A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling

An ambitious twinned residency and exhibition, co-curated and produced by Keith Whittle and Alistair Robsinson, ‘A Gift to Those…’ was the result of an exchange of two artists between the UK and Japan. Tokyo-based artist Mio Shirai and London-based Erika Tan, each spent the summer of 2008 in the other’s country of residence, undertaking a…

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Sutapa Biswas:

Biswas was born in Santinikethan, India, and from age four raised in England. This early experience of encountering more than one set of ideals and cultures underpins Biswas’ acute sense of observation and the themes of her artworks. For there is a conceptual narrative like threads in fabric, that are woven between one space and…

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Biennial Fever: An Anthology of Perennial Exhibitions of Contemporary Art

This lecture series by Keith Whittle at Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT) in 2016, part of the organisations Making art Different (MAD) educational programme, explored current international art practices, and how since the 1990s we have witnessed an astonishing spread and proliferation of large-scale biennials and triennials. In Japan alone, 2016 saw the presentation of the second Setouchi…

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Art School Futures: What does it mean to be an Art Graduate in 2013?

This one-day international collaborative symposium written by Keith Whittle and co-designed with Professor Sakaguchi and Linda Dennis, Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts, Painting Department, brought staff, students and graduates from two of the world’s leading Fine Art Programmes; Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK and Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan,…

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Artist Talk: Adam Chodzko

Artist Talk – Adam Chodzko and Sutapa Biswas KASHIMA 2015 BEPPU ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Beppu Contemporary Art Triennial “Mixed Bathing World” 2015 Talk Date: 29th of July 2015, from 6:30pm Venue: 3331 Arts Chiyoda 6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo 101-0021 3331 Arts Chiyoda 6-11-14, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021 Access: http://www.3331.jp/access/ Interpreter: Akemi Nomoto RSVP/要予約: mail@keithwhittle.org We…

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Interview: Mami Kataoka

Interviewed as part of Keith Whittle’s ongoing research into modern and contemporary art from the Asia-Pacific region. Mami Kataoka has been The Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2003, notable exhibitions Mami Kataoka has curated include ‘Roppongi Crossing’ (2004, 2013), ‘Sensing Nature: Perception of Nature in Japan’ (2010); as well as…

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Adam Chodzko: Expulsion from the Garden of Eden

Adam Chodzko is an artist – exhibiting work nationally and internationally since 1991 – whose multidisciplinary practice explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour. His artworks including video, installation, photography, socially engaged practices, drawing and performance. Bringing together fragments from diverse fields of knowledge to make work that sits between documentary and fiction his…

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Film Without Film: Artist Talk by Shimurabros

SHIMURAbros are the sister and brother artist duo of Yuka and Kentaro Shimura, currently researchers at Studio Olafur Eliasson and exemplifying a new breed of Japanese contemporary artists. Working and exhibiting internationally, SHIMURAbros are known for incorporating elements of sculpture, installation and avant-garde filmmaking in their work. Film is the catalyst for all their creations…

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Shigeo Anzai: Index I & II

We were pleased to present Index I & II, the first solo exhibitions of Shigeo Anzaï in the UK. The exhibitions focused on Anzaï’s role as a witness to the landmark exhibitions, events and happenings of the avant-garde in Japan 1970–6, with particular focus on the 10th Tokyo Biennale, 1970. Shigeo Anzaï began his artistic practice as a…

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Sybille Neumeyer: ARCUS International Residency Programme

One of three artists in residence selected by Keith Whittle, Guest International Curator and Guest Curator, Naoko Horiuchi, Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] for the 2013 programme. Sybille Nuemeyer is an emerging practitioner, whose visually engaging artworks are matched by the intellectual insight that she brings to them. Her wide-interests and knowledge encompassing contemporary art, film, literature,…

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Media Art Talks: Liliane Lijn, Susan Collins and UVA, V&A South Kensington, London

Curated by Keith Whittle and programmed in partnership with the V&A South Kensington, Invisible Worlds, was the first in a series of three artist talks exploring light and matter; Liliane Lijn, Susan Collins and UnitedVisualArtists. Bringing together these leading practitioners using technology and light in new and dynamic ways, the talks aimed to introduce the…

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Artists’ Film, Video and Performance: National and International Touring Exhibitions

Video and Performance: Single Channel Works by Marina Abramovic & Ulay, Vito Acconci and William Wegman A single-screen touring programme curated during my time at Film and Video Umbrella. For much of this period, these compilation programmes were the mainstay of Film and Video Umbrella activity, providing a unique and evolving record of creative developments…

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Daisuke Ohba: The Light Field

For his first solo exhibition in London, Japanese artist Daisuke Ohba showcased his unique ‘light field’ paintings, achieved through the use of iridescent pearl paint to produce continual transformations, image shifts, and colour transitions, as the light varies or as the viewer moves. By developing this relationship with the viewer, Ohba has been discovering new…

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Floating World to Floating Point: A Brief History of Japanese Media Art

Programmed by Kathy Rae Huffman to coincide with The Conquest of Imperfection the first major UK exhibition of Japanese media artist Masaki Fujihata’s acclaimed interactive work, this talk by Keith Whittle, Floating World to Floating Point: An introduction to Japanese media art, explored contemporary Japanese media art. Japan has produced some of the leading figures…

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Lu Chunsheng and Jia Ali: Counterpoints

Curated by David Thorp working in partnership with Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), Keith Whittle and Platform China, Beijing, new work by two contemporary Chinese artists was presented at Rivington Place. With the European premiere of a film by Lu Chunsheng who showed in the Serpentine Gallery’s exhibition of contemporary Chinese art at Battersea…

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Interview: Lu Chunsheng

Interviewed as part of Counterpoints, an exhibition in two parts that brought together new work of contemporary Chinese artists, Lu Chunsheng and Jia Aili at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts). Chunsheng discussed his video and photographic works integrate documentary-style imagery with fantasy-based narratives. His characters explore absurd landscapes, ebbing in and out of worlds defined…

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Interview: Jia Aili

Jia Aili discusses the creation of and ideas behind the remarkable paintings and installation shown as part of Counterpoints, an exhibition in two parts that brought together new work of contemporary Chinese artists, Lu Chunsheng and Jia Aili at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts). Jia Aili was born in 1979 and lives and works…

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