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Chicago / Obihiro Exchange Project
思考回路 / Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought

July 8 – 28, 2019
Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW) is pleased to present the exhibition “思考回路 / Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought” at the Hairpin Arts Center as part of the Chicago / Obihiro Artist Exchange. Initiated in 2018, the Chicago / Obihiro Artist Exchange is a partnership between Asian Improv aRts Midwest and the Tokachi International Cultural Exchange Center in Obihiro, Japan. The program facilitates an immersive exchange between Japanese-American artists in Chicago and artists from the Obihiro area, focusing on expanding the discourse of post-war Asian & Asian American experiences through contemporary art.

As a resettlement city following the end of World War II, the identities of the longstanding Japanese American community in Chicago is inevitably rooted in the histories of internment. The artists of AIRMW however, are part of the community of post-war immigrants where identity is more inherently defined through the bicultural lineage of language and globalization in lieu of the often didactic exploration of the socio-political grievances of WWII.  Within the arts, this experience manifests itself through the context of aesthetics. The pictorial diegesis of works is a presentation of culture through the particular sensibilities of Japanese aesthetics.

The exchange project was developed to expand this conversation of the importance of cultural aesthetics as part of maintaining the artistic integrity of this new generation of the Japanese & Japanese American artists. It also works to cultivate the international dialogue between Chicago and Japan, maintaining the global cultural perspective that is integral to the landscape of contemporary art.

Open Gallery Hours:
Wednesday-Sunday 1p-8p July 10th-28th

Tuesday, July 9th 6p-7:30p Creative Community: Shodo workshop with Hekiun Oda

Creative Community July 9Learn the basics and history of this art form, in this hands-on workshop led by Chicago-based master calligrapher Hekiun Oda for a beginner shodo (Japanese calligraphy) workshop.
$10 suggested donation

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Creative Community July 9Chicago’s premier practitioner of Shodo (traditional Japanese calligraphy) Oda was born in Kobe City, Japan, a municipality which was known at that time for a large concentration of shodo masters. Oda began studying shodo at the age of 5 under Goun Katsura, himself a master. Oda moved to Chicago in 1990, and has held exhibitions and demonstrations at various venues, including the Japanese Culture Center Chicago and McHenry County College.

In 2009, he established the Oda Japanese Calligraphy School and has taught over 100 students. Oda obtained a “Shihan” – the highest rank in shodo – in Nov. 2011 from Genshinkai, an association of calligraphers in Japan.


Friday, July 12th 7p-8p 『夏』〜 Summer Thoughts: A Collaborative Piece by: Oda Heikun and Fujima Yoshinojo

Summer ThoughtsA Neoclassical collaborative performance by Japanese Calligrapher Artist Grandmaster Hekiun Oda with Shubukai’s Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima. Live music provided by: The Reduction Trio.
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Summer ThoughtsChicago’s premier practitioner of Shodo (traditional Japanese calligraphy) Oda was born in Kobe City, Japan, a municipality which was known at that time for a large concentration of shodo masters. Oda began studying shodo at the age of 5 under Goun Katsura, himself a master. Oda moved to Chicago in 1990, and has held exhibitions and demonstrations at various venues, including the Japanese Culture Center Chicago and McHenry County College.

In 2009, he established the Oda Japanese Calligraphy School and has taught over 100 students. Oda obtained a “Shihan” – the highest rank in shodo – in Nov. 2011 from Genshinkai, an association of calligraphers in Japan.


Saturday, July 13th 12p-1p Origami Workshop with Noriko Yanagihara

Oragami WorkshopJoin Noriko Yanagihara for a one-hour workshop for anyone who is interested in learning how to fold origami.
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Tuesday, July 16th 6p-7:30p Creative Community: Artist Talk with Daisaku Ueno, Masanori Umeda, & Hiroshi Mehata

