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【 Thai Art Night: Finding Ways Through 】

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【 Thai Art Night: Finding Ways Through 】
Recent Issues in Thai Contemporary Art
With Artists, Curator and Writer from Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Date: March 12 (Sat), 2016 / 17:00-20:00
Venue: GRAIN / 5-25-1, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Capacity: 20 *Booking required
Admission: Free (excl. food/drink)

AIT is pleased to welcome Thai artist Atikom Mukdaprakorn, curator Penwadee Nophaket Manont, writer Judha Su and artist Takuro Kotaka who stayed in Thailand on a residency program in 2014. Held at GRAIN in Harajuku, the talk will take place on March 12. Mukdaprakorn and Manont are currently AIT Artists/Curators in Residence, staying in Tokyo until the end of March.
In recent years there have been many instances of younger artists and curators creating new alternative art spaces and initiatives in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. These kinds of movements are different from more formal university art schools as well as institutional museums and galleries and Western trends.
In addition to this we see an ongoing tense and unstable political situation in Thailand around street demonstrations and coup d'etat, which feed into the artistic culture and its context. With limited public funding, these artists and workers are actively looking for alternative networks and possibilities for practice.
For this talk we will hear presentations from each of the invited speakers, outlining their work as well as prospects for art in Thailand and tips for surviving in this situation.
This is a rare opportunity for emerging Thai artists to gather and share thoughts in Japan. We will also serve food and drinks from a chef Momoko's kitchen. We look forward very much to seeing you at GRAIN.

Date: March 12 (Sat), 2016 / 17:00-20:00
Venue: GRAIN / 5-25-1, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Capacity: 20 *Booking required
Admission: Free (excl. food/drink)
*Talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation
Moderator: Naoko Horiuchi[AIT]
Translator: Satoshi Ikeda
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo[AIT]
Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2015

Please send an email with its subject as "Thai Art Night" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

17:00 Door Open
17:30-18:00 Talk by Penwadee Nophaket Manont (Curator)
18:00-18:30 Atikom Mukdaprakorn (Artist)
18:45-19:15 Judha Su (Art Writer)
19:15-19:45 Takuro Kotaka (Artist)
19:45 Discussion / Q&A
20:00 End

Atikom Mukdaprakorn (Born in 1981, Bangkok, Thailand)

Co-founder of mute mute, which emphasizes mutual discussion about society in order to expand the boundary of perception through art, cultural performances and social activities in different forms. He is personally interested in media/art culture, especially domestic photography, freedom of expression and the state of art in Thailand. These form the basis for many of the conditions used in his media/art performances. Currently, he has been collaborating on the project "Chiang Mai Art Conversation" which originated in Chiang Mai. The purpose of the project is to facilitate a connection of art with discussion and Thai society to gain greater knowledge through all kinds of management and media.

Penwadee Nophaket Manont
(Born in 1973, California, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand)

Her curatorial projects include the Mekong Art & Culture Project: Curatorial and Traveling Exhibition (2007-2008), supported by Rockefeller Foundation and Silpakorn University, where she was one of the four Southeast Asian Art Curators for the Underlying exhibition, from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. She also co-curated Poperomia/Golden Teardrop (2013), an exhibition at the 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, Italy. At the end of 2013, Penwadee founded ANTs' POWER Art & Cultural Group, who are active on Human Rights and Democracy related issues.

Judha Su (Art Writer, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand)

Judha dances around the ideas of art and its intersection with other disciplines. Her current research project titled: Thinking in Critical Constellations, funded by Asia Centre Japan Foundation.

Takuro Kotaka (Born in 1984, lives and works in Tokyo, Japan)

"Traveling Africa with a Potato" / 2010 / Video
Kotaka is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work references the everyday experiences of the people he encounters whilst traveling. His journeys to Indonesia, Thailand, Africa and other parts of the world have resulted in video works and performances that address issues of cross-cultural communication, otherness, history, rumours, and narrative.
In Chiang Mai, Kotaka produced the new video work How to Transform into Na Neck. He found the access point to integrate his relationship with society by imitation well-known Thai comedian Na Neck after Chiang Mai natives told him that he resembled the comic.


