Alumni 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

Performance / United States

Live performance at Record Shop, Brooklyn

May 11, 2019

An informal live performance by solo artists Miyama McQueen-Tokita (koto), Chris Pitsiokos (saxophone), and others.

A night of improvised and new music.

9pm start, $10 suggested donation

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Grantee: McQueen-Tokita Miyama

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

Performance / United States

Lucifer Landing II

May 2, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Jonathan González’s Lucifer Landing II draws intersections between black life and current geopolitical movements to imagine lateralized intimacy on a damaged planet. Informed by concepts championed by June Jordan, Buckminster Fuller and the Lower East Side Nuyorican collective CHARAS, González exhausts mechanisms of the ‘epic’ in human innovation and the theatrical conventions of classical opera to fathom the possibility of living and dying well.

ACC alum Johann Diedrick will be performing original music as part of the theater production.

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Grantee: Johann Diedrick

Special Event / United States

Someone's public and private / Something's public and private

May 2, 2019

As indicated by the words ‘public’ and ‘private’ in the project title, Hasunuma explores the relationships that we as humans are involved in. At the same time, through the works that he presents, he attempts to replace the public aspects or nature of such relationships so that they become private, and to connect the various relationships together. This time around, he chose a public space like a park, rather than the white cube space of an art museum or gallery, because the public space enables a relative perspective when considering this endeavor. It also provides an opportunity to think about the existence of the individual or individuals within society and within groups.

At this venue, interacting with the artist’s exhibits on the basis of instructions that he has set out, the audience becomes part of the work. Hasunuma has stated that “Music is born out of our everyday lives, originating in the individual, ultimately returning to individual.” This is an opportunity to experience how each individual interrelates with the different elements in the public space of a park, and how, as private elements, they eventually become part of the art itself.

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Grantee: Hasunuma Shuta

Performance / Taiwan

22° Lunar Halo world premiere

April 13, 2019 - April 28, 2019

Set to the soundtrack by Icelandic avant-rock band Sigur Rós and Kjartan Holm, CHENG Tsung-lung’s new creation 22° Lunar Halo excavates our deepest fear toward ourselves as human beings. Commissioned by the three National Performing Arts Centers in Taiwan, 22° Lunar Halo is the last work ACC alumnus CHENG Tsung-lung premieres with Cloud Gate 2, before taking over the reins of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan from Lin Hwai-min at the end of 2019.

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Grantee: Cheng Tsung-Lung

Special Event / United States

Breathless Animals

April 27, 2019

In Chinese filmmaker, and ACC alumnus, Lei Lei’s first feature, the director’s mother speaks in voiceover about her parents, the trials and tribulations of her youth, Maoist China, and violent dreams of animals fueled by late nights in front of the television. Accompanying these recollections, which drift across the soundtrack, are anonymous still and moving images, found footage, and repurposed photographs, occasionally made to skip, stutter, or slow through analog animation techniques. As memories weave through material evidence of the past, ruptures emerge in the film’s construction, calling upon the mind’s eye to fill in the gaps of history.

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Grantee: Lei Lei

Performance / United States

Lucifer Landing I

April 19, 2019 - April 21, 2019

Lucifer Landing I, a new commission by Jonathan González, is the first in a series of works that conceptualize Blackness and post-anthropocentrism. In Lucifer Landing I, González takes the ideas of poet June Jordan and CHARAS as starting points to create an immersive environment in the VW Dome intended to function as an interactive model for sustainable living. Active in the Lower East Side during the 1970s, CHARAS was a collective founded on the ideas of Buckminster Fuller, proposing geodesic domes as an alternative model for social housing.

ACC alum Johann Diedrick composed music that will be included in an immersive environment inside of MoMA PS1's VW dome.

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Grantee: Johann Diedrick

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

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.

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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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

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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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

Performance / Thailand

Play Around , Object Theatre

March 8, 2019 - March 17, 2019

Object Theatre

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Grantee: Nikorn Sae Tang

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.

Exhibition / India

Window without a Wall

January 28, 2019 - February 28, 2019

An experiential installation by ASCC alumni Vanita Gupta in collaboration with Naveen Mahantash.

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Grantee: Vanita Gupta

United States

I Can't Sleep: Homage to a Uyghur Homeland

January 17, 2019 - February 23, 2019

Women and children – posturing, gazing, playing on bed frames – become “coincidental subjects,” their vivid garments sharply accentuated against the muted earth tones of the vast Taklamakan Desert. This far west region of China (Xinjiang), home to the Uyghur people, is a place Lisa Ross has imaged and imagined for over 15 years. Recently, the Chinese state has amplified its efforts to forcibly assimilate minority populations, imbuing the artist with a sense of urgency to display these pictures.

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Grantee: Lisa Ross

Special Event / United States

China Fringe Theater Festival

February 8, 2019 - February 16, 2019

Creative China Festival is committed to becoming a platform to nurture innovative creators and foster in-depth collaborations between China and the US in the fields of contemporary arts and culture. CCF shares the influential and dynamic works of Chinese contemporary arts and culture through 80 events in 8 cities during 200 days, including discussions, films, dances, theater, music, design, art, youth program, artist talks, workshops, fellowships, family programs, publication grants, US arts delegations to China, and arts study tours.

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Grantees: La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, Jinghui Meng

Exhibition / United States

Innumerable Life / Buddha

January 10, 2019 - February 16, 2019

Tatsuo Miyajima opens his first solo exhibition in New York with Lisson Gallery, premiering his new series, Innumerable Life/Buddha. The exhibition will feature five works by the Japanese artist, introducing US audiences to his eastern philosophies and signature digital visual vocabulary. This new body of work, a series of glowing red installations, are inspired by a particular Buddhist teaching, reminding us of the power of the individual within a networked whole. A continuation of Miyajima’s meditations on time and its passage, these installations invite reflection, addressing the fundamental concepts of change, death, connection and eternity. The exhibition follows on from recent large-scale public commissions including Count Down Dialogue (2018) launched during West Bund Art & Design Fair, and comes ahead of Miyajima’s largest solo exhibition in Asia to date, opening at the new Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum in May 2019.

