October 2, 2018, 6:30–8pm

Screening of Playing Japanese by Hikaru Fujii, with a response by Yukie Kamiya

This event, held in conjunction with the exhibition The Primary Fact by former ISCP resident Hikaru Fuji, will begin with a screening of Fujii’s video Playing Japanese (2017), followed by a response by Yukie Kamiya, Director, Japan Society Gallery.

Playing Japanese, for which Hikaru Fujii won the Nissan Art Award in 2017, includes footage from a workshop he orchestrated during which dozens of members of the public were invited to “perform” what it means to be Japanese. During this workshop, the participants also reenacted historical texts from the early twentieth century, written about an imperialist “human exhibit” that took place in Japan in 1903. Ultimately, the work is connected to current Japanese political and social issues linked to depopulation, immigration and discrimination.

Yukie Kamiya is Director at Japan Society Gallery, New York. Previously, Kamiya was Chief Curator of Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan and served as Associate Curator at the New Museum, New York. She has curated exhibitions internationally, and organized monographic exhibitions by artists including Cai Guo-Qiang, Yasumasa Morimura, Yoko Ono, Do Ho Suh and others. She also served for cultural institutions including the Japan Foundation, and Goethe Institute as a guest curator and co-curated the group exhibitions Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflection of Imagination of Asia (2015-2017), Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s (2013), and Under Construction: New Dimension of Asian Art (2002-2003). Kamiya received the Academic Prize from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo for her curation of Simon Starling: Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima) in 2011. She is currently working on the Shanghai Biennial 2018 as co-curator.

Artist and filmmaker Hikaru Fujii (born 1976) lives and works in Tokyo. Fujii studied at École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Paris, and obtained a MA from Université de Paris 8. He undertakes extensive research and fieldwork to investigate existing systems and structures, based on the idea that art is produced from a relationship between society and history. Rather than presenting his research matter-of-fact, his work attempts to reinterpret past events from contemporary perspectives. His recent art works have garnered both international and domestic acclaim. Fujii has had exhibitions at Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; and Sendai Mediatheque, among others.

This program is supported, in part, by, Greenwich Collection Ltd., New York City Council District 34, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Nissan Art Award – Arts Initiative Tokyo, and Onassis Cultural Center.


Participating Residents

August 14–October 12, 2018

Never Take a Vacation with an Artist Who Collects the Same Stuff You Do

Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 14, 6–8pm

Never Take a Vacation with an Artist Who Collects the Same Stuff You Do is a group exhibition featuring the work of the nine artists in residence in ISCP’s Ground Floor Program. The presentation focuses on vacation and leisure time, a premise that the artists developed in collaboration. Works include Martha Skou’s audio-visual interpretation of a recent summer road trip, where she entered a community as a foreigner and left as a member; Simone Couto’s cross-stitch of a surveillance sign which reminds the viewer that privacy is a rare and precious commodity even while on vacation; and Danilo Correale’s 1001 Ways to Live Without Working (after Tuli Kupferberg), a performance activated by a screensaver, which liberates the ISCP front desk staff from working for a period of time. Set to open during the leisurely days of summer, this exhibition aims to lull the viewer into a state of relaxation.

Artists in the exhibition: Elaine Byrne, Danilo Correale, Simone Couto, Alexis Dahan, Furen Dai, Jude Griebel, Joshua Liebowitz, Martha Skou, and Raul Valverde.

These artists in residence are all part of a two-year program that offers subsidized workspace and professional development for New York City-based artists. Launched in 2015, Ground Floor at ISCP takes place on the first floor of ISCP in tandem with ISCP’s acclaimed international residency program, forming an integral part of the dynamic, in-house fusion of artists and curators from all over the world.

Public programs:
August 14, 6–8pm: Opening reception with a performance by Martha Skou at 7pm, in ISCP’s Project Space
August 21, 7pm: Outdoor screening on ISCP’s loading dock of Slacker, 1990, introduced by Jude Griebel
August 28, 7pm: Outdoor screening on ISCP’s loading dock of Smiles of a Summer Night, 1955, introduced by Alexis Dahan

About the artists:
Elaine Byrne (born Ireland) examines overlooked histories, historical texts and artworks as a platform to mobilize history relating to current political and social concerns. She has had several solo shows including La Diritta Via, Montoro12 Gallery, Rome and Ruam, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. Group shows include The Ocean After Nature, The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin and Omega Workshop, Elizabeth Foundation, New York. She has won several prizes including the 8th Arte Laguna Prize and she is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery in Dublin.

Danilo Correale (born Naples) is an artist and researcher who analyzes aspects of human life, such as labor-leisure and sleep. His work has been presented in group exhibitions including the Istanbul Design Biennial, Riga Biennial and Somatechnic, Museion, Bolzano. Recent solo shows include At Work’s End, Art in General, New York; Tales of Exhaustion, La Loge, Brussels; and The Missing Hour. Rhythms and Algorithms, Raucci/Santamaria, Naples.

Simone Couto (born Brazil) is an interdisciplinary artist. Her private and collective practices explore the relationship between place and identity both in natural and urban settings. Solo and group exhibitions include Bio Art Seoul, Gwacheon National Science Museum, Seoul; When All Things Evaporate, We’ll Talk About Minerals, Pioneer Works, New York; Current Practice, Invisible Dog Art Center, New York; and Frequency Response, Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.

Alexis Dahan (born France) is an artist and writer who has lived in New York since 2005. Dahan has had several solo shows in the United States and Europe, including a commission by the Art Production Fund and an intervention with the New York City Fire Department.

