culture360.asef.org » Events http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:40:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Birmingham | Imran Qureshi – DB Artist of the Year – exhibitionhttp://culture360.asef.org/event/birmingham-imran-qureshi-db-artist-of-the-year-exhibition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=birmingham-imran-qureshi-db-artist-of-the-year-exhibition http://culture360.asef.org/event/birmingham-imran-qureshi-db-artist-of-the-year-exhibition/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:03:17 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=45900

Ikon Gallery in Birmingham hosts an exhibition by Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi - Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year”. Comprising miniature paintings and site-specific installations, including new works made for Ikon,...  Read More

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Ikon Gallery in Birmingham hosts an exhibition by Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi - Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year”. Comprising miniature paintings and site-specific installations, including new works made for Ikon, this is his most comprehensive exhibition to date in the UK.

The exhibition runs 19 November 2014 – 25 January 2015

Born in 1972, Qureshi is one of the most important contemporary artists from the subcontinent, not least because he reclaims the regionally rooted discipline of miniature painting that flourished in the Mughal courts of the late sixteenth century, and transports it to the present day. His work constitutes a unique synthesis of traditional motifs and techniques with current issues and the formal language of contemporary abstract painting.

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The exhibition presents an array of Qureshi’s delicate paintings adorned with gold and blood-red paint, depicting people, flora and fauna. In Self-Portrait (2009) we see the artist himself enclosed in an oval medallion on a gold background holding a blossom surrounded by tiny dragonflies.

The installations at Ikon are developed out of major works the artist made recently for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Sydney Biennale and the Sharjah Biennial. In I want you to stay with me (2013), individual dark red pools appear across the gallery floor; upon closer examination they are filled with countless ornamental flowers, intricately handpainted in perylene maroon.

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In And they still seek the traces of blood (2013) images from earlier works by Qureshi are printed on thousands of sheets of paper crumpled and gathered to form a mountainous heap. The title quotes a poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz about those who have been buried without their lives honoured or the circumstances of their deaths investigated. Qureshi makes such references to current affairs in Pakistan whilst generalising about the kind of violence and injustice that is visited upon innocent people every day throughout the world.

This exhibition is organised in cooperation with Deutsche Bank. The award “Artist of the Year” is positioned as an integral part of the Deutsche Bank art programme, which has been opening up the world of contemporary art to the public for the last thirty years – through Deutsche Bank’s own substantial collection, exhibitions and projects with partners.

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  • Imran Qureshi, Opening word of this new scripture (detail) (2013). Gouache and gold leaf on wasli paper 38 × 57cm. Courtesy Corvi-Mora, London.
  • Imran Qureshi, Opening word of this new scripture (2013), Gouache and gold leaf on wasli paper, 27 × 22cm. Courtesy Corvi-Mora, London
  • Imran Qureshi. And They Still Seek the Traces of Blood, 2013

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 + Annual JLF Writing Competitionhttp://culture360.asef.org/event/jaipur-literature-festival-2015-annual-jlf-writing-competition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jaipur-literature-festival-2015-annual-jlf-writing-competition http://culture360.asef.org/event/jaipur-literature-festival-2015-annual-jlf-writing-competition/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:49:19 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=45932

As the largest FREE literary festival on earth, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) brings together some of the greatest thinkers and writers from across South Asia and the world....  Read More

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As the largest FREE literary festival on earth, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) brings together some of the greatest thinkers and writers from across South Asia and the world. Still time to enter the JLF Annual Writing Competition.

From Nobel laureates to local language writers, Man Booker prize winners to debut novelists, every January the most remarkable, witty, sensitive and brilliant collection of authors come together for five days of readings, debates and discussions at the beautiful Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital.

JLF, which began in 2006, is now regarded as a cultural catalyst within India and around the world, exposing audiences to a constant flow of ideas. Featuring live music sessions and interactive workshops, the Festival provides a space to dare, dream and imagine.

