Rapt! 20 Contemporary Artists from Japan

Project Manager & one of the Australian Curatorial Advisors on Rapt! an ambitious program that exposed Japanese contemporary practice to an Australian audience in 2006.

Update: the website we established for the project was hosted by the Japan Foundation, and recently was taken down with their redesign. The archived site is now housed here.



Yuken Teruya: Artspace (Sydney) 31 July–25 Sept.

Yuki Kimura: Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne) 2 Aug. 7 Sept.

Lieko Shiga: Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane) 2 Aug.30 Sept.

Tadasu Takamine: 24HR Art (Darwin) 6 Sept.22 Sept.

Shiro Takatani: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Perth) 6 Sept.–15 Sept. Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (Melbourne) 16 Sept.–30 Sept.

Kyota Takahashi: Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (Melbourne) Sept.

2) Exhibitions

Atelier Bow-Wow: City Square (Melbourne) 24 Aug.–2 Sept.

Atelier Bow-Wow / Yuken Teruya: Object Gallery (Sydney) 2 Sept.–5 Nov.

Yuki Kimura / Tomoaki Ishihara / Nobuya Hoki: Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne) 6 Sept.–18 Nov.

Hirofumi Katayama / Asako Narahashi / Kazuna Taguchi / Tomoko Konoike: Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne) 8 Sept.–21 Oct.

Yuken Teruya / Tadasu Takamine: Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (Melbourne) 29 Sept.–21 Oct.

Shiro Takatani / Ryoko Aoki + Zon Ito: West Space (Melbourne) 29 Sept.–21 Oct.

Shiro Takatani: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Perth): Sept.

Jin Kurashige / Yutaka Sone: RMIT Project Space (Melbourne) 2 Oct.–27 Oct.

Naohiro Ukawa: Kings Artist Run Initiative (Melbourne) 7 Oct.–28 Oct.

Lieko Shiga: Seventh Gallery (Melbourne) 10 Oct.–4 Nov.

Kyota Takahashi: Spacement Gallery (Melbourne) 10 Oct–29 Oct.

Rei Naito: Nillumbik Shire’s Birrarung (Eltham, Melbourne outter suburbs) 13 Oct.–29 Oct.

3)Workshops/ Lectures

Atelier Bow-Wow 24 , 25 Aug., 29 Aug.–2 Sept.

Atelier Bow-Wow + Taira Nishizawa 26 Aug.–28 Aug.
Venue: City Square (Melbourne)

14 Oct. -Symposium (venue: The Asialink Centre)

4)Public Projection or Performance

Kyota Takahashi: Lonsdale Street Power Station chimney, Melbourne 12 & 13 Oct.

5) Symposium & Screening Program

Kitada Akihiro, Igarashi Taro, Maeda Kyoji, Stuart Koop, Philip Brophy, Kathryn Hunyor, Fumihiko Sumitomo, Shihoko Iida.

Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne, 14 Oct.


Project Credits

1)20 Participating Artists

Atelier Bow-Wow, Taira Nishizawa, Nobuya Hoki, Lieko Shiga, Tomoaki Ishihara, Yutaka Sone, Ryoko Aoki + Zon Ito, Kazuna Taguchi, Hirofumi Katayama, Kyota Takahashi, Yuki Kimura, Tadasu Takamine, Tomoko Konoike, Shiro Takatani, Jin Kurashige, Yuken Teruya, Rei Naito, Naohiro Ukawa, Asako Narahashi

2) Curators

Yukihiro Hirayoshi (Curator, the National Museum of Art, Osaka)
Shihoko Iida (Curator, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery)
Fumihiko Sumitomo (Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo)

Japanese Curatorial Advisors
Taro Igarashi (Architectural Historian / Associate Professor, Tohoku University)
Akihiro Kitada (Sociologist / Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo)
Kyoji Maeda (Staff Writer, Cultural News Department, The Yomiuri Shimbun)

Australian Curatorial Advisors
Philip Brophy (Artist/ Curator/ Lecturer/ Performer/ Writer)
Max Delany (Artistic Director, Monash University Museum of Art)
Blair French (Executive Director, Artspace)
Lily Hibberd (Artist/ Editor, un. magazine)
Kathryn Hunyor (Communications Manager, Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design)
Jeff Khan (Communication Manager, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces)
Stuart Koop (Independent Curator/ Senior Arts Officer, Arts Victoria)
Robert Leonard(Director, Institute of Modern Art)
Simon Maidment (Director, West Space)
Hannah Mathews (Curator, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts)
Karra Rees (Assistant Curator, Centre for Contemporary Photography)
Louise-Anne Zahra (RMIT Project Space)

Australian Project Team
Simon Maidment (Project Manager / Director, West Space)
Angela Brophy (Project Assistant and Marketing Manager)

The Japan Foundation

4)Australian Partner Organisations

24HR Art (Darwin)
Central TAFE (Melbourne)
Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne)
City of Melbourne (Melbourne)
Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (Melbourne)
Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane)
Kings Artist Run Initiative (Melbourne)
Monash University Faculty of Art and Design (Melbourne)
Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne)
Nillumbik Shire Council (Eltham(near Melbourne))
Object Gallery (Sydney)
RMIT Faculty of the Constructed Environment (Melbourne)
RMIT Project Space (Melbourne)
School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne)
Seventh Gallery (Melbourne)
Spacement Gallery (Melbourne)
West Space (Melbourne)
Artspace (Sydney)
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Perth)
The Asialink Centre (Melbourne)

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