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May 30, 2010

video installation "Family Snapshot" in Manila

Two-channel video installation titled ‘Family Snapshot #3’ can be seen in Manila, The Philippines now. This opportunity is a part of group exhibition for 10th Anniversary Celebration of API, titled ‘Creative Index: An Exhibition’ which is including works by 18 artists at 5 exhibition spaces in Manila. My video installation is as part of the group show at 'ART INFORMAL' where is known as one of active artist-run center since 2006.

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About the work, please refer the following extract from exhibition catalogue.

-With this work, the artist sought to create a real family with people from a variety of backgrounds ( e.g. race or religion) as members, and attempt to critique the fixed definition of family, as a vital institution that has not been questioned. Iwai sets a premise that a family is “a collective body of separate individuals, “when in fact, without the effort to maintain the family’s unity, it can easily fall apart. -

Creative Index –An Exhibition
Ten Creative Years by the API Fellows
May 28- June 13, 2010
Curated by Joselina Cruz
Shigeaki Iwai’s video installation is exhibited at:
ART INFORMAL, Mandaluyang City, Metro Manila
Tel: 63(2)7258518
www.artinformal.com

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Jul 1, 2009

Field of Nusa's English website was updated

The English page of the on–going project 'Field of Nusa' which I mentioned here before was updated. What was considered on every step of the process, the importance of the workshop series in the project and others are commented. Please visit the site if you are interested in it.
http://www.p3.org/nusa/eng/colum.html

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Jul 28, 2006

Time_Place_Space 5

I participated in an interdisciplinary art laboratory called Time_Place_Space 5 (from 24 June- 9 July 2006 at Queensland University of Technology, Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane). During those two weeks, participants had been thinking of the ways to collaborate and share their skills with other artists who work in different disciplines. As I was one of the international facilitators, it was a great opportunity to find out about the artist's attitudes to the multicultural situation in Australia. During this period, I gave them one subject with a long title: Proposition of ideal stereotypes instead of an unbearable stereotype of your cultural background. Or, how do you see the whole image of a huge iceberg.

Participants were divided into five groups of four, and they spent four days preparing a presentation about the subject. During which this time, I found two interesting vector in the participant's attitudes. If the participants already had some feelings of cultural minority within about themselves, they always have had to face stereotypes in everyday life. Therefore, they could internalise the subject matter and express themselves accordingly. On the other hand, participants who have thought that they belonged to the mainstream were not able to express themselves through stereotypes, and as a result, they attempted to search for a social presence of their beings to the outside world.

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I was personally impressed by two final presentations on the subject. One group attempted to express by switching their personalities, using video images of performance and live narration. In their video, they interchanged their costumes and monologues. It successfully indicated the basic structure of the concept of stereotypes, which is not only based on cultural backgrounds, but also consists of more latent factors such as appearance and gender, etc. Another group went out and intervened on the street. They asked the public to give their intuitive impressions about each member in the group, using ten specific questions (eg. grade of income, political and sexual attitude etc). It was an exciting aspect of this work: that passers-by tried to judge a total stranger by their biased viewpoint, giving a visual indication of the process of making a single identity, which was divided by the plural. I have learned a lot about the multicultural situation in my country Japan, from working with Australian artists.

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