culture360.asef.org » Culture News http://culture360.asef.org Connecting Asia and Europe through arts and culture Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:05:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Discover Karachi’s hidden architectural heritage with The Karachi Wallahttp://culture360.asef.org/news/visit-karachi-heritage-online-with-the-karachi-walla/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=visit-karachi-heritage-online-with-the-karachi-walla http://culture360.asef.org/news/visit-karachi-heritage-online-with-the-karachi-walla/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:05:31 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43531

Farooq Soomro, through his blog as The Karachi Walla, has built a cult following with his tours of the city’s hidden architectural gems. Stories, photos and tours give residents...  Read More

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Farooq Soomro, through his blog as The Karachi Walla, has built a cult following with his tours of the city’s hidden architectural gems. Stories, photos and tours give residents and those further afield a chance to explore the heritage of this vibrant Pakistan city.

Link to Farook Soomro video on The Guardian

Muggings and carjackings are perils of daily life, while many of the architectural gems of the city of Karachi in southern Pakistan are hidden in the roughest parts of town, far away from the suburban sprawl where most well-heeled city dwellers live.

However, one enthusiastic amateur is encouraging his fellow Karachiites to ignore the dangers and explore a city full of once handsome 19th-century buildings, many in a state of advanced decay. “Karachiites are completely unaware of the heritage they have,” said Farooq Soomro, a young office worker who spends his spare time leading intrepid explorers on tours of the metropolis. “When visitors used to ask me what to visit, I realised I didn’t know my own city.”

And, for those who do not live there, The Karachi Walla provides an online doorway to explore some of the hidden jewels of Karachi’s architectural heritage.

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On the website, you can read about Karachi’s secret Polish connection, Karachi’s Goan Portuguese landmarks, visit book stalls, churchyards, cafes, temples, kite sellers, hospitals and city monuments.

Here is how Farooq Soomro introduces his city:

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in*. Karachi fits the bill for many.

Vibrant and Colourful. Karachi is the darling of poor and rich alike. Unpredictable and Violent. Karachi is the nightmare for poor and rich alike.

Home to the most diverse of populations. Muslims, Parsis, Jews, Christians, British, Shia, Sunni, Balochi, Sindhi, Pakhtun, Kashmiri and others. Many of them like Karachi. Many of them hate Karachi. Karachi, like a gracious mother, has embraced them all. It has given them freedom to be themselves. Some dream during the day. Some work during the night. Some quote Shah-jo-Risalo. Some sing Bulley Shah. Some read Jane Austen. Some recite Faiz Ahmed. Some find comfort in extreme interpretations. Some walk barefoot in its shrines. Some destroy sanctity of its shrines. Some try to make it proud. Some try to slaughter this goose to steal all its golden eggs. All at once.

The diversity makes Karachi beautiful. The diversity makes Karachi painful.

Long live Karachi.

Read more in this article in The Guardian

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Finnish cultural exports seeking foothold in Chinese markethttp://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/finnish-cultural-exports-seeking-foothold-in-chinese-market/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=finnish-cultural-exports-seeking-foothold-in-chinese-market http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/finnish-cultural-exports-seeking-foothold-in-chinese-market/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:21:55 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44081

Niclas Bergstrom reports for Xinhua on the conclusions of EARS on Helsinki, the Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions for creative industries which was supported by the ASEF Creative Encounters Programme. A...  Read More

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Niclas Bergstrom reports for Xinhua on the conclusions of EARS on Helsinki, the Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions for creative industries which was supported by the ASEF Creative Encounters Programme. A crowd of over 300 creative industry professionals gathered at the Europe-Asia roundtable sessions (EARS) of 2014, a four-day event that wrapped up in the Finnish capital of Helsinki on Sunday 7 September.

One of the crucial talking points highlighted during the event was the emergence of China as a target market by western creative industry entrepreneurs, as well as means to break into the Chinese market.

Zhang Yan, a former Chinese Ambassador to India and the current executive director of the non-governmental organization Asia-Europe Foundation, believed that creative industries have a great future and will continue to soar in the years to come.

Creative industries have played a key role in the economic life of Finland, and the question is how to turn its edge into an export success, some experts noted. “One of the main goals of this event is to help Finnish businesses tackle some of the obstacles they may encounter on a Chinese market,” said Ossi Luoto, executive producer of EARS.

