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AIT ARTIST TALK #71 "Tangled Thread over Southeast Asia"

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"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.

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

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.

[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).


DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS "Museum of Together Exhibition"

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AIT is pleased to participate in hosting an exhibition at the Spiral Garden(Aoyama,Tokyo) from October 13 (Friday) - October 31 (Tuesday), 2017 as part of the The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS Project.

The "Museum of Together" exhibition consists of artworks by 22 artists created in many different environments, including special care facilities, ateliers, private residences, and studios, as well as an archive of various materials and models.

We look forward to your support and attendance at this special exhibition.
For details of the exhibition, please see Exhibition Official website.

The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS
Museum of Together Exhibition
October 13(Friday) -October 31(Tuesday), 2017

Outsider Art and Contemporary Art, Experience 22 Different Worlds of Art
A Museum Open to Everyone

Venue: Spiral Garden (Spiral 1F)
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 Free admission / Open every day

* Open until 18:00 on October 13 (Friday)


Download our official press release (Only Japanese available) (PDF)

[ Curators Message ]

The Museum of Together is a temporary museum showing art works and archives by 22 participants. The artists live and work in many different kinds of contexts; from being professional artists with gallery representation, artists who work in special care atelier facilities, artists who work at home and artists who teach in special schools. The motivations and intentions of the artists are diverse. Some have a deep awareness of art history, some make art to feel better and maintain health and balance, some sell their works and others ask that their works are thrown away after being completed.

What brings them together is an intensity of feeling and vision about art-making that is rooted in desires beyond simply the ego personality. Here art may emerge from despair, ecstasy, isolation, joy and varying degrees of altered states of consciousness. Although we can explain many aspects of their art through words, there are also many aspects that invite us to adopt different kinds of attention and sensibility. The Museum of Together tries to think about art as an active tool to generate and maintain psychic and spiritual wellbeing. This is not something special to only a certain kind of art such as Outsider Art, or an art that can be spoken about simplistically as 'pure' or 'raw'. It has been a crucial aspect of all art, from religious art to the many modern and contemporary expressions of what we can call 'spirituality' in art.

The art works are not only tools for the artists who create them, but crucially have the radical potential to be of use to all of us. The Museum of Together invites you to become an active part of the exhibition, not only through reading the accompanying captions, but through careful looking and letting different desires flow inside you. One of the aims of this exhibition is to appeal to as broad an audience as possible. In this regard we held many discussions from the initial planning stages with people with hearing, physical and visual disabilities. The exhibition design and Access Art Program have been planned with this in mind, and hopefully we have created a 'set and setting' appropriate for the art works to connect among themselves, the soul of the viewers and the wider society. We hope that the exhibition is used by the audience and that its affects resonate widely.

Roger McDonald / Yuko Shiomi


Organized by The Nippon Foundation
Produced by The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS
Supervised by Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Planning cooperation: Spiral
Venue cooperation: Wacoal Art Center Co., Ltd.

Curators: Roger McDonald, Yuko Shiomi [AIT]
Exhibition Space Design: Atelier Bow-Wow
Exhibition Graphic Design: So Hashizume
Editorial Design: Eri Ishida
Learning Program Planning: ABLE ART JAPAN
Learning Program Support: Viewing Artwork Together with People with Visual Disabilities, Art and Sign Language Project, Mori Art Museum

Satoru Aoyama, Fumito Urabe, Emi, Rikako Kawauchi, Christian Hidaka, Kazuko Komatsu, Chiaki Shimizu, Chiharu Shimizu, Nobuko Tsuchiya, Masahiko Tsuchiya, Sayaka Teraguchi, Peter McDonald, Yuki Fujioka, Hideo Furutani, Kayo Horie, Nao Matsunaga, Masataka Mizuuchi, Mizunoki Archives, Masaki Mori, Koichi Yashima, Ryunosuke, Yoshihiro Watanabe

Special Food Menu: Yuri Nomura (eatrip), Kako Osada (foodremedies)

