Shinichi Nakazawa (Director at the Institut pour la Science Sauvage, Japan)
Born in Yamanashi prefecture in 1950, Nakazawa earned his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Tokyo, Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Letters and completed his graduate studies at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology. He is a renowned theorist and anthropologist who has developed innovative ways of thinking across various academic disciplines, from religious studies, philosophy, and art to science. His works includes Mozart in Tibet (Tibetto no Motsuaruto. awarded the Suntory Academic Award), A Baroque Thinker in the Forest (Mori no Barokku. awarded the Yomiuri Literature Award), The East-North of Philosophy (Tetsugaku no Tohoku.awarded the Saito Ryokuu Award), Philosophia Japonica (awarded the Ito Sei Literature Award), Cahiers Sauvages (5 volumes, volume five,Anthropology of Symmetry, was awarded the Kobayashi Hideo Award),The Capital in Green (Midori no Shihonron), The King of the Spirits (Seirei no Ou), Earth Diver (awarded the Kuwahara Takeo Academic Award), Art Anthropology (Geijutsu Jinruigaku), Trinity Model (Sanmi Ittai Model), Mikrokozmosz series (Mikuro Kosumosu), Hunting and Basketwork : Anthropology of Symmetry II (Shuryo to Amikago), The Buddhism of Birds (Tori no Bukkyo).Since October 2011, he has served as director of the Institut pour la Science Sauvage
Ong Keng Sen (Artistic Director, TheaterWorks(Singapore)/ Founder, Arts Network Asia, Singapore)
ONG Keng Sen, artistic director of TheatreWorks in Singapore, is a well-known performance director and has actively contributed to the evolution of an Asian identity; as well as the subsequent transglobalisation of the Asian aesthetic in contemporary arts. He studied intercultural performance with the Performance Studies Department at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, and holds a law degree. Presently he serves on the Awards Committee of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development in Amsterdam.
Many of his works have been presented at and acclaimed throughout the world including Lincoln Center New York City; Edinburgh International Festival; ICA London; Haus du Kulturen der Welt Berlin; Kronborg (Hamlet) Castle in Denmark; Tanzquartier Wien; Landestheater Linz (European Cultural Capital 2009); Rotterdam Schouwburg; Oslo Dansenshus; Stockholm Dansenshus; Zurich Theater Spektakel; Paris Center National de la Danse; Roma Europa Festival (Rome); Grand Theatre de la Ville Luxemburg; Idans Festival Istanbul; Cairo Experimental Theatre Festival; Panorama Rio de Janeiro; Adelaide Festival; Singapore Arts Festival; Hong Kong Arts Festival; and Cocoon Theater Tokyo.
In 1994, Keng Sen conceptualised The Flying Circus Project, a laboratory project that brings together traditional and contemporary Asian artists as well as other international artists from the fields of visual arts, video, documentary, new media, performing arts, as well as philosophers, literary specialists, and “new ritualists”. He has continued to develop this work with Dasarts, Amsterdam; the Urban Fetishes programme at TanzQuartier Wien; Goteborg Dance and Theatre Festival; Kiasma Helsinki; Live Arts London; Connection Barents, Kirkenes Norway; a:pass Antwerp in the Nu Festival in Tallin (European Cultural Capital 2011); the Summer Institute at The Kitchen New York City. A major exhibition that he participated in was Yokohama Triennale 2005 where he showed The Flying Circus Project (Special Edition, Yokohama): The School of Politics.
An important part of his work is in research with emerging artists, the latest being the mentorship programme for the Spielart Festival Munich and his upcoming curation of Sri Lankan contemporary dance makers in Colombo. He also takes part actively in lecture and conversation programmes, as well as teaching in various universities which include Das Arts, UCLA (Regents’ Lecturer), the University of Amsterdam MA International Performance Research Programme (2011 and 2012) and being Adjunct Professor with the National of University of Singapore.
In 1999, he initiated a network for Asian artists to encourage inter-Asian engagement, known as the Arts Network Asia (ANA). This recently received an endowment from Ford Foundation for its sustained collaboration across borders in the arts and cultures of Asia. Further he created the Continuum Asia Project (2002/3) in Luang Prabang, Laos, working with elders and youth there to explore a sustainable developmental intervention through the arts.
Keng Sen is the founder artistic director of In-Transit, an annual interdisciplinary arts festival in Berlin (2002 & 2003). He also curated the Insomnia season for the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (2005), and the Politics of Fun exhibition at the House of World Cultures, Berlin (2005). He curated the immense Night Festival for the National Museum/Singapore Art Museum in 2010.
A Fulbright Scholar, Keng Sen is also the first and only Singapore artist to have received both the Young Artist Award (1992) and the Cultural Medallion Award (2003) for Singapore. He was awarded the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Arts and Culture Prize 2010 for his work in Asian contemporary performance.
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Assoc. Professor, Chaing Mai University, Thailand)
Born in1957, M.F.A. in Graphic Arts from Silpakorn University, Bangkok. Art Lecturer of Faculty of Fine Art, Chiang Mai University, . German Academic Exchange Service Scholar 1988-90, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Scholar 1993-94. Bildende Kuenste, Hochschule Fuer Bildende Kuenste, Braunschweig, Germany
The ARS 01, Kiasma Museum, Finland, 2001
Istanbul Biennial, Turky, 2003
Gwangju Biennale, 2006
Taipai Biennial, 2006
The Biennale of Sydney, Australia, 1996, 2010
Documenta 13, Germany, 2012
David Elliott (Indipendent Curator, Germany)
Davıd Elliott is a freelance curator, writer, lecturer and academic who has directed some of the most innovatory and dynamic museums of modern and contemporary art worldwide. He is presently Artistic Director of the 1st International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Kiev in 2012 and advising on the development of a new hub for contemporary art to be situated in the former Police Station, Prison and Courts (a heritage site) in the centre of Hong Kong. Herzog & de Meuron are the supervising architects.
For over thirty years he worked as a Museum Director as well as a curator in five cities in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. From 1976 to 1996 he was Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, England, the Director of Moderna Museet [The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art] in Stockholm, Sweden (1996-2001) where he opened Rafael Moneo’s new building in 1998, the founding Director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2001-2006), the first Director of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art [Istanbul Modern] (2007), a conversion of a 1950s modernist building, and the Artistic Director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney, (2008-2010) which he set in seven museum or heritage sites in the central harbour area of the city.
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (Artist, Korea / USA)
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.
Wit Pimkanchanapong (Artist, Thailand)
Born 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.
Dinh Q. Lê (Artist/ Director of the Board/ Co-Founder, San Art, 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. He held a solo exhibition at MoMA (NY, 2010). He cofounded the Los Angeles-based Vietnam Foundation for the Arts (VNFA) and the not for profit San Art in Ho Chi Minh City.
Kohei Nawa (Sculptor/ Associate professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design/ Director, SANDWICH, Japan)
Born in 1975. Having his unique concept of PixCell as an axis, his works unfold expressions in diversity. In 2009, he established "SANDWICH," a creative platform for production in Fushimi, Kyoto where many projects, such as the Residence Programme, are widely expanded.
Exhibiting simultaneously at ARARIO GALLERY of Seoul and Cheonan from 5th September to 4th November 2012. A work of large scaled sculpture created as public art, "Manifold" awaits its exhibition next Spring in Cheonan.
Tsuyoshi Ozawa (Artist/ Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan)
As a student of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Ozawa started his project "Jizoing," in which he installed a Jizo of his own making in different scenes. Since 1993, he has produced "Nasubi Gallery,# milk boxes used as extremely small transferable galleries, and “The University of Sodan Art”. His many other projects include "Soy-sauce Museum" in Kagawa Prefecture, which he opened in 1999 as a kind of irony to the Japanese art history, and "Slag Buddha 88" starting in 2007, for which he made images of Buddha using industrial waste dumped illegally on Teshima island and installed 88 Buddha images on Naoshima island. His humor-tinged work style is witty and refined, and his message concerning the environment, peace and so forth is expressed in his unfettered way of thinking of art.
Koki Tanaka (Artist, Japan)
Born in 1975, Koki Tanaka lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. The artist mainly produces video and installation, many of which are site-specifically developed. He often deals with everyday commodities and surroundings with his conceptual approach and subtle control, in order to create a visual sphere that challenges the mundane and the rational embedded in the minds of the viewers. In doing so, he lets the work entice them into spontaneous and aesthetic experience.
He has shown widely in and outside Japan: The Hammer Museum(Los Angeles), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Taipei Biennial (Taipei), the Gwangju Biennial(Gwangju), the Busan Biennial(Busan), the Asia Society (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts(San Francisco). He will represent Japan at Venice Biennale 2013 as solo project.
artist website: www.kktnk.com
Kinya Tagawa(Co-Founder, takram design engineering, Japan)
1999, Graduated with BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechano-Informatics. 2001, received MA in Industrial Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art in UK. Returned to Japan and joined the LEADING EDGE DESIGN corp. Featuring a multilateral development approach that capitalizes on both design and engineering perspectives, he is active in wide range of products from interactive art works to software and hardware. His work was selected into the permanent collection in MoMA New York.
