culture360.asef.org » Culture News http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:08:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 ZKB Prizes to German-Indian production and Korean performing artisthttp://culture360.asef.org/news/zkb-prizes-to-german-indian-production-and-korean-performing-artist/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zkb-prizes-to-german-indian-production-and-korean-performing-artist http://culture360.asef.org/news/zkb-prizes-to-german-indian-production-and-korean-performing-artist/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:57:47 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43864

The ZKB Prizes – the Zürcher Kantonalbank Patronage Prize and the Zücher Kantonalbank Acknowledgment Prize – have been announced in Zürich, rewarding Flinntheater’s German-Indian production and Geumhyung Jeong’s solo...  Read More

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The ZKB Prizes – the Zürcher Kantonalbank Patronage Prize and the Zücher Kantonalbank Acknowledgment Prize – have been announced in Zürich, rewarding Flinntheater’s German-Indian production and Geumhyung Jeong’s solo performance.

The ZKB Patronage Prize of 30 000 Swiss Francs went to Flinntheater and its German-Indian Production «Shilpa – The Indian Singer App»: The young director Sophia Stepf impressed the jury with her «layered and complex performance, with an intelligent and economical use of the theatrical apparatus».

The ZKB Acknowledgement Prize of 5000 Swiss Francs was awarded to the Korean performer Geumhyung Jeong for her solo «CPR Practice», in which she destabilises the assumed relationship between object and subject in an unsettling seductive way. The jury praised her for «the rigour and commitment to her singular and unique proposal».

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The prestigious Swiss international theatre awards were announced on the occasion of the Zürcher Theater Spektakel 2014 – the 2-week international theatre festival held every summer. The Zürcher Kantonalbank Patronage Prize and the Zücher Kantonalbank Acknowledgment Prize were awarded by Dr. Jànos Blum, presidium member of the Zürcher Kantonalbank, and Peter Haerle, director cultural affairs city of Zürich.

Zürcher Kantonalbank Patronage Prize CHF 30,000

The Zürcher Kantonalbank Patronage Prize is awarded annually to an artist or a company working in independent theatre, dance theatre or performance art, who have distinguished themselves and shown innovation in the creation of new work. The aim of this prize is to support the chosen recipient in their future projects. The criteria for candidates is that the significant work for which the award is actually given has had its premiere within the past two years. The festival board nominates five to seven productions from the festival’s current programme. Precedence is given to artists who the board feel have yet to receive a level of public recognition that is commensurate with their achievements. Former winners of the prize are excluded from nomination.

Zürcher Kantonalbank Acknowledgement Prize CHF 5,000

The Acknowledgment Prize allows for additional recognition and support of a nominee whose work is considered to be outstanding. It is awarded to a company or an artist for extraordinary achievement in such areas as choreography, dramaturgy, audience participation or acting.
Unlike standard procedures, 2012 and 2013 all productions presented in «Short Pieces» have been nominated for the Acknowledgment Prize, unless the artists have not previously won either the Patronage or the Acknowledgment Prize.

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EQUILIBRIUM | 2014 selected artists announced | Indiahttp://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/india-equilibrium-2014-selected-artists/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=india-equilibrium-2014-selected-artists http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/india-equilibrium-2014-selected-artists/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:03:08 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43755

Organised in the framework of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, EQUILIBRIUM is an international cultural initiative that aims at building creative contexts in villages and towns in India.   Read More

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Equilibrium – 2014 artists selected

 

Organised in the framework of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, EQUILIBRIUM is an international cultural initiative that aims at building creative contexts in villages and towns in India. Currently located in Partapur, the main aim of this project is to provide a platform for artists from Asia and Europe to engage in a dialogue with local communities through women’s groups in and around Partapur.

Following the call launched in May this year, 10 artists have been selected to participate in a 5-week residency that will involve activities with local women and lead toward creative capacity-building at a local school. The proposals should generate new works and processes resulting from dialogue and participation among local women’s groups, as well as build stronger ties between art practices and everyday life.

Below is the list of the artists selected for the 2 residencies:


Phase 1: 1 September to 6 October 2014

  • Anna Jankoswka (Poland)

Born in 1983 in Poland, Anna Jankowska is a fashion designer, and a scholar. She is a second year doctoral student in Cultural Studies at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, and holds a Master Degree in Indian Philology (linguistics) from the same university. She holds a diploma in Fashion design and has been awarded governmental scholarship from Indian Council for Cultural Relations to complete M.A. in Hindi literature at J.N.U, New Delhi, India.