Research Curators: Toru Akaogi (atelier A), Kaoru Ouchi (Arts Council Niigata), Takayoshi Okabe (Hajimari Art Center), Taro Okabe (Tanpopo-no-ye), Riko Okuyama (Mizunoki Museum of Art, Kameoka), Mari Chiba, Akigo Tsuguchi (Tomonotsu Museum), Shihoko Matsumoto (Warakoh Museum), Yoshiyuki Morioka (Morioka Shoten), Masato Yamashita (Atelier Yamanami)

Cooperation: MIZUMA ART GALLERY, Yamanami-kai Social Welfare Corporation, Atelier Yamanami, GALLERY SIDE 2, WAITINGROOM, General Incorporation Foundation Tanpopo-no-ye, Wataboshi-no-kai Social Welfare Corporation, atelier A, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Hiroshima Central School for Special Support, Yukai Co., Ltd. studio COOCA, Yamato-kai Social Welfare Corporation ,Yamato Kogen Taiyo-no-ie, Palette-kai Social Welfare Corporation, Palette Tatsuno, Mizunoki Museum of Art, Kameoka


Exhibition Official Website
The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS Official Website


Exhibition Information
Museum of Together Exhibition Office
Showa Uchikanda Building 7F, 1-12-3 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS
Tel: 03-5577-6750
Email: moto@diversity-in-the-arts.jp

Venue Information
Spiral/ Wacoal Art Center Co., Ltd.
5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
Tel: 03-3498-1171



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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.

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]
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.

2017-3- 1

THE BAR Vol.9 Exhibition "Healing and Loving"

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The Backers Foundation and AIT residence programme vol.9
"Healing and Loving" New works by Chaw Ei Thein (Myanmar/Burma) and Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar (Sri Lanka)

Saturday, July 9 through Saturday, July 23 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI (Shirokane-Takanawa, Tokyo)
Opening Reception: 6pm - 8pm on Saturday, July 9

The BAR vol.9
The BAR vol. 9 Exhibition 'Healing and Loving' brochure designed by Yasutaka Fukuoka
[Top] Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar "Richness", 2015, Nail Drawing on tracing paper
[Bottom] Chaw Ei Thein "What a wonderful world #6", 2015, Acrylic painting on camouflage fabric

Press release Download(PDF / 500KB)

The exhibition marks the 9th time that The Backers Foundation and AIT have partnered on their joint residency programme and will present works by two women artists, Chaw Ei Thein from Myanmar/Burma and Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar from Sri Lanka.

Chaw Ei Thein (born in Myanmar/Burma, 1969) has been a prominent artist working in Myanmar, also known as Burma for many years, creating paintings, sculptures and provocative public performances which comment on the situation of women's experiences in a situation of brutal oppression and dictatorship. Chaw Ei Thein is currently in exile in New York and was unable to return to her country until the recent democratic elections in Myanmar/Burma.

Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar (born in Sri Lanka, 1987) is an emerging artist based in the Northern Sri Lankan city of Jaffna, which experienced fierce fighting during the civil war. 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. She says: "Dots make Lines, Lines make Diagrams, Lines also show the direction of my life, my past, my dreams, my selection, my losses and gains".

Although both artists make works rooted in experiences and memories related to war, loss and insecurity it is also true to say that their artistic expressions are gestures for reconciliation and love for all people. They express powerful commitments to the experiences of women and mothers, engaging deeply with materials.

The BAR vol.9 exhibition, "Healing and Loving" will show a mix of older works with new works made in Tokyo including camouflage based paintings and painted found wood pieces by Chaw Ei Thein and almost invisible white nail drawings and new sculptural pieces by Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar.

We look forward to your attendance at this special exhibition.

