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AIT SLIDE TALK #35 A workshop on attentional practices "Polishing the Spectacle of Myself": A Brief Introduction to the Work of ESTAR(SER)

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A workshop on attentional practices "Polishing the Spectacle of Myself": A Brief Introduction to the Work of ESTAR(SER)

Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / English only

On 24 November 2017, at AIT, visiting associates of ESTAR(SER) will offer a brief introduction to its past and present work, and present ongoing research into the history of the Order of the Third Bird (including a discussion of recent reinterpretations of the mysterious objects known as the MacGinitie Goggles). A number of ESTAR(SER) publications will be on hand, and several "protocols" for sustained attention inspired by those in use by the "Birds" will be made available. Experimentation will be encouraged.

New research, recently come to light, suggests that the eleven pairs of "Ganzfeld effect" goggles found in the so-called MacGinitie Collection of the W-Cache may have been used by associates of the Order of the Third Bird across the twentieth century as part of a heretofore unknown symbolic ritual of self-preparation. Did these individuals, with their focus on the proper way to look at works of art, collectively soil (and then cleanse?) various eyeglasses and protective eyewear in an intimate performance of their ambition to "see anew"? The evidence remains difficult to interpret. Links to Aldous Huxley's Art of Seeing are suspected.

About ESTAR(SER): The Esthetical Society for Transcendental and Applied Realization (now incorporating the Society of Esthetic Realizers) is an established body of private, independent scholars who work collectively to recover, scrutinize, and (where relevant) draw attention to the historicity of the Order of the Third Bird. www.estarser.net

Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room(Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8, Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo) MAP
Capacity: 20
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 SLIDE TALK #35" at otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, contact phone number and the category of your admission. (Please input @ in normal-width)

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AIT ARTIST TALK #72 "History flows from all the presents"

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"History flows from all the presents"
Artist Talk by Hans Andersson from Sweden

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / Summarized Japanese translation available

Works by Hans Andersson, 2017, Courtesy of Galerie Forsblom, Photo by Angel Gil

AIT is pleased to host the artist talk by our current artist in residence from Sweden, Hans Andersson, with the support of Iaspis.

What if a work of art could induce in the viewer a certain calming state of mind?
This kind of question was predominant when art was made in the service of higher consciousness. We see it repeated in the religious art of all cultures, and yet it is a question that is somewhat difficult to confront since the dawning of modernism.
Hans Andersson creates dense and richly time-layered drawings, collages and objects which perhaps hold some sense of this 'timeless' quality of great religious art. Drawing on numerous experiences and sources, including early electro-acoustic music, Indian Tantric art, architecture and altered states of consciousness, Andersson's art asks us to surrender and give ourselves over to the complex but eternally intruiging intersecting of matter and time.
Andersson will bring examples of his art work to help expound his talk, and Roger McDonald from AIT will join him later in conversation, and provide some basic consecutive translation.
We hope that you can join us.

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 19:00 - 21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members)
*All admissions with 1 drink / Booking required / Summarized Japanese translation available

[ Reservation ]
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[ Artist Profile ]

Hans Andersson
(b.1979 in Kalmar, lives and works in Stockholm)

Hans Andersson works with abstract images and sculptural objects from found materials. His work is a continuous questioning of the materials, their heritage and their internal and external qualities and tension. His process is intuitive and nonlinear. The philosopher Simone Weil states that a subject acts through its non-actions. The subject acts, but it is no longer the will that is the foundation for its actions, it is, on the contrary, a sort of obedience. Art, and philosophy as a concept, should according to Weil be received in awaiting and treated with contemplation. Hans Andersson spend a great deal of time with his work. The procedure is both gentle and spontaneous.
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2017-11- 6

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 ]
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[ 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.

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July 3rd, 19:00-: AIT SLIDE TALK #30

AIT SLIDE TALK #30 Viewing event "Thinking about Writing about Art"
Speakers: Christy Lange (Associate Editor of frieze magazine), Andrew Maerkle (ART iT), Roger McDonald (AIT)
Date and Time: August 6th (Wednesday), 7 - 9pm
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama

*AIT will hold a screening event of AIT SLIDE TALK #30 which was held last month, as we received many sign-ups but due to limited capacity, many could not register. We look forward to your coming. *Talk was held in English only.

Thinking about Writing about Art: Christy Lange (Associate Editor of frieze magazine), Andrew Maerkle (ART iT) and Roger McDonald (AIT).

Date and Time: Thursday, July 3rd, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama

*The talk will be held in English, with no Japanese translation.

Left: frieze magazine 2014 Summer issue No.164 / Right: 2014 May issue No. 163

We are pleased to be hosting Christy Lange, Associate Editor of frieze magazine for a one month residency in Tokyo supported by The Backers Foundation. Christy has written extensively about contemporary art for frieze magazine, in addition to organizing talk programs for Frieze New York and London.

For this event Christy will introduce frieze magazine, its workings, and its editorial directions within the broader landscape of art media and criticism today. Following her presentation, Andrew Maerkle of ART iT and AIT's Roger McDonald will join Christy for a roundtable discussion about art journalism and criticism, with a focus on the situation in Japan. In a highly globalized art scene, what is the role of art magazines like frieze? Can we speak of a shared international art discourse today, and how could we imagine Japan in this context? Is art history still the foundational ground from which to write art criticism, or can we identify a more open field of references that includes music, film, literature or art brut? Throughout the discussion, questions and comments from the audience will be welcomed.

We look forward to your attendance at this special event.

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July 12 - 26: THE BAR Vol.7 Exhibition

The Backers Foundation and AIT residence programme vol. 7

Saturday, July 12 - Saturday, July 26 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI (Shirokane-Takanawa, Tokyo)
Opening Reception: 6pm - 8pm on Saturday, July 12

The BAR vol.7
Left: "Continuity Drift" (2013). Natural pigment dyes /reference image.  Right: Gor Soudan, Drawing in space (2014). Protest wire / reference image.

Press release Download(PDF / 889KB)

Exhibition flier Download(PDF / 5.4MB)

Artists interview Download(PDF / 2.3MB)
Interview by Ben Davis and Naoko Horiuchi

The exhibition will mark the 7th time that The Backers Foundation and AIT have partnered together, having previously hosted artists and curators from Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. As part of the joint residency programme, the exhibition will be accompanied by research, production and cultural exchange through educational sessions.

Albert Samreth (Born in 1987, Los Angeles, USA) is an emerging conceptual artist who has developed a studio practice based around engaging with natural and systematic processes. For this exhibition, Samreth will present a new series of paintings created by either the effects of Tokyo's heavy summer rainfall or made by the sunlight in a natural photographic process. The remainder of his work for the show will be derived from graphic scores related to his concurrent project for the International Moscow Biennale of Young Art, where he will be teaching songs to an African Grey Parrot.

Gor Soudan (Born in 1983, Kisumu, Kenya) is a self-taught conceptual artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For this exhibition, Soudan will present pieces from his "Drawing in Space" series alongside linear drawings and an installation constructed in his Tokyo studio using a variety of locally-sourced, natural materials.

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March 24th, 19:00-: 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.

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August 3rd 18:30 -: Summer Minglius

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!

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July 13 - 27: The BAR vol.6 Exhibition

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

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