Talk event at Youkobo Art Space

January 21st, 2018

David Franklin artist talk at Youkobo Art Space Tokyo

Crystallizing Ideas – Youkobo Returnee Residence Program: Talk Event with David Franklin
2018.01.27 – 2018.01.27

In this talk event, which will serve to conclude the first leg of the Youkobo Returnee Residence Program, returnee artist David Franklin will be invited to talk with the audience about his latest research conducted at Youkobo through December and January, in relation to his experiences during his first residency at Youkobo in 2009.

Following his presentation a discussion will be held to discuss, among other things, the significance of residencies for users and hosts, the changing needs of artists and recent trends seen in new residency models, in addition to David’s experiences of participating in residency programs, including his ongoing research residency at the National Art Museum of Catalonia, in Barcelona.

*Free admission.
*Reservation required (max. 25 persons). Please send an e-mail to, including your name.

デイヴィッド・フランクリン [アイルランド生/バルセロナ在住]
2018.01.27 – 2018.01.27

本トークイベントは、第1弾 Youkobo Returnee Residence Programの締めくくりとなる。再招聘アーティストであるデイヴィッド・フランクリンは、2017年12月-2018年1月を通して遊工房で展開している直近のリサーチについて話す予定であり、その活動は2009年の遊工房での1回目のレジデンシー体験と関連するものである。
また、彼のプレゼンテーションに続き、現在バルセロナで参加中のNational Art Museum of Cataloniaでのリサーチレジデンシーやこれまで経験したレジデンシープログラム等を含め、利用者(アーティスト等)とホスト(レジデンス運営者等)にとってのアーティスト・イン・レジデンスの重要性、アーティストの需要の変化、新しいレジデンシーモデルにおける最近の傾向等をディスカッションする。


Youkobo Returnee Residency Program

Since 1989, Youkobo Art Space has, through the management of an Artist in Residence (AIR) program and experimental gallery for the exhibition and presentation of art, worked to offer support to other AIR programs while also developing international exchange, community activities, and human resources. To date, over 280 artists from approximately 40 countries have stayed and produced at Youkobo as participants in the AIR program, while more than 150 Tokyo-based artists have exhibited in Youkobo’s experimental gallery programs. To celebrate and reflect on 30 years of hosting and supporting art professionals, Youkobo Art Space has launched the Youkobo Returnee Residency Program, which invites artists who have previously undertaken a residency at Youkobo to further develop their creative research. In this, the first leg of the program, visual artist David Franklin will stay in Tokyo for a two-month residency.

遊工房アートスペースは、1989 年以来、国内外のアーティストが滞在制作するアーティスト・イン・レジデンス(AIR)、作品を展示発表する実験ギャラリーとスタジオを主軸に、AI Rの推進・支援、アートを通した国際交流やコミュニティ―活動、人材育成にも取り組んでいる。滞在制作(AI R)は、これまでに280 余名、約40カ国からの海外作家に、スタジオ・実験ギャラリーは、150 名以上の在京アーティストを中心に利用頂いている。遊工房アートスペースは、アーティストの創作活動を支援するレジデンス活動を始めて30 年周年の機会を迎え、以前に滞在した作家の中から、創造的な研究をさらに発展させるための再招聘プログラム「Youkobo Returnee ResidencyProgram」を2017年度から開始した。デイビッド・フランクリンが本プログラムの第1 弾として2 か月間の滞在制作に再招聘された。

CURSE ::: Exhibition at Youkobo Art Space

January 21st, 2018

David Franklin Artwork Reclamation 09 Drawing

CURSE is an exhibition by David Franklin of works in progress and new experiments resulting from his two month residency at Youkobo Art Space, where he has been conducting research for the first stage of a new long-term project. This new project will explore various aspects of the Japanese landscape, how it is shaped by and in turn impacts human activity, particularly in relation to culture and the influence of the postwar period in Japan. At the same time the project will also explore the working processes of butoh performers in creating their work, as a way of examining the subtle influence environment has on our thinking and behaviour. The project will be realised across a range of media, including video installation and drawing.


David Franklin

Exhibition : 24 January, 2018 — 28 January, 2018. Reception: 24 January, 2018

Gallery is open from 12:00 -19:00, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Youkobo Art Space, Zempukuji 3-2-10, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, 167-0041.
Tel: 03 5930 5009.

David Franklin is an Irish visual artist living in Barcelona, Spain, working primarily with painting, drawing, and video. His current work in development looks at the intersection of landscape and the use of images in constructing our conception of our environment, drawing on, among other things, the influence of technology, geography, and social customs on visual art and images; astrobiology and the expansion of the human environment; the history of plagues; Japanese post-war art; European Romanesque and Gothic art; and the philosophy of Chinese painting. Throughout 2017 and 2018 he has been conducting a research residency at the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona, and in December of 2017 he returned to Japan for a residency at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo. His recent publication, Empire of Rats, combines text and photos to explore the phenomenon of modern ruins in Japan and Spain and their connections to commercialism, nationalism, and cultural memory. It has been included in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA ) in Barcelona.

デイビッド・フランクリンはスペインのバルセロナ在住の主に絵画、絵画、ビデオを扱う、アイルランド人ビジュアルアーティストである。現在展開中の作品では、景観と環境の交差と、技術、地理、社会慣習などの中での視覚芸術や画像に及ぼす影響などを取り上げ、私たちの環境概念を構築する際のイメージの効用を注視している。人間環境の拡大、災害の歴史; 日本の戦後芸術;ヨーロッパのロマネスク様式とゴシック様式の芸術; 中国絵画の哲学などを学び、2017 年から2018 年まで、バルセロナのカタルーニャ国立美術館でのリサーチレジデンスを展開、2017年12 月には東京の遊工房アートスペースでの滞在制作ため再来日。最近の出版物「Empire of Rats」(ネズミの帝国)は、テキストと写真を組み合わせ、日本とスペインの現存の廃墟、商業主義、ナショナリズム、文化的な記憶が関連する現象を探り、ニューヨークの近代美術館(MOMA)とバルセロナの現代美術館(MACBA)のアーカイブとなっている。

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Residency Activities in Youkobo 2018 for David Franklin:

Residency Period : 1 December, 2017 — 31 January, 2018
Exhibition : 24 January, 2018 — 28 January, 2018. Reception: 24 January, 2018
Talk Event : 27 January, 2018

David Franklin Youkobo Ruins map

Artist in residence at Youkobo Art Space Tokyo

December 19th, 2017

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I’m currently artist in residence at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo. I’ll be here until the end of January 2018 developing the first stage of a new long-term project. Also here in residence at this time are Ari Saarto, Anna Samsøe, and Andreas Stoubye Johansen. My residency is supported in part by a grant from the Institut Ramon Llull.

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David Franklin Institut Ramon Llull logo

Artist in Residence at Youkobo Art Space Tokyo

May 16th, 2017

David Franklin Youkobo art Space Tokyo Japan

Very happy to announce that I’ll be returning to Japan in December for a couple of months — I’ve been invited by Youkobo Art Space to participate as artist in residence in their Returnee Residency programme. My residency will be supported by Youkobo and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Japan:::

Me alegra anunciar que en diciembre volveré a Japón unos meses — he estado invitado por Youkobo Art Space a participar como artista en residencia en su programa Returnee Residency. Mi residencia será apoyada por Youkobo y el Ministerio de Asuntos Culturales de Japón:::