Alumni Events Around the World
Dancer, choreographer and ACC grantee Rady Nget; artist and choreographer Yoshiko Chuma; and dance duo Brother(hood) Dance! all perform at LaMama as part of LaMama Moves!
Rady Nget, from Cambodia, is currently on his ACC fellowship and has been performing throughout New York since his grant began.
Grantee: Rady Nget
Ying breaks the consistence and the predictable moving order of traditional dance principles, attempting to use a stream-of-consciousness, vague and inconsequence expression to buils movements with their own independence. Therefore, the beginning of the movement is also the end of it. It is fleeting, like writing in water, like fragments flashing from memory, a replication of a dream.
Hou Ying received an ACC fellowship in 2011 to present workshops in Taiwan.
Grantee: Hou Ying
"Wimba Kala" curated by curators Rizki A. Zaelani, Pindi Setiawan, and R. Cecep Eka Permana, assisted by curator assistant Adhi Agus Oktaviana, is an event that combines two disciplines at once, arts and archeology.This is a new challenge for the National Gallery of Indonesia as well as for the artists of this exhibition to 'see' a study and scientific data from an art point of view, and present it in an interesting artistic visualization not only enjoyed by archaeologists and art lovers only, but all levels of society in general.
Grantee: Achmad Krisgatha
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is a celebration of the legendary Japanese artist’s sixty-five-year career and promises to be one of 2017’s essential art experiences. Visitors will have the unprecedented opportunity to discover six of Kusama’s captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms alongside a selection of her other key works, including a number of paintings from her most recent series My Eternal Soul that have never been shown in the US. From her radical performances in the 1960’s, when she staged underground polka dot “Happenings” on the streets of New York, to her latest Infinity Mirror Room, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, the Hirshhorn exhibition will showcase Kusama’s full range of talent for the first time in Washington, DC. Don’t miss this unforgettable sensory journey through the mind and legacy of one of the world’s most popular artists.
Yayoi Kusama received ACC Fellowships in 1964 and 1996 for travel in the United States.
Grantee: Yayoi Kusama
During the early years of Tom Haar’s residence in New York, from 1968 to 1983, he learned of a large group of Japanese artists. intrigued by their exciting lifestyle in New York, and having grown up in Japan himself, he decided to capture their creative lives in a photo essay, "Japanese Artists in New York - 1971."
“New York was very stimulating in the early 1970s—in areas gritty and seedy—especially in lower Manhattan, where many of the artists lived. soho and the artists’ housing, westbeth, were still in their infancies.”
It has been forty-six years since Haar worked on this project. today, many of these artists are still creatively active in new york. one of the photographed artists, Yayoi Kusama, now a well-known artist with international celebrity status, will be highlighted at this year’s Honolulu Biennial, March 8th to May 8th.
Tom Haar received ACC Fellowships in 1983 and 1985 for travel to Korea and Japan for photograph is documentation.
Grantee: Tom Haar
Koma Otake, known as one half of the celebrated performance duo Eiko & Koma for the past 40 years, will be using a mobile trailer, to create an interactive visual art installment, as well as a performance space. The design, paintings, and choreography, have all been created or set by Koma himself. Only through performance and the presence of his body in relation to the set does The Ghost Festival truly come to form. Koma envisions The Ghost Festival as a meditative and communal space to honor the connection between past and present, and provide a home for lost spirits.
The Ghost Festival was seen in progress during Danspace’s Platform 2016: A Body in Places, dedicated to the work of Eiko Otake.
Koma received an ACC fellowship in 2007 to pursue research on dance and related cultural activities in Cambodia and to offer workshops and performances in Phnom Penh.
At 7pm, prior to each performance, Koma will host free 5-minute public previews outside of Danspace Project. Open to all!
Grantee: Eiko & Koma Otake
ACC grantee Douglas Brooks, craftsman and Japanese boat specialist and author of the comprehensive survey "Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding," will be speaking at the Japan Society on May 10. He will be sharing what he discovered on his journey to fishing villages around Japan, where he interviewed elderly master boat builders and, in six cases, became their last apprentice. Japan's hand-crafted wooden boats, admired for their timeless beauty and precise construction, have a rich history in the island nation. Fearing that the techniques, designs and secrets of this trade might disappear within one or two generations, craftsman and Japanese boat specialist Douglas Brooks embarked on a quest to preserve and document these time-honored traditions. Moderated by Dane Owen, founder and owner of Shibui Japanese Antiques and Furniture.
Brooks received ACC fellowships for his research on traditional boatbuilding in Japan and Taiwan.
Grantee: Douglas Brooks
The world premiere of The Assignment, an original play by Camilo Almonacid, developed by Houses on the Moon Theater Company, in association with Rhymes Over Beats, and directed by Emily Joy Weiner, features Erick Betancourt as Julian J. Torres, and ACC grantee Karen Kandel as Helen Payne in this two-character play about an English professor who is shaken when a student's personal essay reopens long buried wounds.
Grantee: Karen Kandel
Founded in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the U.S. and the world, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in America, and the only one in the world with a human rights focus.
The thirteenth annual PEN World Voices Festival will take on some vital issues, with a special focus on today’s relationship between gender and power. Taking place in New York City, May 1-7, 2017, the weeklong festival will use the lens of literature and the arts to confront new challenges to free expression and human rights—issues that have been core to PEN America’s mission since its founding. At this historic moment of both unprecedented attacks on core freedoms and the emergence of new forms of resistance, the Festival will offer a platform for a global community of writers, artists and thinkers to connect with concerned citizens and the broader public to fight back against bigotry, hatred and isolationism.
Sandra Lee’s installations incorporate sculptural, photographic, and drawing traditions to consider ways in which place is created among changing urban and environmental conditions. The sculptures and installations she constructs are informed by her observations of daily life and through the collecting and reconfiguring of the materials that pass through it.
