This is the exhibition portion of the No More Westerns festival I have co-curated for Impakt 2012…
Opening tomorrow 8pm in Utrecht, Netherlands – please come by if you happen to be nearby!
The Impossible Black Tulip of Cartography
Exhibition of Impakt Festival 2012: No More Westerns
The exhibition The Impossible Black Tulip of Cartography shows a dialogue between artists, designers, and anonymous authors of the digital universe. The exhibition space itself, is a navigatable setting inspired by retro-futurist geometries and the informal spaces of glocalized culture, with themes ranging from alternate histories to imagined futures. The various themes of real, imaginary and emerging worlds unfold as visitors move through histories, geographies and networks. The exhibition’s style is designed to refract and magnify the concerns of its featured artists as shown in their video and installation works.
Artists & Creators:
AES+F, Sophia Al-Maria, Wafaa Bilal, Chto Delat?, db-db (Francis Lam), Double Fly Art Center, Ahmed El Shaer, Foundland, Wesley Kirinya, Leng Wen, Kareem Lotfy, Lu Yang, Michael MacGarry, Mehreen Murtaza, Paulo Nazareth, The Propeller Group, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Opening: Thursday 11 October, 20 – 24:00h
With music by D.V. Grammofoon at 22:00h
CBKU, UtrechtPlompetorengracht 4
3512 CC Utrecht
Exhibition: October 11–28, 2012
Festival: October 24–28, 2012
12 till 23 October: Tue-Fri from 11.00 till 17.00h and on Saturday and Sunday from 13.00 – 17.00h.
Wednesday 24 October: from 11.00 – 19.00h.
Thursday 25 till Saturday 27 October: 11.00 till 21.00h.
Sunday 28 October: 11-1900h
More on the festival:
No More Westerns is the 23rd iteration of the Impakt arts and media festival—a yearly event that seeks to identify emerging paradigms in media culture, this year curated by Cher Potter and Samantha Culp.
In 2012, the Impakt Festival heralds the end of the dominance of the Western media culture, acknowledging the changes within the media landscape as a result of economic and geopolitical shifts on the world stage.
No More Westerns will not be a purely theoretical overview nor a scientific analysis, but rather an imagined future scenario from which to look at alternate flows of culture and aesthetics in a post-Western world. The themes of the festival—Global South science fiction (shifted futurisms), regional/production partnerships that bypass the West (Africa-China) and considering America as ‘just another country’—can be viewed as the imaginary starting points for new approaches to terms such as modernity. A shifting global viewpoint is becoming increasingly prominent in our thoughts and our perceptions: the world is no longer determined by the West or by models of supposed opposites such as centre–periphery, East–West, ruler–subject and self–other.
No More Westerns will encompass an exhibition, screening programs, music performances, public talks, round table discussions and media masterclasses. No More Westerns extends beyond the physical plane with our online program, including online art works, exclusive music mixes, B-side video programs, highlighted apps and translated content, all of which will feature on our blog, Twitter/Weibo, and via the hashtag #NMW.
New Territories Studio is thrilled to be a part of Paper Instinct 本能, premiering at Beijing Design Week 2012.
Join us today for an open studio with the zinemakers — more updates to come!
The Tulou Open House Project is a site-specific creative experiment, collective residency, and cultural conference taking place for its inaugural edition this June at a traditional tulou (土楼) in rural Fujian Province.
Tulou Open House, the project co-organized by New Territories, Studio Yao Yao and URB (Urbanus Research Bureau), finally kicks off this weekend! For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Tulou (土楼) in Fujian Province, follow along with our blog as the event unfolds!
In case you’re in Hong Kong, for ARTHK or otherwise, please stop by the Tulou Open House preview event on May 14 – this project has been in the works for quite a while, and we’re very excited to finally share it. Official press release to follow.