Tsuyoshi Shirai (Choreographer/ Stage director/ Dancer, Japan)
Tsuyoshi Shirai has been publishing his works—including his solo works and collaborations with dancers, musicians, artists and media creators both from inside and outside Japan—in a wide variety of forms. He also produces video works. His latest work is "still life," in which objects and five dancers produce tranquil resonances. He was awarded the Bagnolet International Choreography Prize 2000, the Next-generation Choreographer Award in the Toyota Choreography Awards 2006, and the Japan Dance Forum Award 2006 and 2011. His video work has been also selected for recommendation by the screening committee in the art category in the Japan Media Arts Festival 2011.
Mikuni Yanaihara (Choreographer/ Director/ Play Writer/ Dancer, Japan)
Mikuni Yanaihara is the leader of Nibroll. While majoring in dance at university, she won various awards including the NHK Award and Special Award. Her unique choreography has won her acclaim both inside and outside Japan, dryly presenting as it does the emptiness and dangers of modern life while using everyday gestures as motifs. In 2001 she won an award at Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis. She also won the Japan Dance Forum Award 2009 Grand Prix. In the Mikuni Yanaihara Project, she is also taking on the challenges of theater and play writing, and has won the 56th Kishida Drama Award. She is highly regarded for her theatrical achievements around the world through collaborations in multiple genres with numerous artists. She is also involved in off-Nibroll, which creates artworks in parallel with theatrical works and also creates visual art, installations, performance art and more. Through off-Nibroll, Mikuni Yanaihara has performed and exhibited all over the world, including at the Shanghai Biennial, and participates in Artist-in-Residence programs.
Amal Allana (Chairperson, National School of Drama, India)
Theatre director and teacher par excellence, Amal Allana’s life-long engagement with the arts has yielded a body of work that is as committed as much to the principles of aesthetics as it is linked to everyday social reality. A meticulous observer of the human condition, she combines a compassionate understanding of individual psychology with a worldview that enables her to reflect the universality of human experience. Drawing from international theatre traditions her productions are intercultural exercises that allow her to be both deeply “Indian”, as well as truly "international", as they are suffused with a vision that transcends narrow definitions of culture and nationality.
Since 2005 she is Chairperson of the National School of Drama, New Delhi; Head of Acting at The Dramatic Art & Design Academy; Artistic Director of a theatre company, Theatre & Television Associates; New Delhi. From 2010 she is also the Director of Art Heritage, a prestigious art gallery for contemporary Indian art.
Amal Allana is a graduate of the National School of Drama and did a twoyear apprenticeship at the Berliner Ensemble and other theatres in Germany. She has directed over 60 plays for the stage, several plays and serials for television, designed costumes for stage and film, curated exhibitions, researched and written on theatre and engaged in various other related activities. Alongside, she has continuously taught theatre direction at prestigious institutions.
Some of her productions for the stage include: Aadhe Adhure, The Good Person of Setzuan, Khamosh!, Mahabhoj, King Lear , Himmat Mai, Begum Barve, Erendira & Her Heartless Grandmother based on a short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Nati Binodini, based on the autobiography by the 19th Century Indian stage actress, Binodini. Metropolis, premiered at the Delhi Ibsen Festival in 2009, is an adaptation based on 3 plays of Ibsen viz: Rosmersholm, Hedda Gabler and A Doll’s House, and set in Mumbai during 26/11/2008 terrorist attack.
E mail: email@example.com
Akira Tatehata (Rector, Kyoto City University of Arts/ Director, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan)
Akira Tatehata is a poet, art critic and Director of the National Museum of Art, Osaka. He has also been serving as President of the Kyoto City University of Arts and Director of the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama since 2011.
Tatehata was born in Kyoto and received a B.A. degree in French literature from Waseda University. After working as an editor at Geijutsu Shincho and then as Chief Researcher at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, he was appointed Assistant Professor of the Department of Art Science, Faculty of Art and Design, Tama Art University in 1991, and Professor of the same institution in 1995 (Guest Professor after 2005). He took the position of Director of the National Museum of Art, Osaka in 2005. His experience as an art exhibition organizer includes acting as Commissioner for Venice Biennale 1990 and 1993 and as Artistic Director for Yokohama Triennale 2001 and Aichi Triennale 2010. His area of specialty is modern art.
Kazue Kobata (Professor at Department of Inter-Media Art, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan)
Kazue Kobata lives in Tokyo. After working in publishing, Kazue Kobata has worked as an independent art producer, editor and translator. She was an adjunct curator and producer of De Appel in Amsterdam, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA and Art Radio in New York, worked as co-curator for Buzz Club--News from Japan (2001), and as curator for The Perpetual Moment (2004), Masato Okada Photos: Mountains and the Sea, MIn Tanaka(2007). In 1982, she opened plan B, live space jointly run by artists in Nakano, Tokyo. From 1988, she is Secretary General of the Executive Committee of Hakushu・Summer・Art・Festival (currently named Dance Hakushu). She is a translator of numerous books on contemporary art and music and science by writers including Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, and life-scientist Lyall Watson.
Masaki Fujihata (Director, Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan)
Masaki Fujihata was born in Tokyo in 1956. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Fine Arts of Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in design.
In the 1980s he produced CG animation, and in the 1990s he became a lecturer at Keio University. He became a professor in 1999 of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. He moved into his current position in 2005.
In 1996, in Linz, Austria, he won the Golden Nika Grand Prix at Ars Electronica for his network-themed work "Global Interior Project #2."
In 2010, he won the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts.
This year, in Nantes, France, he announced his "Voice of Aliveness" project, inviting the participation of members of the public to contribute to a collection of shouts.
Masato Nakamura (General Director, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Japan)
Born in 1963. Artist and associate professor of the Department of Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts. As a socially engaged artist he pursues various art projects exploring the relation between "Art and Society" and "Art and Education." In 2002 he also represented Japan in the 49th Venice Biennale. Since 1998, he has headed the artist initiative Command N. In June 2010, he established the independent art center "3331 Arts Chiyoda". In 2010, he was also awarded the Art Encouragement Prize from Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs
Pooja Sood (Director, KHOJ International Artists’ Association, India)
The Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association. It is possibly the only such public organization for experimental contemporary art in India. As a founding member of Khoj she coordinated the KHOJ International artist’s workshop in Delhi from 1998-2001, facilitated the workshops in Bangalore 2002-2003, in Mumbai 2005, Kolkata2006 and Srinagar 2007. In New Delhi, she has developed a radical space for alternative art practice at the KHOJ studios, which runs workshops, international residency programs and diverse projects. She has fundraised for the development of a pilot national network for the arts based on the KHOJ model. As the Director of KHOJ, she has developed core competencies in curating, fundraising, strategic planning and capacity building.
Kim Hong-hee (Gyu-Gok) (Director, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea)
WORK EXPERIENCE: Director, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2012-Present). Director, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Gyeonggido Province (2007-2010). Director, SSamziespace, Seoul (1998-2006). Artistic Director, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2006). Commissioner, Korean Pavillion, The 50th Venice Biennale (2003). International Committee Member, The 1st Yokohama Triennale (2001). Commissioner, The 3rd Gwangju Biennale (2000). Curator, <The Patjis on Parade>, Feminist Exhibition, Seoul (1999). Curator, Special Exhibition <infoART>, The 1st Gwangju Biennale (1995). Curator, <Woman, The Difference and Power>, Seoul (1994.) Organizer, The Seoul Fluxus Festival, Seoul (1993).
PUBLICATIONS: “Curators can live by artists”
in the True Colors of Curator(ed. Kim Hong-hee),
Hangil Art, Seoul (2012), Good Morning Mr. Paik,
Design House, Seoul (Revised from Nam June Paik: Happening and Video
1999, 1992) (2007), Women and Art: Contemporary Art Discourse and Art Field I
, Noonbit, Seoul (2003), Korean Art World and Contemporary Art: Contemporary Art Discourse and Art Field II,
Noonbit, Seoul (2003), Feminism. Video. Art,
Jaewon, Seoul (1998).
TEACHING: Art History and Art Criticism, Adjunct Professor, Hongik University, Seoul (2000-2010).
AWARDS: Presidential Medal for Culture (Ockgwan) No. 222 (2007), Seokjoo Art Award, Seokjoo Arts & Cultural Foundation (2003), Presidential Commendation, No. 100534 (1996), Curator’s Award, The First Wolgan Misool Magazine Grand Prize, Jungang Dailys (1996).
EDUCATION: Ph.D. in Western Art History from Hongik University Graduate School, Seoul, Korea.
M.A. in Art History, Concordia University Graduate School, Montreal, Canada.
