Events Around the World
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.
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: Paik Nam June
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.
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: Inomata Aki
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: Yu Wen-Fu
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.
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
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: Kusama Yayoi
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
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
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, Photographer
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: Shimada Yoshiko
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: Kuo I-Chen
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: Losin Idas
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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: Yao Jui-Chung
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: Poon Chan Leung
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: Wu Chi-Tsung
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: Mohri Yuko
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: Miyajima Tatsuo
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.