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ART & LIFE Mori Art Museum, International Symposium: “Can Contemporary Art Museums Become New Places of “Learning”? From Education to Learning”

Mori Art Museum International Symposium

Monday, February 13, 2017

Learning Week Tuesday, February 14 - Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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Mori Art Museum International Symposium
“Can Contemporary Art Museums Become New Places of ‘Learning’?
- From Education to Learning”

In recent years, it has become increasingly common around the world to replace the word “education,” which has traditionally been used at art museums, with the word “learning,” which refers to the mutual sharing of knowledge. This has occurred in the context of the trend toward interactivity in the relationship between museums and visitors stemming from the spread of the Internet and social media, and of the attention focused since the 1990s on participatory, performance and other forms of art in which the audience becomes actively involved. Another conceivable reason why learning has become necessary is that amid the global structure surrounding contemporary art, opportunities to engage with artworks born out of rather unfamiliar cultural contexts are expanding. At the same time, against the backdrop of worsening conflicts and refugee problems around the world along with harsher economic conditions and social polarization since the rise of neoliberalism, renewed attention is also being focused on socially engaged art as an artistic practice that is more deeply committed to social issues.
What does it mean that art museums become new places of “learning”? What types of needs and possibilities are there? In order for us to consider new relationships between contemporary art museums and audiences, we are hosting an international symposium to discuss possibilities of “learning” at the Mori Art Museum from various viewpoints, including those of art museums and artists, while looking at precedents in the UK, the US and elsewhere.

[Details]

* Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

Speakers: 
Anna Cutler (Director of Learning, Tate), Nat Trotman (Curator, Performance and Media, Guggenheim Museum), Suzanne Lacy (Artist), Osaka Eriko (Director, Yokohama Museum of Art), Sumitomo Fumihiko (Director, Arts Maebashi), N. S. Harsha (Artist), Margit Czenki & Christoph Schäfer (Leaders, “Park Fiction”), Pedro Reyes (Artist), Kudo Yasuyo (Executive Director, Art & Society Research Center), Nanjo Fumio (Director, Mori Art Museum), Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Date & Time: 10:00-18:00, Monday, February 13, 2017 (Doors open: 9:30)
Venue: Academyhills (49F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 500 (booking required)
Admission: Free
Booking: * Booked Out

Organizer: Mori Art Museum
In Association with: Embajada de Mexico en Japon
Corporate Sponsor: Benesse Holdings, Inc.
Cooperation: Academyhills

[Timetable]

9:30 Doors Open
10:00 Opening Remarks by Nanjo Fumio (Director, Mori Art Museum)
10:05 Introduction by Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)
10:20 Keynote Speech #1: Anna Cutler (Director of Learning, Tate)
11:00 Keynote Speech #2: Suzanne Lacy (Artist)
11:40 Keynote Speech #3: Nat Trotman (Curator, Performance and Media, Guggenheim Museum)
12:20 Recess
14:00 Session #1 Lead-in: “A New Wave of Socially Engaged Art in Japan”
by Kudo Yasuyo (Executive Director, Art & Society Research Center)
14:15 Session #1 “Art and Society: From the Artists Practices”
Panels:  Suzanne Lacy (Artist), N. S. Harsha (Artist), Margit Czenki & Christoph Schäfer (Leaders, “Park Fiction”), Pedro Reyes (Artist)
Moderator:  Kataoka Mami
15:45 Recess
16:00 Session #2 “What New Place of Learning Can Be?”
Panels:  Osaka Eriko (Director, Yokohama Museum of Art), Sumitomo Fumihiko (Director, Arts Maebashi), Anna Cutler, Nat Trotman
Moderator:  Kataoka Mami
17:30 Wrap-up Discussion / Q&A
Panels: Anna Cutler, Nat Trotman, Kataoka Mami
18:00 Close