View the LIST OF SPEAKERS at JLF 2015

Registration is free and is available now.

AND … there’s still just time to enter the 2015 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Annual Writing Competition

The 2015 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Annual Writing Competition presents the opportunity every month to writers to submit creative pieces, and reviews or reports on the Festival authors and their works. The best 5 will be published on the festival website and its related magazines and partners each fortnight leading up to the event.

Writing can be in any format (poetry, story, book review, author analysis etc) as long as it relates to JLF authors/ books.

And if you happen to be the ages of 18 and above, here’s some icing for your cake – the most promising 10 of these entrants will be offered bursaries to be part of the 2015 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Team. You will get to travel to Jaipur, and blog directly from the festival!

NOTE: this competition is open to global participation. However, only Indian Domestic travel for winner to and from Metro cities in India (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad) to Jaipur will be provided, via train.

Deadline to submit entries is 10th and 20th of each month.

Best 5 for each fortnight will be published on the JLF site.

Competition closes on 20th December 2014.

Deadlines: 10 December 2014 AND 20 December 2014

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Grand Parade at the Tropenmuseum Amsterdamhttp://culture360.asef.org/event/grand-parade-at-the-tropenmuseum-amsterdam/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=grand-parade-at-the-tropenmuseum-amsterdam http://culture360.asef.org/event/grand-parade-at-the-tropenmuseum-amsterdam/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:15:09 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=45798

The Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam has commissioned Grand Parade - a major art installation for its Great Hall – by the renowned Indonesian artist Jompet Kuswidananto.  It is on display until 22...  Read More

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The Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam has commissioned Grand Parade - a major art installation for its Great Hall – by the renowned Indonesian artist Jompet Kuswidananto.  It is on display until 22 March 2-15 and comprises groups of life size mechanical figures that come into action in a theatrical performance.

View a unique art installation, specially made for the Tropenmuseum, by Jompet Kuswidananto, on display from 31 October. Jompet made his name with fascinating groups of life-size mechanical figures in the form of parades, which come into action like a real orchestra  at set times. For the first time he’s bringing together these parades in the Great Hall of the Tropenmuseum, thereby creating a new art installation.

In his work he shows a constantly changing world and the way in which the identity of individuals and groups change with it.

Dozens of human figures with drums and weapons, motorbikes and horses meet each other in the middle of the big square. This meeting produces a huge spectacle of light, sound and movement: drums begin to beat, hands start clapping and from the loudspeakers the sound of the revelry of a parade or the tumult of a demonstration can be heard.

Artist and theatre maker Jompet Kuswidananto (born in 1976 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia) is a trendsetting innovator in Asia and is now up and coming in Europe. His work has been shown in the Taipei Biennales, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and the Global Temporary in ZKM Karlsruhe. In 2013 he won the Prins Claus Award with his theatre group Teater Garasi.

Read about another project Jompet Kuswidananto has been involved in - The Instrument Builders Project has connected artists and musicians in Australia and Indonesia since 2013 in an experimental, interdisciplinary collaborative project.

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The ‘Instrument Builders Project’ (IBP) is a collaboration between Australian and Indonesian artists and musicians in which the artists conceptualise, build, perform and exhibit new works together over the course of a shared residency. The IBP centres on an evolving ‘project space’, with elements of studio and gallery, open to the public throughout the duration of the project, with public programs (concerts, exhibitions, workshops and talks) punctuating periods of experimental ‘free time’.

The works created through the IBP span traditional craft-based and avant-garde forms and practises including experimental musical instruments, sound sculptures, installation, conceptual and instructional works, and live art.

Recently, NGV Studio in Melbourne hosted the first Australian iteration of The Instrument Builders Project (IBP), an experimental collaborative project between Australian and Indonesian artists and musicians curated by Kristi Monfries and Joel Stern.

