Alumni Events Around the World
Kohei Nawa will exhibit works at two venues at the art, music and food festival, Reborn-Art Festival 2017, held in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture― Oginohama, Oshika Peninsula and the Kyu Kankeimaru Shoten in Ishinomaki city.
Grantee: Kohei Nawa
"In stillness there exists clarity, beauty and serenity." Vipassana is presented by HKDC Artistic Director Yang Yuntao, renowned scenographer Tsang Man-tung and award-winning composer Law Wing-fai. Vipassana consists of three parts, each a personal account of the artist's life experience, in a soul-cleansing ritual.
Yang Yuntao, Tsang Man Tung and Law Wing-fai all received ACC fellowships for research on theater and dance in New York.
Reimagining and fusing the biblical story of Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden and the vivid dream of Du Liniang in The Peony Pavilion, Paradise Interrupted opens with a woman alone onstage, dreaming of an erotic encounter with her ideal lover. This dream triggers a psychological journey through a surreal, interactive garden made from dynamic paper sculptures.
This kunqu opera was co-produced by the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), New York Lincoln Center and Spoleto Festival USA. Three workshops that give the audience a chance to interact with the opera's director and performers will be held in the arts center in Kaohsiung Sept. 8-10.
Grantee: Jennifer Ma
Moving Mountains is inspired by the ancient tale of a man, whom some called foolish, for seeking to move a mountain. Yang Fudong makes this story a poetic reflection upon human nature and the shifting values to which it can be subject, presented in a 46-minute black-and-white film, Moving Mountains, complete in November 2016 at the invitation of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme.
Grantee: Fudong Yang
Throughout the summer at OCAT Personal Space is dedicated to the work of the young Beijing-based animation artist Lei Lei, and to the premiere of his latest moving image project Coming Soon. A feature-length animation, Coming Soon is the result of five years of hard work beginning in 2012. This stunning hand-crafted work of moving image takes its narrative from the life-story of Lei Lei’s grandfather Lei Ting. Combining drawing, collage, archival film and photos as well as footage of Lei Lei’s grandfather, Coming Soon is a remarkable feat of research and imagination, as the artist explores a complex historic era through the eyes of his generation and his own singular perspective. Both Lei Ting and Lei Lei’s father, Lei Jiaqi, were involved in this animation’s production, which lends the piece a subtle intimacy and great emotional force.
Grantee: Lei Lei
ACC grantees NOEL SOLER CUIZON and DON M. SALUBAYBA are featured in “De-Route,” a unified installation together with visual artists Jef Carnay and Karen Ocampo Flores. A collaboration reminiscent of the four artists’ joint forays in community art, art education, and arts advocacy, the show revisits the artists’ routes of artmaking and re-imagines the ways of de-routing these activities from its mere outcomes. It presumes to state that the artist is continually a work in progress, integrated and sometimes colliding with other persons and matters in progress.
Noel received his ACC fellowship in 1998 while Don was able to participate in the International Residency Program of the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California and observe contemporary art activities in New York during his fellowship in 2004.
Trojan Women is a contemporary Asian musical created from K-pop and pansori, the 400-year-old Korean genre of musical storytelling anointed as a UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Directed by SIFA Founding Festival Director, Ong Keng Sen, in a collaboration with the National Theater Of Korea, this production took Seoul by storm at the close of 2016 and is being staged for the first time outside Korea.
From the essence of a tale said to have happened around 1200BC that intrigued Homer, Trojan Women has been reinvented. Composed by celebrated master-artist, pansori singer and National Treasure, Ms Anh Sook-sun, in collaboration with K-pop composer extraordinaire, Jung Jae-Il, Trojan Women tells the story of women in war in a showcase of gripping power and cross-cultural beauty.
