ARCUS Project 2016 IBARAKI / Artist-in-Residence Program

We are pleased to announce the following artists selected for ARCUS Project 2016 IBARAKI, Artist-In-Residence Program

For the open call of applications, we received 656 applications from 89 countries / regions.
The final selection has done by Mr. Hiroyuki Hattori (Guest Curator 2016 / Independent Curator) and Mr. Fumio Nanjo (ARCUS Project Adviser / Director of Mori Art Museum)

Ernesto Bautista (El Salvador)

Lives and works in San Salvador, El Salvador

1987Born in Santa Ana, El Salvador
【Selected Exhibitions and Activities】
2015"LITTLE STORY OF DEMOCRATIZATION OF FEAR", The Museum of Man, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, USA
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Tamaulipas, Tamaulipas, Mexico
2014"X", Museum of Art of El Salvador,
San Salvador, El Salvador.
2014"STATES OF TRANSCENDENCE", Shangyuan Art Museum, Beijing, China

"MASSES" Object (Lighter, Blood), 2009
(Photo: The Fire Theory)


"NEW PROMISES" intervention project, 2014-Ongoing
(Photo: The Fire Theory)


Object ( Two human skulls), 2013
(Photo: The Fire Theory)

Gan Siong King (Malaysia)

Lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1975 Born in Johor, Malaysia
1996Diploma in Fine Arts, Majoring in Oil Painting, Malaysia Institute of Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
【Selected Exhibitions and Activities】
2015"The Horror The Horror", Art Printing Works Warehouse, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2015"Looking Ahead", Fergana Art Space, Penang, Malaysia
2014"The Pleasures of Odds and Ends", FEEKA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2013"Best Malaysian Film", 2013 Freedom Film Festival Komas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2010"Contemporary Rhetorics", Valentine Willie Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


"The Horror The Horror" Mixed media, 2015
(photo : Wee Seng)


"Non-Bumiputera" Oil on canvas, 2015
(photo : Wee Seng)


"Bodhisattva" Oil on wooden panel, 2013
(photo : OurArtProject)

Yen Noh (South Korea)

Lives and works in Vienna, Austria

1989Born in Daegu, South Korea
2009M.A., Transarts, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Vienna, Austria
2009B.A., Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea
【Selected Exhibitions and Activities】
2016"Aveugle Voix", das weisse haus, Vienna, Austria
2016"To bite the tongue. Swallow. Deep. Deeper", 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria
2016"Working Knowledge", IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna, Austria
2014"Voice Over Three, Part I: The First Letter", Heiligenkreuzhof, Vienna, Austria
2013"She Said: I fail at life.", IntergrAction, GlogauAIR, Berlin, Germany


"Aveugle Voix" Performance, Installation, 2016
(Photo:Lea Titz)


"'A'ā" Performance, Installation, 2016


"To Bite the Tongue. Swallow. Deep. Deeper." Performance, Installation, 2015-ongoing
(Photo:Lea Titz)

Overall Evaluation

First, I was surprised to receive 656 applications. I have never experienced a number this large in my ten years of engagement in Artist-In-Residence programs at Akiyoshidai International Art Village (AIAV) and Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC). This is clearly the fruit of the ARCUS Project's past history, the importance it holds as a pioneer residency program in Japan, and the expectations held by artists toward the Project.
The selection process at the ARCUS Project is unique. To give an example, a two minute self-introductory video is requested of the remaining artists for the final judging. Not only are the videos deeply interesting in themselves, but they also offers glimpses into the artists' character and become a valuable tool for concluding my selection.
The applicants varied greatly in nationality, birthplace, region of residence, age, and expressive methods. I felt that a broad range of artists were seeking residence opportunities this time, not only artists accustomed to the residence format these ten years.
Finally, instead of simply aiming for well-completed artworks or clear objectives for residence production, I valued the artists' individual humanity and the possibilities for discovery and change they might obtain from a residence. On this basis, I chose three artists I felt could work together in creating the process.

Hiroyuki Hattori

Guest Curator 2016

Hiroyuki Hattori (Independent Curator)
Hattori is an independent curator working mainly in Asian region. Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1978, Hattori completed postgraduate studies in architecture at Waseda University in 2006 before becoming curator at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC), Aomori Public University in 2009. His constant pursuit of "alternative" setups has led to the establishment of art spaces—all known by the abbreviation "MAC"—in Yamaguchi, Hanoi and Aomori. He has been exploring the creative relation between our everyday life and the idea of "public space." Recent curatorial work includes Towada Oirase Art Festival (Towada Art Center and other sites in the Oirase area, 2013) and Media/Art Kitchen (Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bangkok and Aomori, 2013–14), among others. He is the curator of Aichi Triennale 2016.

Call for the entry ARCUS Project 2016 IBARAKI Artist-In-Residence Program was closed on April 30, 2016.

The information of ARCUS Project 2017 IBARAKI Artist-In-Residence Program will be announced on our website at the beginning of March 2017.