February 22 (Sat) 2019 14:00 - 16:30

Reports from Residencies in Scotland and Japan: The Dreams of Performers, Two Performances

Exchange Residency Program Residency Report

This event features reports from the residency exchange by ARCUS Project and Hospitalfield in Scotland, UK, with a special focus on performance as a practice. The speakers are Tomoko Sato, who took part in an artist residency at Hospitalfield in September 2019, and Emmie McLuskey, an artist from Scotland taking part in a residency at ARCUS Project in February 2020.

Though they both use performance in their practices, Sato and McLuskey differ in terms of their interests and approaches. McLuskey is examining the way that the body is used in Japanese culture, which is very distinct from the sensibility of the West, in particular through nonverbal forms of communication in aikido. Sato, on the other hand, is interested in narrative and translation, which emerge from language or the linking of words, and is exploring the possibilities for performance as storytelling. Looking back on the influence that working in foreign places had on their work, the artists will also talk about their future plans. In addition to sharing the results of their activities, they will each present a performance. Through the practices of these two artists dealing with, respectively, language and what lies beyond language, the event will delve into performance, a medium recently attracting attention in contemporary art.

Attendees are also welcome to participate in an informal party held afterwards.

【 Performance 】
Tomoko Sato
Lecture Performance
The Reversed Song, A Lecture on "Shiro-Kitsune (The White Fox)" Short version

Emmie McLuskey
Reading Performance

Between 2019 and 2020 Hospitalfield, Cove Park and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW) have been collaborating with a number of partners in Japan (AIT, TOKAS and ARCUS Project) to deliver a new residency exchange program for artists, makers/designers and curators based in Scotland and in Japan.
This program, supported by British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, takes place over two years, marking the British Council’s UK in Japan 2019-20 Season of Culture and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.


【 Artist 】
Tomoko Sato
Born in Nagano in 1990. Lives and works in Kanagawa. Sato obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Film and New Media from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2018. Making use of a lecture format, Sato’s practice focuses on narratives. By linking issues that arise in the process of investigating historical facts in a multifaceted way, Sato constructs a story that interweaves fiction and documentary. Sato’s works are the product of her interest in Japan’s pursuit of a distorted form of modernization and the plurality conveyed by events that have fallen through the cracks of History with a capital H as well as her attraction to legends and ruins that survive in various places.

[Selected Exhibitions and Activities]
2019 ‘The Double Tsuburaya’, Performance, SHIBAURA HOUSE, Tokyo
2019 ‘Centaurus on Route 103’, Screening, Shibuya Euro Live, Tokyo
2019 ‘Centaurus on Route 103’, Exhibition, Gallery Saitou Fine Arts, Kanagawa
2018 ‘The Debris and Tower’, Performance, Asakusa Public Hall, Tokyo
2018 ‘Shiro-Kitsune, The Hidden Song’, Performance, BankART Studio NYK, Kanagawa

【 Researcher 】
Photo Credit: Hanes Sturzenegger
Emmie McLuskey
Collaboration is central to the work McLuskey produces, starting with a shared question or observation that she explores more deeply through practice. Recent work has centred around questions of interactions in and between bodies, considering the systems that control and record them. McLuskey works across the roles of artist, programmer, writer and educator. During her time at ARCUS Project, McLuskey will be researching a project titled Between Bodies, working with an English to Japanese translator and a local “Aikido” professional in order to build on previous interests around how we communicate and are understood by each other.

[Selected Exhibitions and Activities]
2019 ‘Hanging Out’ Artists’ Moving Image Festival (participation as a programmer), LUX Scotland/Tramway, Glasgow, UK
2019 ‘these were the things that made the step familiar’, Collective, Edinburgh, UK
2019 ‘To: my future body’ with Janice Parker, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
2019 ‘A Strange American Funeral’ (publication edited with Freya Field-Donovan)
2019 Dogo Residenz für Neue Kunst, residency and exhibition, Lichtensteig, Switzerland