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Creative Encounters - Second Edition (2012-13)

Asia-Europe Cultural Partnerships Initiative

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
1 October 2012 - 30 November 2013 Valentina Riccardi Culture Department Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe Culture



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Following the success of the 2011-2012 edition, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and its partners have launched the second edition of Creative Encounters – Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe.

For this edition (2012-2013), ASEF is once again partnering with Arts Network Asia (ANA), an Asia-wide network of artists and arts organisations and welcomes a new partner, Trans Europe Halles (TEH) the European Network of Creative Arts Spaces, to support artistic collaborations between art and culture organisations in both Asia and Europe.

Through this initiative, ASEF has successfully fostered Asia-Europe partnerships and created opportunities for networking, cultural exchange, and co-operation between the two regions. The programme supports multi-lateral projects in various disciplines of contemporary arts including performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, film and new media as well as cross-disciplinary and networking projects.

Partners

  • Arts Network Asia
  • Trans Europe Halles

Project Updates

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) participated at the closing events of ‘Towards an Indonesian Literary Translation Centre’ on 22-28 September 2013, in Jakarta, Indonesia. This series of intensive translation workshops for authors and emerging to mid-career translators was designed to enhance the level of translation skills in Chinese, English, Indonesian and Norwegian.

    The closing event was open to public and attended by more than 100 people on 28 September 2013. The event included a copyright seminar at HB Jassin Literary Archives and a panel discussion titled ‘Creative Strategies to Promote International Literature’. ASEF delivered a short presentation followed by readings and group performances at Salihara Theatre.

    Within a week, 50 participants including 10 authors and workshop leaders, as well as 40 emerging or mid-career translators worked on various translation assignments.

    This project was initiated in the framework of ASEF’s Creative Encounters: Asia-Europe Cultural Partnerships Initiative programme, and was organised by Inisiatif Penerjamahan Sastra (Initiative for the Improvement and Promotion of Literary Translation in Indonesia), the British Literary Translation Centre and Paper Republic (China).

  • ASEF will be present at the public event of Towards an Indonesian Literary Translation Center: Literary Translation Workshops and Events 2013 at the Salihara Theatre in Jakarta on Saturday 28 September 2013.

    This project is one of the successful projects selected under the Second Edition of the Creative Encounters programme. During this closing event, the workshop participants will present their translation work in presence of professional authors and workshop facilitators.

    This series of translation workshops and events took place to identify new talents, expand international networks, and develop creative strategies for the development of literary translation in Asia and Europe.

    It comprised of:
    • 4 classes of literary translation workshops
    • A publishers’ forum with a discussion between editors and translators
    • A panel discussion on promoting international literature
    • A copyright seminar for Indonesian editors and authors

    More details, please visit http://inisiatifpenerjemahansastra.org/

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) supports Occupy The Museum, a series of dance performances and public dialogues that will take place in the framework of the exhibition Danced Creation at the Weltmuseum Wien, formerly known as the Museum of Ethnology.

    The highlight of this performance will be the presentation of the lives and works of contemporary artists in relationship to historical artefacts from the museum. Themed lectures and public discussions will enable viewers to experience a new approach to the museum’s collection, which has recently been enhanced through new interactive components.  

    Singaporean artist and choreographer Ong Keng Sen will moderate  the Occupy the Museum event series. The exhibition and events are curated by Dr. Jani Kuhnt-Saptodewo, Curator, Weltmuseum Wien and coordinated by Maria Darmaningsih, Vice Dean for International Cooperation at the Faculty of Performing Arts, Jakarta Institute of Arts, who helped select six Asian artists to co-curate and choreograph performances and installations. This event series is organised alongside the Impulstanz Festival.

    Occupy The Museum is supported through ASEF’s programme, Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. It is conceptualised and organised by  Weltmuseum Wien (formerly known as Museum of Ethnology Vienna) (Austria), Jakarta Institute of Performing Arts (Indonesia) and ImPulsTanz (Austria)

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will support  Towards an Indonesian Literary Translation Centre  a workshop taking place between 22-28 September 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is a follow-up to ASEF’s previous activities in the field of literature, which took place between 2002 and 2004.

    Towards an Indonesian Literary Translation Centre is a series of intensive translation workshops for authors and emerging or mid-career translators that are designed to enhance the level of translation skills in Chinese, Indonesian, English and German. The initiative will conclude with a public reading of the translated works and will later focus on its larger goal to set up Indonesia’s first translation centre.