The five new works in the Innumerable Life/Buddha series are made up of glowing LED displays, with thousands of numbers counting down from nine to one at differing speeds, before going dark momentarily. These digits embody the human cycle and the eastern philosophy of change and renewal; each solitary, blinking diode signifying the individual body and soul. The counting sequence continues, as if everlasting, and yet ‘0’, implying death, is expressed solely by darkness. Through this allusion, the numbers – or ‘Life’ – are destined to an everlasting cycle of regeneration. This idea is also reflected in the colour of the new works: the radiant red of the installations denotes the blood of life, love, fire, passion, strength and joy.

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Grantee: Miyajima Tatsuo

Special Event / France

Japonismes 2018

July 15, 2018 - February 15, 2019

Japonismes 2018: les âmes en resonance, an unprecedented celebration of Japanese culture that will unfold across France starting in July. For eight months, Japan’s finest culture will be showcased in Paris, the city of art, and other parts of the country on an epic, all-embracing scale. This grand event represents the Government of Japan’s largest endeavor to share Japanese culture with the world, a flagship project for making culture a pillar of our country’s diplomatic engagement.

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Grantee: Nawa Kohei

Performance / United States

Wu Na + Chang Jing: Sound and View

February 9, 2019

Hailing from China, master musicians Wu Na (an ACC alumni) and Chang Jing elicit the sounds of nature—mountains, water, wind, and moon—from traditional Chinese zithers. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the feeling of sonic scenery.

This program is presented in partnership with the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation.

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Grantee: Wu Na

Exhibition / Thailand

Ligature

November 20, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Bamboo is celebrated by architects for its structural, economic, and ecological properties, but it retains troubling connotations. We associate it with “primitive” huts and kitschy tourist attractions.  It tends to reinforce an Orientalist fantasy of Southeast Asian architecture, distracting from the authentic contemporary vernacular of the region, which is a vibrant collage of cement and plastic, decorated by fluorescent lights and building-sized inkjet prints.

Savinee Buranasilapin and Tom Dannecker of thingsmatter, set out to invent a shape that is the opposite of a hut, in order to give bamboo an image makeover. Instead of small and enclosed, Ligature stretches out in three low-slung arches to form a wide, open pavilion. It defines space without containing it, framing eccentric, non-orthogonal views of its environment. It defies gravity by gripping the ground horizontally, rather than piercing the sky vertically.

Ligature is voluptuous and asymmetrical, its shape estimated with software, but executed by human hands with irregular, imperfect bamboo, in concert with steel pipes, wire ties, and plywood friction plates. Several thousand joints are fastened with the most important tool of our time: the nail gun. The result is neither a showcase of folksy handicraft nor a pristine example of CNC formalism, but an honest, contemporary, human artifact which reveals its own making.

(as a part of the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018)

 

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Grantee: Savinee Buranasilapin

Performance / France

La Folle Journee de Nantes

January 30, 2019 - February 3, 2019

La Folle Journée de Nantes leads classical music off the beaten path. Cosmopolitan, the event offers many concerts to the greatest number. International artists, young talents and amateurs meet there to offer a wide panorama of baroque, romantic, contemporary music related to a renewed theme every year. For its 25th edition, La Folle Journée 2019 will explore the theme of travel.

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Grantee: Obama Akihito

Exhibition / Thailand

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018: Beyond Bliss

October 17, 2018 - February 3, 2019

The international art exhibition will take place at 20 venues across various well-known sites, including ancient temples along Bangkok’s principle river, the Chao Phraya River, historic architectural sites and iconic landmarks, and art and cultural institutions. 75 artists and groups from 34 countries (half of them from Thailand) are selected by international curatorial team.

Under the theme of Beyond Bliss, the artists are invited to create the art works under the concept and interpret the seemingly unattainable happiness in different ways. Creating the art piece at the historical, cultural and spiritual landmarks, representing the pursuit for happiness, both physical and mental, or finding the end of suffering. They also reflect social, political and environmental issues through the art works that have great impact to human happiness.

 

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Grantees: Apinan Poshyananda, Firoz Mahmud, Marina Abramovic

Exhibition / United States

River

October 18, 2018 - January 27, 2019

In Jen Bervin’s large-scale installation River, a hand-sewn model of the Mississippi River in silver sequins, you see the river reversed, mapped from the geocentric perspective— from inside the earth’s interior looking up at the riverbed. The scale is one inch to one mile. It took twelve years to make, and the same amount of time to sew each section of river that it would to walk the real one. The artist sewed the 230 curvilinear feet long sculpture by hand, including each of the thousands of reflective, silver sequins that densely cover the surface. The archipelagoes of the delta, south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, are mirrored. Wherever the piece is exhibited, the people and the space around them will be reflected. The first exhibition of the entire piece will be installed on the ceiling of the I.M. Pei space at the Des Moines Art Center in October 2018, curated by Alison Ferris. 

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Grantee: Jen Bervin

Exhibition / Singapore

Drawing Reverberation

November 16, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Drawing Reverberation, a solo exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and wood carving works made in recent years by artist and alumni Firoz Mahmud. While currently based in New York City, Mahmud (b. 1974) continues to draw artistic themes from the history of the Bangladeshi region in which he is deeply rooted. To ponder and recognize the relevance of these themes, Ota Fine Arts Singapore presents a survey of the artist's recent practice.

To see more about the exciting things Firoz is doing, see his website.

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Across Central Asia: Music from the Tang and Ottoman Courts

January 3, 2019

The Silk Road was a living conduit of goods and ideas thriving from 500 to 1500 and connecting China to the Mediterranean. In a program featuring medieval recorder, kugo harp, oud and percussion, the Eurasia Consort explores Chinese and Ottoman music. What features linked the twain? The audience can decide. 

Featuring musicians from the Eurasia Consort:
Miyo Aoki, medieval recorder
Tomoko Sugawara, kugo harp
August Denhard, oud
Rex Benincasa, percussion

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Exhibition / United States

FLOATING GARDEN

November 15, 2018 - January 3, 2019

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Grantee: Yamamoto Motoi

On the Road to Dunhuang: Music from the Dunhuang Caves, the Ottoman Empire, and Medieval Spain

January 3, 2019

Founded and co-directed by Tomoko Sugawara and August Denhard, the Eurasia Consort brings together two specialists in the ancient musical traditions of East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Through their research, teaching, and performances, they seek a common understanding of the world’s great music traditions along the ancient Silk Road.