“Cultural differences are always present and a willingness to learn and adapt is a huge component in the formula for success. What is important though is that we avoid thinking of China as a single market,” he elaborated. “There are distinct nuances to the appeal of different products in different parts of China. Getting to know the right people locally and finding the right demographic becomes essential. This is something that takes time.”

Quite a few Finnish creative industry professionals made appearances during the event, sharing their own experiences and understanding of the various markets that exist within China. A particular streetwise skill in regard to doing business with the Chinese is acquired mainly through firsthand experience by living abroad and interacting with local partners.

These sentiments were shared by notable workers in the Finnish fashion industry, such as Martta Louekari and Miia Koski of “Pre Helsinki“, a platform created a few years ago to help promote Finnish fashion abroad and help designers gain international contacts. Pre-Helsinki has worked together with emerging Finnish fashion designers such as “Ensamble”, “Lepokorpi” and “Sasu Kauppi”. Last November they traveled to Shanghai and Hong Kong to help organize small events and pop up shows in the two cities.

“I would dare say Finnish design is one of the cultural exports that has done very well for itself, not only in China but worldwide,” Luoto commented.  The gaming industry in Finland has experienced significant growth through international success stories such as Angry Birds, he said, adding, “One of our major drawbacks however is that Finland, being a small country, doesn’t always have the adequate resources for promotional practices.”

Luoto seemed optimistic regarding future endeavors. “Finland has a good business relationship with China and the Finnish entrepreneurs are very inventive. What they need is to acquire the stamina to succeed in this environment.”

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EU hosts ‘History of Europe’ art exhibition in Ulan Batorhttp://culture360.asef.org/news/eu-hosts-history-of-europe-art-exhibition-in-ulan-bator/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eu-hosts-history-of-europe-art-exhibition-in-ulan-bator http://culture360.asef.org/news/eu-hosts-history-of-europe-art-exhibition-in-ulan-bator/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:02:16 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=44064

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, has officially opened the ‘History of Europe’ exhibition in Ulan Bator. The exhibition, featuring illustrations by the Czech artist...  Read More

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Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, has officially opened the ‘History of Europe’ exhibition in Ulan Bator. The exhibition, featuring illustrations by the Czech artist Renata Fučíková, depicts the history of Europe from four million years ago to the present day.

Commissioner Vassiliou is paying an official visit to Mongolia from September 7-9 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the European Union and Mongolia as well as to discuss new opportunities for EU-Mongolia cooperation in culture, education and youth policy.

Organised by the European Union Delegation to Mongolia in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, the exhibition takes place at the Red Ger Art Gallery (Seoul Street 25, Khan Bank Building 1st Floor) and runs from September 9 to 27. It consists of 20 panels of illustrations and accompanying text which take the audience on a journey through thousands of years of European history in a fun and informative way.

Ahead of the opening, Commissioner Vassiliou said: “The way we approach art should mirror how we examine history – by asking probing questions and encouraging the exploration of subjects from a multitude of angles in order to learn as much as possible about our collective past, to avoid repeating mistakes and work towards a brighter future.

Read the EUROPA press release

Read about the exhibition launch on Mongolian news

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6th Cultural Dialogue China / EUNIC to be held in Bucharesthttp://culture360.asef.org/news/6th-cultural-dialogue-china-eunic-to-be-held-in-bucharest/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=6th-cultural-dialogue-china-eunic-to-be-held-in-bucharest http://culture360.asef.org/news/6th-cultural-dialogue-china-eunic-to-be-held-in-bucharest/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 21:33:07 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43161

Romania will host the 6th Cultural Dialogue China / EUNIC meeting which brings together intellectuals, cultural practitioners and cultural policy makers from Europe and China to strengthen cultural cooperation...  Read More

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Romania will host the 6th Cultural Dialogue China / EUNIC meeting which brings together intellectuals, cultural practitioners and cultural policy makers from Europe and China to strengthen cultural cooperation within creative industries and develop people-to-people relations.

On the theme: PUBLIC SPACES – EU and China sharing perspectives, the meeting will be an exploration on the Role and Value of well designed public spaces in Europe and China and how they can contribute to well-­being and community building in cities. The 6th Cultural Dialogue edition will be held 16-18 October 2014 in Bucharest. Read more about the programme and objectives here.