KIM Sunjung (Professor at the Korea National University of Arts/ Artistic Director, Samuso, South Korea)
KIM Sunjung is a Seoul-based independent curator and a professor at the Korea National University of Arts. From 1993 to 2004 Kim worked as the chief curator at Artsonje Center, a contemporary art centre in Seoul. She was the commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005) and started Samuso. In 2006, she initiated the annual contemporary art festival Platform Seoul. The first festival, titled Somewhere in Time
, was followed by Tomorrow
(2007), I have nothing to say and I am saying it
(2008), Platform in KIMUSA: Void of Memory
(2009) and Projected Image
(2010). She co-curated Your Bright Future
, an exhibition of 12 contemporary artists from Korea presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Houston Museum of Fine Arts (2009–10). Kim has also curated solo exhibitions for artists such as In-Hwan Oh, Martin Creed, Beom Kim and Haegue Yang at Artsonje Center. Kim was the artistic director of the 6th Seoul International Media Art Biennale - Media City Seoul 2010. In 2012, Kim has worked as the co-artistic director of Gwangju Biennale and the agent of dOCUMENTA 13.
Tan Boon Hui (Director, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore)
Tan Boon Hui has been Director of the Singapore Art Museum since August 2009. Prior to this, he was Deputy Director for Programmes at the National Museum of Singapore. His portfolio included the development of large scale festivals and events, institutional relations and international projects for the Museum. He curated the National Museum’s Opening Festival in December 2006 and has been the programmer for the Museum’s major festivals including a performance and film festival on the Arab World in 2007 called ‘Under the Crescent Moon’. In 2008 and 2009, he has also programmed the large scale outdoor Night Festival within the civic and cultural district. His current portfolio involves transforming SAM into a leading centre for contemporary Southeast Asian and Asian art. He leads the curatorial team building one of the most important public collections of contemporary Southeast Asian art in the world, developing international exchanges, and the creation of new commissioning platforms. As Director of SAM, he also headed the organising secretariat for the Singapore Biennale 2011.
Vasif Kortun (Director, SALT Research & Programs, Turkey)
Born in 1958. Turkish curator, writer and teacher in the field of contemporary visual art, its institutions and exhibition practices.
He is a director of research and programs, SALT, Istanbul, an institution that hosts almost 3,000m2 of program space, a library of over 35,000 publications and some of the most important archives on Turkish contemporary and modern art, architecture and economy in the country. He holds a position on the recently re-elected CIMAM –International Committee of ICOM( International Council of Museums) for Museums and Collections of Modern Art(board for 2010~13) and is part of the board for Foundation for Arts Initiatives (2009~), as well as the Tate Turner Prize selection committee(2011). He was curating the UAE Pavilion in 2011 for the Venice Biennale.
He was founding director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, which he initiated in 2001. He was also founding Director of Project 4L, Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art (2001~2003). Between 1994 and 1997 he worked as the founding Director of the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and received the 9th annual award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2006).
Among other biennial projects he was co-curator of the Taipei Biennial along with ManRay Hsu(2008), chief curator and director of the 3rd International Istanbul Biennial (1992), co-director with Charles Esche of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial(2005), one of the curators of the Tirana Biennial, and 2nd Ceramics Biennial in Albisola(2003). He curated the Turkish pavilions for São Paulo Biennial (1994, 1998), and the Venice Bienniale (2007) for which he worked with artist Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin on an installation titled "Don’t Complain".
He has undertaken numerous independent curatorial projects including most recently an exhibition of works by Cengiz Çekil at Rampa gallery in Istanbul (2010) and The Columns Held us Up at Artists Space New York(2009). He has written extensively on contemporary art and the cultural situation in Turkey for publications and periodicals internationally and in 2004 co-authored the book "Jahresring 51: Szene Turkei: Abseits aber Tor" on the Turkish art scene with Erden Kosova.
Janwillem Schröfer(Ex-Director, Rijksakademie, The Netherlands)
Prof. Janwillem Schrofer (1945), sociologist, is active in the fields of consultancy on ‘development of and cooperation between organisations, on public-private interface’ as Director Valtana Consultancy (since 2010). Involved in philanthropy (as member of supervisory boards). Advises individual artists on their projects. Workshops and (guest-)lectures are part of his professional practice. Ongoing research on Residencies (typology, strategy,organization).
1982 – 2010: President Rijksakademie Amsterdam; chair ‘socio-economic position of the Artist’. Revitalized the institute, including Prix de Rome (national prize for Artists and Architects). Catalyst of RAIN Artists’ platforms in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
International involvement in art education as boardmember (Paris), Course Assessor (London), advisor and as lecturer.
Yusaku Imamura (Counselor on Special Issues to the Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government/ Director, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan)
Director, Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS). TWS, as new creative platform of Tokyo, World Creative City, supports and promotes emerging creators and focusing on creating new system and environment for supporting arts and culture in Tokyo. TWS organizes creators-in-residence, production of artwork, exhibition, workshop in wide field of arts and creative activity. TWS provides not only mere systematic support for creation but also grapple with contemporary issues as like climate change, cultural diversity, education as experimental on site laboratory through international network.
Beside director of TWS, Imamura works on re-organize cultural policy of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, focus on new comprehensive strategy through wide range of creative industry including urban planning and education as Counselor on special issue to the Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Hu Fang (Director, Vitamin Creative Space, China)
Vitamin Creative Space(VCS) explores an alternative working mode specifically geared to the contemporary Chinese context, and constantly inspired by the confrontation between the contemporary life and ancient Chinese philosophy. As an artistic director, his curatorial practices are reflected on the variety of the exhibitions at VCS. He was coordinating editor of documenta 12 magazines, a“ player” of Lyon Biennial (2007), the co-curator of Yokohama Triennale (2008), and one of the correspondents of Venice Biennale (2009). As a novelist and essayist, Hu Fang’s publication is the novel“ Garden of Mirrored Flowers” .
Natalie King (Director, Utopia @ Asialink, Australia)
Natalie King is a curator, writer, broadcaster and the inaugural Director of Utopia – a roving visual arts project for the Asia Pacific region, auspiced by Asialink at the University of Melbourne. She has curated exhibitions for numerous museums including the Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tjibaou Cultural Centre, New Caledonia, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. She is a correspondent for Flash Art International and has contributed to ARTit (Japan), Art Asia Pacific, Art and Australia, British Art Monthly, Art World, The Age, Artlink and Australian Art Collector. She was the guest editor (with Virginia Fraser) of an issue of Artlink on Surveillance and Utopia issue of Broadhseet magazine (with Larissa Hjorth). In 2012, she conducted a workshop on collaboration in Seoul with Artsonje Center. She was the curator and editor of Up Close: Carol Jerrems with Larry Clark, Nan Goldin and William Yang at Heide Museum of Modern Art in 2010 as the recipient of an Australia Council grant. She is the co-author of a Thames & Hudson monograph on Chinese/Australian painter, Guan Wei, with Hou Hanru. She has conducted interviews with Ai Wei Wei, Joseph Kosuth, Massimiliano Gioni, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Tacita Dean, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Bill Henson and Kathy Temin amongst others. King has completed a Master of Arts at Monash University, Melbourne.
Jay Koh (Artist/ Curator, Singapore/Malaysia)
Jay Koh identifies himself as a Southeast Asian artist and curator
with a multifaceted practice that seeks responsive, dialogical and critical engagements. Jay has taken and created art residencies across Europe and Asia, with IASPIS in Sweden, HIAP in Helsinki, and in Cologne, Dublin, Shanghai, Singapore and Yangon. In the last few years he has been working mostly in Ireland, taking on additional roles as an evaluator and mentor in art related and resource development activities. He is in the final stages of his PhD artistic research on Micro Communication in Public Participatory Art as Performance in the Everyday with the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.
Recently he undertook a 6-month cultural diversity fellowship in Northeast Scotland, and curated the Open Academy programme
Phase 2 in Ulaanbaatar with Malaysian artist Chu Yuan. Presently he is working on conducting an independent cultural research in Yangon as part of the Asian Art and Performance Consortium project and is collaborating with a Burmese NGO to set up an art education and community art programme. Jay has published widely and his writings can be read in this link, http://ifima.net/IFIMA/personal/articlesindex.htm
Kadija de Paula (Residencias en Red, Brazil)
Kadija de Paula, is artist and cultural manager with ten years of experience working with artists and cultural organizations in Canada, USA and Brazil. Passionate for culture as a tool for social innovation and change, she has a strong interest in building collaborative communities. Kadija holds a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada, and an MBA (Master of Business Administration) in Cultural Management and International Business from the Schulich School of Business at York University, also in Toronto, Canada.
Since October 2011, Kadija has been participating in a one-year management and mediation residency with residencias_en_red [iberoamerica], a platform of 27 spaces working with research, production and exhibition of contemporary art and culture, connected through its residency programs in 12 Latin American countries and in Spain. Through this program, Kadija has been in residency at Casa Tres Patios, Taller 7, Residencia in La Tierra, Lugar a Dudas and Laagencia in Colombia; CRAC Valparaiso in Chile; and Casa das Caldeiras in Brazil.
Kadija is also a practicing visual artist currently working on a street art project called Regalos de la Noche: para los que se quedaron en casa.
Sarah Gardner (Executive Director, IFACCA, Australia)
Sarah GARDNER, Executive Director of IFACCA, Australia
Since 2001 Sarah Gardner has been the founding Executive Director of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), the global network of national arts funding bodies. With members and affiliates from over 80 countries, the Federation www.ifacca.org
provides a meeting ground and information resource for arts policy makers and managers. From 1990 until 2001, she held various senior executive roles at the Australia Council for the Arts, primarily as Director Strategy and Policy. She was formerly the Director of Public Affairs for the Australian Bicentennial Authority and a consultant in the private and public sectors. She has a Master's degree in Public Policy and a BSc.
