culture360.asef.org » Culture News http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:33:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 UNESCO survey on the Status of the Artist recommendationhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/unesco-survey-on-the-status-of-the-artist-recommendation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=unesco-survey-on-the-status-of-the-artist-recommendation http://culture360.asef.org/news/unesco-survey-on-the-status-of-the-artist-recommendation/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:26:34 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45918

UNESCO is undertaking an important review of the implementation of the UNESCO 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. UNESCO invites your organisation to participate in the survey....  Read More

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unescologoUNESCO is undertaking an important review of the implementation of the UNESCO 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. UNESCO invites your organisation to participate in the survey.

This is a timely and valuable exercise that will furnish UNESCO with current data regarding the status of the artist nationally, regionally and globally, and which will be reflected in a consolidated report to be presented to the UNESCO General Conference in 2015.

Survey deadline: 15 January 2015.

A Survey is being sent to all UNESCO Member States as well as Non-Governmental Organizations and other civil society organizations.

UNESCO invites your organization to participate in the Survey. Please check the following documents:

Download the Survey in Word format.

You can complete the Survey by typing answers directly into this document electronically, saving it, and emailing it to the following address:status.artist@unesco.org

The deadline for submitting the completed Survey is 15 January 2015

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2015 | China-UK cultural exchange year + 40th anniversary China-EU cultural eventshttp://culture360.asef.org/news/2015-china-uk-cultural-exchange-year-40th-anniversary-china-eu-cultural-events/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2015-china-uk-cultural-exchange-year-40th-anniversary-china-eu-cultural-events http://culture360.asef.org/news/2015-china-uk-cultural-exchange-year-40th-anniversary-china-eu-cultural-events/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:50:28 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45994

With the China-UK cultural exchange year 2015 just around the corner, a series of activities and performances are being intensively prepared. 2015 is the 40th anniversary of China-EU relations...  Read More

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With the China-UK cultural exchange year 2015 just around the corner, a series of activities and performances are being intensively prepared. 2015 is the 40th anniversary of China-EU relations and a wide ranges of cultural events celebrate the anniversary, in Finland, Denmark and other EU countries.

According to an interview with Nick Marchant, the art director of the British Council in China, by China Daily in Beijing in the middle of November, “next generation” would be a key word for the events ahead. Following an agreement signed by the UK and China governments during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to London early this year, the two countries, with rich cultural heritage and distinctive characteristics in art, have planned 2015 as “China-UK cultural exchange year” when UK Season China will be held in five main Chinese cities.

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“We use that term quite broadly, it’s not just about the next generation of people. We are talking about the next generation of audiences, next generation of artists, next generation of delivery when it comes to the arts,” Marchant said.

To get more young people engaged in the art activities, digitalization of the events is one important mission. Marchant stressed that the media or specific medium, through which the younger generation can get involved with art, is one aspect they need to pay much attention to. With the majority of young people getting art through digital platforms and electronic devices, the UK council is trying to make UK Season China more digitally dynamic.

Art activities of UK Season China will focus on the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan, with additional events held in other cities with strong art advantages, such as Shenzhen and Chengdu, Marchant said.

Read full report on Chinaculture.org

According to the agreement signed by the UK and China governments during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to London early this year – the UK-China cultural exchange year 2015 will take place in two phases:

The two sides agreed to set 2015 as a year of UK-China cultural exchange: the first half of the year for the UK season of culture in China; the second half of the year for the Chinese season of culture in the UK. The two sides would cooperate closely in this regard.

40th Anniversary of China-EU relations – cultural programmes:

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The year 2015 will mark the 40th anniversary of China-EU relations. A wide range of cultural events in Europe will celebrate the date: the ‘Danish cultural season‘, the ‘Pure Finland – National image promotion series’, the ‘China-UK year of culture’, and the Helsinki cultural festival in which China will be the guest of honour and the ‘Chinese contemporary art – European tour’. All these programmes will add light and colour to the 40-year anniversary and strengthen the cultural pillar of the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.

