The drying up of posts lately has been in large part due to three upcoming things: a) AIT curated 16 Hour Museum which happens over two consecutive weekends (March 17th and March 25th) of which I am one of the curators/ editors. b) Ending of 2006 MAD courses (AIT's contemporary art school program) and preparing for 2007 courses which in Japan begin in April. c) the small, but not insignificant, issue of my wedding in early April. Consequently I have been to no exhibitions or openings, which is not always a bad thing, and instead been spiralling down a sequence of writing, editing, proofing, meetings, teaching and back again to editing...We are making a 100 page photo-copied Journal within the 16 Hour Museum on the issue of Museums now, particularly with reference to Japan and recent changes. I have been the chief editor, and seeing the items come in, I am very excited. This will be the first time AIT produce a publication in paper - something which I think we can continue to do for specific projects or themes in a very cheap and simple way.
My curatorial activities have included working with two artists who will show works in 16 Hour Museum: David Blandy (London) and Mary-Elizabeth Yarbrough (San Francisco) who is resident with us for three months.
The colour image above is one of Mary-Elizabeth's works. She mainly uses patterned contact sheets and various tapes to construct layered and detailed images culled from rock music, conspiracy theories, religious cults and the news. The image shown above was shown in an exhibition which explored American conspiracy theories and shows Flight 77, which is supposed to have crashed into the Pentagon in Washington. The B/W image below is by David Blandy. We will screen a video called 'Soul of London', which is part of an ongoing series of works which traces the journeys of an orange clad monk (the Barefoot Lone Pilgrim, actually David himself) in search of Soul and himself. David's videos weave together familiar fragments from well known films including 'Enter the Dragon', with shots of himself and deep soulful tracks. He was recently chosen for The Jerwood Platform in UK.