ARCUS Project 2017 IBARAKI / Artist-in-Residence Program

We are pleased to announce the following artists who have been selected for ARCUS Project 2017 IBARAKI, Artist-In-Residence Program. This year, we received 717 applications (the highest number ever) from 85 countries / regions for the open call. The final selection has been made by Kenichi Kondo (Guest Curator 2017 / Curator, Mori Art Museum) and Fumio Nanjo (ARCUS Project Adviser / Director of Mori Art Museum).

Julieta Aguinaco & Sarah Demoen
(Mexico & Belgium)

Daniel Nicolae Djamo
(Romania)

Curtis Tamm
(USA)

The artists will arrive in Japan on August 25 (Fri.) and participate in the Artist-In-Residence Program till December 12 (Tue.) (110 days).

Julieta Aguinaco & Sarah Demoen (Mexico & Belgium)

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Sarah Demoen(left) , Julieta Aguinaco(right)


[Selected Exhibitions and Activities]
2017 Rabbit Island Residency. Rabbit Island, Michigan, USA
2016 ‘Those Quiet Men Who Always Stand On Piers…’, Altiplano Art Space, Mexico City, Mexico
2015 ‘The Limits of My World’, ABC Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2015 ‘The Limits of My Language’, Dutch Art Institute (DAI). Showroom Arnhem, The Netherlands
2015 ‘From One Thing to Something Else’, Collaboration with Ben Burtenshaw,
DAI & Casa do Povo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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‘The Limits of My World’,
2015, Script and drawing
(Photo courtesy of the artists and Cydonia)

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‘Those quiet men who always stand on piers asked where we were going and when we said 'to the Gulf of California' their eyes melted with longing. They wanted to go so badly’,
2016, Performance
(Photo by Pilar Celorio)

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‘Untitled (The Truth of the Disaster)’,
2015, Performance
(Photo by Nil Ilkbasaran)

Aguinaco born in 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico and Demoen born in 1984 in Turnhout, Belgium both completed an MA in Art Praxis in 2015 at the Dutch Art Institute in the Netherlands. Since, alongside their work as solo artists, the duo have been producing collaborative works while being separately based in Mexico, the Netherlands and Belgium. The pair’s interests lie in the act of speech within the sphere of language and social spaces, as well as human cognition among others themes. They create video, performance and installation based on research which incorporate methods of fieldwork.

[Reasons for Selection]
Aguinaco and Demoen’s proposal for ARCUS Project, which focuses on the Tone River and the history of its relationship with the inhabitants of its basin, involves weaving together a story based on fieldwork that extends to Cape Inubo. Their application backed by thorough research left a positive impression. The two-minute introductory video they submitted for the final selection was well thought out: not only did it cover key information such as an introduction and their proposal for the ARCUS Project, but it also incorporated poetic elements and wordplay.

Daniel Nicolae Djamo
(Romania)

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(Courtesy of Berlinare)


[Selected Exhibitions and Activities]
2017 ‘Sixteen Routes to the Perfect Sunshine’, Galerija K18, Maribor, Slovenia
2016 ‘Magic… You Want?’, AAI - Afro-Asiatisches Institut Graz, Graz, Austria
2016 ‘Bjergtrolde’, ARPIA - art with landscape, Herzele, Belgium
2015 ‘Before the End’, KKW (KunstKraftWerk Leipzig), Leipzig, Germany
2015 ‘Unicorn Tales’, Victoria Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

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‘We Want You!’
2014, Billboard

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‘A Last Year in 114 Minutes’
2014, Documentary, 114min

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‘I Have Cut Some Trees’
2016, Intervention

Djamo was born in 1987 in Bucharest, Romania. He received a Ph.D. in Art History and Theory in 2016 from the National University of Arts Bucharest. His work extends across video, installation and sculpture. As represented by his documentary-style video work that puts forth certain portrayals of Romania through interviews with people whom he met coincidently, Djamo’s work humorously challenges the representation of his own country within Europe be it about its economic conditions or its association with immigrants. His recent work includes one which revolves around his family history. Djamo has also been presenting work in the field of independent film and has been awarded at numerous competitions.

