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Global Seminar

Since 1990, the contemporary art environment such as the system of art museums, international exhibitions, and galleries, as well as the relationship between world politics, economy, and the art market have rapidly become more complicated around the world. To that end, it is no longer possible to grasp the overall picture. In order to be a top-level artist within this context, it is necessary that students understand the complicated circumstances of contemporary art from a comprehensive and global perspective, while, at the same time, have a deep knowledge of their own cultural context. At the Graduate School “Global Seminar,” we aim to make the most of Kyoto as our location and this special intensive program in a small group, so that students can understand their position from historical and geographical perspectives and become cosmopolitans of a new generation who can speak, have discourse, express, and give presentations on an international stage. At the Global Seminar we are holding special classes with renown international and domestic guests such as artists who are already participating in top-level international exhibitions and whose work are collected by world famous museums, leading curators, among others.

Kazuya Nakayama
Kazuya Nakayama (Director)

Kazuya Nakayama is Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School, Artist. He also worked in the ateliers of Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Guillaume Paris, Tadashi Kawamata as a guest researcher at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France (until 2017). Recent exhibitions include Partie de campagne (titre parapluie) (Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin), Exhibition of Kuandu Residency Program (Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei) and many others.

Mami Kataoka

Photo: Akinori Ito

Mami Kataoka (Advisor / Founding Director)

Mami Kataoka is Adjunct Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School, Director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and President of CIMAM (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art) [2020-2022]. She was also Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018).

Rune Kobayashi
Nagi Moemi (Program Officer)

Moemi Nagi has been involved in the management of art projects and performing arts productions. Aichi Triennale Performing Arts Division, Mixed Bathing World / NPO BEPPU PROJECT, etc. In recent years, she has also been engaged in art activities by people with disabilities.

GLOBAL SEMINAR

What is special about the Global Seminar?

01 A program with small class sizes
In order to promote a special educational program with small class sizes, each year up to 5 students will be accepted.
02 Through research trips abroad, students can experience the mood around the world
We will carry out research trips to Kyoto, Tokyo, and abroad and visit renown museums, galleries, and artist studios to understand the mood of locations around the world.
03 An assemble of internationally active guests; strengthening of English skills
Approximately six times throughout the year, we will invite guests to give intensive lectures, mainly world-leading international and domestic artists and curators. Since these international lectures will be in English, we aim to strengthen language skills.
04 Focusing on the future, an emphasis on studying Asian art
Not only limited to Western and Japanese art, we also emphasize the study of art history, social history, and traditional culture, etc.. of the Asia-Pacific region
05 Fostering abilities to survive the age
In order to survive this post-internet age, we foster the abilities to collect information, carry out survey and research, compile knowledge and give presentation through common research and projects.
06 Make art works in the latest facilities
Art making can be carried out at Ultra Factory’s common studios where we offer a great art making environment and guidance with the latest facilities.

Introduction of class content

Making Art Work

The students supported the work of the guest professor SHIMABUKU 's exhibition "Great Kyoto 2018 in Kyotanabe" and "Echigo -Tsumari Triennale" in Niigata. They participated in the research at Ikkyuji temple in Kyoto, where the exhibition was held, and discussed the works to be exhibited, and supported the measurement, making and installation of fixtures necessary for the exhibition. In Niigata, they stayed near planned venue of exhibition and experienced on-site making while meeting with SHIMABUKU and local supporters. They were able to attend the making of works by artists active in the world, listen to stories about the activities of artists in Japan and overseas, and had a very valuable experience in communication other than making.

Tokyo Study Trip

Students picked up places of interest and conducted Tokyo study trip for a three days to research galleries and museums. They visited nearly 20 museums and galleries, such as "Gallery Koyanagi", "Maison Hermes" and "Art Tower Mito", and we appreciated the work while receiving commentary from the gallerist and curators. After that, they had an opportunity to hear about the curator's work, such as making an exhibition with the artist and the inside story of the exhibition. They also visited Tokyo Studio CO., LTD., where they set up art exhibitions. The office representative, Mr. Ozawa, set up a documentary video viewing event of Joseph Voice held at the Seibu Museum of Art in 1984 and a social gathering, which was a valuable opportunity to know the scene of the art.

Exhibition at Galerie Aube

The students held the exhibition "Stone Money and Tilted Clock ― 4 perspectives" at Galerie Aube on campus. The main theme of the exhibition was "What is globalization?" and keywords was "distance", "time", "value" and "difference". And the curator student planed and organized the exhibition. The artist students exhibited several works each. During the event, a talk event was also held with Prof. Akira Asada and Michael Joo as guests. Also, a contemporary artist, Tatsuo Miyajima, came and commented on the work, and was able to confirm the results at the seminar from various perspectives.

