“Fragrances of Soil” @ Art Week Kinan, October 2022

Artists James Jack, Yoshitaka Nanjo, Shotaro Yoshino form bacilli as caretakers who nurture active spaces for living with dirt, people, food, microbes and spirits. Commencing in 2014 as “World Dirt Association,” the artist collective has evolved into the form of “bacilli” (Bacillus genus of bacteria)growing exponentially from 2022. Their dedication to artistic infusions of taste, touch, scent and more grows together with local collaborators in diverse places based on a shared love for land. As their evolutionary path expands, symbiosis is diversified through interesting mutants discovered in the collaborative creative process. Selected Exhibitions 2015 Water and Land Festival, Niigata 2016 S.Y.P. Art Space, Tokyo 2017 Ichihara x Art Mix, Chiba 2018 Yame Remix, Fukuoka 2020 ART FOR THOUGHT, Tokyo 2021 Oku-Noto Art Triennale, Ishikawa 2022 Setouchi Triennale, Kagawa



bacilli × Caravansarai -Fragrant Soil-

An event to feel and experience the stories and memories of places associated with soil using the “five senses”. The event is a collaboration between “bacilli,” a soil art unit led by Kinan resident Nanjo, and Tanabe’s French restaurant “caravansarai.” They will bring soil from citrus farms in various areas of Tanabe City, as well as fruits and roots, to enjoy the differences between them.

Date:Saturday, October 15, 2022, 17:00-18:30

28-24 Furio Tanabe City Wakayama, Japan
Open 10:00 〜 17:00
*Please note that the opening hours have been changed on October 8th and 9th due to venue maintenance. From 10:00 to 15:00 on October 8th from 11:00 to 17:00 on October.


Composting Knowledge: The Open Bin 11 March – 16 June 2022 Zürich

COMPOST – The Open Bin (Composting Knowledge)
Collective-driven, process-based performative exhibitionary project

This communal exhibitionary project – a sequential and choreographed series of interlocking events on the topic of “Composting Knowledge” – offers an evolving programming at the OnCurating Project Space (Ausstellungsstrasse 16, Zurich) both on-site and online from 10 March to 17 June 2022 with one and more events taking place every week and weekend (Thu 6pm / Fri 8pm / Sat 7pm) for 14 weeks.


For documenta fifteen (2022), Jakarta-based collective and lead Artistic Directors ruangrupa initiated an international and collaborative network for alternative knowledge production named the “Composting Knowledge” network, (in which institutions and initiatives such as Färgfabriken, GAP Tokyo, ICA Sofia, JJ and Donkey Mill Art Center, Knowbotiqs , Myvillages, YCAR Toronto take part. ruangrupa’s “Composting Knowledge” is an active experiment to imagine alternative terrains for knowledge production and sharing, taking place in collaboration with ruruHaus, the main activity house in Kassel, and a wide range of institutions, initiatives, practices, collectives and individuals around the world. The idea is to envision possible supporting systems for institutions to cooperate and engage in critical ways, by exploring questions and learning  from different perspectives, practices, traditions, and backgrounds – breaking at the same time canonical and privileged knowledge systems.

Following the process-based and communal methodologies proposed by ruangrupa, we will gather our own “Open Bin” and fertilise the soil for composting ideas and proposals at the OnCurating Project Space. Within our “COMPOST – the Open Bin” programme, various activities will come into contact, ideas will be displayed, discussed and digested, a shared process will be activated, and a space of transition will emerge.

As a curatorial group, we understand “Composting” not only as the natural or direct contact transformation process of digestion/fermentation/composting, but also as a cultural and political articulation, as ways of self-sustaining, of reflecting upon epistemologies, and creating new formations of joyful resistance.

The project invites diverse artists and collectives to come together with the aim to explore composting practices (literally and figuratively) and to share moments. Thanks to the modular structure proposed by Zurich-based artist duo Stirnimann-Stojanovic, the various events – social in nature and in all sorts of forms – will consist of screenings, dinners, roundtables, exhibitions, performances, talks, to bebe open and accessible to all in a hybrid format for its whole duration.

