GA TALK 015 “POSSIBLE WORLDS” by Susan Norrie(Artist)

HAVOC 2007 © Susan Norrie – installation detail, 52nd Venice Biennale. Courtesy of the artist.

GLOBAL ART TALK 015 “POSSIBLE WORLDS” by Susan Norrie (artist)

POSSIBLE WORLDS continues my interest in balancing the ongoing need for energy sources, technological advances associated with thermodynamics, and the possible impacts on communities… exploration versus exploitation. My Global Art Talk will focus on the ‘ring of fire’ and in particular, aspects of collaborative research between Japan and Indonesia. I am interested in management infrastructure in relation to disaster prevention. In 2004 I began researching the possibility of working with the Japanese Aerospace Agency (JAXA) and their program to monitor world weather patterns; environmental disasters (man-made and natural); greenhouse gases; security networks and defense systems associated with the growing proliferation of communication satellites. In 2013, I had the opportunity to interview Masato Iguchi – Director of the Sakurajima Research Centre at the base of the volcano, and Professor within the Disaster Prevention Institute, Kyoto University. I was curious about the DAICHI (ALOS), the land observing satellite program that JAXA had initiated on the island of Tanegashima. Since this time, I have been in contact with Masato Iguchi in relation to volcanology and volcanic activity within the Indonesia archipelago and Japan. The focus of this connection is the precarious balance between human endeavour, scientific exploration and unexpected seismic disturbances – and especially the socio-political, economic and environmental impact upon local communities.
-Susan Norrie

About the Talk

Time/Date:19:00-20:30 2019.5.20.Mon
Venue: Ningenkan room NA102, Kyoto University of Art and Design
Admission:Free (Booking required)
Seating Capacity:100
*English>Japanese consecutive translation available

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

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About the Speaker

Susan Norrie is a Sydney-based artist who has developed a practice which utilises art, documentary and film genres. Her projects are concerned with the environment, human rights and survival. In 2007 Norrie represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale; in 2011 she was included in the Yokohama Triennale and her project TRANSIT was later acquired by the Tate Modern, London. She has the been the artist representative on the board of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. Susan Norrie was awarded the Solarun Hoass Documentary Award and has been the recipient of numerous international residency awards, including ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe Germany in 2001. She was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial Museum and deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq in 2016. In 2019 she received the Australia Council Visual Arts award for her outstanding contribution to the development of Australian art.


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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.


TRANSIT 2011 © Susan Norrie – installation detail, Yokohama Triennale. Courtesy of the artist