Sandra Eula Lee received an ACC Fellowship in 2009 to travel to Korea.
Grantee: Sandra Eula Lee
Topaz Art Center will host Eiko's workshop, exhibition opening, and her performance at its studio and gallery in Queens. The exhibition will feature photos by William Johnston of Eiko in Fukushima and at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant, a short drive from Manhattan, to draw the connection between a disaster far away and a potential disaster close to home.
Grantee: Eiko & Koma Otake
Dance is the main dramatic art form of Thailand. Thai dance, like many forms of traditional Asian dance, can be divided into two major categories: classical dance and folk dance. Until the 20th century, Thai classical dance was only permitted to be performed in the Royal Court.
Come and learn about the basic movement of the male and femail characters from ACC grantee Kornkarn Rungsawang. There will be a short choreography and an introduction to contemporary Thai movement. Register for this event by April 24 here.
Grantee: Kornkarn Rungsawang
2007 ACC Philippines Fellow Grace Nono performs on stage at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) in “GUGMA” (love in Visayan language), a concert featuring Visayan love songs popularized by various singers in the 20th century. Most of these songs were also featured in her album Dalit: Songs of Love, Loss, and Finding Heart Again (Tao Music, 2009).
Grantee: Grace Nono
ACC granttee and 1994 International Tchaikovsky Competition winner will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto with the New Mexico Philharmonic in Popejoy Hall on Saturday, April 22. Music director candidate Roberto Minczuk will conduct.
Jennifer Koh received an ACC fellowship in 2012 for research and creative work in Korea, China, Cambodia, India, and Indonesia.
Grantee: Jennifer Koh
Curated by Yoshiko Shimada, From Nirvana to Catastrophe: Matsuzawa Yutaka and his 'Commune in Imaginary Space' focuses on the period 1969 - 1973, which has been the most active years of Matsuzawa's activities. Reflecting on the exhibition Nirvana (1970), the pioneer of international exhibitions on Conceptualism in Japan, the exhibition traces the formation of Matsuzawa's thoughts and his idea of 'free commune' in a chronological order through nine document and material bodies.
Grantee: Yoshiko Shimada
In his new photographic series Between Blossoms, New York-based Chinese photographer Shen Wei has taken a meditative journey across continents, from the United States to Europe and Asia. His seductive photographs capture a unifying sense of other-worldliness within the changing landscape, generating an abstracted sensation of place that he describes as “deeply connected to my inner melancholy, a dream-like state of mind.”
Shen Wei received an ACC fellowship in 2012 to explore and document Buddhist temple life in Thailand.
Grantee: Shen Wei
STUPIN is a platform for artist residencies where individual artists network in the form of studio swaps. STUPIN.ORG, Kuo’s solo exhibition at TKG+ Projects, is the first embodiment of the studio-swap residency. Kuo investigates the relationship between the artist, the work, and the space it occupies. For this exhibition, Kuo swaps studios with Portuguese artist Filipe Cortez, who works across such mediums as performance, oil painting, sculpture, and installation in surveying the ephemeral landscape of memory, time, and the city through his site-specific work. Cortez and Kuo will continue their respective practices in each other’s hometown — Cortez in Taipei, Taiwan and Kuo in Porto, Portugal — and connect the two cities through their experiences of cultural exchange and networking.
Kuo I-Chen undertook his ACC residency in 2012 in New York.
Grantee: I-Chen Kuo
Hiding in the Island is an exhibition that aims to explore the unique aesthetic and authenticity of existence through three paradoxes. Artists who live deep in East Taiwan and young artists who arrive during the travels in their studies come together to share their mindset and work, hoping to highlight the idea that “any location is a place for nature and the world, freedom and culture.”
Visual artist Idas Losin received an ACC Fellowship in 2014 to research contemporary art, meet artists, participate in an artist residency program in New York and to visit Native American communities in the U.S.
Grantee: Idas Losin
Performing on stage as “the witch,” 2013 grantee MAGDA DE LEON joins ACC fellows IRMA ADLAWAN (2002) as “Senyora Macbeth” and GINO GONZALES (2000) for Production Design in the stage play MAKBET directed by Nonon Padilla. A treatise on how the human soul is corrupted by overwhelming ambition, violence and power, the production is in close collaboration with the Theater Arts, Production Design, and Arts Management Programs of Benilde's Arts And Culture Cluster (BACC), with support from DLS-CSB’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academics, School of Design and Arts Dean’s Office, PHINMA, and TAXI THEATER.
I Don’t Know the Mandate of Heaven is the first major survey of Song Dong’s work in mainland China in 8 years. The exhibition will include some of the artist’s best-known works that have been fundamental in establishing his career, as well as several rarely exhibited works. Among the works on display, some pieces have been specially commissioned for this exhibition by RAM such as At Fifty, I Don't Know the Mandate of Heaven and Back Image, manifesting the museum’s long-term commitment to support the creativity and production of contemporary art through exhibition projects.
For the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, Leeroy is creating a temporary sculptural installation, La Puerta Del Laberinto, for the exterior of the Castlemaine Art Museum. In keeping with Leeroy’s preferred installation method, La Puerta Del Laberinto (The Door of the Labyrinth), responds to the unique characteristics and context of place and will be made with recycled materials collected from the local area.
Leeroy’s works often intertwine the visual arts with fashion, film and theatre, as he takes his inspiration from mythology, film and video games. Leeroy has been recognised and awarded consistently throughout his career, with his artworks featured beyond the Philippines in Singapore, Japan, Australia and in American pop culture, with one of his creations worn by Lady Gaga for her music video ‘Marry the Night.'
Leeroy received an ACC Fellowship in 2015 to observe best practices in contemporary arts, developing technologies, and public art processes in the United States.