Composting is growing. It’s a process which calls for a change in our understanding of the subject of knowledge, an uncontrolled mutation of ingredients, which transcend a cartesian or logical system in the production of experiences, and facts but instead transform every material collected in fertile soil for our community. As the water is part of every living being and primal, juicy engine for the rotting activity, so the compostable transformation is nourished by every idea, intervention, activity and contribution by withdrawing from disciplines and one-sided knowledge and expertise forms. Each person is welcomed to participate as a cultivator, contributing with awareness to a multi-ingredients compostable practice. The material for a florid mixture is brought from friends, are those guests, one-time visitors, students, researchers, from all corners of the globe, each one will be a grower and harvester of an abundant, yet non-definable knowledge pot. For the shared growth of yet unknown knowledgeable terrains we invite you to contribute to this compost pot.”

Giulia Rossini and Tyuki Imamura on behalf of Compost Network


“Soilstory: Returning” Live Performance 4 November 14:30 JST


Dirt Collective “Soilstory: Returning” Release

2021年11月4日(木)、スズ・シアター・ミュージアム「光の方舟」展示アーティストコレクティブ、世界土協会によるパフォーマンスイベント「土がたり:返す・Returning: Soilstory」を開催します。

芸術祭開幕後9月5日に開催したパフォーマンス「土がたり:送る・Welcoming: Soilstory」では「過去」という意味で行い、会期中はインスタレーションにて「現在」、そして今回は、芸術祭閉幕に合わせて、「土がたり:返す・Returning: Soilstory」 という「未来」を表します。来場者の方のみならずオンラインでの参加者も含め、共に今の時代においてのモノに感謝するという自然な行為を体験して頂く時空間を作ります。



日 時 11月4日(木)14:30~15:30(日本時間)※各回60分程度 自由に出入り可能
場 所 スズ・シアター・ミュージアム「光の方舟」(珠洲市大谷町2-47 旧西部小学校)


“Interdependencies” exhibit open 21 August – 16 October at ICA Singapore




21 August – 16 October 2021

Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore,
LASALLE College of the Arts

Brother Joseph McNally, Project Space,
Praxis Space and other locations at
McNally Campus

Impacted by the pandemic, the 15th edition of Tropical Lab takes place as an exhibition.
The title of this edition – Interdependencies – is less thematic and more reflective. It captures
the spirit of togetherness, companionship, peer learning, and resilience that defined all
previous editions of Tropical Lab, and it speaks in multiple ways to the current moment.
Twenty-five artists who participated in different editions of Tropical Lab between 2005 and
2019 were nominated by faculty from partner universities. The artists have generously shared
their recent work and initiated new projects. The exhibition stretches beyond gallery spaces,
highlighting the special relationship Tropical Lab participants have had with LASALLE’s
campus, which was integral to their exchange, learning and artistic production.
Tropical Lab was initiated in 2005 by Milenko Prvački. An experiment in arts education and
artistic exchanges, this two-week intensive art camp has welcomed over 500 art students in
Singapore over the past 15 editions.



Ali Van, Anne-Laure Franchette, Ben Dunn, B. Neimeth, Brooke Stamp, Christine Rebet,
Danielle Dean, Di Liu, Duy Hoàng, Hariyo Seno Agus Subagyo, Homa Shojaie, James Jack,
James Tapsell-Kururang, James Yakimicki, j.p.mot Jean-Pierre Abdelrohman Mot Chen Hadj
Yakop, Kay Mei Ling Beadman, Laura Hopes, Marko Stankovic, Pheng Guan Lee, Rattana
Salee, Sarah Walker, Shuo Yin, Tim Bailey, Tromarama, Waret Khunacharoensap

Anca Rujoiu

Tropical Lab:
Milenko Prvački, Founder and Senior Fellow, Office of the President
Sureni Salgadoe, (Projects), Office of the President

Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore (LASALLE’s ICAS):
Ramesh Narayanan, Manager (Operations)
Mohammed Redzuan Bin Zemmy, Executive (Exhibitions)
Sufian Samsiyar, Senior Executive (Exhibitions)

Production (new works):
Jezlyn Tan, Project Manager, Circus Projects


“a guide to loving water” exhibit on Hawai‘i Island

a guide to loving water


he mana ke wai, he wai ke mana

What does water say and what will it teach us?

