“Stories from Layers of Earth” Artist workshop

“Stories from Earth”

Artist workshop

 

Date
19 August 2017

Artist
James Jack

Organizer
Hiroko Shimizu

 

Mishima Groundwork
Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan

https://www.guidoor.jp/city/mishima/

「マイストーリー地層」

2017年8月19日(土)

富士山や「水の都・三島」の水辺自然の豊かさを知り、作品をつくるアート・ワークショップ

アーティスト
ジェームス・ジャック

オーガナイザー
清水 裕子

NPO法人 グラウンドワーク三島

会場
三島市民活動センター
静岡県三島市芝本町 6-2

https://www.guidoor.jp/city/mishima/

“Dirt Tasting” WDA workshop in Yame

Dirt Tasting

Artist Workshop

29 May 2017

World Dirt Association

This workshop will consist of a “tasting” of dirt sample. Together with the members of World Dirt Association, memories and stories related to dirt collection sites will be shared together. Come for a new experience of the earth.

World Dirt Association

James Jack
Yoshitaka Nanjo
Shotaro Yoshino

Previous exhibitions:
Water and Land Festival 2015 (Niigata)
S.Y.P. Art Space 2016 (Tokyo)
ICHIHARA ART × MIX 2017 (Chiba)

Organized by Social Art Lab

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土のティスティング

アーティスト・ワークショップ

2017年 5月29日(月)

土を五感で「味わう」ワークショップを行います。「世界土協会」のメンバーとともに、土に刻まれた記憶や土に まつわるストーリーを語り合い、土との新たな出会いを体験してみませんか。

アーティスト
世界土協会 World Dirt Association [URL]

ジェームズ・ジャック [URL]
南条嘉毅 [URL]
吉野祥太郎 [URL]

※土に関心を持つ3人のアーティストで構成
「水と土の芸術祭 2015」(新潟)
「S.Y.P. Art Space 2016」(東京)
「ICHIHARA ART×MIX 2017」(千葉)

会場
旧八女郡役所 [map]
八女市本町 2-105 (駐車場有)

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Top photo by Kenta Yoshizawa.

All other photos by Akiko Tominaga.

“Socially Engaged Art in Asia” June 25

Lecture: Socially Engaged Art in Asia

The term “socially-engaged art” has been used in the West since the early 2000s, but there has been little examination of the extensive number of cases in which it has been employed in Asia Pacific. There have been dynamic relationships between art and social activism for decades in Japan; and recently the number of art projects undertaken in the name of social revitalization are increasing. Why is such activism emerging? And what kind of social change will it bring? What does creating such works, projects, and movements mean for art and greater society? This lecture series aims to find new perspectives from the Asian region in both art and society amidst these complex developments through examining domestic and foreign case studies.

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Date
25 June 2017
Time
14:00-17:30
Guests
Hiroshi Fuji (Artist/Professor, Akita Art University)
Meruro Washida (Curator, Kanazawa 21st Century Art Museum)
James Jack (Artist/Researcher, Social Art Lab Kyushu University)
Facilitator
Yuichiro Nagatsu (Assistant Professor, Social Art Lab Kyushu University)
Venue
Former Daimyo Elementary School, Fukuoka

https://artne.jp/event/178

日本語情報はこちら

 

“From Stone to Sand” exhibit in Fukuoka

From Stone to Sand

 

Artistic Director: James Jack

Special Cooperation: Kozo Ota (Love FM)

 

February 4-12th, 2017

Enjoy Art Space Daimyo

This participatory exhibit fills the gallery with stones that change each day of the exhibit according to different patterns of “flow”. These patterns are derived from two different places: Yame and Fukuoka. The unique time and space of each place determined the pathways in this historical art space which has seen diverse utility over the past century. The metaphor of “from stone to sand” opens a new perspective on time that is informed by the layers which support our everyday life in between one place and another.

 

Saturday, February 4th
Talk Event and Opening Reception

17:00-
“The Life of Dirt” Talk Event
James Jack (Artist)
Kozo Ota (Love FM)
Tetsuo Ohashi (Yame Organic Tea Farmer)

18:30-
Sound Mix
MASUO (CAS Fukuoka)

19:00-
Opening Reception 

Enjoy Art Space Daimyo Map

Hours:
Saturday/Sunday 12:00-18:30
Weekdays 14:00-19:30
Closed on Mondays
(Exhibit closes early on the last day at 16:00)

**Admission to the art space and all special events are free to all.

Download event postcard HERE

 

From Stone to Sand: 縁側のながれ

ダイレクション:ジェームズ・ジャック

特別協力:大田こぞう(LOVE FM「月下虫音」)

期間
2月4日(土)~2月12日(日)*最終日は16時まで

会場
エンジョイスペース大名  →地図

 

「石から砂へ」というメタファーを用いながら、二つの場所の間にある時間と空間を想起し、「ながれ」 について思いを巡らす参加型展示です。福岡と八女という一見異なる二つの場所について、日常を織りなすさまざまなレイヤー (層)に目を向け、両者のつながりを浮かびあがらせます。

 

2月 4日(土)トーク+レセプション

17:00 生きる土(The Life of Dirt)  大橋鉄雄(お茶の大幸園|八女・笠原)、James Jack(アーティスト) ほか
18:30 糅て音〈かておと〉(Sound Mix)   MASUO(CAS Fukuoka)
19:00 オープニングレセプション *ドリンク代は実費となります。

2月 5日(日)汽水域の渦(Brackish Water Swirl) 制作:「地域づくりとアート」実践プログラム受講生

14:00    映画「まちや紳士録」上映会
15:30    トークイベント    伊藤有紀(映画監督)、渡邊瑠璃(ART HUB 三樹荘)

土・日 |12:00~18:30
平日     |14:00~19:30
月         |休み

  *エンジョイスペース大名での展示・イベントは全て無料です。

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“Gen Gen Ten” in Iwaki, Fukushima

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Exhibition

Gen Gen Ten

October 22 – November 13

New works on paper featuring 88 samples of dirt on paper gathered over the past year by James Jack included in this unique exhibition.

