ULTRA X HAPS TALK 005 “Communicating with the world”

長靴を履いた写真 Photograph wearing rain boots 2014

ULTRA X HAPS TALK 005 ”Communicating with the world”

Since being invited to the Sydney Biennale in 1998, Shimabuku has been a unique Japanese artist whose works have been continuously exhibited at international exhibitions such as Venice Biennale and São Paulo Biennial. For the first half of the talk, he will introduce his recent projects and the latter half will be a dialogue to address what it means to be actively involved in the international art world and the secrets to achieving it.

Moderator: Mami Kataoka (Professor, Graduate School/Art and Design Studies, Kyoto University of Art and Design)

About the Talk

Time/Date: 19:00-20:30 Thursday, December 1, 2016
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

Michihiro Shimabuku was born in Kobe in 1969, graduated from San Francisco Art Institute and has been based in Berlin from 2004 to 2016. While travelling around the world since the early 1990s, Shimabuku has produced his performances and installations exploring his interest about the life and culture of local residents as well as methods of communication. He has participated in a number of international exhibitions including Pompidou Centre Paris (2000, 2014), Hayward Gallery London (2001, 2008), Venice Biennale (2003), and Liverpool Biennial (2006). His recent major solo-exhibitions include ‘Shimabuku: Noto’ (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2013) and ‘Flying Me’ (Kunsthale Bern, Switzerland, 2014). This year he is participating in Okayama Art Summit 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.