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Pacific Crossings w/ Nozomu Ogawa

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January 12, 2019 - January 21, 2019

Pacific Crossings welcomes Nozomu Ogawa Founder/Director of Art Center Ongoing (Tokyo, Japan) for a research visit and set of public talks to connect with BC’s art communities.

Talk #1
Saturday January 12, 2pm
Nozomu Ogawa: Alternative Tokyo Art Scene – What’s going on?
Richmond Art Gallery

Nozomu Ogawa will discuss Art Center Ongoing, the alternative art space/cafe he founded eleven years ago in Kichijyoji, Tokyo. Independently run without public funding since its founding, Art Centre Ongoing is one of the most active and notable art space/residency programs in Tokyo. The space hosts an international artist residency program, and holds bi-weekly exhibitions with public talks, workshops and live performances. Ogawa will also share TERATOTERA a year round public art project developed in collaboration with City of Tokyo and Art Council Tokyo. Ogawa’s presentation will discuss the Tokyo alternative art scene and unique art practices by the young and emerging artists.

Talk # 2
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Nozomu Ogawa: Alternative Asian Art Network – How Do They Survive?
Artspeak (233 Carrall St, Vancouver)

Nozomu Ogawa will share his recent experience of a three month research trip he undertook to eighty three art spaces throughout Southeast Asia. Throughout this trip, Ogawa was inspired by the concept and practice of “collective” ways of working among artists. The sharing of resources and networking, as pragmatic strategies within a complex socio-political context with no public funding for the arts. Inspired by this research, Ogawa founded the ‘Ongoing Collective’, with his colleagues, consisting of artists curators and musicians who were seeking new economies and strategies for alternative cultural production.

Pacific Crossings is a conversation and public presentation series that draws participants from across the ocean. This collaborative project works to bring together perspectives in an evolving and dynamic exchange, instigating events and activities that can increase public awareness of the multitude of traditions, histories, and practices, offering potential routes for intersection to take place.

As a space that connects but is not determined by any one people or place, the Pacific Ocean is a fluid region. Our engagement through it imagines the alliances, meeting points or crossing of paths that can take place and where mutual influence, responsibility and care come to build and sustain a shared body of work and practices. Thinking both metaphorically and ecologically, the series will address the care and consideration that must emerge for long term healthy exchange, and the sharing in responsibility as much as resources.

Pacific Crossings takes place on the unceded Territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

Pacific Crossings is an ongoing series of events conceived of by Makiko Hara, Bopha Chhay (Artspeak), Allison Collins (Western Front), and Shaun Dacey (Richmond Art Gallery).

Pacific Crossings is an ongoing series of events conceived of by Makiko Hara, Bopha Chhay (Artspeak), Allison Collins (Western Front), and Shaun Dacey (Richmond Art Gallery).

Presenter’s Bio: Nozomu Ogawa
Born in 1976, Tokyo. Director of Art Center Ongoing. Graduated from Musashino Art University in 2001, and completed an MA from the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo. From 2002 to 2006, he has organized an annual exhibition showcasing a diverse network of artists. In 2018, based on this network, he launched Art Center Ongoing, an art complex in Kichijoji. He also serves as Chief Director of TERATOTERA, an art project, that has developed programs deployed in the area between JR Koenji station and Kokubunji station.