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Creative Encounters - First Edition (2011-12)

Asia-Europe Cultural Partnerships Initiative

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
November 2011 to November 2012 Valentina Riccardi Culture Department Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe Culture



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Various

Under the programme: Creative Encounters – Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is partnering with Arts Network Asia (ANA), an Asia-wide network of artists and arts organisations, to support artistic collaborations between cultural organisations in the two regions. The programme aims to showcase the cultural diversity of Asia and Europe.

Over 270 applications were received when the open call for the 2011/2012 edition was launched in July 2011. ASEF and ANA will support five projects which were chosen through a rigorous selection process. Covering fields as diverse as dance, performing arts, and the environment, the selected projects will take place over the period between November 2011 and November 2012.

The Creative Encounters programme builds on the successes of ASEF’s Asia-Europe Cultural Partnership Initiatives (AECPI) which ran from 2009 to 2011. Through AECPI, ASEF supported projects in film, new media and performing arts which enabled over 200 artists and producers to share and collaborate through residencies, meetings and performances held in 13 countries across Asia and Europe.

Creative Encounters – Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe 2011/2012 projects:

1) Work it! by Anna Wagner / Rimbun Dahan / NPO Dance Box brings 10 choreographers for a two-week residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia. This creative think tank addresses issues of women in contemporary dance through an Asian-European perspective.

2) The 1st World Biennial Forum by Biennial Foundation / Gwangju Biennale Foundation is scheduled to take place alongside the 9th Gwangju Biennale in 2012 in Gwangju, Korea. It will be the first professional forum on actual and practical issues in the field, aiming to provide professionals from the international biennial community, academia, and contemporary art practice with a multilateral convention platform.

3) The Ripple Effect by Freres Poussiere / The Aseema Trust / B Arts will present a multi-disciplinary, high-quality performance developed through a one-year programme of creative collaborations in France, India, Indonesia and the UK, which includes practical training and community engagement using a wide variety of art-forms, from traditional to experimental, to create new techniques in living art pedagogy.

4) The Asia-Europe Curatorial Knowledge Seminar by Vasl Artists’ Association / Gasworks / Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture is a residency held in Pakistan that seeks to develop and distribute debates on curatorship and artist-support networks.

5) Wasteland Twinning by Will Foster – Wasteland Twinning / Yap Sau Bin / Ferdiansyah Thajib / Tim Voss / Desire Machine Collective / Rebecca Beinart is a collaborative research project covering five cities, Amsterdam, Berlin, Guwahati, Nottingham, and Yogyakarta, and focuses on use of urban spaces in relation to communities, culture and environmental factors. The research will be shared through a public symposium and documentary exhibition in Berlin, Germany.

Partners

  • Arts Network Asia

Project Updates

  • Ms Sabina SANTAROSSA, Director of Cultural Exchange, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) elaborated ASEF’s role in international cultural cooperation in the context of the 1st World Biennial Forum. The Forum took place on 17 October 2012 in Gwangju, South Korea. The event was supported by the project Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships Between Asia and Europe through the Creative Encounters programme.

    In a related featured interview, Ms SANTAROSSA shared her perspective on the relevance of cultural events saying, “ASEF’s mandate is to serve as a platform for creative expression, international exposure and social participation”.  She encouraged the exploration of new grounds for useful cooperation. She added, “New cultural cooperation can flourish by creating dialogue and awareness based on our cultural inclinations. It will also depend on the reasons and directions of certain cultural interests, social patterns and changes. These will help in enhancing more mutual understanding between Asia and Europe by seeking the most important trends and movements in and across our societies.”

    The Creative Encounters programme aims at supporting dialogue and collaboration opportunities related to creativity and arts. The programme has received over 700 proposals through open calls for its 1st and 2nd editions. It will support 6 projects in 2013 in the following countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Italy, Lithuania, and the Philippines.

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  • The Curatorial Knowledge Forum held on 17 November 2012 in Karachi Pakistan, was part of a two-week residency programme - the Asia-Europe Curatorial Knowledge Workshop. The programme was supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in the framework of the Creative Encounters programme.