Exhibition in Vienna, Austria

The students organized an exhibition with the Non-Profit Art Association "See You Next Thursday" based in Vienna, Austria, and while holding meetings for over half a year, the group exhibition "YESTERDAY'S TOMORROW IS TODAY " was held at the gallery "VBCÖ" in Vienna. It was difficult to proceed with the project in a situation far away from Japan and Austria, but as the students went to Vienna and the members of the Association visited Japan, they deepened their mutual communication and kept up to the exhibition. Many art people came to the exhibition, and the students were able to connect to future artist activities in Vienna.

Lectures and discussions

Students join lecture by reading a large amount of materials such as criticism written by guest lecturers and documents on past exhibitions distributed before Saskia came to Japan. In the lecture, in addition to these materials, detailed commentary with images of exhibitions and works, her stories developed in various ways such as the theme of the exhibition and the attitude of the artists. In the discussion time, students also actively asked questions. For students who want to work on the international stage, the time to listen to guest lecturers who are involved with planning international exhibitions and the opportunity to express their own questions and opinions is very valuable. Also, because all classes are in English, students can improve their English language skills by being in an environment where English is necessary.

One-to-one Kyoto guiding between lecturer and students

There was a proposal from Saskia to meet each student, so time was set for her to talk to students about not just ways of thinking about art but also private matters. Students took her to the places where each student had an attachment to, such as the student’s studio, their favorite cafe, Tetsugaku no michi (the Philosopher's Path), shopping arcades around the Demachiyanagi, the theater Demachi-za, among others. They talked with each other while eating together etc… in a relaxed atmosphere. Although the students’ English is not so advanced, she patiently listened and the students could actively talk and they were able to enjoy communicating with each other. In this way, we plan to continue to connect students and lecturers, so that students can learn various things even outside of the classroom.

Guest lecturers, Global Seminar 2021

Charles Lindsay

Artist / San Francisco, USA

Charles Lindsay is a conceptual artist-adventurer whose work synthesizes ideas about technology, time, eco-systems and semiotics. He creates immersive environments, sound installations, sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and bio-tech equipment. He is an explorer, balancing studio time with travels in remote natural environments capturing audio / visual field recordings. Educated as an exploration geologist, Lindsay worked in Canada’s Northwest Territories before becoming a photojournalist in southeast Asia. His first book Mentawai Shaman (Aperture 1992) chronicles years living with a stone age shaman in Indonesia. His full time art practice dates to approximately 2005. Lindsay was the SETI Institute’s first artist in residence. He created three projects at NASA Ames and is a Guggenheim Fellow. Lindsay’s eighth book of photographs, Recipes for the Mind, was released by Terranova / MIT Press(2019).

Kodama Kanazawa

Curator / Japan

Contemporary art curator. She got her master’s degree from the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts and the Royal College of Art (RCA) in the United Kingdom. After working for 12 years in public art museums such as the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, she began working independently in 2013. Her recent major curatorial projects include Yokohama Paratriennale 2020, Hangzhou Fiber Art Triennial (Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, 2019), solo shows of AKI INOMATA, Yuko Mouri and Rafaël Rozendaal (Towada Art Center, 2018-2019), Enfance (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018) ), Kenpoku Art (6 cities and towns in Ibaraki Prefecture, 2016), etc. She is co-founder of Gendai Bijutsu Online Event JP, a calendar website of online events of/about contemporary art conducted in Japanese.

Greg Dvorak

Professor at Waseda University, Independent Curator / United States, Japan

Greg Dvorak is professor of Pacific and Asian cultural studies in the Waseda University Graduate School of Culture and Communication Studies and undergraduate School of International Liberal Studies. Having spent his life between the Marshall Islands, the United States, and Japan, he teaches and researches mainly on themes of postcolonial memory, gender, militarism, resistance and art in the Oceania region, particularly where Japanese and American empires intersect in Micronesia. Founder of the grassroots art/academic network Project Sango, he serves as a co-curator for art from Northern Oceania in the upcoming 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Art, and has helped to advise other exhibitions such as the inaugural Honolulu Biennial. Among other publications, he is the author of Coral and Concrete: Remembering Kwajalein Atoll between Japan, America, and the Marshall Islands (University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2018).