Ichiro Endo(Artist, Japan)
Born in Shizuoka. Endo lives in a car called "Go for Future", on which people write their dreams. He travels across the country with this car, and keeps sending a message, "Go for Future". In 2012, he completed "RAINBOW JAPAN" project, which he drove up the Japanese archipelago and drew the message with GPS devices.
2012 "RAINBOW JAPAN"
2011 "Driving Photo Music THE MOVIE" Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, "For Love, For Peace and For Future" TOKYO CULTUART by BEAMS, Tokyo, "Hello Everyone in the World" island MEDIUM, Tokyo, "Violence and Universe" Curated by Hajime Mizutani, island ATRIUM, Chiba *As a part of Grand Ichiro Endo Exhibition
2011 "Wall Art Festival 2nd" Sujata village, Bihar, India
2010 "Sumida River NOW - a Museum for the Future," Asahi Beer
2010 "For Love, Peace, and Future," Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki
2010 Involved in the establishment of the open space: island, Chiba
2009 Launched a kiting project "Future Dragon Big Sky Kite"
2009 "TWIST and SHOUT Contemporary Art from Japan" BACC, Bangkok
Kyohei Sakaguchi (Architect/Writer, Japan)
Kyohei Sakaguchi was born in Kumamoto in 1978. After graduating with a B.A. degree in architecture from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, he published "Zero Yen Houses," a collection of photographs of structures used as homes by Japanese people living on the streets in 2004, through Little more Co., Ltd.
He held his first solo exhibition in Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, in 2006.
Sakaguchi moved to his hometown, Kumamoto City, and founded Zero Center in March 2011, when he declared the establishment of a "new government" as its first "Prime Minister."
He published a book entitled "Dokuritsu Kokka no Tsukurikata (How to Create an Independent State)" in May 2012 through Kodansha Gendai Shinsho. "MY HOUSE," a feature film (directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi) based on his books, "Tokyo Zero Yen House Zero Yen Seikatsu" and "Sumida Gawa no Edison," was released on May 26.
Agung Hujatnikajennong (Curator, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Indonesia)
Agung Hujatnikajennong is a lecturer at the Department of Art, Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. Having concluded his undergraduate (2001) and graduate (2006) studies, he is now doing his doctoral research on Indonesian art curatorship at his alma mater. Since 1999, he has been contributing articles to various mass media, and presenting in many seminars in Indonesia and abroad.
Agung was curator-in-residence in Australia (Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 2002) and in Japan (Nanjo and Associates, Tokyo, 2004). Since 2001, he has been working as the curator at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, and curated a number of exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad.
Hedwig Fijen (Director, Manifesta Foundation, The Netherlands)
Hedwig Fijen is founding Executive Director of the International Foundation Manifesta, initiator and co-producer of Manifesta, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, since 2001. Hedwig studied Historical sciences, Art History and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam and Conservation and Restoration at Delft University of Technology.
Hedwig previously worked as Senior Consultant for Arts & Culture, working on conceptualisation of developments of new projects, monitoring innovative processes in contemporary arts, architecture and culture commissioned by museums, ministries, City Councils and arts organisations (1999-2002). Hedwig also acted as a Curator at The Netherlands Office for Visual Arts (1989-1993). Furthermore she has worked as a freelance curator and senior consultant for various international arts organizations.
Abraham Thomas(Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum, UK)
Abraham Thomas is Curator of Designs, and lead curator for architecture, at the V&A. He curated the V&A exhibitions, “Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary” (2012), “1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces” (2010), the V&A’s bicentenary retrospective on the 19th century designer, Owen Jones, 'A Higher Ambition' (2009, currently touring internationally), and 'Paper Movies: Graphic Design and Photography at Harper's Bazaar and Vogue,1934 to 1963' (2007). Abraham is currently writing a book on the V&A's collection of fashion drawings and photographs (forthcoming, 2014)
Alessio Antoniolli (Director, Gasworks and Triangle Network, UK)
Alessio Antoniolli is the Director of Triangle Network, a global network of artists and grass-roots organisations. He is involved in running, fundraising and strategic planning for the Network, as well as working with new partners on developing projects such as residencies and workshops. He has recently initiated a programme of professional development and training opportunities for artists and arts coordinators within the Network. Alessio is also the Director of Gasworks, London, where he leads a programme of residencies, exhibitions and participation projects focusing on emerging UK and international artists and practices.
Alfio Pozzoni (Director, Research and Innovation, Fabrica, Italy)
Alfio Pozzoni is currently Fabrica Director for Innovation and Research. He works at the intersection of design, marketing and technology applied to business projects as well as in cultural initiatives.
His professional background is mainly in fashion photography and film-making for a number of top international magazines and brands.
In 1991 he began his long lasting collaboration with Louis VUITTON directing several global projects and events - the Louis Vuitton Cup (in 1991 and 1994) AND the company's 150th anniversary in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo (2004).
Other important clients include Philip Morris, Jaguar, Prada, Harry Winston.
At Fabrica Alfio Pozzoni has produced a number of exhibitions like "Fabrica: Les Yeux Ouverts" curated with Centre Pompidou (2006), and later at the Triennale di Milano, and the Shanghai Art Museum (2007). The 2008 "Opening Soon" at the Triennale Milano, an exhibition about future retail concepts, was lately awarded the honorable mention at the Compasso d'Oro.
Alfio Pozzoni is currently project leader and creative director for the Benetton Live Windows project – an experience design project developed in 11 Benetton flagship stores in the world. Last march the project was conferred the Gold Apex Award in the retail category at digital signage expo, Las Vegas, the world's biggest digital creativity event.
Ana Tomé (Director, the Centro Cultural de España in Mexico City, Mexico)
Ana Tomé was born 25th June 1956 in A Coruña (Galicia), northwest Spain, where she lived until 1975, when she joined the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She studied jornalism and filology, and completed her education in London (1981-82) and New York (1985). She has a multidisciplinar professional experience (journalism, teaching and foreing commerce in the field of tuourism), that led to cultural managment in 1989 (exhibition coordinator at the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Casa de América, both in Madrid, Architects Guild of Andalucia Oriental, in Málaga, and others).
She joined the Ministry of Foreing Affairs-Spanish Internacional Cooperation for Development Agency (AECID) in 1995 as director of the Cultural Center of Spain – which belongs to the diplomatic mission of Spain and is responsible for the implementation of the spanish cooperation policies in the field of culture- in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), followed by Havanna (Cuba), and São Paulo (Brazil), where she was posted from 2005 to October 2011. She is currently in Mexico DF occupying the same position. She has traveled the world extensively, specially in Europe and Latinamerica, but also some countries in Africa and Asia.
Anat Litwin (Artist/ Curator/ Director, Homebase BUILD, Germany)
Anat Litwin is an Israeli American Artist and Curator, working in the medium of paper cut-outs, installation, text, public art and social sculpture. She is the recipient of several awards and her work has been exhibited internationally. She is the founder and artistic director of the HomeBase Project - a nomadic site-specific public art project exploring the meaning of home. HomeBase was founded in 2006 as a artist run nonprofit organization which aims to foster interconnectedness through contemporary art, and over the past seven years it took place in changing neighborhoods in NYC and in Berlin. Currently Anat is co-creating together with the HomeBase team
the HomeBase LAB in Berlin as a year round research and residency center, and is building the next HomeBase Project planned to take place in an historic lepers Hospital in Jerusalem. www.homebaseproject.org
Anupama Sekhar (Acting Deputy Director for Cultural Exchange, ASEF, Singapore)
Anupama Sekhar is Acting Deputy Director for Cultural Exchange at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). Working across 46 countries in Asia and Europe, ASEF creates dialogue platforms and provides information resources for policymakers, cultural professionals and artists. At ASEF, Anupama is regularly involved in the programming of international conferences and collaborative artistic projects that promote cultural co-operation between Asia and Europe. She is the co-editor of Mapping Cultural Diversity: Good Practices from Around the Globe (Bonn/Singapore, German Commission for UNESCO and ASEF, 2010). Since 2009, Anupama is a member of the U40 group of young cultural policy experts, launched by the German Commission for UNESCO and supported by the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. She is also a trained dancer in the Indian classical tradition of Bharatnatyam.
Ariunaa Tserenpil (Executive Director, The Arts Council of Mongolia, Mongolia)
Ariunaa Tserenpil is the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Mongolia with extensive experience of arts administration and advocacy for over 15 years. Her career started in 1996 as line-producer of the internationally acclaimed films State of Dogs (Brosens & Turmunkh) and Real Men Eat Meat (Maria von Heland). She was the coordinator (and then director of the Arts & Culture Programme of the Mongolian Foundation for Open Society (Soros Foundation). Ts. Ariunaa was cultural link steering committee member of OSI (Soros Foundation) Arts Culture Network program (1999-2002) to foster cultural mobility among Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Since 2002 she is the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Mongolia.
