Events Around the World
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
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: Miyajima Tatsuo
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
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.
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
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
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: Ong Keng Sen
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: Belarmino Vanini
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: Kusama Yayoi
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: Yamamoto Motoi
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.
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: Wong Wai Yin
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: Adachi Tomomi
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!
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?
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