Furen Dai (born China) focuses largely on the economy of the culture industry. Dai’s hybrid art practice utilizes video, sound, sculpture, painting and collaboration. She has exhibited her work at the 13th Athens Digital Arts Festival; International Video Art Festival Now&After, Moscow; and Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival, Scotland.

Jude Griebel (born Canada) has had exhibitions at Future Station: The 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art; International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago; Esker Foundation, Calgary; Redpath Museum, Montreal; Galerie Johannes Sturm, Nuremberg; and The Spinnerei Archiv Massiv, Leipzig. His public sculpture Plastic Ghost was mounted in the city center of Jyväskylä, Finland. Griebel’s work is held in collections such as the Arsenal, Canada; the Colart Contemporary Canadian Art Collection and the Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium.

Joshua Liebowitz (born United States) is an artist working with research and assemblage methods. His work has been shown at CAFA International Gallery, Beijing; Transmitter Gallery; Pioneer Works; The Boiler|Pierogi; and NARS Foundation, all New York. Liebowitz has received commissions from The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and Flux Factory.

Martha Skou (born Denmark) is an interdisciplinary artist who moves between audible and visual fields of art practice. Both analytical and experimental, her work toys with opposites in color, shape and sound. She has exhibited her work at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Telfair Museums, Savannah; and Pioneer Works, New York.

Raul Valverde (born Spain) produces projects that are context-specific and respond to the temporal and spatial conditions in which they are displayed. His work has been exhibited at the #1 Cartagena Biennial; Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, New York; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; NURTUREart, New York; Tabacalera, Madrid; Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz; Anthology Film Archives, New York; and Royal College of Art, London. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.

This exhibition is coordinated by Alexandra Friedman, Program Coordinator, ISCP.

This exhibition is supported by Yoko Ono, Alice and Lawrence Weiner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council District 34, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Danna and Ed Ruscha, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Opening Reception: Aug 14, 2018, 6–8pm
Open Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6pm, and by appointment
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July 31, 2018, 6–9pm

2018 Summer Open House

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) announces the first edition of Summer Open House, an evening of live performances and studio presentations.

ISCP celebrates New York City’s long and breezy summer evenings by inviting visitors to engage in conversations about international contemporary art with arts professionals from around the world. This first-time event features indoor and outdoor components in ISCP’s loft building on the border of Bushwick and Williamsburg. ISCP was created in 1994 to establish an international community of artists and curators in New York City, and support their creative advancement.

Summer Open House 2018 will include live performances on ISCP’s loading dock,* curated by ISCP resident Julie Møller Horne (Curator, Horsens Art Museum, Denmark), featuring artists Simone Couto, Carolina Falkholt, and Martha Skou, from 6-6:45pm. Horne sees the loading dock as the space of entry and departure for the building, the main vein of the institution. She also views it as a metaphor for ISCP: a platform for artistic development and creativity. So, for one night only, the loading dock will be transformed into a stage for site-specific performance art, where sounds, weather and architecture can be perceived anew and in relation to performance. 

From 7:30-8:15pm, artist and former ISCP resident Sonia Louise Davis will perform a new work on the loading dock. Davis’s performance is the concluding event of Sound Gestures, her multi-media installation on view in the project space.

The 35 artists and curators from 24 countries in residence at ISCP will open their studios to the public from 7-9pm.

Hikaru Fujii: The Primary Fact, will also be on view during Summer Open House.

Neoprene clutches designed by resident Remy Jungerman and provided by Print All Over Me will be available for purchase at The Store in ISCP’s lounge.

Limited editions made exclusively for ISCP, Self-esteem 5 cents, 2016, by Cary Leibowitz, and ‘Comparing—compiling—classifying—contradicting,’ 2017, by Joseph Kosuth, will also be on sale, along with custom ISCP tote bags.

Bubble tea by A – Pou’s Taste will be available at Summer Open House.

6-6:45pm: Performances by Simone Couto, Carolina Falkholt, and Martha Skou on the loading dock, curated by Julie Møller Horne
7:30-8:15pm: Performance by Sonia Louise Davis also on the loading dock
7-9pm: Resident studios open to the public

Summer Open House participating artists and curators:
Knut Åsdam (Norway), Svetlana Bailey (Australia), Paul Barsch (Germany), Joaquín Boz (Argentina), Heather Brammeier (United States), Elaine Byrne (United States/Ireland), Danilo Correale (United States/Italy), Simone Couto (United States/Brazil), Alexis Dahan (United States/France), Furen Dai (United States/China), Jacqueline Doyen (France), Modupeola Fadugba (Nigeria), Carolina Falkholt (Sweden), Hikaru Fujii (Japan), ektor garcia (Mexico), Jude Griebel (United States/Canada), Samuel Henne (Germany), Esther Hovers (The Netherlands), Yen-Ting Hsu (Taiwan), Maria Hupfield (Canada), Stine Marie Jacobsen (Denmark), Remy Jungerman (The Netherlands/Suriname), Susan Klein (United States), Ana Hoffner (Austria), Julie Møller Horne (Denmark), Luisa Kasalicky (Austria), Andy Leleisi’uao (New Zealand), Joshua Liebowitz (United States), Imara Limon (The Netherlands), Rusudan Melikishvili (Denmark), Susan Leigh Moore (United States), Martha Skou (United States/Denmark), Pei-Hsuan Wang (Taiwan), Eero Yli-Vakkuri (Finland), and Natalia Zaluska (Poland).

ISCP thanks all of the generous collaboration and funding of residency sponsors and supporters.

This program is also supported, in part, by Lagunitas Brewing Company; New York City Council District 34; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; The New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Onassis Cultural Center; and Print All Over Me.

*In case of inclement weather, live performances will take place in ISCP’s lounge and project space.