ISCP Talk
July 21, 2015

Salon: Rikke Benborg and Naveen Mahantesh

Informed by theatre and performance, surrealism and the avant-garde, Rikke Benborg will speak about her films and animations that unfold through visual logic, exploring the dramaturgical potential of form, color and the image. Within this framework, Benborg connects staged and scenographic space with the temporal aspects of experimental film, creating works that reside in the tension between the real and the imagined.

Rikke Benborg lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a BFA honors from Middlesex University, London and a MFA in Visual Arts from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen. She is part of the Danish art/film collective Chaplin’s Hotel.

Naveen Mahantesh’s practice lies at the intersection of art, architecture and the city. He is involved in creative research with a love for urban life and an interest in providing alternative perspectives on the urban everyday. He will speak about his projects that shed light on banal routines, urban myths, and the ecologies that cities thrive upon.

Naveen Mahantesh is the principal architect of CRESARC based in Bangalore. His projects and propositions have been part of Sarai-Reader-Exhibition’09 (2013) and Insert (2014), curated by Raqs Media Collective; Mediating Modernities (2013) at Srushti School of Design; and Design for Change at TEDx-R.V.Vidyaniketan (2013), Bangalore.

Participating Residents

Exhibition
July 8–October 2, 2015

Ishu Han: Memory of Each Other

Ishu Han was born in China and raised in Japan; his work continually questions his own migration and issues of national identity. This is an unlikely direction for an artist living in Japan, a country which often is perceived to have a homogenous population. His video work, Memory of Each Other, shows one of the five uninhabited Senkaku Islands slowly fading into the sea, ending up level with the horizon line. This work addresses a highly charged territory in the East China Sea where the ownership of the five islands has long-been disputed between China and Japan. One newly commissioned work in the exhibition, Reclining Animals, provides a novel reading of iconic patriotic symbols; it is a sequel to Reclining Statues, also on view. Reclining Animals, shows the costumed artist, transformed into an eagle, lion and beaver – symbols of the US, UK, and Canada – gradually assuming the reclining Buddha pose. In a second commissioned work made this year, Han traversed the US to see the Grand Canyon for the first time, resulting in a digitally produced photograph of this natural wonder made up of identical one-cent coins, problematizing US politics and society through its currency.

Ishu Han (born 1987, Shanghai, China) currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Han’s works have been featured in a number of solo exhibitions including Life Scan, Tokyo Frontline, Japan, 2014; Study Country, VCA Gallery, Australia, 2013; Form of Sea, Kyoto Art Center North Gallery, Japan, 2012; as well as groups shows such as In the Wake, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2015, and Whose Game is it?, Royal College of Art, UK. Ishu Han’s residency is sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council.

Ishu Han: Memory of Each Other is presented in conjunction with Saskia Janssen: Everything Is One. Although these exhibitions were independently conceived, many of the works in both exhibitions contemplate Buddhist ideas and forms in a contemporary world.

Exhibition support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Greenwich Collection, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

The exhibition is curated by Kari Conte with Shinnie Kim, and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog available for free to the public.

Opening Reception: Jul 07, 2015, 6-8pm
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Participating Residents

Exhibition
July 8–October 2, 2015

Saskia Janssen: Everything is One

Saskia Janssen’s exhibition centers on a newly commissioned LP record of field recordings of human chants. During a visit to Tibet in 2014, she was struck by mantras chanted everywhere: in the streets, temples, caves, and markets. Most of these chants endeavored for peace, happiness, to generate compassion or to overcome obstacles, not just for those who chanted but also for all living beings.  Since chanting is not allowed everywhere in Tibet, its pervasiveness is a kind of activism. As Janssen began her ISCP residency in New York, she was touched by the similarity between the intent of activist chants in the streets of New York and the chanted mantras in Tibet, and their shared goals of justice and peace. Displaying a sound piece that combines the Tibetan and American chants, Janssen will also present a photograph of a line drawing made with objects, and a line drawing that weaves across album covers installed on the wall.

Saskia Janssen (born 1968, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in 1996 and 1997. Her exhibitions include Diamonds in the Sky, Museum Het Dolhuys, Haarlem; A Glass of Water (Some Objects on the Path to Enlightenment), Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam; The Dutch Identity?, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere; and Monument for Invisible Particles, a commission for the Bonairian tax building for the Central Government Real Estate Agency. Saskia Janssen’s residency is sponsored by the Mondriaan Fund.

Saskia Janssen: Everything Is One is presented in conjunction with Ishu Han: Memory of Each Other. Although these exhibitions were independently conceived, many of the works in both exhibitions contemplate Buddhist ideas and forms in a contemporary world.

September 8, 6:30-8pm: Torma making workshop and discussion with Saskia Janssen.

Exhibition support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Greenwich Collection, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

The exhibition is curated by Kari Conte with Shinnie Kim, and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog available for free to the public.

Opening Reception: Jul 07, 2015, 6-8pm
Download Exhibition Catalog

Participating Residents