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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

Summer Minglius "Ancient cities in dreams, and 12,350km"


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

MINGLIUS IS A NON SMOKING EVENT - smokers can smoke at the entrance to the building downstairs. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated! At the event, there will be a bar, snacks, a relaxed sitting on the floor environment and music as usual. We look forward to seeing you!

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


Alberto Rodríguez Collía (b. 1985, Guatemala)
Beto Collia Graduated in 2007 as engraver from Escuela de Arte 10 from Madrid. Co-founded (together with La Torana and Mario Santizo) the Taller Experimental de Gráfica, the first workshop dedicated for engraving in Guatemala (2007). Collía uses archive's images (newspapers, television commercials, documentaries, video clips and the internet) to produce video works, drawings and collages. Selected exhibitions: "Estampida", Des.Pacio gallery ( San Jose, Costa Rica(2012), "Central American Biennial", Nicaragua (2010), "Auction 08", Museum of Latin American Arts , Long Beach, California(2008). Currently exhibiting at "Divided Against Ourselves" New works from Allegra Pacheco and Alberto Rodriguez Collia ( -July 27th, 2013 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI)
http://www.a-i-t.net/ja/residency/2013/06/alberto-rodriguez-collia.php

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

To know more about them, visit AIT website!



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


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

2013-7-25

The BAR vol.6 Exhibition "Divided Against Ourselves"

The Backers Foundation and AIT residence programme vol. 6
New works from Allegra Pacheco and Alberto Rodríguez Collía

Saturday, July 13 - Saturday, July 27, 2013 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI (Shirokane, Tokyo)


AllegraPacheco AlbertoRodriguezcollia
Left: Allegra Pacheco / Untitled / 2013  Right: Alberto Rodríguez Collía / No lugar (Non place) / 2013



Press release (Japanese) Download(PDF / 893KB)





The Backers Foundation and Arts Initiative Tokyo are delighted to announce the 6th Backers and AIT Residence (BAR) programme exhibition, "Divided Against Ourselves " which will be held between July 13th and 27th at YAMAMOTO GENDAI. This year, emerging artists Allegra Pacheco (b.1986) and Alberto Rodríguez Collía (b.1985) will present works inspired by the experiences and discoveries of their three month residency in Tokyo, funded by the Backers Foundation.

Allegra Pacheco is a Costa Rican artist who works in a variety of mediums, with her work predominantly photographic, but often expanding into drawing and installation. In 2012, Pacheco exhibited her first installation work, 'Boobs', a series of breast-shaped soft sculptures made in collaboration with disenfranchised women from La Carpio, an immigrant neighborhood in Costa Rica. The exhibition space took on the innocence of a children's playground, but at the same time served as a platform whereby feminist issues and taboo subjects such as sexuality could be addressed in an un-biased environment. For this exhibition, Pacheco will produce an installation using both photography and illustration, and inspired by the architecture and density of Tokyo, where systems and rules unconsciously control the city's occupants and their lives. Her fantastical cityscapes are claustrophobic and lonely, where the post-apocalyptic undertones of a machine-ruled world invite the viewer to contemplate where our growth-focused lifestyles might lead our future generations.

In Japan for the first time, Guatemalan artist Alberto Rodríguez Collía uses archive's images (newspapers, television commercials, documentaries, video clips and the internet) to produce video works, drawings and collages. Collía presents images borrowed from mass media to criticize the unstable social and political situation in his country. For the 2008 project 'La Favorita', Collía gathered together with Erick Menchú, Guatemalan visual artist, images of folk sign designs from Guatemala, sharing the anonymous voices of the country. During his stay in Tokyo, he will produce engravings that combine semi-autobiographical situations from Guatemala and Tokyo, weaving together new stories.

The artists share certain similarities in that they use familiar motifs, presented at times in humorous ways, to portray the hidden and darker elements of our society. In recent years, as collectors increase, and the market expands, there is increasing interest in the South American art scene, but at the same time there is much to be learnt about creative expression and the socio-cultural situation.

Residency programs allow us to look through the artist's eyes, seeing not only the pleasant, but also the cultural differences and misunderstandings, in turn allowing us to view our society in a different manner.

Text: Naoko Horiuchi (AIT) Translation: Ben Davis

[ OUTLINE ]
Title: The BAR(The Backers Foundation and AIT residence programme)vol. 6
"Divided Against Ourselves"
New works from Allegra Pacheco and Alberto Rodríguez Collía


Date: Saturday, July 13 - Saturday, July 27, 2013
Venue: YAMAMOTO GENDAI(3F, 3-1-15, Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo)TEL:03-6383-0626
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
Supported by: YAMAMOTO GENDAI / YOKUMOKU
Time: 11:00 - 19:00 (Closed on Sunday, Monday and National holiday) *Admission free
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13 18:00 - 20:00

*Related Event: Talk by the two artists and Jimmy Ogonga (Residence Curator from Nairobi) at AIT.
Please check the AIT website for further information.