0716-Creative-Community-Ueno-Umeda-MehataJoin Obihiro artists Daisaku Ueno, Masanori Umeda, and Hiroshi Mehata as they discuss their respective artistic practices and how they arrived at the pieces that were made for the exhibition “思考回路 / Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought”presented by AIRMW and Hairpin Arts Center. Viewers are invited to watch Ueno as he begins his site-specific sculpture and Mehata will play Obihiro-inspired compositions. Umeda also introduces his new works that lie between painting and sculpture.
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0716-Creative-Community-Ueno-Umeda-MehataDaisaku Ueno is a native of Hokkaido, Japan who makes large sculptural works using raw materials such as mud, wood, bamboo, stone and water. Many of his public works make use of readily available materials near the site. His works retain a structural and visual fluidity that incorporates the unique characteristics of each organic material. Masanori Umeda is a painter and multi-media artist whose works are part of the permanent collection of the Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art. In 1990, he won both the Best Special Award and the Ikko Tanaka Award in the Amnesty Poster Graphics Competition. From 1993 to 2008, he held the Inspirational Award at Liquitex Biennial. His solo exhibition, “Tokachi New Generation Series X (10)” was displayed at the Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art in 2007. He was born and currently resides in Obihiro, Japan. Hiroshi Mehata is a Noise/Experimental Music artist who has also been creating graphic artworks basedon his own music in Tokyo, Japan. His work explores metaphysical concepts of noum, kami, andkotodama as it relates to the history and spirituality of Japanese culture. Since 2011 Mehata has beenworking under the name “Mehata Sentimental Legend” and released the album “Noum Zeccyou” underGermany’s netlabel Mind Plug Records. Since then he has continued doing musical collaborations withforeign artists and musicians. Since 2011 Mehata has been working under the name “Mehata SentimentalLegend” and released the album “Noum Zeccyou” from Germany’s net label Mind Plug Records. Since then he has continued doing musical collaborations with foreign artists and musicians.


Thursday July 18 6p In Conversation with the Tokyo Show: Black & Brown Are Beautiful

July 18 Tokyo ShowCurators Kioto Aoki and Asha Iman Veal host a roundtable discussion with artists Diana Quiñones Rivera and Sarita Garcia, of “The Tokyo Show: Black & Brown Are Beautiful” at the Hairpin Arts Center. The conversation will focus on how global mobility, identity and space are addressed in the respective exhibitions by Asian Improv aRts Midwest and the Hyde Park Art Center.
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July 18 Tokyo ShowThe Tokyo Show: Black & Brown Are Beautiful explores cross-cultural solidarity across communities that are often kept apart by geographic or political distance. This exhibition and ongoing project advocates for redirected routes of dialogues across global space—through the leadership of artists, and as a way to reconsider complex identities. On view at Hyde Park Art Center through September 29


Friday, July 19th 5:30p-6p Taiko Drumming at Woodard Plaza

Description:Literally meaning “drum,” taiko is known for its thunderous sound and stunning, stylized choreography. With a 2,000 year-old history, taiko has its roots in Japanese court, theater, religious/ceremonial and festival music. In the mid-20th century the modern kumi-daiko style emerged, where multiple drums were played by a single person within a larger taiko ensemble. Since then, kumi-daiko has enjoyed tremendous popularity and in the US it has become a celebrated symbol of heritage and culture for the Japanese American community.
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Tsukasa TaikoAs the largest community taiko group in Chicago and the Midwest, Tsukasa Taiko (a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest) is dedicated to understanding and strengthening Japanese, Japanese American, and Asian American identities. Its mission is to preserve, develop, and pass on the traditional concepts of Japanese art as a cultural legacy, while also expanding and evolving the art of taiko.


Friday, July 19th 6p-8p Exhibition Opening: 思考回路/ Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought

Opening NightPlease join AIRMW and Hairpin Arts Center for the official opening celebration of the exhibition “思考回路/ Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought.” The evening begins with a performance by Tsukasa Taiko from 5:30-6pm at Woodard Plaza followed by a public reception at the Hairpin Arts Center with drinks, snacks and a caricature booth by Kiyomi Negi.
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Friday, July 19th, 9p-11p Tatsu Aoki New Japan Ensemble @ Elastic Arts

Tatsu AokiTatsu Aoki presents his New Japan Ensemble, a compositional project exploring the experimental sonic milieu of contemporary Tokyo and Chicago. Over two evenings, select members from The Miyumi Project, electronic sound artists, and creative Japanese musicians from Chicago will play together with a sound artist from Tokyo. Predicated in the personal histories of each artist and sonic landscape of each metropolis, the collaboration will coalesce as a textural and affective experimentation of a cross-cultural, multigenerational, musical expression.
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Tatsu AokiElastic Arts is located at 3429 N. Diversey Ave #208