Ref: MOU China-Finland on Cultural Exchange and Cooperation in 2015

Read more about EU-China cultural relations and plans for 2015

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Assessing Indonesia’s government-led creative transformation | Asian Creative Transformations articlehttp://culture360.asef.org/news/assessing-indonesias-government-led-creative-transformation-asian-creative-transformations-article/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=assessing-indonesias-government-led-creative-transformation-asian-creative-transformations-article http://culture360.asef.org/news/assessing-indonesias-government-led-creative-transformation-asian-creative-transformations-article/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:25:33 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45907

Asian Creative Transformations research lab (Brisbane) publishes Asia-Pacific Creative Landing Pad with an article assessing the government-led creative transformation of Indonesia. Other recent articles look at China’s connected society; Malaysia: multimedia...  Read More

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Asian Creative Transformations research lab (Brisbane) publishes Asia-Pacific Creative Landing Pad with an article assessing the government-led creative transformation of Indonesia. Other recent articles look at China’s connected society; Malaysia: multimedia to creative content; pop music, soft power and democracy in Indonesia and telemodernities across Asia.

Assessing Indonesia’s government-led creative transformation

By Erich Renz

 Erich is an interdisciplinary Master of Creative Industries student at Popakademie Baden-Württemberg (GER) and Queensland University of Technology (AUS).

In recent years many developing countries have recognized the challenge of embracing creativity in the arts and innovation in business. The case of Indonesia is significant, firstly because the nation is a young democracy, and secondly because the central government is taking an active development role. Like many other countries in Asia, however, the term creative economy is hierarchically managed and aligned to economic improvements rather than furthering pluralism. In effect the government has taken the master template from the UK’s Department of Culture Media and Sport and adapted this to local conditions. Along with this cultural borrowing come high expectations.

In October 2011, an Indonesian cabinet reshuffle led to the establishment of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, headed up by former Minister of Trade Mari Pangestu. Minister Pangestu was in charge of aligning the development goals of the tourism industry with those of the creative industries. However, the newly elected president Joko Widodo subsequently changed the name of the back to Ministry of Tourism, omitting the term creative economy. Mari Pangestu was then replaced by Arief Yahya, the former CEO of Indonesia Telecommunication Company, the company behind a large development project called Bandung Digital Valley.

The main task of the former Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy was to attract international visitors to Indonesia’s cultural heritage, represented primarily by culinary businesses, domestic fashion and indigenous craft. The government’s focus on tourism is diversification of the economy. Spending by foreign tourists has not only flowed into creative products and services but to provinces for regional development.

While the creative economy idea has not been dispensed with it is currently unclear how it will be reframed. Suggestions are that a separate agency will be formed although some believe that the creative economy is too big an idea for an agency to manage. The former hybrid Ministry (of Tourism and Creative Economy) managed two industries that mutually contribute 12% to GDP and deploy a workforce of 16.9 million inhabitants out of a total labour force of 119 million.

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Nine Angry Birds Parks planned for Chinahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/nine-angry-birds-parks-planned-for-china/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nine-angry-birds-parks-planned-for-china http://culture360.asef.org/news/nine-angry-birds-parks-planned-for-china/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:58:23 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=46002

The birds are flocking to China … Finland’s Rovio Entertainment, the creator of Angry Birds, is partnering with Chinese company Guogou Group to open nine Angry Birds theme parks in...  Read More

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The birds are flocking to China … Finland’s Rovio Entertainment, the creator of Angry Birds, is partnering with Chinese company Guogou Group to open nine Angry Birds theme parks in China by 2018.

Rovio said it had reached a deal with Guogou to build and operate the attractions, and the first would open in the eastern province of Anhui. No financial details have been disclosed.

— China is an extremely important market for us, and we’re constantly looking for ways to provide innovative fan experiences by bridging the digital with the physical, said Pekka Rantala, chief commercial officer of Rovio.

— Through this partnership, we not only achieve that, but we set a strong foot in one of the worlds fastest growing theme park markets with a key player in the industry.

The strategic partnership marks the first agreement of its kind for Rovio in the Asian market, with the parks projected to cover a total building area of tens of thousands of square metres.