左上からアナ・カトラー、ナット・トロットマン、スザンヌ・レーシー、逢坂恵理子の写真

左上から住友文彦、N・S・ハルシャ、マルギット・ツェンキ、クリストフ・シェーファーの写真

左上からペドロ・レイエス、工藤安代の写真

From upper left:
Anna Cutler, Nat Trotman,
Suzanne Lacy (Photo: Charlotte Graham, Guzelian),
Osaka Eriko (Photo: Matsukage Hiroyuki),
Sumitomo Fumihiko,
N. S. Harsha (Photo: Mallikarjun Katakol),
Park Fiction / Margit Czenki (Photo: Christoph Schäfer),
Park Fiction / Christoph Schäfer (Photo: Guoling Wen),
Pedro Reyes, Kudo Yasuyo

Learning Week
Tuesday, February 14 - Sunday, February 19, 2017

“Learning Week” will feature various programs designed to put “learning” into concrete practice. Programs implemented previously as exhibition-related public programs will also be reconfigured as learning practice. As well, as a new platform for debate aimed at encouraging the vigorous exchange of opinions among organizers and participants, we will launch a new series called “Learning Camp” to be implemented in collaboration with other institutions. Furthermore, we will also be implementing a collaborative program in conjunction with “A New Wave of Art for Social Change: Socially Engaged Art” exhibition at 3331 Arts Chiyoda to be held by the Art & Society Research Center, a non-profit organization engaged in ongoing research into local and overseas trends in the practice of “socially engaged art.”

To participate in the programs during the “Learning Week” (Tuesday-Sunday, February 14-19, 2017), please buy an exhibition ticket when you take part in the first program. From the second program onwards, you will be able to enter the exhibition using the name you registered.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

■Talk

“Japanese Art Museums and Education - Developing Creativity in a Time of Change”

* Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

The development of education activities at Japanese art museums from the 1970s to the present will be surveyed citing notable examples and their relationship to art and society examined.

Speaker: Tsukada Miki (Curator, Setagaya Museum of Art)
Date & Time: 10:30-12:00, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (Doors open: 10:15)
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 80 (booking required)
Admission: Free (“N. S. Harsha” exhibition ticket required)
Booking: here

Tsukada Miki

Tsukada Miki
(Photo: Baba Naho)

■Learning Camp 001

“Encouragement of Socially Engaged Art”

* Conducted in Japanese

The field known as Socially Engaged Art (SEA), which incorporates artists deeply committed to social issues, is gaining wide attention across the world. Prior to the opening of exhibition “A New Wave of Art for Social Change: Socially Engaged Art” at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, its main organizers - three figures that translated Pablo Helguera’s Education for Socially Engaged Art - unfold the rise and growth of SEA through the introduction of a variety of domestic and international cases. Matters dealing with engagement between art and society such as goal awareness, methods of communication and collaboration, supportive frameworks, issues on archiving and evaluation, will be shared openly.

Speakers:  Kudo Yasuyo, Shimizu Yuko, Akiba Michiko (Art & Society Research Center)
Date & Time:  19:00-20:30, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (Doors open: 18:00)

Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 80 (booking required)
Admission: Free (“N. S. Harsha” exhibition ticket required)
Booking: here

Participants will have exclusive access to the exhibitions “N. S. Harsha,” “MAM Collection 004” and “MAM Project 023” after the program, from 20:30 to 21:00.

社会を動かすアートの新潮流:ソーシャリー・エンゲイジド・アート展のイメージ

Ai Weiwei Rings of Life Jackets
2017
(Photo: Ai Weiwei Studio)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

■Pedro Reyes, Palas por Pistolas [Shovels for Guns], Tree-Planting Program
* Program NOT open to public
* Application closed

Prior to “A New Wave of Art for Social Change: Socially Engaged Art” exhibition at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, we will be conducting a tree-planting program in conjunction with Pedro Reyes’ Palas Por Pistolas (Shovels for Guns). The shovels in this work are made by melting guns that have been collected, transforming instruments of death into harbingers of new life. Participants in this program will plant trees with children using shovels and think about society and art.