Anna attempts to merge fashion and Indian studies on the ground of sociology of culture. Her PhD research’s problem touches upon a question of symbolic culture, which she seeks in clothes, and fashion of India.

Anna works and lives in Poland.

  • Atom Collective (India) 

Atom Collective works with issues of migration, cultural shifts and the physical transformation of a city and trace the characteristics of the contextual space from the practices of various people. In their practice they have encountered gallery spaces as well as public spaces questioning the orthodox art meanings and interpretations and increase dialectical exchange with audience. As a collective they have participated in Kolkata international performance arts festival in 2013 and their projects have been executed in Birla academy of arts and culture.

Nilabja Bhattacharya had received MFA from Govt. College of art and craft in 2012 and Lalima Bhowmik completed her BFA degree from Kala Bhavana, Vishva-Bharati Vishvavidyalaya, Shantiniketan and her master’s degree from Govt.

 

  • Sarah Simmonds (UK)

Sarah Simmonds is a U.K based printmaker. She has graduated from Brighton University followed by a two-year M.A at the Royal College of Art in 2011, in Fine Art Printmaking.

Sarah has worked at BBK Kulturwerk in Berlin., and was awarded a studio residency in Pris at Cite Des Arts. She is a co-founder and curator of artist led collective called Blood Orange that works at providing a platform for artists to show their work and attempt to expand and broaden networks of interaction between artists, work and audience. Her current project ‘Object-ivity’ is collaboration with the Collector and Professor of Design, David Usbourne.

Sarah lives and works in UK.

 

  • Marieke Warmelink (The Netherlands)

Warmerlink questions traditional power structures and offers alternatives through her works. Her work reflects on current socio-political issues and the role of the media on life.

She has received BA from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in fine arts, Amsterdam, and from University of west of England in graphic design & moving images. She has had exhibitions in Amsterdam, Belgium, Turkey and Germany, and has participated in Mamaau art residency and Mixer at Turkey and European exchange academy in Germany.

Marieke Warmelink lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

 

  • Meherun Akhter (Bangladesh)

Meherun Akter (Visual Artist), born in 1986 at Chittagong, Bangladesh, obtained her post graduation in painting from Fine art department of Chittagong University in 2012.

She is a member of Santaran Art Organization, and has participated in Floating Peers International Social practice workshop and residency; Crack Young Artist Residency program, Bangladesh; Britto Students Residency Program, Nepal. She has had exhibitions at National art gallery, Bangladesh Shilpokola Academy and Gallery Jolrong. Meherun Akter is strongly influenced by the postmodern gender identity crisis, and works on issues related with women.

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Phase 2: 15 October – 19 November 2014

  • Aude Marie (France)

Aude Marie, Knitwear Textile Designer, was born in 1984 in the French region of Normandy. She graduated from the ENSAAMA de Paris in Textile Design (BTS), and specialized in knitting at studies in England at the Central Saint Martin College of London.

She has a strong interest in history and, in particular, in the discoveries of famous adventurers. Fascinated by the cabinet of curiosities, Aude collects craft objects and inspiration in equal measure during her own travels, which becomes a part of her work.

Aude lives and works in Paris, where she combines working in her studio with teaching, developing her personal projects, and collaborating with artists and a range of fashion, accessories, and interior brands.

  • Moumita Ghosh (India)

Based in Delhi, Moumita Ghosh has been practicing art through teaching. At present she is working for ‘Made to Create’ project (under The Art for Change Foundation, NGO) new Delhi as an Instructor. She has expanded ‘teaching’ as a living experience and a quest in understanding her art.She has exhibited exclusively in Jaipur, Surat, Kolkatta, Delhi, and USA.

 

  • Margriet Kim Nguyen (The Netherlands)

Margriet Kim Nguyen is a half Dutch half Vietnamese freelance contemporary dance artist based in London. She has been studying contemporary dance and dance theatre at the Fontys School of Performing arts in the Netherlands and retrieved her Masters at the Place in London.

She has performed choreographic works by Eva Recacha, Ben Duke, Martin Forsberg and Jorge Cresis in Edge11, Victor Fung Dance, Helma Melis, Compagnie Regal de l’Empereur, among others, and has collaborated with artists from a wide range of media (soundscape, film, visual art and architecture). Besides using the body as a metaphor in the performing arts, Margriet is interested in social anthropology and contemporary philosophy and researches the connection between dance as an art form and the physical body in social context.

