Media/Art Kitchen:
Reality Distortion Field

Media art that uses video or digital technology continues to increase with new developments in computer technology. In Japan in the 1960s, various experiments took place during the early period of video and film art. In Southeast Asian countries, media art was proactively adopted from the late 1990s and has become an important medium for young artists.

In 2013, in commemoration of the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, 13 young curators from seven countries collaborated with artists on media art projects. Firstly, an exhibition toured Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand in 2013, adapting its format to each of the four nations. In 2014, exhibitions were held in Japan at two venues in Yamaguchi and Aomori in ways that were relevant to each region.

The project treated media art according to a broad and interdisciplinary definition, encompassing film, digital video, animation, photography, sound, and performance (physical expression). The exhibition itself was modeled after a kitchen space and was structured around three areas: not only was it an ordinary exhibit of artworks, it was also a kind of “workshop” suggesting ways to understand the contests for the artworks and media better, and a “laboratory” where each visitor could enjoy creating and expressing art in his or her own way.

It aimed to foster a future-oriented partnership among the younger generations in Japan and Southeast Asia and function as a place for developing the next generation of human resources through collaboration in this media art field, including the process of holding an exhibition.

Data
Curators Ade Darmawan (Director, ruangrupa)
M. Sigit Budi. S (Director, Serrum)
Adeline Ooi (Independent Curator; Writer)
Suzy Sulaiman (Director, Digital Art + Culture [DA+C] Festival; Lecturer, Limkokwing University)
Dayang Yraola (Collection Manager, University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology)
Lian Ladia (Independent Curator; Writer)
Pichaya Aime Suphavanij (Curator, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre [BACC])
Nikan Bow Wasinondh (Independent Curator)
Charmaine Toh (Programme Director, Objectifs: Centre for Photography and Film)
Nguyen Trinh Thi (Director, Hanoi DOCLAB)
Okamura Keiko (Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography)
Aida Daiya (Chief Educator, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM])
Hattori Hiroyuki (Curator, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], Aomori Public University)
Links The Japan Foundation Website
Project Special Website
Notes 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation

Exhibition (Jakarta)

Consumer VS The Power of Industry:
Society who Criticize Technology

This exhibition introduced challenging and creative practices modifying, disassembling, and restructuring preexisting products and media technology, irrespective of hardware and software, and also presented ways to live critically alongside technology.

Data
Dates & Venue
(Jakarta)
September 5–15, 2013
Galeri Nasional Indonesia
KINEFORUM
Curators Ade Darmawan (Director, ruangrupa)
M. Sigit Budi. S (Director, Serrum)
Okamura Keiko (Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography)
Artists Indonesia
Achmad Krisgatha, Duto Hardono, Lifepatch, Muhammad Akbar, Narpati Awangga a.k.a. oomleo, Reza Afisina a.k.a. Asung, Samuel Bagas
Japan
Hagihara Kenichi, Horio Kanta, Mohri Yuko, Yagi Lyota
Philippines
Tad Ermitano, Jon Romero, Cris Garcimo & Erick Calilan, Tengal
Singapore
Bani Haykal
Vietnam
Nguyen Trinh Thi & Jamie Maxtone-Graham, The Propeller Group
Organizers The Japan Foundation
Co-organizers Galeri Nasional Indonesia; OK. Video—Jakarta International Video Festival; ruangrupa
Links The Japan Foundation Website

Exhibition (Kuala Lumpur)

extra/ordinary

By introducing artworks that redefine the regular, everyday tools that are embedded in our environment, this exhibition aimed to find new viewpoints for the “media” all around us.

