Naoko Mabon among other creative practitioners has been awarded the Mandate Climate Action Fund, delivered in partnership between SCAN & Engage Scotland and supported by Creative Scotland. The fund is designed to help SCAN and Engage members undertake training with a climate or sustainability focus, develop creative activity with a sustainability focus or acquire materials that support climate adaptation in their creative practice.Read More
Naoko Mabon has contributed to Not From Here, Sluice magazine’s Autumn 2021 issue. To respond to the theme of the issue “immigrants”, Naoko wrote a text around the 2018 project in São Paulo entitled Kyojitsu-Hiniku: Between the Skin and the Flesh of Japan, which explored the identity of Nipo-Brazilian, developed through a process and consequence of the physical movement of people (featured work by: Juliana Kase; Takanori Suga; Detanico Lain; Satoshi Hashimoto; Hikaru Fujii).Read More
Naoko Mabon has been invited to be one of the panels in the reflection event “TOTEM LATAMAT and COP26”, exploring the meaning of the totem’s journey to COP26, and its presence at The Hidden Gardens in Glasgow.
TOTEM LATAMAT by Totonac artist Jun Tiburcio, has travelled over 9000km from Mexico to the UK to finally get to Glasgow, for the duration of COP26 and will be in The Hidden Gardens between 28 October – 14 November.
A panel from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds, who have different but complementary perspectives on Climate Change, will explore the meaning of the totem’s journey to COP26, and its presence at The Hidden Gardens. This will be an engaging and lively conversation, that will enable reflections post COP26.
To book your free ticket, please visit the Eventbrite page.
Join Torry Ecomuseum Project‘s celebratory open day involving an exhibition and a coastal walk to mark the completion of the 2021 edition of the project.
- Exhibition 12-4pm (opening remarks 12pm)
- Coastal Walk at 12.30pm (approx.2.5h walk)
Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, but the place is limited so booking is essential through Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/torry-ecomuseum-project-celebratory-open-day-exhibition-and-coastal-walk-tickets-191445848687Read More
Naoko Mabon has been invited to conduct this year’s CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones Residency. Click here for more details.
✳︎“How can we collaboratively activate the intertidal zones as a forum for critically thinking about and taking actions towards the climate crisis?”
✳︎“How can we approach, understand and share the complex ecology, stories, heritage and challenges around the intertidal zones in an inclusive way?”
As part of the new On Tidal Zones Residency launched by Skye-based ATLAS Arts and CLIMAVORE of Cooking Sections, Oban-based curator Naoko Mabon will explore these questions through a practice-led action research in her own locale during the summer 2021.
Naoko Mabon was commissioned by The Drouth to write a piece on the ongoing project Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) in relation to their Neighbouring project (15-18 June 2021 as part of Glasgow International).
My warmest thanks go to: The Drouth, Prof. Johnny Rodger, Ilana Halperin and all our Japanese and Scottish collaborators. To read Naoko’s piece please click here.
Join us for a talk and discussion to celebrate the launch of the new publication “Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi)”. 10.30am (BST) Saturday 1st May 2021 via Zoom (English language). Hosted by The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness on Orkney. Free, book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ilana-halperin-the-rock-cycle-yamaguchi-book-launch-event-tickets-149852423633Read More
It is delighted to announce that Torry Ecomuseum Project, for which WAGON is a part of the management team, has been launched on Saturday 23rd January 2021. You can watch the virtual launch event (via Facebook Live) here.
Naoko Mabon has contributed a text to the new collection “Felt Events”, which explores the multifaceted conceptual practice of the artist Ilana Halperin. Edited by Dr Catriona McAra, Curator, Historian and Curatorial & Exhibitions Manager at Leeds College of Art.
WAGON is delighted to announce that, together with the Yamaguchi-based artist Keijiro Suzuki, we have launched a new relational community project Attempts in Nameless Days × WAGON. The first task is: ”Take a picture of the full moon and share it”. Please feel free to participate by sharing your full moon photo here.
Video clip summarising Aberdeen // Yubari project.
「アバディーン // 夕張」プロジェクトをまとめるビデオです。
国際交流基金サンパウロ日本文化センターの副所長・山雄起さんによる「Kyojitsu-Hiniku − 日本の皮膚と肉体のはざま」展のインタビューが掲載されました。
Entrevista extensiva de Yuki Yama, da Japan Foundation Sao Paulo, sobre o projeto ‘Kyojitsu-Hiniku: Sob A Pele – Sobre A Carne Do Japão’, no ano passado, para os 110 anos de Imigração Japonesa no Brasil.
Extensive interview by Yuki Yama of Japan Foundation Sao Paulo on ‘Kyojitsu-Hiniku: Between the Skin and the Flesh of Japan’ project last year for The 110 Years of Japanese Immigration in Brazil.
Curator Naoko Mabon will be hosting Free Association’s November session. Naoko has invited Tokyo based artist, activist, curator and researcher Satoshi Hashimoto to hold an audience-participatory performative workshop within the cinema at CCA.
