Monthly Archives: May 2013

Studio Kura on the News today: “Supporting Artists for 6 Years”

Hi! This is Ale.
I was reading Mainichi Shinbun like I like to do every morning and I was surprised to find an article about Studio Kura’s Artist in Residence program!

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You can see Peter Granser, Hiro and Bernhard Sitompul on the picture.

Read the article in Japanese at Manichi Shinbun’s site. (Or try to get some help from Google Translate)

When I see it put out this way, I feel that we have got bigger thanks to many people’s help. Thank you very much! And please keep supporting Studio Kura.

Announcing Peter Granser’s Exhibition: „Schattenfelder“

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Peter Granser’s exhibition: „Schattenfelder“

We are proud to announce that Studio Kura Gallery will be exhibiting the work Peter Granser did while while in residence at Studio Kura. Peter is an internationally known Austrian photographer based in Germany’s Stuttgart, and he is here thanks to the help the Austrian Cultural Forum granted him.

He was inspired by Matsuo Bashō’s literary work Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), and is spending his residence riding a bicycle around Itoshima (sometimes climbing mountains). This is resulting in a series of photographs and videos portraying rural settlements in an artistic way. His focus is not traditional landscapes, instead he usually focuses on the small discoveries beside the path, in the shadows.

Smoke in the forest, swirls on the sea, children in strange poses (is she dancing or is she falling on the ground?)… You may find a picture that brings doubt to you, or makes you uncomfortable.

Photographs will be shown at Studio Kura Gallery, and the installation and video work will be shown in a tatami floored room in a Japanese traditional house.

We will be happy to see you at the opening party!

Peter Granser’s exhibition: „Schattenfelder“

Date: 25th May to 2nd June, 2013. 11:00 to 19:00; free entrance
The opening party will start on the 25th at 5 pm.

Organizer: Studio Kura
Address: Fukuoka-ken, Itoshima-shi, Nijōmasue, 586
Access by train: 15 minute walk from JR Ikisan Station (we will pick you up if needed)

Contact: Studio Kura (Hirofumi Matsuzaki)
Phone: 092-325-1773
We will be having an opening party on the 25th starting at 17:00.

konya2023 talk #3: Peter Granser “Werksvortrag”

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Hi! This is Hiro. Our current artist in residence, photographer Peter Granser, will be talking this Wednesday the 15th of May at konya2023. It will be about his past projects and his work in Itoshima. You can expect a detailed talk, about what the internationally acclaimed photographer who gave birth to books like Sun City or Coney Island thinks, while creating any kind of photographs. If you’re interested in photography as a medium or you like contemporary art, I’m sure you will find it interesting!
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Wawancara Paul Nicholson dengan Staf Itoshima Arts Farm (Bahasa Indonesia)

Let’s spend a post sharing Antariksa’s Indonesian translation for a blog post.

Paul Nicholson / UK

Animator 2D dari Inggris. Dia mulai membuat animasi pada 2007, dan telah terliat dalam banyak proyek, di berbagai tempat, seperti Shanghai dan London. Beberapa di antara karyanya adalah The Amazing World of Gumball dan Scooby Doo. Residensi di Studio Kura, Itoshima, adalah program residensi pertamanya.
Paul belajar seni kontemporer di universitas dan sebelum mencapai posisinya yang sekarang, dia telah mencoba banyak pekerjaan, mulai dari bekerja di restoran, toko permen, dan bahkan menjadi seorang penyayi jazz. Dia sangat tertarik pada gastronomi, termasuk di antaranya masakan Itali, Arab, dan Jepang.
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Paul Nicholson Interviewed by Itoshima Arts Farm Staff

Two friends from Itoshima Arts Farm interviewed English 2D animator Paul Nicholson, who is currently in residence at Studio Kura. You can read the original Japanese version at the Ito Arts Farm website. This is Ale’s translation, so even though the interview on this post is in English it may not be exactly his words.

Paul Nicholson / UK

2D animator working in the UK. He started animating in 2007, and he has taken part in many projects in places like Shanghai and London. Some of his works include The Amazing World of Gumball and Scooby Doo. Studio Kura in Itoshima is his first residence program.

He studied contemporary art at university and worked in many jobs in restaurants, a sweet shop and even as a jazz singer, before settling at his current position. He is very interested in gastronomy, including Italian, Arabic and Japanese cuisine.
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Studio Kura Featured on Rainbow Plaza’s Newsletter

Hi! This is Ale bringing you good news again.

Fukuoka International Association Rainbow Plaza is an organization doing great efforts in the area of international exchange, giving information and helping out both Japanese and foreigners.

Rainbow No. 325

And you may want to have a look at this month’s Foreign Language Newsletter Rainbow (No. 325), as the Itoshima Arts Farm and Studio Kura are featured on the last page of it. You can find Hiro’s recommendations for a good cafe and a good shop, and also my impressions as a foreigner living in Itoshima. The whole issue is about Itoshima so I think there will be something interesting for you if you are curious about our Artist in Residence program. The newsletter is also available in Chinese and Korean in case you feel more comfortable with these languages.

We appreciate this chance Rainbow Plaza gave us to share the goodness of Itoshima!