GA TALK 010 “What does it mean to live as an artist?”

What’s wrong with carrying things on Your Head? Memorial work for the opening of Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, 2007

GA TALK 010 “What does it mean to live as an artist?”

Born in Kobe and having lived there until 20 years of age, SHIMABUKU has been active as an artist for almost 30 years, having been based in America, France, Brazil, and Germany. He is now living in Naha, Okinawa while continuing to travel around the world with his international activities. For this talk, he will share secrets and circumstances of his activities, as well as introduce his work from his student days in America up to more recent artworks and projects he is currently involved with.

About the Talk

Time/Date: 19:00-20:30 Monday, June.11,2018
Venue: Ningenkan room NA102, Kyoto University of Art and Design
Admission: Free (Booking required)
Seating Capacity: 100
*Talk is in Japanese only

Organized by: Kyoto University of Art and Design, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies/Higashiyama Artists Placement Service(HAPS)

About the Speaker

Born in Kobe, 1969. Graduated from San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. After living in Berlin for 12 years, he has been based in Okinawa since 2016. He has traveled to many places around the world since the early 1990s and has made performances and installation works related to life of the local people, as well as their culture and way of communication. He has participated in group exhibitions at The Centre Pompidou, Paris (2000, 2014), Hayward Gallery, London (2001, 2008), as well as international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (2003, 2017), Bienal de São Paulo (2006), Havana Biennial (2015), among others. His recent main solo exhibitions include Shimabuku: Noto (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2013), Flying Me (Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, 2014), among others. He is planning to hold a solo exhibition at Contemporary Art Centre of Ivry – Credac as well as participate in Echigo-Tsumari Art Field in Niigata prefecture this year.

Creating works related to lamprey eels in Bordeaux, France, 2011

Setting a stone work along with an Ainu gardener at Sapporo International Art Festival, 2014.


For Booking and Inquiries:
*Please send 1.Name, 2.Number of participants, 3.Phone number or email address, 4.Occupation (for student, please note the school name./for KUAD student, add the student ID)


Connecting Kyoto and the World through Contemporary Art

The environment surrounding contemporary art has become vastly more complex over the past few decades. Faced with this situation, it is no easy task for artists to find a way to be active at a global level. Naturally, it is virtually impossible to get a firm grasp on the art scenes that are being produced concurrently all over the world. In particular, in neighboring Asian countries that are seeing rapid economic growth and modernization, there are more opportunities than ever before to show one’s work, taking into account the new art museums and art fairs that are being established, and the flourishing numbers of international exhibitions. Although global attention focused on this region has increased, the situation is quite different in Japan, where there is a general sense that the work of developing art-related institutions has been finished. However, it is precisely this state of affairs that has led to a renewed questioning of how global networks are constructed, a reconsideration of how institutionalization works, and the role of artists in society.
In Kyoto, art schools produce a large number of new artists each year. But what kinds of connections might one discover today between this center of traditional Japanese culture and the world of contemporary art that has grown ever more complex in this way? “Global Art Talk,” presented by HAPS and Kyoto University of Art and Design, is a program where internationally active artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists, among others, are invited, and, through a series of dialogues, strives to provide a global perspective as well as deepen understanding. (Until last year it ran under the title of “ULTRA x HAPS.”)

The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Resident Curator Program of the Higashiyama Artist Placement Service (HAPS), which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.

The Kyoto University of Art and Design is dedicated to establishing an institution that will foster artists from Kyoto who aim to work in the contemporary art world at a global level.