    Translation works enable people to engage with stories from around the world, however many challenges hinder the production of high-quality translation due to a lack of qualified professionals, lack of experience, low compensation, low visibility and appreciation, as well as limited exposure.

    Translators’ houses and residencies are well-established concepts in Europe compared to Asia. Good practice models will be used to define the aims and objectives of this workshop.

    This initiative is supported through ASEF’s programme Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe.  It is conceptualised and organised by  Paper Republic (China), Inisiatif (Indonesia), British Centre for Literary Translation (United Kingdom.)

  • ASEF supports cultural mobility funders

    Published on 01 Jul 2013

    key findingThe transnational movement of artists and cultural professionals is critical to foster cultural exchange between Asia and Europe. Issues and challenges surrounding cultural mobility were discussed by 40 funding organisations from Asia and Europe at the ASEF-supported ‘Platform for Asian and European Mobility Funders’ on 5-6 June 2013 in Prague, the Czech Republic.

    A key finding was that cultural mobility not only impacts travelling artists, but also the communities they engage abroad. Hence, the cultural, social and environmental impacts of mobility on the host need monitoring and evaluation. A warning was sounded against superficial 'mobility tourism' that does not allow for meaningful connections with the local context. 

    Funders were called upon to support greater bi-directional mobility (from Europe to Asia and vice-versa) through the establishment of reciprocal arrangements. The importance of non-monetary exchange in supporting mobility was also highlighted. An important recommendation in this regard was the call to local arts bodies to serve as 'interface organisations' and facilitate ‘fair exchange’ by providing visiting artists with valuable local information and contacts.

    The participating organisations will continue to work together to address existing gaps by, among others, improving access to information platforms; documenting good advocacy models to support mobility; forming a network of interface organisations in Asia and Europe; and developing a special mobility fund for Asia-Europe exchange.

    The initiative was supported through ASEF’s programme ‘Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe’ and was one of only 6 projects selected through a competitive open call that received over 250 applications.

    Download Key Findings (PDF)

  • 21 young volunteers from 14 ASEM countries participated at the 10th Asia-Europe Young Volunteers Exchange programme: Health on Stage. They worked closely with the local communities in South India to promote public health dialogue through forum theatre.

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  • Since its establishment in 1996, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) has been an important funder of cultural mobility, supporting the movement of artists and cultural practitioners between Asia and Europe. It is within this framework that it will support the Platform for Asian and European Mobility Funders to discuss existing opportunities and challenges in the cultural field on 5-6 June in Prague, Czech Republic.

    The initiative - supported through ASEF’s programme Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe - aims to create a platform for different types of funders from both regions to meet, exchange, learn, and further explore the potential for artistic mobility, existing funding schemes, policies and practices. ASEF has a long-term commitment to promoting mobility of artists between the two regions, in particular from Asia to Europe as well as Asia to Asia.

    There are a number of gaps and important differences between Asia and Europe in the context of cultural mobility.  The current needs in this field are: comprehensive and updated information on available funding sources, efficient networks that connect funders and more regional support mechanisms in Asia as identified by the Mobility Funding Guides published by ASEF in 2012. The importance of greater cultural exchange between artists and cultural professionals between the two regions is also a priority for the Culture Ministers of Asia and Europe, and has been included in the Action Plan of Culture Ministers since the 2nd Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Culture Ministers Meeting (2005, Paris).  

    The two-day Platform for Asian and European Mobility Funders will gather 30 experts from leading arts funding organisations from various sectors (public, private, national, international, regional and local). Among others, they include: Dr Shahidal ALAM, Director of Chobi Mela (Bangladesh), Ms Mariko YAMAGUCHI, Director of Tokyo Culture Creation Project at Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation (Japan), Mrs Phuong Hoa NGUYEN, Head of Europe Bureau at the Ministry of Culture and Information (Vietnam), Ms Nette GRATAMA VAN ANDEL, Coordinator at Prins Claus Fund (The Netherlands), and Diane DODD, European Liaison at the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). Together, they will engage in an open-format discussion on the development of relevant support mechanisms with shared responsibilities between countries and organisations.

    The meeting will result in recommendations for policy makers and funders based on the needs and gaps in the cultural sector.