Saturday, July 20th, 2p-3p Japanese Tea Ceremony Presentation with Joyce Kubose

Tea CeremonyJoin Chicago native Joyce Kubose for a Japanese tea ceremony demonstration in the Urasenke style.
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Tea CeremonyJoyce Sosho Kubose is an instructor of chanoyu, the Art of the Japanese Way of Tea. She began her studies with the Urasenke Tradition of Tea about 40 years ago and has been teaching for more than 20 years. She holds the professorship level teaching certificate (Kyoju). As part of her training she studied at the headquarters of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea in Kyoto, Japan, for three years as a member of the Midorikai progam, the non-Japanese student division of the Urasenke Gakuen Professional College of Chado, and graduated with honors. She continued her studies at the Urasenke headquarters for another year as a member of Ichiukai, the Urasenke graduate division.


Saturday, July 20th, 3:30p-4:15p Koto Presentation with Tokiko Kimura

Koto PresentationJoin Chicago-based Koto player Tokiko Kimura for a presentation of the traditional Japanese instrument including a short performance and discussion of its history and origins.
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Koto PresentationTokiko Kimura is a Chicago-based Japanese musician who comes from the head family of the renowned Ikuta Koto School in Japan. She studied Koto under her uncle, Shinzo Miyagi, who was the Ikuta schoolmaster, and received her diploma in 2007. She also began studying piano and solfeggio when she was at the age 3 and she continued study her piano in Senzoku Music University in Tokyo Japan. She has been playing the piano as a not only soloist but also accompanist. She has a diploma of piano and Koto.


Saturday, July 20th, 9p-11p Tatsu Aoki New Japan Ensemble @ Elastic Arts

Tatsu Aoki July 20Tatsu Aoki presents his New Japan Ensemble, a compositional project exploring the experimental sonic milieu of contemporary Tokyo and Chicago. Over two evenings, select members from The Miyumi Project, electronic sound artists, and creative Japanese musicians from Chicago will play together with a sound artist from Tokyo. Predicated in the personal histories of each artist and sonic landscape of each metropolis, the collaboration will coalesce as a textural and affective experimentation of a cross-cultural, multigenerational, musical expression.
FREE EVENT

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Tatsu Aoki July 20Elastic Arts is located at 3429 N. Diversey Ave #208


Monday, July 22nd, 7p-9p Jazz & Electronics: Mai Sugimoto & Kiku Hibino

Jazz n ElectronicsAIRMW presents a two-part evening of jazz and electronics. The first set introduces Mai Sugimoto and her jazz trio and the second set is a solo electronics performance by Kiku Hibino.
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Mai Sugimoto is a Japanese born saxophonist and composer living in Chicago, IL. In 2018, she released her debut quartet album, Born/Raised (Asian Improv Records) which was made possible by an artist grant from the city of Chicago. Sugimoto is an integral member of Chicago–based quartet, Hanami, that has released two albums and appeared in Chicago Jazz Festival. She often appears with bassist, Tatsu Aoki’s ensemblesincluding Fred Anderson Legacy Band and Miyumi Project.Howard Reich of Chicago Tribune has described her “a compelling performer” with “dry–champagnetone and lyrical lines.” Sugimoto channels inspiration from her Japanese and American musical roots into writing and performing with various groups.

KIKÙ HIBINO is a Chicago-based and Japanese-born sound artist and has been producing cross-genre electronic music.  From chamber music for media productions to digital micro sound for art installations, he has collaborated internationally with a wide variety of artists and scholars, including Kawaguchi Takao (Dumb Type), Curtis Roads, Theaster Gates , Mike Weis (Zelienople) and Norma Field. He studied electronic music composition at University of California at Santa Barbara under the mentorship of Curtis Roads and Karen Tanaka, and holds M.A. in media art and technology. B.A. in policy management from Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus in 2002, where he minored electronic music composition under the mentorship of Toru Iwatake, Atau Tanaka, and Christopher Penrose.