Join Donkey Mill Art Center along with Artist-in-Residence James Jack, as we invite the community to engage with water in the land and listen to the stories and wisdom which water shares with us today. This open ended exploration of water will continue with an exhibit at the Donkey Mill from May 26 to July 3. Your participation is critical to making this unique art come to life!

As part of the project, Sensing Wetness, the community of Kona and beyond were invited to share observations, knowledge and experiences with water by responding to nine prompts. We encourage you to observe these stories, words and recollections of others, connect with them and select a piece or a part of a piece that interests you. Use this information to create a new, re-imagined version of this knowledge.

James Jack is an American Asian artist living in Singapore. He engages layered histories of place to achieve positive change through community-led initiatives woven together with raising sensitivity to ecological networks. His works have been exhibited at Honolulu Museum of Art, Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Setouchi International Art Festival, Busan Biennale, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. He currently teaches at Yale-NUS College.

Donkey Mill Art Center is the home of Hōlualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art education organization. The Donkey Mill Art Center is a community hub for the exploration of arts and culture to inform, inspire and strengthen individual and collective well-being.

For more information, visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org or call (808) 322-3362. Donkey Mill Art Center, open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10:00am –
6:00pm, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa, HI 96725.This program has been made possible by the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation.


“Iwaki Windows” on display 4 May – 29 August 2021 at Appetite Lab

What Happened Here?

4 May – 26 July 2021

Curated by Kathryn Miyawaki and Kaushik Swaminathan


Appetite is proud to present What Happened Here?, a meditation on memory and land. The show brings together five artists—Ricardo Mazal, Lindy Lee, James Jack, Sim Chi Yin, and Yang Yongliang—who strive to uncover layers of memory, truth and loss from the fabric of the earth. 

Materially and conceptually, these artists reveal how our memories are structured by and within the landscapes we inhabit. What impurities, truths, and omens are embedded in the land we see before us? How has it shaped the way we have remembered and will remember going forward? This show is open to the public from May 4, 2021 — July 26, 2021.



Appetite’s art programme brings the experience of an art gallery to a more informal and relational space. Every three months the team curates new exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists alike, many of whose works have never been shown in Singapore before. Our exhibitions are rooted in research into material and visual culture over the last two years.



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“Emerging Encounters” exhibit 16 August – 30 September 2021 Tokyo & online

Emerging Encounters 
TURN 2021

James Jack with Harmony

Documentary film 2016-2021
Directed by Dai Tamura

*Video available online through 30 September 2021

Our lives nowadays demand considerable change. We each respond to this change in a variety of ways. Even those who are confused by change may find pointers towards new promise and possibilities by adopting a TURN-like perspective.


Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art

Akashi Ikawa

“The Sea We Sea”
by James Jack and Harmony

Assembled into a newly imagined chorus of voices.


“Artists’ Breath” exhibit 3 April – 27 June, Ichihara Art Museum, Japan

World Dirt Association

James Jack, Yoshitaka Nanjo & Shotaro Yoshino

Curated by Fram Kitagawa

Ichihara Lakeside Art Museum




Artists’ Breath―コロナ禍の中、アーティストはいま

2021.04.03.Sat. – 2021.06.27.Sun.

新型コロナウイルスのパンデミックは、地球に生きる 77 億人が、同じ“今 ”を生き、共通の体験をするという稀有な実感をもたらしました。2020 年 6 月15 日にスタートしたインスタグラム・プロジェクト「Artistsʼ Breath」( ディレクター:北川フラム)は、多くの芸術祭、展覧会、イベントが延期または中止となる中、アーティストはどう生活し、何を考えているのか、その生の息吹を伝えようと毎日更新されました。
インスタグラム・プロジェクトに参加したのは、北川フラムが総合ディレクターをつとめる5つの地域芸術祭の参加アーティストたち。コロナ禍で昨年から今年に延期された「房総里山芸術祭 いちはらアート×ミックス」「北アルプス国際芸術祭」「奥能登国際芸術祭」、そして今年第 8 回目を迎える「大地の芸術祭 越後妻有アートトリエンナーレ」、来年開催に向けて準備が進む「瀬戸内国際芸術祭」です。

世界 194 組のアーティストたちがそれぞれ投稿した約 2 分間の動画を一堂に展観。命の海でつながるアーティストたちが、異なる考えをもち、今を同時に生きていることを体感する場を創出します。