The BAR (The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme) vol. 9
New works by Chaw Ei Thein (Myanmar/Burma) and Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar (Sri Lanka)
"Healing and Loving"

YAMAMOTO GENDAI, 3F, 3-1-15 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Saturday, July 9 - Saturday July 23, 2016 / Free Admission
Open daily from 11am - 7pm / Closed on Sunday, Monday and National holidays
Organised by Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT)
Co-organized by The Backers Foundation

Opening Reception from 6pm - 8pm on Saturday, July 9 (7pm- Performance by Chaw Ei Thein)
Artist Talk will be held during the exhibition period. (To be announced)

[ Artist Information ]

Chaw Ei Thein (born in Myanmar/Burma, 1969)

Chaw Ei Thein was born in Myanmar/Burma and currently based in New York. Her Artistic recognition started at an early age through numerous international art awards that she has received. With her father, Artist Maung Maung Thein (Pathein), as her art teacher and a mentor, Chaw Ei's artistic practice has developed in diverse ways, becoming a highly regarded painter and performance artist. Her international career is highly profiled as she candidly portrays the contradictions and conflicts of her socio-political environment. Her artworks are primarily the interpretation of her personal experience over how she has struggled with the lack of freedom of speech and the impact of social transformation.

Selected Exhibitions:
・2008 "Wonder, Singapore Biennale 2008" (Singapore)
・2010 "Stories Out of Burma" (Thavibu Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand)
・2011 "ARTLIVE2011" (CATM Chelsea Gallery, New York, USA)
・2013 "Works on Paper 2013: Japan-U.S. Art Exchange Exhibition" (Ishikawa and Tokyo, Japan)
・2015 "My Country, Asia Week New York" (Shalini Ganandra Fine Art, New York, USA)
・2015 "Building Histories" (Goethe Institute, Rangoon, Myanmar/Burma)

Chaw Ei Thein
Performance by Chaw Ei Thein, 2012, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Chicago USA [reference image]

"Bodhi Budha" , 2015, Acrylic on fibre glass, 304mm×152mm×419mm [reference image]

Chaw Ei Thein
"We are in Burma" Performance, 2004 [reference image]

Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar (born in Sri Lanka, 1987)
Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar lives and works in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Tharmakrishnar's practice traces the losses of those she has missed in her past, and also acts as reminders for forgotten memories and a sense of self. She works mainly with drawing, painting, collage and drawing using nails pressed on paper and board without any distinctive colour. Many dots and lines outline her individuality and identity from particular times of her life such as childhood, emphasizing an inner-heart empathy.

Selected Exhibitions:
・2013 "Batach 2009" Group Exhibition (University of Jaffna, Jaffna, Sri Lanka)
・2013 "Artifacts from Jaffna" Group Exhibition conducted by Asia Art Archive (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
・2014 "Drawing Exhibition" Group Exhibition (University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka)
・2015 "Seven Conversation" Group Exhibition (Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka)
・2015 "Truth to Truth" Group Exhibition (JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

"My Birth", 2015, Drawing on paper, ink [reference image]

"Artifacts from Jaffna" , 2013, Nail Drawing on paper, carbon paper

About Backers Foundation
The Backers Foundation is a private group of patrons from the business world who first joined together in 1994 to provide support for the Japan Animal Welfare Society. Since then, the 60 members have funded a variety of organisations. They also participate in self-organised committees set up for projects to which they volunteer their personal time under the motto of enjoying the good things. One of these efforts is a terakoya, or after-hours school for children, that the foundation has operated since 2005. Through the BAR (Backers and AIT Residence Programme) series, 16 artists, 7 curators and 2 editors have been invited from countries including the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, Afghanistan, Brazil, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Argentina, India, Kenya, Morocco, Indonesia, Cambodia.

Further Information
Press Enquiries
Tel: 03-6383-0626 / i@yamamotogendai.org

Backers Foundation/Artist-in-Residence Enquiries
Ms. Yoda and Mr. Tokairin at Arts Initiative Tokyo
Tel: 03-5489-7277 / otoiawase@a-i-t.net

2016-6- 2

Exhibition "Non-self" by Rosa Doornenbal

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The exhibition by Rosa Doornenbal
Date: March 26 (Sat) - 31 (Thu) 12:00 - 19:00
*Open daily / Admission Free
Opening Reception: March 26 (Sat), 18:00 - 20:30 *19:00 - Performance Lecture by the artist
Venue: Higure 17-15 cas (Tokyo)
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.