Appearing: Pedro Reyes (Artist)
Date & Time: 10:40-12:20, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Venue: Kogai Elementary School, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Participants: 60 students (4th graders) of the school

Pedro Reyes

Pedro Reyes

“N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” Exhibition-Related Program
Artist Talk

“The World of Come Give Us a Speech

* Japanese-English consecutive interpretation available

Take a close look at the six panels of Come Give Us a Speech (2008) and you’ll spot characters from well-known stories, famous artists, and much more to intrigue and delight. At this event, N. S. Harsha himself will give a talk in the gallery, focusing on the stories depicted in this monumental work.

Speaker: N. S. Harsha
Date & Time: 19:00-20:00, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (Doors open: 18:45)
Venue: Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 40 (booking required)
Admission: Free (“N. S. Harsha” exhibition ticket required)
Booking: * Booked Out

N. S. Harsha

N. S. Harsha
(Photo: Mallikarjun Katakol)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

■Learning Camp 002

“We Are Learning: Art Education Futures”
- A Roundtable with Independent and Artist-led Learning Practices

* Conducted in Japanese

Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT) in collaboration with Sandra Sykorova from Tate Modern Learning is organizing a symposium on the topic of museum education, and how it is adapting to the changing needs of audiences. One of the key terms used in this discussion has been a shift from “education” to ”learning,” indicating a more involved, participatory and holistic approach towards art and knowledge. Several voices representing smaller, experimental and artistic practices in this field will come together to discuss this shift towards learning in a roundtable setting. While the event is being hosted by large museums, this event can hopefully bring different perspectives and scales of operation to the table. After a brief 10-minute presentation from each participant, we will begin a roundtable discussion asking questions such as:

Are there particular ways that learning ideas are developed within independent or artist-led projects?
What is the point of art learning today? Is it to increase public engagement with art, or to use art as a catalyst for social change?
How are experimental learning models and projects different from more formal art education models such as universities and schools?
Should learning be “free”? How can the digital domain be used effectively?
What is the relationship between process and outcome in arts learning?
Speakers:  Mizuki Endo (Director of HAPS Kyoto / Independent Curator), Yoshinari Nishio (Artist), Roger McDonald (Arts Initiative Tokyo)

Respondent: Sandra Sykorova (Curator, Public Programmes Learning Department, Tate Modern)
Modrator: Horiuchi Naoko (Arts Initiative Tokyo)

Date & Time: 18:30-20:00, Thursday, February 16, 2017 (Doors open: 18:00)
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 60 (booking required)
Admission: Free (“N. S. Harsha” exhibition ticket required)
Booking: * Booked Out

Organizers: Sandra Sykorova, Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT)
Cooperation: Czech Centre Tokyo

 

From upper left Mizuki Endo, Yoshinari Nishio, Sandra Sykorova, Roger McDonald, Horiuchi Naoko

From upper left:
Mizuki Endo, Yoshinari Nishio (Photo: Hamada Hideaki), Roger McDonald, Sandra Sykorova, Horiuchi Naoko

Friday, February 17, 2017

“N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” Exhibition-Related Program

“Yoga + Art: Use Your Body and View Art, Supported by Reebok”

Mysuru is a place where Ashtanga yoga has burgeoned. Come to the Museum before opening time and enjoy yoga and art appreciation rolled into one, surrounded by the works of “Charming Journey” on the 53rd floor. Stop by on your school or work commute and stretch your way into the day in a stimulating setting.

Date & Time:

Day 1  8:00-10:00, Sunday, February 17, 2017
Instructor: Ishikawa Hatsumi
Day 2  8:00-10:00, Saturday, March 11, 2017
Instructor: Akutagawa Maiko
Day 3  8:00-10:00, Friday, April 21, 2017
Instructor: Hasegawa Takaharu

[Schedule]

8:00-9:15  Yoga session
9:15-10:00  Free viewing of “N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey”

Venue: Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 20 each (booking required)
Admission: Free (“N. S. Harsha” exhibition ticket required)

Booking:  Day 1 February 17: * Booked Out
Day 2 March 11: * Booked Out
Day 3 April 21: * Booked Out