Source: GOOD NEWS from Finland

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Mobility Funding Guides for 49 countries of Asia and Europe launched!http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/mobility/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/mobility/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:00:52 +0000 culture360.org http://culture360.asef.org/?p=26164

Initiated by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) through its online portal culture360.org, the 21 mobility funding guides are a concrete output of the mapping of funding opportunities for international cultural exchange in 19 countries in Asia.  Read More

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Mobility Funding Guide

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and On the Move are jointly presenting for the first time, the Mobility Funding Guides for International Cultural Exchange in 49 countries of Asia and Europe. In addition to the 3rd edition of the Mapping of Funding Opportunities for International Cultural Exchange in Asia, which presents mobility funding resources for 19 Asian countries, this year, we will also present the updated guides for 27 countries of the European Union, as well as Norway, Switzerland and the Russian Federation. These guides follow the methodology used in the online ‘Guide for International Funding Opportunities for the Mobility of European artists and culture professionals’, produced in 2011 by the Interarts Foundation, On The Move within the scope of the EU funded project PRACTICS.

The launch of this comprehensive list of resources on mobility in Asia and Europe follows a series of important meetings that have happened in 2013 and 2014. Initiated in 2013 by ASEF with the Platform meeting of Asian and European cultural mobility funders in Prague, Czech Republic (5-6 June 2013) co-organised with the Arts and Theatre Institute-Prague and the Kelola Foundation, the conversation among funders and policy makers has further developed in 2014, with the brainstorming meeting on Access and Reciprocity organised by On the Move in partnership with Asialink and ResArtis in Melbourne, Australia (12 May 2014).

The meeting supported by ASEF was part of the Inaugural Meeting of the Asia-Europe-Australia Creative Residency Network (AAECRN) and in conjunction with the IETM Asia Satellite Meeting co-organised by IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts) and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Among the key findings of the Melbourne meeting on Access and Reciprocity was that multiple types of partnerships are necessary at different levels: international, national, regional but also between public and private funders and cultural organisations and artists and cultural professionals. Participants also agreed on the need for a new understanding of the notion of reciprocity.  National and international agencies funding mobility should consider the benefits of investing not only on ‘their’ national artists and ‘their’ country but go beyond the idea of “export” and define how to build long-lasting collaborations with different partners at different levels.
Over 50 cultural mobility funders, stakeholders and professionals from Asia, Australia and Europe agreed on the need to reinforce and diversify networks through the support of new types of networks’ initiatives and their potential for connections within the region Australia-Asia-Europe.

Such meetings have also to be read in the context of other international and regional initiatives like the Preparatory Action on Culture in EU External Relations or the recent Canary Island Declaration on Artistic and Cultural Mobility coordinated by the Roberto Cimetta Fund.

The international approach of the mobility funding guides is crucial as it positions the discussion on the funding of cultural mobility in a global perspective in order to better respond to local needs and interests from the cultural sector.

ASEF and On the Move will continue to work together with the cultural sector and other partner organisations to promote mobility of artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe, in line with the recommendations of Asian and European Culture Ministers (in the framework of the Asia-Europe Meeting/ASEM) also reinforced at the last 6th ASEM Culture Ministers Meeting (Netherlands, October 2014).

ASEF and On the Move wish to thank for their information and data support: Arts Network Asia, Japan Center Pacific Basin Arts Communication (PARC), Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM), Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS), Japan Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts, Luxembourg Agency for Cultural Affairs and the following On the Move members – ITI-Germany and IGBK (through their website touring-artists.info), DutchCulture/TransArtists, Arts and Theatre Institute-Czech Republic, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute-Poland and the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation .

We hope you will find this updated 3rd edition a useful resource.

Mapping of Funding Opportunities for International Cultural Exchange in Asia and Europe

Credits 3rd edition (2014)

Preface to 3rd edition

How to read the mobility funding guides

 

All European Guides are downloadable at: http://on-the-move.org/funding/europe

If you would like to know more about this initiative or collaborate with us, please contact:

Valentina RICCARDI (Ms)
Project Manager, Cultural Exchange
valentina.riccardi@asef.org 

You can also send your comments, suggestions and corrections to: funding@culture360.org 

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UNESCO designates 28 new Creative Cities worldwidehttp://culture360.asef.org/news/unesco-designates-28-new-creative-cities-worldwide/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=unesco-designates-28-new-creative-cities-worldwide http://culture360.asef.org/news/unesco-designates-28-new-creative-cities-worldwide/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 16:09:29 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45920

As a result of the 2014 Call for applications, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, has designated 28 cities, from 19 countries, as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network....  Read More