Ashmina Ranjit (Founder/ Director, LASANAA, An Alternative Art Space, Nepal)
Ashmina Ranjit is an interdisciplinary visual artist/artivist, MFA from Columbia University, New York, USA; BFA from University of Tasmania, Australia. Ranjit’s works revolve around crucial ongoing social/ political issues of marginalized communities. Ranjit has won several awards, scholarships and fellowships including Fulbright (USA), Aus-aid (Australia), and Honorable Mention at the Dhaka Biennale.
Ranjit is also founder / director of LASANAA, an alternative art space that encourages experimentation, critical thinking, teamwork and cross disciplinary interaction in the arts. With a philosophy of non-hierarchical collaboration and learning-through-exchange, LASANAA has been pivotal in inculcating creative discourse. Through the numerous workshops, residencies, art talks, panel discussions, and other activities at LASANAA, Ranjit has been encouraging local, national and international artists to broaden their approach to art.
Aye Ko (Executive Director, New Zero Art Space, Myammer)
Born in 1963, in Pathein, Myanmar. He learned about realism paint from private teacher, Min Soe in 1986. He participated in Democracy movement in 1988. In 1989, he founded New Treasure Art gallery with Min Wai Aung. From that time, he started to change from realism to modern art and organized Modern Art 90’ Movement in 1990. He was captured in 1990 for democracy movement, and was released from prison in 1993. He carried on doing modern art movement from the time he was released. In 2000, he changed name of Modern Art 90’ to New Zero. With the name of New Zero, he organized to exhibit annual new art and modern art. In 2008, I have established New Zero Art Space. The purpose of New Zero Art Space is to promote group of people who enjoy new art and modern art, and the space gives Free of Charge adult and children art classes. Moreover, he invited foreign artists to make symposium and workshops. In 2009, February, Aye Ko organized Asean Contemporary Art Exchange exhibition and seminar by inviting 16 Asean artists from 9 countries and 29 Myanmar artists that was sponsored by Prince Claus Funds, Netherland and Mekong Art Exchange program. He co-organized with Shimoda (NIPAF) Nippon & Myanmar Performance Art Exchange in 2001, 2005, 2009. In 2010, international artist residency program will begin that was sponsored by Prince Claus Funds His activities as artist includes paintings, installations, performance art, and video art, and he is also art critic, magazine chief editor and publisher. Starting from 1999, he participated in international art shows and seminar. The countries that he visited are Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, USA, Cambodia, Singapore, Germany, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippine, China, French, Italy and Korea to involve in art movement. He displayed 8 solo shows from 2000 to 2009.
I participated over 70 group exhibitions. Now, I am an executive director of New Zero Art Space, chief editor of Fashion and New Wave (art and literature) magazines.
Chris Wainwright (Head of Colleges, Camberwell, Chealsea and Wimbledon, University of the Arts London, UK)
Chris Wainwright is an artist, curator, Professor, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges, at the University of the Arts London. He is currently a member of The Tate Britain Council and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cape Farewell, an artist run organisation that promotes a cultural response to climate change.
His artistic practice is primarily in photography and video and his recent exhibitions include: ‘Futureland Now’ at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK: ‘Between Time and Space’, Heijo Palace, Nara, Japan: ’The Moons of Higashiyama’, Kodai-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan: ‘Between Land and Sea’ at Box 38 Ostende, Belgium: ‘Trauma’ at the Culturcentrum, Brugge in Belgium.
He is currently co-curating a major international touring exhibition for Cape Farewell called ‘U-n-f-o-l-d’ that profiles the work of 23 artists addressing the issues of climate change. The exhibition has been shown in Vienna, London, Newcastle, Newlyn, Liverpool, Chicago and New York.
Chris Wainwright’s photographic work is held in many major collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Arts Council of England; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris: the Polaroid Corporation, Boston, USA: and Unilever, London.
Clayton Campbell (Former Executive Director, 18th Street Art Center, USA)
The former President of Res Artis, Clayton Campbell has worked in the field of arts and culture as a visual artist, curator, and arts writer since 1975. He has been exhibiting paintings, drawings, prints and photographs since 1980. His most recent exhibits include one person shows of his seminal project, Words We Have Learned Since 9/11, at the International Center of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania; Unit 24 Gallery, London; the Museum of Mobile, Alabama; the Nam Jun Paik Art Center, South Korea; the Aaran Gallery in Tehran; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Barrick Art Museum, University of Nevada Las Vegas; the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; and the WYSPA Institute for Art, Gdansk Poland. This October the project will be at the Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing.
The recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Campbell has received research grants from the British Council, the Asian Cultural Council and the Trust for Mutual Understanding; a Durfee Foundation Fellowship; a MacDowell Colony Fellowship; and an artist in residence award at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In 2002 he was awarded the distinction of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for his contributions as an artist to the field of international cultural exchange.
A widely published arts writer, appearing in Art Voices, Contemporary Magazine and Flash Art International. He recently contributed a chapter entitled ‘Networks and Creative Communities’ the UCLA textbook series ‘Culture and Globalization’ published by Sage Press.
In 1976 he founded ‘The Performing Space’, the first not for profit performance art space in the Southwestern United States located in Santa Fe. Between 1980 and 1990 he worked in New York in various alternative not for profit spaces as program director and maintained a studio on Houston Street, exhibiting in numerous spaces and guerilla street projects. Between 1996-2011 he was Co-Executive Director and then Artistic Director at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California. In that time he organized 50 group and solo exhibitions of Los Angeles, national and international artists; and organized 250 international artist residencies projects with 26 countries. He served as President of Res Artis between 2002-2006. He now works as a consultant to major arts foundations, including Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Program; the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion International Visiting Artist program; the Rasmuson Foundation artist in residence program, amongst others. All of his work in this field is to encourage direct support to artists of all disciplines by funders and governments.
Daniel Santiago Salguero (Residencia en la Tierra, Colombia)
Daniel Santiago was born in Colombia in 1985. He studied Audiovisual Media, and got specialized in Photography applied to contemporary art. Later studied at SVA, New York and FAAP and USP in Sao Paulo. He currently serves a Master of Alive Arts at the National University in Bogota. Since 2009 directs the artist residency project, Residence on Earth, rural area located in the department of Quindio in the coffee region of Colombia. The goal is to provide a space for artists, writers, researchers, curators, and people interested in art, a scenario for developing a work of art and projects, and at the same time, establish contact with other artists. Daniel Santiago is part of the Invisible Society Colective. The group regularly publishes the Invisible Magazine, and holds cultural events actively participating in the alternative arts scene in Bogota and Latin America.
Erin Gleeson (Curator/ Artistic Director, SA SA BASSAC, Cambodia)
Erin Gleeson is an independent curator based between Phnom Penh and Berlin. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of SA SA BASSAC, a gallery and reading room in Phnom Penh exclusively dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions and education. Gleeson arrived to Cambodia in 2002 as a Humphrey-Fulbright Fellow and has since curated numerous solo and group exhibitions locally, and extended artists work in collaboration with many partners internationally. Her writing and lectures have been hosted by Artsonje Center, Asian Cultural Council, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Asia Art Archive, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Para/Site Art Space, The Sotheby’s Institute, and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Gleeson’s current projects include a group exhibition and publication Phnom Penh : Rescue Archeology, Institute for Foreign Relations (IFA), Berlin and Stuttgart, and Season of Cambodia, a citywide festival of art from Cambodian and its diaspora in New York City.
Francisco Guevara (Executive Director, Arquetopia, Mexico)
Guevara studied painting at the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (BUAP) and continued at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City. He received a University Expert title in Management and Planning of Development Cooperation Projects in the Fields of Education, Science and Culture at the Universidad Nacional de Estudios a Distancia (UNED) at Madrid, Spain, a Postgraduate Certificate in Cultural Management and Communication from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and attended the Seminar Race, Gender, and the Historiographies of Art at the University of New Mexico, USA. He also received a Diploma in Enology from the Université Du Vin and the Instituto Culinario de México, and a Diploma on Gastronomic Culture and Food Sciences from Chef Ferrán Adrià at Universidad Camilo José Cela in Spain.
His work and projects emphasize the role of contemporary art in economic development and as a tool for social change. His experience covers international projects including: intangible heritage, public art, exhibitions and visual arts education. As an artist he has researched, studied and worked exploring the connection between food, rituals of eating and collective identity.
He has participated in multiple collective exhibits and had nineteen solo shows, including the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque Museum and University of New Mexico in the U.S., and the 10th Mexican Festival in Australia. His work can be found in important private and public collections such as: Fundación Coleccion Jumex, Dolores Olmedo Museum, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Ministry of Culture of Bolivia, Salma Hayek-Pinault Collection, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II Private Collection, Denmark, among others.
His residencies and honors include THE LAND/an art site, COL:LAB 2012 freeDimensional and the American Institute of Architects Honor Award, both New Mexico and Albuquerque.