MAD WORLD with NODE : One day workshop and seminar by Perla Montelongo

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Global Art Perspectives from Tokyo

One day workshop and seminar by Perla Montelongo
Seminar: 'Art thinking: an insight on the thinking processes of artists'
Workshop: Institute for Terranautical Exploration: Fictional uses of art

Date and Time: Saturday December 12th, 2015 13:00 - 16:30
Venue: BankART1929 2F(Yokohama, Japan) *Booking required

Node Innovators Program 2015, Image courtesy of Node Center.

AIT is pleased to host Berlin based curator and founder-Director of NODE Center for Curatorial Studies, Perla Montelongo for a one day workshop. As part of our new MAD World series which aims to connect international art professionals to Tokyo through English language lectures and workshops, Perla will lead a unique workshop exploring the nature and possibilities of artistic creativity and inspiration.

The workshop will be held at the exhibition of the "Nissan Art Award 2015: Exhibition of New Works by the 7 Finalists" in BankART, Yokohama, with Perla leading participants through the exhibition and art works as a basis for the workshop. The event will be aimed at an introductory level and held in English.

Date : Saturday December 12th, 2015
Time: 13:00 - 16:30
Venue: BankART1929 2F(3-9 Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0002) [MAP]
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Lecturer: Perla Montelongo (Director of NODE)
Capacity:15 persons *Booking required
Admission: [Special Price] JPY4,500, Student/Base member JPY4,000
Other details: Admission includes a cup of tea and snacks
*The seminar and workshop will be in English only

[Curriculum Details]
13:00 - 14:00: 'Art thinking: an insight on the thinking processes of artists'
Modality: Seminar

What is the process that artists use prior to creating a work? Do artist think or see differently? Thinking divergently, questioning the everyday and using intuition are some common processes that artists consciously or unconsciously use as part of their creative activity. Can this way of thinking be applied to other disciplines and everyday life?

Node Center for Curatorial Studies - Berlin created a two-month program that gathered a group of 7 'innovators' from fields of art, education, neuroscience, physics and psychology to create a tool to strengthen ways of thinking divergently based on the thinking processes of artists.

As a first stage, we began researching texts on creative thinking and perception, particularly from the fields of neuroscience and psychology. In addition, we interviewed artists in order to find out commonalities in how they think. We also made an open-call survey to see whether there was a difference in thinking between artists and non-artists.

From this first mapping, we found four key components of the way that artists think that could be useful in other fields, specifically in education:

- Seeing - using multiple perspectives and ways of seeing the world
- Feeling - using intuition and trusting the senses
- Detouring - using abstract, non-linear ways of thinking
- Doing - an impulse to do and build regardless of its use or logic

With these components in mind, we created rough prototypes that were designed to train them: an app, a workshop and an online platform for teachers that heightens intuition, lateral thinking and engages the senses. These prototypes were developed and refined during the program and are still in development while we gain feedback from the actual users and testers.
In this seminar we will share the results, weaknesses and working methodology of the Node Innovators' Program.

L:Design thinking workshop at Node Innovator's Program, 2015. Image courtesy of Sabine De Schutter.
R:Node Innovators Program 2015, Image courtesy of Node Center.

14:30 - 16:30: Institute for Terranautical Exploration: Fictional uses of art
Modality: workshop and fun!

A workshop on art interpretation aiming to discover possible uses of art and artworks. In this workshop we will immerse ourselves into a fictional future where no knowledge of art exists. In this fictional future, the "Institute for Terranautical Exploration" is in charge to discover what kind of purposes, uses or information do strange objects (artworks) carry with them.

The aim of the workshop is to put aside our preconceptions of art in order to analyze artworks from an unfamiliar and fresh perspective, discovering what kind of uses, purpose or information can art have besides the known ones.

