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International Visitors Program

The International Visitors Program is for the dissemination of contemporary Tokyo culture to the world. In this year, 10 young, art & culture experts will be invited (Oct 21- 29). In addition to contemporary culture in Tokyo , as seen by the young professionals, being disseminated by the specialist networks and media of their respective countries and regions, we aim for the strengthening of an international network through culture and art.


Hasief Ardiasyah
Rolling Stone Indonesia / Indonesia

Hasief Ardiasyah studied International Relations at the University of Indonesia. During his study he started to cover concerts and review albums for a local lifestyle magazine called “djakarta!” as a contributing writer for four years. After graduation he joined the newly-established Indonesian edition of “Rolling Stone” magazine. Since then he has had the privilege of interviewing some of the world’s biggest music stars and legends, including Coldplay, Muse, Duran Duran, Maroon 5, George Clinton, Santana and many more.

Virginie Bobin
curator, critic / France

Virginie Bobin is a Paris-based independent curator and critic and is currently working as a Projects and Publishing Coordinator for Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, center for artistic research, collaborating with international visual and performance artists such as Akram Zaatari, Jennifer Lacey and more. In 2011, she was appointed Associate Editor of “Manifesta Journal”, an international tri-annual publication about contemporary art and curatorial practices. Together with her collective bo-ring, she curated the We Don’t Record Flowers exhibition at Betonsalon (Paris, 2011) and the Performing Memory programme of performances, seminars and talks (Vienna, Leuven, Paris, 2011). Her current collective project is about the notion of ≪re-publication≫ with Paris-based curator Mathilde Villeneuve and a group of international artists.

Christoph Gurk
curator, dramaturg / Germany

Christoph Gurk worked as a journalist for the city magazine “Szene Hamburg” and then as Editor in Chief of the magazine “Spex” in Cologne. He moved into a curatorial role, conceiving projects for steirischer herbst in Graz and was responsible for the music program of Volksbuhne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, an internationally acclaimed theatre in Berlin, where he has also worked as a project dramaturg since 2003. He programmed music for Ruhrtriennale (2009-2011), one of the biggest cultural festivals in Western Europe. Christoph Gurk currently works as curator and dramaturg at the theatre Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, and at Centraltheater in Leipzig. His articles on music, culture and visual art are published in “Spex”, “Texte Zur Kunst”, “Berliner Zeitung”, and various other publications.

Natasha Hassiotis
dance critic / Greece

Natasha Hassiotis is a dance critic and scholar in Athens. She started her career as a professional dance critic in 1992 and has been contributing to several Greek and international newspapers and magazines: Anti, Athens News, Avghi, Ballet/Tanz, Choros, Dancemagazine, Danza & Danza, ELLE, En Choro, Epilogos, Hmerissia, Peritehno, Seven, Theatis, Taxydromos, To Vima, Votre Beaute. She is also teaching at the State School of Dance in Greece. Her interests include education and new technologies, dance and politics, gender issues, psychoanalysis and folk culture. Her video-dance Lois & Clark was chosen at the platform for young choreographers in PACT-Zollverein (2004). Her second video The splendour and the blaze (2006) is on women murderers of the ancient Greek drama titled. She has worked for radio and television and translated several books (Nijinsky’s unexpurgated Diaries among them). Her documentary on the Contemporary Dance in Greece (Greek National Television, 2001) is at the New York Public Library. She is currently working on getting her first book published.

Ruchir Joshi
film maker, writer / India

Ruchir Joshi is a film-maker and writer who lives between Calcutta, Delhi and London. Joshi’s cinema work includes the 16mm films Egaro Mile (Eleven Miles) (Prix Joris Iven, Cinema du Reel, 1991), Memories of Milk City (Main Prize, Oberhausen, 1992), and Tales from Planet Kolkata, (FICCI Prize, Oberhausen 1994). Made across two years with the traditional Baul musician-mystics of Bengal, Egaro Mile was a ground-breaking work in Indian cinema, an anti-ethnographic kino-diary that opened up avenues for the first-person essay film later followed by other independent Indian filmmakers. Memories of Milk City, on the city of Ahmedabad in western India, and Tales from Planet Kolkata, an essay-satire on western perceptions of Calcutta, are both vivid contemplations of cities where the form of the classic documentary is once again exploded by the mix of humour and lyrically beautiful images. Joshi has worked as a free-lance columnist, essayist and provocateur since the early 80s. In 2001, his first novel, The Last Jet-Engine Laugh, was published to some acclaim in India and in the UK and Commonwealth countries. The novel spans a hundred years from 1930 to 2030, telling the story of three generations of a middle-class Indian family from the period of the struggle for Independence to a dystopically funny near-future.
Using the device of a video-game, Joshi examines the ideas of nation, patriotism, non-violence and religious belief across a finely fractured narrative. He is currently working on a new historical novel and a video-film on Calcutta.
One of the keynote speakers of International Conference “Culture and Social Innovation – Tokyo Conference” in Oct.20, 2012.