The first two iterations of the IBP were held in Yogyakarta in June 2013 and March 2014. The IBPsets up a shared workshop space, with elements of studio and gallery, in which artists conceptualise, build, perform and exhibit new works together over a period of 3 weeks, with scheduled public programs (concerts, exhibitions, workshops and talks) punctuating periods of experimental ‘free time’.

The works created through the IBP draw on both traditional craft-based and avant-garde approaches and technologies, incorporating practises including (but not limited to) experimental music, sound sculpture, installation, conceptual and instructional work and performance art.

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December Dance | Flanders-Asia Connectionhttp://culture360.asef.org/event/december-dance-flanders-asia-connection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=december-dance-flanders-asia-connection http://culture360.asef.org/event/december-dance-flanders-asia-connection/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:50:43 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=45787

December Dance takes place in Brugge|Bruges, Belgium 4-14 December 2014 on the theme Connecting Asia, exploring contemporary Asian dance scene from Japan, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Korea...  Read More

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December Dance takes place in Brugge|Bruges, Belgium 4-14 December 2014 on the theme Connecting Asia, exploring contemporary Asian dance scene from Japan, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Korea (14 productions – 10 Belgian premieres). A Round Table Discussion on the Flanders-Asia Connection is organised on 5 December.

December Dance is a collaboration between Concertgebouw Brugge and Cultuurcentrum Brugge. December Dance 14 focuses on the (contemporary) Asian dance scene. Under the title Connecting Asia, we bridge the gap between East and West, contemporary and traditional; slowness and speed, music and silence, spirituality and exuberance … and in so doing, we generate confrontation and dialogue.

DECEMBER DANCE – programme in brief:

The dancers and drummers of Taiwan’s U-Theatre, Japanese Butoh choreographer Ushio Amagatsu and Pichet Klunchun, the great master of Khon, the Thai masked dance form, all rework their country’s dance traditions in an amazingly contemporary way. But we also have Western and Asian choreographers and dancers who have entered into cross-border collaborations. Audience favourite Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui creates a poetic choreography for young Chinese dancer Yabin Wang, Belgian.

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German Arco Renz explores the tensions between youth and age, together with senior dancers from the Vietnam National Opera Ballet, and Dutch choreographer duo Leine and Roebana adapt their dance vocabulary to include gamelan music and traditional Indonesian dance. Korean Hyoseung Ye and Taiwanese Shang-Chi Sun, on the other hand, present choreographies that might be seen as purely Western contemporary dance.

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The Flanders-Asia Connection: December Dance Round Table Discussion

During this edition of December Dance, Concertgebouw Brugge and VTi will organise a round table discussion for all interested in exchange and partnership with Asia. The goal of the session is not only to share experiences and information, but also to discuss possible actions and initiatives. Artists and companies with experience and/or projects in Asia will be present, as will a number of Asian artists and producers. Tang Fu Kuen and Els Silvrants among others will share their experiences. Tang Fu Kuen is an independent producer, curator and dramaturge for theatre and also visual arts based in Bangkok. Els Silvrants worked for several arts organisations and festivals in Beijing. In 2005, she founded Theatre in Motion, that is now called the Institute for Provocation.

Date: Friday 5 December 2014 from 15:00 – 18:00

Venue: Concertgebouw Brugge, ‘t Zand 34, 8000 Bruges

The Round Table is free – register now

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Asia at ICE HOT Nordic dance platform, Oslohttp://culture360.asef.org/event/asia-at-ice-hot-nordic-dance-platform-oslo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asia-at-ice-hot-nordic-dance-platform-oslo http://culture360.asef.org/event/asia-at-ice-hot-nordic-dance-platform-oslo/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:40:51 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=45565

ICE HOT – NORDIC DANCE PLATFORM is a collaboration project between all five Nordic countries in Oslo 9-14 December. The Nordic dance showcase includes collaborative productions between Norwegian choreographer Heine...  Read More

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ICE HOT – NORDIC DANCE PLATFORM is a collaboration project between all five Nordic countries in Oslo 9-14 December. The Nordic dance showcase includes collaborative productions between Norwegian choreographer Heine Avdal and Japanese choreographer Yukiko Shinozaki and a Swedish-Japanese dance installation created by artist Hiroaki Umeda for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. On the  seminar/discussion programme, there is a session on connecting Australia with the Nordics as well as other contributions from speakers from Asia.