    The Forum was organised at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Gallery by Gemma Sharpe and Adeela Suleman from Gasworks (UK) and Vasl Artists’ Collective (Pakistan). Over 50 participants and speakers from Pakistan, India and the United Kingdom, attended the Forum. The panellists, from diverse backgrounds, shared personal stories. This resulted in an informative exchange within the group and the fifty art practitioners who attended the event.

    The aim of the discussions was to relook at the definition of curators’ roles and their obligations towards local communities in the context of Pakistan. The Forum focused on the relationships that bind curators and artists to their communities. The discussions explored the importance of building new support frameworks for Pakistani art in order to make it more relevant in the societies it is emerging from.

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  • 6 projects have been selected from over 360 submissions for the second edition of ‘Creative Encounters: Cultural partnerships between Asia and Europe’ by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and its partners, Arts Network Asia (ANA) and Trans Europe Halles.

    They include:

    1. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. 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
    1. 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: April 2013.
    1. 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-July 2013.

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  • Work It!

    Published on 26 Nov 2012

    Work It! 

    Work It! brings together 11 female performing artists from 11 Asian and European countries for a 10-day residency in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (8-17 November 2012). The residency gives them the opportunity to interact with local artists’ communities and cultural organisations.

    The project addresses the gendered depiction of the body on stage in the context of contemporary dance through an Asian-European perspective. While exploring diverse perceptions on feminism, the artists raise questions about female performances on stage and how women can thrive in the global performing arts scene.

    The Work It! project comprised of a week-long ‘closed-door studio session with all the participants at the Rimbun Dahan arts space near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During these sessions, the artists shared their artistic practice with each other. The project also included a one-day open studio on 14 November as well as a panel discussion on 17 November.

    Work It! was curated by Anna Wagner (Germany), Fumi Yokobori (Japan), and Bilqis Hijjas (Malaysia). It was supported and funded by the Goethe-Institut and by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) as part of its programme Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe.

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  • World Biennial Forum in South Korea

    Published on 26 Nov 2012

    The 1st World Biennial Forum, an initiative by the Biennial Foundation, is supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation as part of its programme Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. The Forum is organised by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, the Biennial Foundation and Ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. 

    The first edition of the World Biennial Forum was successfully completed in the framework of the 9th Gwangju Biennale in the Republic of Korea (27-31 October 2012). Over 150 contemporary art biennale organisations operating around the globe were connected through this independent platform. The World Biennial Forum is the first convention of its kind for biennale organisers. It enables practitioners from various biennale initiatives to meet and exchange ideas on common practices and shared expertise, as well as to discuss the foremost topics and concerns in the arena.

    The Forum, entitled Shifting Gravity, was directed by Ute Meta Bauer and Hou Hanru. Discussions and case studies on a wide range of biennales across Asia were introduced in order to broaden the understanding of specific contexts, as well as the conditions of production and the conceptual discourses which they generate.

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  • Wasteland Twinning Network Forum public event has been organised at ZK/U Berlin, Germany between 21-23 September 2012.

    The Wasteland Twinning is a collaborative research focuses on use of urban spaces in relation to communities, culture and environmental factors. The research has been shared during a public symposium and documentary exhibition in Berlin, Germany.

    The exhibition and public forum brought together the international project partners Europe, Asia and Australia to present their a collaborative research and an exploration of urban wastelands and networked trans-disciplinary practice in five cities, Amsterdam, Berlin, Guwahati, Nottingham, and Yogyakarta.

    Project partners are Wasteland Twinning (Germany), Yap Sau Bin (Malaysia), Ferdiansyah Thajib (Indonesia), Tim Vos (The Netherlands), Desire Machine Collective (India) and Rebecca Beinart (United Kingdom).

    The forum is supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation as part of the programme Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe.

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  • The Ripple Effect, one of the selected projects from the first edition of the Creative Encounters – Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, will present its final performance in Maluku (Indonesia), on 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, with the aim to create new techniques in living art pedagogy.

    culture360.org has asked one of the organisers, Matthieu Bonicel from the Association Frères Poussière, to tell us more about this project. Read more