 

  • Nilanjana Nandy (India)

Nilanjana Nandy pursued her graduation from College of Art, Delhi and Masters from Faculty of Fine Art, MSU; Baroda.

Her art practice involves research about the site; people; socio-cultural traits in distinct region (through interactions with the community; study by scholars & other practitioners of the region; workshops etc.)

She has been a recipient of National Scholarship, Garhi Studios, Lalit Kala Akademi; Junior Fellowship (Visual Art); Grant for solo show by Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi & Scholarship for Summer Workshop, at Pont-Aven School of Art, France. She has also participated in CRACK International Artist in Residence Program- Bangladesh; Body Temperature – Performance Workshop-Delhi and SM Sultan Artist in Residence Program in Bangladesh.

Nilanjana Nandy works and lives in Delhi.

 

  • Khairani Barokka (Indonesia)

Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer, artist, and an advocate for arts education, disability justice, and interdisciplinary and public art. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction have been published in the US, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She’s performed spoken word and performance art in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the US, and Australia, and worked with a variety of international partners on participatory art projects involving theatre arts, visual arts, and literature, from village communities in Indonesia to urban artists with disability in Australia.

She has master from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, as a Tisch Departmental Fellow, and has been awarded as Writer-In-Residence at Emerging Writers Festival, Australia; Tutti, Inc. International Artist-In-Residence, and a speaker at both TEDxJakarta and TEDxYouth@Chennai in 2013.

As an independent researcher of arts, technology, and disability rights in performing arts, Okka is a member of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR).

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A Journey Through Asian Art | new series airs on Australian TVhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/a-journey-through-asian-art-new-series-airs-on-australian-tv/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-journey-through-asian-art-new-series-airs-on-australian-tv http://culture360.asef.org/news/a-journey-through-asian-art-new-series-airs-on-australian-tv/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:02:50 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43428

ABC TV in Australia broadcasts a new series of short films exploring contemporary Asian art. In ‘A Journey Through Asian Art’, art historian Alison Carroll shows how Asian art...  Read More

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Asian-Art-1-5-DVD-cover-onlyABC TV in Australia broadcasts a new series of short films exploring contemporary Asian art. In ‘A Journey Through Asian Art’, art historian Alison Carroll shows how Asian art came out of a century scarred by national independence struggles and bolstered by emerging economies.

Contemporary art emerges in an Asia where new ideas clashed with traditional ways.

Join Alison as she travels in Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, China, the Philippines and Australia, talking with artists in their studios and visiting museums, exploring storerooms and vaults and viewing some of the key art works from the 20th century that shaped Asian art.

Watch the trailer for the first 5 episodes:

DVD Series I (5 episodes) is out now and a second series will follow shortly.

Learn more about the series and check out the educational resources developed for art teachers to accompany the series.

Read the review by Gina Fairley for ArtsHub of the series.

A Journey Through Asian Art was directed by Catherine Gough-Brady and is available from Snodger Media

The project was funded by Film Victoria, Asia Education Foundation and Seoul Film Commission

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IIAS Picturing Asia photo contest | vote for your favouriteshttp://culture360.asef.org/news/iias-picturing-asia-photo-contest-vote-for-your-favourites/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=iias-picturing-asia-photo-contest-vote-for-your-favourites http://culture360.asef.org/news/iias-picturing-asia-photo-contest-vote-for-your-favourites/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:02:51 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43417

For the ‘Picturing Asia’ IIAS Photo Contest 2014, more than 1000 photos were uploaded to the IIAS website during 2014. Check out the shortlisted photos and vote for your...  Read More

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For the ‘Picturing Asia’ IIAS Photo Contest 2014, more than 1000 photos were uploaded to the IIAS website during 2014. Check out the shortlisted photos and vote for your favourite now.

Deadline for public online vote: 29 August

During the month of July our jury made their long-list selections, which were uploaded to our Flickr.com album on August 1st. (http://tinyurl.com/IIASphotos)

It is now up to you, the public, to cast your vote and decide who will be the winner of the “Public Vote”. The winner will receive a gift certificate valued at 200 euros.

