Soul Tashiro the former intern AIRY stands at the start line for next stage after graduation of high school. Good luck for the future and come back to Kofu someday! Congratulations 🎈🎈 – 田代蒼流 Soul Tashiro 2018年インターンを務めたソウル 三月高校卒業後の新たなスタートラインに着きました。都内シェアハウスに住み社会教育系NPOに勤務します。進学、留学といろいろ悩んだ末に自分で決めた進路だから価値がある。応援しています。㊗︎
Animism is the belief that the boundary between the physical and spiritual is not absolute, but can be transgressed. According to this idea a spiritual force resides in all things; animals, objects, even landscapes. My work uses stone carving and organic elements to make installations drawing on ideas of animism and ritualistic practices.
In my recent exhibition “Erosion” , large limestone boulders were
placed in their natural state, forming an anchor in the centre of the
exhibition space, creating a path between the video projections which documented
the environment and literal, physical form in Mount Gambier. My previous
work had consisted of smaller scale hand carved limestone sculptures with
designs informed by mythology and folk-tales.
was originally going to carve limestone for this exhibition, however after
visiting the quarry in Mount Gambier and deep consideration, I decided to leave
the boulders in the forms in which they were excavated.
I realised that excavation is a large form of carving from the earth by
mechanical forces. I seek to show how materials change in an effort to temporarily
transgress boundaries that are set up by systems of categorisation.
AIRY’s current studio artist Noriko Nakamura (Melbourne)
is joining Open Airy program. We have organised a casual cross talk event for
this Saturday. Baby Rina is joining too. Please come along, kids are all
Title: Kofu→London→Melbourne Dates: Saturday 18th May
1:00pm-1:20pm Artist talk 1:30pm-2:30pm Cross talk
Talk topics: Why did I leave Japan? My story of how I
moved to Australia after dropping out of high school in Kofu. Thinking about
Kofu from an overseas perspective. Motherhood etc.
This is an English and Japanese bilingual event. No
booking needed. Free entry.
Noriko Nakamura She was born in Kofu in 1986. She
currently lives and works in Melbourne. Noriko moved to Australia after
dropping out of high school in Kofu. She graduated from high school in a small
town called Geelong. After this she moved to England to study fine art at
Central Saint Martins college for a year. Following this Noriko studied fine
art for four years at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. She maintains
her art practice while teaching at Melbourne Uni. Noriko has an 11 month old
baby and is a current Airy studio artist until the 23rd of May.
Instructor: Sofia Eliasson/ born Sweden, lives &
Belongings: Small urban trash like flowers, leaves,
tree twigs, stones, candies and paper
Limit: around 8 people
Application: DM via FB & Instagram
Welcome to join HAKONIWA workshop with Swedish artist
currently artist in residency at AIRY, Kofu.
Eliasson´s work partly evolves around imprint and trace
and for this workshop we will together create a miniature garden that imitate
our surrounding streets. Please bring for this workshop, something you can
bring from the street, may it be flowers, leafs, a small wooden twig, stones or
small urban trash like candy wrapping or paper.
Growing up on a small island on the east coast of Canada (Prince Edward Island), I was very isolated from the world. With no museums or ancient civilization of our own, the history of our island became a blank canvas to imagine a world (pre-aboriginal and pre-settler) that for thousands of years was completely un-documented. Through television, and stories about ancient Greece and other mystical phenomenon, I developed an interest in creating my own imagined narratives of where I came from, which carries on into the work that I make today. Working mostly from observation, I use those same themes (ancient history, mysticism, etc.) to provide a setting or evidence for the viewer to create their own story. I studied Sculpture and inter-media arts in college, but over the past few years have been teaching myself to draw and create my own visual lexicon of characters and symbols. I use bright colors and distorted shapes to establish that these images/objects are not real, and come from the imagination. My hope is that this lets the viewer know that this is a safe space to dream, and to provide them an escape ~to their own small island.
Based on architectural thinking, Fumi Takenouchi’s work draws lines of force within the space lurking in everyday situations. Her media include architecture, dance, video, sound, material art and drawing, and her work has been performed and presented in Japan, the USA, France and Germany. She received her Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Architecture of Tokyo University of the Arts. As main works, “Sendai Design League 2011, Graduation Architecture design Competition” ( Selected to 10 winners, 2011）, ” 85th, So-en Award ” ( Selected to the last show, 2011), “FENDI – FUR TABLET DESIGN CONTEST” ( Excellence prize winning, 2013 ), ” F=ma / Analysis of Architecture “( USA, 2016 ), ” SELFHOOD / Michael Maurissens ” ( Kyoto Art Center, 2017), “NEXT INTERSECTION” (Kyoto, 2018), ” OTHER SIDES ” ( Kyoto, 2019 )
The work takes place across and beyond the stage, screen, canvas, and studio with various mediums; and makes use of entanglement of personal, professional and performance identity. Working as a choreographer and a member of visual art team OKI, EunJi employs her dance background and her perspective towards visual art and film is confronting the very notion of media art, dancing and performance. Curious about visible/invisible space and movements of a medium on it, the artistic direction of her projects goes beyond limitations of space and the definition and effects of movements.
One of her visual art/dance exhibition Lost you for a sec addresses the implicit politics that underlies their friendship: the border restrictions that prohibit them from living together, and the technological means through which they can continue to engage and support one another. Since the end of 2017, this practice has been grounded in fortnightly skype sessions in which the three meet: a sprawling, playful period of empty time – of stupid jokes, collective moaning, and technological stutters – through which they experiment with the performance and materiality of digital communications.
