Field Trip Project/Field Trip Project Asia
is a transnational traveling art exhibition and adjunct activities that intervenes with issues particular at destinations both affected and unaffected areas by natural disasters in recent years in Asia. The works of art in the project, transformed into by over a hundred international artists linked to Asian countries, are Randoseru, Japanese elementary school backpacks originally sent as relief supplies for the Great East Japan Earthquake of March, 2011. Each Randoseru, as a metaphor of learning and growing filled with childhood memories, is a solo exhibit (Space) that is mobile and interacts with local community at each destination (Places), creating multiple layers of new meanings (Cultural Productions).
From 2012 to 2014 the original Field Trip Project
with artwork created by Japanese and Canadian artists has traveled to twenty destinations in Japan and to three museums in Canada. Field Trip Project Asia
, formed in 2014 by Asian and Asia based or related artists, has been traveling in Asia up to the present date. The main characteristic is that its programs at each destination have been designed and customized by local co-curators to meet specific local contexts and interests. Destinations in Asia include; Singapore’s National Institute of Education (NIE) Art Gallery, Philippines’ UP Vargas Museum in Manila and Baguio and Leyte both affected by natural disasters, Indonesia’s Aceh Tsunami Museum in Banda Aceh and Ruangrupa in Jakarta, Hong Kong’s Oil Street Art Space, and participated in the inaugural Kuala Lumpur Biennale at Malaysia’s National Art Gallery. After the BACC, the project is scheduled to travel to Myanmar’s the Japan Foundation, Yangon. Co-curated by Tentacles, Thai artists with their original artwork will join in the middle of the exhibition period with their specific local contexts.
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