The Silk Road was an interlocking trade route that connected to the Far East, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. For about 1,000 years it was a conduit not only for trade, but for religions, ideas, innovations, and music.

The concert imagines sounds of the ancient Silk Road, taking the listener from the caves at Dunhuang, continuing through the Middle East, and arriving in Europe. Musical instruments such as various versions of the ones being played today – harp, lutes, flutes and percussion – no doubt made the journey as well.

The Eurasia Consort:

Tomoko Sugawara: Ancient Harp, Kugo
August Denhard: Medieval Lute

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Exhibition / United States

Empathy

November 17, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Divisive rhetoric has reverberated in our current political climate, and empathy has proven to be a challenging sentiment for many Americans to conjure. This exhibition features artists who reveal a capacity for empathy, a willingness to reflect on another's perspective or to understand those whose backgrounds differ from their own. Rather than propose empathy as a solution for today's societal ills, this exhibition also acknowledges the limitations of "walking in other people's shoes." To empathize, in this case, is to look at someone else's belief systems in relation to one’s own worldview, to better comprehend why we believe what we believe, while recognizing that no one can ever truly perceive someone else's struggle. Through an attempt to appreciate another’s experiences and values across social, political, and cultural divides, progress can be made toward finding common ground and fostering an environment of mutual respect.

Among the participants is ACC alumnus Bundith Phunsombatlert's Sunny Garden in Blue: Stories from the Caribbean to Brooklyn. This ongoing project collects the stories of senior immigrants from Caribbean countries (such as Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and Jamaica) who are now Brooklyn residents. The project is in the form of an artist’s book; the symbolic use of flowers and plants in images shows the seniors’ journeys and lives.

Sunny Garden in Blue: The Stories from the Caribbean to Brooklyn builds upon the workshop series and public exhibition through the 2018 Brooklyn Arts Council’s (BAC) SU-CASA program--a program that places artists in residence at senior centers across the city.  

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Grantee: Bundith Phunsombatlert

Special Event / United States

Nine and a Half Love

December 14, 2018 - December 15, 2018

Nine and a Half Love, a solo theater performance directed by ACC grantee Meng Jinghui, uses montage to combine poetry, myth and allegory. This bold solo performance by Huang Xiangli, “the Queen of Monodrama,” reveals a narrative in three layers: regret of time past; frustration about destiny; and volatility of love.

Nine and a Half Love unfolds a fresh vision of contemporary art in China: embodying new forms of expression that are informed by traditional work, ultimately creating a virtuosic re-imagining of the questions that surround life and love.

Free pre-performance discussion with Meng Jinghui and ACC alumna Claire Conceison, Quanta Professor of Chinese Culture and Professor of Theater Arts at MIT, at 6:00 PM. 

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Grantee: Claire Conceison

Exhibition / China

Cry Joy Park — Fold

October 27, 2018 - December 15, 2018

Stemming out of installation opera ‘Paradise Interrupted,’ this series of new iconic work by ACC grantee Jennifer Wen Ma explores the notion of paradise and utopia. The exhibition features two newly commissioned works, two video installations and a multi-media painting installation. ACC grantee Xiaoyu Weng, Associate Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, contributes a critical essay that surveys the artist’s recent works,” says the gallery.

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Grantees: Jennifer Wen Ma, Weng Xiaoyu

Special Event / Taiwan

Paradise Interrupted-An Installation Opera in One Act

December 8, 2018 - December 9, 2018

A co-production of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival and Singapore International Festival of Arts, the one-act “installation opera” Paradise Interrupted is adapted from a section of the Kunqu classic The Peony Pavilion and has gathered some of the most prominent Asian and Asian American artists working nowadays. The Emmy-awarding winner (and ACC grantee) Jennifer Wen Ma's stage design incorporates paper cutouts, Chinese watercolor, light and shadow, and multimedia installations. The result is dark, mysterious garden that leads the depth of the human heart. 

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Grantee: Jennifer Wen Ma

Performance / United States

RED

November 15, 2018 - November 17, 2018

The luminary Wen Hui, a pioneer of contemporary dance in China, and her Beijing-based Living Dance Studio premiere Red, a critically acclaimed dance theater work. Combining dance, theater, spoken text, and video, Red is a striking documentary performance that takes its point of departure from the Cultural Revolution’s canonized ballet, The Red Detachment of Women. Red revisits this iconic ballet through memory, movement, and anecdotal material from the all-female and multi-generational cast of four.

Wen Hui received an ACC received an ACC Fellowship in 1996 to observe contemporary dance and theater activities and to study modern dance and choreography in the U.S.

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Grantee: Wen Hui

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Performance / United States

Borrowed Light: Innovation in Ancient Arts

November 10, 2018 - November 11, 2018

A musician plucks sounds from the air using a laser interface combined with a 1,300-year-old instrument, a dancer melds the elegant movements of ancient warriors with ballet, and a calligrapher uses a centuries-old practice to reveal a new language hidden within our electronic communications. Borrowed Light features three performances by classically-trained female artists of Japanese heritage who work at the cutting edge of innovation and experimentation. 

Featuring performances by Miya Masaoka, Shoko Tamai, Miyu Tamamura and Anne Patsch. Curated by Anne Patsch.

Borrowed Light is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC.net). In-kind support is provided by Arts Japan 2020.

Wild Project will host an exhibition of work created during the performance.

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Grantee: Miya Masaoka

Performance / United States

Asian Sound Revolution

November 4, 2018

Jin Hi Kim, Masayo Ishigure, Gao Hong, Vãn-Anh Vō, Susie Ibarra perform in an afternoon filled with Asian music.

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Grantees: Jin Hi Kim, Susie Ibarra

Exhibition / France

Le collège Fernel (création)

September 15, 2018 - November 4, 2018

Almond Chu's photographs document the relationship between college and city; he looked at the traces the students have left, the marks that have been written; scrutinized the construction, both inside and out. It's a remnant of heritage, of history. It is also the collective memory of the inhabitants of Clermont. 

