HAPPENINGText: Ryo Takahashi

Keith Lam at “Mobile Talk 2016 #1 OSAKA” FLAG studio, Osaka, Photo: Gottingham

The third speaker was Hong Kong-based media artist Keith Lam, who has received an award at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival. He has addressed Hong Kong’s land issues in his past works. As a city where people are concentrated in a small area, there is limited space for each individual in Hong Kong. This issue remains a thematic focus area in his work.

Keith Lam’s work exhibited in Mobile Talk, Photo: Gottingham

Keith Lam’s “Signal Morphor: The Orchestra” performance, Sense LIVE! at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong, 2011

Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong, 2011 In addition to his work as an artist, he manages a gallery and co-working space. By offering a space that many people can utilize, the individual transforms into the collective. It is also a way for him to contribute to his personal theme of “space”.

Ou Ning at “Mobile Talk 2016 #1 OSAKA” FLAG studio, Osaka, Photo: Gottingham

The event’s last speaker was curator Ou Ning who has undertaken numerous large-scale design and architecture exhibitions in China. He has curated both domestically and internationally, including the Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, a sound art exhibition at an off-limits building in London, and a traveling exhibition held in cities all over China.

Ou Ning’s work exhibited in Mobile Talk, Photo: Gottingham

“Get It Louder” (2010) curated by Ou Ning

As a curator, Ning collaborates with various designers and artists whenever he takes part in an event. He considers his work as creations that emerge through mixing, precisely, the independent and the collective.

“Mobile Talk 2016 #1 Osaka”, FLAG studio, Osaka, Photo: Gottingham

In recent years, the relations between Japan and other Asian countries have become much closer due to improvements in transportation and the prevalence of the Internet. The waves of globalization have been surging for those in the creative field as well; jobs in Japan can be taken on by creators in other Asian countries, and vice versa. Under such conditions, for Asian creators who work independently and collectively to meet in Osaka, this event was an opportunity for them to learn about the creative world in a larger regional context, and to stimulate each other as friendly rivals.

FLAG studio, Osaka, Photo: Gottingham, Installation work: Studio Spass, Rotterdam

Osaka — the first convening city for this series — houses Kansai International Airport, a hub for low-cost airlines, and is physically closer to other Asian countries compared to Tokyo. Utilizing networks formed at this event, more Japanese creators can be expected to work in other Asian countries.

Mobile Talk 2016 #1 Osaka
Date: July 30th, 2016, 15:00 – 18:00
Place: FLAG studio
Address: 1F Awaza Rise Tower’s Flag 46, 2-1-37 Enokojima, Nishi-ku, Osaka
Guest speaker: Na Kim (South Korea/Graphic Designer), Ou Ning (China/Curator), Keith Lam (Hong Kong/New Media Artist, Representative of Maker space “LAB)”, Yan You (China/Representative of Independent Photo Publisher “Jiazazhi Press”)
MC: Tetsuya Goto (OOOProjects) *consecutive interpreting
Organized by DECOBOCO
Managed by OOO Projects, Milkxhake
Admission: advance; 4,000 yen / door; 4,500 yen (including snack and 1 drink)

Text: Ryo Takahashi
Translation: Makiko Arima

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