Lissa Kinnaer
International relations officer at Flemish Institute for Visual, Audiovisual and Media Art / Belgium

Lissa Kinnaer studied Germanic Language and Literature at the Free University of Brussels and at the University of Amsterdam and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Between 2004 and 2006, she worked for the Institute of International Visual Arts in London, the Center for Fine Arts and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. From 2006 to 2011, Lissa Kinnaer was Coordinator of the Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles, a Brussels based cultural network.
In March 2011, she was appointed International Relations officer at BAM, the Flemish Institute for Visual, Audiovisual and Media Art. In 2009-2010, Lissa Kinnaer was a British Council’s Cultural Leadership International fellow. With a solid grounding in international contemporary arts, she currently applies her expertise to connect the world with the Flemish Institute for Visual, Audiovisual and Media Art.

Daniele Perra
journalist, art critic, curator / Italy

Daniele Perra is a journalist, an art critic and curator. He is the Co-founder and Co-Editor of the bi-annual art and fashion magazine “unFLOP paper” and collaborates with other magazines, among which: “GQ Italia” “GQitalia.it”, “GQ STYLE”, “KULT Magazine”, “Artribune”, “Mousse”, “Useless Magazine”. He has curated several exhibitions, among which: Hans Schabus and the Very Pleasure (2006); Trallalero, a project by Luca Vitone (2007); Site_Specific (Crystal Garden), a project by Flavio Favelli (2008); PLAY IT, a night of performances at the Tennis Club Parioli in Rome (2011). He delivered some lectures at NABA and IED and he taught a course of Phenomenology of Contemporary Art at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan (2004-2005). He was Managing Editor of “tema celeste” (1999-2007), Managing Editor of “KULT” magazine (2007-2010), collaborated from 2000 to 2006 with the Sunday issue of “Il Sole24ORE” and from 2011 to 2012 with the cultural supplement Saturno of “Il Fatto Quotidiano”.

Louise Tu’u
writer, producer, curator / New Zealand

Writer, director and curator. Her play, Le Tauvaga (The Competition) directly targeted Pacific Island teenagers and shunned the traditional installation of a theatrical performance in a theatrical setting by using community spaces. In 2007, this work became the first Samoan/New Zealand work presented at the World Indigenous Theatre Reading Series at the Martin E. Segal Center in NYC. In 2005, LOUISE TU’U was the first New Zealand and Pacific Island playwright to be awarded the Royal Court International Theatre Residency, London. Turning her attention to visual arts, Louise initiated and curated the original Top 16 solo show of Janet Lilo in September 2007 at St Paul St Gallery Three. This show, highlighting the overlap between public and private space in social networking, was a phenomenal success. She has also written and directed a number of short films and presented her most recent play Providence exclusively for the homeless community in central Auckland in August 2009. Providence went on to win the Best of Theatre from the New Zealand Herald awards and for Louise, best writer and director. She is currently working on Gaga: the unmentionable which looks at her relationship with her first language, Samoan and stars her mother.

Dagmar Walser
Swiss Radio DRS2, member of program team of Zurcher Theater Spelctakel / Switzerland

Walser studied German literature and art history at the University in Basel/Switzerland and Hamburg/Germany. Since 1999 she is working at Swiss Broadcasting Company DRS2 and in charge of producing and editing programs in the field of Theater/Performing Arts. She is a member of the artistic board of the international Festival Z・cher Theater Spektakel, published books and articles about the theatre in Switzerland and was part of different intercultural projects.

Riduan Zalani
musician / Singapore

Riduan Zalani is one of Singapore’s most prominent young artists, versatile in performing with various drums and percussions, both traditional and contemporary. As a recognized “rhythm instigator”, he has been involved in numerous national as well as international music and arts related projects and festivals. His diligence, discipline and skills made him an essential part of numerous performing groups in Singapore: Wicked Aura Batucada, OrkeStar Trio, SONOFA, and others. He has also worked alongside various local and international artists and musicians, which brought him to various festivals and performances in countries in Asia, Europe, US and so on. With a track record of successful projects, performances and collaborations, Riduan continues to strive towards producing innovative, artistic works and pursue in-depth knowledge in drums. He is especially keen on the development of a Southeast‐Asian ethnic drumming culture in a contemporary setting and bringing international interest to the musical traditions of the Asian heritage.

Presentation of the Participants

This event will be held for those who are interested in building up a network with overseas presenters, artists, and journalists and will provide an opportunity for ten participants of the International Visitor Program to give presentations on each activity and project. This is a valuable opportunity. Please join us on this occasion.

Date and time: Oct 23 (Tue), 2012, 13:00 – 16:30 (Open at 12:30)

Venue: JFIC Hall “SAKURA”, The Japan Foundation
* With Japanese – English simultaneous interpretation.
Number of Seats: 60

1. Registration
Please fill in all necessary items on the registration in an e-mail (1. Name 2. Address 3. Telephone number 4. E-mail address).
Once the application is accepted, a participation certificate will be sent out within three business days by e-mail.

2. Application Deadline
Oct 17 (wed), 2012
* However, when capacity is reached, the application period will be closed. If the application period is closed before the deadline, notification will be provided on this website.

3. Inquiry
Office: International Visitors Program (KINKI NIPPON TOURIST CO., LTD. Event Convention Congress Headquarters Company Sales depertment 5)
POC: Eguchi, Kokubu, Asakawa
Postal Adress: Sumitomo-shoji Kanda-Izumi-cho Bldg., 13F 1-13, Kanda-Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0024
TEL: 03-6891-9305 FAX: 03-6891-9405
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Culture Creation Project (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)

Co-Organizer: The Japan Foundation