Wednesday, July 24nd, 6p-7:30p In Conversation with Shikou Kairo Exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center

7-24 In Conversation ObihiroObihiro artists Ueno, Mehata and Umeda (Kioto on behalf of Umeda) will give a public talk at the Hyde Part Art Center about their works, as curators Asha Iman Veal and Kioto Aoki discuss similarities between the two exhibitions "Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought" and "The Tokyo Show: Black and Brown are Beautiful."
For more information on the HPAC show: https://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibition-archive/the-tokyo-show-black-and-brown-are-beautiful/
*This discussion is the second half of a conversational exchange between the Hyde Park Art Center and AIRMW/Hairpin Arts.* FREE EVENT


Thursday, July 25th 6p-8p Handmade Soba Demonstration at Japanese American Service Committee (JASC)
JASC: 4427 N. Clark St, Chicago IL 60640
REGISTRATION LINK: http://chicagobihiro.org/events/hand-made-soba-demonstration/

0725-Soba-DemoObihiro native and soba restaurant owner Naoki Ushiromura demonstrates how to make hand-pulled soba, as he talks through the process of grinding his own flour and the daily routine of running a soba restaurant. Ushiromura is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his restaurant 玄葉 / Clover in Obihiro, Japan. Attendees will be treated to fresh servings of soba.
Event is free but pre-registration is required.


Friday, July 26th, 7p-12a Fourth Fridays at Hairpin in collaboration with AIRMW

4th FridayWe are back for the third installment of our new series Fourth Fridays at Hairpin. A great way to be introduced to new exciting acts and to cross pollinate the unbelievably talented Chicago artistic community. This month's entertainments includes. AIRMW and Hairpin Arts Center presents this 4th Friday series with a three-part evening of performance artists and electronic music. The first set will be a performance by Naoki Nakatani, activating the entire exhibition space, followed by a solo performance by Mitsu Salmon. Hiroshi Mehata closes the evening with an electronics set using the sound material gathered from the Tokachi Region.
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Naoki Nakatani is a performance artist from Japan, whose work emphasizes the system of coexistence, both in social and micro scale. Each fragment of the world compromises and contradicts with one another. They make such shifts (performance) to stay together. Interpreting performance as a force, he facilitates systematic events that draw attention to our never ending participation in the world.

Mitsu Salmon creates performance and visual works that fuse multiple disciplines. She was born in Los Angeles to a Japanese mother and American father. Creating in differing media—translating one medium to another—is connected to the translation of differing cultures and languages. Her work draws from familial and personal narratives and then abstracts, expands, and contradicts them. Her current projects investigate familial histories, nature, imperialism, and archives. Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, and her undergrad degree from NYU.  She has participated in artist residencies at Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan), Incheon Art Platform (Korea), Oxbow (MI), Guildhall (NY) and PAM (LA) as well as locally at Links Hall, High Concept Lab, HATCH, and the Chicago Cultural Center. She has performed solo work at places such as Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, and Highways Performance Space. She has received the Midwest Nexus Touring Grant, Chicago Dancemaker’s Lab Grant, and DCASE IAP.

Hiroshi Mehata is a Noise/Experimental Music artist who has also been creating graphic artworks based on his own music in Tokyo, Japan. His work explores metaphysical concepts of noum, kami, and kotodama as it relates to the history and spirituality of Japanese culture. Since 2011 Mehata has been working under the name “Mehata Sentimental Legend” and released the album “Noum Zeccyou” under Germany’s netlabel Mind Plug Records. Since then he has continued doing musical collaborations with foreign artists and musicians.


Saturday, July 27th, 5p-8p Closing Reception

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Join AIRMW and Hairpin Arts Center for the closing reception of "思考回路/ Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought" with final remarks by curators Kioto Aoki & Kiyomi Negi in the form of an artist talk. They will be discussing their time in June in Tokachi, Japan, as the first part of the Chicago-Obihiro exchange this year, and the works made from the experience; as well as the importance of the multi-general, cross-cultural, global exchange of language, ideas and identity through the arts. Come by to see Daisaku Ueno's finished site-specific work in the gallery space.
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0727-Closing-ReceptionKioto Aoki is a second generation Japanese American artist whose specificity of the analogue image and image-making process. Using the nuances of time, space, form, light and motion, her work explores different modes of perception as it relates to the space between the still and the moving image; as well as the human body within the device of the photographic frame. Kioto is also a performing artist specializing in Japanese traditional music, playing taiko, tsuzumi, and shamisen. She has been performing on stage since the age of 7, and is carrying on the lineage as part of a traditional Japanese performing arts family. Kioto leads Asian Improv aRts Midwest's (AIRMW) Tsukasa Taiko Gintenkai Performance Unit with Kiyomi Negi and is Curatorial Manager for AIRMW's Incubation Program and for the Chicago Obihiro Exhibition. Kiyomi Negi is a second generation Japanese American illustrator and multidisciplinary designer specializing in visual storytelling, branding, and personalized caricatures known as 似顔絵 nigaoe. She often draws inspiration from her heritage in her work, featuring pop, comical drawings reminiscent of mangas she grew up reading or incorporating bold, modern graphics unique to Japanese design. As a bilingual and bicultural Chicago native, Kiyomi enjoys blending inherently (Mid)Western aesthetics with Eastern sensibility to explore the differences found between American and Japanese design trends. Kiyomi currently leads the active Gintenkai premier performance unit in Tsukasa Taiko, completing an average of 70 shows a year including an annual concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art that celebrates its 16th anniversary in December 2019. Kiyomi is also the visual creative behind the brand for 2019 Chicago Obihiro Exhibition: 思考回路 Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thoughts.