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In separate news, the European Union and China plan to work more closely together in education, culture and youth policy as well as new areas including gender equality and efforts to address violence against women. These are among potential new priority areas for the ‘High-Level-People-to-People Dialogue‘ (HPPD) between the EU and China, which aims to build trust and understanding between the two regions’ peoples. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, met Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong in Beijing on 6 September to take stock of the HPPD’s achievements since its launch two years ago. The two leaders also discussed other areas where the EU and China could expand cooperation, including greater participation of Chinese institutions in the U-Multirank university ranking and a new project to promote cultural festivals in China.

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The tradition of organizing Cultural Dialogue China / EUNIC reaches back to the year 2008, when the first meeting took place in Beijing, China. The 2nd and 3rd editions of the Dialogue followed in 2009 and 2010, in Copenhagen and Shanghai respectively. The 4th edition was held in Luxembourg in October 2011 while the 5th Dialogue was held in Xi’an, China.

Although the EU has elaborated an external policy that includes cultural exchange, and actions in the field of culture with China have been implemented, cultural dialogue between the EU and China is still small-scale. While some Members States have developed strong bilateral programmes, the European Union as an entity lacks visibility on the Chinese cultural scene, which is partly explained by the fact that the EU is not a single, integrated country, and this makes the negotiation of reciprocity upon which all cultural exchange with China is based, difficult to achieve. 
 
 EUNIC’s work with China over the last few years, together with increased activity by its members on an individual basis, has been important in building a platform of trust and understanding. Our confidence stems from the fact that a successful 4th and 5th editions of the EUNIC Dialogue series and the upcoming 6th.

Another positive initiative is the launch of the EU-China Cultural Compass by EUNIC China, a well-researched and comprehensive manual to support cultural cooperation between the EU and China, including a range of perspectives from Chinese and European stakeholders. This book is likely to make a major contribution to mutual understanding and facilitate future exchange.

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ASEF culture360 media partner of the Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA)http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-green-art-lab-alliance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-green-art-lab-alliance http://culture360.asef.org/asef-news/asef-culture360-media-partner-of-the-green-art-lab-alliance/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:55:48 +0000 Valentina Riccardi http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43997

The Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) is a partnership between 19 European cultural organisations which aims to explore what environmental sustainability means for the visual arts and design. ASEF through its portal culture360, is one of the media partners of this 2 year long project.  Read More

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Meeting of the GALA partners in Visby, Sweden (May 2014)

Meeting of the GALA partners in Visby, Sweden (May 2014)

 

 

The Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) is a partnership between 19 European cultural organisations which aims to explore what environmental sustainability means for the visual arts and design. All partners believe that it’s time for culture and the arts to take responsibility in their own innovative and artistic ways.

This ambition has been acknowledged by the European Commission, which co-finances the GALA project in the framework of the EU Culture programme 2007-2013. During the two years of collaboration (April 2013-May 2015) the partners want to find out what the arts can do to promote sustainability. Together with designers, artists and scientists, the GALA partners investigate the challenges and opportunities that environmental sustainability implies for artists and art institutions. The overall aim is to share knowledge and raise awareness amongst artists, citizens and policy makers.

The participating organisations have a variety of different profiles. This, and the different geographical backgrounds of the participants, gives a diverse approach to the various aspects of sustainability. The artist residencies offer a space for experimentation and the exploration of the role of sustainability within the arts. Other partners are European cultural networks and government related institutes that have impact on (national) policy. Lastly, educational institutes and organisations are involved, stimulating the exchange of scientific knowledge with the creativity of artists.

The exchange of ideas with the local (artists) community takes place in the framework of eight workshops and eight seminars, each tailor-made and organised by the GALA partners.

The artist labs addresses key components of environmental sustainability through artistic work, research and debates. The aim is to come up with methodologies and innovative, experimental and artistic approaches to address sustainability in the visual arts and design. How do artists engage in the discourse of sustainability?

The workshops aim to disseminate tools, guidelines, resources and shared knowledge across the wider EU cultural community. How can artists and cultural organisations work in a more sustainable way? The workshops are about environmental impact measurement, reduction, technology and innovations for cultural organizations and artists. Each workshop will be adjusted to fit local requirements. Julie’s Bicycle is the core partner in the organisation of the workshops, because of their long-term experience and huge expertise around these issues. They provide support and guidance to the GALA partners and are interpreting environmental sustainability specifically in the context of the various arts and cultural communities.