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Grantee: Chu Almond Tak Wah

Exhibition / United States

Having Gone I Will Return

September 13, 2018 - October 27, 2018

In her first solo exhibition in New York in nearly a decade, Coyne conceives ambitious tableaux that evoke cross-cultural themes of vanity, grief, and tragedy. Her richly layered, deeply psychological sculptures evince a long-standing interest in literature and literary figures, from Bruno Schulz to Joan Didion, and Japanese literature and film in particular.

Petah Coyne received an ACC fellowship in 1990 to survey traditonal and contemporary arts, meet with artists and curators, and create new work in Japan.

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Grantee: Petah Coyne

Exhibition / United States

One Hand Clapping

May 4, 2018 - October 21, 2018

One Hand Clapping, the third and final exhibition of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, curated by ACC alumna Xiaoyu Weng,will present new commissions by Cao Fei, Duan Jianyu, Lin Yilin, Wong Ping, and Samson Young. These artists have been selected for their unconventional artistic practices, creative experimentation, and critical reflections on social conditions in a technologically mediated reality. Each will collaborate with the museum on individual site-specific projects that respond to interconnected ideas proposed by the curators of the initiative.

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Grantee: Weng Xiaoyu

Performance / United States

Inheritance: A Litany

October 4, 2018 - October 11, 2018

A journey into the myriad ways a daughter has "become" her late parents. She inherited "her father's nose, her mother's singing voice, her father's sarcasm, her mother's fragile bones"...but also a lifetime of their objects and even their thoughts, revealing a family's story. A poetic narrative, a dance, a play, an opera, a comic drama by internationally acclaimed artist Janis Brenner, winner of 2017 United Solo Award for Best Choreography.
 

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Grantee: Janis Brenner

Exhibition / Taiwan

Maze Coordinates—Tang-Wei Hsu Solo Exhibition

August 25, 2018 - October 6, 2018

ACC grantee Tang-Wei Hsu's says of his solo exhibition: "The process of creation is like walking in a maze. Between this speculation, instead of getting out of the maze, I feel that I have found a road map of the maze, and gradually can grasp the position and leave the footprint in the path."

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Grantee: Hsu Tang-Wei

Exhibition / Israel

Westbeth Project - Isa Ho Solo Exhibition

August 31, 2018 - October 6, 2018

Isa Ho’s solo exhibition Westbeth Project is a five-year photography project that began in 2013 while she was in New York on her ACC fellowship and portrays artists in their flats, thus blurring the line between artists and their home. Isa Ho, who studied painting, uses an editing technic which brings her photographs closer to portrait paintings, and sees her photographs as realistic. “For me, a photograph is a platform on which to create a scene, rather than capture a narrative”, says the artist. Her photographs offer a critical approach to art and growing old in a capitalistic society, alongside questions regarding memory and loneliness.

The exhibition follows the artist's winning the first prize of the prestigious Arte Lagunacompetition, last March. It is the result of the collaboration between Nira Itzhaki of Chelouche Gallery and the competition’s initiatives. Itzhaki served in the jury committee which awarded the first prize to the artist.

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Grantee: Ho Meng-Chuan "Isa"

Special Event

Barbara Pollack: Brand New Art from China

October 3, 2018

Renowned critic Barbara Pollack tells the story of how a visionary generation of young Chinese artists are coming to prominence in the art world. Building on the new frontiers opened up by the Chinese artists of the late 1980s and 1990s, artists such as Ai Wei Wei who came to the West and became household names, this new generation are provocative, exciting and bold. But what does it mean to be a Chinese artist today? And how can we better understand their work?

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Grantee: Barbara Pollack

Performance / United States

THE AЯTS

September 13, 2018 - September 30, 2018

THE AЯTS is a bold new work of interdisciplinary theatre that deconstructs the history of public funding for the arts in the United States. At once documentary and interactive, this production uses choreography, live cameras, music, and text to contrast the precarious realities of arts funding today with the 1960s Congress hearings that created the National Endowment of the Arts.

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Grantees: La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, Kevin Doyle

Special Event / Taiwan

Cultural Data Forum

September 3, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Visual Artist and 2015 ACC Grantee Leeroy New lends active participation in progressive dialogues for cultural exchange in the recent Cultural Data Forum at C-LAB in Taipei, Taiwan.

With compatriot Julia Nebrija as segment forum speakers, Leeroy shares current initiatives in Manila that focuses on harnessing the potentials of the Pasig River as public space and cultural platform.

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Grantee: Jan Leeroy New

Performance / United States

Trio Improv at The Stone

September 28, 2018

Trio Improv: Pamelia Stickney – Theremin,  Ingrid Laubrock -Saxophone, Susie Ibarra- Drums, Percussion. ACC grantee Susie Ibarra (ACC 2017, 2018) will also be performing at The Stone October 2-6.

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Grantee: Susie Ibarra

Performance / Philippines

MONOBLOCKED: Monodramas in High Definitions

September 22, 2018 - September 23, 2018

ACC fellows Tess Jamias (actor, director-dramaturg, 2006 grantee) and Bong Cabrera (film–theater actor, 2010 grantee) delivers provocative solo performances this September in "MONOBLOCKED: Monodramas in High Definitions."

A work-in-progress by KOLAB CO.’s formidable team of independent artists, the event explores the form of the “solo show” in the following genres--the Musical, the Gay play, the Melodrama, the Classics, and the Cringe Binge. Tess and Bong are joined by equally-intense performers Kath Castillo, Marjorie Lorico, and Wenah Nagales in this company of theater “machinators” who take inspiration from various spaces and texts to piece together an insightful and stimulating contemporary theater.

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Grantees: Edralin Domanillo Cabrera, Maria Teresa Jamias

Exhibition / England

Voluta

July 6, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Following her residency at Camden Arts Centre in 2016, Yuko Mohri returns with a new installation that orchestrates relations between electromagnetic force-fields, patterns of light moving through water and a reconfigured Yamaha reed organ from 1934. Developed responsively to the architecture and surrounding environment of the galleries, Mohri’s audio-spatial composition reveals the interconnectedness of man-made and natural processes, inviting non-human agents and chance factors to determine the score.

