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6.9.2017
Call for participants in the international seminar: CONNECTIVITY AS A METHOD? The Future of Biennales and Triennales

  

International Seminar
CONNECTIVITY AS A METHOD? The Future of Biennales and Triennales



Introduction

As we see a surge in the number of biennales/triennales/festivals held in Japan today, we also see the transition of such recurring exhibitions becoming multi-centric in location and diverse in their methods as a result of globalization.  

Since entering the 21st century, Venice Biennale and documenta are no longer the only models; recurring exhibitions are taking new roles in community rejuvenation, city branding, tourism and fostering creative industry, in addition to providing experimental and alternative ways of working with artists and presenting their works.  

The international seminar “CONNECTIVITY AS A METHOD? The Future of Biennales and Triennales” invites curators and organizers of biennales/triennales/festivals from different parts of the world, to think about why biennales/triennales/festivals are relevant and what kind of career building and organizational structures are best suited for a sustainable future of biennales/triennales/festivals.  

In order to discuss these agenda from multiple levels, the seminar will be held in two parts. The first part will be a focused discussion among professionals and the second part will be a more open discussion on how biennales/triennales/festivals connect with the different aspects of society including politics and economy and what the future may be biennales and triennales.  

The seminar will take place in conjunction with Yokohama Triennale 2017 and the General Assembly of the IBA (International Biennial Association) to be held in Yokohama.  

Date:
Wednesday, September 27 13:30-16:00 (13:00 Open)
Venue:
Lecture Hall, Yokohama Museum of Art
Organizers:
Organizing Committee for the Yokohama Triennale,
Agency for Cultural Affairs
Cooperation:
IBA (International Biennial Association)
Capacity:
200 seats
Admission:
Free
Language:
Japanese / English simultaneous interpretation
*A discussion meeting with participants in the international exhibition and performing arts festival will also be held from 10:00 – 12:00 on the same day. Some places are still open for this meeting as well.
Program
13:30-13:40 Opening Remarks
13:40-14:30 Keynote Speech “From Naoshima to the Setouchi Triennale”
FUKUTAKE Soichiro (Honorary Adviser, Benesse Holdings, Inc.)
14:30-14:40 Break
14:40-16:00 Panel Discussion
“CONNECTIVITY AS A METHOD? The Future of Biennales and Triennales”
Thiago DE PAULA SOUZA (Curator and educator, member of 10th Berlin Biennale curatorial team)
Bige ÖRER (Director of Istanbul Biennale / Vice-President, IBA )
YAMAIDE Jun’ya (Executive Director of NPO “BEPPU PROJECT” / Artist)
 
Moderator: OSAKA Eriko (Director, Yokohama Museum of Art /
Co-Director, Yokohama Triennale 2017/ IBA Board Member)
 

  

 
 

Panelists

 

Keynote Speaker

Soichiro FUKUTAKE

(Honorary Adviser, Benesse Holdings, Inc.)

General Producer, Setouchi Triennale. An Okayama native, Fukutake graduated from Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University. He joined Fukutake Publishing (now Benesse Holdings, Inc.) in 1973, and was appointed Representative Director in 1986, then Chairman and CEO in 2007. He became the Executive Adviser to the company in 2014 and has served as Honorary Adviser since October 2016. He has spearheaded the Inland Sea renaissance around Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima focused on art, nature and architecture for more than 25 years through Benesse Art Site Naoshima projects. In 2004, he established the Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum Foundation (now Fukutake Foundation), and opened the Chichu Art Museum on Naoshima and was named honorary citizen of Naoshima. He is distinguished with many awards, including the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts (2008), AIJ Appreciation Prize (2010), JIA Grand Prix (2011), and Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award (2012).


Panelists
[Berlin/São Paulo]

Thiago DE PAULA SOUZA

(Curator and educator, member of 10th Berlin Biennale curatorial team)

Thiago de Paula Souza is a member of the 10th Berlin Biennale curatorial team. He lives and works in São Paulo, BR, where he worked as an educator at Museu AfroBrasil between 2014 and 2016. In 2016 he co-curated the exhibition Living On – In Other Words on Living? at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AU. At the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo de Paula Souza joined the Accra Study Days team, organized by Gabi Ngcobo as part of the public program, and was also part of the Bienal’s Oficina de Imaginação Política (“political imagination workshop”). He collaborated with lanchonete.org, an artist-led cultural platform focused on daily life and progressive actions in contemporary cities with São Paulo as a reference point, and co-created We Cannot Build What We Cannot First Imagine (WCB WCFI), a visionary platform that gathers works and perspectives from racialized artists and thinkers. De Paula Souza currently researches on the depiction of art from South America and the African Diaspora in the German-speaking context. This research will soon extend to non-Western circumstances where he will investigate how the art communities engage in the deconstruction of hegemonic readings of histories.

Photo:MUHSIN AKGUN IKSV
[Istanbul]

Bige ÖRER

(Director of Istanbul Biennial)

Born in Istanbul in 1977, Örer came aboard on the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in 2003 and worked in the coordination of cultural and artistic projects until she was appointed director to the Istanbul Biennial in 2008. Since 2009, she has been the advisor of the Pavilion of Turkey at the International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. She has acted as a consultant and a jury member for a number of international cultural and artistic projects and as an independent expert in the European Union’s department that evaluates cultural funds. Bige Örer’s breadth of activity embraces both the artistic and the academic fields. She has also been teaching, between 2011 and 2013, courses on the subject of managing biennials and international exhibitions at the Istanbul Bilgi University.
Since March 2013, she is the vice-president of the International Biennial Association.