Next to the GALA partners organising events, the project also includes three media partners, Trans Europe Halles, the Asia Europe Foundation through its portal culture360 and Imagine2020. The media partners are in place to share the outcomes and results from the project activities to their networks and members, by way of their media channels and platforms. They are chosen strategically as they are networks that are experienced in environmental sustainability and the arts.

To share and exchange experiences, resources and knowledge three GALA partner meetings are organised in the Netherlands, Sweden and Scotland. All partners gather at these meetings to monitor the project, discuss the budget and planning of the activities, and also to create a better understanding of the differences in culture and approach to environmental sustainability. These meetings are essential to build up a strong, yet informal network.

 

Partners of the GALA project in Visby, Sweden last May 2014

Partners of the GALA project in Visby, Sweden last May 2014

Through knowledge exchange in the form of workshops, labs and partner meetings, the GALA project aims to create a Europe-wide network of individuals and organisations engaged in linking the arts with environmental sustainability. The European Knowledge Alliance will advocate for legacy and standards within the arts and the cultural sector on environmental sustainability in the longer term.

For more information: http://www.transartists.org/green-art-lab-alliance

 

GALA Co-organisers

DutchCulture|TransArtists Desk  www.transartists.org

Julie’s Bicycle  www.juliesbicycle.com

Art Motile  http://www.artmotile.org/

GlasgowLife  www.glasgow2014.com

Jan van Eyck Academie  www.janvaneyck.nl

Swedish Exhibition Agency/ Riksutstallningar  http://www.riksutstallningar.se

TippingPoint www.tippingpoint.org.uk

Pollinaria www.polinaria.org

Translocal Institute www.translocal.org

On the Move www.on-the-move.org

Museum of Transitory Art  http://www.motamuseum.com/

 

Associate partners

Creative Carbon Scotland  www.creativecarbonscotland.com

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowksi Castle  www.csw.art.pl/air / www.re-tooling-residencies.org

Geo Air http://geoair.blogspot.nl/

Goethe Institute Prague www.goethe.de/prag

Cape Farewell  www.capefarewell.com

 

Mediapartners

Trans Europe Halles   http://www.teh.net/

Imagine2020  http://www.imagine2020.eu/

Asia Europe Foundation/culture360  http://www.asef.org/  www.culture360.org

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Private Museums and Local Collections in Poland | research reporthttp://culture360.asef.org/news/private-museums-and-local-collections-in-poland-research-report/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=private-museums-and-local-collections-in-poland-research-report http://culture360.asef.org/news/private-museums-and-local-collections-in-poland-research-report/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:58:30 +0000 Judith Staines http://culture360.asef.org/?p=43448

The Ari Ari Foundation has recently published the English version of a study entitled ‘Private Museums, Local Collections. Research Report’, which focuses on the increasing presence of private museums...  Read More

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The Ari Ari Foundation has recently published the English version of a study entitled ‘Private Museums, Local Collections. Research Report’, which focuses on the increasing presence of private museums in Poland.

Research was carried out in 2012 in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie (Kuyavia-Pomerania) and Mazowieckie (Mazovia) provinces, where over 50 private museums were analysed.

The report focuses on people who run their own museums, typically as a one-person business, and who, in spite of the unfavourable legal, economic and social environment, establish mini cultural facilities that are way beyond the typical approach to how a “classic” museum operates.

Watch ‘My Museum’, a short film with testimonials from three private museum owners in Poland, talking about their approach to keeping local memories alive:

The study analyses three aspects:

- analysis of the processes related to the establishment, organisation and management of private museums;

- characteristics of private museums and various aspects of their work;

- analysis of the reception of private museums at local and regional level, with regard to their social, economic, political and cultural context.

The report depicts a complex, changing landscape of museum institutions, as well as the individual stories, attitudes and approaches of staff involved in their management. Recommendations aimed at museum owners, public authorities and audiences are also presented.

The research report was conducted within the ‘Obserwatorium kultury’ programme, which was financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province. It was carried out under the patronage of the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections.

Download the pdf here: private museums-local collections-poland-report

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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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Light buckets by Ivan Smith; Natavada life-style museum

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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