May 25, 2024

IAT Discussion – Hacking the Institution

October 12, 2022
5:00pm – 6:00pm

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ERL and IAT (Institute of Art and Technology) is proud to present the first IAT Open Discussion for 2022/2023 at Liverpool School of Art and Design.

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Visiting Researchers and Collaborators Leonhard Bartolomeus (Barto) and Keina Konno of YCAM (Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media) will talk about YCAM and their interest in opening up and rethinking Institutions through Constituent use and participation. Barto and Keina will share some experiences of Institutional hacking within the Japanese context and beyond, and outline some of their plans for the next steps of their curatorial projects at YCAM.

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Keina Konno (b. 1989, Kanagawa, Japan) is part of the Education Team at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media. Before joining the Education Team, she worked at YCAM since 2013 as a video engineer and interaction designer. She uses computer programming, building electronic devices, and handcraft skills to create “new glasses” (new perspectives) to see the world. On top of that, Keina is also interested in using those things to create new methods of communication and archive what will happen. Currently, Keina is developing various programs for public engagement utilising new media.

Leonhard Bartolomeus (b. 1987) is a curator at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan. In 2012, after graduating from the Jakarta Institute of Art, Barto joined ruangrupa (and later on Gudskul Ekosistem) until his departure to Japan in 2019. His curatorial, teaching, and research activities in recent years started to shift to the intersection between art, education, and community engagement. In 2017 alongside several curators in Jakarta, Semarang, and Surabaya, he co-founded a curatorial collective called KKK (Kolektif Kurator Kampung / Urban Poor Curator). Apart from that, he still passionately does independent research and collaborative projects abroad. He lives and works in Yamaguchi, Japan.

The Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, commonly known as “YCAM”, is an art centre located in Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. In addition to exhibition spaces, the Center’s facilities include a cinema, library, workshop spaces and a restaurant. Operating around a central axis defined by the pursuit of new artistic expression incorporating media technology, the Center has been hosting various events, including exhibitions, performances, movie screenings, workshops for children, etc., since its opening in November 2003.

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More information about YCAM can be found here.

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