'Game Design in Artistic Research', workshop by Viktor Bedö and Perla Montelongo.
Photo courtesy of Aalborg University

Send an email with its subject as "MAD WORLD with NODE" to mad@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ About Perla Montelongo ]

Perla is Director of Node Center for Curatorial Studies, her main focus is on designing alternative learning strategies from and for contemporary art. In 2010, she co-founded Node Center, establishing it as a place for teaching researching, and experimenting with subjects related to curatorial studies and contemporary art practices. Perla develops and defines Node Center's structure which has included the Collaborative Curatorial Residencies, Online Educational Platform and now the Innovators Program.

Speedinsights       MADwithNode


Roundtable forum "IN AND OUT OF THE SCENE"

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With support by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, AIT organized a roundtable forum in February 2015, entitled "IN AND OUT OF THE SCENE - Seven art centers working through art from the edges" to discuss the roles and relevance of art centers today. Participating institutions were 7 art centers which organize an Artist in Residence and various programs.

The forum was conducted in English only, and an excerpt from the 3 hour discussion is now available in Tabloid format (PDF / Japanese and English).

See the publication

(PDF: 2.9MB)


The opportunity to host curator Gina Buenfeld from Camden Arts centre in London became a catalyst to organize a roundtable discussion about the meaning and role of art centres' today. The very term 'art centres' in many ways seems old fashioned now, as arts organizations emphasize a more hybrid and networked model of working. Debates about the de-centralization of art have been prominent. However, art has also always operated through places of gathering, focused themes and centres for communities. Historically Tokyo in the 1960s had art centres that served as important hubs for avant-garde gathering, most prominently The Sougetsu Art Centre. These centres dissipated and became geographically dispersed through the 1980s, and today, like many other art cities in the world, Tokyo's art scene is highly fragmented.

I proposed to ask three interlinked questions through the roundtable: a) how do we work with art and artists today? b) how do we work with broader publics and communities? c) can we think about art centres as 'thinking machines' (in the words of Camden Art Centre's Director Jenni Lomax).
I invited Gina to give a brief overview of the historical and current activities of Camden Arts Centre. Seven Tokyo based independent arts organisations, including AIT, were invited to participate and share their experiences and ideas for the future. A broad range of models was represented, from artist in residency programs, critical research workshops, archive-building, art schools and artist based spaces.

The heyday of art centres in the 1960s was also embedded in a national politics of democratization, urbanization and participation. This was the era of John Berger's radical 'Ways of Seeing' (1972, BBC television), which in many ways heralded a shift towards art as a process of dialogue, inter-subjectivity and relations. How can we think about art centres in the contemporary context of global capital and information? We can perhaps suggest that a centre today not only points to a physical point in space, but also to an activity of 'centering', to a sense of stilling and concentration in time.
- Roger McDonald / AIT

IN AND OUT OF THE SCENE, Seven art centres working through art from the edges:
A roundtable forum in Tokyo about the role and meaning of art centres today, with seven different models of practice.
Wednesday 25th February, 2015 18:00 - 21:00
Venue: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] (B 403 Twin Building Daikanyama, 30-8 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 150-0033)
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2014


Roundtable Roundtable Roundtable

Ryota Tomoshige
ARCUS Project

Emiko Kato
Art Autonomy Network / AAN

Nozomu Ogawa
Art Center Ongoing

Roundtable Roundtable Roundtable

Gina Buenfeld
Camden Arts Centre

Emma Ota

Wataru Shoji

Roundtable Roundtable Roundtable

Yuko Shiomi

Naoko Horiuchi

Roger McDonald

【Participating organization】
ARCUS Project
ARCUS Project involves" Residency for Artists, Experiments for Locals" and aims to support promising artists who engage in creative activities around the world, as well as promoting the Ibaraki area through art. The project started in 1994 as a test artist-inresidence program and was an initiative of the Ibaraki Prefectural Government. After a successful six year test period, the project officially began. By collaborating with emerging artists, curators, and prospective art managers, ARCUS Project connects the Ibaraki area with art and encourages residents of Moriya city to participate in various art projects including exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and film screenings. Based in the city of Moriya, ARCUS Project is growing as a hub in which revolutionary art is fostered through international programs.