Data
Dates & Venue
(Kuala Lumpur)
October 6–20, 2013
Black Box, Map KL, Publika
Art Row, Publika
Curators Adeline Ooi (Independent Curator; Writer)
Suzy Sulaiman (Director, Digital Art + Culture [DA+C] Festival; Lecturer, Limkokwing University)
Aida Daiya (Chief Educator, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM])
Artists Indonesia
Lifepatch, Narpati Awangga a.k.a. oomleo
Japan
Hagihara Kenichi, Horio Kanta, Kuwakubo Ryota, Tamura Yuichiro, Yagi Lyota
Malaysia
Fairuz Sulaiman, Operasi Cassava, Chew Win Chen a.k.a. Okui Lala, Jack Cheong, Tan Pei Lyn, Ezry Ezan Bin Abu Nor Razy, Muhamad Hanis Aiman Bin Syed Mohd, Muntazar, Goh Lee Kwang, KONTAK!
Philippines
Tad Ermitano
Singapore
Bani Haykal
Thailand
Nitipak Samsen
Vietnam
The Propeller Group
Organizers The Japan Foundation
Links The Japan Foundation Website

Exhibition (Manila)

SENSORIUM

The theme for this exhibition was “sensorium” (sensory center/organ). It introduced artworks that directly affect the physical senses, not only sight and hearing, but also smell and taste, and so on, by applying media technology.

Data
Dates & Venue
(Manila)
November 8–24, 2013
Ayala Museum
98B Art COLLABoratory, BLACKBOX, Benilde School of Design and Arts
Green Papaya Art Projects
Curators Dayang Yraola (Collection Manager, University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology)
Lian Ladia (Independent Curator; Writer)
Hattori Hiroyuki (Curator, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], Aomori Public University)
Artists Indonesia
Anggun Priambodo, Lifepatch
Japan
Hagihara Kenichi, Makino Takashi, mamoru, Tamura Yuichiro, Umeda Tetsuya, Yagi Lyota
Malaysia
Fairuz Sulaiman
Philippines
Ringo Bunoan, Tad Ermitano, Kawayan De Guia, Liby Limoso, Manny Montelibano, Renan Ortiz, Gary Ross Pastrana, Stanley Ruiz, Mark Salvatus, Stephanie Syjuco, Tengal & Merv Espina, Maria Rosalie Zerrudo, Kaloy Olavides, Caliph 8, John Torres, Weather Bureau, Yason Banal, Stanley Ruiz, Bent Lynchpin, Elemento
Singapore
Bani Haykal, Bruce Quek
Thailand
Chulayarnnon Siriphol
Organizers The Japan Foundation; Ayala Museum
Links The Japan Foundation Website

Exhibition (Bangkok)

Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice Shapes Future

The exhibition offered opportunities for each visitor to find his or her own perspective on media and technology through the artworks, based on the idea suggested in the title that media shapes minds, minds shape choices, and our choices shape the future.

Data
Dates & Venue
(Bangkok)
December 21, 2013–February 16, 2014
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre [BACC]
Curators Pichaya Aime Suphavanij (Curator, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre [BACC])
Nikan Bow Wasinondh (Independent Curator)
Hattori Hiroyuki (Curator, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], Aomori Public University)
Artists Indonesia
Lifepatch, Narpati Awangga a.k.a. oomleo
Japan
contactGonzo, Horio Kanta, Kuwakubo Ryota, Makino Takashi, Otomo Yoshihide, Rhizomatiks, Takeuchi Kota, Tsuda Michiko, Umeda Tetsuya, Yagi Lyota, Sachiko M
Malaysia
Fairuz Sulaiman, Lim Kok Yoong
Philippines
Stephanie Syjuco
Singapore
Bruce Quek
Thailand
APOSTROPHY'S, B-Floor, Witaya Junma, Mute Mute, Kamol Phaosavasdi, Nitipak Samsen, Sina Wittayawiroj, Prapon Kumjim, Nattapol Suphawong, Wit Pimkanchanapong, Wantanee Siripattanuntakul, Kamon Jirakom
Vietnam
Nguyen Trinh Thi, The Propeller Group
Organizers The Japan Foundation; Bangkok Art and Culture Centre [BACC]
Links The Japan Foundation Website