Saskia Bos

Curator, Art historian / Netherlands

Saskia Bos is an art historian, independent curator and critic based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has worked as a curator and director at De Appel arts centre in Amsterdam and as Dean of the School of Art at Cooper Union, New York. Her many international projects brought her also to Japan from 1996 and she has invited a series of Japanese artists since. Japan has stayed on her mind in New York where she became Board member of Japan Society which she remains till the present.
Saskia Bos is also a Board member of CIMAM, the world-wide organization for museums of contemporary art, a member of SEC, the Société Européenne de la Culture and of AICA, the international art critics association.

Eric Baudelaire

Artist / US

Lee Kit

Artist / HongKong

Lecturers of Advanced Art Theory 2021

Akira Asada

Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School / Director of ICA Kyoto

He graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University. After working as Associate Professor at Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University, he was appointed the Dean of Graduate School at Kyoto University of the Arts (former Kyoto University of Art and Design). He is an influential critique on philosophy as well as various fields including arts, architecture, music, dance, film, literature and so on.

Michihiro Shimabuku

Adjunct Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School / Artist | Japan

From the beginning of the 1990s, he has travelled to various places in Japan and overseas, creating performances and installations that consider the daily lives and cultures of people he encounters, as well as new forms of communication. Full of poetic sentiment and humor while also inspiring people in metaphorical ways, his style has gained a worldwide reputation. In recent years, he has had solo exhibitions at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco (2021) and the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2014). Shimabuku has participated in group shows at Centre Pompidou in Paris and Hayward Gallery in London,and in numerous international exhibitions including Venice Biennale(2003, 2017), the São Paulo Biennial (2006), Havana Biennal (2015) and Lyon Biennale (2017). He was also a Guest Professor at the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany (2005-2006) and a Guest Lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland (2014-2015).

Mizuki Endo

Adjunct Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School / The executive director of Higashiyama Artists Placement Service (HAPS)

Mizuki Endo is a curator, art consultant and writer. He works as the executive director of Higashiyama Artists Placement Service (HAPS) in Kyoto since 2011, and as the artistic director of Vin Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA) in Hanoi since 2017. Endo established three artist-run spaces in Asia; Art Space Tetra (Fukuoka, 2004), Future Prospects Art Space (Manila, 2005) and Playroom (Mito, 2007). He was awarded the 3rd Lorenzo Bonaldi Art Prize (Bergamo, 2005), and was an Asian Cultural Council Fellow in the United States in 2007, and was the director of Arcus Project (Moriya, Japan, 2007-2010). He is a member of Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art. He has been involved in numerous exhibitions in Japan and abroad.

( Photo: Hyogo Mugyuda )

Koichiro Osaka

Adjunct Associate Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School / Director of Asakusa Art Space

Koichiro Osaka is a curator, writer, producer, and the founding director of Asakusa, a forty-square-meter exhibition venue committed to advancing curatorial collaboration and practices. Asakusa aims to foster critical thinking by generating interdisciplinary questions, in collaboration with artists, curators and researchers of diverse academic fields.

Guest lecturers, Global Seminar 2020

Jun Yang(楊俊)

Artist / China lives in Yokohama, Taipei and Vienna

Jun Yang is an artist based in Vienna, Taipei and Yokohama. His works encompass various mediums – including, film, installation, performance and projects in the public spaces. Previous exhibitions include the Biennial of Sydney, the Gwangju Biennale; the Taipei Biennial, the Liverpool Biennial, the Venice Biennale, and the Manifesta 4.
Jun Yang has always been interested in the overlapping and intersection of contemporary visual arts, business and politics. This can be found in many of his gastronomic and institutional projects, such as the gfzk garten, the café and the hotel Paris Syndrom, or a contemporary art centre, taipei (a proposal), Taipei Biennial08, which led to the founding of the Taipei Contemporary Art Center. He is also co-founder of the restaurant/bar ra’mien, and the Café Leopold at the Leopold Museum in Vienna.

Photo: Christopher Adams

SHIMABUKU

Adjunct Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School / Artist | Japan

Born in Kobe, 1969. Graduated from San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. After living in Berlin for 12 years, he has been based in Okinawa since 2016. He has traveled to many places around the world since the early 1990s and has made performances and installation works related to life of the local people, as well as their culture and way of communication. He has participated in group exhibitions at The Centre Pompidou, Paris (2000, 2014), Hayward Gallery, London (2001, 2008), as well as international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (2003, 2017), Bienal de São Paulo (2006), Havana Biennial (2015), among others. His recent main solo exhibitions include Shimabuku: Noto (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2013), Flying Me (Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, 2014), among others. He is planning to hold a solo exhibition at Contemporary Art Centre of Ivry – Credac as well as participate in Echigo-Tsumari Art Field in Niigata prefecture this year.

