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In Residence | Casa Wabi | Mexico

Megumi Matsubara is in residence at Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico, upon invitation and with support by Fundación Casa Wabi, Residency Program 2019.
Curator: Alberto Ríos de la Rosa, Paola Jasso

*About Fundación Casa Wabi >

Salzburg Global Seminar | Parks for the Planet – Nature and Childhood | Austria

Megumi Matsubara participated in Salzburg Global Seminar, and discussed the theme “Parks for the Planet – Nature and Childhood: From Research and Activism to Policies for Global Change” ~ Session 608

The Parks for the Planet Forum is a ten-year collaboration to reconnect people and nature in a urbanized world. Launched in 2015, it aims to improve human and societal wellbeing by expanding access to nature-rich urban spaces, increasing investments in urban conservation, and creating dynamic partnerships between people, cities, and protected area systems.

Invited by Salzburg Global Seminar, coordinated by Program Director Dominic Regester and the team.

All participants:
* Karen Keenleyside  [Vice Chair for People and Parks, IUCN WCPA, Co-Chair, IUCN #NatureForAll, Senior Advisor, #NatureForAll, Parks Canada, Canada]
* Hiroi Ariyama  [Co-Founder, Assistant Architecture Firm, Japan]
* Maria Auma  [Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Luxury Investments (BLI), Uganda]
* Dima Boulad  [Designer and Co-Founder, Beirut Green Project, Lebanon]
* Neil Coleman  [Mentor OPAL Midlands, Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL), UK]
* Priya Cook  [Principal Associate, Connecting Children to Nature, National League of Cities, USA]
* Katalin Czippán  [International Consultant, Education and Communication for Sustainable Development Issues, National University of Public Service (NUPS), Hungary]
* Jack Graham  [Journalist, Apolitical, UK]
* Anabel Gulias Torreiro  [Councilor, Bloque Nacionalista Galego (BNG), City Council of Pontevedra, Spain]
* Charlotte Kalanzi  [Environmental Education Officer, C&L Fumigation and Cleaning Co. Ltd., Uganda]
* Margaret Lamar  [Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Children and Nature, USA]
* Sabelo Lindani  [Head of Green Futures College, Grootbos Foundation, South Africa]
* Miguel Lores  [Mayor of Pontevedra, Spain]
* Karen MacLean  [Co-Founder, The Green free School (Den Grønne Friskole), Denmark]
* Heather Nonhlanhla Maseko  [Assistant National Coordinator, Civil Society Network on Climate Change, Malawi]
* Megumi Matsubara  [Co-Founder, Assistant Architecture Firm, Japan]
* Andrew Moore  [Director of Youth and Young Adult Connection, National League of Cities, USA]
* Joanna Nurse  [Strategic Advisor, InterAction Council, UK]
* Meg Otieno  [National Coordinator/CEO, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, Kenya]
* Alex Plum  [Director, Development & Innovation, The Global Health Initiative Henry Ford Health System, USA]
* Antonio Luiz Prieto Méndez  [Head of Communication and Press,Pontevedra’s City Council, Spain]
* Cath Prisk  [Global Partnerships Director, Project Dirt, UK]
* Stephanie Sanderson  [Consultant, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), UK]
* Sean Southey  [Chief Executive Officer, PCI Media Impact & Chair, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), USA]
* Tan Suwanprik  [Local Coordinator for Achieving Low Carbon Growth in Cities Through Sustainable Urban System Management, Thailand]
* Adrian Voce  [President, European Network for Child Friendly Cities, Author of Policy for Play (Policy Press, 2015), UK]

> Salzburg Global Seminar
> More about Session 608

Photo © Sean Southey

NOT NEW NOW: Marrakech Biennale

Megumi Matsubara participates in Not New Now, the 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale, taking place on February 24 to May 8, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Curated by Reem Fadda
Assistant curator Ilaria Conti

Exhibition period: 24 February – 8 May, 2016
Press preview: 23 February
Opening week: 24–28 February

Main venues: Palais Bahia, Palais El Badii

Participating artists: Talal Afifi, Haig Aivazian, El Anatsui, Tarek Atoui, Kader Attia, Dana Awartani, Yto Barrada, Isak Berbic, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Farid Belkahia, Ahmed Bouanani, Touda Bouanani, Mohamed Chebaa, Manthia Diawara, Melvin Edwards, Ali Essafi, Khalil El Ghrib, Sam Gilliam, David Hammons, Mohssin Harraki, Mona Hatoum, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Saba Innab, Bouchra Khalili, Radhika Khimji, Rachid Koraichi, Al Loving, Khaled Malas, Djibril Diop Mambety, Jumana Manna, Ahmed Mater, Megumi Matsubara, Mohammed Melehi, Naeem Mohaiemen, Mohamed Mourabiti, Radouan Mriziga, Oscar Murillo, Sara Ouhaddou, Khalil Rabah, SUPERFLEX, Rayyane Tabet, The Otolith Group, Eric Van Hove, Adrián Villar Rojas, Fatiha Zemmouri

Workshop & Installation | ESAV

Megumi Matsubara will develop a two-day installation with the students and visitors of ESAV Marrakech, following her lecture “Wind & Lightness” given at the school in February:

Passionné de cinéma et/ou de graphisme? L’ESAV Marrakech vous invite à ses Journées Portes Ouvertes du 27-28 mars 2015 de 10h à 19h.

Au programme : du 25 au 28 mars

Performance visuelle et sonore: workshop work-in-progress avec Megumi Matsubara

music concert at Institut Mohamed 5 for the blind and visually-impaired, Fès

Megumi Matsubara & Léo Fabre-Cartier présentent Concert Musical de Oud.

