December 4 (Mon) 19:00-21:00

Urgent Talk 033: Current State of Research-Based Practice - Discussion with ARCUS Project Resident Artists

Mori Art Museum Learning Program

Urgent Talk 033: Current State of Research-Based Practice - Discussion with ARCUS Project Resident Artists

“Research-based” artistic practice, in which the artist conducts research and bases a work on the results, is one of major currents in contemporary art today. Extremely diverse in nature, such research frequently extends beyond the art domain into subjects such as astronomy, geology, ethnography, even economic ties and consumer trends. Today, the development of the Internet has made it possible to research what in some cases are even very niche topics in this wide range of fields, prompting a sudden rise in the output of “research-based” art.
How does this research undertaken by artists differ from that performed by experts and researchers in the relevant fields, or at universities and other institutions of higher education? The works that are the outcome of such research are many and varied in form, including installation, text, sound, and lecture performance, but how do these differ from Conventional works of art?
Speaking at this talk will be three artists/artist units taking part in the ARCUS Project artist-in-residence program, who have been spending time in the Ibaraki city of Moriya since the end of August this year conducting research on Japan. The artists will give presentations on how they chose their research topics, the practical details of producing their works, and other relevant concerns, and discuss the characteristics and meaning of “research-based” art practice today.

[Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available]
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Current Exhibition at Mori Art Museum :
Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing
2017.11.18 [Sat] - 2018.4.1 [Sun]

【Resident Artist 2017】
Julieta Aguinaco & Sarah Demoen

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.


Daniel Nicolae Djamo [Romania]
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.

Curtis Tamm [USA]
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.

【Curator, Mori Art Museum】
Kenichi Kondo
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).
ARCUS Project 2017 Guest Curator.