In keeping with the work’s strong gender perspectives, renowned Beijing choreographer Wen Hui joins the production with her signature movement work drawing from the daily lives of women. SIFA began its life with the acclaimed Korean adaptation of another Greek classic “Oedipus”. Founding Festival Director Ong remembers this and, in his last season, invites Korean playwright Bae Sam-sik to recast Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1965 adaptation of "The Trojan Women", the Greek classic by Euripides.
Double Square Gallery is pleased to present Not the Chelsea Hotel - ISA HO solo exhibition, on view from July 29 to September 3. The exhibition will showcase Isa Ho’s ongoing series of the “Westbeth” project and the newly developed serial work “My Peony Pavilion.” While the subject matter of the two series seem to sit on the opposite end of a spectrum: the young and the elderly, the East and the West; the difference between the series embodies Ho’s continual focus on socio-cultural issues. The “Westbeth” series was inspired by and shot at the Westbeth Artists Housing in New York, where Ho spent over four years documenting the senior artists living there, their daily lives and environment. “My Peony Pavilion” utilizes and blends the traditional Chinese Kunqu Opera and Korean popular music K-pop to picture female self-identity in two juxtaposed temporal and spatial frameworks, by leveraging similar pop culture element. The exhibition title Not the Chelsea Hotel (Chinese Title: The Black Swan Effect) points to a key concept: the everyday mundaneness taken for granted might be overturned by a new piece of information – just as when a black swan was “discovered” by an explorer in Australia in 1697, only then people started to realize not all swans were white and their understanding was partial. The concept of the Black Swan Effect becomes the connecting thread: through presenting the two series together in this show, the artist wants to inform the audience’s preconceived notions of facts having the possibility to formulate utterly opposing meanings, once approached with a new angle with a new piece of information presented.
Grantee: Meng Chuan Isa Ho
The exhibition re-iterates a well-known phrase used for safety warnings in automobile sectors in America. The rear-view mirrors carrying the phrase often makes the artistic minds wonder. The exhibition adopts the thought at its departure and captures the chord between sensibility and nearness. The works showcased in the exhibition explores the idea of nearness and it’s relation to the proximity. The phenomenological possibilities, the emotions and the imaginations explored in the exhibition quote on the probabilities of nearness as well as question our idea and approaches towards perception.
ACC grantee Tatsuo Miyajima is part of this group exhibition. He received an ACC fellowship in 1989 to travel to New York to observe contemporary art activities for six months.
Grantee: Tatsuo Miyajima
ACC grantee Aki Onda, an artist and composer based in New York, is currently in Manila on his ACC Fellowship. Aki Onda is particularly known for what he describes as “Cassette Memories” — works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by using a Walkman over a span of a quarter-century. His work takes on the forms of composition, performance, and the visual and has been presented in a variety of spaces and programs including MoMA, The Kitchen, documenta 14, Pompidou Center, The Louve, Palais de Tokyo, Bozar, and many others. Onda has frequently collaborated with filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers, including Ken Jacobs, Michael Snow, Raha Raissnia, Akio Suzuki, and Takao Kawaguchi.
Grantee: Aki Onda
The CCP Choreographers Series launches with Koryolab – a presentation of short, but completed dance pieces by mid-career choreographers in a black box space, mentored intensively by the pioneers in contemporary dance. Six young choreographers will be premiering new and evocative works in this first-ever Koryolab.
2017 ACC grantee and performance artist Russ Ligtas, along with five dance artists, will premiere new and evocative works in “Koryolab”, which is directored by ACC alumnae Denisa Reyes (grantee 1995) and Myra Beltran (grantee 2011).
Mentors and Directors of the Choreographers Series are pioneers of contemporary dance in the Philippines led by ACC grantees DENISA REYES and MYRA BELTRAN. Like Denisa and Myra who embarked on their grants in 1995 and 2011, respectively, ACC grantee and performance artist Russ Ligtas also aims to make the best of his Philippine fellowship grant by meeting and learning from other multidisciplinary artists in New York City later this year.
