July 26, 2011

Salon: Jau-lan Guo and Kanako Sasaki

Jau-lan Guo will present her Taiwanese Contemporary Art (TCA Project). Guo asserts that If curatorship is kind of exhibition praxis, it could allow direct experimentation with the exhibition. Taiwanese Contemporary Art (TCA Project) invites non-Taiwanese artists Fanny Allie, Adam Dwight, Charles Gallois, Yuhi Hasegawa, Xiaofei Li and Phillip Stearns to exhibit their work under the title “Taiwanese Contemporary Art” with fictional Taiwanese names. TCA Project discusses the borderline of identities and is also an institutional critique on curating. Through experimental and performative curating, TCA Project tries to open up the profession and the discipline of curatorship.

Jau-lan Guo will present her Taiwanese Contemporary Art (TCA Project) as well as recent projects including Paradise: Under RE-constructionPolyphonic Mosaic: CO6 Avant-Grande Documenta, Exercise of 0 and 1, Anti-type: Floating over the Stereotype, Nostalgia for Future, and Somnambulism: Phantasmagoric Fugue. Her recent project Somnambulism: Phantasmagoric Fugue (Taipei, 2010) tries to construct a discourse around Asian image and video art practice.

Jau-lan Guo is an independent curator from Taiwan. Although trained as an art historian, Guo’s research extends to new media art and contemporary art related to visual culture.

For her Salon, Kanako Sasaki will present work in progress (photographs and videos) that she has made during her residency at ISCP. She will also introduce previous projects that are related to her current work and will expand on her practice and explore topics such as history, memory, and displacement based on her own experience. Sasaki’s work deconstructs history and the moment/memories through narrative. She uses images to portray sensitivity buried underneath the surface of time. Her inspiration comes from written texts, oral stories, and fragmented narratives that create new dimensions of meaning.

Kanako Sasaki was born in Sendai, Japan, and lives and works in Sendai. She earned an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and also studied at the Royal College of Art, London, UK.

Participating Residents

July 12, 2011

Salon: Tang-Wei Hsu and Michael Kienzer

For his Salon, Tang-Wei Hsu will introduce the concepts underlying his work. He is interested in the theory of planet formation and planetesimals–chunks of matter that are formed over time as gravity pulls together infinitesimally small particles of cosmic dust. In this process, solid objects gather internal strength dominated by self-gravity. Hsu appropriates this theory to explain how he relates his work to time and space in the process of formation and transformation. These little objects somehow “contain” the relationship between time and the space he creates.

Tang-Wei Hsu was born in Changhua, Taiwan, and lives and works in Taipei. He obtained an MFA in Architecture at the Tainan National University of the Arts.

Michael Kienzer will discuss his practice, show a selection of projects from recent years, and open his studio to present works produced during his stay in New York City. Kienzer works mainly with sculpture using different materials such as aluminum, textiles, rubber, and glass.

Michael Kienzer was born in Steyr, Austria, and lives and works in Vienna. Kienzer studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Graz, Austria, with Josef Pillhofer. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Participating Residents

June 28, 2011

Salon: Arianna Carossa and David Maroto

For her Salon, Arianna Carossa will present her recent research undertaken during her residency at ISCP. She will show two multimedia installations made of object trouvés along with photographs produced for the occasion. Carossa’s art practice centers around the material object as an expression of linearity and consistency in humanity. Her research revolves around the concept of deconstruction and reconstruction.

Arianna Carossa lives between Genova, Milan and Rome and graduated from Academia Ligustica di Belle Arti in Genova, where she received a BFA in painting.

Taking as a departing point his own interest in games, literature and psychoanalysis, David Maroto will offer some reflections on his art practice and why it is important that a visual artist poses radical questions to himself. Maroto will focus on his life project Four Circles, and its two main pieces: Illusion (in the form of a novel) and Disillusion (in the form of a board game) as well as other works that emanate from those two central works.

David Maroto decided to frame his art practice from the very beginning in the structure of four circles. This marked and clear beginning will have a marked and clear end, like a narrative. Once he has fulfilled the four circles he will have finished his work and consequently he will abandon art practice. Each of these circles is a well-defined project, autonomous from the others. Yet they all share commonalities that establish points of contact among them. Each circle has its own title: First Circle: Illusion, Second Circle: Disillusion, Third Circle: Truth, Fourth Circle: Death.

Participating Residents