ULTRA X HAPS TALK 006 “Will Art Change When the World Changes?”

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ULTRA X HAPS TALK 006 ”Will Art Change When the World Changes?”
Mami Kataoka
(Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Graduate School Art and Design Studies / Chief Curator of Mori Art Museum in Tokyo)

Contemporary art has been expanding itself into diverse directions since the 1990s. While it is not easy to identify particular “isms” and directions, we can still observe some significant shifts such as the re-evaluation of performance art, the attention to participatory and socially engaged art, or the revisiting of post-war art in parallel with the art market. In such contexts, what can we interpret from the world’s political, economic and social conditions? In this talk, we will explore the relationship between recent global tendencies in contemporary art and the dynamic changes of the world itself.

About the Talk

Time/Date: 19:00-20:30 Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Venue: Chiyukan, 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

Mami Kataoka
Mami Kataoka is Chief Curator of Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Prior to this position, she was Chief Curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (1997-2002) and researcher at the NLI Research Institute on cultural policies and urban development projects (1992-1997). She was also International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London from 2007 to 2009. Currently she works as Artistic Director of 21st Biennale of Sydney to be open in March 2018. She also serves as Board Member of CIMAM (2014-), and professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduate School of Art and Design Studies (2016-).

Booking & Inquiries

For Booking and Inquiries: ULTRA_HAPS@office.kyoto-art.ac.jp
*Please send 1.Name, 2.Number of participants, 3.Phone number or email address, 4.Occupation (for student, please note the school name)


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? The “ULTRA x HAPS” series of talks, jointly organized by Kyoto University of Art and Design and Higashiyama Artists Placement Service (HAPS), will invite artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists from the world’s major cities to hold discussions that will allow participants to deepen their understanding and experience of the world.

① The “ULTRA×HAPS” talks are part of the Curatorial Research Program of Higashiyama Artists Placement Service (HAPS), which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.
② ULTRA is named after the Ultra Factory at Kyoto University of Art and Design, which seeks to cultivate transcendent forms of creativity.
③ 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.