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As a result of the 2014 Call for applications, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, has designated 28 cities, from 19 countries, as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.  Within ASEM, new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network come from New Zealand, Ireland, Bulgaria, Austria, Czech Republic, Indonesia, the UK, Japan, Korea, Spain, Germany, Finland and China.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network is pleased to welcome the following cities within its seven thematic areas (Craft and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music):

  • Bilbao (Spain) – Design
  • Busan (Republic of Korea) – Film
  • Curitiba (Brazil) – Design
  • Dakar (Senegal) – Media Arts
  • Dundee (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Design
  • Dunedin (New Zealand) – Literature
  • Florianopolis (Brazil) – Gastronomy
  • Galway (Ireland) – Film
  • Granada (Spain) – Literature
  • Gwangju (Republic of Korea) – Media Arts
  • Hamamatsu (Japan) – Music
  • Hanover (Germany) – Music
  • Heidelberg (Germany) – Literature
  • Helsinki (Finland) – Design
  • Jacmel (Haiti) – Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Jingdezhen (China) – Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Linz (Austria) – Media Arts
  • Mannheim (Germany) – Music
  • Nassau (Bahamas) – Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Pekalongan (Indonesia) – Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Prague (Czech Republic) – Literature
  • Shunde (China) – Gastronomy
  • Sofia (Bulgaria) – Film
  • Suzhou (China) – Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel) – Media Arts
  • Tsuruoka (Japan) – Gastronomy
  • Turin (Italy) – Design
  • York (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Media Arts

By joining the Network, cities commit to collaborate and develop partnerships with a view to promoting creativity and cultural industries, to share best practices, to strengthen participation in cultural life, and to integrate culture in economic and social development plans.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now comprises 69 cities that have identified culture and creativity as a strategic driver for sustainable urban development.

UNESCO also announced ten elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, including:

  • Japanese washi (hand-made paper)
  • Estonia smoke sauna tradition
  • Kazakhstan traditional art of Dombra Kuy (music)

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Job Opportunities at ASEF culture360http://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/job-opportunities-at-asef-culture360/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=job-opportunities-at-asef-culture360 http://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/job-opportunities-at-asef-culture360/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:26:22 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?post_type=opportunity&p=45959

  ASEF culture360 is currently looking for freelance individuals to take on the following roles: For more details on the individual roles, please download the pdf files below with...  Read More

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ASEF culture360 is currently looking for freelance individuals to take on the following roles:

For more details on the individual roles, please download the pdf files below with the job descriptions and application requirements:

Conditions:

  • Candidates have to be a national of an ASEM member country*.
  • This position is freelance. The applicant does not need to be based in Singapore.

Deadline for submissions:15 December 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

 

* The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an informal process of dialogue and cooperation bringing together the 28 European Union member states, 2 European countries, and the European Commission with 21 Asian countries and the ASEAN Secretariat. Member countries are: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao P.D.R., Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Viet Nam.

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RealTime reviews Asia-Australia arts festivalshttp://culture360.asef.org/news/realtime-reviews-asia-australia-arts-festivals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=realtime-reviews-asia-australia-arts-festivals http://culture360.asef.org/news/realtime-reviews-asia-australia-arts-festivals/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 21:23:44 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45856

At culture360 we like to inform our readers about festivals and other arts events in Asia and Europe – but we know it is usually impossible to actually be...  Read More

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At culture360 we like to inform our readers about festivals and other arts events in Asia and Europe – but we know it is usually impossible to actually be there!  Catch up with this series of reviews from Australia’s RealTime arts magazine of some of the major Asia-Europe festival events in Australia this year – sit back and enjoy.

In Cultural syntheses: north-south, east-west, Nicola Fearn reviews the 2014 Darwin Festival:

Two productions in the 2014 Darwin Festival reviewed here involve distinctive collaborations between Australian and Asian artists, exploring fusions of traditional and contemporary cultural practices. With Asia as northern Australia’s nearest neighbour and being closer to Darwin than other Australian cities, this kind of exchange is becoming more common, with artists engaging in longer-term and ongoing projects.

100% Darwin

Held in the amphitheatre in Darwin’s tropical Botanic Gardens, 100% Darwin is a surprisingly moving, community-building experience. Germany’s Rimini Protokoll have created 100% cities since 2008 starting with Berlin, then 20 other cities around the world. They work with 100 locals with the aim of “performing the diversity” of each city. [...]

