left): Teaching Labs | Urban Interventions Art in the City workshop by Ricky Yeung, 2016. Courtesy of Asia Art Archive
Photo(right): School visit at Asia Art Archive's project space, Ha Bik Chuen Archive, 2017. Courtesy of Asia Art Archive

This public talk will be a fruitful opportunity for anyone who is interested in art education over the times in the changing society. Through Shimada's presentation around Gendaishicho-sha Bigakkō with experimental pedagogy and how AAA is observing the current state with fast pace in Hong Kong, the discussion will be brought up how we stand on the history of alternative art education and its future in the changeable social landscape.
We encourage all to join us.

On this particular occasion, AAA and AIT will also host a roundtable to discuss current changes in the social environment that both organizations are experiencing in Hong Kong and Japan, and how alternative art education would foster our community to grow within. The talk, "Alternative Art Education for Social Changes in Japan and Hong Kong" would be a fruitful opportunity for Japanese audience to reflect the history around the topic and its string extending to the current state in alternative art education we see today.
Over the decade, AIT organizes its educational program, MAD (Making Art Different) with a variety of topics around arts and culture in Japan and beyond. We are also overseeing the current state around alternative art education, especially when "Aternative Art School Fair" to introduce new and existing schools here at AIT this past spring. The series of discussions with Yoshiko Shimada and Asia Art Archive would bring us continuous exploration and examination to deepen our knowledge in alternative art education.

[Event outline]
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
Seats: 30 (Booking required)
Admission: 1000 JPY (general), 800 JPY (MAD students and AIT Base Members), Free (AIT House and Support Members)/ All admissions with 1 drink
*Summarized translation available
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo
Co-organized by Asia Art Archive

Please send an email with its subject line as "AIT SLIDE TALK #36" at otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, contact phone number and the category of your admission. (Please input @ in normal-width)


Yoshiko Shimada
An artist and art historian Yoshiko Shimada graduated in 1982 from Scripps College, USA, and received her PhD from Kingston University, London, in 2015.
Her artwork explores the themes of cultural memory and the role of women in the Asia-Pacific War. Her works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
In recent years Shimada has been researching post-1968 art and politics in Japan. She has curated exhibitions such as 'Anti-Academy' (John Hansard gallery, Southampton, UK, 2013), 'Nakajima Yoshio Syndrome (Atsuko Balouh, Tokyo, 2015), and 'From Nirvana to Catastrophe' (Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, 2017), for which she wrote and edited the catalogues. She is currently working on Matsuzawa Yutaka archive in Nagano, and serving as a director of the Matsuzawa Yutaka Psi Room Foundation. She lectures on Japanese art and politics of the 1960s and 70s, and art and feminisms in Japan at Tokyo University College of Arts and Sciences.

Susanna Chung (Asia Art Archive)
Initiated the Learning and Participation Department at Asia Art Archive in 2007, Susanna Chung has worked extensively to make art accessible and lead the cultural learning strategies, projects and partnerships in Hong Kong and across Asia, including India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. She is currently Head of Learning & Participation and Programmes Manager, overseeing the planning and production of all programmes across the organization. Chung has participated as a speaker and a moderator in a number of art education forums; including Worlds Together (2012), a conference organised by the Tate Modern, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the British Museum. In 2016, Chung was selected as the International Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme (2016/17) in the United Kingdom.

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