Wandering on and on in a great forest without
thought of return
As children we saw mysterious paths, did you
wonder where they led to?
Nature designed as a readout to beyond and
beyond through Japanese gardens and temples.
It remains there as a potentiality.
A nomad wander in coexistence with nature –
meets another person from another world, yet realise that they have a lot in
common. My project is a traveling, collaborative project where I merge Dance,
Music and Visual art together into a unique eco-system of its own. Everywhere I
travel I meet people who are moving or who wants to move, and the purpose of
this art is not to ask why, but how?
By studying the soil where we are born out of,
we can reconnect with our tactile senses. This powerful tool we have called
body, has receptors that is rarely in contact with plants and earth. I believe
we forget what it feels like to use our hands to trace nature.
I work with ‘Humans & Soil’ to create a community worldwide and I want to remind people about what we can learn from native cultures and their care-taking of land.
This is an ongoing work-in-progress that explores humans’ relationship to earth from the perspective native cultures such as; the Sami of the north, the Ainu of Japn and Maori of New Zealand.
How does cultural background affect how the body is seen? How is identity connected with self expressin and performativity? How do I put myself, the body, in between representation? How is preservation of culture and repatriation important to indigenous bodies?
The bus which left Kofu station late at night in February arrived at Kyoto station the next morning. It seems to have been raining a little. We were greeted with moist early morning air and stayed in Kyoto. At the previous Japan Meeting (2012 Tokyo) I attended as a participant. This time I was scheduled to do a short presentation at the Microresidence section. The Kyoto Art Center at the venue is a facility that was created in 2000 after renovating the former Merin Elementary School. It was my second visit.
Microresidence Workshop 2/7
9 facilities participated from 5 countries /
AIR uniquely engages in activities around the world. For example, Waria Artbreak AIR located at the entrance of Lapland in northern Finland and Te Arerenga from the Cook Islands in Pacific Polynesia are daring to set up artist spaces in remote, natural locations. We can offer a unique environment for the artists. By inviting artists from urban areas to more rural, natural areas we can help broaden the perspectives of both invited artists and locals. For this reason we would like to create more Microresidences in rural areas. Yamanashi prefecture would be an ideal place for a Microresidence because it is an agricultural region and is surrounded by wild natural landscapes. We have many vacant houses throughout the region which, with the help of art managers, could be transformed into artist residences.
“Tea ceremony Omocha” 2/7
“Tea ceremony Omocha” with a
meaning of welcome
It was time to feel the rich power of Kyoto culture. As it was my first time attending this kind of tea ceremony, I was in for a pleasant surprise. First of all, I was exposed to contemporary art with all my senses in the waiting room (auditorium). After that, we were invited into the tea room (Japanese style room) to have tea. We were delighted with the enthusiastic welcome of the artists/staff of the art center, multi-genre artists, and tea ceremony volunteers. They seemed to enjoyed themselves too.
Microresidence Meeting 2/9 Koseiji Temple
I did a 10 minute presentation about AIRY. It was my second time presenting so I was quite used to speaking about the topic. Participants were mostly young and I had a good response from them. Afterwards, during the consultation meeting, participants said: “I want to stay! We want to operate!” There was a feeling of excitement at the consultation. About half the participants were artists and the other half were art managers, both groups have a high interest in AIR.
NPO ANEWAL Gallery
This Kyoto nonprofit organization hosted a
two-day session locally
Their work does not stop with traditional gallery duties. The gallery is also working on the preservation and refurbishment of the Kyomachiya, and operate initiatives that engage art with contemporary social issues in Kyoto. They manage several spaces related to these initiatives and to their gallery work. NPO ANEWAL gallery also collaborates with local temples, the ward office, and so on. Keep our eyes on this organization, which consists of multiple industry members.
Accommodation “Youth gallery”
Hayashi, an artist from Pararail group, restructured Kyomachiya himself and runs it as the Youth Gallery. Youth Gallery is a hostel which is also a gallery. Hayashi invites artists to create work for a solo multi-month show in the hostel. “We stay in a gallery where works are exhibited?” or “We stay in hostel with a display?” The exhibition is exclusively for the guests of the hostel. I think that the general public can view the works at opening receptions for the shows or by appointment. I wanted to meet the owner and listen to details but unfortunately he wasn’t available while I was there. Accommodation was comfortable and I had a pleasant time. The works on display during my visit were all by one artist, so there was sense of unity throughout the hostel. I was able to rest both mind and body.
I live in Yamanashi and I don’t see very much art or many artists around town. I was impressed by the excellent art performances in Kyoto and it was also nice to have connected with people working in their local art community. A Microresidence program in Yamanashi would help develop our local art community by creating more art spaces and creating a stronger arts network in the region. Visiting Microresidence throughout the world is fun. I did several of them in Thailand and domestic Japan recently and they were very enriching experiences.
Art Center was established in April 2000 in a hope to promote arts in Kyoto in
a comprehensive way by collaboration between the city of Kyoto, artists and
other people related to art.
The center aims at supporting various artistic activities, providing
information about arts, and promoting communication between the citizens and
artists through arts.
Art Center focuses on the following three points.
support young artists in their activities regardless of genre.
collect and disseminate information on arts and culture using various media.
promote communication between artists and citizens; and among artists.
Our activities include exhibitions, tea
ceremonies, traditional stage performances, concerts, dance performances, and
various kinds of workshops for training artists and other people related to
art, hosting innovative projects for the conservation of traditional arts and
creating new ones. We also provide artists from home and abroad studio spaces
and “artist in residence program”. Through such services and activities, the
center is hoping to become the focal point of the city culture in the new era.