Catalogue (Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Bangkok)

Cover of MEDIA/ART KICHEN Southeast Asia catalogue

Media/Art Kitchen: Reality Distortion Field
Edited by Hattori Hiroyuki; Suzuki Keiko; Furuichi Yasuko

  • Publisher:
    Tokyo: The Japan Foundation
  • Year:
    2014
  • Total Number of Pages:
    A: 12, B: 96, C: 254, D: 144, E: 64
  • Size:
    21 cm, published in 5 parts
  • Language:
    Book A: English (eng); Japanese (jpn)
    Book B–E: English (eng)

[Contents]

Book A: Introduction

p. 1 Foreword
The Japan Foundation
p. 3 Concept
p. 7 Go Round / Project Team
p. 8 Exhibitions
p. 10 Organization
p. 11 Acknowledgements

Book B: Artists & Curators

p. 3 Artists
p. 3 Indonesia
p. 12 Japan
p. 28 Malaysia
p. 35 Philippines
p. 61 Singapore
p. 67 Thailand
p. 78 Vietnam
p. 82 Curators

Book C: Process

p. 2 Jakarta: From 11:16PM 12/10/10 To 03:01AM 13/09/17
p. 28 Kuala Lumpur: From 09:00AM 13/10/01 To 11:29AM 13/10/16
p. 91 Manila: From 10:00PM 13/08/24 To 11:45PM 13/11/27
p. 180 Bangkok: From 11:43AM 13/12/03 To 12:00AM 14/02/19
Book D: Exhibition & Other Activities
  Jakarta“Consumer VS The Power of Industry: Society who Criticize Technology”
p. 4 Program Data
p. 6 Exhibition
p. 30 Workshop
p. 31 Other Activities
p. 32 Lab
  Kuala Lumpur“extra/ordinary”
p. 34 Program Data
p. 36 Exhibition
p. 59 Artist Talk / Other Activities
p. 60 Workshop
p. 61 Lab
  Manila“SENSORIUM”
p. 64 Program Data
p. 66 Exhibition
p. 86 Lecture and Artist Talk
p. 87 Workshop
p. 88 Lab
  Bangkok“Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice Shapes Future”
p. 96 Program Data
p. 98 Exhibition
p. 136 Workshop
p. 139 Activities
Book E: Essays
  Jakarta“Consumer VS The Power of Industry: Society who Criticize Technology”
p. 5 Festivals as an Event and Critisicm
Ade Darmawan
p. 8 Media/Art Kitchen Jakarta
M. Sigit Budi. S
p. 12 Constructing an Alternative Institution for Media/Art
Okamura Keiko
  Kuala Lumpur“extra/ordinary”
p. 16 Media/Art Kitchen Kuala Lumpur: extra/ordinary
Adeline Ooi
p. 19 extra/ordinary (re)connections
Suzy Sulaiman
p. 22 The Context for Workshops in Media/Art Kitchen
Aida Daiya
  Manila“SENSORIUM”
p. 26 SENSORIUM for Media/Art Kitchen: Reality Distortion Field Manila
Dayang Yraola
p. 29 Tropical Storms and the D-I-Y
Lian Ladia
p. 32 The Dynamism of Collaboration and Dispersal
Hattori Hiroyuki
  Bangkok“Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice Shapes Future”
p. 36 Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice Shapes Future
Pichaya Aime Suphavanij
p. 40 Realising M/AK Bangkok Activities
Nikan Bow Wasinondh
p. 43 Modes of Collaboration and Their Whereabouts
Hattori Hiroyuki
p. 46 Single Channel Screening: Program Data
p. 49 Reconsidering Film and Video Art in Southeast Asia
Charmaine Toh
p. 52 Media Art in Vietnam
Nguyen Trinh Thi
p. 56 M/AK: A Methodology of Media Environment Design:
Toward the construction of a new framework by sifting through and hacking existing environments
Hattori Hiroyuki
p. 60 Kitchen/Laboratory: Get Ready for the Next Experiment
Furuichi Yasuko (Exhibition Coordinator, Asia Oceania Section, Arts and Culture Dept., The Japan Foundation)

Exhibition (Yamaguchi)

MEDIA/ART KITCHEN YAMAGUCHI
Open Call Laboratory—An Exploration into Social Anthropology in Asia

This iteration further developed the exhibition held in the four Southeast Asian countries from the perspective of community design. Through the artists’ conversations with local residents, they researched specifically local issues and resources, and depicted new lifestyle possibilities through media and art.