[Reasons for Selection]
Humorous yet highly political/critical, I was drawn to Djamo’s work and its intentional use of stereotypes of his home country. His proposal for ARCUS Project was stimulating in its inventiveness―he would ask the residents of Moriya City to imagine a fictional Romanian character who has left Romania to live in Japan, and develop a story about this character set in the year 2028. Another factor I took into account was that although the artist has had numerous residence programs in Europe, the ARCUS Project would be his first in East Asia.

Curtis Tamm
(USA)

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(Photo by Colin Conces)


[Selected Exhibitions and Activities]
2017 Recipient of LACMA's Art + Techonology Lab Award
2016 ‘The Viscous Shape’, with Skaftfell Center for Visual Art & GPL Walker Geology Center, East Iceland. Collaboration with Hermione Spriggs
2016 ‘Balancing the Stone’, Titanik Gallery, Turku, Finland
2016 ‘Flatlander’, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
2015 ‘Tympanic Tether’, Santozeum, Santorini, Greece

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‘A Fly Caught in the Eye of a Filmmaker Making a Documentary about an Insect Trap’,
2013, Sculpture

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‘A Room in which the Only Wall is in the Middle’,
2014, 10 channel spatialized audio

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‘Tympanic Tether (Santorini Sirens)’,
2015, Audio performance
(Photo by Hermione Spriggs)

Born 1987 in California, USA, Tamm received his MFA in 2014 from the University of California Los Angeles, Design Media Arts. He works primarily in sound, film and video. His work also takes the form of live performance and lecture performance. In his unique cross disciplinary practice, Tamm engages the subtlety of natural phenomena, geophysics and geology, and creates visual/sound works based upon intimate engagements with the non-human world.

[Reasons for Selection]
I was impressed by the unexpected contrast between the content of his unique research, which included minerals, tornadoes, volcanoes, geothermal energy and animism, and the final forms of his pieces. He has an ability to tastefully convert intellectual and theoretical topics into works that speak to the viewers’ senses. Tamm has demonstrated that he is an adept collaborator, through his experience as a research assistant to scientists, and his proposal of a collaborative project with scientific research institutions. I expect him to actively seek collaborators and discover new themes for his research during the residency at ARCUS Project.

Overall Summary of 2017 Selection

I was surprised that ARCUS Project received as many as 717 applications, which were highly diverse in the direction of the works and the nationality of the artists. Having such an unexpectedly large number of strong applications made it extremely difficult to choose only three. However, I decided to offer the opportunity to young emerging artists as opposed to those over the age of 40 with an established career. In the end, (feasibility aside) the selection was made based on the uniqueness of the proposal in regards to what the artist intended to do in Ibaraki Prefecture or Moriya City. In other words, I did not select artists whose proposals did not seem specific to the location of the residence program, even if they had an outstanding portfolio or career history. I also made a conscious effort to select artists from countries that ARCUS Project has not invited from in the past. Though it is surely a mere coincidence, it was disappointing to find only few notable applicants from neighboring countries in Asia such as South Korea and Taiwan.

Kenichi Kondo
(Artist-In-Residence Program Guest Curator 2017)

Guest Curator 2017

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(Photo by Shinichiro Mikuriya)

Kenichi Kondo (Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Born in 1969. Completed a Master’s (art history) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Kondo started to work at Mori Art Museum in 2003. He curated “MAM Project 009: Koizumi Meiro” (2009), “Roppongi Crossing 2010” (2010), “Arab Express” (2012), “MAM Project 018: Yamashiro Chikako” (2012), “Andy Warhol” (2014) , video screening programs by Bill Viola (2015) and Gordon Matta-Clark (2015), and “MAM Research 004: Video Hiroba” (2016). Kondo also curated a video art show with young Japanese artists for Sala 1, a non-profit gallery in Rome (2010) and was Research Fellow at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Art - Berlin, National Museums of Berlin (2014 -15).

The information of ARCUS Project 2018 IBARAKI Artist-In-Residence Program will be announced on our website in March 2018.