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.

 

Statement
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

世界土協会「土がたり:返す」開催

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。

珠洲・シンガポール・フランスでのパフォーマンスを合わせて「土がたり・迎える」というライブイベントを、奥能登の農耕儀礼である「あえのこと」をもとに、現在身近に存在しているもの・こと・人・神に感謝を表すパフォーマンスとして再構築する試みです。
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。

皆様のご視聴、ご来場をお待ちしております。

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjBR2sGipWI

【開催概要】
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)

https://oku-noto.jp/ja/news_047.html

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

 

 

TROPICAL LAB 15: INTERDEPENDENCIES

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.

 

 

Artists:
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

Curator:
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.

 

Appetite

72A Amoy Street
Singapore 069891

Tuesday to Saturday  6pm — Late
Closed on Sunday & Monday

“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.

 

TURN NOTES
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

Video

 

開催中

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。
市原湖畔美術館では、

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。

Website

Fujinoyama Biennale 24 Oct – 23 Nov 2020 Shizuoka, Japan

Fujinoyama Biennale 2020

24 October – 23 November 2020

James JACK

Loving Mountains: A Guide for Dismantling Intervention

「山を慈しんでいる:介入を取り除くための手引き」

会場         旧五十嵐邸歯科医院 /蒲原エリア >>

 

ジェームス・ジャックは、世界中に存在する社会とエコロジー(生態系)の関係を再生することに関心を持ち、各地で活動をしています。今回彼は、かつて富士山頂に建てられていた測候所のレーダードームが撤去されたという出来事に着目し、そこにハワイ島 のマウナケア山の姿を重ねました。この複数の場にまつわる新たなインスタレーションは、“ここ”と“そこ”の両方を癒し、地球のこころを覗きこむ空間をひらきます。

「神聖な山」として地元の人々の信仰の対象であるマウナケア山は、天体観測に好条件であるため、現在13台の天文観測所が建設されています。そして今、新たに世界一巨大な天文台を建てようとしており、それに対して自然と文化を守るための市民運動が起こっています。

コロナ禍で今年1月以降来日が叶わなくなった作家は、「人間が行動を控えることによって地球の空気・海・自然が復活している場所は非常に多くある」と言っています。数年前に静岡での環境アートワークショップと去年富士市の視察の延長線上で、富士山で起きた出来事についてオンラインでのインタビュー、文献、オーラルヒストリーの調査などを続け、専門家への質問や住民への聞き取りによってリサーチを進めました。

今日我々人類が山や、水の流れ、地層といった生態系に対して押し付けているもの。その介入を取り除く手引きを提示するために、この作品では山の持つ大きな歴史の周縁にある、ローカルな出来事に目を向けます。富士山とマウナケア山、山と人、歴史と現在、複数の視点を重ね、つなげていきながら、山を慈しむことを表現することができます。

 

http://fujinoyama-biennale.com

Shizuoka, Japan

 

座談会

人間、人間を超えて、山や大地を慈しむため

介入が減ることを通じた復活するものについて考える

ジェームズ・ジャックの「山を慈しんでいる:介入を取り除くための手引き」作品のインスタレーション風景2020年

 

富士の山ビエンナーレでの座談会

2020年11月22(日曜)

13時半―15時半

120分程度の対話

 

オンライン自由参加(無料)

 

Z O O Mのリンクはこちら

 

座談会概要

人間は自然環境の中で生きているが「これまで人間社会がおこなってきた自然への介入行為を、いかに解消していくか」と言う点について考えていきます。今年はコロナの影響もあり、そのような人と環境の関係性について再考をする年であると言われています。コロナ禍の状況は「Anthropause(人類の一時停止)」を引き起こしており、それは現代社会を象徴する厄災であり、科学研究、文化実践、社会運動などの分野でもこの状況を通じて深く考え、広い学びの機会となるでしょう。

もし仮に、山が大学であれば、そこではどんな学びができるでしょうか。ここで静岡の地域をはじめ他の場所も含めて、様々な研究者、キュレーター、N P O実践者、アーティストの観点から検討していきます。