[Beppu]

YAMAIDE Jun’ya

(Executive Director of NPO “BEPPU PROJECT”/Artist)

Born in 1970 in Oita, Japan. Yamaide participated in the International Studio Program at PS1 in New York (2000-2001), then took residency in Paris as an external scholar of the Agency for Cultural Affairs (2002-2004). As an artist, he has participated in many exhibitions including “Taipei Biennial” in Taiwan (2000-2001), among others. He founded BEPPU PROJECT in 2005 with an aim to hold international exhibitions in cooperation with different organizations. He was the general producer of “Mixed Bathing World” as (2009, 2012, 2015) and general director of “Kunisaki Art Festival” (2014), general director of “Oita Toilennale” (2015), and general producer of “in BEPPU” (2016). He is advisor to the Kokumin Bunkasai 2018 (since 2016). He received the “New Face” Award from the Ministry of Education (Art Promotion section) (2008).

Moderator
©Aterui
[Yokohama]

OSAKA Eriko

(Director, Yokohama Museum of Art / Co-Director, Yokohama Triennale 2017/ IBA Board Member)

Osaka has previously worked at the Japan Foundation, ICA Nagoya, and served as senior curator (1994-96) and artistic director (1997-2006) at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, artistic director at Mori Art Museum (2007-January 2009), before assuming her current position in April 2009. She has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions including the Japan pavilion for the 49th Venice Biennale as commissioner and “Cai Guo-Qiang: There and Back Again” (2015). She was Director General for Yokohama Triennale 2011 and Chairman of the Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale 2014.

Please be aware that the content of the seminar may be subject to change without prior notice.

  

 
 
 

Admission

REGISTERATION

Please register online if you wish to participate
Fill in the form (one form per each participant):
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  • First-come, first-served basis.
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*Please contact the Secretariat if you require any assistance for participation.
 
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
CONNECTIVITY AS A METHOD? THE FUTURE OF BIENNALES AND TRIENNALES

  

 
 

ACCESS

 

アクセスマップ

Address
Yokohama Museum of Art
3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Phone: +81 (0)45 221 0300 (main switchboard)
Fax: +81 (0)45 221 0317
Access
  • Train
    From Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line which links with the Tokyu Toyoko Line: 3 minutes walk from Exit No.3 via Grand Galleria in MARK IS Minatomirai, or 5 minutes walk from the Exit for MARK IS (the exit opens at 10:00 a.m.).
    From Sakuragicho Station on the JR lines (the Keihin - Tohoku Line and the Negishi Line) and on the Yokohama Municipal Subway: 10 minutes walk via the moving sidewalk.
  • Bus
    Use Yokohama Municipal Bus Route Number 156 or 292 from Sakuragicho Station, and get off at 'Yokohama-bijutsukan'.
  • Car
    Take the road leading from Sakuragicho Station towards the Nipponmaru, or turn right at the Sakuragicho Station Momijizaka crossing, enter the MM21 district, and proceed towards the museum. From Yokohama Station, take the Takashimacho MM21 district entrance and proceed towards the museum. Each takes approximately 3-5 minutes. (Use the Minato Mirai ramp from the Metropolitan Expressway).
  • Bicycles and Motorcycles
    The museum does not have a parking area for bicycles and motorcycles. Please use the pay parking areas around the museum.
[Inquiries]
International Seminar YT2017 Secretariat
Email:info_itnseminar_yt2017@nhk-p.co.jp
Tel:03-5790-6423

  

 
 
 

Discussions:
“Where Are We Now? What are our strategies? How are we to implement them?”



The discussions will be held to share current issues, new strategies and career building of professionals involved in the biennale/triennale/festival sector, build a shared understanding of what biennales/triennales could be and what we need to work on in the future to make the sector better. The participants are asked to select either one of the two discussions.
Time: 10:00-12:00
Place: Circular Forum, Yokohama Museum of Art
Capacity: 30 seats (15 for each workshop)
Language: English (with language assistance)
Conditions for Participation in the Discussion Meeting
  1. English communication ability
  2. Experience of engagement in an art project, international exhibition or performing arts festival, or completion of a thesis in relevant areas at post-graduate level.
10:00-11:30
DISCUSSION 1
“Why Biennales and Triennale? New challenges, models and strategies”
This session aims to have organizers present why they are organizing biennales/triennales in their localities, and further ask what the new challenges and strategies they are facing. Mini presentations to be made by biennale/ triennale curators and organizers, followed by a discussion.
Presentations will include the following:
Karachi Biennale (Pakistan), Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates), Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Russia), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India), etc.

(Facilitator)
IIDA Shihoko (Associate Professor Department of Inter-Media Art, Faculty of Fine Arts Global Art Practice, Graduate School of Fine Arts Tokyo University of the Arts)
DISCUSSION 2
“How do we develop professional skills in biennales and triennales?”
This session aims to examine what programs are necessary / appropriate for developing skills (curatorial courses, for example) and career development. Mini presentations to be made by biennale/triennale curators and organizers, followed by a discussion.

Presentations will include the following:
Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (Germany), Bienal de São Paulo (Brazil), Liverpool Biennial (UK), Istanbul Biennial (Turkey), etc.

(Facilitator)
HOASHI Aki (Project Manager, Organizing Committee for the Yokohama Triennale)

11:30-12:00
WRAP-UP SESSION “Where Are We Now? What are our strategies? How are we to implement them?”
1. Report from Discussions 1 & 2
2. Wrap-up Discussion

(Facilitator)
IIDA Shihoko

Please be aware that the content of the seminar may be subject to change without prior notice.

 

DISCUSSION 1
“Why Biennales and Triennale? New challenges, models and strategies”
DISCUSSION 2
“How do we develop professional skills in biennales and triennales?”
[INQUIRIES]
International Seminar YT2017 Secretariat
Email:info_itnseminar_yt2017@nhk-p.co.jp
Tel:03-5790-6423