The ArtCamp 2016 international summer school held by the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art welcomed four Japanese participants and a visiting artist Mr. Kazuhiro Yajima. The group included students from three Japanese art universities and one arts management specialist who also had an opportunity research about ArtCamp and its organisation to assess the possibilities of establishing a similar programme in Akita, Japan. They participated in three one-week art courses each and completed them all successfully. The visiting artist Kazuhiro Yajima taught a one-week course of architecture focused on the Japanese tea house tradition with a very positive feedback from the participants. ArtCamp has proved again to be a useful tool in maintaining and developing our cooperation and relationships with Japanese universities and institutions.
Written by Lenka Kodýtková (ArtCamp Executive Director)
11 – 29 Jul. 2016
Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, University of West Bohemia
course leader: Kazuhiro Yajima (architect)
course participants: Takahiro Oguma (gallery representative, graduate of Kyoto University of Art and Design) Kanata Hiraishi (Akita University of Art) Chisaki Mori (Tokyo University of the Arts) Jingyi Wang (Joshibi University of Art and Design)
Public lecture by Kazuhiro Yajima Date: 11 – 15 Jul. 2016 Venue: Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art
Artist presentations in the PechaKucha format Date: 11, 18 and 25 Jul. 2016 Venue: Íčko Café, Pilsen
Guided tours of the Adolf Loos interiors Date: 11-12 Jul. 2016 Venue: Adolf Loos interiors, Pilsen
unfold was Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa’s first UK solo show, exhibited at FACT, Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, 11 March 2016 – 15 June 2016. The exhibition offered a platform for scientists and astrophysicists to open up their research to the public through a new audiovisual commission and exhibition. unfold enabled audiences members to ‘feel the universe’ through Kurokawa’s unique and sensory artwork. Alongside the exhibition there was a dedicated Public Programme, and artworks were also shown at Sound City music festival to an audience of 21,000. The exhibition gained substantial regional, national and international press including articles in The Guardian and Art Review Asia. unfold will tour to Jikji Kestival, Korea; Ars Electronica, Austria; and Scopitone Festival, France.
Written by Aoife Robinson
11 Mar. – 15 Jun. 2016
FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology), Liverpool
Other participated artists:
Vincent Minier (France), Nicolas Wierinck (Belgium)
syn: Ryoichi Kurokawa Date: 11 Mar. 2016 Venue: Music Room, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Artist Talk: Ryoichi Kurokawa and Vincent Minier Date: 12 Mar. 2016 Venue: The Box, FACT
unfold Curator Tour Date: 10 and 19 Mar. 2016 Venue: Galleries 1 & 2, FACT
Re_fold Date: 13 Apr. and 5 May 2016 Venue: The Jacaranda
Ryoichi Kurokawa: Sound City Date: 28 -29 May 2016 Venue: Sound City Festival
From the organizer
The art-communities of Turku (European Capital of Culture 2011), Dubai, Hamburg and Kobe have established this project in cooperation. Local artists will be exchanged between communities and they will give exhibitions and lectures with a help of regional artists and citizens. This time, Ms.KAWAGUCHI Nanako and Mr.SAKURAI Rui participate the project from Kobe and will give solo shows in B GALLERIA in Turku from the 12th of May. In turn, Ms.Jenny MILD, Mr.Sami PIKKARAINEN and Mr.Paul FLANDERS from Turku will work in Kobe from January 2017 for two months, joining an overview symposium. A final report will be made from this discussion.
26 Apr.– 30 Jun. 2016
artist residence at Pääskyvuori
Participate Japanese artists:
12 – 29 May 2016
Nanako KAWAGUCHI Rui SAKURAI Solo show
12 May 2016
Lecture on C.A.P.
To be based on the concept of the earth and the wind, Ueda Rikuo has produced the works so-called "wind drawing", by the mechanical devices that are designed to harness the wind to create the works of art.
This project's theme is "winds~crossing Borders" focused on the concept of coexistence with the environment and people. I was asked to hold the exhibition by the gallery, it's called Rostrum in Sweden, which is a Non Profitable Organization. Gallery Rostrum is situated in Malmö and was founded 1985. As an Artist-run non profit Gallery we present a yearly programme of a large and broad variety of contemporary art through exhibitions, art-projects and cultural events.
Ueda has worked with Danish artist Steen Rasmussen and will participate in the program of Aarhus 2017, European Capital of Culture.
20 Aug. – 11 Sep. 2016
Participate Japanese artist:
Nishiaizu International Art Village and Gallery have invited many artists from European countries and have especially been keeping good relationship with Lithuanian artists and their country. After 5 years from the Great East Japan Earthquake, they restarted the exchange program to invite young Lithuanian artist and send Japanese young artist, Tetsuya TAKIZAWA, an artisan of Japanese Paper. TAKIZAWA plans to have an art exhibition of his art works which will be well researched Lithuanian history and culture on the art making process. He also will have lectures and workshops at the Vilnius Art Academy. Meanwhile, Nishiaizu International Art Village will invite young Lithuanian artist and support his/her creative activities and exhibition in Fukushima and Tokyo.
1 Sep.－31 Oct. 2016
Vilnus Academy of Arts (Vilnus, Lithuania) Nishiaizu International Art Village, Space S (Yama District, Fukushima pref.)