今日の我々人類が、山や、水の流れ、地層といった生態系に対して(人間社会から)押し付けてしまっているものとして、撤去予定の構築物や閉鎖された建物、豊富な自然や汚染された自然などがあります。押し付けているものを取り除くための手引きを提示するために、山の持つ大きな歴史の周縁にある、ローカルな出来事に目を向けます。富士山と他の山の事例を考察し、人と人間を超えるもの、歴史と現在、水と大地から複数の視点を重ね、つなげていきながら、生き物を慈しむ方法について考えていきます。慈しむためのノーハウを共有していくために、皆さまと会話の場を開きます。

 

登壇者:

平野雅彦 (国立大学法人 静岡大学人文社会科学部 客員教授)

土器屋 由紀子(江戸川大学 名誉教授・認定NPO法人富士山測候所を活用する会 理事)

羽山まり子(アーティスト)

ジェームズ・ジャック(アーティスト・イェールシンガポール国立大学 助教授)

清水裕子(アート&ソサイエティ研究センター 副代表理事・大阪市立大学都市研究プラザ 特別研究員)

ファシリテーター:

森健太郎(富士の山ビエンナーレ キュレーター)

協力:

佐藤彩乃(南洋理工大学 芸術・デザイン・メディア学 博物館学と学芸の実践 大学院生)

 

富士の山ビエンナーレ概要

富士山の麓に位置するこの地域は、高くそびえる富士山と南アルプスの山々からの豊富な水や日本で最も深い駿河湾からの資源といった自然の恩恵多い土地であることに加え、東西には東海道南北に身延道と富士川が通っており、古くから交易の主要地として栄えてきました。しかし現在、高速道路に代表される近代の交通路は、巨大化した東西の都市をつなぐ線となり私たちの街を貫く形となっています。東西南北の交易と共に繁栄してきたこの地の文化は、徐々に風化し、歴史を生き抜いた建築物は役目を終えて止まったようにひっそりとたたずんでいます。私たちの愛するこの街が止まらないように、現在進行形の生き生きとしたアート作品が街に命を吹き込んでくれることを期待し、この芸術祭を開催します。

 

 

“Art and Climate Change in the Pacific” exhibit – 11 October 2020 Hawai‘i

James Jack. Sea Birth three. 2020. 4K digital video still.

 

Inundation: Art and Climate Change in the Pacific  

January 19 – February 28, 2020
The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), Art Building

March 28 – June 26, 2020 New dates 1 July – 22 October 2020
Donkey Mill Art Center, Hōlualoa, Hawai‘i

Inundation refers to both the watery disasters of climate change and the overwhelming emotions they evoke. This exhibition, curated by Jaimey Hamilton Faris, Associate Professor at the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, features work by Mary Babcock, Kaili Chun, DAKOgamay, James Jack, Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner, Joy Lehuanani Enomoto, Charles Lim, and Angela Tiatia. Based in the Pacific, these artists experience the climate emergency as an extension of long-term colonial, extractive and developmental forces that have made their communities especially vulnerable.

This major group show consists of multi-media videos, installations, and community performance projects, many of which have been conceived for this exhibition. Artists address climate justice situations in Hawai‘i, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, the Philippines, Okinawa, and Singapore. As curator Hamilton Faris writes the exhibition “create[s] a space to process raw emotions, inspire collective imagination, and generate capacity for creative, actionable, and communal responses to our watery climate.”

Join curator Jaimey Hamilton Faris and guests for discussions on climate change and climate justice.

Thursday, January 23
Water Talks II: Climate Justice in the Pacific, The UH Art Gallery

4:00 – 5:30 PM  |  Tales of the Okinawan Sea
This special evening talk-story series brings together artists, scientists, policy-makers, historians and more to discuss how to move forward in this era of radical social and ecological transformation.

James Jack, Artist
Kenneth Kaneshiro, Director of the Center for Conservation Research and Training, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, SOEST
Norman Kaneshiro, Musician, UHM lecturer

facilitated by Aiko Yamashiro, Executive Director of the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities

James Jack. Sea Birth three. 2020. 4K digital video still.

 

University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery

Online catalog, video archive and climate justice resources available here:

https://www.inundation.org/

 

 

Selected Press
Inundation: Psychic Costs of the Climate Emergency

Jan 14, 2020

In just twenty years, awareness of climate change has progressed to climate anxiety. According to Time Magazine, mental health studies show “eco-anxiety” exploded last year from Greenland to Australia. A new exhibit at UH Mānoa aims to work through the grief and denial toward community action.

Full article here: https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/post/inundation-psychic-costs-climate-emergency