Organizer: Mori Art Museum
Cooperation: Reebok

Notes

The submitted personal information upon applying to this program will be provided to adidas Japan K.K., Reebok Japan (hereinafter referred to as “Reebok”) from Mori Building Co., Ltd. to be used for operational purposes of the program and for delivering mail news from both Mori Art Museum and Reebok, only.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

“N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” Exhibition-Related Program
Teens’ Program

“Meet the Artist”

* Conducted in Japanese

An opportunity for teenagers from third-year junior high school age up (ages 15-19) to take in the exhibitions at their leisure, then discuss it in their own words. The participating teens would be viewing the exhibitions, followed by the experience of discussion (partly shared with the “Seniors’ Program” held on the very same day) on the first day. On the last two days, they are to share their views directly with artists N. S. Harsha and Agatha Gothe-Snape.

Date & Time:

Day 1  10:00-12:30, Sunday, February 19, 2017
* Program will be partly shared with the “Seniors’ Program.”
Day 2  10:00-14:30, Saturday, March 25, 2017
Featuring: Agatha Gothe-Snape (“MAM Project 023” Artist)
Day 3  10:00-14:30, Sunday, April 23, 2017
Featuring: N. S. Harsha (“N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” Artist)

Venue: Mori Art Museum
For: Teens (ages 15-19)
Capacity: Approximately 15 (booking required)
Admission: Free
Booking: * Booked Out

Before booking, please note that participants must attend all 3 days of the program.

Event Image: Program for Junior and Senior Highschool Student “Meet the Artists,” “Roppongi Crossing 2016,” 2016
(Photo: Mikuriya Shinichiro)

“N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” Exhibition-Related Program
Seniors’ Program

“What Does Senior Mean? Who Are Seniors?”

* Conducted in Japanese

In this program specially designed for senior art lovers, a first for the Mori Art Museum, participants are to have the opportunity to contemplate the definition of “senior” and think about futur e programs at the Museum, while viewing “N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” alongside teenagers taking part in their own program.

Date & Time: 10:00-12:30, Sunday, February 19, 2017
Venue: Mori Art Museum

For:  Those considering themselves as “seniors” / those interested in making new programs utilizing the museum platforms

Capacity: Approximately 15 (booking required)
Admission: Free (“N. S. Harsha” exhibition ticket required)
Booking: * Booked Out
Program Organized by: inVisible (Kikuchi Hiroko, Hayashi Akio)

■Learning Camp 003

“Art and Society: How We Learn to Engage”

* Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

Art museums today are developing new learning initiatives that use art as a catalyst for social change by inviting the public to be actively engaged in a debate and exchange of ideas that matter. This program consists of a talk session with artists and a sociologist, followed by a workshop that invites audience to take part of the discussion around this theme of the program.

Speakers:  Pedro Reyes (Artist), Kikuchi Hiroko (Artist/Creative Director, inVisible), Mori Yoshitaka (Professor, Tokyo University of Arts)

Moderator: Sandra Sykorova, Hayashi Akio (Managing Director, inVisible)

Date & Time: 14:30-17:00, Sunday, February 19, 2017 (Doors open: 14:00)
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 60 (booking required)

At the workshop scheduled during the latter part of the program, we are going to enlist participants to take part in active discussion. Note that the enlisting has completed. You are welcome to listen to the discussion, however.

Admission: Free (“N. S. Harsha” exhibition ticket required)
Booking: here

Organizers: Sandra Sykorova, inVisible
Cooperation: Czech Centre Tokyo

From upper left Pedro Reyes, Kikuchi Hiroko, Sandra Sykorova, Hayashi Akio

From upper left:
Pedro Reyes, Kikuchi Hiroko, Mori Yoshitaka, Sandra Sykorova, Hayashi Akio

RELATED INFORMATION

“N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” Exhibition

Exhibition Period: Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Organizer: Mori Art Museum
In Association with: Embassy of India, The Japan-India Association

Corporate Sponsors:  DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., OBAYASHI CORPORATION,
TOYOTA, YKK / YKK AP, NTT Communications Corporation, House Foods Group Inc.,
KAJIMA CORPORATION

Production Support: Usha International Ltd.
Support: Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Champagne Pommery

* Also on View: “MAM Collection 004: Imagining the Unknown Stories,” “MAM Screen 005: Niwa Yoshinori Selected Video Works,” and “MAM Project 023: Agatha Gothe-Snape.”