An afternoon event of stories and Japanese tea. Two Japan-born creative practitioners – Aberdeen-based curator Naoko Mabon and Tokyo-based writer Sayuri Kida, who is currently residing in Edinburgh – will host and share stories that draw on their experience and reflect the essence and focus of the exhibition ‘Treasure’ by Stacey Hunter at The Suttie Arts Space of Grampian Hospitals Art Trust. Specifically, they will speak about the hospitable, generous, sharing, and caring gesture and form in Japanese culture. The stories will be followed by sharing Japanese tea and sweets with the audience.
All the elements within this event will be a reflection of the idea of ‘Ichi-go Ichi-e’. This is a concept developed through Japanese tea ceremony practice, describing the idea that ”the moment we share with particular people at a particular place is unique, and never comes back again”.
’Aberdeen // Yubari’ is a new printmaking project connecting the community and context of two cities built around energy – Aberdeen, Scotland and Yubari, Japan.
「アバディーン // 夕張」は石油・ガスの街として栄えてきたスコットランド・アバディーンと、炭鉱の町として栄えた北海道・夕張市という遠く離れた二都市をつなぐ版画制作プロジェクトです。
The Curator’s Workshop is a monthly discussion group, run by Glasgow-based curator Francesca Zappia, open to curators, artists, writers, researchers, students and other arts professionals as well as amateurs interested in a critical reflection around curatorial practices (exhibitions, displays, discursive and performative forms, public engagement…) and related theory. The Curator’s Workshop aims to be a platform open to different perspectives of research and will invite a new professional each month to share material and reflections in order to foster new discussions.
SONIC // ART // BOTANICAL GARDEN
Artist talk by I Chen Lai & audio performance by Silent Chaos
Coordinated by WAGON
Date: Saturday 1st June 2019
Venue: Education Room (next to the Japanese Garden), David Welch Winter Gardens, Duthie Park (AB11 7TH)
Inviting different artistic practices and approaches, this event aims to revisit the concept and space of botanical garden. We also hope to develop the experimental capacity of the creative scene in Aberdeen.
Free, anyone welcome. Refreshments provided (**this is a free event but since all involved are independent practitioners, donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. You can make a donation here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sonic-art-botanical-garden-by-i-chen-lai-silent-chaos-tickets-61430142209)
Peacock Associates is Scotland’s first fully-funded Curatorial Fellowship for visual arts.
Naoko Mabon was commissioned by LUX Scotland to write a piece reflecting on On Sharing, Separations, an evening event between artist Tako Taal and curator Seán Elder. The event was held last November at W OR M of Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen, as part of LUX Scotland’s pilot programme of events in Aberdeen, supported by Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Funding Programme.
Thank you LUX Scotland, Tako and Sean for this wonderful opportunity.
To read Naoko’s piece please click here.
WAGON is delighted to announce The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi), a new cross-disciplinary international project with Glasgow-based artist Ilana Halperin between Yamaguchi/Japan and Scotland/UK.
この度 WAGON はグラスゴー在住のアーティスト、イラナ・ハルペリンとともに山口とスコットランドをつなぐ領域横断プロジェクト「ロックサイクル（ヤマグチ）」を行います。
Naoko Mabon contributed a writing piece on a Japanese sculptor Bushiro Mohri (1923-2004) for the website of JAPAN Quality magazine.
Warmest thanks go to Akane Nakamori, JAPAN Quality, Asuka Mohri, Masaki Yanagihara, Sachiko Yanagihara, Ryouhei Yanagihara, Coelacanth – Bushiro Mohri Memorial Museum, Concept Space, Satoshi Mouri, and Leslie Mabon.
To read the piece, please click here.
8h is a new, small, slow and domestic project involving three independent art practitioners and three locations with 8h time difference between.
The one week site-visit in Aberdeen by Manami Sato from Shimizusawa Project in Yubari in Hokkaido has been successfully finished (13th-19th November 2018). To form their town and community, Shimizusawa Project hosts a number of community based activities highlighting Yubari’s coal mine heritage.
WAGON in partnership with Peacock Visual Arts is thrilled to present an evening of presentation and conversation with Manami Sato from Shimizusawa Project in Yubari, Japan and Dr Leslie Mabon from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.
Thanks to the generous support and advice from the Sculptor Yutaka Toyota and Osamu Matsuo of Bunkyo, we just delivered work by Takanori Suga A Blank Sign “Dripping Project in São Paulo” to the Sports Center Kokushikan Daigaku in São Roque of São Paulo. Thank you so much to all the people who gave us warm support and advice towards the production, storage – and future re-installing. We very much look forward to seeing this piece in the near future.
Contemporary art exhibition for 110 Years of Japanese Immigration in Brazil
Kyojitsu-Hiniku: Between the Skin and the Flesh of Japan
7 – 23 September 2018
Pavilhão Japonês, Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil
Juliana Kase | Takanori Suga | Detanico Lain | Satoshi Hashimoto | Hikaru Fujii
– Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture and Social Services (BUNKYO)
– 110 Years of Japanese Immigration in Brazil;
– Consulate General of Japan in Sao Paulo;
– The Japan Foundation, São Paulo.