Between now and 29 August you can vote for your favourite photos by following these steps:

  1. Login to Flickr.com
  2. Go to the IIAS Photo Contest album (http://tinyurl.com/IIASphotos)
  3. Browse through all the photos
  4. Whenever you see a photo that you feel deserves a vote, click on the star at the bottom right-hand corner of the photo. This will place the photo on your “favourites” list

Only click once!!! If you click again you will undo your vote.
The photo that receives the most “stars” will win!

The winner of the “Public Vote” will be announced during the first week of September, along with all the category winners selected by the jury. Announcements will be made on this website, various IIAS social media platforms and through IIAS email updates.

All the photos submitted to the contest are eligible for publication in future issues of The Newsletter, but the winning photos (Category and Public Vote winners) will be given the spotlight in issue #69 of The Newsletter (October 2014; www.iias.nl/publications).

Image: Passengers waiting at a Bus Stand in New Delhi, India.

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Celebrate World Photo Dayhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/celebrate-world-photo-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=celebrate-world-photo-day http://culture360.asef.org/news/celebrate-world-photo-day/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:39:50 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43147

August 19th is World Photo Day, celebrating 175 years of photography in 2014. Between August 19 – 26 World Photo Day opens its global gallery for submissions. Share a...  Read More

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August 19th is World Photo Day, celebrating 175 years of photography in 2014. Between August 19 – 26 World Photo Day opens its global gallery for submissions. Share a glimpse of your world with the world.

World Photo Day is all about celebrating photography. Whether you see yourself as an Amateur, Hobbyist or Professional, August 19th is a day to embrace your love of photography.

In 2009, Korske Ara, a passionate young photographer from Australia launched the World Photo Day Project with the dream to unite local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of photography.

On August 19th 2010, World Photo Day hosted it’s first global online gallery. With 270 photographs shared and website visitors from over 100 countries, this marked the first official, globally reaching World Photo Day.

Since the launch of the project, we’ve heard from people that have been celebrating photography on August 19th in their local communities prior to 2010. There’s also evidence of an attempt to start a June 1st photography celebration in 2005. We acknowledge this history of previous celebrations and believe that it demonstrates that the passion behind photography is the foundation of World Photo Day.

Image: Alef Rahman: Taiping, Ipoh, Malaysia

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Creative New Zealand initiative to support artistic connections with Asiahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/creative-new-zealand-initiative-to-support-artistic-connections-with-asia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=creative-new-zealand-initiative-to-support-artistic-connections-with-asia http://culture360.asef.org/news/creative-new-zealand-initiative-to-support-artistic-connections-with-asia/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:57:47 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43196

Creative New Zealand is introducing a new $1.5 million initiative focused on building stronger artistic and cultural connections with North East Asia over the next three years. The Focus...  Read More

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creativenzCreative New Zealand is introducing a new $1.5 million initiative focused on building stronger artistic and cultural connections with North East Asia over the next three years.

The Focus on Asia initiative will provide New Zealand artists with more opportunities to present new work in Asia, exchange artistic and cultural practices, and develop audiences, markets and networks for New Zealand arts in targeted Asian countries.

“Arts activity across Asia is vibrant, collaborative and diverse, and we want to be a part of it. We believe that offering New Zealand artists the opportunity to develop their practice and professional networks in the region will enrich our arts offering and attract new audiences,” says Creative New Zealand Chair Dick Grant.

“This new initiative recognises the artistic and cultural opportunities for New Zealand and Asian artistic exchange and acknowledges the increasing ethnic diversity of the New Zealand population. It takes a strategic view of our artistic activity in Asia by expanding existing successful programmes and introducing new ones under one overall approach. It will strengthen the image which New Zealand enjoys in Asia, and support important cultural linkages.”

An initial $1.5 million has been allocated over the first three years of the five-year initiative to support:

  • increased presentation opportunities for new art work in Asia and New Zealand
  • artistic and cultural exchange between New Zealand artists and selected Asian partners
  • the development of audiences and markets for New Zealand arts in Asia.

“The initiative will initially target China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. They have established infrastructure and in most cases government support for us to build on. Many of them host international festivals, biennales, events and residency programmes across a range of artforms, and have an appetite for work from New Zealand.”