    The Platform for Asian-European Mobility Funders originated from two series of discussions[1] on the Mapping of Funding Opportunity for International Cultural Exchange in Asia commissioned by ASEF in 2012. They focused on the necessity to identify funding opportunities and gaps in the context of international mobility of artists and cultural practitioners in Asia. As a result two mobility guides were commissioned and distributed: one is the Guide for funding opportunities for mobility in Europe (http://on-the-move.org/funding) launched in September 2011 and the other the Mobility Funding Guides, a concrete mapping of funding opportunities for international cultural exchange in Asia, which was commissioned by ASEF and launched on its online portal  culture360.org in September 2012.

    The Platform for Asian-European Mobility Funders project is a project conceptualised and organised by Art Theatre Institute (Czech Republic), Kelola Foundation (Indonesia), and On The Move (Belgium)



    [1] The first meeting was the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) Satellite Meeting in Tokyo in February 2011 in cooperation with Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting (TPAM), the second follow-up meeting took place in South Korea in October 2011. 

  • Default13 is a masterclass and residency in Lecce (Italy), which addresses key questions on the role of cultural initiatives and government policies in revitalising urban centres. It will take place between 17-26 September 2013. It is a project conceptualised and organised by Arthub Asia (China) and RAMDOM Association (Italy) and supported through ASEF’s programme Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe .

    Default13 comprises a masterclass in residence and six international collateral events. The activities will lead to the proposals of artistic urban regeneration and a publication.

    Default13 is the second edition of Default, which was launched in 2011.For the open call running from 28 March to 26 May 2013, applicants are asked the following question: “What is next in art, cities and regeneration?” Eighteen artists (9 from Asia and 9 from Europe) will be selected as participants. The call for applications is currently open until 26 May. See website for details.

    Prior to the masterclass, six public events will be organised in six different cities across Asia and Europe. These events will address current practices adopted by contemporary art fields in Asia and the interplay with their European equivalent. In September, the residents will concentrate on their research through intensive workshops and seminars over ten days. They will work to expand their networks and exchange know-how with the support of a residency curator. They will also have the opportunity to meet international curators, artists, art managers and representatives of cultural organisations from both Europe and Asia. They will be led by curator, producer, director and founder of the collaborative production lab Arthub Asia, Davide QUADRIO (China), and director of the art association RAMDOM, Paolo MELE (Italy).

    Following the masterclass, the participants will submit their proposals. A selected few will be produced by RAMDOM and the artspace Manifatture Knos (Lecce, Italy), and a publication showcasing the  processes and works will also be released.

    The project seeks to build a bridge between Asia and Europe, by involving artists and professionals from diverse backgrounds. A series of activities will enable the development of concepts that open up new possibilities for visual arts in the context of urban environments.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) marks the third year of its programme Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe with a brand new badge that will be used to promote the following projects to be implemented this year:  


    Catch-Tell-Transform: The 4th Documentary Filmmaker’s Workshop

    April – October 2013 in Manila, Philippines

    A capacity building workshop gathering young filmmakers and mentors from Asia and Europe.  Each participant will take part in lectures, screenings, production training and on-location shooting sessions to create an original documentary film. Upon completion, the films will be widely screened including at film festivals in Asia and Europe.  This project builds on a legacy of ASEF projects that have supported young filmmakers from the two regions since 2002.

    Organisers:  Goethe Institut Manila and the Embassy of France to the Philippines in collaboration with Ateliers Varan (France)


    Platform for Asian and European Mobility Funders    

    5-6 June 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic

    A networking meeting for Asian and European arts funders (public and private) to jointly explore the issues and challenges related to the mobility of cultural practitioners, especially between Asia and Europe.  The meeting aims to position cultural mobility and exchange at the heart of cultural policies governing international cultural co-operation.

    Organisers: Art Theatre Institute (Czech Republic), Kelola Foundation (Indonesia), On The Move (Belgium)

     

    Public Laboratory  

    20 July -7 August 2013 in Vienna, Austria

    A series of dance performances and public dialogues that will take place in the framework of the exhibition ‘Dance in Asia’ at the Museum of Ethnology. The highlight of this performance will be the presentation of the lives and works of contemporary artists in relationship to historical artefacts from the museum collection. 