Giovanni Flore (Design Researcher/ Project Manager, Fabrica, Italy)
Giovanni Flore is Design Researcher and Project Manager at Fabrica. From an educational background in International Politics and Social Sciences, he has developed his professional skills in Marketing and Communication in consulting firms and creative agencies. He has gained a wide experience in all communication and marketing mix, as well as an expertise in a number of industries, such as music and entertainment companies, financial services, government services, fashion.
At Fabrica since 2008, he works on co-operation schemes with a number of educational institutions in the fields of arts and design. He lectures at these institutions in Europe and Asia about experience design and the impact of marketing strategies over the retail experience.
Moreover, he investigates and writes on various media about how social sciences interact with marketing strategies – and how the marketing mix may integrate new ways of relating to users.
Gordon Knox(Director, the Arizona State University Art Museum, USA)
Gordon Knox is the Director of the Arizona State University Art Museum. Previously a core collaborator at the Stanford Humanities Lab, Knox establishes international projects that connect artists with scientists and technologists to develop contexts that expanded the circulation of ideas and advance social justice. Knox has curated and organized exhibitions, events and performances in a wide range of national and international venues. Knox was the founding director of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy and has advised numerous international residency programs and commission-oriented cultural institutions in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa in the areas of fund raising, management, program design and international collaboration. Knox’s interest in the relationship between critical, artistic inquiry and social change grows from his studies in anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz, Cambridge University and the University of Chicago.
Helmut Batista (Director, CAPACETE, Brazil)
Helmut Batista was born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the director of the non-profit contemporary art space CAPACETE which is dedicated to research residencies in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Between 1985 and 1997 he worked as an artist, set designer and camera assistant in Paris, Vienna and Milan. Batista has exhibited worldwide and given talks at all kinds of cultural institutions. As director of CAPACETE he has collaborated with several São Paulo biennials and other institutions and organizations. He will leave the direction of CAPACETE in 2013.
Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka (Chief curator a-i-r laboratory, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Poland)
Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka is culture manager and curator. Since 1998, she has been working at Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Ujazdowski Castle. In 2003, she founded the A-I-R Laboratory as the first ongoing residency programme in Poland(www.csw.art.pl/air). Between 2003 and 2011, she curated and co-produced many projects, exhibitions, presentations and publications. She has also acted as project manager of two multi-institutional European projects – Rooted Design for Routed Living(www.design-in-residence.org), funded with European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms resources, and RE-tooling RESIDENCIES(www.re-tooling-residencies.org), supported by the European Commission. Since 2010 board member of the Res Artis foundation in Amsterdam. She has been working with the Open Method of Coordination, introduced by the European Commission – a programme designed to help member states jointly progress in the implementation of reforms needed in order to achieve the goals of the Lisbon treaty, in this case to improve the mobility in the arts and culture sector.
Jan Williamson (Executive Director, 18th Street Art Center, USA)
Jan Williamson is the Executive Director of the 18th Street Arts Center. She came to the Center during its fifth year in 1995. Under her leadership 18th Street has evolved from an alternative artist-run space to Southern California’s largest artist residency center, working with artists who provoke public dialog through their artmaking. 18th Street Arts Center sustains her passion for supporting the work of individual artists who seek to change social systems through their work.
Prior to 18th Street she worked concurrently with performance artist Barbara T. Smith and visual artist Tom Van Sant on the production of their separate global artworks. With Smith it was the her three year performance titled 21st Century Odyssey, a tele-collaboration with Dr. Roy Walford, who was sealed inside BioSphere2 while Smith journeyed around the globe. And with Tom Van Sant it was on his GeoSphere Project – an environmental artwork based on his revolutionary satellite composite map of the Earth free of clouds - the most widely distributed image of the Earth.
Williamson holds a certificate from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2010 she was awarded a Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Fellowship for her executive leadership in the arts. For nine years she served on the Santa Monica City Arts Commission. She currently serves on the board of Arts For LA.
As an artist, she co-founded and produced EWALA (Earth Water Air- Los Angeles) an annual art pageant and performance trek with writer Susan Suntree, which engaged hundreds of Angelenos from 1994 to 2000 in honoring the Los Angeles River watershed while protecting key environmental areas along it from development. She is also a founding member of the eco-political street theatre troupe FrogWorks formed to save the Ballona Wetlands. She founded the all-girl percussion band Chix with Stix and currently is a member of the Brazilian percussion ensemble BatukLAda.
Jean-Baptiste Joly (Director, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany)
Born 1951 in Paris. Studied German literature and language in Paris and Berlin. Former director of the French Cultural Institute in Stuttgart (1983-1988). Since 1.1.1989: Chairman of the board of the foundation Akademie Schloss Solitude, founding director and artistic director of the Akademie. Honorary professor at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee, College of Art and Design, Berlin. Member of the board of trustees of the Schader Foundation, Darmstadt. Member of the board of trustees of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Member of the avisory board of Transcultural Exchange, Boston. Member of the French-German Council for Culture.
Joel Santana (Program Associate, Bellagio Programs, The Rockefeller Foundation, USA)
As Program Associate of the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Programs, he assists in developing and executing the Bellagio Center's strategy as well as managing and evaluating the Bellagio conference and various residency programs.
Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Santana has worked in international development with a focus in education. Mr. Santana served as a Program Officer managing the U.S. Department of State's Pakistan Foreign Fulbright Program at the Institute of International Education. He has also done work at the International Rescue Committee with refugees and as an evaluation consultant for a bilingual educational program supported by CARE and UNICEF in Cambodia.
Julie Upmeyer (Co-Director, Caravansarai/ Res Artis,Turkey)
Julie Upmeyer is an artist and initiator based in Istanbul working with everyday materials and space: paper, plastic, food, the internet, her home, the street. Born in Detroit, USA, her work as an artist is based on interaction, creating site-specific experiences. After a three-year nomadic life - working in India, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Greece, she moved to Istanbul in 2006. There she continued her art practice, creating installations, sculptures, performances and objects. She is website editor for Res Artis, the worldwide network of artist residencies and co-director and initiator of Caravansarai, an absolutely independent production space, collective, meeting point and artist residency in Istanbul.
Karol Frühauf (Founder, Bridge Guard Art & Science Residence Centre, Switzerland)
Karol Frühauf, MSc in Electrical Engineering, is co-founder and president of INFOGEM AG, in Baden, Switzerland, that provides consultancy and training in the field of software engineering, project and quality management since 1987. In twenty five years as consultant he helped many companies to master their projects or to improve their processes. He co-authored two books and is a frequent speaker, tutor and teacher in the field of software engineering, project and quality management. Karol was member of the programme committee of all World Congresses for Software Quality since 1995 and is member of the editorial review board of the ASQ journal Software Quality Professional.
Karol initiated and directs the "Bridge Guard Art / Science Residence Centre" in Štúrovo, Slovakia on the border to Hungary that is open since summer 2004. He is member of the Res Artis board and acts as treasurer. He is board of trustee's member of the Yehoshua and Margrit Lakner Foundation (Yehoshua Lakner 1924-2003 was a composer), advisory board member of the Foundation Old Church Boswil (called also House of Music) and board of trustee's member of the PowerStation Art foundation that with the aim of cultural exchange between Switzerland and The Netherlands.
Ludwig Henne (Freelance Cultural Manager, Slovakia)
Mr. Ludwig Henne is a former Robert Bosch Cultural Manager and now freelance cultural manager with a focus on cultural projects in Middle and Eastern Europe. He is also working for the NGO Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013
in Eastern Slovakia, where he developed and implement K.A.I.R. Košice Artist in Residence
, an international residency program, which invites artists from all over the world and which sends local artists for residencies to international partners.
Mr. Ludwig Henne studied Cultural Science, Sociology as well as Media and Communication Science at the University of Leipzig, focused on cultural management and cultural history. Beside his study, Mr. Ludwig Henne was a deputy chairman of the artist in residency program Künstlerresidenz *blumen*
and the art association Kunstverein Leipzig
. Before he went to Košice, Ludwig Henne worked for the University of Leipzig and developed and implemented an fund raising strategy.
Margaret Shiu (Founder/ Director, Bamboo Curtain Studio, Bamboo Culture International, Taiwan)
Margaret Shiu is founder and director of the experimental space Bamboo Curtain Studio and the culture action and research unit, Bamboo Culture International; she uses these two platforms for realizing her strong belief in the important contributions of art and culture towards civic society. She thus has been working continuously in the last 17years, in discovering and supporting creative talents, in their needs of time and space for creative incubation, and also in action research for international culture exchanges. Ms. Shiu has activated many initiatives, highlighting the artist’s role in promoting diversity and sustainability in cultural, social and ecological sectors, plus continuously in networking cross sectors, locally and internationally, with many organizations. Ms Shiu has served as national and regional representative of international committees/commissions such as Res Artis, Arts Network Asia, the World Culture Forum Alliance, the International Network for Culture Diversity, and the Asian Cultural Council.
Maria Tuerlings (Director/ Founder, Trans Artists, the Netherlands)
Tuerlings lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is the Director and Founder of Trans Artists.