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The intense dance installation Interfacial Scale of Tokyo-based artist Hiroaki Umeda explores how you can break down the choreographic border of dance – and the interface between dance and the unknown on the other side of the border. Inspired by tacit knowledge and swarm behavior, he choreographs for both each dancer individually and a collective.
As well as being a choreographer and dancer, Umeda is also a photographer and video artist. In 2000, he established his own company, S20. Interfacial Scale is created exclusively for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

Performance: 11 December, 21.30

WITH As if nothing has been spinning around for something to remember, the Norwegian choreographer Heine Avdal and the Japanese choreographer Yukiko Shinozaki are creating a new production for larger stages.

Performance: 10 December, 19h

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In The seventh floor of the world choreographers Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki and multimedia artist Sachiyo Takahashi are after several productions for adults now excited to be exploring for the first time performance work for children.

Performance: December 13, 12h

ICE HOT has a programme of Discussions, Debates & Seminars 10 – 13 December. This includes a session on Australia-Nordic dance collaboration:

FRI 12 DEC | 10:30 | OSLO NATIONAL ACADEMY OF THE ART

Connecting Australia with the Nordics

Australia seems like a geographically distant continent, but the similar values and quality in arts with the Nordic countries are evident. This info cell will introduce the presenting and producing climate in Australian performing arts. It will also outline the existing collaborations between Australia and Nordic countries. Special focus is given to Australia-Finland Dance Exchange, which is a long-term collaboration project between Australian and Finnish dance and performing arts organizations.

Moderators: Sophie Travers (Australia Council for the Arts) and Pirjetta Mulari (Dance Info Finland)
Featuring: Maija Hirvanen and Jane McKernan; artists, Angharad Wynne- Jones, Arts House Melbourne, Jeff Khan, Performance Space and Karilyn Brown, Performing Lines

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Venice International Performance Art Weekhttp://culture360.asef.org/event/venice-international-performance-art-week/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=venice-international-performance-art-week http://culture360.asef.org/event/venice-international-performance-art-week/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:27:58 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=45091

Following the first edition “Hybrid Body – Poetic Body” that took place in December 2012 at Palazzo Bembo, the 2nd VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK will take place at...  Read More

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Following the first edition “Hybrid Body – Poetic Body” that took place in December 2012 at Palazzo Bembo, the 2nd VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK will take place at Palazzo Mora in Venice from 13th to 20th December 2014 under the focus “Ritual Body – Political Body”.

The live art exhibition project dedicated to contemporary performance art will showcase in its second edition works of over 50 international performance artists from around the globe, some of which are presented in cooperation with cultural institutions and foundations. Pioneers of this art discipline will exhibit alongside established and emerging artists, reflecting influences and current tendencies in the field.

The project consists of a vibrant program of live performances, installations, photographic and video documentation, conferences, daily round tables talks, a Study Room, a Movie Room and meetings with the participating artists, researchers and curators.

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For the second edition with the focus “Ritual Body – Political Body” the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK 2014 aims to investigate a wide range of concepts such as: art as a space for civil negotiation where human ethical values are the core; interconnectivity; political confrontation; utopia; ecological issues; social and individual conflicts and responsibilities, and how the self relates to them, at the same time concentrating on the fact that the presence of the human beings in this world is always more than a temporary condition.

Take a look at the list of Artists featured in 2014 Venice International Performance Art Week – some are performing live, some in exhibition or film screenings.