Saskia Bos

Curator, Art historian / Netherlands

Saskia Bos is an art historian, independent curator and critic based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has worked as a curator and director at De Appel arts centre in Amsterdam and as Dean of the School of Art at Cooper Union, New York. Her many international projects brought her also to Japan from 1996 and she has invited a series of Japanese artists since. Japan has stayed on her mind in New York where she became Board member of Japan Society which she remains till the present.
Saskia Bos is also a Board member of CIMAM, the world-wide organization for museums of contemporary art, a member of SEC, the Société Européenne de la Culture and of AICA, the international art critics association.

Hiroyuki Hattori

Curator, Associate professor Akita University of Art / Japan

Following his graduation in architecture from Waseda University Graduate School in 2006, Hattori spent the next ten years curating at two major art centers, with a focus on their respective artist-in-residence programs. In addition to being involved in the residential artists’ research and production processes, Hattori also worked on various projects. In recent years, he has been teaching arts management, curating, project design and production of public sphere in a practical approach at Akita University of Art while also directing and creating program for Art Lab AICHI.He is the curator of "Cosmo-Eggs," the exhibition of the Japan Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2019.

Hiroki Yamamoto

Cultural studies scholar, Artist, Assistant professor at Tokyo University of the Arts / Japan

Born in Chiba, Japan in 1986, cultural studies scholar and artist Hiroki Yamamoto graduated in Social Science at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo in 2010 and completed his MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, he University of the Arts London (UAL), London in 2013. In 2018, Yamamoto received a PhD from UAL. From 2013 until 2018, he had worked at Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) as a postgraduate research fellow. After working at Asia Culture Center (ACC) in Gwangju, South Korea, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong until 2019. His publication includes The History of Contemporary Art: Euro-America, Japan, and Transnational (2019, Chūō Kōron Sha).

Hae Gue Yang

Artist / Seoul, South Korea

Haegue Yang’s practice spans a wide range of media, from paper collage to performative sculpture and large-scale installation, often featuring everyday objects, in addition to handmade sculptures. Her works are known for their eloquent formal language of visual abstraction, born out of her research on historical figures and events. Multisensory environments suggest uncontrollable and fleeting connotations of time, place, figures, and experiences that connect us in this non-sharable field of perception.
Selected solo exhibitions were at The Bass, Miami Beach (2019); The MoMA, New York (2019); South London Gallery (2019); Triennale di Milano (2018); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2018); KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); Hamburger Kunsthalle (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); and Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2015).

Ken + Julia Yonetani

Contemporary Artists / Both born in Tokyo

Japanese-Australian artist duo Ken + Julia Yonetani are known for their complex, large-scale installations utilizing various materials including salt, rice, uranium, and ceramics to illustrate the ramifications of environmental catastrophes and other issues. They often work on-site and with scientists studying these events as a part of their research. Ken + Julia have exhibited extensively in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia, including as part of the Australian representation for the Venice Biennale of Art (2009), and at the Singapore Biennale (2013), Kenpoku Art Festival (Japan, 2016), and Honolulu Biennale (2017). They have had solo exhibitions at the Abbaye de Maubuisson Centre for Contemporary Art, Paris (2014), the National Gallery of Australia (2015) and Mori Art Museum Collection Tokyo (2019). Their survey exhibition at the newly constructed Kadokawa Culture Museum, Saitama is currently on until March 7th, 2021.

Photo by Josh Robenstone

Rayyane Tabet

Artist / Lebanon

Rayyane Tabet is an artist who lives and works in Beirut. Drawing from experience and self-directed research, Tabet explores stories that offer an alternative understanding of major socio-political events through individual narratives. Informed by his training in architecture and sculpture, his work investigates paradoxes in the built environment and its history by way of installations that reconstitute the perception of physical and temporal distance. His most recent and upcoming solo shows include the Walker Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, The Louvre Museum, Carré d'Art in Nîmes, Kunstverein in Hamburg, and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. His work was featured in Manifesta 12, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 15th Istanbul Biennial, the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, the 6th Marrakech Biennale, the 10th & 12th Sharjah Biennial, and the 2nd New Museum Triennial.