Creative New Zealand is pleased to announce two new opportunities under the Focus on Asia initiative as follows:

  • Up to $3,000 will be available for travel expenses for up to three New Zealand performing arts producers to attend the 2014 Performing Arts Market Seoul (PAMS) in Korea, this October. Expressions of interest close Wednesday 20 August 2014. More on attending PAMS 2014
  • A co-commissioning fund to incentivise collaborative projects between New Zealand and Asian artists and arts organisations. The Asia/New Zealand Co-commissioning Fund will offer a total of $750,000 over the next three financial years. Applications for the first round close on Monday 20 October 2014. More on the Asia Co-commissioning Fund

Focus on Asia will include some successful programmes currently delivered with the help of key partners such as Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Through this partnership existing opportunities such as artists’ residencies and the Curators’ Tour to Asia will continue to be supported. This September curators Bruce Phillips (Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts), Charlotte Huddleston (St Paul St Gallery) and Jamie Hanton (University of Canterbury) will travel to South Korea, Taiwan and Japan under the 2014 Curators’ Tour to Asia. They will build their professional networks, develop new work, and explore opportunities for future collaborations, exhibitions and artist exchanges.

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ARTLINKART | Chinese contemporary art databasehttp://culture360.asef.org/news/artlinkart-chinese-contemporary-art-database/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=artlinkart-chinese-contemporary-art-database http://culture360.asef.org/news/artlinkart-chinese-contemporary-art-database/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:02:34 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43154

ARTLINKART is an online database project for Chinese contemporary art. Bilingual, interactive and updated daily, the website is an invaluable resource for art professionals, investors, students and art enthusiasts. Art...  Read More

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ARTLINKART is an online database project for Chinese contemporary art. Bilingual, interactive and updated daily, the website is an invaluable resource for art professionals, investors, students and art enthusiasts.

Art Radar explores ARTLINKART, one of the largest, most comprehensive and interactive Chinese contemporary art databases currently in operation. Michele Chan reports for Art Radar on this massive research undertaking which currently holds:

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Launched in May 2009, ARTLINKART is a bilingual online database for Chinese contemporary art. To date, the database has archived over 29,600 artists, 24,600 exhibitions and 1,750 art spaces in China. Describing itself as a basic information register for everything from academic study to investment reference and other professional purposes, ARTLINKART summarises its objectives as follows:

  • ARTLINKART is an online database project for Chinese contemporary art;
  • ARTLINKART is a bilingual art website for both Chinese and English readers;
  • ARTLINKART is targeting on archiving the complete Chinese contemporary art history more accurately and subjectively;
  • ARTLINKART is a basic information register for everything from academic study to investment reference and other professional purposes;

Read full article on Art Radar

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Deutsche Bank honours Koki Tanaka as ‘Artist of the Year’ 2015http://culture360.asef.org/news/deutsche-bank-honours-koki-tanaka-as-artist-of-the-year-2015/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deutsche-bank-honours-koki-tanaka-as-artist-of-the-year-2015 http://culture360.asef.org/news/deutsche-bank-honours-koki-tanaka-as-artist-of-the-year-2015/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:48:10 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=42673

Deutsche Bank has announced its “Artist of the Year” 2015: The Japanese artist Koki Tanaka is the sixth international artist to be honoured with this award. In 2015, the...  Read More

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Deutsche Bank has announced its “Artist of the Year” 2015: The Japanese artist Koki Tanaka is the sixth international artist to be honoured with this award. In 2015, the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin will present Tanaka’s first major solo show in Europe.

“Koki Tanaka is one of the most original artists of his generation to emerge on the global art scene in the last decade. A shrewd observer of the most ‘indifferent’ matters of the everyday, he always manages to magically transform them into fantastic events with a sense of humor, offering open but pungent implications that reveal the uncanniness of existence,” writes Hou Hanru, artistic director of the MAXXI in Rome, in a statement on the jury’s selection.

The award was given on the recommendation of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council, comprised, along with Hou Hanru, of the renowned curators Okwui Enwezor, Udo Kittelmann, and Victoria Noorthoorn.

Koki Tanaka represents a new generation of artists who connect their aesthetic concerns to social issues. Born 1975 in Tochigi, Japan, Tanaka lives and works in Los Angeles. He represented Japan at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Currently, works by Koki Tanaka can be seen in group exhibitions at the London ICA (through September 7, 2014) and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands (through October 12, 2014).

Koki Tanaka will present his first major solo show in Europe at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in 2015.

Tanaka follows Wangechi Mutu (Kenya), Yto Barrada (France/Morocco), Roman Ondák (Slovakia), Imran Qureshi (Pakistan), and Victor Man (Romania) as the sixth international artist to receive the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year award.

