PROGRAMRESEARCH FELLOWS

Institute of Contemporary Arts Kyoto
RESEARCH FELLOWS

Foster Mickley

  • Nationality :

    American

  • Activity base/place :

    Kyoto, Japan

  • Enrolled :

    2021 Fall

Research theme :

My research is within arts communities and the formation and expression of utopian and inclusive communities in the Kansai area. I will make a photographic documentation presenting the vitality of self expression, identity freedom, and inclusivity.

Outline :

I will try to learn from Kansai artists, understand their perspectives and hopes, how young artists express their imaginations and how established artists translate their intentions to the next generation.

Photography will be a way of communicating immediacy of the environments, and writing will give depth to the sensibility of those involved.

Juliette Pénélope Pépin

  • Nationality :

    French

  • Activity base/place :

    Pluridisciplinary artist

  • Enrolled :

    2021 Fall

Research theme :

Concerned with highlighting different phenomena specific to the more-than-human, Juliette Pénélope’s project, Biocœnose, will explore the way in which some myths and scientific insights shape our relationship to the non-human. It is a project based on research, artistic experimentation, as well as pedagogy and above all ecology.

Outline :

During her research program at the ICA Kyoto, Juliette Pénélope will develop Biocœnose main thesis: «[Re]-learning with the biological immutable. An artistic research on new forms of coexistence, human and non-human, inspired by different apprehensions of amphibians, scientific, spiritual and popular, in France and Japan.». The project will then be presented through two installations and a printed publication.

Leia Barela Roach

  • Nationality :

    American

  • Activity base/place :

    Kyoto, Japan

  • Enrolled :

    2021 Fall

Research theme :

During my time in Global Seminar (at Kyoto University of the Arts), I researched the arts and culture in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and my home-town – Los Alamos, New Mexico (USA). I will continue this research to explore different methods of reactions to trauma, or how to discuss difficult subjects to children through the use of art.

Outline :

To begin my research with ICA, I will talk with kamishibai storytellers to see how and what kinds of stories they give to their audiences. Using online and in person resources in storytelling, I hope to develop my own kamishibai story or method of storytelling in English, but also Japanese if possible.

Loana Gatti

  • Nationality :

    Swiss and Italian

  • Activity base/place :

    Vevey, Switzerland

  • Enrolled :

    2021 Fall

Research theme :

Rooted in critical pedagogies and socially engaged art practices, my research is an attempt for a sensorial proposal in the contemporary art landscape through ecopedagogy.

Outline :

I wish to activate a space for learning and sharing in collaboration with all beings through agroecofocused activities enhancing local knowledge such as gardening, cooking or crafting. By seeing the garden as a potential space to once again ignite the long-lost human-nature bond, the articulation of an open platform where material practice is favored could allow multiple actions and dialogues to emerge, building resistance and raising collective environmental awareness. Recovery will start from mending our ruptured kinship with nature.

Sung Nam HAN

  • Nationality :

    Korean

  • Activity base/place :

    Tokyo and Kobe

  • Enrolled :

    2021 Fall

Research theme :

Her research topics will include any or all of the following four areas:
1. Building an online exhibition platform
2. Planning, theoretical research, and practice of Art Archives
3. Pursuit of new possibilities in the viewing of images (AR, VR, and pocketable images such as smartphone viewing)
4. Research on labors in the sea, underwater video shooting, and underwater sounds

Outline :

Sung Nam HAN makes video works and video installations, and organizes and curates contemporary art festivals and art events.

Yuni Hong Charpe

  • Nationality :

    French

  • Activity base/place :

    France and Japan

  • Enrolled :

    2021 Fall

Research theme :

« Encore, mais autrement (Again, in a different way) »
Creation of a lecture-performance and video installation based on images and discourses about Choi Seung-hee.

Outline :

Choi Seung-hee(1911-1969) is a dancer from Korea under Japanese occupation. After dancing in Korea, Japan, and worldwide, she moved to North Korea to establish her dance center. As the dances and discourses of Choi were repeatedly performed in different places and different ways by herself and others, her identity seemed to be divided and fixed in different directions. What images and language have made Choi a Japanese, a Korean, and one of the icons of Oriental beauty? Based on these considerations, I hope to re-question the identity that has been assigned to us today and take a new perspective on it.