Jason Wee

Residency Program

Research Residency Program


Jason Wee

Participating ProjectResearch Residency Program
Period2009.5 - 2009.6
Purpose of the residency

I am researching historical material for new work, in particular the early constructions of Asia in old maps, or in mythologized material about monsters and strange creatures. I am interested in notions of hybridity, particular iconized as the man-beast creature, as a fantastic fact. That is, in an encounter between two cultures, the hybrid is the recognitiona the imaginative life of the foreigner. I am also looking at contemporary work, to see what Japanese artists might be doing in this area, if at all. My time will be spent, finally, gathering this material into writing and making new drawings and sketches.

Plan during the residency

OPEN STUDIO 2009
- to look at university library collections of cartographic material
- to look at contemporary practices around cartography and hybridity - to talk to historians about early conceptions of Asia.

[ Activity Report ]
The time in Tokyo Wonder Site has been very productive for me. Staff of TWS have been tremendously helpful in getting me in touch with the Edo glass carver, and I have already begun working on new glass sculptures, which I am aiming to show in Tokyo in 2010. I have also made various contacts regarding my book project on hybridity, and spoken to researchers at the recent Cultural Studies conference at Sophia University. At the same time, I have gotten to see and know many other curators and artists who are working in this fantastic city. If anything, I wish I had more time at TWS. I am sure that there are other opportunities for us to work together again, and I look forward to them in the future.

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