2016.05.13 Friday


    kichijoji 4:14 a.m.-4:21 a.m.

    2016.04.29 Friday

    Disk Union in Tokyo


      I have already spend uncountable hours in this great place and have got some lovely records in a really low price.  Here are some of my purchases...

                                      An interesting single from Stephen Malkmus, the frontman of Pavement ! 
                                       I think this is one of the most underrated album from Lou Reed

        I always want to get the Cartridge Music album by John Cage and I finally got it now for just 600 yen!

                                                           Olivia Tremor Control are epic 

         Animal Collective ! really nice CD cover I think...

       I have never seen this little single from Primal Scream 

      I got this in the avant garde vinyl section. I didn't know what this was but I just bought it anyway because I kind of like the design. It is actaully a piece of wood attached to the jacket of the vinyl and the most important thing is the album sounds good. I think this is one of the pleasures of wandering around in music store, that is, you can always encounter something interesting by chance... and of course, you can do that too on the internet... but it's a bit different. 
      2016.04.23 Saturday


        hello, this is Alvin Lee Siu Hin,  the 16 Th  Ongoing AIR artist. I am from Hong Kong. I came to Tokyo on the 14 Th  April, so it's more than a week already! And I am still getting used to the atmosphere of this beautiful and energetic place, while all the nice people from Ongoing help me to adapt the enviornment quickly from various casual gatherings and art events. 

        The first thing I want to share is I visited Roppongi a few days ago, which really is an elegant neighbourhood. After I went to The National Art Center for an exhibiton of Miyake Issey, whom is one of the greatest japanese designer, I then paid a visit to Mori Art Musuem for a show called "Roppongi Crossings 2016: My Body, Your Voice", which features works from established and emerging Japanese artists.


        This is the work by Mohri Yuko, a Japanese Artist that I like so much since I am always interested in the connection between sound and the visual art. 

                                                                                         There are some other interesting works too!

        I am always interested in the Japanese art scene, so I guess one of the things that I will do most in this residency is probably visiting different art spaces in Tokyo. That's it for now.  Will keep on posting :)
        2015.11.30 Monday

        and sometimes you just need a haircut

          2015.11.30 Monday

          Artist talk at 3331 and cultural exchange

             I was invited by Yukie Hirokawa who works with Ongoing and 3331 to make a presentation about my work and the context of Belfast on the 25 of November. please see below some text and links relating to Belfasts troubled history. I would also like to say that its an interesting place to be as an artist and am sharing this information as most of the people i have met want to know more about the place.

            I want to know about Tokyo and Japan so please feel free to share your stories and understandings with me too. 

            Artist presentation at 3331 Tokyo on Belfast.

            25 November 2015


            I moved to Belfast in 1997 to finish my Bachelors of Fine Art at the University of Ulster.  This was just before the Good Friday Peace Agreement was signed by the Irish and British Governments to help work together towards peace in Northern Ireland.  When I arrived there was still a strong military presence on the streets and frequent helicopters observed the city from above.  The Good Friday agreement has been a major step forward for a lasting peace for the region.



            The Context of Belfast; as a city that has been the site of a long history of civil unrest and frequent acts of terrorism it is a unique place. Artist like everyone else suffered loss and hardship as a result of the conflict, which is often called “The Troubles” . I feel it is best to try and illustrate my talk with images to help you understand more and get a stronger sense of the place and its history, to put into context the reading of art from such a place.


            People killed by The Troubles to date from 1969 - 2015 = over 3,600

            Many, many more physically injured and a society physiologically injured.



            Usefully Links


            Bloody Sunday




            The Troubles Archive:  http://www.troublesarchive.com/essays


            Current View



            Google: Peace lines Belfast, This will give you a view of the interface walls that divide the city of Belfast.


            Golden Thread Gallery & Draw Down The Walls







            Forum For Alternative Belfast



            The Vacuum; http://www.thevacuum.org.uk


            Factotum: http://www.factotum.org.uk


















            Belfast is a good place to visit and spend some time as an artist. A number of residency programs exist and I have popped some links to useful websites and pages to have a look at thanks and perhaps I will see you in Belfast


            Flax Art Studios (website Needs Updated But Email Gail For Info) http://flaxartstudios.com


            Digital Arts Studios: https://digitalartsstudios.com/residencies


            QSS:  http://www.queenstreetstudios.net


            Catalyst Arts: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk


            Golden Thread Gallery: http://goldenthreadgallery.co.uk


            VAI (Good for Information) http://visualartists.ie/category/jobs-ops/opportunities-ireland/


            And at the end we all went for dinner and drinks!!!!


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