Website: http://mori.art.museum/english/contents/n_s_harsha/index.html

“A New Wave of Art for Social Change: Socially Engaged Art” Exhibition

This exhibition focuses on a specific art movement known as Socially Engaged Art (SEA) which has steadily emerged as a global new wave movement since the 1990s. The exhibition aims to introduce representative artists and projects from abroad such as Ai Weiwei, Pedro Reyes, Suzanne Lacy, or Park Fiction, as well as re-examine Japanese artists within the context of SEA and present them globally. In particular, the exhibit addresses the practices of Japanese artists who have become more conscious of engagement in society, especially after the events of 3/11.

Exhibition Period: Saturday, February 18 - Sunday, March 5, 2017
Venue: 3331 Arts Chiyoda
Open Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Admission until 19:00) * Open everyday.

Admission:  Adult: 1,000 yen
University students and under: 500 yen (Student I.D. required)

Organizer: NPO Art & Society Research Center
Grant: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Arts Council Tokyo, Shiseido
In Cooperation with: The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Goethe-Institut Tokyo
Curatorial Collaboration: Mori Art Museum

Collaboration:  Wonder Art Production, Sanko Gakuen (Tokyo Mirai Daigaku Kodomomirai-en / Tokyo Beauty Art, Vocational School), OGU MAG, Sirouzu digital printing studio

Support: The Embassy of Canada, The Embassy of Mexico, The Institute of Environmental Art and Design

Inquiries: NPO Art & Society Research Center
3331 Arts Chiyoda, 311 E
6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
E-mail: exhibition@art-society.com

社会を動かすアートの新潮流:ソーシャリー・エンゲイジド・アート展のイメージ

Ai Weiwei Rings of Life Jackets
2017
(Photo: Ai Weiwei Studio)

■“MOT Satellite 2017 SPRING - by the deep rivers” Exhibition

Over 20 years have passed since Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) first opened. In that time, the Kiyosumi-shirakawa area has rapidly changed, and MOT has grown with its changes. Currently, the area is drawing interest with its blend of history dating from the Edo period (1603-1868), nostalgic old townscapes, and new cultural spaces abuzz with creativity. “MOT Satellite” is a project of uncovering Kiyosumi-shirakawa's true charm. The museum, taking advantage of its temporary closure, is going outside to engage with people, places, and history together with artists and local residents and shops. During the project period, artwork exhibits, workshop, and other events will be held in the district.
The main exhibits will be on view in 7 “MOT Spaces” established in old factory buildings and local cultural spaces. Visitors can also walk around and enjoy small exhibits at “MOT Spots” scattered about the area in coffee roasteries and cafes and on shopping streets. The area takes about 20 minutes to walk from end to end. Plus, you won’t want to miss the “Fellow Project” activities MOT will hold in conjunction with local alternative culture spaces, and the programs of all kinds offered by our district partners.

Exhibition Period: Saturday, February 11 - Monday, March 20, 2017
Venue: Various locations in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa area
Main venue: MOT Space 1-7
Open: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and March 20, 2017.
Admission: Free for MOT Space 1-7
* Opening hours/days other than MOT Space 1-7 vary according to each place.
* Please be aware that Fukagawa Edo Museum and The Basho Museum (MOT Spot) require an admission fee.

Organizers:  Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)

Inquiries:

Tel:  +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)* 7 days a week between 8:00-20:00
+81-(0)3-5633-5860 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo) * Weekdays between 9:30-18:00

Website: www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/exhibition/mot_satellite.html

MOT Satellite 2017 SPRING - by the deep rivers Exhibition

* Please note that speakers are subject to change without prior notice.

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