TAO Dance Theatre, China’s most championed contemporary dance company which has taken Shanghai, Melbourne, London, Amsterdam and New York by storm, makes its first appearance in Malaysia with Tao 6 & 8 at George Town Festival 2017. Beijing-based acclaimed choreographer Tao Ye brings you the two of his “Straight Line Trilogy” Series, 6 and 8.
A ground breaking dance, and the last of its series, 8 has eight dancers lying on the ground, exploring the possibilities of the body movement when it is restricted to floor.
Formed in 2008 by Beijing-based choreographer Tao Ye, TAO Dance Theatre is known for its mixture of art forms, including film and visual art, creating work that has a mesmeric, trance-like quality.
Grantee: TAO Dance Theater
The exhibition “Crisscrossing East and West: The Remaking of Ink Art in Contemporary East Asia ” is curated by Mr. Cha Chi Jason WANG and consists of works by 27 artists from China and other countries. The artists achieve conceptual transformation creatively through the use of heterogeneous materials, concepts, and formal techniques. “Crisscrossing East and West” as the theme of the exhibition also calls for broader visions and insights to widen the realm of ink art.
Wu Chi-Tsung received a six-month ACC Fellowship in 2013 for creative research in New York City.
Grantee: Chi-Tsung Wu
Almost 250 years ago, the Royal Academy’s founding members agreed to hold an “Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists.”
Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition represents the art being made today. Expect to find a panorama of art in all media, from painting, printmaking, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and performance art.
Grantee: Arata Isozaki
Composer and vocalist Kavita Shah will be performing with Julian Shore (piano), François Moutin (bass), Ferenc Nemeth (drums) @ | 10pm - 11pm. For more information on her schedule, click here.
Kavita received an ACC fellowship in 2017 to study Indian classical music in Bangalore.
Grantee: Kavita Shah
Voice and visual artist Ami Yamasaki from Japan and bamboo flute musician Seungmin from Korea are both currently in New York on their ACC fellowships. They will be collaborating in a performance at The Owl Music Parlor.
The Ghost Festival is the first multi-disciplinary solo project by Koma. Using a mobile trailer, he creates a gallery of works meant to be both an interactive visual art installment and performance space. Koma envisions a meditative and communal space to honor the connection between past and present, and provide a home for lost spirits. Truly a solo project, all aspects of the work including creation, preparation, and performance are entirely executed by the artist himself. Koma has brought The Ghost Festival to The Yard and American Dance Festival in 2016, and an iteration of this project was commissioned by Danspace Project for performance in May of 2017.
Koma’s appearances at the Pillow as Eiko & Koma date back to the early 1990s. Their work has been presented at prestigious venues including The Joyce Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and a month-long living exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Grantee: Eiko & Koma Otake
The show is themed on “The Self in Self-Sufficiency”, and aims to provide artists with tools which further allow freedom to move between both practice and sustainability. The idea is to provide a platform for creative sustainable development where the art, the artist and the community can co-exist, and foster connections across a wide spectrum of people and networks.
A total of six artists were selected from hundreds of applicants from all over the country. This year’s artists include Deepak Agasthya (Karnataka), Kumaresan Selvaraj (Chennai), Priyanka Das (Hyderabad), Biplab Sarkar (Delhi), Suryakanta Swain (Delhi) and Utsa Hazarika (Delhi).
At the exhibition [Utsa Hazarika] will be showcasing her video work in progress, Two Yards of Delhi. The final version will be screened at Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa in December.
Grantee: Utsa Hazarika
Dance artist ACC grantee EA TORRADO confronts the inarticulable interior experience of grieving, incorporating elements of storytelling, naturalistic movements and dance in “Wailing Women,” an original dance theater piece that embodies the different manifestations of coming to terms with loss.
