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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 ]
Please send an email with its subject line as "AIT ARTIST TALK #70" 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 ]

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.


Jackson Sprague's profile >>>



2017-2- 2

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

AIT + ARCUS Minglius Night Part 8

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AIT + ARCUS Minglius Night Part 8
"Hide and Go Seek- Uncovering history and borders"
Mini Talk by Artists from Indonesia, UK, South Africa, Sweden and Germany

Date: Friday November 27th, 2015
Time: 18:30-21:30
, Mini Talks begin at 19:00
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama [MAP] *Free Entry / No booking required






We are pleased to host AIT + ARCUS Minglius Night Part 8 "Hide and Go Seek- Uncovering history and borders" on Friday, November 27. 5 resident artists/designers from AIT and ARCUS Project will give a talk about their works and their experiences in Japan. The talk will be translated consecutively into Japanese from English.
From ARCUS Project, the coordinators organizing the residency will also be present at the event.

As usual, there will be a bar, snacks, a relaxed sitting on the floor environment and music.
We look forward to seeing you!

*From November 14 to 22(excl.16), there will be an Open Studio event at ARCUS Studio!
For details, see HERE>>.

[ARCUS Project Artists in Residence]
-Timoteus Anggawan Kusno (Indonesia)
-Stephanie Bickford-Smith (U.K.)
-Eduardo Cachucho (South Africa)

To know more about them, visit the ARCUS Project website!

[AIT Artist in Residence]
-Menja Stevenson (Germany / Supported by Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd.)
-Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche (Sweden / Supported by IASPIS)

[OUTLINE]
Date: Friday, November 27, 2015
Time: 18:30-21:30, Mini Talks begin at 19:00
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama[MAP]
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Supported by: ARCUS Project, IASPIS, Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd.
Capacity:40 persons
Admission: Free *No booking required
*There will be simultaneous translation from English to Japanese for the mini talks
*Minglius is a non smoking event. Thanks you for your cooperation in advance!

2015-11-10

AIT ARTIST TALK #67 Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith

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AIT ARTIST TALK #67: "Today of Yesterday"
Talk and Film Screening by Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith from Cambodia
Date: Wednesday, July 15th 2015, 19:00 - 21:00

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Top Left: Rattana Vandy, Looking In My Office 7, 2006 / Top Right: Rattana Vandy, Surface, France, 2011
Bottom Left: Kanitha Tith, Season of Cambodia, Transparent Studio at Bose Pacia, NYC photo courtesy: Pete Pin Bottom Right: Kanitha Tith, "Endlessly"(2011), Photo by Heng Ravuth


'History, memory, time.'
An evening talk and video screening with two emerging artists from Cambodia.

Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] is pleased to present AIT ARTIST TALK #67 on Wednesday, July 15. Commencing at 7pm, the talk and video screening will be led by Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith, two Cambodian artists who are currently in Tokyo with the support of The Backers Foundation and AIT.

The event has been organised in conjunction with Vandy and Tith's exhibition,The BAR Vol.8 "Today of Yesterday", which will open on Saturday, July 11 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI.

A self taught photographer with a background in journalism, Rattana Vandy (b. 1980) is an artist working predominately with photography and video. As one of Cambodia's up-and-coming artists, Vandy has had his work featured in recent exhibitions including "TIME of OTHERS" at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art and "dOCUMENTA(13)", and was also shortlisted for this year's Hugo Boss Asia Art Award. In his most recent video work, "MONOLOGUE", Vandy speaks to those who lost their lives during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, addressing the time and pain that have since been removed from history. Through a translation project that has been reviving Khmer-language philosophy and technical texts lost through the bookburning policies of the Pol Pot era, Vandy has been reflecting on memory and history.

Kanitha Tith (b. 1987) is an artist who produces works across a range of media including sculpture, performance and installation. As an artist that questions the stereotypical roles assigned to women in Cambodia and the loss of history and place under the weight of power and capitalism, Tith's previous works include "Season of Cambodia" (2013), an installation comprising wire sculptures and women's underwear, and "Heavy Sand" (2012), a performance in which she wore a bathing suit and showered in a mix of water and sand. In 2010, Tith received an honourable mention at the inaugural You Khin Memorial Women's Art Prize, an award that recognises contributions to improving the rights and social status of women in Cambodia.

While celebrating strong economic growth in recent years, Cambodia is a country where much remains buried in history and time. Throughout the evening, the artists will use their talk and video screening as the basis for taking a broader look at their country's social circumstances, while also shedding light on the thinking behind their practice.
We hope that you can join us for this insightful and thought-provoking evening.