Grantee: Jan Leeroy New
This international premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists is a six-day festival presenting 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works.
Eva Lee is an artist and experimental filmmaker who received an ACC fellowship in 2010 to support travel to India to research Tibetan Buddhist art and meditative practices and create new work
Grantee: Eva Lee
Yao Jui-Chung turns daily experiences into the subject matter of his painting, where against the backdrop of idyllic landscape, the concurrence of his children's formative years and his andropause becomes an important chapter in their lives. Rather than a picture of family life, this body of work is more like the fantasia of a reclusive father, comprising one illusory image after another that may happen in the real world.
Eight Days a Week is inspired by the artist's life for the past eight years as a middle-aged man who`s been taking care of his daughters while making art at home, therefore losing touch with the friends.
Jui-Chung Yao undertook his ACC residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California in 1998.
Grantee: Jui-Chung Yao
The second feature by Nepalese filmmaker Deepak Rauniyar sensitively explores the damage done to the fabric of Nepalese society by the decade-long civil war between the Maoists and Nepal’s monarchical government. On the occasion of his father’s funeral, Chandra returns to the village he left years earlier to join the Maoists, and finds himself united with the daughter he never met and revisiting uneasy relations with family members and neighbors. Past traumas return and cause tensions to boil over. Finding the political within the everyday, White Sun uses one village’s complex tribulations to speak to an entire national history. A KimStim release.
Deepak Rauniyar received an ACC Fellowship in 2013 to travel to the U.S. and collaborate with a New York-based screenwriter on the development of this feature film.
Grantee: Deepak Rauniyar
Ellen Fisher presents TIME DON’T STOP FOR NOBODY, a movement-based performance relating to the perception of age. A small ensemble of four performers, each 25-30 years apart, will collaborate during the creative process to highlight their shared experiences on the progression of growing up. Fisher’s observational work experience and honest answers from a requested questionnaire help guide the structure of this intimate performance.
Ellen Fisher received her first ACC Fellowship in 2003 for research on the theory and practice of ritual and dance performance in Sri Lanka.
Grantee: Ellen Fisher
Before the onset of a downpour there is a moment of heavy humidity that hangs low in the air. Building over time it signals the inevitability of a deluge that will interrupt and intercept patterns of normality. For Hong Kong, a city defined by humidity, the deluge that began on September 28 2014 was the result of a long and steady buildup of uncertainty, anxiety and the long held need to articulate a cohesive identity for the city. Before the Rain addresses the tensions that precipitated the recent political and civil urgency in Hong Kong and the city’s pressing need to reimagine its future.
Sit down for dinner with the Wongs, a typical Hong Kong family, at three vital Hong Kong moments. A Floating Family is a funny and poignant trilogy of plays that portrays four siblings and their extended family over three dinners in the course of two decades, charting their lives as they ebb and flow alongside Hong Kong through political, economic and social changes.
Poon Chan-Leung undertook his ACC Fellowship in 2006 to study acting and directing, observe performances and rehearsals, and meet with drama professionals in the United States.
Grantee: Chan Leung Poon
Meredith Monk is internationally celebrated as “a magician of the voice”. Her work has been presented at major venues around the world. Among her many accolades, she was recently named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France and the 2012 Composer of the Year by Musical America. In conjunction with her 50th Season of creating and performing, she was appointed the 2014-15 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. In September 2015, Ms. Monk received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Ms. Monk’s rare Dallas appearance will feature her in performance with the Meredith Monk Quartet.
Ms. Monk received ACC Fellowships in 1997 and 2000 for research in Hong Kong, China and Singapore.
Grantee: Meredith Monk
With a passion for the interpretation and production of images, Wu has been working across the mediums of photography, video, and installation, to create artworks which challenge our perceptions of our physical and natural worlds. The exhibition presents a diverse range of artworks from various series, representing ten years of development in the artist’s work. Brand new works on display will include Wu’s Drapery Studies series (2014-2016), never seen before by the public, as well as recent video works and a large sculpture created specifically for this exhibition. Also on display will be the artist’s renowned Cyanotype works and a large scale, site-specific installation Crystal City 007.
Wu Chi Tsung undertaook his ACC Fellowship in New York in 2014.
Grantee: Chi-Tsung Wu
ACC provided support to The Spencer Museum of Art for the exhibition Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia. This major international exhibition at the University of Kansas features 26 contemporary artists from across Asia whose work explores ideas about time, history and memory. In addition to works from the museum’s permanent collection, “Temporal Turn” includes international loans and site-specific commissions by four artists-in-residence.
A Body in Fukushima, (Eiko's collaborative work with historian and photographer William Johnston) will be on view at the Cathedral of Saint John Divine as a part of the Cathedral's larger art exhibition, The Christa Project. Eiko is named as an artist in residence for the year and co-curates her photo exhibition, performances, and other activities, all of which explore the dignity and transcendence inherent in the ordinary and the disregarded.
Grantee: Eiko & Koma Otake
The focus of Yuko Mohri’s debut UK solo will be an installation of her project Moré Moré [Leaky], a long-term research project into the Tokyo metro. Mohri exhibited her first iteration of the project at the prestigious Nissan Art Award 2015, which she consequently won. Mohri’s work is responsive to the built environment. Her kinetic installation at White Rainbow will be in the form of a circuit, with found materials ‘wired’ together to contain flowing water, mimicking makeshift water repairs she noticed in the Tokyo metro. Mohri’s Moré Moré [Leaky] series is characterised by extensive fieldwork, including a range of photographic documentation of the repairs. A selection of these photographs will be produced and displayed for the first time at White Rainbow, and will connect Mohri’s research and work with photography to her installation work, for which she is best known.