Art Center Ongoing
Art Center Ongoing is a complex art institution with a gallery that introduces the must-see artists that are leading today's art trends. Art Center Ongoing also includes a cafe and bar that are places for communication where visitors can read old and new art books, as well as browsing the library booth containing extensive information about the artists in our network. The institution also actively organises events such as symposiums and live events, with the aim of searching for the possibility of ongoing expression and to ask what's happening in art right now? By establishing new connections, Art Center Ongoing opens up new ground for the future of expression.

dislocate is a platform for research, debate and action upon the public sphere that seeks to invest an invigorated awareness towards the spaces we directly inhabit and attempts to reassess our very sense of agency within these. The platform also proposes through various artistic interventions the creative potential invested in us on an individual and collective scale to construct the spaces and communities around us and challenge our assumed ways of seeing the world. It asserts the importance of questioning and freedom of expression in our daily enactments of civil society, and hopes to open up debate upon the role of so called democratic processes in the politics of the everyday.

PARADISE AIR is an Artist-in-Residence program based on the upper floor of Rakuen pachinko parlour and organised by Matsudo Community Council, a group of local neighborhood associations from around Matsudo Station. Many years ago, Matsudo prospered as a place where travellers could rest between the cities of Edo and Mito. At that time, artists often paid for their lodging with a piece of art and a number of the city's current residents still collect the works of writers and painters from that era. Inspired by a rich cultural and artistic history, PARADISE AIR continues the tradition of "One Night, One Work of Art" by allowing artists to stay at the residence in exchange for an artwork.

Art Autonomy Network [AAN]
AAN was founded in Japan in 2005 to examine autonomous art organizations and individuals through the presentation of small but significant art activities across a range of fields. Since its foundation, AAN has built a network based around art activities that are not often represented in major institutions such as museums and commercial galleries. In fostering an art archive featuring documentation and information from various art organizations, AAN hopes to enhance cultural exchange by initiating and facilitating networks among organizations in both Japan and overseas. Emiko Kato, a director of AAN has been involved a core member of NICA: Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Arts which has opened in a centre of Tokyo for creating new contemporary art scenes in 2015, while understanding the global contexts from Japan.

Camden Arts Centre [CAC]
CAC is a place for world-class contemporary art exhibitions and education. With artists at the core of the programme, CAC strives to involve members of the public in the ideas and processes of today's artists, and the artists who inspire them. In addition to gallery spaces, the building comprises of studios which schools can use free of charge and in which people of all ages and abilities can learn skills in ceramics, painting, drawing and writing as part of the courses programme.

Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
AIT has been running an artist-in-residence program since 2003. In partnership with art organisations in Japan and abroad, over 70 international artists and curators have come to Tokyo to conduct research, build networks and experience the metropolis and its unique clustering of people, information, architecture and objects. The program is unique in that it interfaces with MAD (Making Art Different), the educational program run by AIT. The involvement of visiting artists and curators in both lectures and experimental workshops provides an additional platform for MAD students to exchange a variety of ideas and opinions with peers working in the art industry.

[From Left in the back row] Yuko Shiomi, AIT / Nozomu Ogawa, Art Center Ongoing / Emma Ota, dislocate / Roger McDonald, AIT / Ryota Tomoshige, ARCUS Project
[From Left in the front row] Naoko Horiuchi, AIT / Emiko Kato, AAN / Gina Buenfeld, Camden Arts Centre / Wataru Shoji, PARADISE AIR
Photo by Yukiko Koshima

[About Publication]
Published: 31st March 2015 by Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Editors: Ben Davis, Roger McDonald, Naoko Horiuchi, Rika Yoda
Translation: Hanare × Social Kitchen Translation
Photography: Yukiko Koshima
Design: Mika Okada, Fruitmachine

See the publication


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)

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.

