Events Around the World

Exhibition / China

Civilization: The Way We Live Now

March 9, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Civilization: The Way We Live Now presents nearly 300 works by more than 130 of the world’s most renowned photographic artists, offering a complex and sprawling vision of contemporary life. The images gathered here, produced in the past 25 years, speak to the changes brought about by globalization, and draw attention both to the increasing amount of complexity and conflict, and to the unprecedented degree of interdependence, that characterize life today. They attest, as well, to the development of the medium of photography, and its ability to document these sweeping changes. Organized in collaboration between UCCA and the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, the Beijing presentation of Civilization is curated by William A. Ewing and Holly Roussell.

In his 2011 book, Civilization, the historian Niall Ferguson notes: “These days most people around the world dress in much the same way: the same jeans, the same sneakers, the same T-shirts… It is one of the greatest paradoxes of modern history that a system designed to offer infinite choice to the individual has ended up homogenizing humanity.” This paradox lies at the core of “Civilization,” which strives to explain the “complex whole” that is modern society, in all its spiritual and material richness. The photographers in this exhibition depict, reveal, examine, criticize and otherwise reflect our hyper-modern and complex social terrain, from Edward Burtynsky’smassively transformed landscapesto Lauren Greenfield’s revealing urban portraits,from Toshio Shibata’s highly ordered tableaus to Xing Danwen’s electronic pollution.

The exhibition is divided into eight sections. “Hive” explores the systems of cohabitation and collaboration that have developed in urban settings. “Alone Together” documents the solidarities and estrangements found within communities, as well as the effect of the internet on sociality. “Flow” testifies to the accelerated production and widening wealth gap in the post-industrial world. “Persuasion” explores the power of symbolic capital, from marketing strategies to consumption habits, from religious beliefs to personality cults. “Control” examines humanity’s ability to create order, resolve disputes, and organize political and social structures. “Rupture” focuses on the breakdown of this order, and the conflicts between individuals and collectives. “Escape” follows the ascent of recreational culture, where relaxation, entertainment, adventure, and thrill-seeking offer freedom from the given. Finally, “Next” presents visions of the future, questioning teleological narratives of development.

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Grantee: Xing Danwen

Exhibition / Germany

Island of Freedom

March 8, 2019 - May 10, 2019

In addition to a number of scientists and artists, the Japanese artist and activist Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, an ACC alumni, was invited to design the central island of freedom for the ZU. Since Kaihatsu's works are always based on a cooperative formation and reinterpretation of a concrete social environment, his island of freedom will by no means correspond to the cliché of the lonely island. Rather, the Japanese activist creates a space that looks like a futuristic extra-terrestrial living room and invites you to grapple with questions of freedom in the 21st century in various formats. The result is a spaceship of free speech.

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Grantee: Kaihatsu Yoshiaki

Exhibition / United States

Aliens of Manila: New York Colony

March 9, 2019 - April 15, 2019

AliensofManila is an immersive site-specific installation by ACC alumnus and artist/designer Leeroy New and curated by Pintô director Luca Parolari. It will launch at Pintô International’s East Village headquarters at 431 East 12th Street on March 9, 2018. In the meantime, New’s Aliens of Manila will be making public appearances in New York City throughout this week. Keep an eye out for the Aliens as you navigate the streets of NYC! 

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Grantee: Jan Leeroy New

Exhibition / United States

Tsui Kuang-Yu - Exercise Living:Stay Calm

March 11, 2019 - April 7, 2019

This exhibition presents new work created during Kuang-Yu Tsui's residency at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, which is part of his Asian Cultural Council 2018 Program. The show includes video "Exercise Living: Stay Calm," documentation of an experiment conducted at Portsmouth Square in Chinatown, San Francisco. The present social and environmental factors have created a unique social sphere in this Square, but is this also a microcosm of our world?

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Grantee: Tsui Kuang-Yu

Exhibition / United States

DINH Q. LÊ: TRUE JOURNEY IS RETURN

September 14, 2018 - April 7, 2019

The largest solo exhibition in the United States in more than a decade of the work of internationally-renowned artist Dinh Q. Lê, this exhibition of five major video and photography installations entwines rarely heard narratives of war and migration from people in North Vietnam, the Vietnamese diaspora, and refugees who, like Lê, have returned to live in their home country. Assembling these obscure stories through the collection of found photographs, artists’ war sketches, and oral histories, Lê presents a multifaceted story about Vietnamese life before, during, and after the Vietnam War. In the process, he questions the viability of collective memory and reveals the effects of trauma on the cultural imagination.