The concert takes place linked to UNE CHAMBRE ROUGE; Megumi Matsubara’s work inspired by and dedicated to Fès Medina in Morocco composed of photography, text and music.

The students at the blind school (Institut Mohamed 5 for the blind and visually-impaired) have been on strike to claim their rights since October 2012 until now. Based on the theory of Andalusian oud (ancient Arabic instrument) that relates colours to the tones of music, the collected voices and essays about red written in Arabic Braille were translated into the sound of music.

Oud players: Leo Fabre-Cartier, Omar Taki

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In her latest solo show RÊVEURS RÊVE RÊVES in Marrakech (Morocco), Megumi Matsubara was strongly inspired by the relationship that she has developed with the blind children she met in Marrakech. Matsubara asked the children what they dreamt of in the night. Through those answers, where neither of them have visual control, she has woven a narrative that can be possessed by all.

The project included a pottery workshop with the children. On the occasion of Artbeat Music and Art Festival in Egypt, the artist brought this workshop for the blind children in Cairo. The workshop took place on 12th of October with 13 visually-impaired girls from Al Nour Wal Amal Association. The results are on view until 20th of November in the basement of the pottery klin standing in the garden of Darb1718.

The project was realised with a generous support of Darb 1718 (Egypt) and Pola Art Foundation (Japan).

Which is moving: people or architecture?

Assistant’s workshop 《Which is moving: people or architecture?》 was carried out. The participants were guided by Megumi Matsubara on site and Hiroi Ariyama attended over the phone.
The documentation of the workshop will be up on Assistant / House of 33 Years website.


Kime to Kehai: Texture and Sense

Assistant (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) will participate in “Kime to Kehai: Textures”; a group exhibition combined with artist-in-residence at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan.

Our project explores the parts of architecture as exhibiting pieces. A few selected parts of the House of 33 Years, a residence under construction in Nara planned to complete in Autumn 2012, will be built and verified by us in the exhibition space. After the show, those parts will be transferred to the actual site and be assembled to the house they should belong to. The project raises a question “Which is moving; people or architecture?”

*Megumi Matsubara will be in attendance on site from mid July until the show opening, as well as around the date of the workshop scheduled on 26th August.

Texture and Sense

The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) has conducted Artist in Residence programs since its founding in 2001. The theme for the 2012 year is “storytelling”. Artists are storytellers who describe and convey the present world through their art activities and productions by interpreting contemporary society from myriad perspectives and offering previously unforeseen values or posing challenging questions. Pieces are created clearly and logically, but sometimes a story world hides behind each piece, containing poetic beauty and completely novel ideas which transcend logic, which would otherwise remain incomprehensible by looking a piece’s structure alone.

In this exhibition, “Texture and Sense”, we focus on each piece’s subtleties, its story world in the backdrop. “Touch” suggests the intricate surface designs and patterns and corresponds with the word “texture” in English. The word “texture” holds many meanings; it can mean anything from “structure” and “composition” to “touch” or “feel” or “features”. The words of well-known 20th-century architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, “God is in the details,” tell of a strong awareness towards the most detailed textures.

Throughout the exhibitions, we hope you will sense the quiet story which dwells in the details of each of our artists’ pieces.

Anni Leppälä
Assistant [ MATSUBARA Megumi + ARIYAMA Hiroi ]
HOKI Nobuya

July 28 (Sat) – September 17 (Mon), 2012 10:00-18:00
Open every day during exhibition period / Admission free

■ Opening Event
Artist Talk by the Artists
July 28 (Sat), 2012 14:30-16:00 / Free
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Lounge

■Related Events

Anni Leppälä 
◎Lecture “Mystery of the visible”
Anni will discuss the state of photography in Finland in addition to introducing her own work.
August 12 (Sun), 2012 14:30-16:00 / Free
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Lounge

Makoto Nomura
◎Concert & Talk “Nomura Makoto / John Cage”
Nomura will hold a piano concert to commemorate the 100th birthday of the late John Cage.
September 5 (Wed), 2012
Doors open: 19:00 / Start: 19:30
◎Concert & Talk “Concert of Farm”
This is an original piano concert in which Nomura will present his own work in a space created especially by him.
September 8 (Sat) & 9 (Sun), 2012 Doors open: 14:00 / Start: 14:30 / Free
◎Concert & Talk “Piano of Vegetable”
It’s the concert made by the encounter of vegetables and piano. Final concert by the artist.
Capacity: 30 people (Applications accepted by order of arrival)
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Gallery B

Hoki Nobuya
◎Lecture & Workshop
“Lines and Borders”
After listening to Nobuya Hoki speak about his works and his pursuit of the distinct methods of drawing that characterize his work, we will experience his techniques for ourselves. 
August 19 (Sun), 2012 13:00-16:00 / Free
Eligibility: Junior high school students or above
Capacity: 20 people (Reservations required / Applications accept by order of arrival)
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Workshop Studio

Assistant [ Megumi Matsubara + Hiroi Ariyama ]
◎Gallery Tour & Workshop
In this workshop, we will experience Assistant’s exhibition space and pavilion while enjoying their work and the ACAC’s architecture.
August 26 (Sun), 2012 14:30-16:30 / Free
Eligibility: Open to anyone
Capacity: 15 people (Reservations required / Applications accept by order of arrival)
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Gallery A

Gallery Tour

In this tour, an ACAC staff member will navigate you through the exhibitions so that you can experience each one to the fullest.
August 18 (Sat), 2012 / September 2 (Sun), 2012 14:30-15:30
Reservations not required
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre Exhibition Hall