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

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]


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.


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.


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]


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.




Talk and Film Screening of latest works by Dutch artist Melvin Moti
Date and Time: Thursday, March 28th, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama *Booking required *Talk will be in English with consecutive translation

Eigenlicht (The Inner Self in Outer Space), 2012, 35mm film, 18 minutes

AIT is pleased to host a talk by the current artist in resident from the Netherlands, Melvin Moti on Thursday, March 28th. Melvin Moti is currently artist in resident from January to April 2013 with AIT, through the support of The Mondriaan Fonds Foundation in the Netherlands.

Moti examines neurological, scientific and historic processes in relation to visual culture. Over the last years he produced several films along with artist books, objects and drawings.
In one of his latest films, "Eigenlicht (The Inner Self in Outer Space)", he attempts to examine the self-referential properties of objects.
The film shows a number of fluorescent minerals including Uranium, which absorbs UV light and emits visible light. Uranium vivid colors conveys its toxic intentions by the way the green glow roars at its viewer. While the film focuses on how objects can "speak" for themselves devoid of any cultural context, an artist book created parallel to the film complements Uranium as a loaded cultural subject; particularly the cultural history of Japan and its relationship with Uranium and nuclear energy.

At the talk, Moti`s latest 3 films, "Eigengrau", "Eigenlicht" and "Dust" will be shown each in its full version.
Moti states, "In 2008 I decided to continue making films without using sound. These future films would remain mute, as cinema before "the talkies", once was. In years prior to that decision my films contained a spoken voice-over. I remember very well when I made that decision, it was after the moment I thought; "when I present my work in Japan, how will I solve the language problem"? Will I translate the voice-over or subtitle the film? Instead I decided to not use language all together. Well, here I am, in Japan, and it seems only logical to present my mute films. "

Before the screening will be a short introduction to the projects and a question and answer session will follow afterwards.
Having worked with various materials such as glass objects and textiles as part of his installations in the past, Moti has dedicated his residency at AIT to researching Japan`s traditional dying techniques such as Edo Komon and Bingata. He will share episodes from this research along with other discoveries through his stay in Tokyo, and possible ideas for new works.

The talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 28th 2013, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo
Founder: Mondriaan Fonds
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 #64" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Melvin Moti BIOGRAPHY ]


Born 1977, Rotterdam. Lives and works in Rotterdam and Berlin. Moti examines neurological, scientific and historic processes in relation to visual culture. Over the last years he produced several films along with artist books, objects and drawings.Recent solo exhibitions were shown at National Museums Schotland, Kunsthalle Lisbon, Mudam (Luxembourg), Wiels (Brussels), Galeria Civica (Trento), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and MMK (Frankfurt).


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).


Post-Exhibition Curating


2009-2- 2

'At Home/ Not At Home: Artists in Residence Now'

Symposium - ‘At Home/ Not At Home: Artists in Residence Now’

Participating artists: Marit Lindberg (Sweden), Sanford Biggers (USA), Le Thua Tien (Vietnam), Alicia Framis (Spain), Ristyo Eko Hartanto (Indonesia), Koizumi Meiro (Japan), Rachel Rosalen (Brazil), Noemi Sjoberg (Sweden) and others, POLA Annex Tokyo, November 9 2003.



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2003-11- 9

'Art Breakz' at NICAF


‘Art Breakz’, panelists included: Kentaro Ichihara (critic), Masato Nakamura (artist), Titus Spree (University of Ryukus), Seiji Shimoda (NIPAF), Navin Rawanchaikul (artist), Mina Lee (curator), Takashi Asai (Uplink), Tetsuya Ozaki (Real Tokyo), Takaaki Soga (CAF), Yuko Ozawa (AIT), Fumihiko Sumitomo (AIT), Roger McDonald (AIT), Atsushi Sugita (art & riverbank), April 5-6, 2003.


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2003-4- 5

Art Breakz


2003-4- 5