Lecturers of Advanced Art Theory 2020

Akira Asada

Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School / Director of ICA Kyoto

He graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University. After working as Associate Professor at Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University, he was appointed the Dean of Graduate School at Kyoto University of the Arts (former Kyoto University of Art and Design). He is an influential critique on philosophy as well as various fields including arts, architecture, music, dance, film, literature and so on.

Koichiro Osaka

Adjunct Associate Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School / Director of Asakusa Art Space

Koichiro Osaka is a curator, writer, producer, and the founding director of Asakusa, a forty-square-meter exhibition venue committed to advancing curatorial collaboration and practices. Asakusa aims to foster critical thinking by generating interdisciplinary questions, in collaboration with artists, curators and researchers of diverse academic fields.

Guest lecturers, Global Seminar 2019

Susan Norrie

Artist / Australia

Susan Norrie is a Sydney-based artist who has developed a practice which utilises art, documentary and film genres. Her projects are concerned with the environment, human rights and survival. In 2007 Norrie represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale; in 2011 she was included in the Yokohama Triennale and her project TRANSIT was later acquired by the Tate Modern, London. She has the been the artist representative on the board of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. Susan Norrie was awarded the Solarun Hoass Documentary Award and has been the recipient of numerous international residency awards, including ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe Germany in 2001. She was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial Museum and deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq in 2016. In 2019 she received the Australia Council Visual Arts award for her outstanding contribution to the development of Australian art.

 Courtesy: Australia Council

David Teh

Independent curator and Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore/ Singapore

David Teh is a curator and Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore, specialising in Southeast Asian contemporary art. His curatorial efforts have included Unreal Asia (55. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 2009), Video Vortex #7 (Yogyakarta, 2011), TRANSMISSION (Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, 2014), Misfits: Pages from a Loose-leaf Modernity (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2017) and Returns (12th Gwangju Biennale, 2018). David's writings have appeared in journals including Third Text, ARTMargins, Afterall and Artforum. His book Thai Art: Currencies of the Contemporary was published in 2017 by the MIT Press and he recently completed a multi-authored volume, Artist-to-Artist: Independent Art Festivals in Chiang Mai 1992-98 (co-edited with David Morris) for Afterall's Exhibition Histories series.

Yukie Kamiya

Curator, Art Critic / Japan, United States of America

Yukie Kamiya is Director of Gallery, Japan Society, New York. Formerly, Kamiya was Chief Curator of Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Associate Curator of New Museum, New York.
She has curated exhibitions internationally including Cai Guo Qiang, Yoko Ono, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Simon Starling, Do Ho Suh, and others, and also co-curated group exhibitions such as Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflection of Imagination of Asia (2015-2017) and Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s (2013). In 2011,Kamiya received the Academic Prize from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo.
Her writings have appeared in publications including Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise (Skira/Rizzoli, 2017), California-Pacific Triennial (Orange County Museum, 2013) and Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, 2010).
She served a co-curator for the Shanghai Biennial 2018.

Lee Mingwei

Artist /Taiwan

Born in Taiwan in 1964 and currently living in New York and Paris, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, in which visitors contemplate these issues with the artist through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Lee's projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, and take on different forms with the involvement of participants and change during the course of an exhibition.
Lee received an MFA from Yale University in 1997, and has held solo exhibitions internationally including Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, and has been featured in biennials in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool, Taipei, Sydney, Whitney, and Asia Pacific Triennials.

Courtesy: Matteo Carcelli; originally published in Gallery, September-October 2016, the National Gallery of Victoria.

Anya Gallaccio

Artist / UK, United States of America

Anya Gallaccio was born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1963 and lives and works in San Diego, CA, and London, England. She has exhibited widely throughout the world, with institutional solo shows including The Contemporary Austin, Austin TX (2017), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego CA (2015), Camden Arts Centre, London, England (2008), SculptureCenter, New York NY (2006), and Tate Britain for Duveen Sculpture Commission, London England (2002). In 2003 Gallaccio was nominated for the Turner Prize. She is a Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.

Koki Tanaka

Artist / Japan

Born in 1975;  lives and works in Kyoto, Japan.
He has shown widely: the Migros Museum (Zurich), the Kunsthaus (Graz), the Kunsthaus (Zurich), the Hammer Museum(Los Angeles), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), the ICA (London), the Mori Art Museum(Tokyo), Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, 57th Venice Biennale 2017, the Liverpool Biennial 2016, the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, Yokohama Triennial 2011, the Gwangju Biennial 2008, the Taipei Biennial 2006 (Taipei). He received a special mention as national participation at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013, and Deutsche bank artist of the year 2015 award.