*YAMAMOTOGENDAI website: www.yamamotogendai.org/
*AIT Artists in residence Official Instagram : (@AIT_AIR)
Curator: Naoko Horiuchi (AIT)




<Biography (Selected)>

Allegra Pacheco(Born in 1986, Costa Rica, Lives and works in London)

AllegraPacheco ・2011 BFA Photography, School of Visual Arts (New York)
・2013 *Currently obtaining a Masters in Fine Arts, Wimbledon College of Arts (London)
・2010 White Box/SCOPE Art fair (Miami)
・2010 New York Photo Festival, DUMBO BK (New York)
・2011 Tokyoscapes, Just Another Space (Tokyo)
・2012 BOOBS Galeria Des.Pacio (SJ Costa Rica)
・2013 Boobs in Japan, GALLERY MoMo (Tokyo) July 20 - Aug 10


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Left: Untitled, Mori Art Museum ( From the series of "Tokyo") / 2011  Right: Boobs / 2012 / mixed media (detail)

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Untitled / 2013 / acrylic, ink on board




Alberto Rodríguez Collía(Born in 1985, Lives and works in Guatemala)

AlbertoRodriguezcollia ・Graduated in 2007 as engraver from Escuela de Arte 10 from Madrid
・2007 in august he co-founds the Taller Experimental de Gráfica, the 1st. workshop dedicated for engraving in Guatemala.
・2008 "Auction 08", Museum of Latin American Arts (California)
・2008 "Horror Vacui", Espacio CE! (Guatemala)
・2010 "Central American Biennial" (Nicaragua)
・2012 "Estampida", Des.Pacio gallery (San Jose, Costa Rica)


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Alberto Rodríguez Collía
From the series of "Weekend" / 2009 / scanned newspapers, frame

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Left: Vegetation / 2013 / super 8 film transferred to digital video / 3' 07" Right: No lugar (Non place) / 2013 / engraving on paper

Alberto Rodríguez Collía Alberto Rodríguez Collía
From the series of "Weekend" / 2009 / scanned newspapers, frame




What is The Backers Foundation?
Since 2007, the Backers Foundation, a private group of patrons from the business worlds, has supported ten emerging contemporary artists and five curators to visit Tokyo and stay for a three month residency. The non-profit organization AIT works with the Backers Foundation to organize and host the program. In 2012, a group exhibition bringing the ten previous residency artists was held at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art.

2013-7-12

AIT ARTIST TALK #63


" `Falling` People and Parasitic Sculptures"
Talk by German artists Benedikt Partenheimer and Rita Hensen
Date and Time: Monday, September 29th, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama *Booking required *Talk will be in English with consecutive translation



AIT will host a talk by the current artists in resident from Germany, Benedikt Partenheimer and Rita Hensen on Monday, October 29th.

During the talk, the two artists will introduce their past works, about the creative process and concept behind them. They will also share their discoveries through their stay in Tokyo, and possible ideas for new works.

The talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation by AIT staff.



See here for details>>

2012-10-15

"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)


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.



See here for details>>

2012-3-17

AIT ARTIST TALK #59


"Photo as Flat Sculpture" Talk and Workshop by Russian/Dutch artist, Ksenia Galiaeva
Monday, March 12th, 19:00 - 21:00 *Booking required *Talk/Workshop will be in English with consecutive translation


AIT is happy to host a talk and workshop by Ksenia Galiaeva on Monday, March 12th. Ksenia Galiaeva is a Russian/Dutch artist working mainly with photography, currently artist in residence with AIT through the support of FONDS BKVB (the Netherlands Arts Foundation). She lives and works in Amsterdam. Following a short introductory talk about her works, a fun and experimental workshop on photography will follow, using cameras and various objects.



See here for details>>

2012-3- 1

Feb. 25th-26th: [WorkShop] FOUND AND MADE


A 2-day workshop by three Scottish artists: Mary Redmond, Katy West, and Nick Evans
Date and Time: Workshop February 25 and 26, 2012 13:00-17:00 *Consecutive translation from English to Japanese
Exhibition Opening February 26 17:00-18:00
Venue: Hillside Annex B (30-2 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)


AIT is happy to host three artists who live and work in Glasgow, Scotland, for a residency in Tokyo. They will lead a 2-day workshop where materials from everyday life and the streets will be used to make quick sculptures. These quick sculptures will then be shown together for a final installation and opening reception on the second day. The workshop is open to anyone from children to adults. No prior experience with making art is necessary.



See here for details>>

2012-2- 9

Dec. 5th, 19:00-: AIT ARTIST TALK #55

"Horror Vacui - Fear of Empty Spaces" by Swedish artist, Michael Johansson
Monday, December 5th 2011, 19:00 - 21:00 *Booking required



AIT is happy to host a talk by the current artist in resident, Michael Johansson on Monday, Dec 5th.

Michael Johansson is the 2011 IASPIS artist in resident with AIT, staying in Tokyo for three months. Johansson's works are sculptural installations using everyday objects stacked in highly complex formations so that they become almost solid geometric forms, reminiscent of Minimalist sculpture. An avid collector of 'things', Johansson's art practice is intimately connected to his interest in place as a point of departure and research. Johansson has said that his dense sculptures and the city of Tokyo share a certain parallel in terms of being 'packed'. In this talk the artist will speak about his works using images. The title of the talk evokes a contrasting emotion to his interest in density.

The talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation by AIT staff.


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2011-11-23

Nov. 28th, 19:00-: AIT ARTIST TALK #54

Talk and Live Discussion with Canadian artist Ken Lum
Monday November 28th 19:00-20:30 *This talk will be in English only


AIT will hold an artist talk by Ken Lum on 28th November.
He will mainly talk about his art making and works, which will be shown in Tokyo this winter.

Ken Lum's visual grammar to represent the constitution of identity in the face of the relentless forces of acculturation as played out in everyday lived experience will provide an opportunity to hear fresh insights and thoughts.
Please feel free to join us!


See here for details>>

2011-11-19

Nov. 21st, 19:00-: MINGLIUS WITH ARCUS Part 4

MINGLIUS WITH ARCUS Part 4 "Talks by 3 Artists from ARCUS Residence Program"
MONDAY NOVEMBER 21st, 19:00-22:00 *FREE ENTRY *Mini Talks begin at 20:00
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama


We welcome the 2011 artists in residence of ARCUS to make short presentations about their works and also hear from ARCUS Director, Mami Odai. The presentations will be translated consecutively into Japanese from English.

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!


See here for details>>

2011-11- 7