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Grantee: Mohri Yuko

Embroidery Dream

September 8, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Yokohama Noh Theater and  GuoGuang Opera Company present a new experimental Kunqu Opera "Embroidery Dream." 

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Exhibition / United Kingdom

NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists

February 16, 2018 - September 2, 2018

NOW explores how the diversity of current female artistic practice transcends notions of gender difference to offer hybrid perspectives on their socio-political environment. ACC alumni Li Shurui, Ma Quisha and Yin Xiuzhen are some of the most exciting female artists working in mainland China.

From giant installations and elusive sculptural pieces challenging and exploring everyday objects to powerful and other-worldly visual narratives, the huge variety of artworks found throughout the NOW programme, reflects the many viewpoints of artists in the wake of feminist movements of the past.

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Grantees: Ma Qiusha, Li Shurui, Yin Xiuzhen

Exhibition / United States

Then and Now: Commemorating Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th Anniversary

May 3, 2018 - August 17, 2018

Then and Now includes an array of commissioned works by Asian American artists focused on exploring community-building and community-engaged arts with and within the Asian/American community in Philadelphia. The closing reception will feature live performances by Eiko Fan, and Saya Woolfalk with Annielille Gavino.
 

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Grantees: Le Dinh Q., Jean Shin

Exhibition / Myanmar

If I say it's True Seven Times: a Solo Exhibition by Moe Satt

July 20, 2018 - August 4, 2018

Moe Satt is an artist and curator. In 2008, he founded and organized Beyond Pressure, an international festival of performance art in Myanmar. In his works, which span various mediums from photography, sculpture, to video and sound installations, Moe Satt addresses provocative social and politic issues in military-ruled Myanmar, such as the role of religion and that of the individual in society. 

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Grantee: Moe Satt

Performance / United States

DANCE-MOBILE: KIZUNA DANCE AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

August 4, 2018

Kizuna Dance presents both full works and excerpts from pieces in its current touring cycle, all inspired by aspects of the Japanese culture. The works span the company’s four year history and are rooted in topics such as Buddhism, salarymen, the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and the visual art of Manabu Ikeda. No RSVP required. Blankets preferred, limited lawn chair space. Enjoy live performance against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

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Grantee: Cameron McKinney

Exhibition / United States

ON THE PERIPHERY OF VISION

June 22, 2018 - August 3, 2018

On the Periphery of Vision is a group exhibition curated by ACC alumni Christopher Phillips. The exhibition features works in a variety of mediums – painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film and video – by five artists: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Bae Youngwhan, Michelle Charles, Koo Donghee, and Shimpei Takeda. The artworks have been selected for their power to suggest a variety of familiar yet elusive experiences that lie just beyond the boundaries of perception. A thread of recurring themes and references runs through the works, inviting viewers to enter into the dialogue that connects them.

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Grantees: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Christopher Phillips

Exhibition / Myanmar

Seven Decades

July 7, 2018 - July 31, 2018

A major new art exhibition called “Seven Decades” will feature both old and new work by 18 artists reflecting on their memories of some of the most important periods of the 70 years since independence.

The show will run from July 7 to 31 at the historic Secretariat building — where some of the fathers of Myanmar’s independence were assassinated in 1947 — with support from the Pyinsa Rasa art group. “Our country gained independence in 1948. As of this year, 2018, we have been through 70 years. The artists who were invited to participate in this exhibition have experienced a lot of things during these seven decades. I asked each of them to look back on those decades and present them through art,” said curator Htein Lin.

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Grantees: Aye Ko, Chaw Ei Thein, Htein Lin

Exhibition / Israel

Table Manners: A Feast of Visual Arts, Theater and Culinary

March 8, 2018 - July 30, 2018

This exhibition is based on the perception that radical avoidance of food on the one hand, and its excessive consumption on the other, are deviations from the middle way; the two meet up where fine taste ends. Abstaining entirely from food as a performative artistic act that has exceeded its own limits is the core of Franz Kafka’s Hunger Artist. The tale’s hero fasts before an audience of spectators for forty days, until the audience grows bored. The artist continues to fast in a circus cage containing only hay. One day an inspector finds the artist dying under the hay, and asks him why he did not eat. 

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Grantee: Ozawa Tsuyoshi

Performance / United States

Crossing Boundaries — Echoes of Korea

July 27, 2018

Kiyoung (claves and voice) and ACC alumna Gamin (saenghwang and piri) are renowned for carrying Korean traditional music into the present, inciting an irresistable dialog between classic and contemporary.

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Grantee: Kang Hyo Sun "gamin"

Exhibition / Philippines

VOID

July 7, 2018 - July 22, 2018

This solo show features ACC grantee Anton DelCastillo's sculptural pieces and artworks of characteristic themes with expertly-rendered gold leaf on canvas.

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Grantee: Julius Anton del Castillo

Special Event / United States

American Dance Festival

June 14, 2018 - July 21, 2018

The American Dance Festival continues to draw a dizzying array of talent. This year's festival will feature 53 performances by 26 companies and choreographers in 7 different venues. That includes 14 ADF debuts, 11 ADF commissions and 10 world premieres. That also includes more women choreographers as well as a showcase for local talent. ACC has supported ADF since 1984. 

A historic panel titled “Why Do They Fall Down? The Story of Modern Dance in China” will celebrate 30 years of modern dance in China on Sunday, June 17th, 2:00-3:30pm at White Lecture Hall on Duke University's east campus. Panelists include Director Emeritus of ADF Charles L. Reinhart, Yang Meiqi, the founder and former director of the first modern dance company in China, China’s foremost dance expert Ou Jian-Ping, Ralph Samuelson, former director of the Asian Cultural Council, Michelle Vosper, former director of the Asian Cultural Council in Hong Kong, internationally celebrated choreographer Shen Wei, and former José Limón Company dancer Sarah Stackhouse. The event is free and open to the public.

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Grantees: Shen Wei Dance Arts, Ou Jianping, Yang Meiqi

Performance / United States

whatdoesfreemean?