Left: Shapes of my Pinkish Purity / 2016 / Collages, fabric, ceramic, 410 mm × 620 mm
Right: Calming Balming / 2016 / Single channel video (color, sound)


AIT is pleased to host the exhibition, "Non-self" by Rosa Doornenbal. The exhibition opens on Saturday March 26 through Thursday March 31 at Higure 17-15 cas in Tokyo. Doonenbal is from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and currently staying in Tokyo as an artist-in-residence with AIT.

If a tearoom can contain the universe, how can the tea bowl create emptiness?

In the history of the Japanese Tea Ceremony its specific aesthetic language got more and more defined, while at the same time, the ceremony still functions as a moment to escape reality and focus on the very moment of making and drinking tea. After leaving your worldly desires behind you, you will enter a spiritual realm and hopefully transcend the 'self'. Though, walking through the streets of a present-day urban landscape, another reality checks in. A contemporary pop culture with its own conceptions of beauty; where girls will always be young and eyes are excessively big.

'Non-self' is a visual exploration of the aesthetic ideologies of two contradicting but yet very explicit visual cultures. It tries to grasp their spiritual and signifying fundamental.

- Rosa Doornenbal

In Doornenbal's interdisciplinary practice, she investigates how formal, cultural and social aspects influence the appreciation of, and identification with objects in everyday life. The parallel of this in the art world - the viewer's experience of sculpture - is central in her work.

The exhibition by Rosa Doornenbal
Date: March 26 (Sat) - 31 (Thurs) 12:00 - 19:00 *Open daily / Admission Free
Opening Reception: March 26 (Sat), 18:00 - 20:30 *19:00〜 Performance Lecture by the artist
Venue: Higure 17-15 cas / 3-17-15, Nishi Nippori, Arakawa, Tokyo [Google Map]
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.

[Rosa Doornenbal]
Doornenbal1 Doornenbal works in a variety of media creating detailed circumstances that reveal the interrelationship between viewer, object, equipment, tool and sculpture. With a critical and playful attitude she often treats the exhibition space, with its already formulated codes of behavior, as part of her work. In her most recent works the process of creation becomes a subject as she explores issues of craftsmanship and what artisthood could mean today. She obtained her BA of Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2013. She also has a background in Cultural Studies of which she obtained her BA at the University of Amsterdam in 2012.
Blog: "wabi-bijin"


【 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.


AIT + ARCUS Minglius Night Part 8


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)

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!


AIT SLIDE TALK #33 Jenni Lomax, Director of Camden Arts Centre, London


The Artist in Education and the Place of Education in Residencies:
A Talk by Jenni Lomax, Director of Camden Arts Centre, London.
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 25th, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama *The talk will be held in English only.

Left:Camden Arts Centre building Right:Outside space inside the art centre

AIT is honored to host a short talk by Jenni Lomax, long time Director of CAC in London, who will be in Japan as a jury member for The Nissan Art Award 2015. AIT has had the pleasure to collaborate with CAC since September 2014, hosting the CAC exhibition organizer Gina Buenfeld in Tokyo as well as Jesse Wine and Caroline Achaintre. Although AIT and CAC share very different histories and contexts, the two arts organizations do share a strong commitment towards the place and relevance of education, in multiple senses, for the arts and within artist in residency programs.

CAC has organized pioneering residency programs for artists where they also engage with learning and education within the centere's community and beyond. What role can the artist play in education, and how can learning be an integral aspect of residency programs? As the dynamics of global art and ideas of what a commons means changes in the C21st, it seems pertinent to ask these questions now. Jenni will speak on these topics from her extensive experience for about one hour, and an informal Q&A session will follow. Drinks will be served.