Iwaki Alios Center 1F & Moritakaya Art Center 1F

Iwaki City, Fukushima, Japan

 

展覧会

「玄玄天」

いわきまちなかアートフェスティバル

10月22日ー11月13日

Iwaki Window (試作)

アリオスセンター1Fとアートスペースもりたか屋1F

福島、いわき市

https://www.facebook.com/gengenten/?ref=page_internal

“Eight Layers of Dirt” Installation

Eight Layers of Dirt

James Jack

4 channel stereo sound installation

Variable dimensions

2016

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Dirt is a part of us. Just as our body is composed of cells, organs and systems—so too is the earth. This fragile earth supports our life, yet we often separate ourselves from it. Art provides one method for healing our fractured relationship with the land we inhabit. It gives us a glimpse into the layers of earth, where the possibility to rediscover ourselves inside the beautiful dirt exists. This work is composed of interviews with eight women, four of whom live in Fukuoka and four who live in Yame. The artist spoke with each of the women about their life stories, focusing on the complicated relationship they each have with the place they live. As these conversations unfold, the spirit of each place gradually comes into view from the ground up. The unique stories collected here provide a glimpse at the current layers of the land seen through the eyes of eight strong women.
Interview Participants:

ASATSUYU: Mari Kanazawa + Haruka Harashima

YAMAKAI: Satsumi Miyazono + Miki Matsunaga

SANMIDORI: Aiko Hara + Sayako Tachi

YABUKITA: Ayako Ohashi + Nami Kurita

 

YAME x FUKUOKA REMIX

October 2016

Organizer: Social Art Lab, Kyushu University

More info (Japanese): http://www.sal.design.kyushu-u.ac.jp/artmanagement.html

Photos by: Akiko Tominaga

 

「八つの土のレイヤー」

ジェームズ・ジャック

4チャネル ステレオサウンド・インスタレーション

サイズ可変

2016年
土は、私たちの一部です。私たちの身体は細胞、臓器、器官からできていますが、地球も同じようにさまざまなものによって構成されています。そんな危うい地球に私たちの生命は支えられているのです。もっとも、私たちはそのことを自分には無関係なことと思いがちですが。アートは、私たちが暮らしている土地と私たち自身の失われた関係を修復する一つの方法を提示してくれます。土地のさまざまなレイヤーを垣間見ることで、私たちは美しい土に囲まれていることを再発見することができるのです。

この作品は、8人の女性––福岡在住の4人と八女在住の4人––のインタビューで構成されています。アーティスは、それぞれの女性のライフストーリーを聞きながら、それぞれの女性の生と暮らした土地との複雑な関係に焦点をあてていきました。会話が進むにつれ、それぞれの土地のスピリットが少しずつ現れ出てきます。ここに集められたユニークなストーリーは、8人の強い女性の目を通して見えてくる、土地のもつ複雑なレイヤーを垣間見せてくれます。

“Small Islands with Big Visions,” roundtable at Sunset House

Place
Sunset House, Konoura, Shodo Island, Artwork No. 086
Date

Monday, October 10th, 13:30-15:30 pm
Participants
Michelle Lim (Curator and Art Historian, Singapore/U.S.)
Yoshitaka Mouri (Cultural Studies Scholar, Japan)
James Jack (Artist, Japan)

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This special event will reflect on art as it engages with society on two small islands: Singapore and Shōdo. What can art do for communities and the social realities of each island? This special event will reflect on the relationship of art activities in the wider social landscape. Current issues will be considered through artistic and scholarly perspectives while searching for alternative visions for today. Together with the opinions of local residents and visitors, creative visions will resound from Sunset House: The House as Language of Being.

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For more info: [Japanese only]:

Artist Interview on LOVE FM Fukuoka

James Jack artist interview July 14, 2016 listen here:

“Living Dirt” Symposium

The last dirt samples have been added to “Dirt Stage” today on the last day of the Water and Land Art Triennial in Niigata. After adding the last twelve samples to the grid, a symposium was held to discuss the meaning of this work and its process. It was an incredibly meaningful yet emotional day as we faced the last day of the three-month exhibition in Niigata. Many questions about the work emerged in the symposium together with guest Meruro Washida and artists James Jack, Yoshitaka Nanjo and Shotaro Yoshino at Base Camp.

The symposium titled “Living Dirt: Memory and Rebirth in This Place” was focused on questions that have arisen based on the activities of World Dirt Association. Core issues arose on the topic of the balance between collecting, moving and exhibiting dirt as well as the balance between earth and information. Specifically the focus of this discussion was on the background for this work, the collaboration which ensued as well as the methods for reconsidering our relationship to dirt. The problems of working with living materials was addressed while thinking about the distinctions between interior and exterior spaces.
Together with numerous volunteers in all stages of this project, we found new layers of dirt which lies beneath us. The life of dirt as a medium for other microorganisms, insects and plants was reflected on in the context of art as something that needs to be protected from ageing. This work deals directly with time, specifically mapping the passage of time with the addition of dirt samples into the grid. In a symmetrical structure the spontaneity of dirt samples sent from 115 sites over the past three months has brought together this artwork.