RELATED PUBLIC EVENTS:
– 9 September (Sun) 3pm: Event by Satoshi Hashimoto
– 15 September (Sat) 2pm: Dance Performance by Danilo Silveira
– 15 September (Sat) 3-5pm: Artist Talk by Juliana Kase
– 22 September (Sat) 2pm: Dance + Sound Performance by Beatriz Sano and They-Group
– 22 September (Sat) 3-5pm: Artist Talk by Takanori Suga
– 23 September (Sun) 4pm: Sound-visual performance by Rodrigo Amor Experimental and Evandro Nicolau
WAGON is thrilled to announce its new project Kyojitsu-Hiniku: Between the Skin and the Flesh of Japan, a contemporary art exhibition dedicated to 110 Years of Japanese Immigration in Brazil. The exhibition features works by Juliana Kase, Takanori Suga, Detanico Lain, Satoshi Hashimoto and Hikaru Fujii at the Pavilhão Japonês in the Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil.
In Praise of Shadows: Atsuo Hukuda & Alan Johnston two-person show
12 May – 3 Jun 2018
Suisei-Art (11-8-1 Sanjyamachi, Kanazawa-City, Ishikawa 920-0861 Japan)
Supported by Shibuya Foundation for Science, Culture and Sports; Hope Scott Trust; The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation; and THE ASAHI SHIMBUN FOUNDATION.
Photography: Hiraku Ikeda
Aberdeen-based Japanese independent curator Naoko Mabon will share findings and experience from her recent trip to Japan. This includes a new development of artist exchange projects in Aberdeen between Yubari-city and Nagasaki-city in Japan. This event is primarily for Peacock Visual Arts’ Associate members but the door is open for anyone who is interested in the topic.
19 June 2018, 4.30–5.30pm
W OR M (11 Castle Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BQ)
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Naoko Mabon made two site-visits to Nagasaki-city and Yubari-city in Japan. The overall aim for these visits is to forge a concrete plan of a new exchange between Japan and Aberdeen of Scotland.
NY-born Glasgow-based artist Ilana Halperin has conducted a two week field research residency as part of the 2018 Residence Fellowship Program of Akiyoshidai International Art Village from 16 May – 29 May 2018.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of YICA (Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts), Alan Johnston gave a lecture on his artistic journey from a viewpoint of his 30 year relationship with Yamaguchi. It was held on 19th May 2018 at Saiko-tei, a cultural museum with a beautiful garden which used be a high-end Japanese restaurant. Naoko Mabon was involved as an interpreter.
All image courtesy: YICA (Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts)
WAGON is delighted to announce In Praise of Shadows, the first two-person exhibition between Atsuo Hukuda (b.1958, Hokkaido) and Alan Johnston (b.1945, Edinburgh) in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Hosted by Suisei-Art, a project space based in a historical Kanazawa Machiya building. Curated by Naoko Mabon.
Conversation and outdoor workshop by Evandro Nicolau (Artist / Researcher and teacher at MAC USP – Museum of Contemporary Art of University of São Paulo)
Date/time: 5th May 2018, 2-5pm
Venue: The W OR M of Peacock Visual Arts (11 Castle Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BQ Scotland)
Free but booking required: landscape-drawings.eventbrite.co.uk
Please join us for an afternoon of conversation and an outdoor workshop led by Evandro Nicolau, Brazilian artist/researcher/teacher who is visiting Scotland to conduct a two week research residency at Art, Space + Nature (ASN), Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh.
Jack Davidson: Show and Tell
6 February – 17 February 2018
The W OR M, 11 Castle Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BQ Scotland
Supported by Aberdeen City Council and Robert Gordon University.
Presented by Peacock Visual Arts as part of W OR M / OPEN programme.
Jack Davidson in conversation with Keith Grant and Naoko Mabon
Saturday 17 February 2018, 3-4pm
Guests @ Gray’s lecture by Jack Davidson
Friday 16 February 2018, 1-2pm
Lecture Theatre SB42, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University
Naoko Mabon has been selected, alongside other seven Scottish-based curators, for the Curators’ Visit to Japan. Led by British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland, this scoping trip has an aim to develop long-term and even more vibrant partnerships between Scotland and Japan into the future.
◆ Follow Mabon’s daily photo report here: scottish-curators-to-japan.tumblr.com
◆ こちらでメイボンによる毎日更新予定の フォトレポート（バイリンガル） をご覧いただけます。
Mabon will share findings from her recent residency in São Paulo in Guests @ Gray’s, lecture series with invited professionals in art, design and culture at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen on 13th October. She will then invite Coordinators of Überbau_house – Jorge Sepúlveda T. (Independent Curator and Critic, from Chile) and Guillermina Bustos (Artist and Independent Researcher, from Argentina) – to talk about their activities as autonomous initiative in Latin American contemporary art field.
Guests @ Gray’s
‘Residency Report: one-month contemporary art research residency at Überbau_house in São Paulo, Brazil’
Friday 13th October 2017, 1-2pm
Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Speaker: Naoko Mabon (guest speakers over Skype: Jorge Sepúlveda T. and Guillermina Bustos of Überbau_house)
Please visit Mabon’s daily photo report during her residency here: one-month-in-sao-paulo.tumblr.com