From 2000 – 2008 Maria Tuerlings was Secretary General and President (2007-2008) of Res Artis board and head of Res Artis Office. She is National Co-coordinator (the Netherlands) for the Pépinières Europeènnes pour Jeunes Artistes, the European residency program and network for young artists. Tuerlings was/is a member of the following expert groups on artist's mobility of the European Commission;
- 2008-2010 OMC Expert Group on "Improving the conditions for the mobility of artists and other professionals in the culture field" of the European Commission DG EAC
- 2010-2012 OMC Expert Group "Mobility and Competences"' of the European Commission DG EAC. Member sub-group OMC "mobility support schemes"'.
- 2011-2012 Expert Group on "Information Standards for artist's mobility" European Commission DG EAC.
- Since May 2011 she is member of the Board of On-the-Move.
Marilyn Douala-Bell (Présidente, Doual’art, Cameroon)
Marilyn Douala-Bell was born in Cameroon in 1957.
Having studied the Economy of the Development, where she begins her professional life.
When she meets her husband, Didier Schaub who is an Art Historian, they decide to come back in Cameroon in 1986. In 1991, together with a group of friends, they founded doual’art, a Cameroonian contemporary art centre defining itself as an Ars & Urbis research laboratory on urban issues. Its fundamental concern is to explore how art practises can play a role in the ordering of the territory, participating in a community adaptation of the public space and bearing an influence on urban society. In 2007, Doual'art organised the first SUD Triennale (Salon Urbain de Douala), for which 12 art events addressing urban issues were produced, inviting artists in residencies, from all over the world .
The second edition of SUD took place in 2013, on the theme of water in the city. The third edition of SUD, to be held in 2013, will revolve around the theme of Douala Metamorphosis, art and urban transformations.
Mario Caro (President, Res Artis, USA)
Mario A. Caro is a researcher, curator, and instructor of contemporary art. His research topics include the representation of Indigenous cultures within the museum; the visual production of an "aesthetics of nostalgia" within photographic practices; art historical methodologies and the production of colonial discourses; and, most recently, essentialism and Native art practices. He has curated various national and international exhibitions and was curator of exhibitions at Alaska House, New York in Soho.
Dr. Caro completed his doctorate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, and has taught at various institutions, including The Evergreen State College, Otis College of Art and Design, and Indiana University, where he was Public Scholar for Civic Engagement. He is currently an Assistant Professor at New York University. He has published widely on the history, theory, and criticism of contemporary art, and is the founding editor of In Visible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture.
His work within the academy complements his endeavors to further global cultural exchange. He serves on the boards of various organizations focused on art residencies and is the current president of Res Artis, an international network of art residencies focused on promoting the worldwide mobility of artists.
Mark Vennegoor (Managing Director, Res Artis, the Netherland)
Mark Vennegoor is currently Managing Director at Res Artis, the worldwide network for artist residencies in Amsterdam. Mark Vennegoor holds a Master of Science in International Business Administration. His professional focus is on personal and organizational development. Mark is at present also part-time student at the Gerrit Rietveld Arts Academy in Amsterdam in which he shows a special interest in the dynamics of landscape and nature.
Mary Sherman (Founder/ Director, Trans Cultural Exchange, USA)
Artist. She also is the founder and director of Trans Cultural Exchange, teaches at Boston College and Northeastern University and, in 2010, served as the Associate Director of MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Previously, she worked as an art critic for such publications as The Chicago Sun-Times, Arts International and ARTnews. She has received numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant, and been an artist-in-residence at such institutions as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Taipei's Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts. She has curated shows throughout the world, two of which received awards from the Northeast Chapter of the International Art Critics Association.
Max Delany (Director, Monash University Museum of Art, Australia)
Max Delany is Director, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, since 2004. He was previously Director of Gertrude Contemporary from 1999-2004; and Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art from 1995-1999. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor, Curatorial Practice, in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University.
Recent projects include individual exhibitions with Emily Floyd, Hany Armanious, Adrian Paci, Danius Kesminas, Chris Kraus, Juan Davila, Diena Georgetti, Angela Brenan, David Noonan; and curatorial projects including Artists' Proof 2012; Change 2010, the inaugural exhibition launching MUMA’s new award-winning museum premises; Pavilions for New Architecture, 2005; and Pitch Your Own Tent: Art Projects | Store 5 | 1st Floor, 2005.
Melissa Franklin (Director, Pew Fellowships in the Arts, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, USA)
Melissa Franklin is the director of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts (PFA) program at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. She has held this position since 1995 and has been with the program as a senior staff member since its inception in 1991. In addition to administering the fellowship awards, she oversees all of the other professional development and programmatic activities related to the fellowships. The environment for creative work has evolved dramatically since the program was started in 1991 and therefore, in 2008, the PFA underwent a critical re-evaluation. One of the outcomes was the decision to surround the Pew Fellows with additional resources to support their practices including partnering with several artist communities to offer residency opportunities. From 2005-2008, Franklin co-managed the LINC Philadelphia project as part of a national initiative that seeks to improve artists’ living and working conditions. She has served as an advisor to several other foundations on implementing programs to support artists directly and has participated on grants panels and in meetings around this topic.
N'Goné Fall (Independent Curator, Senegal)
N'Goné Fall graduated from the École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris.
She is an independent curator, an art critic and a consultant in cultural engineering.
She has been the editorial director of the Paris-based contemporary African art magazine Revue Noire from 1994 to 2001. She edited books on contemporary visual arts and photography in Africa including An Anthology of African Art: The Twentieth Century, Photographers from Kinshasa and Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography: a century of African photographers. Fall curated exhibitions in Africa, Europe and USA. She was one of the curators of the African photography biennale in Bamako, Mali, in 2001 and a guest curator at the 2002 Dakar biennale in Senegal. As a consultant in cultural engineering she is the author of strategic plans, orientation programs and evaluation reports for Senegalese and international cultural institutions. Fall teaches curatorial process, communication strategies and methodology in the master department of cultural industries at the Senghor University in Alexandria, Egypt.
She is also a founding member of the Dakar-based collective Gaw-Lab, a platform for research and production in the field of new media and visual arts.
Nirith Nelson (Art Director, JCVA (Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts) residency, Israel)
Nirith Nelson is an independent curator and lecturer. She has curated many exhibitions in the fields of contemporary art and design both in Israel and abroad. Since 2002 she is the Art Director of the JCVA residency program, where international artists and curators are invited for an uninterrupted period of creative work.
Since 2000, Ms Nelson is a lecturer at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design focusing on contemporary art and curatorial issues. In the past 13 years she has been the art advisor for the Jerusalem Foundation. In this capacity she has curated Jerusalem’s urban space outdoor sculpture installations as well as initiated, curated, and art directed many groundbreaking activities including: two not-for-profit contemporary art galleries, the “Moonlight Cinema” multi-disciplinary festival and a photography-art collection which became a key collection for Israeli artists’ art-photography. At the debut of her career, Ms Nelson spent 9 years at the Israel Museum where she curated and lectured.
Peter Legemann (Board, Schloss Bröellin, Germany)
Legemann has studied and worked in the computer sciences at the Technical University in Berlin before he switched his scientific career to the arts. He started the transformation of Schloss Broellin, a historic monument building in the north of Germany, into a cultural venue and an artist-in-residence place with a focus in performing arts. Since 1992 he has been managing director and head of the board of Schloss Broellin and has been in charge of strategies, administration, promotion, public relations and finances. Now as a founding director and a board member he additionally is conducting projects in the area of residences for the performing arts and promotes the cooperation between related European and Asian networks. He runs international theatre projects and focuses on teaching at the university. “Projects and Teaching" is essential part of his professional activities, thus he can always bring recent project experiences into teaching in the field of cultural management.
Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi (President, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE)
Hoor Al-Qasimi, President of the Sharjah Art Foundation, is a practicing artist who received her BFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2002), a Diploma in Painting from the Royal Academy of Arts (2005) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London (2008). She is on the Board of Directors for MoMA PS1 and Ashkal Alwan and was on the curatorial selection committee for the 2012 Berlin Biennial.
Todd Lester (Executive Director, Global Arts Corps, USA)
Todd Lester is Executive Director of Global Arts Corps, an organization that creates theatrical productions to advance reconciliation in societies emerging from civil, religious, and racial conflicts. He is founder and president of freeDimensional, an organization that supports human rights activists by providing them with safe havens in vacant apartments of artist residencies. He is a World Policy Institute Senior Fellow focused on the arts-policy nexus and freedom of expression. Todd received the Peace Corps Fund Award for his work starting freeDimensional; was named ‘Architect of the Future’ by the Waldzell Institute in 2008; and serves on the boards of residencies in India, Germany, and Mexico. Todd recently wrote desk studies on the residency sectors in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, West Africa, North Africa, Middle East, Central America and South America for various organizations and foundations. Additionally, he provides consultancy and advice to cultural organizers, artist-led projects and networks around the world. The last time he was in Japan was to give the Tokyo Performing Arts Market keynote address on residency and new forms of sharing in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake.
William Wells (Director, Townhouse Gallery, Egypt)
William Wells runs one of the most innovative art spaces in the Middle East region: The Townhouse Gallery in Cairo combines a highly-regarded contemporary art gallery with an extensive outreach program. The over-arching mission is to make the arts accessible to everyone without compromising creative practise. Creativity, development and education have been a constant threads running through Wells’ career.