*Also participating in The Backer's Foundation/AIT joint residency program is Marianna Dobkowska, a Polish curator who will arrive in Tokyo on July 7. Dobukousuka will also be presenting an evening talk on Wednesday, July 22. The event will be held in English only, with further information to be uploaded to the AIT website in the coming weeks.


【Outline】
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 15 2015, 19:00 - 21:00
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Co-Organized by: The Backers Foundation
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku
Capacity: 30. Booking Required.
Admission: JPY1000/JPY800: 'Base Members' and Students/Free: 'House Members' and 'Support Members'
Others: 1 free drink, talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation

[ CONTACT ]
Send an email with its subject as "AIT ARTIST TALK #67" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Artists Biography ]

Rattana VANDY(Born in 1980 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Rattana Vandy
Still from "MONOLOGUE", 2015, Single channel HD video, color, sound

Vandy lives and works between Phnom Penh, Paris and Taipei. In 2007, he was one of the co-founders of Stiev Selapak / Art Rebels, and in 2009 he was also one of the co-founders of Sa Sa Art Gallery. He contributed, in 2011, to establish SA SA BASSAC, the first dedicated exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Cambodia. Vandy Rattana began his photography practice in 2005 concerned with the lack of physical documentation accounting for the stories, traits, and monuments unique to his culture. His serial work employed a range of analog cameras and formats, straddling the line between strict photojournalism and artistic practice. His recent works mark a shift in philosophy surrounding the relationship between historiography and image making. For Vandy, photographs are now fictional constructions, abstract and poetic surfaces, histories of their own. He lately began interested in film-making. The short-film "MONOLOGUE" is his latest work. In 2014, he co-founded Ponleu Association, which aims to provide access to international reference books, through their translation and publication in Khmer. It also publishes its own books, focusing on various fields of knowledge (philosophy, literature, science, etc.)
www.vandyrattana.com


Kanitha TITH (Born in 1987 in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia)
Kanitha Tith

Tith lives and works in Phnom Penh, she works revolves around the production of sculptures and installations that investigate the possible relationships between the artist's personal experience and memories and her environment, namely the fast-changing landscape of Cambodia. Her sculptural work made of woven metal strings are informed by her childhood memories and combine her interest in the relationship between human and non-human form with spatial strategies that straddle Tith's domestic sphere with the public arena. The material used by the artist - metal strings, found traditional cooking stoves or collected objects belonging to her neighbours - pertains to the realm of daily Cambodian material culture. By so doing, Tith questions the status of the artist and its potential to engage with issues of community, gender and women's identity. The artefacts created by Tith thus act as documents of the effects of the economic and social development in Cambodia on the private and urban spheres, on the individual and her environment, and formulate a visual poetics that evoke the possibility of change. Tith collaborates on film (with French-Cambodian filmmaker Chou Davy) and music (with the American Cambodian band Dengue Fever) projects and is active as a costume designer.

2015-7- 2

1Day Salon Event "At the still point of the turning world..."


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"At the still point of the turning world..."
- a salon event curated by Gina Buenfeld (Camden Arts Centre, London)
Saturday 21st February, 2015
Time: 15:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 15:00)
Venue: SHIBAURA HOUSE (Tokyo)



For this two-part salon event, curator-in-residence Gina Buenfeld (Camden Arts Centre, London) will present a programme of live performance, screenings of artists' film, encounters with sound and objects with open discussion in the incomparable setting of SHIBAURA HOUSE, designed by Kazuyo Sejima & Associates. As a project that emerged from Buenfeld's curatorial residency with AIT last year, and her ongoing research, "At the still point of the turning world..." is a selection of works that proposes questions about sculptural and dynamic form with a particular focus on dance and ceramics - two craft traditions with a strong historical and contemporary presence in Japan. Drawing out the tensions between seemingly inanimate objects and fugitive yet perpetually reiterated movement, the event proposes questions about form and the varied ways in which its characteristics prevail as they are reexpressed and re-created.

Divided into two acts whose atmospheres are inspired by Noh and Butoh, the event will feature video works by international artists: Manon de Boer; Trisha Brown | Babette Mangolte; Jefford Horrigan; Joachim Koester; Simon Martin; Ursula Mayer; Jeremy Millar; Fernanda Muñoz Newsome and Ina Dokmo; Hiraki Sawa; Sriwhana Spong; a live performance by Mildred Rambaud who will be in Japan especially for this event; and contributions from AIT artists-inresidence Jesse Wine and Caroline Achaintre, who will be based in Tokyo for two months commencing in late January.