Book of Shadows: Chapter One

Book of Shadows is an NT/Indonesian collaboration incorporating live actors, traditional Balinese and contemporary shadow puppetry and new media. In a festival usually reserved for completed works it was refreshing to participate in a work-in-progress showing with a discussion and feedback session. [...]

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Yasukichi Murakami —Through A Distant Lens

Through a Distant Lens is a delicate and beautifully simple evocation of the life of Yasukichi Murakami, photographer, inventor, entrepreneur and part of Darwin’s high society in the 1930s. The performance begins with the whole end wall of Brown’s Mart theatre covered in a projection of trees moving gently in the breeze and the musician at the side of the stage playing traditional Japanese instruments mixed with recorded sound—wind and birdsong.

Writer Mayu Kanamori, a contemporary Japanese-Australian photographer and performance maker, probes Murakami’s colourful past and searches for truths about his life and his photographs—the latter lost when he was interned as an ‘enemy alien’ in Victoria after the bombing of Darwin in 1942.  [...]

Read Nicola Fearn’s full review in RealTime arts magazine

In Accelerating cultural evolution, Chris Reid reviews the 8th OzAsia Festival 2014 in Adelaide:

Adelaide’s annual OzAsia Festival, which began in 2007 as a cultural bridge to Asia, spotlights the cultures of the disparate nations of the region. Elements include the family-oriented Moon Lantern Festival, symposia on cultural exchange and politics, a film festival, crafts, cuisine, workshops and traditional and contemporary theatre, dance, music and visual art.

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The Samstag Museum is hosting two contrasting exhibitions highlighting postcolonial South East Asia and extending the perennial consideration of the nature of art: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s In-Habit: Project Another Country, and Berlin-based art dealer Matthias Arndt’s Mooi Indie—Beautiful Indies. ‘Mooi Indie’ refers to the early 20th century Indonesian art movement that used Western forms to depict sanitised, beautiful images of the Dutch colony. The term is now used ironically, as the artists parody colonial, Western culture. [...]

Read Chris Reid’s full review in RealTime arts magazine

In Culture’s haunted houses, Ben Brooker focuses on the performing arts programme at OzAsia 2014:

The focus of the 8th OzAsia Festival is on China’s Shandong Province, famed birthplace of Confucius and home to around 100 million people. A meeting place of ancient and modern trade routes and the location of culturally significant sites for Taoists, Buddhists and Confucians, Shandong’s historical legacy and agriculture- and natural resource-derived affluence are obliquely reflected in this year’s marquee productions Red Sorghum and Dream of the Ghost Story, by the Shandong-based companies Qingdao Song and Dance Theatre and Shandong Acrobatic Troupe, respectively.
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Both are conservative, visually lavish works, seemingly model companions for the chatter about soft diplomacy and measurable cross-cultural benefit that inevitably orbits the festival. To the contrary, Mayu Kanamori’s ascetic docudrama Yasukichi Murakami—Through a Distant Lens strove for verisimilitude in its unsentimental summoning of early 20th century Japanese-Australian ghosts, and Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental’s flawed but enterprising glance at Ibsen’s oeuvre, Ibsen in One Take, provided food for thought. [...]

Read Ben Brooker’s full review in RealTime arts magazine.

RealTime is Australia’s critical guide to international contemporary arts. Its focus is on innovation in performance (live art, experimental theatre, dance, music, sound), photomedia, film, video, interactive media and hybrid art

Images: 

  • RealTime 123 Oct-Nov 2014 cover
  • Arisa Yura, Yasukichi Murakami—Through a Distant Lens | Elise Derwin, courtesy Darwin Festival
  • Riyadi Wedhar, Keributan, 2011, Mooi Indie | courtesy the artist
  • Ibsen In One Take | courtesy Ibsen International and OzAsia Festival

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Asia Arts Archive announces new platform – Mobile Library: Myanmarhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/asia-arts-archive-announces-new-platform-mobile-library-myanmar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asia-arts-archive-announces-new-platform-mobile-library-myanmar http://culture360.asef.org/news/asia-arts-archive-announces-new-platform-mobile-library-myanmar/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:43:43 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=45838

Asia Art Archive (AAA) and Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA) announce Mobile Library: Myanmar, a temporary collaborative platform for ideas exchange that will run from November 2014...  Read More

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mobilelibrarymyanmarlogoAsia Art Archive (AAA) and Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA) announce Mobile Library: Myanmar, a temporary collaborative platform for ideas exchange that will run from November 2014 to March 2015 in Yangon and Mandalay.