Image: Zhang Huan, To Raise the Water Level in a Fishpond. Performance, Beijing, China (1997). Courtesy of Zhang Huan Studio.

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10th Shanghai Biennalehttp://culture360.asef.org/event/10th-shanghai-biennale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10th-shanghai-biennale http://culture360.asef.org/event/10th-shanghai-biennale/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:22:33 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=45626

Under the theme ‘SOCIAL FACTORY’, the 10th Shanghai Biennale opens on 23 November at China’s foremost state-run institution of contemporary art - Power Station of Art – and runs until...  Read More

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Under the theme ‘SOCIAL FACTORY’, the 10th Shanghai Biennale opens on 23 November at China’s foremost state-run institution of contemporary art - Power Station of Art – and runs until 31 March 2015. Chief curator is Anselm Franke.

First launched in 1996, the Shanghai Biennale is not only China’s most established and influential international biennale of contemporary art, but also one of the most important biennales in Asia.

Entitled “Social Factory”, the 10th Biennale asks what characterizes the production of the social, and how “social facts” are constituted. A recurring point of reference is the year 1978, acknowledged as a turning point in the recent history of modernity. 1978 was also the year in which Deng Xiaoping, who was to become China’s most influential Leader in the following decades, initiated his landmark socio-economic Reform and Opening, re-invoking Mao Zedong’s 1938 exhortation to “seek truth from facts”– a practice that sought to separate accounts of objective reality from subjective imagination. “Social Factory” contrasts this principle with the call to use fiction as a means of social reform, made by earlier seminal Chinese modernizers, like scholar and journalist Liang Qichao, and China’s seminal social critic and writer Lu Xun, who wrote The Story of Ah Q, Diary of a Madman, among others.

The 10th Shanghai Biennale Social Factory is curated by Anselm Franke, together with Freya Chou, Cosmin Costinas, Hila Peleg (curator of the film program), Liu Xiao and Zhu Ye (curator of the satellite venues). Music program: Nicholas Bussmann. Curator and writer Anselm Franke is based in Berlin, where he works as Head of Visual Arts at the HKW / House of World Cultures.  Read more about Anselme Franke on e-flux

Participants include: Art & Language, Ashish Avikunthak, Nicholas Bussmann, Wang Bing, CAMP (Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran), Yu Cheng-Ta, Yin-Ju Chen, Musquiqui Chihying, Hou Chun-Ming, Harun Farocki, Peter Friedl, Gao Shiqiang, He Xiangyu, Ho Tzu Nyen, Hu Liu, Huang Ran, Huang Wenhai , Ken Jacobs, Ji Yunfei, Shambhavi Kaul, Sakai Ko and Hamaguchi Ryusuke, Jutta Koether, Firenze Lai, Louis Lawler, Li Xiaofei, Liu Ding, Jen Liu, Liu Chuang, Sharon Lockhart, Narimane Mari, Daria Martin, Adrian Melis, Nadia Myre, Pak Sheung-Chuen, Willem de Rooij, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Robbie Williams, Uwe Schwarzer, Song Ta, Erik Steinbrecher, Suzanne Treister, Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor, Wang Ziyue, Stephen Willats, Ming Wong ,Li Xiuqin, Xu Tan, Yan Jun, Trevor Yeung , Zhao Liang, Zhou Tao, Zhao Yannian.

With its changing theme every two years, the biennale has always taken Shanghai as its primary focus, gathering the most talented and cutting-edge international curators and artists at the pinnacle of the industry, to explore the ultimate connection between urban life, contemporary art and the public. It has also become a large-scale biennale platform in Shanghai for the exchange and exhibition of contemporary art pieces.