Grantee: Yuko Mohri
On March 11, 2017, Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversation at the Cathedral will commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in Japan. Conceived by the Cathedral’s artist-in-residence, Eiko Otake, this four-hour program will bring together scholars, specialists, and artists of many disciplines to create an occasion that aspires to be both informative and affecting. Eiko invites you to join her at the Cathedral to explore the relationship of body, place, and history on March 11 from 1pm to 5pm.
Eiko Otaka received an ACC Fellowship in 2003 for research on dance in Cambodia.
Grantee: Eiko & Koma Otake
This play is an inquiry into the relationship of religion and folk narratives featuring Dulaang UP under the direction of Jose Estrella with lighting design by Barbie Tan-Tiongco and adaptation by playwright Rody Vera, all ACC grantees.
Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts is an artistic celebration of Australia's relationship with contemporary Asia. Vital, fresh and always unpredictable, Asia TOPA offers a city-wide window onto the creative imaginations fuelling the many cultures of the region.
The Asia Triennial of Performing Arts features numerous dance works from all over the region. China’s avant-garde Tao Dance Theatre performs two pieces from Tao Ye’s Straight Line Trilogy; in Eko Supriyanto’s Balabala, women combine dance with martial arts while his Cry Jailolo is a paean to endangered nature; Javanese music duo Senyawa together with Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc present Attractor, a “trance-noise odyssey”; and in Dancing with Death, Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun creates a space between life and afterlife inspired by the Phi Ta Khon ghost festival; and and the world premier of Wang Chong's "Little Emperors." Jen Shyu will have a solo recital on February 18.
CrossCurrent IV is an unprecedented project by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in NY, and Flushing Town Hall, offering a dynamic showcase of superb dancers/choreographers from Taiwan. A panel discussion will follow the works of internationally renowned choreographer Kun-Yang Lin, leading principal of Martha Graham Dance Company Pei-Ju Chien Pott, and National Endowment of the Arts Choreography and Asian Cultural Council Fellow Nai-Ni Chen.
Grantee: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Tatsuo Miyajima, one of Japan’s most renowned contemporary artists, is known for his sculptures and room-scale installations incorporating light and numbers.
Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything encompasses his sculptural works, rooms and environments, and performance videos. Time and its passage are explored through the works and represented visually by multiple, small digital counting devices. Miyajima developed his first customised digital counters in the late 1980s, using light emitting diodes or LEDs. These ‘counter gadgets’ remain central to his art today, their red and green palette expanding in the mid-1990s to include blue, then white, as LED technology developed in and beyond Japan.
Grantee: Tatsuo Miyajima
Flutes of Hope, which debuted at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 2012 and is led by ACC's former Director Ralph Samuelson, is an annual music program paying tribute to the resilience and compassion of the Japanese people following the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor calamity of March 2011. Now commemorating the sixth anniversary of this unprecedented triple disaster, Flutes of Hope reaches out to the spirits of those lost and honors the selfless dedication of those rebuilding their communities.
This year’s program is inspired by the themes of the Cathedral’s Dignity Initiative and The Christa Project and features poems written by earthquake survivors in Fukushima and neighboring regions.
Participating artists are ACC grantees Elizabeth Brown, shakuhachi and silver flute; Eiko Otake, recitation and dance; Karen Kandel, recitation; and performers Ralph Samuelson, shakuhachi; Steve Gorn, bansuri; Sylvain Leroux, fula flute.
This exhibition, curated by Helly Minarty, interweaves various archives to show the complexity of historical trajectories of Orientalism in dance as both a historical construct and artistic resonance found in contemporary practice through its many guises. One can start from the les petites danseuses javanaises performing at the Dutch East Indies pavilion at the Paris Colonial Exhibition (Exposition Universelle) to American Ruth St Denis choreographing Radha in 1906. The on to the Oriental Tour of Denishawn - Ruth St Denis and Ted Shawn, the mother and father of American modern dance - in mid 1920s that preceeded with the making of the iconic Kecak dance by Walter Spies and I Wayan Limbak. It then detour back to Paris with the Balinese troupe from Peliatan village of Ubud in 1931 that catapulted Antonin Artaud's "Theater of Cruelty" whilst on the island, Kecak was well on the way to its amplified spectacularization as Bali most iconic dance.
Helly Minarty received an ACC Fellowship in 2011 to research American modern dance history in the United States.
Grantee: Helly Minarti
The exhibit features seven visual artists from UP Diliman, 3 of whom are ACC grantees (Gerry Leonardo, Anton del Castillo, Leeroy New, Junyee, Rita Gudiño, Leo Abaya and Reg Yuson) depicting Philippine stories about the origin of the sansinukob (universe). The exhibit is a glimpse of the ethno-astrology and ancient cosmology of Philippine cultures. Free and open to the public.
Yebizu Image Festival is a unique festival that aims to reconsider the issue of how to inherit the development of the media and the media from the past to the present and the future, to repeatedly conduct dialogue, to become a place to share widely. Tokyo, the first photograph exhibition held after the renewal opening of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, will use the entire Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography as the main venue again and add connections with the areas deepened during the closing and further enhancement.
Cunningham and longtime partner/composer John Cage were renowned for their legendary collaborations with the most significant experimental musicians of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Join us to celebrate this remarkable legacy over two historic evenings with a festival of music and sound performances curated by composer/guitarist John King.
Featured with King are electronic music pioneer and longtime Merce Cunningham Dance Company associate David Behrman, contemporary classical composer Christian Wolff, and composer/performers Joan La Barbara, Fast Forward, Ikue Mori, George Lewis, Zeena Parkins, and Radiohead’s Philip Selway with London multi-instrumentalist Quinta.
John King received an ACC Fellowship in 1991 to observe and participate in contemporary music activities in Japan.
Grantee: John King
Traditional & innovative virtuosi Jin Hi Kim (komungo/electric komungo) and Min Xiao Fen (pipa/voice) perform on fretted string instruments from Korea and China.