ACC has provided support to the San Jose Museum of Art for this exhibition.

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Grantees: San Jose Museum of Art, Le Dinh Q.

Performance / Hong Kong

Pride

March 16, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Arrogance and inferiority are mutually exclusive yet they co-exist. The scourge of pride wreaks havoc, causing the sadness and joys of life to fall out of place. Jason and Tanya have fallen in love, yet they cannot move forward together. What makes Jason hang back? What taboo stands in the way of primal instincts?
Jason’s life is at a stalemate. He is stuck between East and West, his hometown and a foreign land, repression and explosion, the earth and the moon. His feet cannot touch the ground, his body afloat with no sense of direction…
No matter in love or friendship, society or politics, he cannot free himself from his own arrogance.
Award winning director Rocelia Fung work together with emerging playwright Wang Haoran (both ACC alumni), create a theatre piece that challenges our very thresholds.

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Grantees: Fung Rocelia Wai Hang, Wang Haoran

Exhibition / United States
February 1, 2019 - March 29, 2019

Somnath Bhatt | Issam Kourbaj | Firoz Mahmud | Qinza Najm | Sahana Ramakrishnan | Sa’dia Rehman | Mohsin Shafi | Marcelino Stuhmer | Saira Wasim
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Curated by Atif Sheikh

“Take it like a ...”; contemporary trends in the aesthetics of violence takes a look at violence as methodology and/or aesthetics in contemporary art, and the exploration of its connection to similar aesthetics in ancient art.

The show, curated by Twelve Gates’ Atif Sheikh, brings together a group of artists whose work responds to and explores the many aspects of violence in contemporary society. By referencing the aesthetics of the past, each in their own way, the tradition of depicting violence in art becomes evident; as applied to contemporary issues, the aesthetics call into question the tradition itself. As we as a global society become increasingly aware of the destructive, divisive outcomes and less convinced by the narrative in favor of the necessity of engaging in conflict, the tradition of depicting violence in art reflects this almost traumatized, fragmented reckoning. The pieces seem to seek to slow down the process of conflict enough to understand it and perhaps choose a different conclusion.
Sheikh says, “Ancient art offers a valuable insight into ancient societies and their aesthetics of violence. This is especially the case in the classical and medieval representation of the ‘Other’ as either monstrous or feminine (e.g. the ancient Greek representation of the masculine hero in juxtaposition to the feminine Barbarian enemy). Whereas war was considered noble in ancient times, it still needed justification through the representation of the enemy in art. Today, as we live in a time of multiple, simultaneous wars, violence is similarly justified by painting the ‘enemy’ as vile in the media, thereby engendering a sense of righteousness.
By exploring the resonances between the ancient and the contemporary world, the aim of my project is to stir up conversations about issues that are otherwise complacently accepted.”

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Exhibition / United Arab Emirates

Firoz Mahmud at Art Dubai

March 20, 2019 - March 23, 2019

"Art Dubai 2019" March 20 (Wed)-23 (Sat) 2019 Booth: E1

Ota Fine Arts will participate in "Art Dubai 2019" which will be held in Dubai from March 20-23, 2019. At Booth No. E1, I will exhibit works by Chen Wei, Maki Handa, Takeshi Kumon, Yayoi Kusama, Philos Mahamdo, Nobuaki Takekawa, Guolyan Tan, and Tan De Shin.

Women's preview, VIP opening
March 20 (Wed) 13: 00-16: 00 (Women only)
March 20 (Wed) 16:00-21:30 (VIP preview only for those who have an invitation)

Open to the public
March 21 (Thu) 14:00-21:30
March 22 (Fri) 12:00-21:30
March 23 (Sat) 12:00-18:30

Exhibition information:

Exhibition Name: Art Dubai 2019

Session: March 20 (Tuesday) -March 23 (Saturday)

Venue: Joharah Hall Booth No.F6
Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Umm Suqeim, Exit 39 (Interchange 4) from Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

Masanori Handa, naminorifuneno , 2016, Watercolor, oil pastel on paper, 108 x 108 cm
Ota Fine Arts will participate in "Art Dubai 2019" which will be held in Dubai from March 20-23, 2019. At Booth No. E1, I will exhibit works by Chen Wei, Maki Handa, Takeshi Kumon, Yayoi Kusama, Philos Mahamdo, Nobuaki Takekawa, Guolyan Tan, and Tan De Shin.