Summary
Title: "At the still point of the turning world..."
Date: Saturday 21st February, 2015
Time: 15:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 15:00)
Venue: SHIBAURA HOUSE(Level 5, 3-15-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo)[Access]
Admission: Free (refreshments will be available for purchase)
Capacity: 50 people No reservations needed
Organisers: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] , Camden Arts Centre
Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2014,
British Council, SHIBAURA HOUSE
Curator: Gina Buenfeld (Camden Arts Centre)


Time table
15:00 Doors open
15:30 - 17:00 Introductory presentations and discussion
- Intermission -
17:30 - 18:30 Act 01
Theme: Noh (screening)
- Intermission -
18:45 - 20:00 Act 02
Theme: Butoh (screening, live performance)
20:00 - 21:00 Open Discussion


Participating artists
Live Performance: Mildred Rambaud
Talk: Caroline Achaintre Jesse Wine

Screening:
1: Theme / Noh (45 min)
Hiraki Sawa
Jeremy Millar
Jefford Horrigan
Ursula Mayer
Manon de Boer
Joachim Koester

2: Theme / Butoh (45 min)
Mildred Rambaud
Simon Martin
Trisha Brown | Babette Mangolte
Fernanda Muñoz Newsome and Ina Dokmo
Sriwhana Spong


[Artist Profile]

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Mildred Rambaud
Mildred Rambaud is a London-based French artist whose practice encompasses a range of media including sculpture performance and film to explore archetypal imagery, fragility and the impossible. She has exhibited and performed at galerie Gabriel Rolt, the Place, Oto, Shunt, Moot gallery, Point Ephémère, 54éme Salon de Montrouge, Wysing Art Centre ... beyond others.



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Caroline Achaintre
Caroline Achaintre (FR, 1969). Born in France and raised in Germany, Achaintre trained as a blacksmith before travelling to London with the prestigious DAAD scholarship to study at Chelsea School of Art & Design and Goldsmiths College, London. Solo exhibitions include the Present / Future Illy Prize at Castello di Rivoli, Turin, IT from November 7 and currently at Tate Britain, London, UK until June 2015 as part of the BP Contemporary Spotlight programme Her works belong to Museum collections that include FRAC, Aquitaine, FR, Musée d'Art moderne de al Ville de Paris, FR and the Southampton City Art Gallery, UK. The artist lives and works in London.



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Jesse Wine
Born in 1983, and now living and working in London. Jesse Wine gained his BA Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art (2007), and his MA Fine Art at Royal College of Art (2010). His work combines humour, biography and art history. While Wine's work is multidisciplinary, he often describes himself as a ceramicist. His recent work, mostly using clay, has an erudite take on the medium, using its history, its alliance with craft and its placement within the visual arts. His works reveal a fascination with the medium and the process of making, as well as underlining issues of form and display. Recent and forthcoming solo shows include BALTIC Centre for Contemporary art, Gateshead, UK; Galerie Hussenot, paris, FR; Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow, UK; Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, UK (All 2014); BolteLang, Zurich, CH; Offspaceprojekt, Bernkastel, DE (all 2015); South London Gallery, London, UK; Limoncello, London, UK; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (All 2014)


[Curator Profile]

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Gina Buenfeld
(Exhibitions Organiser, Camden Arts Centre)
Gina Buenfeld has an MA in History of Art (20th Century) from Goldsmiths College (2004). Following a period working with gallerist and leading art consultant Emily Tsingou, she moved-on to be Programme Director at Alison Jacques Gallery, focusing on cultivating relationships with artists and fostering commercial and curatorial context for their work. In 2009 she began working at Camden Arts Centre where she continues to work as Exhibitions Organiser, realising ambitious exhibitions with international artists, including João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, Simon Starling, Jeremy Deller, Nathalie Djurberg and the estates of seminal 20th Century artists Pino Pascali, Hanne Darboven and Dieter Roth.











       

2015-1-29

AIT ARTIST TALK #65

AIT ARTIST TALK #65
「Technics, Labour, Abstraction」Artist talk about recent works and new ideas by Dutch artist Vincent Vulsma

Date and Time: Monday, March 24th, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama 
*Booking required *Talk will be in English with consecutive translation

Vincent Vulsma Left: Figure 1.1 (Raghu Bhai), 2013 and Figure 1.2 (Norbhai Badhiya), 2013, Jacquard fabric, hand spun cotton
and machine-spun cotton, on wooden stretcher, 215 x 150 x 4 cm and 500 x 150 x 4 cm
Right: Figure 1.2 (Norbhai Badhiya), 2013, detail, Jacquard fabric, hand spun cotton and machine-spun cotton,
on wooden stretcher, 500 x 150 x 4 cm/ Photo: Achim Kukulies

AIT is pleased to present a talk by Dutch artist in residence Vincent Vulsma on Monday, March 24. Vulsma is currently undertaking a residency in Tokyo with support from The Mondriaan Fonds Foundation in the Netherlands.

