On the Agenda of the Arts 2012 - in the AIR -

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On the Agenda of the Arts 2012 - in the AIR -

Cultural Diversity and the Activities of New Art Centers



TitleOn the Agenda of the Arts 2012 - in the AIR - Cultural Diversity and the Activities of New Art Centers
2012.9.21(Fri) - 2012.11.25(Sun)
11:00 - 19:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
Partner Institution
sàn art (Vietnam)
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES / Dinh Q. Lê / Wit Pimkanchanapong
Dinh Q. Lê (TWS Hongo 2F, Installation view)

Artist interview

Try to find a better place, but soon it's all the same. What once you thought was a paradise is not just what it seems... I know it's hard for you to
 change your way of life... If you do I'm sure you'll see the end is not yet near. Where do we go from here?

Chicago, from "Where Do We Go From Here?"

The title of this song by the rock band Chicago, known for many political tunes in the late 1960s, was drawn from the words of a television reporter providing live coverage of man's first landing on the moon. The idea of progress that underpinned the moon landing coexisted with a great gloom that began with the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 and carried through the Viet Nam War as the young generation sought to create a new world unlike what had come before. As I thought about where we should go in the wake of the unprecedented disaster of last year's Great East Japan Earthquake, I could hear this old song playing in my head.

Have we been able, over the last year and a half, to clearly identify a destination on which to fix our sights? Regrettably, it seems safe to say the road ahead remains unclear. At the same time, one thing is undoubtedly different than before: our outlook. We cannot answer the question of where to go from here, but the answer may be found in our outlook and our attitude in continuing to pose the question.

An artist-in-residence program means more than going overseas to stay somewhere else for a while. A residency is an opportunity for an artist to step outside his or her own context, to look upon the world, for a time, through different eyes. There is something in the air, there, that reveals a world previously unseen.

On the Agenda of the Arts 2011 addressed the theme "Where Do We Go From Here?" through lectures and workshops conducted during the residency period.

Artists who joined us in thinking about how to answer that question then will be coming back again this year to introduce their latest work.



YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES is yhchang.com. It is also Young-hae Chang (Korea) and Marc Voge (United States). Based in Seoul, YHCHI has done their signature animated text set to their own music in 20 languages and shown much of it at some of the major art institutions in the world, including Tate, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Whitney Museum, and the New Museum, New York. Young-hae and Marc are 2012 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Creative Arts Fellows.

Dinh Q. Lê (Vietnam)

Born in Ha-Tien, Vietnam in 1968, and lives in Ho Chi Minh City. In 1978, his family escaped to Thailand when the Khmer Rouge invaded his hometown and migrated to the United States in 1979. After receiving a BA in Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he received an MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Lê addresses issues of war and immigration through photography, sculpture and video works. Lê had held numerous solo and group exhibitions. Recent exhibitions included a solo exhibition at MoMA New York in 2010 and recently participated in dOCUMENTA (13). Lê also co-founded the Los Angeles -based Vietnam Foundation for the Arts (VNFA) and the not for profit San Art gallery in Ho Chi Minh City.

Wit Pimkanchanapong (Thailand)

Born in 1976 in Bangkok, Thailand. Received his MA in Visual Communication at the Kent Institute of Art & Design, Maidstone, UK, in 1999. With an ongoing interest in contemporary media studies, his works often take the form of spatial objects or landscapes -- urban, sonic, constructed or imagined. As an artist, he is inspired by the possibilities of working with everyday materials such as paper, fruit and others editable subjects, to create powerful and often interactive environments. Recent group exhibition includes "Singapore Biennale" (2008) and "The Sixth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art" (Brisbane, 2009). He also is a member of Soi Project.

Related Event

Artist in Residence

Mohamed Abdelkarim (Egypt)
Noor Abu Arafeh (Palestine)

Residency period: Early September to Late November
Open Studio: October 26th (Fri) - 28th (Sun) 13:00-18:00 (TBA)
Venue: Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence

 As a part of "On the Agenda of the Arts" Program, TWS invites young artists from Middle-East to Japan. They will pursue creative residencies at Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence, and will show their research and work-in-progress at OPEN STUDIO. Works produced by the artists will be exhibited in 2013 at Tokyo Wonder Site. 

Partner Institution: Ashkal Alwan: The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts (Lebanon)

Artist Talk

2012/10/31 (Wed) 19:00 -
Participants (TBA) : YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Dinh Q. Lê, Wit Pimkanchanapong,
Venue: Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo

Participating Creator

Dinh Q. LÊ