Min Xiao-Fen received an ACC Fellowship in 2009 to travel to Japan and China to research the pipa. Jin Hi Kim received ACC Fellowships in 2014 and 1992 for travel to Japan and Indonesia.
Following Cry Jailolo, which was well-received at TPAM 2015, BALABALA re-interprets the traditional dance of Jailolo, a remote island in East Indonesia, with contemporary sensitivity. A vigorous performance by five young female dancers from the region that transcends the cultural and gender hierarchies in Indonesia.
Eko Supriyanto received ACC Fellowships beginning in 1998 for graduate studies in dance at UCLA.
Grantee: Eko Supriyanto
This exhibition “The World’s Three Major Round Things: the Sun, the Moon, the Eye” is composed of several dozen pieces of art such as three-dimensional artwork, texts, and performances, based on the works from the solo exhibition “Everything and Others” (LISTE 21, Basel, June 2016 (which received a great response) and the “Rolling Stone, Olympics, the Sun, the Moon, Cold Water” (TERATOTERA-Involve, Tokyo, October 2016).
Satoshi Hashimoto received an ACC Fellowship in 2007 for research in the United States.
Grantee: Satoshi Hashimoto
Nao Nishihara challenges the ears, exploring relation and disrelation between sound and human being. Performance group Tsumugine, founded by Yasuno Miyauchi, combines the audience, space and its acoustic, as becoming a background scenery themselves. Both of them use sound as their medium, sharing the keywords such as human, sound, music, communication and body. While Nishihara deconstructs music relying on ears, Tsumugine attempts to pick up each sound around the world to start constructing something new. Presenting their performances in parallel, audience will witness those kinds of performance/music that are most needed in today.
The experimental jazz vocalist Jen Shyu, whose parents are immigrants from Taiwan and East Timor, established a new type of identity drawing unrestrained inspiration from her research into folklore music of five Asian countries/regions — from the remote mountains of East Timor to the river communities of East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Directed by the renowned Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho, this solo music drama invites audience to the musical pilgrimage in six languages through East Timor, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam and South Korea of the artist named “one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music” by The Nation.
Jen Shyu received ACC Fellowships in 2007 and 2013 to research music in Taiwan and Indonesia.
Grantee: Jennifer Shyu
Songs of the Phoenix Mirror explores the full range and cultural significance of internationally renowned artist Wei Ligang’s current calligraphic practice. Through documents and archival footage, the exhibition reviews Wei’s artistic and intellectual development from the late 1980’s onwards. It surveys his major calligraphic styles: his signature “magic squares” and its variations; his monumental continuous cursive script inspired by Fu Shan (1607-1684) and other 17th-century masters; and his cursive renditions of the engraved lines of seals, steles, and Oracle bones.
Wei Ligang undertook his ACC Fellowship in 2006 in New York.
Grantee: Ligang Wei
This year marks the twelfth year Taiwan has participated in the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence program. 12 is also the number of years it takes for Jupiter, an astrological symbol for faith and wisdom, good fortune and growth, to complete one orbital cycle. Over the past 12 years the Glenfiddich artist’s village has been home to many Taiwanese artists. These creative talents are now brought together for the first time in an exhibition at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, titled Springs Eternal: Glenfiddich Artists in Residence - 12 Years from Taiwan.
The province of Yunnan is home to more than 20 ethnic groups whose exquisites’ songs echo in snowy mountains and serene lakes. Meet the Yi women who take the traditional “treading buckwheat” steps while working in the fields, weaving poetry into their everyday life; the Lisu people who express their love for nature through dancing; Wa maidens perform the “Hair Dance” under the moonlight, celebrating 3,000 years of civilization; and the Dai men who strike the elephant foot drums to celebrate the harvest festival, amid an exciting lineup. Their dances reflect the millenary tales of ancient cities, where culture and heritage pass from generation to generation.
Yang Yuntao undertook his ACC fellowship in a residency program at Shen Wei Dance Art in October 2011.
Grantee: Yuntao Yang
The much-anticipated Singapore debut of Cloud Gate 2, featuring many of Taiwan’s most talented young dancers and two award-winning choreographers.
Reputed for their potent technique and polished skill, the sister company of the internationally celebrated Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, presents three riveting dance works by innovative Taiwanese choreographers Cheng Tsung-lung and Huang Yi.
Jennifer will perform Beethoven: Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1
Vijay Iyer: Bridgetower Fantasy
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 47, Kreutzer
Shai Wosner, piano
Jennifer Koh received an ACC Fellowship to travel to Korea, Cambodia and Vietnam in 2012.
Grantee: Jennifer Koh
Experience this multidisciplinary collaboration between composer and musician Wayne Horvitz, visual artist Barbara Earl Thomas, and two Japan-based artists: video artist and VJ Yohei Saito and dancer/choreographer Yukio Suzuki.
Using recordings of his work performed by the Seattle Symphony in 2015, Horvitz will compose a new electronic score with video created by Yohei Saito. Yukio Suzuki will perform several short dance improvisations daily.
Yukio Suzuki received an ACC fellowship in 2014 to observe and participate in contemporary dance activities in New York.
Grantee: Yukio Suzuki
Vanita Gupta’s Breathe In, Breathe Out: A Medley in Spatial Registers explores the relationship between continuity and rupture, gravity and lightness, and the potentially infinite extension of shape and the concrete finitude of mass. Experimenting with contrasting materials that bend and yield, and integrating multiple forms including drawing, video projection and the three dimensionality of a sculpture, Vanita realizes an artwork on a life-size scale that offers the observer an interactive and immersive experience.
Vanita Gupta received an ACC Fellowship in 2014 to research contemporary art in the United States.
