“Whisper of History” live artist talk @NUS Museum

“Some things are too sacred for images, other things are waiting to be imagined.”

 

In Conversation with James Jack

James Jack’s practice revolves around creating socially engaged art works. In this conversation, he traces his practice spanning works using dirt from the Cu Chi tunnels, to social activism in Okinawa, focusing on how soil can tell us stories, and his research around the erasure and resilience of microhistories. A live Q&A with Jack will follow the conversation.

Posted by NUS Museum on Friday, September 25, 2020

Artist James Jack in conversation with Mary Ann Lim

26 September 2020

     James Jack’s practice revolves around creating socially engaged art works. In this conversation, he traces his practice spanning works using dirt from the Cu Chi tunnels, to social activism in Okinawa, focusing on how soil can tell us stories, and his research around the erasure and resilience of microhistories. A live Q&A with Jack will follow the conversation.

 

 

 

Water Talks III: James Jack virtual studio visit, Hawai‘i

Donkey Mill Art Center: Inundation Art and Climate Change Program (Hōlualoa, Hawai‘i Island)

 

Artist James Jack’s virtual studio visit reconnects him with his community of artists, friends and community members with whom he collaborated with on his digital work, Sea Birth three, featured in INUNDATION: art and climate change in the pacific. Together, conversations dive into thoughtful reflection of the past, their current world and hopes for the future.

Sea Birth is a trilogy of video installations about Okinawa where James focuses on the resilient sea spirits alive within social and ecological habitats who help communities face multiple environmental threats.

James Jack is an artist concerned with rejuvenating fragile connections that exist in the world. He makes artworks in direct relationship to places and the people that live there with a sensitivity to ecological networks and develops socially engaged artworks for exhibitions. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Social Practice at Yale-NUS, Singapore.

INUNDATION: art and climate change in the pacific is an exhibition featuring the work of nine artists who offer powerful testimony, palpable imagery, and poetic intervention that bring the viewer closer to different climate situations around the Pacific: in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Hawai‘i, Tonga, Tuvalu, the Philippines, Singapore, and Okinawa and beyond.

Digital artist in residence, Oak Springs Garden 2020

James Jack

James Jack is an artist and an assistant professor of Art Practice at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, who is “concerned with rejuvenating stories that exist in the world.” His work has been exhibited and published in Asia and the U.S.

Learn more about him at www.jamesjack.org

https://www.osgf.org/alumni/james-jack

Artist talk at Yale School of Art

“Art Linking Communities” Fujinomiya Biennale talk 28 Sept

Art Linking Communities

Artist Talk

FUJINOMIYA BIENNALE 2020


18:30- 20:00

28 September 2019

Ishibashi Historic House
3-chōme-23-3 Kanbara
Shimizu-ku Shizuoka, Japan, 421-3203

 

For more Information
http://fujinoyama-biennale.com

 

 

コミュニティをつなげるアート

日時
2019/9/28
18:30- 20:00

 

場所

旧五十嵐邸歯科医院
静岡県静岡市清水区蒲原3-23-3

 

『 コミュニティをつなげるアート、 ホノルルと小豆島での実践について』

今回のトークでは、 ジェームス氏のこれまでの活動や、各地で行っているの実践を手法を取り上げながら その活動の意義や目的、私たちの中にある”piko”について考える

 

詳細

Flyer: 2019fgak.pdf

“Resilient Island Stories” artist talk 14 July

RESILIENT ISLAND STORIES

Date
16:00- 18:00
14 July, 2019

Arts Tropical
688-3 Kokuba, Naha-City, Okinawa, Japan

 

“DIRT IS NOT DIRTY”
– Walter Ritte

James Jack’s art projects place emphasis on social processes and question dominant political worldviews of power and ownership of land. For this talk, he will focus on Molokai Window (Honolulu Museum of Art, 2018) which explores the visceral relationship between the earth and the people on the island of Molokai by listening and engaging with their stories. Collaborating closely with the community this exhibit shows ways to protect land by cherishing our deep connections with it. Come listen to Jack speak more about Molokai Window and share his rich experiences working with island stories as active forms of resilience.