Women's preview, VIP opening
March 20 (Wed) 13: 00-16: 00 (Women only)
March 20 (Wed) 16:00-21:30 (VIP preview only for those who have an invitation)

Open to the public
March 21 (Thu) 14:00-21:30
March 22 (Fri) 12:00-21:30
March 23 (Sat) 12:00-18:30
Exhibition information
Exhibition Name: Art Dubai 2019

Session: March 20 (Tuesday) -March 23 (Saturday)

Venue: Joharah Hall Booth No.F6
Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Umm Suqeim, Exit 39 (Interchange 4) from Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

Official site
Art Dubai 2019 : http://www.artdubai.ae/

Artists:

Chen Wei
Masaru Handa
Takeshi Hisamon
Yayoi Kusama
Firoz Mahmud
Nobuaki Takekawa
Guolyan Tan
Thanh Dyshin

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Grantees: Firoz Mahmud, Kusama Yayoi

Performance / United States

Cross Transit

March 22, 2019 - March 23, 2019

How can Cambodia's past be preserved through the human body? ACC alumna Akiko Kitamura, internationally acclaimed Japanese dancer and founder/former choreographer of Leni-Basso dance company, tackles this challenge together with Cambodian visual artist/photographer Kim Hak. Ambitious yet poetic, Cross Transit is a multimedia dance piece in which Hak's video, photos, voice and personal experiences intertwine with Kitamura's bold, progressive choreography.

Tickets: $30/$25 members

Tickets can be purchased online, or by visiting/calling the Box Office at (212) 715-1258.

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Grantee: Kitamura Akiko

Performance / United States

Talking Gong: Alex Peh, Claire Chase, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Susie Ibarra

March 19, 2019

Pianist Alex Peh teams up with percussionists Susie Ibarra, an ACC grantee, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, and flutist Claire Chase to perform new works inspired by rhythm—both interior and exterior, ancient and contemporary—written for percussion, piano, and flute by composers Susie Ibarra, Kit Young, Kyaw Kyaw Naing and Phyllis Chen.

Talking Gong, written by Susie Ibarra for Alex Peh and Claire Chase, explores traditional Philippine Kulintang cipher scores, reimagined for piano, flute, and mixed percussion.

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Grantee: Susie Ibarra

Exhibition / United States

PLACE: MIGRATIONS & INTERVENTIONS, ARTWORK BY ELLIE IRONS & JENNY ODELL

February 21, 2019 - March 17, 2019

This two-person multimedia exhibition will explore ideas of place - both the physical and the conceptual. San Francisco-based artist Jenny Odell’s collages of Google Satellite image cutouts - views of landfills, waste ponds, parking lots - force viewers to step back and consider fundamental questions of humanity, our presence and impact on the Earth. California-born, Brooklyn-based artist and ACC alumna Ellie Irons foregrounds ecology and Anthropocene in her diverse projects, two of which will be featured in the gallery space. Her series Flight Lines, a collaboration with her husband, Dan Phiffer, documents aerial landscapes, recording and reinstating movements of both living and non-living entities - from birds and bugs to drones and floating plastic bags - through video and abstracted animation. Irons’ Invasive Pigments focuses on relationships between humans and plants, bringing to mind ideas of migration and proliferation across place and time. For this show, pigments made from ‘unintentional’ plants (AKA weeds) gathered from the local Humboldt environment will be placed along with Irons’ “Handbook for Painting with Weeds” at stations in the gallery. Visitors will be invited to create their own paintings, allowing them to actively engage with and experience their local environment from a new angle. This show will challenge viewers to interrogate ideas of place - near and far, abstract and personal - both actively and passively, in new and complex ways.

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Grantee: Ellie Irons

Play Around , Object Theatre

March 8, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Object Theatre

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Special Event / Indonesia

Seadom (Southeast Asia Directors of Music) Conference at ISI Yogyakarta, Inonesia

March 14, 2019 - March 16, 2019

Theme of the Conference:
Quality Assurance in Music Education in Southeast Asia and Music Cross Arts in a Southeast Asia Focus
Keynote speaker:
Prof. Martin Prchal (Vice Principal, Royal Conservatory, The Hague, The Netherlands, Board Member, MusiQuE Music Quality Enhancement)
Panelists:
Prof. I Made Bandem, Prof. Jeffery Sharkey, Prof. Petra Frank, Prof. Triyono Bramantyo