Grantee: Vanita Gupta
This quirky, subtly funny play explores the hopes, dreams and minor transgressions of three bathroom attendants working in the lobby restroom of a Bali hotel. Indonesian playwright Joned Suryatmoko will join us for the post-show discussion in person.
Joned Suryatmoko is currently on his ACC Fellowship in the United States.
Grantee: Joned Suryatmoko
Group exhibition by artists Sam Penaso, Joel Quinones, Nasser Lubay, Demi Padua, Fitz Herrera, Melbourne Aquino, Wipo.
Sam Penaso received an ACC Fellowship in 2013 to research contemporary art, meet artists and curators, and participate in an artist residency program in the United States.
Grantee: Samuel Penaso
Firoz Mahmud will present his new film/video Blurred Reading, photographs, blood painting, mixed media works and drawing on paper. Firoz Mahmud is a Bangladeshi born artist who creates installation, video, photograph, sculptures, painting, urgent drawing (NinKi: UoPD) and mixed media. His process includes doodling on existing images, creating visual jokes on celebrity portraits, and play-drawing. His work often alludes to displaced habitats, ambiguous spatial relationships and dystopia. He examines the landmarks of his changing surroundings. His mixed media works and drawings produce look at the history of Bengal region.
Firoz undertook his ACC fellowship in the United States in 2011.
Grantee: Firoz Mahmud
Eva Lee is a visual artist and experimental filmmaker. She will present her Fulbright Research on 10th to 12th century Buddhist mandalas conducted in ancient Tibetan monasteries of Spiti, Lahaul, and Ladakh. Her talk will include showing photos of the astonishing mandalas discovered on her Himalayan journey, along with a video of the beautiful and rare interior of Tabo Monastery’s main temple, the famed Tsug Lhakhang. Also shown will be examples of contemporary mandalas, with discussion on their aesthetic structure, sacred purpose, and relevance for today.
Grantee: Eva Lee
Damien Jalet has travelled the world, infusing his dance with images of the myths, religions, and rituals of each country that he visits, and reflecting the conflict between body and mind in the dance. Kohei Nawa explores materials and techniques through his sculptures and installations that communicate an organic world view while successfully combining image and materiality. As the basic concept for this part of their collaborative project, Jalet and Nawa chose a Vessel as the background to everything that is subsumed by life and death, and the cycles of earth and life. Incorporating into the stage design a breadth of physical properties that extends to gases, liquids, and solids, they attempt to create a dynamic merger between the stage and the bodies of the dancers as they constantly transform their figures.
Kohei Nawa undertook his ACC Fellowship in a residency in New York in 2005.
Grantee: Kohei Nawa
Composer Neil Rolnick pioneered the use of computers in musical performance, beginning in the late 1970s. His music includes unexpected and unusual combinations of materials and media in his music, exploring combinations of digital sampling, interactive multimedia, and acoustic vocal, chamber and orchestral works. For this performance Neil Rolnick performs music from his latest recording, Ex Machina featuring cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianist Kathleen Supové.
Neil Rolnick received ACC Fellowships in 1994 to travel to Japan and in 2007 to travel to China.
Grantee: Neil Rolnick
The collection from one of Japan’s leading collectors of contemporary art, Ryutaro Takahashi, contains over 2500 pieces and is continuing to expand on a large scale. The “Neoteny Japan Takahashi Collection”, which was displayed in seven art museums across the country between 2008 and 2010, contained many indispensible works which provided an overview of Japanese contemporary art since the 1990s, and was recognized as an extremely important collection, both nationally and abroad. This time, the exhibition “Mindfulness! 2016” showcases those who have driven Japan’s contemporary art, beginning with the center point of Takahashi’s collection, Yayoi Kusama, and following on with a range of artists, from Tadanori Yokoo, Yasumasa Morimura, Katsura Funakoshi, to Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami, Makoto Aida and Tomoko Konoike. This includes artists who have a connection with Kochi Prefecture, from Sawako Goda, Chiharu Shiota and Kazuyuki Takezaki, to notable young artists, including Erina Matsui and Asami Kiyokawa, allowing you to savor the delights of Takahashi’s collection in an exhibition arrangement.
We are what we eat. As the old saying goes, food/eating makes the core component of our life, with providing some fun and joy to us. It also serves as the simplest and essential form of communication that connects us with family and society, with nature, with belief, with culture or memories. Impacted by the development of industry and technology, any food is now available in and out of season, which has significantly altered the relationship between individual and food. Seeing such relationship afresh, extending from our body and memories to natural environment or universe, is surely important at a time of extraordinary change. ”Foodscape” is to reflect on the future of food/eating through artistic expressions. This is in part third of the exhibition series dedicated to the subject of “everyday life”, following “Wardrobe Memories” (2014) and “Living Locally” (2015).Since 2013,Arts Maebashi has been carrying on a dining project Kaze no Shokudo :The Wind Restaurant to explore the current situation of regional food and agricultural culture with Fenrando Garcia Dory, Nanpushokudo and HOO. Landscape and food works.
Grantee: Arts Maebashi
Solo exhibition by photographer Ching-Yao Chen.
Grantee: Ching-Yao Chen
With highly curated light and staging, Yasuno Miyauchi transforms the Issue Project Room into a ritual space.
Her work explores the expressive potential of collective singing, with an emphasis on performative affect, spatial distribution of vocal spectra; and the ecstasy of extended repetition, featuring choreographed bodily movement—providing the musical timeline with an accompanying visual narrative—all with the ultimate goal of binding female bodies and their voices to a site of radical perceptual experience.
Grantee: Yasuno Miyauchi
Poets Ari Banias, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Souvankham Thammavongsa read selections of their work in honor of Agnes Martin in an evening curated by artist Jen Bervin. The program concludes with a reception and exhibition viewing of Agnes Martin.