July 27, 2017 (Thursday) 8:00 PM
July 30, 2017 (Sunday) 6:00 PM
Grantee: Ea Marie Torrado
Dance artist ACC grantee EA TORRADO confronts the inarticulable interior experience of grieving, incorporating elements of storytelling, naturalistic movements and dance in “Wailing Women,” an original dance theater piece that embodies the different manifestations of coming to terms with loss.
July 27, 2017 (Thursday) 8:00 PM
July 30, 2017 (Sunday) 6:00 PM
Grantee: Ea Marie Torrado
This is Cloud Gate's 22nd Annual Free Outdoor Performances with CHENG Tsung-lung's 13 Tongues performed by Cloud Gate 2.
Thirteen Tongues, a legendary figure in the 1960s from Bangka - the oldest district and once the most prosperous area in Taipei - was the nickname for the street artist lauded for his remarkable acts portraying multiple roles, imitating characters of male, female, old and young, telling stories and anecdotes of the past and present.
A black-and-white silent film about love and sacrifice, by award-winning Indonesian director Garin Nugroho, is modernised with the addition of live gamelan and Western orchestral music, including by Singapore's Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. It is part of the Pesta Raya Malay Festival of Arts at Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
Grantee: Garin Nugroho
Nam June Paik is known as the father of video art. We celebrate this innovative visionary, on what would have been his eighty-fifth birthday, with Barbara London, Yale University’s media arts critic and MoMA’s former associate curator in the department of media and performance art. London established MoMA’s video collection, and was the editor of Soundings: A Contemporary Score, their first major exhibition of sound art. She gives a talk entitled “What’s Technology Got to Do With It?”
Celebrated choreographer Stephen Petronio will be in conversation with Jimena Paz and National Medal of Arts awardee Ralph Lemon in the West Room of Hudson Hall on July 18 at 7pm. Stephen, Ralph, and Jimena will share video and stories about their creative process and inspirations at Crows Nest, a new dance residency center established by Petronio in Cairo, NY.
Ralph Lemon's dance company Cross Performance received several ACC grants for dance collaborations across.
Grantee: Ralph Lemon
Floating above Brookfield Places' Winter Garden, The Roof is a site-specific suspended sculpture by Thai artist, Pinaree Sanpitak that celebrates collaboration and coexistence. The Roof is composed of translucent canopies hanging among the Winter Garden palm trees that create a literal but temporary ‘roof.’ Made from raw silk, glass fiber, non-woven fabric, wires, hooks, chains and aluminum modular truss, The Roof was constructed to interact with the architecture of Brookfield Place — as well as the palms and the people who pass through each day, forming a delicate, surreal shelter within the walls of the Winter Garden.
Pinaree Sanpitak,from Thailand, was in a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2000 with support from ACC.
Grantee: Pinaree Sanpitak
Sonata: Print Series by Nam June Paik offers a series of prints, including Paik’s musical compositions, drawings, photographs, performances, events and video sculptures. Nam June Paik, the Korean-American artist who died in 2006 at age 73, is widely known as the father of video art. He produced a large body of work while exploring the influence of electronic media on the arts.
Nam June Paik received ACC Fellowships in 1965 and 1970 for research in the United States.
Grantee: Nam June Paik
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and the Japan Foundation Asia Center present Mode of Liaisons exhibition as a part of "Condition Report", a collaborative art project with curators from Japan and Southeast Asian countries with the objectives to incubate young curators through working in collboration with senior curators. The Condition Report Project is composed of 2 parts of the curatorial works under the main theme “What is Southeast Asia?”. The first part is 4 exhibitions curated by the senior curators in 4 cities: Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Bangkok to demonstrate their concepts, phenomenons, and contents of contemporary art as well as to employ the exhibition as an opportunity to train young curators. The second part is 14 separated exhibitions curated independently by young curators.
