Takuji Kogo —Residencies |  NTU CCA Singapore
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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Takuji Kogo

Residency period

9 July – 28 September 2018

About

Takuji Kogo (b. 1965, Japan) lives and works in Fukuoka. He is the director of the Kitakyushu Biennial and founder of *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS. Working mainly in digital and web-based media, he has produced a large body of works both as a solo artist and in various collaborative configurations. Together with American artist John Miller, he founded a virtual band whose videos have been shown in venues such as Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany (2015) and New Museum, New York, United States (2013). *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS has been presented at The Private Museum, Singapore (2017); Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden (2015); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany (2010), among other venues.

Focus

Established in 1998 out of a former candy factory in Yokohama, Japan, *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS is an international platform for collaborative art projects. Since 2001, it has taken on a nomadic existence nestling itself in different institutions around the world to generate exhibitions, publications, and web projects. During the residency, Kogo will set up a local office of *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS that will function as a research laboratory for site-specific explorations. Relying on several collaborators both physically and through digital platforms, he plans to delve into the geopolitical relationship between Singapore and its bordering countries engaging with vernacular materials such as local newspapers, posters, and media archives. With similar working methodologies, he also intends to observe the manifestations of Singaporean multilingual society in everyday life. The possible outcomes of this research can range from music videos to animated clips, multimedia installations, and special screenings.