Grantee: Jen Bervin
NO MAN'S LAND is a major exhibition featuring 37 contemporary women artists from 16 countries exploring images of the female body and the physical process of making those images.
Three famous Mexican photographers are featured in this exhibition: Adam Wiseman, Juan Carlos Coppel, and Raul Gasque. They are experienced in artistic and interdisciplinary practices. Additionally, three Taiwanese artists in the field of photography, YANG Shun-Fa, SHEN Chao-Liang and YAO Jui-Chung are also joining in this show. These participating artists can be considered a dream team of the collaboration of photographic art of Taiwan and Mexico.
Nikki Luna is a multi-media artist who creates sculptures and installations that deal with a number of social issues. Through her studio practice and travels, Luna has explored and conceptualized situations that address domestic violence, inequality, gender roles and sexual exploitation against women in the Philippines. These complex narratives have been collected and symbolized through a range of materials such as resin, ceramics, blood, marble dust, sugar, neon, and sound.
Grantee: Nicolette Luna
The voice, the original human instrument, is an eloquent language of the heart that delineates energy for which we don’t have words. This workshop offers a place where voice, movement and image intersect to create an opportunity for participants to discover their own personal richness. During the workshop, Meredith will also give a talk on the relationship she has crafted between her Buddhist practice and her art.
Grantee: Meredith Monk
Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy features work by contemporary female artists that acknowledge or reference women writers. The exhibition's title is derived from a sentence Sylvia Plath underlined in her copy of Virginia Woolf's The Waves, and that Stephanie Brooks later appropriated for a text-based artwork. These multiple layers of mediation are integral to all of the included works. The exhibition features 34 works by 21 artists inspired by writers Octavia Butler, A. S. Byatt, María Elena Cruz Varela, Emily Dickinson, Zora Neale Hurston, Clarice Lispector, Gabriela Mistral, Toni Morrison, Alejandra Pizarnik, Mary Shelley, Rebecca Solnit, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Virginia Woolf.
Grantee: Jen Bervin
What if worlds were actually run by women and queer folk? How do we see and materialize the existence of such a reality? In order to defeat the entities we now confront, we require new systems of every kind. We must decide how to rebuild from the ground up, and provide models to celebrate this process. Rin Johnson, Shaina Yang, Sarah Wang, Sessa Englund, Dava Frog Wing and Shanti Latita, provide propositions, celebratory ephemera and meditations for the rebuilding of a society which has been dismantled and has crumbled around their feet.
Grantee: Dava Frog Wing
Featuring choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, an updated story by Brian Selznick and a design team consisting of puppeteer Basil Twist and scenic designer Julian Crouch, this Nutcracker is set in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair. Tchaikovsky's beloved score will be performed live by Orchestra Iowa, and local children will once again take the stage with the Joffrey dancers as we usher in a new holiday tradition.
Grantee: Basil Twist
In celebration of its first anniversary, National Gallery Singapore has lined up a myriad of interactive installations and engaging programs for everyone. Ranging from film screenings to music performances, there will be film screenings, music and dance programs, exhibitions, and workshops that run from dawn to dusk over the next two weekends.
Grantee: Vanini Belarmino
The stage is a courtroom. The accused is “Richard”; the prosecutor, “Shakespeare.” Originally performed by playwright Hideki Noda's own theater company Yume no Yuminsha in the 1990s, Sandaime Richard is revived with a multinational cast by Asia’s leading director Ong Keng Sen. The play features a cast including kabuki actor Kazutaro Nakamura, kyogen performer Doji Shigeyama, former Takarazuka Revue member Seika Kuze, Junko Emoto of theater company Kegawazoku, an accomplished actress active in Singapore and Indonesia, and a Balinese shadow puppet master.
Grantee: Keng Sen Ong
The “Second Annual Yuansheng Indigenous Music and Dance Festival,” will once again be held in Kunming! At the moment, the “Yunnan Yuansheng Ethnic Minority Cultural Development Center” is in full swing selecting and preparing this year's program. There are already 250 artists and nearly 100 performances.
Yayoi Kusama's Narcissus Garden, comprising 1,300 floating steel spheres, each approximately 12 inches in diameter (30 cm) will drift in the newly restored pond at The Glass House. The spheres will move with the wind and follow the pond's natural currents, forming a kinetic scultpure. The Glass House will also install Kusama's recently created enormous steel PUMPKIN (2015). Dots Obsession - Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope will be a special installation for a limited time, September 1 through 26, where Kusama will create an "infinity room" experience with the Glass House itself covered with polka dots.
Grantee: Yayoi Kusama
Aigues-Mortes is a walled city with a remnant of medieval days in Southern France. It has a long history as a base town for crusade expeditions but today, it is known for its wine and salt production. The artist is going to work on two installations in a castle tower that was built in the 13th century.
Grantee: Motoi Yamamoto
SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations’ Artistic Director, Lata Pada, joins forces with Balinese choreographer Dr. Wayan Dibia on an uncharted journey of Bharatanatyam and Balinese dance in PRALAYA – a modern telling of a scene from the magnificent Indian epic – Mahabharata. A tale of dynastic conflict, of earth-shattering chaos and finally an abiding calm, potent with the possibility of being shattered again.
Grantee: I Wayan Dibia
From Longing to Belonging is an on-going exchange project between Hong Kong and Gdańsk. The first part of the exhibition took place in ŁAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art in 2014. Due to their complex political histories, people in Hong Kong and Gdańsk have a mixed emotional feeling towards their country. We hope to explore the sense of belonging with its rich historical and political background, straddling along a national and emotional state of mind, while finding narrative through various artists' works. The exhibition provides an opportunity for us to understand the complicity of the state of mind through going into the artists’ stories, and be more aware of what's happening around us.