Sound artist and ACC grantee TERESA BARROZO invites friends in the UK to visit, listen, and experience her very first sound installation “THIS TOO SHALL PAST” for the SOUND + ENVIRONMENT 2017 conference and festival. A contemplation on the concept of ephemerality experienced through framed sounds in a performance structure, the event opens on June 30 (Fri), 1-6pm, at the Duality Studio Live Floor University of Hull, United Kingdom as part of the Sound + Environment 2017 Art | Science | Listening | Collaboration. Teresa received her grant in 2014 to observe and research current practices, processes, innovations, and philosophies in music and sound art in the United States.
Grantee: Teresa Barrozo
Hi! Houses art project is carried out in 4 significant historic sites in Hong Kong, bringing audience a journey into the century-old houses. Wilson Shieh, Lam Tung-pang, Fiona Wong and Jaffa Lam, are invited to pay tribute to the long tradition and historical legacies of 4 selected monuments namely Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, Old House at Wong Uk Village, Law Uk Folk Museum and Sam Tung Uk Museum respectively. The 4 artists develop interpretative works together with their artist teams using their own visual vocabularies, based on field research, historical narratives, regional context as well as their personal experience.
ACC grantee Jen Shyu, the acclaimed avant-garde vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, producer, 2016 Doris Duke Artist and Fulbright scholar premieres "Nine Doors," a solo ritual music drama, in eight languages. "Nine Doors" is a work that promises to evoke at levels both personal and global. Nine was inspired by the loss of Shyu’s friend Sri Joko Raharjo “Cilik,” a master of Javanese shadow puppetry who died with his wife and infant son in an automobile accident at the age of 30. His 6-year-old daughter, who survived the crash, is the central character.
Time stops as she encounters powerful female legends—from the Wehali Kingdom of Timor to the Korean folkloric myth of Baridegi, the mother of all shamans—who become her guides. Sung in Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, Japanese, and English, the work reflects the parallels that exist between life and death, different cultures, and the importance of empathy over destructive assumptions that divide humanity.
Grantee: Jennifer Shyu
While focused on the performing arts, this workshop intensive is suitable for all artists interested in developing a feedback process for the creative development of their own work as well as for any producers, programmers or administrators who are involved in artist development.
Grantee: Liz Lerman
The Kent/Blossom Music Festival is an advanced training institute for professional music training operated by Kent State University in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center presenting public performances by distinguished artist faculty and talented young musicians.
Jennifer Koh received an ACC Fellowship in 2011 for research and creative work in Korea, China, Cambodia, India, and Indonesia.
Grantee: Jennifer Koh
Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital examines the place and impact of new digital manufacturing technologies – 3D printing in its various forms, CNC machining, laser cutting, and digital knitting and weaving. The exhibition features works by more than 60 artists, designers and architects from around the world.
Aki is an artist from Japan who will begin her ACC fellowship in New York in spring 2017.
Grantee: Aki Inomata
Unwrapping Culture brings together two exceptional male dance artists: Canada’s own Alvin Erasga Tolentino, and Pichet Klunchun, an outstanding exponent of the Thai classical dance style of Khon, who is known internationally for contemporizing this ancient form. Their first collaboration combines the technique, theatricality and storytelling elements of Khon to create a devastating critique of the corruption of authentic Thai culture by the forces of commercialization, in a passionate and bitingly funny duet which immerses the audience in the conflict between traditional and modern.
Pichet Klunchun received an ACC Fellowship in 2000 to participate in the APPEX Program at UCLA. Pichet received the ACC's John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award in 2013 for his distinguished contribution to the international appreciation and understanding of Asian art and culture, particularly for his dedication to preserving the integrity and vitality of Thai classical dance.
Grantee: Pichet Klunchun
Rewoven: Innovative Fiber Art is a collaboration between the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Taiwanese American Arts Council, New York, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College and the QCC Art Gallery / CUNY. The exhibition showcases twenty-four artists whose extraordinary creativity and commitment to nature, environmental, and social issues are addressed in a convergence of painted, woven, netted, sewn, assembled and installed artworks.