The work of Vincent Vulsma explores the tensions between autonomous art and the socio-political relations underlying its production. The history and economy of cultural appropriation serve as important starting points for his investigations, with an underlying theme being the relationship between work and artwork. By playing various production technologies off against one another, Vulsma interrogates the hierarchic division of immaterial and material labour in an era that is dominated by digital forms of production.

For example, the source of his recent works, 'Figure 1.1 (Raghu Bhai)' and 'Figure 1.2 (Norbai Badhiya)', which were created on a computer-controlled Jacquard loom, was an 18th century Indian chintz from the collection of the Calico Museum in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Using a handheld scanner primarily used for document scanning, Vulsma digitised details of the historical fabric. The irregularities and distortions caused by the scanning process are transferred abstractly into the digitally woven structure whose height corresponds exactly to the duration of each scan operation. By defining the volume of the cotton to be processed, the amount of physical labour was also quantified. Starting from the idea that abstracted knowledge is stored in cultural goods and artefacts, Vulsma's works reflect the interaction of historical relationships - such as India's leading role in the history of textile production, the rapid development of a European market and the desire to copy the Indian form language for Europe's own production - and the contemporary hierarchies in an unequal global distribution of labour.

For the talk, Vulsma will present a selection of his projects from the past few years. Furthermore he will introduce the focus of his current research in Japan. During his residency Vulsma has studied the historical process of adaption and imitation of exotic cotton textiles during the Edo period in Japan, in particular shima-mono (striped and checked fabrics) and sarasa (Indian chintz and its imitations produced in South-East Asia and Europe). Such imports largely increased under influence of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the early modern global trading system. Rather than focusing on the style and meaning of such patterns, Vulsma is interested in the technical modification that these patterns underwent through local differences in mass printing and dyeing technologies, for example the use of Japanese katagami stencils versus Indian block printing. He would be happy to share how these findings could possibly shape concepts for new works.

The talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation.

[ OUTLINE ]
Date and Time: Monday, March 24th 2014, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)
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.
Founder: Mondriaan Fonds
Capacity: 30. Booking Required.
Admission: 1000 yen (800 yen for Students and AIT Base Members, Free for AIT House and Support Members)
Other details: Admission includes one free drink.


[ CONTACT ]
Send an email with its subject as "AIT ARTIST TALK #65" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Artists Biography ]
Vincent Vulsma (Born in 1982, Zaandam, Netherlands)

Vulsma

Vulsma studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2002-2006) and was a participant at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2006-2008). His recent solo exhibitions include 'A Sign of Autumn' at Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam, 2011) and 'ARS NOVA E5305-B' at Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender (Berlin, 2009); whilst he has also participated in group exhibitions at Museum Abteiberg (Mönchengladbach, 2013), Musée d'Art Moderne (Paris, 2013), De Vleeshal (Middelburg, 2013), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 2012), Kunstverein Düsseldorf (2012) and the 6th Berlin Biennale (2010).

2014-3-20

AIT + ARCUS Night Part 6

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AIT + ARCUS Night Part 6 " Parallel Home"
Mini Talk by Artists from Germany, Mexico, India, and Italy

Date and Time: Saturday December 7th,18:30-21:30 *Mini Talk from 19:30
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama *Free Entry/No booking required

Event report by ARCUS AIT ARCUS night


AIT + ARCUS Night Part 6 " Parallel Home"
Mini Talk by Artists from Germany, Mexico, India, and Italy


We are pleased to host AIT + ARCUS Night Part 6 " Parallel Home" on December 7th. AIT`s resident artist, Matteo Rosa(Italy) and 3 artists in residence of ARCUS will give a talk about their works and about their experiences in Japan. The talk will be translated consecutively into Japanese from English.

The chief coordinator of Arcus Project, Ryota Tomoshige will also take part in the talk, while AIT`s curator in residence Anna Ptak(Poland) will also be present at the event.

*On November 30th and December 1st, there will be an Open Studio event at Arcus. For details, see here.

[ARCUS Project Artists in Residence]
-Rodrigo Gonzalez Castillo (b. 1984 Mexico)
-Sybille Neumeyer (b. 1982 Germany)
-Nandesha Shanthi Prakash (b. 1968 India)

To know more about them, visit the ARCUS website!

