Biography

Photo: Mizuki Kin

Shinya Watanabe

(b. 1980 – Shizuoka, JAPAN)

Based in Berlin, Germany

Independent Curator

http://blog.goo.ne.jp/spikyartshinya(Japanese)

http://parrhesia-shinya.blogspot.com/(English)

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Education

2012 - Universität der Künste Berlin. Fakultät Gestaltung. Studiengang Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftskommunikation.

Promotionfach: Kommunikationswissenschaften (Dr.Phil Program)

Dr. Phil Exposé: “Searching for Eur-­Asia -­ The Journeys of Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik Towards the Unity of Europe and Asia

2002 – 2004 New York University. Master of Visual Art Administration

MA Thesis: “The Influence of the Nation-State on Art – The Case of the Former Yugoslavian Countries

1998 – 2002 Senshu University, Tokyo. Bachelor of Economics (Full Scholarship Student)
2000 – 2001 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (One Year Exchange Program)

Work Experience

2013 - Lecturer, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW Berlin, The University of Applied Sciences, Berlin)
2011 – 2013 Bunkacho (Agency for Cultural Affairs) Overseas Study Program
2011 Faculty, Temple University Japan
2009 – 2010 Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

Tokyo Culture Creation Project, Section of Promoting Regional Cultural Communication (Curator)

2008 – 2009 Independent Curator, New York and Tokyo
2005 – 2007 Ethan Cohen Fine Arts. Gallery Manager (TriBeCa, New York)
2003 – 2004 Launching of Spiky Art, New York. Started Curatorial Activities
2003 – 2004 Launching of “Performa”, New York. Assistant to RoseLee Goldberg

Curatorial Exhibitions

2014 When Empty Self Becomes Form” TS art project, Berlin
2011 ART-AID Basel Project For Japan “Remembrance of the Future to Come” Former Plug-In, Basel, Switzerland
2009 – 2010 Volcano Lovers – From Iceland and Japan” ISE Cultural Foundation, NY
2008 – 2009 Into the Atomic Sunshine – Post-War Art under Japanese Peace Constitution Article 9” Traveled to Puffin Room, NY, Daikanyama Hillside Forum Tokyo, and Okinawa Prefectural Museum of Art
2006 Salad Days” (Artist: Kosuke Ikeda) Artist Space, New York
2006 Action Painting Street Battle! Ushio Shinohara vs. Ryoga Katsuma” Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, NY
2005 Another Expo – Beyond the Nation-States” Travelled from the Gallery Level1, Gallery Soap, Former 130 Bank Gallery in Kitakyushu, Japan to White Box, Chelsea, New York

Publications

2010 Editor. Yanagi Yukinori’s artist book “Inujima Note” (ISBN:978-4-9903847-2-2)
2009 Editor. Exhibition catalogue “Kazuo Shiraga” McCaffrey Fine Art (ISBN:978-0-9790484-4-9)
2009 Volcano Lovers – From Iceland and Japan” Exhibition Catalogue (ISBN:978-1-61623-969-5)
2008 Interview with Shinya Watanabe “Shinya Watanabe’s New York and Tokyo Exhibition on Post-War Art Under Article 9” by Jean Downey, Japan Focus (Cornell University)
2007 Into the Atomic Sunshine” Exhibition Catalogue (ISBN:978-1-60461-966-9)
2007 Catalogue Text for the exhibition “Making a Home,” Japan Society, NY
2007 Catalogue Text on Pamela Rosenkranz for the exhibition “Portrait Session,” Hiroshima City Contemporary Art Museum, Japan
2006 Contribution of the essay “Cogito ergo Europe – New European Identity and Its Limitations” for the Project “Europory” by Dejan Kaludjerovic, Citta d’Arte, Italy
2005 “Another Expo – Beyond the Nation-States” Exhibition Catalogue
2004 “Interview with Marina Abramovic: Think about the native country former Yugoslavia and her friend Susan Sontag” Kyoto Art & Design University Press Butai-Geijyutu

Fellowships and Awards

2009 The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences (Exhibition Support for Volcano Lovers)

ISE Cultural Foundation Program for Emerging Curator Award (Volcano Lovers)

2008 Exhibition Support from Nomura International Cultural Foundation, Asahi Newspaper Foundation, The Kao Foundation for Arts and Science (Into the Atomic Sunshine)
2007 Japan Foundation Award for Cultural Exchange (Into the Atomic Sunshine platform at Asia Society, NY)
2005 CEC Arts Link Independent Project Award (Another Expo)
2005 Nomura International Cultural Foundation, Asahi Newspaper Foundation (Exhibition Support for Another Expo)

Language Skills

Native Speaker of Japanese. Fluent in English. Proficient in German.

License of Curator in Japan

Lecture Experience

New York University, Columbia University. Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, University of Tokyo, Tokyo University of the Arts, University of Osaka, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto University of Fine Art and Music, Kyoto Seika University, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Location One, Tokyo Wonder Site and more.

Translations and Interpretations

2010 Simultaneous Interpretation (English to Japanese) Vik Muniz’s lecture at NCA, Tokyo
2007 Translation (Japanese to English) Minoru Shimizu’s text on Jiro Takamatsu’s “Photography of Photography”
2007 Translation for Closed Caption (Japanese to English) Documentary Film “Near Equal Daido Moriyama”
2007 Translation (Japanese to English) Exhibition catalogue “Portrait Session”, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
2006 Translation (English to Japanese) Text “Suspensions” by Henry Martin for Ay-O Exhibition catalogue for Fukui Fine Art Museum
2004 Translation (Japanese to English) Kanazawa 21st Century Museum Collection Catalogue
2004 Translation (English to Japanese) Poem of Laurie Anderson for Aichi Expo

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