MotherArt Revisited

MotherArt: Revisited

MotherArt Collective brings social and political issues mothers face in the world today

MotherArt: Revisited; Interruptions at Hairpin Arts Center July 31st-August 3rd. Press opening is July 31st 6p-9p.

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It’s a mother of a summer and MotherArt: Revisited is bringing the heat!

Formed in the 1970s, the original Mother Art Collective served as a platform to highlight the social and political issues that mothers faced. Although times have changed the goals have not, and there is a new generation of mothers bringing the heat and making waves. Formed in the summer of 2017, MotherArt: Revisited, a collective of women artists is dedicated to creating social-political art, particularly through the collective’s personalized issues. Founder and artist member Jenny Keyser describes the main goal of the collective is to “interrupt and intervene through installations, exhibitions, and written work”.  

MotherArt: Revisited is a Chicago based collective that spreads its roots cross-country and is setting a precedent in the way mother artists are collaborating and working remotely to create art that is unique, educational and inspiring. In the summer of 2017, MotherArt: Revisited debuted with their installation, “Interruption”, which featured work that focused on interrupting the status quo. “MotherArt: Revisited is a collective with diverse artistic practices and perspectives,” said Laura Drey, a MotherArt: Revisited member.  

The exhibition Interruptions is curated by artist members Laura Drey, Elisabeth Dzuricsko, Patricia RAIN Gianneschi, Jessica Mueller and Kris Schaedig. The opening reception is Wednesday, July 31, 6- 9 pm. thru August 3, at Hairpin Art Center located in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois.

The hallmark piece includes a wall-sized video projection of a running washing machine and clothes-lines from which individual Mother Art pieces hang that reference the title “Interruption” Along with the hanging pieces, there is a spoken manifesto and a mother’s voiced concern playing on a loop. Artist member Jessica Mueller said, “This piece is in its second iteration and in the spirit of the original Mother Art, and the work they began in the ’70s, MotherArt: Revisited continues with efforts to represent and support mothers’ voices through art.“ Interruptions creates an immersive experience that draws the viewer into the voices represented.

Additionally, together Hairpin Art Center, and MotherArt: Revisited will be hosting activities and performances to get you moving, thinking and creating. Come for one or stay for all! The dates are as follows:

Tuesday, July 30th, 6-7:30 pm Community workshop, cost-$10 

Wednesday, July 31st, 6-9 pm Opening reception with collective member performances by Jenny Keyser and Jessica Mueller along with her children Ricardo and Alexandra 

Thursday, August 1st, 2- 4:30 pm Workshop, and performance with guest artists Angela James and Katherine Young, cost-$20 

Friday, August 2nd, 7-9 pm Film screening and discussion of Mother Art Tells Her Story, by Laura Silagi, Suzanne Siegel and Deborah Krall, donation bar 

Saturday, August 3rd, 7-10 pm Closing reception with a performance by guest artist Angela James is free with donation bar 

Featured Artists include Marjorie Boyles, Laura Drey, Elisabeth Dzuricsko,
Margarita Fainshtein, Patricia RAIN Gianneschi, Clareese Hill, Beth Iska, Jenny Keyser, Jessica Mueller, Joanne TepperSaffren, Erin Schalk, Kris Schaedig, Galina Shevchenko, Marika Whitaker.
 

Please visit us at http://motherartrevisited.com/

Thank You Piano Forte Chicago

Piano Forte Chicago

 

We would like to acknowledge and thank Piano Forte Chicago for their generous donation of a digital baby grand piano