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Grantees: Triyono Bramantyo, I Made Bandem

Special Event / United States

Ways of Learning: An Apprentice Boatbuilder in Japan

March 8, 2019

When people think about Japan, they usually have in their minds images of manga and anime, busy urban centers, and an economy based on innovations in electronics. Most people do not know that there is also a “second Japan” wherein lies a rich history of traditional arts and crafts, many of which are fast disappearing. ACC alumnus Douglas Brooks has apprenticed with seven boatbuilders in Japan since 1996, building over a dozen types of traditional boats. In this slide talk he will share his experiences with traditional crafts drawn from twenty-two trips to Japan since 1990. Brooks’ research in Japan focuses on the techniques and design secrets of the craft. These techniques have been passed from master to apprentice with almost no written record. His most recent book, Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding (Floating World Editions, 2015) is the first comprehensive survey of the craft, spanning his first five apprenticeships and including a chapter on Japan’s last traditional shipwright. Brooks will sell and sign copies of his book after the talk.

Brooks will also talk about the nature of craft education in Japan; an ethic that is largely at odds with our notions of teaching in the West. The apprentice system produced craftspeople with incomparable skills, yet it required an intense devotion and seriousness from participants. Brooks has experienced first-hand what it is like to learn when the apprentice is forbidden from speaking. At the core of this process is the belief that one learns by observation and perseverance.

Last year Brooks apprenticed in Gifu, Japan, where he built a 42-foot cormorant fishing boat working alongside an 85-year old boatbuilder. These boats are still used by a handful of fishermen who continue a thousand-year old tradition of fishing with cormorants. In 2015 Brooks apprenticed with the last boatbuilder active in the region struck by the 2011 tsunami. There he documented the most common small wooden fishing boat of the Tohoku region, and area that saw 90% of all boats destroyed in the disaster.

Japan’s last generation of traditional boatbuilders has almost disappeared. Brooks’ teachers were all in their seventies and eighties when he worked with them. He is the sole apprentice for six of his seven teachers. In a 2003 nationwide study sponsored by the Nippon Foundation, Brooks was listed as the sole foreigner capable of building wasen, or traditional Japanese boats. The average age of the 300 boatbuilders listed in the survey in 2003 was sixty-nine. His first book, The Tub Boats of Sado Island; A Japanese Craftsman’s Methods, was honored by the Japanese Ministry of Culture for its contribution to maritime preservation.

Douglas Brooks is a boatbuilder, writer and researcher who specializes in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. He worked in the Small Boat Shop at the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco from 1985-1990 and has since built boats at museums in Japan and across the United States. He teaches classes in boat building and has written regularly for magazines like WoodenBoat, Classic Boat (UK), and KAZI (Japan). Brooks attended the Williams Mystic Seaport Program in American Maritime History, and he is a 1982 graduate of Trinity College (B.A. Philosophy) and a 2002 graduate of the Middlebury College Language School (Japanese). In 2014 he was awarded the American Craft Council’s Rare Craft Fellowship Award. He lives with his wife Catherine in Vergennes, Vermont. To see photos of his boats and learn more about his research, please visit: www.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com.

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Grantee: Douglas Brooks

Special Event / United States

Ways of Learning: An Apprentice Boatbuilder in Japan

March 5, 2019

When people think about Japan, they usually have in their minds images of manga and anime, busy urban centers, and an economy based on innovations in electronics. Most people do not know that there is also a “second Japan” wherein lies a rich history of traditional arts and crafts, many of which are fast disappearing. ACC alumnus Douglas Brooks has apprenticed with seven boatbuilders in Japan since 1996, building over a dozen types of traditional boats. In this slide talk he will share his experiences with traditional crafts drawn from twenty-two trips to Japan since 1990. Brooks’ research in Japan focuses on the techniques and design secrets of the craft. These techniques have been passed from master to apprentice with almost no written record. His most recent book, Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding (Floating World Editions, 2015) is the first comprehensive survey of the craft, spanning his first five apprenticeships and including a chapter on Japan’s last traditional shipwright. Brooks will sell and sign copies of his book after the talk.

Brooks will also talk about the nature of craft education in Japan; an ethic that is largely at odds with our notions of teaching in the West. The apprentice system produced craftspeople with incomparable skills, yet it required an intense devotion and seriousness from participants. Brooks has experienced first-hand what it is like to learn when the apprentice is forbidden from speaking. At the core of this process is the belief that one learns by observation and perseverance.