[AIT Artist & Curator in Residence]
-Matteo Rosa (b. 1978 Italy, Lives and works in Sweden / Supported by IASPIS)
-Anna Ptak (b. 1979 Poland / Supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2013)

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!


[OUTLINE]
Date: Saturday December 7th, 2013
Time: 18:30-21:30, Mini Talks begin at 19:30
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama(Twin Bldg Daikanyama B403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033
Capacity:50 person
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Supported by: ARCUS ProjectIASPISA-I-R Laboratory
Admission: Free *No booking required
※Minglius is a no smoking event. Thanks you for your cooperation in advance!

AIT ARCUS night
2012 ARCUS + AIT minglius night

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

2013-11-27

Guatemalan Film Screening and Talk


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Guatemalan Film Screening and Talk by AIT Artist in Resident, Alberto Rodriguez Collia
Date and Time: Sunday August 4th, 2013 12:00-18:00
AIT Room, Daikanyama
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Left(Tom&Bottom): "The Devil's Dream"
Right(Top): from "Marimbas from Hell" Right(Bottom): "Distance"


AIT is pleased to host a filming event and talk by current Artist in Resident, Alberto Rodriguez Collia from Guatemala.

Through 3 small and intense film screenings, we will present a small but precise glimpse of the Guatemalan society, broken and forced but with a strong heart that is provided from the marginalized.

The political and economical power do not recognize the importance of culture and also try to diminish it, despite that, the society keeps producing and living culture with an underground attitude because it´s on their blood, it's one of their keep-living-motifs.

These small budget, passion-produced films are also the best examples in cinematography from Guatemala, each will have a small introduction and conversatory to explain details of this complicated society by Collia.

There will be a casual session with the artist, with some handmade Guatemalan snacks. We hope you can join us.

※Films will be shown in Spanish, with English subtitles
※Talk will be in English with consecutive translation into Japanese


[Outline]
Guatemalan Film Screening and Talk by AIT Artist in Resident, Alberto Rodriguez Collia
Date and Time: Sunday August 4th, 2013 12:00-18:00 (Door Open 11:45)
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg Daikanyama B403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Capacity: 20 per film
Entrance fee: Comes with 1 drink
For 1 film - 800 JY
For 2 or 3 films - 1500 JY
*Half of entrance fee will be contributed to the 3 filmmakers in Guatemala


[How to participate]
There is no booking required.
Please come directly to the venue and pay entrance fee at the door.


[Event Schedule]
Open 11:45 
Talk #1 12:00-12:20
Film #1 12:20-13:40 "Marimbas from Hell"
<Break> 13:40-14:10  
Talk #2 14:10-14:30
Film #2  14:30-15:40 "Devils Dream" 
<Break>  15:40-16:10
Talk #3 16:10-16:30
Film #3 16:30-17:50 "Distance" 
Close 18:00


[Introduction of Films]

MARIMBAS FROM HELL
Julio Herna´ndez Cordo´n / Guatemala / 2010 / 78 mins.

In Guatemala City contradictions converge in spaces and situations that challenges our imagination. This semi-documentary story represents these encounters and struggles that take place in a society that hates changes. Don Alfonso, a Guatemalan traditional marimba player, Blacko a heavy metal band member and Chiquili´n, a sui-genris-rapper and ex-gluesniffer, seek to create a new musical project due their economical crisis. Their effort to get along will be overwhelmed by the contradictory situation of non-acceptation in society.

THE DEVILS DREAM
Mary Ellen Davis / Guatemala-Canada´ / 1992 / 68 mins.

From the Guatemalan Trilogy, this is a documentary with important historical value, held at the end of the 80's, shows the traces left by Civil War in Guatemalan society and approaches the discourse of what happened at the time of the Peace Agreements, when many of the Civil War actors covered their traces. Film that narrates through poetry the darkest era of a society.

DISTANCE
Sergio Rami´rez / Guatemala / 2011 / 75 mins.

Toma´s Choc, a widowed farmer from Guatemala's highlands, has been searching for his daughter ever since she was kidnapped as a baby during the country's civil war. When, after 20 years, he receives word that she is alive, he sets out on a journey cross country to meet her. Gently, beautifully observed and subtly ingenious in its evocation of the horrors of the past, this is an immensely moving and emotionally satisfying film.

[About the artists]
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 13th-July 27th, 2013 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI)
http://www.a-i-t.net/en/residency/2013/06/alberto-rodriguez-collia.php

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


<Related Event>
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

2013-7-30