July 18, 2018

whatdoesfreemean?, a new play by award-winning human rights playwright  and ACC grantee Catherine Filloux, follows the journey of an African-American woman serving a long sentence for a non-violent drug offense. When Mary ends up in solitary confinement, she struggles to maintain her sanity in the face of loneliness, indifference, human cruelty, and loss. The play takes the audience into her psychic world. We travel alongside her self-guided intellectual and emotional journey into the nature of freedom, both physical and psychological as Marys external and internal experience unfolds on stage in the present, in memory, and in the fantasies that help her survive. 

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Grantee: Catherine Filloux

Special Event / United States

Glitch: An Evening of Poetry and Catalogue Launch for One Hand Clapping

July 17, 2018

To celebrate the publication of the One Hand Clapping exhibition catalogue, the Guggenheim presents an evening of readings by a roster of international poets including Tan Lin, Feliz Lucia Molina, Sawako Nakayasu, Lynn Xu, and catalogue contributor Nicholas Wong. Each poet will present new works addressing themes explored in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue, following a short conversation with catalogue designer Chris Wu and editor Andrew Maerkle. This event is guest curated by visual artist/poet and ACC alumna Jen Bervin in collaboration with exhibition curator and ACC alumnus Xiaoyu Weng.

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Grantees: Jen Bervin, Weng Xiaoyu

Special Event / United States

Symphonie Fantastique

March 29, 2018 - July 15, 2018

Twenty years ago in 1998, ACC grantee Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz’s 1830 “Symphonie Fantastique” to universal acclaim, inaugurating HERE’s intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. In the two decades since Symphonie Fantastique’s premiere, Basil Twist has become an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, and has won countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship. Twist will revisit his legendary masterpiece as part of HERE’s 25th Anniversary Season. In this revival, accompanied live by the virtuosic pianist Christopher O’Riley playing the exquisite Liszt transcription, Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage. For the many who never saw it, and for those who relish seeing it again and again, the return of this tour de force to HERE is the event of the season.

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Grantee: Basil Twist

Exhibition / United States

Jean Shin: Collections

March 22, 2018 - July 15, 2018

Contemporary artist Jean Shin (American, born South Korea 1971) transforms everyday objects—worn-out shoes, fashion remnants, military uniforms—to create dynamic works about connection and belonging. Her installations, often made from donated and discarded materials, raise provocative questions about what, and how, we consume.

 

On view in this exhibition are six large-scale installations and a video that tell powerful stories about the military, the fashion industry, and Shin’s own Asian American community.

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Grantee: Jean Shin

Exhibition / Korea

How Little You Know About Me

April 7, 2018 - July 8, 2018

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, presents <How Little You Know About Me> the first in MMCA's 2018-19 exhibition series revolving around the keyword 'Asia'. <How Little You Know About Me> is a question we pose to ourselves ("how do we understand Asia?"), and also one that we raise against the images portrayed and labeled as Asia throughout history. In <How Little You Know About Me> "Asia" does not simply refer to a geographical region or identity -- it is a multifaceted critical framework that enables a new way of perceiving the world.

ACC alumni Yusuke Kamata is one of the 15 participating aratists in this group exhibition.

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Grantee: Kamata Yusuke

Kronos Quartet & Soo Yeon Lyuh Collaborate

June 28, 2018

A special collaboration concert between the Kronos Quartet and haegeum (Korean two-string fiddle) player, composer and improviser Soo Yeon Lyuh (an ACC alumni).

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Kronos Quartet and Soo Yeon Lyuh Collaboration

June 28, 2018

Two ACC alumni will collaborate! For more than 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world's most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 900 works and arrangements for string quartet.

Soo Yeon Lyuh is a haegeum (Korean two-string fiddle) player, composer and improviser. Rigorously trained in court and folk repertories from a young age, Lyuh is known for her masterful performances of new compositions for the haegeum. In Korea, she served as a member of the National Gugak Center’s new music troupe for over a decade. Deeply invested in exploring new musical possibilities via improvisation, Lyuh seeks to continually expand contemporary haegeum possibilities through work with new media and technology.

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Exhibition / Japan

Adventure in “Seeing”

January 27, 2018 - June 24, 2018

Seeing is something most of us take for granted. Yet, to consciously see is surprisingly difficult, and as a result, we tend to miss much of what there is to see. An art museum is a place for “seeing,” “admiring,” and “thinking about” artworks. To the visitors to this exhibition, whether they normally enjoy viewing artworks or find it difficult, we would like to say, “First of all, begin by seeing well.” The exhibition “Adventures in ‘Seeing’” starts there.Open yourself to the artwork a little more than usual. Stand and view it 10 seconds longer than usual. After viewing it thoroughly, relax and view it a little more. Doing so, you will begin to see details you had not noticed, and your imagination will have time to come into play. Discoveries, surprises, and new feelings will come to you in an experience really no different from an adventure story.

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Grantee: Suzuki Hiraku

Performance / United States

Their Mark

June 21, 2018 - June 23, 2018

Molissa Fenley and Company -- with Frank Cassara and Ralph Farris -- present Their Mark, an evening of new dance and new music.

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Grantee: Molissa Fenley

Special Event / United States

An American Soldier

June 3, 2018 - June 22, 2018

Danny Chen is the son of Chinese immigrants, and a proud American. He enlists in the US Army in 2011, eager to serve his country. In boot camp, Danny is welcomed by his band of brothers. But in Afghanistan, his own base becomes enemy territory as military hazing turns deadly. Based on a true story, this world premiere of the new two-act opera by composer Huang Ruo and playwright David Henry Hwang, both ACC grantees, asks powerful questions about what it means to be an American. 

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Grantees: David Henry Hwang, Huang Ruo

Exhibition / United States

Meditations on Nature

May 19, 2018 - June 18, 2018

Photograher and ACC grantee Koichiro Kurita has been inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, and his dream to increase the relationship between nature and humans, and by Henry Fox Talbot, a British scientist, inventor and photography pioneer who invented the salted paper and calotype processes, precursors to photographic processes of the later 19th and 20th centuries. Born in 1943, at age 40 Kurita began the pursuit of fine art photography as a way to describe his profound reverence for nature. Kurita became inspired to retreat to nature in order to learn by connecting to its beauty. The resulting photographs are large hand-coated platinum prints carefully printed on handmade Gampi vellum.