Visual artist Wen-Fu Yu is part of the exhibition. Wen-Fu Yu received an ACC Fellowship in 2002 to undertake a residency in the U.S. and for research in New York.
Grantee: Wen-Fu Yu
The exhibition Lesson Zero aims to elicit collective contemplation of key issues of contemporary life. The works on display pose questions about teaching and learning, and the customs and circumstances of education. They explore the fundamental premises of these acts along with the resulting cultural implications, provoking thought on how the working principles of these methods are manifested in society. Through artistic observation and ideation, the works of local and international artists question the idea of education, which shapes an individual, and at the same time remind the viewer of the individuals who resist group norms of socialization in classroom and school settings.
LOOK/17 presents a unique opportunity for trans-global sharing of images and ideas. Working with Hong Kong based curator Ying Kwok, the festival will focus on exchange with China, welcoming Chinese photographers to our city, and exploring images taken in Hong Kong and Liverpool – cities with a long history of exchange.
Vollak Kong received an ACC fellowship in 2012 to observe contemporary art activities and for creative residencies in the U.S.
Grantee: Vollak Kong
The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is an intensive and immersive residency for young professional string players focused on musical exploration, entrepreneurial thinking and Contemporary Performance Practice. Founded by Artistic Director Peter Askim in 2013, the festival provides a setting for the next generation of artists to hone their craft in a beautiful setting, with generous financial support and the opportunity to collaborate with world class guest artists, including cellist Matt Haimovitz, ETHEL, cellist Jeff Zeigler, violist Nadia Sirota and guitarist/composer Richard Thompson.
Grantee: Jennifer Koh
Known for her photographic works in portraiture, contemporary landscape, and installation, 2008 ACC Fellow Wawi Navarroza returns with a much-anticipated show that summons “the Medusa and the Gaze” that can turn the “seen” into stone. Spending the last two years in field work, photography, research and hours at sea, the artist alludes to searching for the philosopher’s stone, this time: in MARBLE—as material and muse. The exhibit comes together with large-format photographs, sculpture/installation, and a durational painting.
MEDUSA will be on view until June 3 2017. Opening Reception on May 6th, Saturday starts at 6:00pm. Walkthrough with the artist is on the 27th, Saturday at 3 pm.
Wawi Navarroza recieved an ACC fellowship in 2008 for research and creative work in the United States.
Grantee: Wawi Navarroza
Embrace or Rebel? Traditional Asian Art Techniques in Contemporary Practice, a group exhibition curated by gallery director Hyewon Yi, presents works in various media by seven Contemporary East Asian artists who interpret traditional methods in innovative ways. Embrace or Rebel? considers long-established Asian techniques and styles that have taken a backseat to Contemporary East Asian art, partly due to their being viewed as antithetical to Modernism.
Enrico Isamu Oyama received an ACC Fellowship in 2011 to research contemporary art, meet artists and curators, and create new work while participating in an artist residency program in the United States.
Grantee: Enrico Isamu Oyama
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth in 2017, Koichiro Kurita’s work from the project Beyond Spheres will be exhibited in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA from April 6 through May 28, 2017. In response to Thoreau’s writings and overriding philosophy regarding timeless man’s relationship with nature, these photographs are an answer to the question “What if Thoreau had been a photographer?”
Koichiro Kurita launched the Beyond Spheres project in 2010. The aim of this project was, and is, to give pictorial form to Thoreau’s ideas and writings by employing the existing photographic methods in Thoreau’s time and invented by his contemporary, photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. In homage to Thoreau and Talbot, Kurita has created handmade photographs with the same depth of thought and reflection on man’s coexistence with nature in this project. This approach provides a unique opportunity to experience Thoreau’s philosophy of man’s relationship to nature in visual form and to demonstrate the value of photography made by hand in today’s fast-paced world.
Mr. Kurita received an ACC fellowship in 1990 for creative work in photography in the U.S.
Grantee: Koichiro Kurita
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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