Read full article in Deutsche Bank ArtMag

Image: Koki Tanaka, Process of Blowing Flour, 2010. Action, photograph. Commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Photo: Tomo Saito

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The Canary Islands Declaration on Artistic and Cultural Mobilityhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/the-canary-islands-declaration-on-artistic-and-cultural-mobility/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-canary-islands-declaration-on-artistic-and-cultural-mobility http://culture360.asef.org/news/the-canary-islands-declaration-on-artistic-and-cultural-mobility/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:27:30 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=42738

On 19th and 20th June 2014 six independent cultural mobility funds from different parts of the world met in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands).  The Canary Islands Declaration...  Read More

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On 19th and 20th June 2014 six independent cultural mobility funds from different parts of the world met in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands).  The Canary Islands Declaration on Artistic and Cultural Mobility was agreed and the 6 organisations from Europe, Asia, Russia, Africa, USA and the Arab world agree to work together in coalition to advocate the principles.

The idea of the meeting was initiated by the Roberto Cimetta Fund, in partnership with the Association of Cultural Managers of the Canary Islands. The Government of the Island of Tenerife and the Government of the Canary Islands backed the initiative as well as the Gulbenkian Foundation.

The international mobility actors present were the Safar Fund (Arab world), Art Moves Africa (Africa), CEC ArtsLink (USA), the Russian Theatre Union (Russia), Arts Network Asia (Asia) and the Roberto Cimetta Fund (Euro-Arab zone). All these organisations:

  1. Underline that mobility is an integral part of cultural rights as stated in international treaties of human rights and should be considered a public responsibility.
  2. Assert that mobility contributes to artists’ and cultural operators’ freedom of expression and freedom of choice.
  3. Aim to provide travel grants for individual artists and cultural activists as a way of protecting the diversity of cultural and artistic expression.
  4. Affirm that facilitating face to face encounters is necessary to set up long term partnerships or alliances based on trust, reciprocity and fair exchange.
  5. Believe that supporting the mobility of artists and cultural operators serves the public interest and local development.
  6. Believe that mobility can provide creative learning opportunities that are crucial for the healthy growth of individuals and communities.
  7. Consider that in addition to long-distance mobility, local and regional mobility initiatives contribute to enhancing a shared sense of humanity.
  8. Seek to address imbalances and obstacles to mobility by enabling connections between cultural practitioners and the wider community.

To advance this agenda the above-mentioned organisations have agreed to work as a coalition and advocate and encourage the dissemination of these principles.

Read more about this here

The Canary Islands Declaration on Artistic and Cultural Mobility is published in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Indonesian and Japanese. For further information, contact the Roberto Cimetta Fund

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Report on UNESCO Convention in Asia published by IFACCAhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/report-on-unesco-convention-in-asia-published-by-ifacca/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=report-on-unesco-convention-in-asia-published-by-ifacca http://culture360.asef.org/news/report-on-unesco-convention-in-asia-published-by-ifacca/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:31:11 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=42927

IFACCA has published Analytical Report: Cultural Policies and the 2005 UNESCO Convention in Asia. The report, commissioned by UNESCO, aims to provide an overview of national policies and measures...  Read More

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IFACCA logoIFACCA has published Analytical Report: Cultural Policies and the 2005 UNESCO Convention in Asia. The report, commissioned by UNESCO, aims to provide an overview of national policies and measures implemented by Parties in Asia in regard to the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

On 4-6 March 2014 UNESCO Bangkok and IFACCA hosted the Regional Seminar ‘Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Asia: Challenges and Perspectives on the Implementation of the 2005 Convention’, in Bangkok, Thailand.  The objective of the seminar was to exchange experiences on the implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention.

In preparation for the seminar, IFACCA, with the support of UNESCO Bangkok, drafted an analytical report based on existing quadrennial periodic reports submitted by the Parties in Asia-Pacific to the Secretariat of the 2005 UNESCO Convention as well as its own cultural policy resources .

unesco_enThe seminar participants discussed the draft analytical report, provided updates and introduced examples from their countries some of which are included in this final version of the report.

For more information and resources relating to the 2005 Convention, please visit: http://www.ifacca.org/topic/convention-cultural-diversity/ .

For further information on the Regional Seminar, please visit: http://www.ifacca.org/announcements/2014/03/13/unesco-and-ifacca-stage-bangkok-meeting-diversity-/

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