Worldwide Locations

Worldwide Locations

Blog Posts by Jeff Tompkins

Interview: Singer-Composer Finds the 'Sublime' in Straying Beyond Musical Boundaries

Kiran Ahluwalia. (Sahiba Kaur Chawla)
Arts

Ahead of her February 21 Robert Browning and Asia Society concert, virtual one-woman musical genre Kiran Ahluwalia discusses influences, inspirations, and the unforgettable experience of shooting a music video on the Ganges River.

Interview: Music From Japan's Mari Ono Reflects on a Four-Decade Musical Legacy

Music From Japan Executive Director Mari Ono (L) with Founder and Artistic Director Naoyuki Miura (R) in 1993. (Ken Howard)
Arts

Ahead of two starry concerts this weekend at Asia Society, Music From Japan's Executive Director looks back on 40 years of commissioning and presenting.

Video: Meet the Authors Behind Some of the Best Books of 2014

ArtsCurrent Affairs

Seven authors who appeared on multiple year-end "best-of" lists all presented their new books at Asia Society in 2014.

Nam June Paik and the 'Sloppy Machine' That Helped Create a New Art Form

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Arts

The ungainly, rough-hewn apparatus Nam June Paik co-created in 1969 made it possible for later generations of artists to play with video as a medium.

Interview: Director Previews 'Studio Visit, on a Communal Scale' for Asian Contemporary Art Week 2014

Bavand Behpoor, from
Arts

Asian Contemporary Art Week Director Leeza Ahmady offers a glimpse of what to expect from the Week's signature event — a two-day forum at Asia Society New York on October 26 and 27, 2014.

Interview: Engineer John Godfrey Recalls 'Creative Collaboration' with Nam June Paik

L to R: David Loxton, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, and John Godfrey at the TV Lab studio in New York City. (Courtesy Howard Weinberg)
Arts

Nam June Paik's collaborator on the Global Groove video looks back on his time as head engineer at WNET's TV Lab in the 1970s, a high-water mark for experimentation and innovation in the medium.

Interview: Director Educates Himself, and Audience, with Classical Dance Documentary

Arts

Sumantra Ghosal discusses how he made his film about dancer/choreographer Malavika Sarukkai, who brings a contemporary sensibility to traditional Bharatanatyam. Screening and in-person appearances at Asia Society New York on Sept. 21.

Interview: AP's Dogged Reporting Challenges 'Good-News Narrative' in Myanmar

Roshida Moud, 12, is held by his father as the latter explains that his son was hit in the head with a stone during the Rakhine violence in 2012, in Sittwe, Myanmar, on May 6, 2014. (Andre Malerba/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

"We do not expect the situation for the Rohingya to improve," says an AP journalist who covered some of the most shocking sectarian conflict in Myanmar. "In fact, things will probably continue to get worse."

Interview: Genre-Bending Japanese Novelist on 'Political' Writing, Post-Fukushima

Writer Hideo Furukawa, one of the contributors to the fourth edition (2014) of the literary journal
Arts

One of Japan's most lauded authors explains why genre distinctions don't concern him and how the March 2011 disaster made him realize he's a "political" writer. In-person at Asia Society New York May 3.

Interview: In Typhoon Disaster Zone, Reporter Says Filipinos Will 'Soldier On'

Damage from Typhoon Haiyan, Dulag, Leyte, November 22, 2013. (Eric Jankstrom)
Sustainability

A New York-based Filipino journalist describes what it was like to interview her countrymen in the wake of the worst typhoon ever to hit the Philippines.