GA TALK 036 “On “Re” and Related Works” by Yu Araki(Artist, Filmmaker)

HONEYMOON, 2020, Installation view at Pola Museum of Art, Photo by Ken Kato

GLOBAL ART TALK 036 “On “Re” and Related Works” by Yu Araki(Artist, Filmmaker)

Failed in sculpture and the translation business, I have been creating video installations as the main medium of my practice for the past 15 years. The production―initially started as performance and animation―has shifted to lens-based formats such as 16mm film and SD/HD video, and has evolved into single/multi-channel, synchronous/asynchronous videos, while the presentation of my work covers a wide range of locations from galleries and museums, to film festivals and alternative spaces. These seemingly elusive activities will be unraveled from three perspectives“: reenactment,“” remake,” and“ reanimation,” all using the English prefix“ re” which indicates repetition. The talk will be delivered in English in an attempt to stimulate the repair of neural circuits by intentionally renouncing the use of my mother tongue.
̶Yu Araki

About the Talk

Time/Date:2022.11.28 MON 19:00〜20:30
Admission:Free (Booking required)
Venue:Ningenkan, B1F, Video Hall, Kyoto University of the Arts &Online Talk
※This venue is limited to students, faculty, and staff of the University. Please note that the general public can participate online.
Moderator: Koichiro Osaka
Translator: Matt Schultz

*We will hold the Global Art Talk online this time to take preventive measures against the proliferation of COVID-19. Please kindly understand that we still have possibility to cancel this event depending on the circumstances.

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

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About the Speaker

Araki majored in sculpture at Washington University in St. Louis (USA) and furthered his studies at Graduate School of Film and New Media Studies, Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan). As a failed English/Japanese interpreter, his central theme has been revolving the idea of mistranslation. Recent exhibitions include venues such as Sydney Opera House (2021), Pola Museum of Art (2020), Shiseido Gallery (Tokyo, 2019), and Art Sonje Center (Seoul, 2019). His films have been screened at Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, 2021), FIDMarseille (2021), International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018,2020) and many more. During 2017–18, he was a guest resident at Asia Culture Center in Gwangju as well as Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Araki was selected as one of the finalists for the Future Generation Art Prize 2019. He is scheduled to present a new commission work at the 15th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions in February 2023.


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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 the Arts, 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.

The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Curatorial Research Program of the HAPS, which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.

The Kyoto University of the Arts 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.


HONEYMOON, 2020, Installation view at Pola Museum of Art

AWAY / HOME, 2021–22, Installation view at Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka Photo: Yoshisato Komaki