Talks & Events

Alternative Asian Art Networks – How Do They Survive?

January 15, 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.

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. Notably, 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. The results of his trip can be seen on the web site.

Nozomu will also be speaking at the Richmond Art Gallery on Saturday, January 12, at 2pm. A talk entitled Alternative Tokyo Art Scene – What’s going on? Nozomu will discuss Art Center Ongoing, an independently run art space and cafe he founded, without public funding, eleven years ago in Kichijyoji, Tokyo.

NOZOMU OGAWA was born and lives in Tokyo and is currently Director of Art Center Ongoing. He 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 organized an annual juried exhibition showcasing a diverse network of artists. In 2008, based on this network, he launched Art Center Ongoing, an art complex in Kichijoji. He also serves as Chief Director of TERATOTERA, an artist project that develops programs in the area between JR Koenji station and Kokubunji station.

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 would like to thank the BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture via the International Presence Fund for making this program possible.