Zoe Butt (Executive Director/ Curator, San Art, Vietnam)
Zoe Butt is Executive Director and Curator of Sàn Art, Vietnam’s most active independent contemporary art space and reading room in Ho Chi Minh City. From 2007-2009 she was Director, International Programs, Long March Project – a multi-platform, international artist organization and ongoing art project based in Beijing, China. From 2001-2007 she was Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia where she assisted in the development of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT); key acquisitions for the Contemporary Asian art collection, and other associated gallery programs. Her curatorial work is pan-Asian, working with private collectors and researchers, independent curators and major museums globally. Zoe is a PhD candidate with the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics, National Institute for Experimental Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Recent projects include ‘A Transformative Disguise: Le Hoang Bich Phuong’, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2012; ‘Erasure: Dinh Q Le’, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia, 2011 and ‘Signs and Signals from the Periphery’ in Encuentro de Medellín MDE11, Colombia, 2011.
Hisashi Shibata (Director, NPO S-AIR, Japan)
He established Sapporo Artist in Residence in 1999 which was registered as an official NPO in July, 2007. He was the first director of the S-AIR. Until now, 77 artists from 33 countries have joined the program. In 2008, S-AIR won the prize for Global citizenship awarded by the Japan Foundation. Furthermore, in addition to organizing a number of cultural programs such as "SNOWSCAPE MOERE", in 2009 he also initiated research at Hokkaido University of Education into art centers occupying vacant school buildings. While working as director of Arts NPO Link, and acting as member of the committee for Res Artis General Meeting 2012 TOKYO, he is also co-author of "What can be changed through designated management systems?" (published by SUIYOSHA).
Atsuko Hisano (Program Director, Saison Foundation, Japan)
Atsuko Hisano is program director of The Saison Foundation (SF), a private-sector grant-making foundation, established in 1987 in Tokyo. It is dedicated to contributing to the advancement of the Arts primarily in the fields of contemporary Japanese theater and dance, and to promoting cultural exchange between Japan and overseas. The SF started a new program "Visiting Fellow Program", which invites program directors, curators, and administrators in the field of performing arts form overseas.
Yuki Kondo (Curator, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC), Aomori Public College/ Curator, Japan)
Since 2001, Kondo has been working at the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) which is the art center for the artists in residence program. At ACAC, Kondo has been planning and organizing exhibitions, supporting artists, coordinating exchange programs, and publishing catalogues as a curator. Through the residency program, Kondo tries to explore contemporary expression and artist's creativity which represents the times and describe and record these activities continuously. Curated exhibitions of "Tangent" (AIR2008/ Spring), "NAKANISHI Nobuhiro Solo Exhibition: Transparent view" (2011), "Re-Modernologio phase3: Trace of Scenery" (2012).
Mami Odai (Director, Move Arts Japan_Command N, Japan)
Born in Hiroshima in 1966. Graduated from Musashino Junior College of Art and Design and Joshibi University of Art and Design. After contributing to 3ART Project in Aoyama,Tokyo, she worked for DEMETER Office in Obihiro, Hokkaido, which organized okachi International Contemporary Art Festival from 2001 to 2002. From 2003, she belonged to NPO S-AIR(Sapporo, Hokkaido) and was in charge of managing artist-in-residence programs, planning regional revitalization through art programs and directing artist-in-school programs and Sapporo 2 Project. She serves as the director of ARCUS project in Ibaraki Prefecture from 2010 to 2011. Currency she is working for Move Arts Japan Project which is investigating new activate possibility for new AIR programmes network and artists’ mobility challenges in all around Japan as Director, also as a behalf of International Arts Festival in Sapporo in 2014.
Sachiko Kanno (Program Coordinator, The Japan Foundation, Japan)
Sachiko Kanno is a program coordinator at the Japan Foundation. After working for the British Council, Tokyo, she studied the history of design and fine arts at the University of Glasgow, from 1990 to 1991. Currently, she majors in cultural policy at the Graduate School of Tokyo University. In 1993 she joined the Japan Foundation and has been in charge of providing information and advice on international cultural exchange to individuals and groups. She is also responsible for organizing various symposiums and seminars.
She is also a co-writer of ‘Building National Prestige: Japanese Cultural Policy and the Influence of Western Institutions’, Global Culture: Media, Arts, Policy, and Globalization, Routlege, 2002.
Noriko Kawakami (Associate Director, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Japan)
Associate Director at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT. Freelance design journalist and editor since 1994 following a career in the editorial department of "AXIS" (AXIS Inc.) from 1986 to 1994. External editorial director for Japan and Italy design projects at the Domus Academy Research Center from 1994 to 1996. Author of Realizing Design
Guest curator of the 2005 "Mike Abelson, Carrying Research" exhibition (MDS Gallery, The Miyake Issey Foundation) and joint curator of the 2008 "WA: The Spirit of Harmony in Contemporary Japanese Design" (The Japan Foundation, held in 6 countries up to 2011 including The Japan Cultural Institute in Paris.)
Roger McDonald (Deputy Director, AIT, Japan)
Roger McDonald was born and brought up in Tokyo, educated in the UK, and returned to live in Japan in 2000 after completing his PhD. He has worked on the Yokohama Triennale 2001 as assistant curator, the Singapore Biennale 2006 as curator, and organized a number of exhibitions and projects independently. He is deputy director of the non-profit curatorial collective Arts Initiative Tokyo, and teaches at Tokyo Zokei University and Joshibi Art Universities. He is Director of The Fenberger House Museum, a privately initiated house museum in Nagano prefecture due to open in autumn 2012.
Tatsuhiko Murata (Vice President, Res Artis/ Co-Director, Yukobo Art Space, Japan)
Born 1944, Tokyo. Resides in Zempukuji, Suginamiku, Tokyo.
Using Youkobo Art Space as a base he actively supports domestic and international artists in their creative production and presentation, as well as promoting international exchange. From 2001 Youkobo began an official artist in residence program on the site of the former family doctor's surgery, coming to join the international artist in residence network Res Artis and actively pursuing AIR activities globally. Furthermore Youkobo has developed various community relations through local collaborations such as "Trolls in the Park", an open air exhibition held in the local park and the "Art Kids" program held in conjunction with the neighbouring elementary school.
Youkobo Art Space www.youkobo.co.jp/
Trolls in the Park www.trollsinthepark.com
Res Artis www.resartis.org
Machiko Harada (Independent Curator, Japan/ USA)
Ms. Harada studied Art History and Aesthetics in Kanazawa, Japan and participated in an exchange program in Gotheborg, Sweden. She did her advanced curatorial studies at the Center for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu and De Appel in Amsterdam. She served as the vice director for the art residency programs at the Kanazawa College of art in 1999 and 2000 and worked as a curator for contemporary art at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village from 2001-2010. She is currently an independent curator based in New York City.
Teiko Hinuma (Associate professor, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan)
Associate Professor of Joshibi University of Art and Design. Program Director of Artizan. After graduating from the Joshibi University of Art and Design, involved in an art gallery, art magazine publishing company. From 1999, worked for the establishment of the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) and served as the founding curator until 2011. Curated and produced many exhibitions and art projects which was based on Artist in Residence.
Junya Nakano (Director, Office for International Cultural Exchange, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, Japan)
He came into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992. He had careers as Assistant Director of the Russian Division (Russian Support Division) of the European Affairs Bureau, Assistant Director of the Climate Change Division of the International Cooperation Bureau, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Austria and in Australia, and was appointed as a counselor in 2008. He had served as a Senior Coordinator of the Climate Change Division of the International Cooperation Bureau since July 2010. He took the present post in August 2012.
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Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto (Director, Art and Cultural Projects Social Development Research Group, NLI Research Institute, Japan)
Born in Tokushima in 1958. He began his career as an architect in 1981, after the Graduate School of Waseda University. He became a consultant and researcher in cultural fields in 1985 and studied arts administration at Columbia University in 1997. Since 1985, he has been engaged in international studies on cultural policy, research on the creative cities / industries, management and evaluation of cultural institutions. He also served as a consultant for the artwork projects at the Tokyo International Forum and the new headquarters building of Dentsu Inc. He is currently the Director of Arts and Cultural Projects at the NLI Research Institute, a board member of the Arts Council Tokyo, Arts Network Japan and Art NPO Link.
Kayoko Iemura (Program Director, Tokyo Wonder Site/ Architect, Japan)
Completed a master's degree program for Architecture at the Graduate school of Fine Arts, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Studied under Raoul Bunschoten, Diploma Course, Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, London.. Since 2001 at Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site, she has planned and managed programs to support and nurture emerging artists, curating exhibitions . In the residency programs, she is executing projects toward the rapidly changing world such as "On the Agenda of the Arts", a series of multicultural creative dialogue conducted in coordination with art centers over the world, a series of new creative education "On Site Lab Workshop: Creative Dialogue and Commitment to the Environment", with University of the Arts London and universities in various countries and "International Ensemble Modern Academy" in collaboration with Ensemble Modern, world leaders in contemporary music.