Independent Curator Mizuki Endo spoke at our MAD curating course last night. Mizuki is based in Fukuoka and has been running rhythm , a platform generator organisation founded by him in 2001. He began a DIY magazine in 2001, and has since organised numerous noise/ experimental music events, art projects, film screenings and set up alternative spaces in various cities. One of my favourite projects is 'Bunker Music', begun three years ago in the basement space of a dentist in the centre of Fukuoka city. Not having the money to buy CD's of many musicians and groups he was interested to learn more about, Mizuki decided to initiate a listening lounge once a month, where twenty or so people gather to listen to a curated selection of one artist or group's music. They borrow CD's from local independent record shops and create a space to collectively enjoy them. Thus far they have held these nights once a month and covered artists from Faust through to Ornette Coleman. A bar covers some basic costs, and the independent record shops also sell a few CD's, making it good for them to lend the records. Mizuki also always makes a cheap flier on which the monthly artists discography and untranslated liner notes or interviews are included.
Mizuki was awarded first prize of the Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi young curators prize in 2005 and realised the exhibition 'Aesthetics/ Dietetics' at the Gamec Museum of Contemporary Art. Read about it here.
AIT will work with Mizuki next year on an experimental remote teaching/ research project. He will spend six months travelling in the US on an Asian Cultural Council grant.