Lin Hwai-Min, director of Cloud Gate, created Songs of Wanderers back in 1994, basing it on ideas of religious practices across Asia, particularly the idea of pilgrimage in search of enlightenment. It is regarded as a signature work for the company which encapsulates many of their particular skills and qualities – the dancers train in meditation and martial arts as well as dance. The work uses a cast of over twenty though Lin Hwai-Min seldom deploys all his forces at once, preferring a more concentrated effect. It’s an ensemble piece with few solos and all the cast have great focus and control. The women look particularly powerful and strong, never passive.
A new work of GUO Wenjing in recent years, the cappella Echo of Heaven and Earth is a reflection of wider range of the materials he drew for his creation. It integrates a variety of vocal elements from Chinese Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and chorales created during European renaissance.
Grantee: Wenjing Guo
Talking Archive is a project developed by Hong Kong-based artist Wong Wai Yin around a psychic medium and animal communicator who talks to objects and spaces. Wong invites the medium to speak to various sites within Asia Art Archive and its collection in order to uncover their 'true opinions'. The medium directs questions to various AAA materials to include: as a historical document, how do you think history should be invented? As one of the oldest documents in AAA's collection, what do you think is the most valuable accomplishment by the organisation in the last 15 years? The findings will be presented in the AAA library in the form of a video and site-specific installation.
Grantee: Wai Yin Wong
Tomomi Adachi will present solo improvisations with voice, sensors, computer, self-made instruments. Judy Dunaway will present her solo works for amplified latex balloons, including new works that include interactive video and electronics. The two solo performances will be followed by an improvised duet between Adachi and Dunaway.
Grantee: Tomomi Adachi
The sister company of internationally celebrated Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Cloud Gate 2, performs in the UK for the first time with a triple bill in the Sadler’s Wells main house from Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd November. The company presents the country’s most talented emerging dancers and choreographers. With their dance, they aim to break down cultural barriers and reach more audiences around the world.
The performance is conceived and organized by the internationally-acclaimed dance artist Pichet Klunchun. Pichet has won many awards and has performed in dance festivals around the world. The evening’s program will include his solo piece “ ”, followed by Tam Kai (Hunting the Chicken), an structured-improvisation directed by Pichet. There will only be one concert with limited seating for “ ” and Tam Kai. Make sure you don’t miss it!
Grantee: Pichet Klunchun
N E V E R - S T I L L is a meditative space-ship that navigates the virtual seas of moving images conceived by transnational Hong Kong artists, Jolene Mok and Carla Chan. Featuring a screening alongside live sound performances by GraceElaine Osborne, we embark on an immersive voyage through worlds marked by constant natural transformations - colossal clouds, unfolding cosmics, transitional living spaces and revisiting ghosts - a state of moving in-between natural, human and imaginary terrains that is perpetual and momentary at once.
In a new age of itinerant artists who live and work across shifting geographical/social landscapes, how does this ever-reaching and arriving become a part of their practice? How does moving, on screen, in sound or in life, propel this rhythmic cycle of emergence?
Grantee: Jolene Chung Ling Mok
MICHAEL BACOL (Visual Artist, 2005) joins his co-artists from the Cagayan de Oro Arts Guild in “Change”, a group art exhibit featuring paintings, sculptures, mixed media, installation art, interactive art and photographs.
Grantee: Michael Eduria Bacol
But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa illuminates contemporary artistic practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region’s diaspora. Presenting a selection of newly acquired works for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, this exhibition will feature installations, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper from a broad selection of artists. The exhibition is curated by Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa.
The group exhibition SNACKS features extraordinary thoughts, experiments, and experiences from artists from different corners in the world and different lifestyles. Artists will create works during their residencies inspired by public life, quotidian experience, and their memory of faith.
Grantee: Shen Wei
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (China, 2016) directed by Kevin Macdonald. Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald chronicles the making of the rip-across-the-sky fireworks of world-renowned contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang. This portrait of an artist’s process fuses family and history to Cai’s spectacularly expressive art of gunpowder pyrotechnics.
Grantee: Guo-Qiang Cai
Marking a decade on since the death of the “Father of Video Art”, Nam June Paik, this exhibition gathers together an impressive collection of 230 pieces of installation, video, painting and drawing works of the moving image master, bringing to light the concepts behind them and the life of the artist himself. Also included in the show is a special feature of Paik’s collaboration with Joseph Beuys.
Grantee: Nam June Paik
ACC grantee Aze Ong from the Philippines and Ged Merino officially launch "The GedAze Project" with a textile exhibition "Sound in Our Head" with special collaborations by writer and poet Luis H. Francia and usicians Carmen Arrojo, The Band of Brothers and WeeDisney as special guests to do their readings and performances in the same room.
This musical by ACC grantee Eric Schorr, the coauthor of Frog Kiss, tells a sweeping story that flows through generations and across continents—from the shores of Virginia to Japan and Antarctica. Scientists, soldiers, poets, and lovers strive to understand and master the power of the oceans that connect us all. In collaboration with ODURep, this newest installment of the American Soil Series is an original and timely work for musical theatre that captures the urgency of one of humanity's most overwhelming challenges—to survive the rising sea.
Grantee: Eric Schorr
ACC support allowed Walker Art Center to host the first US solo museum exhibition of artist Lee Kit, which features work from the past five years. Originally from Hong Kong and based in Taiwan, Lee creates poetic object-based installations fashioned from everyday materials and household items such as soap, towels, cardboard boxes, and plastic containers, which he transforms through subtle gestures of painting, drawing, and placement.
Grantee: Walker Art Center
No Cause for Alarm, an exhibition that brings together the work of eleven artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, includes artworks in the form of mixed-media installation, video and performance. Kwok Ying, Tang Kwok Hin, Huang Yen-Ying and Song Ta are all ACC grantees.