Date: November 25 Wed, 19:00 - 21:00
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (B403 Twin bldg.Daikanyama, 30-8 Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Capacity: 30 *Booking required
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members)
Other details: Admission includes one free drink
*Talk will be in English only

[ Reservation ]
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Jenni Lomax
Director, Camden Arts Centre (London, UK)

Jenni Lomax has been the director of Camden Arts Centre, London, since 1990, where she has established a forward thinking programme of international exhibitions, artists, residencies and education projects, all of which have artists and their ideas at the core. She led the organisation through a major building refurbishment scheme which was completed in early 2004. She was awarded the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2007, and received an OBE for her services to the Visual Arts in 2009. Before Camden Arts Centre, Jenni developed and headed up the Community Education and Public Programmes at the Whitechapel Art Gallery throughout the 1980â?™s. Throughout her career she has been involved in an advisory capacity with many arts, education and charitable organisations and has been a member of selection and judging panels for numerous awards and exhibitions including The Turner Prize, Arts Foundation Award and the Jerwood Drawing Prize.


AIT SLIDE TALK #32 Marianna Dobkowska

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AIT SLIDE TALK #32: "A-I-R and the City / Laboratory of relations"
Talk by Marianna Dobkowska from the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 22nd, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama
*The talk will be held in English, with no Japanese translation.
Top Left: "We Are Like Gardens" temporary permaculture garden, project by Juliette Delventhal and Paweł Kruk at A-I-R Laboratory, summer 2012 Photo : Michał Grochowiak, Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Top Right: Bread and pizza baking oven project of Juliette Delventhal and Paweł Kruk at A-I-R Laboratory, summer 2011, Photo: Michał Grochowiak Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Bottom Left: Francis Thorburn "Vehicle # 11: Amphibian", moving sculpture and public event, summer 2012, Photo: Bartosz Górka Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Bottom Right:Beginning of the soudwalk in the frames of workshop "Urban Sound Design Studio" led by Caroline Claus, Warsaw, July 2015 Photo: Bartosz Górka, Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

We are pleased to be hosting Marianna Dobkowska, curator at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw for a one month residency in Tokyo supported by The Backers Foundation.

During Dobkowska's talk she will present some of the projects she has curated and produced at Artists-In-Residence Laboratory, a residency program where she is a curator. Founded in 2003, Artists-In-Residence Laboratory is a department of the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, one of the major institutions of contemporary art in Poland.

A-I-R Laboratory hosts up to 30 international artists a year and focuses on production and research based practices within the context of the residency treated as an artistic medium. Since 2014 the team of A-I-R Laboratory started a new program at the socrealist interior of the former hat shop Porthos in the center of Warsaw.

Invited architects gathered portfolios of the building while designing the revitalization of its interiors. Activities programmed in the space are directed to stimulate discussions: about the heritage of socialist realism and the social responsibility of the institutions of art.They are also focused on establishing new relations with local communities.

Throughout the talk, questions and comments from the audience will be welcomed.
We look forward to your attendance at this special event.

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 22 2015, 19:00 - 21:00
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
In cooperation with: The Backers Foundation
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Capacity: 30. *Booking Required.
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members)
Other details: Admission includes one free drink
*Talk will be in English only

Send an email with its subject as "AIT SLIDE TALK #32" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Curator Biography ]

Marianna Dobkowska

Marianna Dobkowska curates projects, residencies and exhibitions, edits and designs publications and produces new works at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. She studied art history at Warsaw University and curating at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She was a curator and manager of the Polish-Norwegian production and research based project and exhibition, Rooted Design for Routed Living. Alternative design strategies and editor of the book under the same title as well as co-manager of Re-tooling Residencies, a project dedicated to investigate the current condition of the residency models and fostering development of new residency-based initiatives in Eastern Europe. Dobkowska's curatorial projects include a solo show of American artist Jesse Aron Green The Allies, a cycle of exhibitions of young Ukrainian artists Transfer and We Are Like Gardens - a permaculture garden established in the park surrounding CCA Ujazdowski Castle. During her research stay at AIT Marianna Dobkowska focuses on social practice Japanese art, grassroots initiatives and programs that have a wide community base.