The second week in Finland

By shie_kasai on 2010-10-13 15:35:03

It's so cold here.

Our apartment is about 25 minutes walk to the city central. Having a baby in a stroller, we have to walk there, even just to get decent groceries and wines. We haven't figured how the bus runs, they say every half hour, but that's pretty much all the information we got. We have bikes that we could use, but I'm not too sure how much longer we can bike. It snowed yesterday morning already.

It's great that a lot of people speak English here, but I'm pretty lost especially at the grocery stores. I haven't had enough time to really study how things are and how to read labels. I feel like I'm always in a rush, bike downtown to do some errands between the baby feeds, like every 2 to 3 hours...I've been doing 2 roundtrips each day for the last few days and this is quite tiring. I'm getting a lot of exercise for sure.

Anyhow, finally I'm making decisions(materials and schedules) about the project. I'm getting some responses from the potential collaborators. I just have to start painting.


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One week left to Finland!

By shie_kasai on 2010-09-26 16:15:54

I finally took out my suitcase from the dark and dusty storage in the back of our apartment. Slowly I started to pick stuff I may need over there, but what do I need? I haven't traveled for some time now and I forgot the deal of going somewhere for more than a week! or taking an airplane! I feel like I need everything but at the same time, I may not need anything, except a camera (in fact two nights ago I had a nightmare where I forgot to bring my camera), project deta files, drawing materials, my mouthguard and maybe some clothes but the worst case I could be wearing the same outfit for 2 months...if I'm lack of something I could probably buy there too.

I'm excited to do Muku & Coro project in Rauma, Finland. It's a small city of 40,000 people, 4 hours west of the capital Helsinki by bus. Raumars hosts a residency program which I happened to be selected. I always wanted to visit scandinavia countries at least once in my life and I also have a friend in Helsinki to visit (to complete the Long distance version of Muku & Coro), I'm happy that this residency opportunity will allow me to achieve these goals.

There was another residency opportunity given to me through les Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes, in Liepaja, Latvia, in the spring of 2009. That could've been the first Muku & Coro project to try out outside of my social network. But after all this was canceled due to a political conflict that the host organization had to encounter, and I've been looking for other possible places for the project.

To realize the project in a new strange place will be challenging, I'm not sure what to expect. And especially that I've been taking some time-off since the birth of our baby, I'm not yet in a working mode. But I have a good feeling about this. As far as I understand, Rauma is a beautiful place, we'll be living in an apartment only a block away from water, the Gulf of Bothnia...this also satisfies one of my dreams that I always wanted to live by a sea.

Anyway, I'd better go back to packing...


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Survival Japanese Cooking Publication

By shie_kasai on 2010-02-16 15:15:53

Yes, finally the exhibition catalogue came out! There was a book launch on February 4 2010 at the MAI. It was also the last day for my dearest Zoë who worked there as a visual arts coordinator for some years. Without her effort and hard work, my exhibition nor the catalogue wouldn't have been realized.

Texts by Zoë Chan, Shié Kasai, Tatiana Mellema
In French and English

140 pp / colour illustrations /soft cover / 6" x 6"
ISBN 978-2-9809292-4-3

And thanks to Pata, who did a great job in designing the book!

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CBC's Creative Block

By shie_kasai on 2009-10-25 12:53:19

Check out on October 31 at 6pm, CBC Ottawa premier digital channel, Creative Block.

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P2P (Peer to Painting) Video Launch at Oboro

By shie_kasai on 2009-10-01 12:47:29

The video launch at Oboro on September 25th went very well. Thanks to everyone who came out!

There was a demo station set for a token-ring network where people could actually make paintings in a group of 4.

I will upload the documentation hopefully soon...

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P2P (Peer to Painting) Production Photos

By shie_kasai on 2009-08-28 09:16:23

I uploaded some P2P (Peer to painting) production photos.

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P2P (Peer to Painting) continues...

By shie_kasai on 2009-08-16 01:08:54

It's been two Wednesdays ago since I started to be "canned" in the video editing room at Oboro. I had no weekend, not even a day break since. I've been going there every single day, stay there for 8 to 10 hours each day!

It's been quite hot these last few days, and the room is boiling too as it's on the third floor. In the recycle bin my empty coffee cups are starting to pile up.

On the 10th day of the editing (I mean, Friday the 14th of August), finally I started to see some light. I was coming out from this dark cloudy mass. I don't even know how I got here. Today, I mean yesterday (the Saturday) on the 11th day of the editing I'm almost done working with the visual element. I even started to check out some collections of sound from sound effect libraries. Now I really see that I'm getting closer to the completion. My "editor's butt" doesn't hurt as much anymore since the second week and though there are still some days of work left, I'll probably miss this eventually, once all is done. I'll be relieved but sad at the same time. But first, it has to be done, so I'll go back there again tomorrow...

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Ended, P2P (Peer to Painting) studio shoot at Oboro Media Lab

By shie_kasai on 2009-04-06 19:19:43

It was the weekend March 28 and 29 when I had a studio shooting for P2P at the New Media Lab at Oboro. I had over a year to plan this project but I was starting to freak out that I didn't plan enough on the day of the performance! It was my first time using a real studio with a real technician (Thank you so much Aaron) and a few people working for me, the setup and the process seemed a real "professional" and was way too different from the way I usually work. I learned a lot over the weekend. I feel that if I ever have another chance working in a situation like this, I can probably prepare myself better.

We filmed our painting performance in the studio. The performance wasn't open to public but my after thought is that with the setting and everything the setup was very impressive, this could've have been a live performance, entertaining guaranteed. Maybe some other time in the future I can propose this as a live performance.

I ended up with about 7 hours of video footage. I intend to make a short film out of this, probably 20 minutes long or so. I also have 12 beautiful paintings made by four painters (including myself) during the performance. I hope to exhibit them somewhere, as well, in the near future. The fabulous painters who participated to P2P were Jeff Kulak, Jérôme Havre and Claudia Baltazar. Jenny and Dac were busy shooting video. Thanks so much for all your work!

More update on P2P to come.

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End Of Show Round-up

By shie_kasai on 2008-12-14 12:00:00

Thanks to everyone who went to the M.A.I. and checked out Survival Japanese Cooking between November 13th and December 13th.

I received some press from, The Concordian, The McGill Daily, and La Grange. The exhibit is also scheduled to appear on TV5's Mixeur in early 2009. 

For those who didn't have a chance to come to Montréal and see it in person, I have uploaded some photos of the show here.

And as promised at the vernissage, here's a link to the PDF with the survey results and recipes.

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Don't miss this coming event.

By shie_kasai on 2008-11-24 13:37:32

This Wednesday, November 26 at 6 pm at the M.A.I.

Artist, writer, and curator Mark Clintberg will lead the conference Eating Out of Bounds: An Art of Food, A Politics of Taste. This lecture in english will explore the use of food as a primary material for artworks through the examination of eating as an aesthetic experience and political act; artworks that vanish through ingestion; and meal as cultural meeting point.

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