The Southeast Asian Art Residencies Meeting 2018 was held from 20 – 22 April 2018 in Lohas city, Cyprus, the Philippines. Artist-in-residence organisers from Southeast Asia (the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore) and East Asia (Korea, Taiwan, Japan) participated in this conference. (1)
This conference was held as a related project of VIVA EXCON 2018 in Capiz (2). By the way, the first meeting is held in Rimbun Dahan (3) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2016.
The themes discussed at this year’s meeting are as follows.
State of Affairs: surveying the landscape and contexts of participating spaces and organizations
Building Structures: examining conceptual and operational formats and frameworks
Action and Opportunities: partnering and collaborating with international institutions within specific contexts
Liquid Infrastructures: inquiries on the potentials for community engagement and participation）
Sustainability and Resilience: inspecting the different junctures in creating and maintaining residency programs
Each participant is supposed to make a presentation by the theme that seems to be related at the request of the organiser, but in fact, it is mainly about the background of the organisation and the aspect of the residence I was able to know the concrete activities of AIR. At the end of the meeting, a roundtable group discussion was held. I exchanged views with various participants till late every day, it was a thrilling three days that kept talking all the time. (4)
Japanese participants were AIR-H (Aomori), Art Center Ongoing (Tokyo), FIGYA (Osaka), Art Space Tetra (Fukuoka), Koganecho Area Management Center (Kanagawa) and Arcus Project (Ibaraki).
VIVA EXCON (Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference) is an Art Biennial in the Visayas region, Philippines, which has been held since 1990. It will be held in November in 2018 at LOHAS city in Capiz. http://cargocollective.com/vxcapiz2018/LUPAD-Theme-of-VIVA-EXCON-CAPIZ-2018
The reason why I participated in this conference because I was attending as a facilitator of the workshop hosted by VIVA EXCON at the same venue just before this point.
About the past fifteen years, I focused mainly on child rearing and family, and there was a slightly harsh situation about my artworks. My son became a junior high school third grader, tying a little over the rebellious pass. Someday my wife’s job has stabilised and decided to list his work consciously.
Sabbatical, five years ago, was a leave feel for the whole family, and in London where my wife was a student, my son also learned all year long at the international school was a big goal. In that sense, as a researcher, we could not have been satisfied with just a little digestion.
So, I decided to come alone to the Philippines this time. My wife also has my job, and my son is studying at school, so I am happy with the basketball club.
My interest is changing a bit more than before. The career as a university faculty member is getting much longer. In addition to achievements and research as an artist, it is my problem whether I can offer better programs than university students and universities.
From April I will stay as a visiting researcher at Department of Art Studiesthe University of the Philippine for one year. Last year I decided to ask this university who finally pulled around a lot of universities a lot.,
I stay at Balay Kalinaw on the campus. Although it is slightly expensive, the Internet is outstanding. In the Philippines everyone said that the Internet environment is the hardest thing to do, so I stop looking for others for the time being, for a while.
I participated in the opening of LAWAS, a public art project in UP Diliman yesterday. This is an outdoor exhibition by three artists, Agnes Arellano, Mark Justiniani, and Lee Paje, curated by Tessa Maria Guazon and Cecilia De la Paz, UP Department of Art Studies faculty.
From April 2018, I was enrolled as a visiting researcher at the University of the Philippines Diliman for sabbatical leave.
It is 5th of June today. It means I have already been two months since I came to the Philippines. However, I thought about trying to blog things I’ve written up little by little. I had been thinking about writing a blog for a long time, but I have not gotten any opportunity to grasp the chance as I am quite a lazy person.
I have never kept up writing a diary since I was born, I am not sure I can do it or not. Anyway, since I came to the Philippines, there are so many materials which I write, so I think it might be the time to start writing. Also, there are occasions when there are more opportunities to write than before, so there is a meaning of future story making as well.