Douglas Brooks is a boat builder, writer and researcher who specializes in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. He worked in the Small Boat Shop at the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco from 1985-1990 and has since built boats at museums in Japan and across the United States. He teaches classes in boat building and has written regularly for magazines like WoodenBoat, Classic Boat (UK), and KAZI (Japan). Brooks attended the Williams Mystic Seaport Program in American Maritime History, and he is a 1982 graduate of Trinity College (B.A., philosophy) and a 2002 graduate of the Middlebury College Language School (Japanese). In 2014 he was awarded the American Craft Council’s Rare Craft Fellowship Award. He lives with his wife Catherine in Vergennes, Vermont.

Japanese Boatbuilding Demonstration 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM in the BMC Shop
There are two major differences between boatbuilding in the west and in Japan. The first is the use of a series of saws to fit the seams between planks, which are fastened without any caulking. The second is the use of edge-nailing to fasten planks together into wide strakes. Japanese boat nails are hand-made of flat steel stock.

In this demonstration Douglas Brooks will fit two planks in the Japanese fashion, working on the shop floor. Then he will use a special set of chisels to cut pilot holes for the nails and edge-nail the planks together. Brooks will discuss the tools and techniques specific to boatbuilding in Japan as well as answer questions.

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Grantee: Douglas Brooks

Special Event / United States

Digital Nature 2019

February 27, 2019 - March 3, 2019

Experience amazing video and sound installations at Digital Nature 2019, a contemporary art exhibit viewed outdoors in the evening at the Los Angeles Arboretum from Wednesday, February 27, to Sunday, March 3. 6 to 9pm. Contemporary artists will project their work onto the lush garden landscape. Inspired by the natural world and technology, the artists will explore themes as diverse as butterfly camouflage, bird songs and heavy metal, and interactive digital wildflowers. Some are interactive, some with sound or live performances, others silent.

Digital Nature 2019 is curated by Shirley Alexandra Watts. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and 2019 donors Adam Adams, Marie Csete, Ann Hatch, Lynda & Ryan Marton, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Andrea Testa-Vought.

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Grantee: Ellie Irons

Performance / Philippines

Moonlight - a site-specific performance

March 1, 2019

Moonlight is the second phase of an exploration begun by Daloy Dance Co. in 2018 for the Cultural Center of the Philippines' NeoFilipino Series with their piece entitled Howl. With Howl, the corps of dancers undertook the challenge of folding different lexicons of movement together: drawing vocabulary from the club kids, ravers and the voguing ball scene, and weaving it in with systems of motion and symmetry in animal species: flocks of birds, schools of fish, cicada swarms, cats howling at the moon.
 
Led by a steadily thrumming score of trance music, the dancers flow through compounded cycles of choreographed expressions. These expressions progress from a rigorous, almost military synchronicity into a series of schisms and a full structural breakdown. And the dance progresses out of unity and into chaos. In that chaotic space of primal release, Daloy Dance Co. first encountered Moonlight. If Howl was a call into the void, Moonlight is who answered it.

In Moonlight, Daloy Dance Co. takes the exploration further, posing the questions: Can chaos lead to bliss? Can trance transcend?
 
Moonlight leads the ensemble of dancers through a sequence of movement investigations that aim to bring them into an ecstatic state. Structured as an homage to ancient shamanic rites of passage, as well as to the filipino legacy of the queer babaylan, Moonlight is a performed visitation. A wounded healer visits the dancers - hard-worn and wise, beyond species, gender, or time - and endeavours to guide them through a journey toward emancipation. In this season plagued by fear and grief, Moonlight appears and dares us to shake ourselves free from all we know, shed all doubt, and reach for our bliss.
 

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Title: Moonlight
Direction and Choreography: ACC alumna Ea Torrado
Performance: Ea Torrado and Daloy Dance Company
Presented by Pnoise X Nordlys 2.0 Fringe MNL Festival

FREE EVENT!

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Grantee: Ea Marie Torrado

Performance / United States

Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation

March 19, 2018 - March 1, 2019

Dress Up, Speak Up is a multimedia exhibition exploring the role of costuming, iconography, and performance in constructing Identity and confronting history. With over 35 participating artists representing 22 nationalities, Dress Up, Speak Up delivers a global investigation of these concepts, while reconfiguring, reimagining, and reconstituting history to explore the legacy of European colonialism.

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Grantee: Le Dinh Q.