IHJ Artists’ Forum

IHJ sponsors the IHJ Artists Forums series to provide a venue for the US-Japan Creative Artists Program Fellow to present their works and meet other artists. The I-House also produces occasional concerts and artistic events to promote mutual cultural understanding between Japan and the rest of the world.

 

[2020 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program]
Video Presentations 2021

Video presentations of the 2020 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship projects are available on YouTube.
Short Documentary: A SENSE OF PLACE (Project) Fellow artist Jesse Schlesinger and chef Masayo Funakoshi collaborated in California, United States to explore sustainability through the lens of food and agriculture. The ongoing pandemic forced the artists to make significant changes to their project, which eventually led them to re-examine the essence of the artistic experience they create while serving dishes.
Music Video :KATA (Special Edition) (Project) This collaborative project combines Japanese martial arts, one of the earliest art forms, with music, video, motion-sensor technologies, and other digital media. Gene Coleman and his team use digital technologies to translate martial arts movements and performers’ brainwaves into sounds, which then form a landscape over which musicians play. Since the originally scheduled performance in Tokyo was canceled due to the pandemic, the team created a short film specially edited for this occasion. Enjoy it as well as the interview video in which the team talks about the backstory of the production.
Public Art Project: United By Emotions (Project) Ben Volta, Cho Kuwakado, and Yasuyuki Sakura created a public art piece with children from Japan and the United States. Inspired by Olympic Athletes and the energy expressed in a creative movement in sports - youth in Philadelphia and in Oita were asked to think about what their energy and emotions would look like if it was unleashed as a beautiful and creative line that wraps around a circle to create a ring. The collaboration has taken many forms including an interior sculptural installation and mosaic mural in Saiki and Philadelphia. The large mural is currently exhibited at the Creative Museum "AkeruE" in Panasonic Center Tokyo until March 2022.
Artists Talk: Journey Itself Home (Project) A poetic act of radical caring to mark the 10th anniversary of the 311 Fukushima Disaster - Oakland-based artists marksearch (Sue Mark & Bruce Douglas) in collaboration with Tokyo-based artists Hiroyuki Abe and Natsuka Endo, developed a virtual process to engage with young adults in the Tohoku region when it was not safe to travel. Using a trusted relational network, they recorded stories about safety, strength, and hopes for the future. From these recorded voices, the artists have created sonic haiku that is amplified through a trio of interactive, mobile sound monuments in the shape of tsunami stones. The artists talked about their projects prior to their final exhibition at the Setagaya Art Museum in July 2021.
2020-21 Highlights: Street Dance and Japanese Contemporary (Project) In 2019, Cameron McKinney and Toru Shimazaki formed a partnership to collaborate on an original contemporary dance work for the 2020 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program. The dance piece will incorporate personal stories of Japanese/American dancers and portray the bonds of friendship and commonality of cultures.

Sound Monuments in the I-House Garden: The Journey Itself Home

Date: Friday, July 16, 2021, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Venue: I-House Garden (In case of rain, the exhibition will be held indoors.)
*Priority admission for those with reservations

A poetic act of radical caring to mark the 10th anniversary of the 311 Fukushima Disaster.

American artists in collaboration with Japanese artists, developed a virtual process to engage with young adults in the Tohoku region when it was not safe to travel. Using a trusted relational network, they recorded stories about safety, strength, and hopes for the future. From these recorded voices, the artists have created voice sonic haiku that is amplified through a trio of interactive, mobile sound monuments in the shape of tsunami stones.

Prior to the exhibition at the Setagaya Art Museum in July, we will install sound monuments in the I-House garden. Please reserve your preferred time slot to avoid crowds.

Learn more about the project from the website.

Visitors’ Procedure :
Please make a reservation from the form below. If the number of reservations has already reached a limit, we will contact you shortly. On the day of the event, please come to the reception desk in front of the Koyata Iwasaki Memorial Hall on the East Wing’s first basement floor of the International House of Japan. The approximate time for viewing is 15-30 minutes. (If you are late, we may have to give priority to other visitors.)

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[IHJ Artists’ Forum/ Reading & Talk]
How Our Ghosts Keep Us Alive

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  • Friday, November 1, 2019 7:00 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Artist: Lee Conell (Writer; US-Japan Creative Artists Program Fellow)
  • Language: English (with consecutive interpretation; original texts will be provided)
  • Co-sponsored by the Japan-US Friendship Commission
  • Admission: Free (reservations required)

Nashville-based writer Lee Conell will read from her in-progress novel, The Study of Hidden Creatures, which examines the way transgenerational trauma from World War II manifests in the imagination of a young woman, Freda, through monsters and ghosts. The novel draws on both ghosts and cryptids from the American South (such as Bigfoot) and yokai from Japanese folklore, while it follows Freda's attempt to explore the legacy of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Lithuania whom she believes saved her grandfather’s life when Sugihara issued thousands of transit visas to Jewish refugees in 1940. Conell will discuss her research for this project, along with the ways its genesis was inspired by her story collection, Subcortical, and her forthcoming novel, The Party Upstairs.

Lee Conell is the author of the story collection Subcortical, which was awarded The Story Prize Spotlight Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, and an American Fiction Award. Her novel is forthcoming from Penguin Press. Her short fiction appears in the Oxford American, the Chicago Tribune, American Short Fiction, Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Memorious, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. She has received creative writing fellowships from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Vanderbilt University, and the Yiddish Book Center. Her stories have been awarded the grand prize in the Chicago Tribune‘s Nelson Algren Literary Arts contest and received citations in the Best American Short Stories series. She has taught writing at Vanderbilt University, SUNY New Paltz, the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, and the Nashville Public Library.

leeconell.com

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[2020 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program]
Video Presentations 2021
Sound Monuments in the I-House Garden: The Journey Itself Home
[IHJ Artists’ Forum/ Reading & Talk]
How Our Ghosts Keep Us Alive

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