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Creative Time Summit Stockholm | live screening 14 & 15 Novemberhttp://culture360.asef.org/event/creative-time-summit-stockholm-live-screening-14-15-november/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=creative-time-summit-stockholm-live-screening-14-15-november http://culture360.asef.org/event/creative-time-summit-stockholm-live-screening-14-15-november/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:29:31 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=45649

The Creative Time Summit - exploring socially and politically engaged art in a global context – takes place in Stockholm 14-15 November and will be live streamed to thousands of...  Read More

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The Creative Time Summit - exploring socially and politically engaged art in a global context – takes place in Stockholm 14-15 November and will be live streamed to thousands of viewers around the globe. Indian film maker and visual artist Amar Kanwar will be presented with the 2014 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change on November 15th.

Watch the live stream on November 14 and 15 at creativetime.org/summit

Screen the action! Creative Time and Public Art Agency Sweden will bring the Summit to thousands of viewers around the globe for free through Livestream. For more information on screenings, check out our F.A.Q.

Summit: Stockholm—the first iteration of the annual conference to take place outside of New York—will focus on artists’ work as they engage the themes of Nationalisms, Performing The City, Activating Public Space, Art in the Surveillance State, and Migrations. The timely partnership between Creative Time and Public Art Agency Sweden enables artists, activists, and politicians to work in this contested space by debating and proposing solutions to these pressing issues both in Europe, and across the globe.

Participants: Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, and Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, to deliver keynote addresses. Delhi-based artist and filmmaker Amar Kanwar will be awarded the 2014 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. Presentations are grouped into thematic sections titled Nationalisms, Performing The City, Activating Public Space, Art in the Age of Surveillance, and Migrations. Presenters include Netherlands-based artist and activist Jonas Staal; English artist and Creative Time collaborator Jeremy Deller; Swedish independent curator and Director of Tensta Konsthall Maria Lind; Poland and Germany-based curator Joanna Warsza; Turkish artistAhmet ÖgütBirgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic Parliament member and chairperson of the Pirate Party; United States-based performance artist Jill Magid; Sweden’s Soraya Post, who recently made history as the first-ever elected member of a feminist party to the European Parliament, Ghana ThinkTank, a collective featuring Christopher RobbinsJohn Ewing, and Carmen Montoya from the United States; Cuban artist Tania Bruguera; and many more.

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Documentary Film Maker and Visual Artist Aman KanwarCreative Time announced that New Delhi-based artist Amar Kanwar has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. Generously supported by Creative Time board member Elizabeth K. Sorensen, the prestigious annual prize is given to artists whose work, like that of Kanwar’s, provokes awareness of and engagement with critical issues of our time, working to advance the causes of equity and justice. It carries an award of 25,000 USD and, for the first time, nominees were culled from an international open call and the winner will have access to an innovative, new partnership with The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.

Mr. Kanwar, who creates complex films on critical socio-political issues, will use his prize earnings to advance his latest project. Titled The Sovereign Forest, the work comprises a constellation of moving and still images, texts, books, pamphlets, albums, music, objects, seeds, events, and processes, brought together in an ambitious attempt to reopen discussion and initiate a creative response to our understanding of crime, politics, human rights, and ecology. Creative Time will share the results of his work in 2015.

Mr. Kanwar was selected from a pool of over 250 artists, as Creative Time opened the nomination process to recommendations from the public for the first time since its inception in 2009. He will officially receive the Prize on November 15 at the 2014 Creative Time Summit: Stockholm, an annual conference on art and social change.

Image of Amar Kanwar – courtesy of the artist

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La Rochelle | Chinese Cinema Weekhttp://culture360.asef.org/event/la-rochelle-chinese-cinema-week/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=la-rochelle-chinese-cinema-week http://culture360.asef.org/event/la-rochelle-chinese-cinema-week/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:28:19 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=event&p=45515

The Centre Intermondes in La Rochelle, France has a Chinese Cinema Week (Semaine du Cinema chinois) running from 27 November – 3 December.  This is the 2nd edition of...  Read More

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The Centre Intermondes in La Rochelle, France has a Chinese Cinema Week (Semaine du Cinema chinois) running from 27 November – 3 December.  This is the 2nd edition of the festival and two Chinese animation film makers are in residence.

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y baishen ketchupIn connection with the festival, from November 1 – December 10, the Chinese animation film makers, Yan Baishen and Guo Chunning, will be in residence at Centre Intermondes.

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The Centre Intermondes is the brainchild of the sociologist Jean Duvignaud who visualised it as a centre for the exchange of ideas among creative artists, having as its purpose the stimulation of public debate on issues of creativity and cultural policy. Reviving the ongoing practice of critical questioning is seen as essential to the very existence of democracy.

The city of La Rochelle has made available the premises of the Maison Henri II or the Hötel Pontard with its superb renaissance façade, and it is thanks to this support that the projet saw the light of day in 2004.

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The Centre Intermondes has been officially associated with the Maison des Cultures du Monde since 2006, with the City of La Rochelle, with Institut Français (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs) since 2008. Such links allow the Centre to be part of major national and international events and celebrations, for which artists in residence are invited from all disciplines.

Supported by such partnerships, about a hundred artists of different nationalities have been involved. Guy Martinière, President of the Centre Intermondes, writes : ‘International cultural exchanges are the raison d’être of the Centre Intermondes. Inviting artists of different nationalities to La Rochelle is one way of ensuring wide acknowledgment and recognition of our harbour city. From the point of view of the artists, whether local or regional, there is the opportunity for experimental work to develop and blossom. Writers, directors, both in the theatre and in the cinema, visual artists, actors, choreographers have all benefited. They have come from countries near France and indeed, from other continents. Switzerland, Canada, Lebanon, Senegal, Brazil, Australia, India, China, Gabon, Iraq, Burkina Faso have all been represented here.’

The centre Intermondes seeks to encourage and develop such exchanges, local, regional and international, with the aim of facilitating contemporary creativity in all forms of artistic expression, and thus to build bridges between cultures to the mutual enrichment of all.

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Casa Asia Film Week (CAFW) returns to Barcelona. From the 12th to the 16th of November Cinemes Girona will host some of the best Asian cinema of recent years....  Read More

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Casa Asia Film Week (CAFW) returns to Barcelona. From the 12th to the 16th of November Cinemes Girona will host some of the best Asian cinema of recent years. More than 40 films, mostly unknown, will allow the public to get to know the current cinema that is distributed outside commercial circuits and, at the same time, to make a realistic portray of the Asian societies of the 21st century.

The genre that prevails in this second edition of CAFW is drama, but others such as acomedy, action, documentary or animation are also represented. The premiere of the Japanese film Seven Weeks, by Nobuhiko Obayashi, will start off CAFW with an opening gala on Tuesday 11th of November at 8.00pm.

Casa Asia Film Week includes two different sections. The contest Official Section, which will show films of 2013 and 2014 with around 20 titles and the Panorama Section, which covers the rest of titles of 2012 until 2014. CAFW will grant three awards: Casa Asia Film Week Award to the Best Film; Young Jury Award, chosen by students from film schools in Barcelona; and the Public Award. The contest is directed by Menene Gras Balaguer (Casa Asia), whereas the production is led by Toni Espinosa (Cinemes Girona).

If drama and the x-ray of current Asian society will be the cores of the contest, comedy, action, animation and documentaries will also have their place during the five days CAFW lasts. Moreover, attendants can enjoy the trilogy of the famous Japanese TV showman and director Hitoshi Matsumoto, a special section with El llanto de la gacela and discussion with the director Maritza García and a matinee has been programmed for Sunday 16th of November for children.

The second edition of Casa Asia Film Week covers, on the one hand, representative titles of Asian countries with a powerful cinematographic industry, such as China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea and Singapore and, on the other, filmographies of countries that do not have the opportunity to be screened in commercial circuits with less international distribution, such as those from Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Pakistan or Malaysia.

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