Tulou Open House: Project Preview in Hong Kong
Monday, May 14, 3 – 5pm
2/F, 17 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
RSVP to Samantha Culp, email@example.com
This Monday, please swing by Afterschool Cafe for a preview of the Tulou Open House project 2012 – a temporary, site-specific creative experiment and mini-conference taking place this June at a traditional Tulou (round earthen house) in Fujian Province. During this open-ended “expedition”, a diverse group of artists and scholars from greater China will explore the structure, symbolism, and everyday life of the Tulou as a laboratory for new projects and collaborations, a fresh lens for the concept of creative community, and a potential site for expansive future projects at the Tulou and beyond. The event will culminate in a public “Open House” event on the weekend of June 8-10, which is open to visitors and the local community alike, and will stage a program of talks, screenings, workshops, performances, guided tours, and artistic interventions.
On Monday, organizers Dana Wu (Friends of the Tulou) and Samantha Culp (New Territories Studio) will present an overview of the project, discuss its background and goals, and lead a conversation with HK-based Tulou participants and others who might like to join or learn more.
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Madi Ju has brought “Wild Gathering” to Shanghai but it is now a “Mild Gathering” – in the wake of recent bleak times in Japan, Yunnan, Beijing and beyond. Let’s gather, mildly, for some beautiful photographs and humble creations from Madi and friends, from April 7 at Aegis shop in Shanghai.
MILD GATHERING – art, music, photo, conversations
6-9pm, April 7th
at our friend Winston’s shop – Aegis
777 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu, Shanghai
3 exhibition parties
Closely linked by photography, music, art, design and now – some sadness about Japan, China and Thailand earth quakes and their people’s difficulties and pains.
3 shows will happen in 3 years…
Show 2010 was Wild Gathering in Beijing, 350 people attended our party, we partied happy and wild, looked at artworks, listened to our djing, spoke about everything and nothing.
and as were planning show number 2 in Shanghai – Wilder Gathering on April 7th, because of the sadness and grey mood around us, we have decided to continue, not call it Wilder, but simply call it MILD GATHERING.
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Photographer Patrick Tsai has an exhibition of his typically striking work at Cultivate Gallery in Tokyo – unfortunately it’s closing on October 2, but the finissage party will feature a performance by Moon Mama, the solo project of Afrirampo‘s Pikachu. (Wish I could hop a plane to Narita just for that!)
HUH. Magazine recently interviewed Patrick about the show and his shooting process:
Q: You very rarely shoot landscapes without people and people are almost always the central focal point of your images. What is it about people you want to store on film?
A: People are more interesting than trees or buildings. I always thought that. Basically, I think travel photography tends to be boring. That’s why in the My Little Dead Dick series we didn’t really take photos of the exotic people around us when we traveled to Tibet and Nepal, but focused more on ourselves in these places, I think that’s what made those photos a little different. For “Hot Water”, I decided to try boring.
More on the closing event here for folks in Tokyo…
Hot Water by Patrick Tsai : Closing Live Event!
Pikachu, the drummer of former Japanese band “Afrirampo”, will play an acoustic live at Cultivate gallery under her solo name “Moon Mama”. We hope that her intimate, raw performance accompanied with Patrick’s bright photos will leave you happily shaken. Enjoy!
Doors Open 5:30/ Start 6:00
Ticket 800 yen (Reservation or Door)
Maximum Capacity: 25 people
From September 17-19, The Creators Project set up shop at Beijing’s 798 Art District for a grand finale to its multi-city international tour. The project is a collaboration of Vice and Intel to highlight young, global creators (much better term than “creatives” in my opinion) who work at the intersection of art and technology, via an extensive website and events in New York, London, Sao Paulo and Seoul. As the last stop, Beijing’s event featured art installations spread across 798 Art District, as well as workshops, film screenings, and a night of live performances from the likes of Sulumi, White+, New Pants, DJ Wordy, and Major Lazer.
In case you missed it, here are the Beijing-related posts on the blog, including mine:
As photographer Matthew Niederhauser put it, “Hopefully we will see more specialized projects focusing on fringe media and artists with big corporate sponsorship behind it in the future. Gotta pay the bills somehow.”
Here’s a nice video from Matt that captures some of the madness:
Some fashionable snaps from Beijing Stylites:
Dispatch and live track from Pangbianr: