GAP Special Lecture Ong Keng Sen: CREATING NOTHING – Intercultural performance and the Flying Circus Project 1996-2013 | GAP公開講義「オン・ケンセン:CREATING NOTHING – Intercultural performance and the Flying Circus Project 1996-2013」

Global Art Practice MFA Course would like to warmly welcome you to our special lecture “CREATING NOTHING – Intercultural performance and the Flying Circus Project 1996-2013” by a Singaporean theatre director Ong Keng Sen. All students are welcome!

 大学院美術研究科グローバルアートプラクティス専攻(GAP)では、シンガポール出身の演出家、オン・ケンセン氏を招いて公開講義「CREATING NOTHING – Intercultural performance and the Flying Circus Project 1996-2013」を開講いたします。

Date:Wednesday, 29 May 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (JST)
Venue:Lecture room 1, 1F Chuo-Building, Tokyo University of the Arts Ueno Campus 12-8, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
会場:東京藝術大学上野校地中央棟1F 第1講義室 東京都台東区上野公園12-8

*The lecture will be in English with consecutive interpretation into Japanese.
Interpreter: Kayoko Yokota
※日英逐次通訳あり 通訳:横田佳世子   

Ong Keng Sen’s practical and theoretical practice goes beyond his profession as a theatre director. He is an artist and the prominent thinker of arts in Asia. In particular, Flying Circus Project, established as a platform to foster emerging artists, is marked as one of the most significant projects in modern and contemporary art scene in East Asia. The project crosses a boundary between visual arts and performing arts, and explores the new possibility of arts. He worked as the artistic director of Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) between 2014 and 2018; his innovative and challenging activity to relate arts and society in Singapore is highly acclaimed. He also established Arts Network Asia in order to support young artists who are interested in international collaboration in which he widely contributes to foster a number of young emerging artists.

Recently, his project and research engages in, and delves into the theme of ‘singularity’ and ‘potentiality’. Social Practice Seminar of MFA Global Art Practice recently invites internationally high-profiled artists and thinkers as an opportunity to share and discuss global issues. Following the seminars with YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES and Song Dong & Yin Xiuzhen last year, we are happy to invite Ong Keng Sen as this year’s first guest lecturer to further our discussion of Asian and global issues.


 近年は「シンギュラリティー」や「ポテンシャリティー」をテーマに、活動を展開すると同時に理論的な展開を深めていっている。 グローバルアートプラクティス専攻の社会実践論では、ここ数年、アジア出身で国際的な活躍をするアーティストや思索者を招き、グローバルな課題を共有し、討議する機会を設けている。昨年度のチャン・ヨンヘ重工業、ソンドン +イン・シウジェンに続き、今年度の第1回はオン・ケンセンを講師として、アジアそしてグローバルな課題を討議します。  

Lecturer : Ong Keng Sen


ONG KENG SEN, artistic director of TheatreWorks and the artspace 72-13 in Singapore, founded the Arts Network Asia, a micro-grant peer organization and the international Curators Academy focused on the synergy between contexts and curation in Asia. His seminal work is the nomadic artist residency, The Flying Circus Project which brings together international artists traveling through Asia, sharing their contexts amongst themselves and young people in the local sites. He is a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Arts and Culture Prize in 2010 for his creations in Asian contemporary performance. His directions have been presented to much acclaim all over the world including Lincoln Center in New York City, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Edinburgh International Festival, Theater der Welt in Berlin, Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle in Denmark, Tanzquarter Vienna, Rotterdam Schouwburg, Roma Europa Festival, Cocoon Theater in Tokyo, Idans Festival in Istanbul, Panorama Festival in Rio de Janeiro and Adelaide Festival in Australia. He holds a Masters in Performance Studies (Intercultural Performance) from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and was also an Adjunct Professor with the National University of Singapore, where he started the theatre studies programme in 1992. Ong is the Founding Festival Director of the all-new Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA). He directed four editions of SIFA from 2014 to 2017. He is the first Singapore artist to have received both the National Arts Council Young Artist Award (1992) and the Cultural Medallion (2003).