Courtesy: Motoyuki Daifu

Guest lecturers, Global Seminar 2018

Saskia Bos

Curator, Art historian | Netherlands

Saskia Bos is an art historian, independent curator and critic based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has worked as a curator and director at De Appel arts centre in Amsterdam and as Dean of the School of Art at Cooper Union, New York. Her many international projects brought her also to Japan from 1996 and she has invited a series of Japanese artists since. Japan has stayed on her mind in New York where she became Board member of Japan Society which she remains till the present.
Saskia Bos is also a Board member of CIMAM, the world-wide organization for museums of contemporary art, a member of SEC, the Société Européenne de la Culture and of AICA, the international art critics association.

SHIMABUKU

Adjunct Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School / Artist | Japan

Born in Kobe, 1969. Graduated from San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. After living in Berlin for 12 years, he has been based in Okinawa since 2016. He has traveled to many places around the world since the early 1990s and has made performances and installation works related to life of the local people, as well as their culture and way of communication. He has participated in group exhibitions at The Centre Pompidou, Paris (2000, 2014), Hayward Gallery, London (2001, 2008), as well as international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (2003, 2017), Bienal de São Paulo (2006), Havana Biennial (2015), among others. His recent main solo exhibitions include Shimabuku: Noto (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2013), Flying Me (Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, 2014), among others. He is planning to hold a solo exhibition at Contemporary Art Centre of Ivry – Credac as well as participate in Echigo-Tsumari Art Field in Niigata prefecture this year.

Heman Chong

Artist | Singapore

Heman Chong is an artist whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. He has produced solo exhibitions at Art In General, NUS Museum, Vitamin Creative Space, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, P!, The Substation, Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, Art Sonje Center, South London Gallery, Rockbund Art Museum, 72-13, FOST, Calle Wright, Rossi & Rossi and Swiss Institute. He is the co-director and founder (with Renée Staal) of ‘The Library of Unread Books’ which has been installed in NTU Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) in Manila, Casco in Utrecht, and Kunstverein Milano in Milan. He is currently working on a novel ‘The Book of Drafts’ which will be published by Polyparenthesis in 2019.

Shreyas Karle

Artist, CONA Directpr | India

Shreyas Karle is the Co-Director of CONA Foundation- a non-profit space in North Bombay. He holds a degree in Fine Arts by the L.S. Raheja School of Art, Bandra, a post-graduation in Indian Aesthetics by the University of Mumbai, and a Masters in Visual Arts by the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. He has been the Director of Sandarbh, a site-specific residency program in rural part of North India. He was part of the Aichi Triennial, Rainbow Caravan (2016), was invited to participate in the New Museum Biennial, Surround Audience in New York (2015) and was part of the first edition of the Kochi Muziris Biennial in India (2012). He has a few solo shows to his credit including Unnecessary alcove at Project88, Bombay (2018).

Michael Joo

Artist | United States of America

Michael Joo is multi-media artist whose installations of sculpture, video and performative works have been exhibited worldwide. His artworks often draw directly from liminal spaces formed at the intersections of nature, culture, and spirituality to examine and address the modern human condition. Joo studied natural sciences in college, and received an MFA from Yale School of Art. His work has been exhibited at numerous institutions, including the Serpentine Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, MMCA Seoul, Walker Art Center, and Smithsonian Institution. He has exhibited in numerous international surveys including the 1997 Johannesberg Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor. In 2001, Joo represented Korea at the Venice Biennale, and Bodhi Obfuscatus (Space Baby) won grand prize at the 2006 Gwangju Biennial together with artist Song Dong.  Recently, Joo’s work Salt Transfer Cycle was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s inaugural 2015 exhibition. Joo teaches at Columbia University School of the Arts, and the Yale School of Art. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Miwako Tezuka

Curator, Art historian | United States of America

Dr. Miwako Tezuka is Co-Director of PoNJA-GenKon (Post-Nineteen-forty-five Japanese Art Discussion Group), a global online network of scholars, curators, and artists. She is also Consulting Curator of the Reversible Destiny Foundation, a foundation established in New York by Arakawa and Madeline Gins. Formerly Director of the Gallery, Japan Society, New York (2012–15) and Curator of Contemporary Art, Asia Society, New York (2005–2012), she has curated numerous exhibitions, including: LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia (2018); Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya & teamLab (2014); Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori (2013); and Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool (2010), among many others. She is currently curating a major solo exhibition of artist-architect Maya Lin, Maya Lin: A River is a Drawing, for the Hudson River Museum, opening in October 2018.