Resident Artists 2021 Announced!

ARCUS Project has announced the artist selected for this year’s residency. The program received 233 applicants from 52 countries and regions around the world. Following a careful screening process, Marjolein van der Loo from the Netherlands has been selected. She will join the two participants from the 2020 online residency—Ieva Raudsepa (Latvia) and millonaliu (Klodiana Millona and Yuan Chun Liu) (Albania, Taiwan)—for the 2021 online residency held for 85 days from December 3, 2021, to February 25, 2022. OLTA (Japan) will participate in the residency at ARCUS Studio in Moriya, Ibaraki.

Marjolein van der Loo (The Netherlands)

As the judges for this year’s applications, we welcomed Yu Iseki, a curator at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, and Shinobu Nomura, a senior curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, who made the selection through a process of discussion with the ARCUS Project Administration Committee.

Though the ongoing coronavirus pandemic still makes it difficult to travel, ARCUS Project is harnessing the experience and know-how it has cultivated over the years, and continuing to support artists in their creative endeavors and practices.

Marjolein van der Loo

マリョライン・ファン・デル・ロー

Photo: Roel Janssen


[Selected Exhibitions and Activities]
2021 CCA Kitakyushu Fellowship Program, Center for Contemporary Art CCA Kitakyushu,
Kitakyushu, Japan (cancelled due to Covid-19)
2019 Around the Fire, Jan van Eyck Academie (as a curator), Maastricht, The Netherlands
2019 Once Upon A Town, Urban Storytelling Festival (as a curator), Maastricht, The Netherlands
2019 Student Day Program, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (as a curator), Helsinki, Finland
2018 Alternative Education Programme, Rupert, Vilnius, Latvia

マリョライン・ファン・デル・ロー

Lunar Calendar, Project, 2018

マリョライン・ファン・デル・ロー

Once Upon A Time, Project, 2019

マリョライン・ファン・デル・ロー

Speculations on a Wild Strawberry, Project, 2019

Born in Geleen, the Netherlands, in 1987, Marjolein van der Loo is based in Maastricht. She studied art education at Zuyd University of Applied Science in Maastricht and then visual cultures and curating at Aalto University in Helsinki. Alongside her work as a curator and educator, Van der Loo engages critically with modern society in her practice and methodology, attempting to reconnect humankind and nature. As a form of resistance against our homogenizing and exclusionary society, she collaborates with various partners and develops educational projects and exhibitions that utilize not only sight but all the senses. Her projects, including Lunar Calendar, an almanac for artistic practice developed from traditions of biodynamic farming and astrology, indicate the future that lies beyond modern society from the perspective of the nonhuman and ways for humans to survive.
https://www.marjoleinvanderloo.com

[Reason for Selection]
Marjolein van der Loo plans to investigate the Cercidiphyllum japonicum (katsura) tree and the related figure of Katsura-otoko (katsura man), which she hopes to present in the form of a video work or lecture performance as part of her engagement with the relationship between humans and ecosystems from the perspective of plants. Originally a character in Chinese folklore called Wu Gang and then spreading to Japan and developing into Katsura-otoko, both versions of the figure are associated with the moon. Attempting to reinterpret humankind through the framework of plants and the moon, Van der Loo will explore a relative understanding of modern society and capitalism, which have caused a rift between humans and nature and brought imbalance to ecosystems. In so doing, she will endeavor to illuminate decolonial paths. An artist, curator, and educator, Van der Loo’s methodology sees her present research while exploring a wide range of approaches, including workshops, writing, exhibitions, performances, and lectures.

Overview of the 2021 Selection

In fiscal 2021, applications were accepted for one resident artist with non-Japanese nationality. For the first time since ARCUS Project launched, a fee was charged to apply. As such, the number of applicants was lower than usual, decreasing to 233. On the other hand, there was a notable overall improvement in the quality of applicants in terms of their activities and residency plans and the screening process unfolded as a series of in-depth discussions. Applicants’ plans included socially engaged projects, such as the ecology of plants and lakes, the electronic waste that is the underside of advances in digital technology, conflict between military bases and residents, interpreting the city materially through concrete and its consumption, and using art as a means of healing the community. From these many candidates, we chose a practitioner who collaborates widely with others to reconnect humankind and nature.

Keisuke Ozawa (Director of ARCUS Project)

Ieva Raudsepa

Ieva Raudsepa

Photo: Alia Ali

Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1992, Ieva Raudsepa is now based in Los Angeles. After studying philosophy at the University of Latvia, she received an MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. As someone born following the independence of Latvia from the Soviet Union, and brought up during the subsequent period of transition from communism to capitalism, Raudsepa’s work attempts mainly through photography and video to capture her fellow members of this young generation that emerged immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In her video practice, she creates narratives by effectively fusing theory and fiction, and then re-questions these narratives at a metalevel. Alongside revealing the fictionality of a performance by having actors perform in everyday spaces, she is interested in what actual circumstances tell us by chance.

millonaliu [Klodiana Millona & Yuan Chun Liu]

millonaliu [Klodiana Millona & Yuan Chun Liu]

Photo: Pichaya Puapoomcharoen

The Rotterdam-based millonaliu is a duo of spatial designers and researchers comprising Klodiana Millona from Albania and Yuan Chun Liu from Taiwan. After studying interior architecture at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, they began developing interdisciplinary activities with a focus on architecture. The duo’s work encompasses everything from architectural practice to video, publishing, exhibitions, and workshops. Made during a stay in Ukraine, Leave Us Alone examines factories left behind after social change, and by holding a festival in collaboration with workers, millonaliu highlighted the social aspect of factories whereby an isolated community is formed while the times move on.

OLTA

OLTA

Photo: Shingo Kanagawa

OLTA is a group of six artists formed in Tokyo in 2009. Its practice to date has focused on collective acts within particular communities like games and festivals, and the communication that unfolds there, which it has reconfigured and re-enacted in such works as Hyper Popular Art Stand Play and TRANSMISSION PANG PANG. Its recent work Cultivate House saw the group undertake cultivation and production at a mobile home built on untilled land. OLTA’s practice disrupts the foundations of various communities, and brings out the ideas, customs, language, and lifestyles that underpin these.

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