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Grantee: Kurita Koichiro

Performance / United States

Lines of Light

June 17, 2018

Virtuosic composer/vocalist and ACC grantee Amirtha Kidambi continues her 2018 residency with Roulette to present the world premiere of Lines of Light. The piece is inspired by the title of the late Muhal Richard Abrams’s Levels and Degrees of Light and medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen’s reference to her vision of God as “The Shade of the Living Light” and brings together a group of female vocal powerhouses. Featuring Jean Carla Rodea, Anaïs Maviel, Emilie Lesbros, and Charmaine Lee, the quartet is a structured improvisation, intended to allow each vocalist to exercise maximum creativity within the larger framework of the piece. 

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Grantee: Amirtha Kidambi

Exhibition / United States

180 Faces

May 5, 2018 - June 16, 2018

180 Faces is the first exhibition of new work by ACC grantee and Chinese painter Liu Wei to be shown in the United States since 2000. Comprising 180 unique “portraits,” these paintings build upon an array of influences informing the artist’s work, from Chinese calligraphy to Expressionism, whilst marking an extraordinary foray into totally new territory. These paintings were first exhibited at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing in March 2018. In this series of paintings, made over the course of one year, Liu Wei demands that the viewer consider the works not as portraits of actual people, but as expressions of his own subconscious impulses.

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Grantee: Liu Wei

Performance / United States

Adam Neely's JAZZ SCHOOL

June 12, 2018

Adam Neely + Friends return to Rockwood Stage 2 for another night of American pop tunes with a modern jazz/rock interpretation. ACC 2016 Grantee Zac Zinger will be playing shakuhachi and saxophone. 

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Grantee: Zachary Zinger

Exhibition / Australia

SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement: 21st Biennale of Sydney

March 16, 2018 - June 11, 2018

SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, curated by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka, presents the work of 70 artists and artist collectives from 35 countries at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

The Biennale of Sydney is located on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. The Biennale acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land and pay respect to Elders, both past and present.

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Grantees: Noguchi Rika, Tawatchai Puntusawasdi, Tiffany Chung, Yanagi Yukinori

Exhibition / United States

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness

March 31, 2018 - June 10, 2018

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, is a solo exhibition  by visual artist and ACC grantee Apichatpong Weerasethakul and is curated by ACC grantee Gridthiya Gaweewong. A leading figure in contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has developed a singular realist-surrealist style in which he portrays the everyday alongside supernatural elements, suggesting a distortion between fact and folklore, the subconscious and the exposed, and various disparities of power. The artist’s passionate positions regarding class, labor, sexuality, science, and spirituality have informed his practice from early in his career to the present, and his work reveals stories often excluded in history in and out of Thailand: voices of the poor and the ill, marginalized beings, and those silenced and censored for personal and political reasons.

Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness, uniquely presents a selected survey of rarely seen experimental short films and video installations by Weerasethakul, alongside his photography, drawings, sketches, and archival material that explore threads of sociopolitical commentary. In tandem with the exhibition, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will present a retrospective of the director’s theatrical releases in its Samuel Roberts Noble Theater. The exhibition will also feature a special opening event for the Museum’s recently launched Film Society.

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Grantees: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Gridthiya Gaweewong

Exhibition / China

Blossoms

April 29, 2018 - June 10, 2018

The Shanghai-born, New York-based photographer and ACC grantee Shen Wei is the master of seductive intimate portraits, poetic landscapes, still-lives and erotic botanic images. His work is a fine balance between private and public spheres. He often challenges his traditional but conservative culture by explicit self-portraits and nudity. Following his series “Chinese Sentiment” being consistent with his sensual and emotional style, Shen turned the lens upon himself, producing “I Miss You Already”, a series of achingly sentimental nude self-portraits revealing his processes of self-reflection and discovery.

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Grantee: Shen Wei, Photographer

Exhibition / Japan

NEW PLANET PHOTO CITY - William Klein and Photographers Living in the 22nd Century

February 23, 2018 - June 10, 2018

Leading 20th century photographer William Klein had a decisive influence on modern visual culture with his expression that went beyond genres such as photography, movies, design and fashion, and his works capturing the cities of the world, including New York, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo, Paris, etc. In this exhibition, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT introduces the city vision of Klein and Japanese and Asian photographers trying to examine the cities and people of the 21st century with a fresh perspective and greatly transcend the frames of conventional photos.

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Grantees: Morinaga Yasuhiro, Shen Chao-Liang

Performance / Taiwan

LUNA

June 8, 2018 - June 10, 2018

ACC grantee Bulareyaung Pagarlava collaborates with Luluna Bunun Choir, a tribal choir well known for its rich voice tradition, in bringing the pristine movements and sounds from the Mother Nature. Don't miss the rare chance to see the music and hear the dance from Taiwan.

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Grantee: Pagarlava Bulareyaung

Performance / United States

Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms

June 8, 2018 - June 9, 2018

Fragility: An Exploration of Polyrhythms is the world premiere of drummer/composer and ACC grantee Susie Ibarra’s new immersive performance. Drawing on deep knowledge of Asian and jazz percussive traditions, Ibarra leads audiences on a journey into a mesmerizing musical environment. An ensemble of seven musicians creates multi-layered, expansive sonic textures. Dancer Souleymane Badolo interacts with custom-built motion capture technology in which the dancer’s movements trigger recorded sounds to create a live rhythmic composition. 

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Grantee: Susie Ibarra

Performance / United States

Tree of Codes | Spoleto Festival USA

May 29, 2018 - June 7, 2018

In this US premiere, acclaimed Australian composer Liza Lim dissolves boundaries to create holes in the world—perforations in which we might encounter more than one existence. Two-headed birds and layers of light conjure a magical world under ACC grantee and Director Ong Keng Sen (Facing Goya; 2014) in this dramatic work inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s art book by the same name. Two singers take on multiple characters as the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, led by John Kennedy, weaves a descriptive soundscape full of the intricate details that attract us to fantasy.