Data
Dates & Venue
(Yamaguchi)
July 5–September 28, 2014
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
Curators Idaka Kumiko (Curator, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media)
Artists Venzha Christ, Bani Haykal, Operasi Cassava, Tamura Yuichiro, YCAM Regional Research Lab
Organizers Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion; The Japan Foundation Asia Center
Support Yamaguchi City; Yamaguchi City Board of Education; The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (FY2014)
Collaboration Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], Aomori Public University
Links The Japan Foundation Website
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]

Exhibition (Aomori)

MEDIA/ART KITCHEN AOMORI
Politics of Humor and Play

Applying media environments has the potential to enrich further both creativity and the wisdom found in everyday life. Based on this idea, the exhibition introduced the appeal of media art practitioners and their work that takes shape according to a DIY spirit, all while cherishing the humor and playfulness in our lives.

Data
Dates & Venue
(Aomori)
July 26–September 15, 2014
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC]
Curators Hattori Hiroyuki (Curator, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], Aomori Public University)
Artists Kuwakubo Ryota, Takeuchi Kota, Tamura Yuichiro, Hagihara Kenichi, Horio Kanta, Mohri Yuko, Prilla Tania, Fairuz Sulaiman, Renan Oritz, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Bani Haykal, Narpati Awangga a.k.a. oomleo
Organizers Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], Aomori Public University; The Japan Foundation Asia Center
Collaboration Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
Support The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (FY2014)
Links The Japan Foundation Website
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC]

Catalogue (Aomori)

Cover of MEDIA/ART KICHEN Aomor catalogue

Media/Art Kitchen Aomori: Politics of Humor and Play
Edited by Hattori Hiroyuki

  • Publisher:
    Aomori: Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], Aomori Public University
  • Year:
    2015
  • Total Number of Pages:
    104
  • Size:
    26 cm
  • Language:
    Japanese (jpn); English (eng)
  • NCID:
    BB18326417

[Contents]

p. 4 Nonsense no kajitsu [Fruit of Nonsense]
Nosaka Tetsuo (Director, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre)
p. 10 Politics of Humor and Play: Alternative perspectives on life, born of unbridled creativity
Hattori Hiroyuki
p. 15 The End of MEDIA/ART KITCHEN and Its Beginnings
Furuichi Yasuko (Art Coordinator, The Japan Foundation Asia Center)
p. 17 Plates
p. 65 Essays about the Works Made in ACAC
p. 67 Kuwakubo Ryota: Objects to Create Individual and General Images
Kondo Yuki (Curator, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre)
p. 70 Horio Kanta: Engineering and Critical Mind
Hattori Hiroyuki
p. 73 Mohri Yuko: Medium and Interaction—Seeking for the Relationship between Human Beings and Nature
Hattori Hiroyuki
p. 75 Prilla Tania: Warning by Honest Life and Humor
Hattori Hiroyuki
p. 79 Chulayarnnon Shiriphol: Politics to Actualize Universalization through a Sense of Humor
Kondo Yuki
p. 82 Report of the Events
Kaneko Yukiko (Educator, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre)
p. 83 Workshop: Mohri Yuko, Kuwakubo Ryota
p. 87 Performance: Horio Kanta
p. 89 Lecture, Talk & Gallery Tour
p. 91 Laboratory
p. 93 Screening
p. 94 List of Works / Exhibition Layout
p. 100 Biographies

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