    Organisers: Museum für Völkerkunde/Museum of Ethnology Vienna (Austria), Jakarta Institute of Performing Arts (Indonesia) and ImPulsTanz (Austria)

     

    Towards an Indonesian Literary Translation Centre - Workshops     

    22-29 September 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia

    A series of intensive translation workshops for authors and emerging translators that aims to promote literary translations between Asian and European languages. The event will conclude with a public reading of the translated works. This project is part of larger goal to set up Indonesia’s first translation centre. 

    Organisers: Paper Republic (China), Inisiatif (Indonesia), British Centre for Literary Translation (United Kingdom)


    DEFAULT 13      

    17-26 September 2013 in Lecce, Italy

    A biennial project that addresses key questions about the role of cultural initiatives and government policies in revitalising urban centres. In 2013, the 2nd edition of this project offers a ten-day masterclass and residency for young visual artists from Asia and Europe. Here, they will discuss the role of art in social and urban contexts and make proposals for site-specific art works. A series of public meetings will also be organised before the residency to raise awareness on public art and urban regeneration. The number 13 in the title refers to the year 2013. The 1st edition of the project took place in 2011. 

    Organisers: Ramdom Association (Italy) and Art Hub Asia (China)


    East-East 4

    23 - 29 September 2013 in Kaunas, Lithuania

    A workshop and seminar for architecture students from Asia and Europe to encourage responsible and ethical architectural design practices. In its fourth edition in 2013, participants will work together and make a design proposal for the waterfront of Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city. The design will be presented and exhibited at the Kaunas Architecture Festival. The project is named after its efforts to connect Eastern Europe with East Asia. 

    Organisers: Architects Association of Lithuania and Japan Institute of Architects

  • This month, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) focuses on next generation documentary filmmakers through ‘Catch-Tell-Transform: 4th Documentary Filmmakers’ Workshop’. This workshop is a capacity-building project based in Manila, The Philippines. The project builds on a legacy of ASEF projects that have supported young filmmakers from Asia and Europe since 2002.

    Twelve emerging filmmakers from seven ASEM countries were selected through an open-call to take part in the Manila workshop.  The sessions comprise lectures, screenings, discussions, and production training. Over a period of seven months, the participants will be guided by professional mentors. In the end, each participant will produce an original documentary film.  Later this year, these films will be screened by the organising partners and a select few will premiere at various film festivals.

    Overall the ‘Catch-Tell-Transform’ project is a unique initiative that gathers young promising filmmakers from Southeast Asia to enhance their skills and build new audiences for their work. The project is supported through ASEF’s Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe programme.

    ‘Catch-Tell-Transform’ is the brainchild of the Goethe Institute in Manila  and The Embassy of France to the Philippines and was first launched in 2010. In 2013, Les Ateliers Varan  (France), Film Development Council of the Philippines, De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde (The Philippines), University Philippines Film Institute , In-docs (Indonesia) and The Embassy of France in Malaysia  are also collaborating on the project. 

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and its partners the Arts Network Asia (ANA) and Trans Europe Halles (TEH) are delighted to announce the 6 winners that have been selected among the 13 shortlisted projects of the latest edition of Creative Encounters (2012-2013.)

    The selected projects are:

    DEFAULT 13 (Italy/China): A 10-day residency between 18 artists from Asia and Europe to take place in Lecce, Italy, to discuss the role of art and its implications in social and urban contexts.Organisers: Ramdom Association (Italy) and Art Hub Asia (China.) Date: September 2013.

    Franco-German documentary film training (France/Germany/Philippines/Indonesia/Malaysia): This project will provide professional training in documentary filmmaking to a selected number of young filmmakers from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.Organisers:  Goethe Institut Manila and the Embassy of France to the Philippines, in collaboration with Ateliers Varan in Paris. Date: April-November 2013.

    Architectural Event in Kaunas (Lithuania/Japan): As part of the Kaunas Architecture Festival 2013, this project comprising an exhibition, workshop, and seminar, will gather 20 architecture students from Japan and Lithuania to develop design proposals for the Kaunas city waterfront area.Organisers: Architects Association of Lithuania and Japan Institute of Architects. Date: September 2013.