Mobile Library is a periodic initiative organised in partnership with cultural collaborators in different countries throughout Asia to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas. By co-organising events and enabling the circulation of printed matter, this programme activates new possibilities to engage with art as a form of knowledge.

Over 450 publications—from periodicals, artist monographs, and exhibition catalogues, to books on theory, philosophy, independent art spaces, curating, and archives—have been gifted to the emerging non-profit Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive.

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MARCA, having translated synopses for many of the books into Burmese, will circulate the entire book collection to Goethe-Institut, Myanmar Deitta, National University of Arts and Culture, New Zero Art Space, Pansodan Scene, and TS1 Gallery in Yangon before moving on to various locations in Mandalay.

Prior editions of the AAA Mobile Library have included Mobile Library: Vietnam with Sàn Art in Ho Chi Minh City (2011) and Mobile Library: Sri Lanka with Raking Leaves in Jaffna and Colombo (2013).

Mobile Library: Myanmar | Programme Highlights

Educational workshop (26–27 November, 2014) led by Jaffna-based artist and educator Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan at Yangon’s National University of Arts and Culture.

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Panel discussion on archives (28 November, 2014) with Clark House Initiative’s Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma; AAA Head of Research & Programmes Hammad Nasar; and Mobile Library: Sri Lanka participant Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan.

Digital archiving workshop (29 November, 2014) that will introduce and share standards, tools, and methodological approaches for digital archiving through case studies.

Open Call for materials on contemporary art in Myanmar to facilitate AAA’s ongoing development of a dynamic, publicly accessible collection and resource sharing platform on recent art of Asia.

Free Parking is a new programme series that will run concurrently to Mobile Library: Myanmar. Located in the AAA library in Hong Kong, and featuring ‘art libraries from elsewhere’ in conversation with the AAA collection, the inaugural presentation will focus on books and related ephemera from past and present editions of the Mobile Library.

Special thanks to publications donors ArtAsiaPacific | John Clark | Green Cardamom | Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore | Institute of International Visual Arts | Para Site | Raking Leaves | RogueArt | Singapore Art Museum | Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute | TAKE on art | Tate | West Heavens | Yishu

Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA) aims to become the largest bilingual digital resource on the history and current state of Myanmar arts; to stimulate and nourish creative teaching and learning as well as provide research materials for students, teachers, artists, and the greater public. The center and archive will provide an environment for creative and analytical thinking in the country’s time of transition, where the end of censored education and closed markets means the beginning of creative thinking and inter-regional and global exchange. MARCA was founded by artists Khin Zaw Latt and Zon Sapal Phyu along with researcher Nathalie Johnston.

Mobile Library: Myanmar is generously supported by Foundation for Arts Initiatives (FfAI) and Mr. & Mrs. Serge Pun.

Logo image (top): Mobile Library: Myanmar, 2014-15. Photo: Nathalie Johnston.

Launch images: Mobile Library: Myanmar, 2014. Photo: FluxKit. Courtesy Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA).

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LEAP+ has been launched by Asia Pacific Writers & Translators, a new quarterly online magazine featuring contributions from writers around Asia and beyond. LEAP+ will provide pragmatic advice on creative writing,...  Read More

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LEAP+ has been launched by Asia Pacific Writers & Translators, a new quarterly online magazine featuring contributions from writers around Asia and beyond. LEAP+ will provide pragmatic advice on creative writing, editing, literary translation, finding publishers, opportunities to present new work, and places to find writer peers and mentors.

It also seeks to provide current lists of events and opportunities for writers and translators in the Asia Pacific region.

We welcome ideas and articles from established writers, editors and others willing to share their expertise and experience.

LEAP+ is not a literary magazine. We don’t want to duplicate existing resources, and there are now plenty of good online literary magazines produced in Asia, which we support. We hope that, in time, readers of LEAP+ will be lead to those publications. If you know of a magazine that you think should be featured here, contact the editor.

Through LEAP+, Asia Pacific Writers & Translators seeks to fill an information vacuum. Resources such as this have been available for emerging writers in the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and elsewhere for many years. But other existing resources generally fail to include information about events and debates that are relevant, specific and accessible to writers in Asia.

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