GA TALK 020 “About a New life, a Silence and Hawaii” by Koki Tanaka (Artist)

©Koki Tanaka

GLOBAL ART TALK 020 “About a New life, a Silence and Hawaii” by Koki Tanaka (Artist)

It has been difficult for me to figure out whom to talk to or what to talk about after all those controversial situations during the Aichi Triennale 2019. Whatever seen or heard, there were people’s hatred, xenophobia, historical denial or revisionism, though this is what we, not only as artists, definitely should respond to. We did have a chance to think about those issues through some works from the Triennale, but what actually was presented there was all the self-protections, self-presentation and self-esteem, which showed that participating artists, the artistic director, the curators or politicians were losing sight of something.
When I thought about what to talk about this time, I intended at first to sort out what I have done recent years. It could be about community and public, or my methodology, how I build a process of production, issues around collective and individual…but right now I am not sure if it ́s really worth it. So maybe there will not be much about my works, but rather something like research that has not even started as a project, stories that got sidetracked and never came back, or that I found nothing after an endless roundabout. It might be that I want to talk about something quite naive.(10/12/2019)

About the Talk

Time/Date:18:00-19:30 2019.12.07 Sat.
Venue:Ningenkan room NA402, Kyoto University of Art and Design
Address: 2-116, Uryuyama, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Access: Take city bus No.3 , 5 or 204 and get off at ‘Kamihate-cho Kyoto Zokei Univ.’
Admission:Free (Booking required)
Seating Capacity:100

Organized by: Kyoto University of Art and Design, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies/HAPS

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About the Speaker

Koki Tanaka
Born in 1975; lives and works in Kyoto, Japan.
He has shown widely: the Migros Museum (Zurich), the Kunsthaus (Graz), the Kunsthaus (Zurich), the Hammer Museum(Los Angeles), Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven), the ICA (London), the Mori Art Museum(Tokyo), Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, 57th Venice Biennale 2017, the Liverpool Biennial 2016, the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, Yokohama Triennial 2011, the Gwangju Biennial 2008, the Taipei Biennial 2006 (Taipei). He received a special mention as national participation at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013, and Deutsche bank artist of the year 2015 award.


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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 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.


©Koki Tanaka

写真:題府基之/photo: Motoyuki Daifu