More Information
info@artstropical.okinawa
https://artstropical.okinawa

 

 

立ち上がる島の物語

日時
16:00- 18:00
14 July 2019

Arts Tropical
〒902-0075 沖縄県那覇市字国場688-3

“DIRT IS NOT DIRTY”
– Walter Ritte
ジェームス・ジャックは、社会的プロセスに重きを置き、土地の所有権とその力についての支配的な政治 観に疑問を投げかける作品を制作しているアーティストです。今回のトークでは2018年にホノルル美術 館で発表した作品「モロカイ・ウインドウ」にフォーカスします。この作品はハワイ・モロカイ島 の住人のストーリーから土地との関係について制作されました。その経験から、土地と密接に関わりながら関係性を大切にし、権力から守るする方法をご紹介します。ぜひお越しください。

詳細
info@artstropical.okinawa
https://artstropical.okinawa

Open drawing workshop in Okinawa July 2019

What Flows in Our Sea?

Dates
14- 17 July 2019

A Participatory Drawing
参加型ドローイング

Sakata studio
#1F 1-4-4 Tsuboya Naha-shi, Okinawa 902-0065

Download flyer HERE

 

私達の海に何が流れているのか

会期
2019.7.14 – 7.17

A Participatory Drawing
参加型ドローイング

阪田清子スタジオ
〒902-0065 那覇市壺屋1-4-4 1F左

チラシのダウンロードはこちら

 

 

       

“Identity XV” exhibit at NCA Tokyo 23 May – 29 June

 

“Identity XV” exhibit at NCA Tokyo 23 May – 29 June

Work selected for a group exhibit
James Jack
“Botanical Lessons in Idleness”
Handmade walnut ink on paper
Triptych (76 x 56 cm each)

Identity XV

Curated by Meruro Washida

Date
23 May – 29 June
nca | nichido contemporary art

Web
https://www.nca-g.com/en/

 

タイトル
Identity XV

Curated by Meruro Washida

会期
5/23(木)-6/29(土)

nca | nichido contemporary art

“Grounded Conversations” talk at NUS Museum

“Grounded Conversations” talk at NUS Museum

Panel Discussion | Grounded Conversations with Yeo Shih Yun and James Jack
Date
Wednesday, 10 April 2019  7pm
S T Lee Atrium, NUS Museum

NUS Museum presents this iteration of the Grounded Conversations series, which brings together Yeo Shih Yun and James Jack to mark the exhibition’s closing. Focusing on their shared attention to methodology, the conversation traces the marks, stains, colours, and pigments present in their respective works that emerge from specific windows of time or particular inhabited sites, while picking out the materiality of their presentations which range from collections of dirt to recorded brush marks. In so doing, the artists articulate the nuances present in the different ways they choose, ruminate on, and respond to their varying environments, through the carefully considered approaches of spontaneity, choreographed acts, or meticulous investigations. Reflecting on the ultimate trajectories of their chosen artistic and research processes, the conversation hopes to reveal the motivations and preoccupations that define their practice.

 

About Grounded Conversations
Presenting a series of distinct projects on how art practitioners have begun to adopt comprehensive paradigms in their methods, associated variously with environs and formal interests, negotiated through research and rooted commitment, Grounded Conversations brings together practitioners from the contemporary art world to elucidate artistic productions and their contexts.

 

About the speakers
Yeo Shih Yun graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. She joined LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts and completed a Diploma in Communication Design before pursuing a Post Baccalaureate programme in painting at San Francisco Art Institute. Yeo founded the artist-run space INSTINC, the INSTINC Artist-In-Residence programme and INSTINC Collective.

James Jack is an artist who creates work together with people, places and ecological networks. He has developed socially engaged art works for the Setouchi Triennale, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art amongst others. Recent solo exhibits include Honolulu Museum of Art (2018), Trudeau Gallery at Orford (2018), and TMT Art Projects (2017). He is a member of the World Dirt Association artist collective formed in 2015, and his writings have been published in Art Asia Pacific, Shima, Satoshi Koyama Gallery and The Contemporary Museum of Hawai‘i. Jack was a Crown Prince Akihito Scholar, holds a PhD in Fine Art and is currently Assistant Professor of Art Practice at Yale-NUS College.

Image credit:
Yeo Shih Yun, We are Singapore: Future, 2015. UV print on plexiglass, 30cm diameter each. Edition of 5 (2/5). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of artist.
Detail from James Jack, Molokai Window, 2018. Natural pigments and gum arabic on wall panel. Image courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art.