TAKIZAWA Tetsuya (Paper artist)
Other participate artists:
Lithuanian artist selected by Lithuania artist federation
Lecture and workshop by TAKIZAWA Tetsuya Date: Sep. or Oct. 2016 Venue: :Vilnus Academy of Arts , Vilnus city, etc
Lecture by Lithuania artist, Workshop Date: Sep. or Oct. 2016 Venue:Nishiaizu International Art Village, Space S
Seventy-one years on, a way to peace posed by the heritage of Hiroshima
From the Organizer:
The Peace Treaty project has always been the cornerstone of the dss2016 cultural programme, being its main project which, would provide the necessary scope for us to talk about the main thematic pillars of our candidature: peace and coexistence among different peoples and cultures in San Sebastian and Europe. This year, a project, containing a wide variety of activities related to the Peace Treaty, started in 2013 and the process that has been built until 2016 will be represented together.
This exhibition is driven by a collaborative work methodology, under the artistic direction of Pedro G. Romero, and is presented in different formats, different institutional spaces, and hinges upon the collaboration with a large team of local and international agents. In order to reconsider peace, four clocks are to be taken from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum as symbolic examples.
At the end of its entire process, the legacy generated and left by Peace Treaty shall be immense, in terms of experiences, heritage, and documentary deposits and publications.
24 Jun.－2 Oct. 2016
Museum San Telmo, Donostia Koldo Mitxelena, Donostia
Artworks from Japan:
four clocks from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
BLIK BLIK festival of light was founded during Pilsen – European capital of culture 2015 and has soon grown into one of the biggest public space events in Pilsen. In 2016 it hosed 11 light instalations by artists from Japan, Germany, France, Slovakia and Czech Republic. One of the main highlights of the festival was the installation Brocken 5.1 by Yasuhiro Chida. A metal cube pinned with 60.000 tiny holes invited audiences to feel like flying in the space. Yasuhiro has created the artwork during a three weeks long artistic residence in the DEPO2015, creative venue founded during Pilsen 2015 project. The BLIK BLIK festival of light has welcomed 45.000 audiences during the weekend of March 18 and 19, 2016.
--Written by Jiří Sulženko, programme director, Pilsen 2015
Mar. 18-19 2016
Pilsen, Czech Republic
Other participate artists:
Slovakia: Zuzana Petrovičová, Ondrej Maksi, Peter Vrábeľ, Róbert Farkaš
Czech Republic: Čestmír Suška, Petr Pufler, Pavla Beranová, Gabriel Vach, KinoCirkus collective, DEPO2015 collective
France: AV Exciters collective
Germany: Axel T. Schmidt
This program is a solo exhibition of Aarhus based Danish artist Ditte Lyngkaer Pedersen which focuses on the body of work exploring the dynamics of language and synesthesia. Pedersen will show the series of video works from her project WHY IS GREEN A RED WORD? (2003 - 2013) and some drawings from the series NUMBER FORMS (2013).
During the exhibition, a workshop for children by Pederson is planned. In the workshop participants will try to understand the concept of synesthesia and visualize their version of alternative visions with materials such as paper, clay and wire. This event is the first collaboration of Chiaki Kamikawa and Ditte Lyngkaer Pedersen which connects Paphos in Cyprus and Aarhus in Denmark and this collaboration is intended to continue in Aarhus and Japan in 2017 onwards.
The exhibition focusing on the drawings by M. Koscielniak, the Holocaust survivor was organized successfully. It was one of the series of successive activities I have dedicated my life for nearly two decades, the artist’ wife entrusted the precious drawings to me whom she put trust the serious writer about Holocaust, to safely preserve and exhibit to as many people as possible in Japan. This lecture that I talked this fact and my determination to return the drawings to Poland gave a great emotion to the audience. And they were given profound insight with the drawings and wish to show them to the next generation as well. In order to respond to the requests, I am now seeking the way to obtain fund to create the accurate reproduction (replica) of the drawings.
Written by Michiko Nomura
Replicas to be completed:
Mid. Oct. 2016
J. Komski, M.Koscielniak, Terezin's children
・Drawing by Holocaust Survivors-Exhibition
Date: 4-12 Jun. 2016
Venue: Gallery X
Staffs: Sonoko Yamazaki (editor), Keiko Murakami( A-bomb victim in Hiroshima)
・Lecture of the drawings by Holocaust survivors
Date：4-5 Jun. 2016
Speaker：Michiko Nomura (Writer, editor, collector of the works), Sonoko Yamazaki (editor)
・ Study visit to Poland and Czech/ Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum and Terezin memorial Museum
Date: 2-9 Mar. 2016
Participants: Michiko Nomura with her 16 colleagues
Creation by young artists from Japan and Poland on the theme “Two Sticks”
Main outcome of the program was a wide range presentation of Japanese contemporary drawing attitudes and confrontation with Polish artists approach. Contacts and cooperation between Poland and Japan has been developed. There are plans for further cooperation according to Drawing Center, which is going to be established in Wrocław and Tokyo. Wrocław’s audience had chance to see interesting and fresh view on contemporary drawing installations located in specific gothic space, which is inspiring for Japanese artists. Participation of Sadaharu Horio, his live-performance with audience engagement has brought, together with Gutai documentary movie projection, deeper insight into Japanese avant-garde. All events of the program attracted a large number of visitors, who were declaring to see outstanding art in beautiful and demanding venues. A large catalog with rich content will be published in June 2016.
3 Dec. 2015 – 7 Feb. 2016
The Museum of Architecture in Wrocław, National Museum, BARBARA,