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Grantee: Ong Keng Sen

Performance / United States

La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival 2018

May 10, 2018 - June 3, 2018

La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival is presented at The Ellen Stewart Theatre and the Downstairs Theatre & Lounge. This season's programming continues to support La MaMa's commitment to presenting diverse performance styles that challenge audience's perception of dance, and will feature performance/installations, experimental film screenings & public symposiums which address dance artists' engagement with the current political climate, as well as honoring diasporic histories and legacy, ancestral inspirations and inter-generational dialogue.

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Grantees: Ellen Fisher, Nicky Paraiso, Mei Yin

Performance

Puno Letters to the Sky

June 3, 2018

Papermoon Puppet Theatre (ACC 2008) is a renowned collective based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. To date, they have created more than 20 performances and visual art installations and exhibitions, which they have toured to more than 10 countries since 2006. 

They are performing as part of the Southeast Asian Tour of their newest work, "Puno: Letters to the Sky." An original play for adults and children ages 7 and above, the work is an ode to losing our loved ones and is inspired by ACC fellow Don Salubayba.

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Grantee: Maria Tri Sulistyani

Exhibition / Brazil

Oscar Oiwa in Paradise – Drawing the Ephemeral

April 3, 2018 - June 3, 2018

For his latest piece, titled Oscar Oiwa in Paradise – Drawing the Ephemeral, the artist used 120 black marker pens to adorn an entire inflatable dome with illustrations of imaginative pathways, mythical forests, and swirling skies. Created exclusively for JAPAN HOUSE São Paulo, the installation took two weeks to complete with the help of five assistants. Visitors are invited to enter the vinyl balloon, where they can experience Oiwa’s otherworldly, imaginary landscape. The colossal, monochrome drawing covers every surface of the 10 x 7 x 4 meter vinyl surface, and is influenced by the artist’s love of comic book art, and the Brazilian urban environment.

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Grantee: Oiwa Oscar Satio

Exhibition / Taiwan

2050: A Brief History of the Future

March 24, 2018 - June 3, 2018

What would our world look like 32 years from now? Over fifty international and Taiwanese artists will seek to uncover the future through art at this first joint venture by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

"2050: A Brief History of the Future," which was presented at the Louvre in 2016, will run in Taichung from March 24 through June 3 to elaborate on the concepts first proposed by French economist Jacques Attali in the 2006 bestseller "A Brief History of the Future."

Attali speculates on human and technological development in face of troubling population growth, overexploitation of resources, social inequality, and religious wars. Curator Pierre-Yves Desaive has expanded upon this framework to mount an exhibition with a Taiwanese perspective.

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Grantee: Kuo I-Chen

Exhibition / Japan

"Shuta Hasunuma : ~ ing”

April 6, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Internationally acclaimed composer and artist -- and ACC alumnus -- Shuta Hasunuma is known for his engagement in a wide variety of music-related activities, as a composer, producer, collaborator in genres like film, theater and dance, as well as his Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra, which presents concerts among musicians from different musical backgrounds. Hasunuma will present video, sound, sculpture and other works in which he has extracted the key elements of his creative process, namely, fieldwork, collaboration, and phenomena. The exhibition will consider new relationships and coexistences among people, and between humans and non-humans, while at the same time composing works for exhibition to create a singular harmony. 

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Grantee: Hasunuma Shuta

Special Event / United States

Interference Archive‎: Weed and Seed Walk

June 2, 2018

Join ACC grantees and artists Anne Percoco and Ellie Irons as they lead Interference Archive's Weed and Seed walk on Saturday, June 2nd for an afternoon weed walk through Gowanus. The neighborhood is the perfect place to explore plants growing on superfund sites and brown fields, out of the side of buildings or cracks in the sidewalk, or from other former or current sites of human infrastructure or activity. After exploring, everyone will head back to Interference Archive for a conversation about some of the material in their archival collection that helps to understand climate change and sustainability.

Interested in walking with? RSVP to info@interferencearchive.org so we can share details on our starting point for the walk.

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Grantees: Anne Percoco, Ellie Irons

Exhibition / United States

VIET STORIES: Recollections & Regenerations

February 17, 2018 - May 28, 2018

The exhibition remembers the past and captures the diversity and transformation of the current Vietnamese American community. VIET STORIES incorporates the history of refugees and immigrants from Vietnam through historical photographs, documents, artifacts, oral history interviews, and original artwork by prominent Vietnamese American artists. 

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Grantee: Le Dinh Q.

Exhibition / Japan

Hiraku Suzuki : Traffic

April 27, 2018 - May 27, 2018

ACC alumnus Hiraku Suzuki's solo exhibition "Traffic" applies his methodology of ‘excavation’, in the sense that he seeks to express what is beyond time, but still occupying given space. His method has now gone on to a higher level. It is tempting to say his ‘excavations’ are conducted to dig out the crossroads between time and space. 

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Grantee: Suzuki Hiraku

Performance / Taiwan

New Paradise of Silent Island

May 24, 2018 - May 27, 2018

"The New Island of Meshima" reinterprets the contemporary experimentation of traditional culture with theatrical dance. This work, which was rated as “representing the world and being highly representative of Taiwan,” is a classic that tells Taiwan’s traditional elements in the modern language of the theatre, integrates Taiwan’s native cultural symbols and observations of gender, and draws profound traction. 

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Grantee: Ho Hsiao-Mei

Exhibition / United States

Sandra Eula Lee: The Bend

April 23, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Sandra Eula Lee’s work is inspired by the temporary structures built by residents in Beijing where neighborhoods underwent constant demolition and relocation of communities. These structures include make-shift stands, small ‘impromptu’ gardens, and improvised spaces. Her installation pays tribute to the enduring human spirit found in these everyday creative acts.

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Grantee: Sandra Eula Lee

Performance / Taiwan

Behalf

May 25, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Two rebellious choreographers- ACC alumni Pichet Klunchun, an innovator in classical Thai classical dance and Chen Wu-kang, founder of Taiwan’s first all-male dance company HORSE-encounter in Behalf. Through an eloquent body dialogue that transcends documented history, defined geography and social taboos, they go to great lengths in dance to dethrone any gods proclaiming to be.

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Grantees: HORSE, Pichet Klunchun, Chen Wu-Kang