    Platform for Asian and European Mobility Funders (Belgium/Czech Republic/Indonesia): This 2-day meeting will provide an opportunity for Asian and European funders to meet, exchange, and learn from various experiences, as well as explore the future potential of mobility and exchange in the field of art and culture.Organisers: Art Theatre Institute (Czech Republic), Kelola Foundation (Indonesia), On The Move (Belgium.) Date: June 2013

    Public Laboratory (Austria/Indonesia): The Museum of Ethnology in Vienna will present an exhibition on ‘Dance in Asia’ involving 5 Asian choreographers as co-curators. The exhibition will present the lives and works of contemporary artists in relationship to historical artefacts from the museum’s collection.Organisers: Museum für Völkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology) Vienna (Austria), Jakarta Institute of Performing Arts (Indonesia) and ImPulsTanz (Austria.) Date: July/August 2013.

    Toward an Indonesia Literary Translation Centre (China/Indonesia/United Kingdom): This series of workshops aims to promote literary translation by involving a group of emerging translators led by an author and a translator in Bahasa Indonesia, English, and Chinese.Organisers: Paper Republic (China), Inisiatif (Indonesia), British Centre for Literary Translation (United Kingdom.) Date: June and September 2013

    ASEF would like to congratulate the successful project applicants and thank all those who have expressed their interest in the Creative Encounters Programme.

    The Creative Encounters programme supports collaborative bi-regional projects initiated by artists, cultural managers, arts organisations, and art networks. Through this initiative, ASEF has successfully fostered Asia-Europe partnerships and created opportunities for networking, cultural exchange, and co-operation between Asia and Europe.

  • 13 creative proposals have been shortlisted from over 300 submissions for the 2nd edition of the Creative Encounters – Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. It is an initiative by the Asia-Europe Foundation, Arts Network Asia and Trans Europe Halles.

    The shortlisted applicants are requested to submit a detailed proposal on or before Friday, 21 September 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 October 2012.

    Meanwhile, two projects from the first edition of the Creative Encounters are taking place in Indonesia and in Germany.

    ‘The Ripple Effect’ presented its final performance in Maluku, Indonesia (11-23 September 2012). This multi-disciplinary, high-quality performance, developed through a one-year programme of creative collaborations in France, India, Indonesia and the UK, includes practical training and community engagement using a wide variety of art-forms, from traditional to experimental. The underlying idea is to create new techniques in living art pedagogy.

    ‘The Wasteland Twinning Network Forum’ has taken place at ZK/U Berlin, Germany (21-23 September 2012). The exhibition and public forum brought together international project partners from Europe, Asia and Australia to present their collaborative research. The study involves an exploration of urban wastelands and networked trans-disciplinary practice in five cities, Amsterdam, Berlin, Guwahati, Nottingham and Yogyakarta.

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    Photo credit: "The Ripple Effect Project'

  • We would like to thank all applicants for your application to our second edition of the Creative Encounters – Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, an initiative by the Asia-Europe Foundation, Arts Network Asia and Trans Europe Halles.

    In response to our call, we received 308 interesting applications from Asia and Europe and we have selected 13 shortlisted applicants (please see pdf file on top-right of this page for the list of the shortlisted applications)

    Shortlisted applicants are requested to submit a full detailed proposal on or before Friday, 21 September 2012.  Please note that successful applicants will be notified by 31 October 2012.

     

  • Deadline for the submission of proposals for Creative Encounters – Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, an initiative by the Asia-Europe Foundation, Arts Network Asia and Trans Europe Halle will be extended from 30 June 2012 to 31 July 2012.

    The announcement of the shortlisted applications will be posted on ASEF and ANA website on 31 August 2012

    Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be notified by email.
    With this extension of deadline, shortlisted applicants will now be asked to submit a full proposal on or before 21 September 2012.
    Successful applicants will be informed by 31 October 2012.

  • ASEF and its partners are supporting new artistic and networking collaborations in the framework of the Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe 2012-2013 programme. Arts and cultural organisations are invited to submit proposals by 30 June 2012 for the second edition.

    The Creative Encounters programme supports multilateral projects in various disciplines of contemporary arts including performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, film and new media as well as cross-disciplinary and networking projects.

    The programme will foster engagement across cultures through artistic collaborations, exchanges and dialogues. This will deepen mutual understanding between the cultural communities of the two regions.

    ASEF’s Creative Encounters is in partnership with Arts Network Asia (ANA) and Trans Europe Halles (TEH). The selected projects will take place between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013.

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