Cultural Diversity and the Activities of New Art Centers
Even before 3/11, as the curtain rose on the 21st century with 9/11 in New York, and then a decade later as the Jasmine Revolution sparked popular revolutions across the Middle East, the world has struggled to find a new framework for this new century. Today the unprecedented earthquake and ensuing disaster has brought us to a point where we must re-examine our way of life and the ways of our world. Roughly half a year since 3/11, we remain unable to see a clear path before us. It is as if we repeatedly ask ourselves, day after day, "Where in the world do we stand now?" and "Where do we go from here?" These questions are not new, but we think now is the time to again explore them in depth together with artists who have long given thought to such issues.
About "On the Agenda of the Arts 2011"
"On the Agenda of the Arts" is an ongoing series hosted by Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS) that began with a symposium in 2007. We have invited curators and artists from around the world to share their views on art and creative activity in a multicultural society through exhibitions, lectures, and round-table discussions on topics such as "cultural diversity", "the activities of new arts centers", and the "new commons." This year, young artists from Japan and Asia, working with some of Asia's best master artists, will work together to address issues for the future through research and dialogue as they seek to open up new horizons for art.
Part of our Artist-in-Residence program, this project is composed of four elements:(1) Exhibitions (2) Educational programs (3) Creative production, and (4) Forum. The project attempts to shine a light on the dual significance of a residency: as an opportunity for inward-directed creativity and a creative space for dialogue with others. In our contemporary society where information travels in an instant, we hope we can once again consider the meaning of "a space where art is born" and the importance of a creative process grounded in ongoing dialogue.
◆The exhibition at TWS Shibuya belongs to (1)Exhibition and (3) Creative production.
◆During the exhibition period, we'll hold a (2) Educational programs. For further information (about how to apply or program details) please check this page.
◆ As for (4)Forum, it is scheduled on March 10th (Sat) 2011 under the title "Towards the Future of Artist-in-Residence in Japan." This forum brings together administrators from some of Asia's best residence organizations to discuss, together with master artists and from a Pan-Asian perspective, the potential for and future state of Artist-in-Residence programs, with special attention to issues in Asia and Japan.
Talk Events by Participating Artists
(Venue: TWS Shibuya, No reservation required, Japanese-English interpretation avaiavle, Admission free)
November 18th (Fri) 19:00-21:00 → Finished
Guest: Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries
November 23th (Wed, national holiday) 15:00-17:30 → Finished
Guest: Young Asian Artists (■), Young Japanese Artists (■)*
November 25th (Fri) 19:00-21:00 → Finished
Guest: Dinh Q. Lê
November 29th (Tue) 19:00-21:00 → Finished
Guest: Wit Pimkanchanapong
November 30th (Wed) 19:00-21:00 →
Guest: Master Artists (■), Guest Artists (■)*
Internationally active Asian artists will guide young artists by conducting workshops, giving talks, and providing mentoring while engaged in research and production during residencies in Tokyo.
・Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries (Korea/USA)
・Dinh Q. Lê(Vietnam)
Top Japanese artist who is internationally active just like Master Artists will participate in Exhibition I as guest.
■Young Asian Artists
Young artists representing Asia's next generation, after working together with young Japanese artists during residencies in Tokyo, will produce work in their own countries to be shown at Exhibition II.
・Trân Minh Dúc(Vietnam)
■Young Japanese Artists
Young artists who will drive the future of contemporary art in Japan will collaborate with Young Asian Artists to produce work during residencies in Japan and Asian countries and then present the results at Exhibition II.
Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries
《The Life of the City of the mind》
HD QuickTime movie
original text and music soundtrack, 8 x 4.5m, 2011
Public installation, Freyberg Place, Auckland, New Zealand
"Living Room 2011: Metropolis Dreaming"
Dinh Q. Lê
Mixed-media installation, 2010
Commissioned by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia
Installation, activity, 2007
《Wedding - View of the wedding party on the river that divides North Korea and China, Dandong,China》
type C print, 2007
Trân Minh Dúc
《Normal day No.2 (some day in NY)》
Digital C-prints on calender sheets,
38 x 27.5 cm, 2010
Digital C-Print, 2011
video with sound, 2009
HD Video, 2008
single channel video installation, 2000
《this world is continuous or not?》
Film, Installation, 2011