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Keiken are recipient of the CHANEL NEXT PRIZE.

We are pleased to announce we are one of the winners of the CHANEL NEXT PRIZE.

The Chanel Next Prize is a global biennial prize recognising game-changing artists who are radically defining their fields. The prize is an international award to catalyse innovation across arts and culture. Developed to provide an emerging generation of creative risk-takers with resources to tackle ambitious new projects, the CHANEL Next Prize creates conditions for artists to experiment with visionary ideas, test new forms of artmaking and collaborate across disciplines.

Awarded biennially, artists are nominated anonymously by an advisory board of 25 arts and cultural leaders from around the world representing diverse disciplines ranging from film to the visual arts.

A truly global prize that celebrates the fluidity between different art forms, the 2021 Chanel Next Prize winners represent 11 countries and disciplines spanning design, film and the performing and visual arts.

The members of the 2021 jury were Cao Fei, Sir David Adjaye and Tilda Swinton.

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Bet(a) Bodies
January 8th, 2022

The audience are invited to put on the wearable haptic womb. Once they plug in the headphones and womb visitors can experience the sound, frequencies and vibrations of different animals that all communicate through ultrasound. These animals are bats, dolphins, whales, tarsiers, moths, frogs, rats, moths, katydid and oil birds.

This meta-womb is an empathy and consciousness device used to connect to the unknown or things we don’t always understand. The piece explores sensory addition from research into neuroscientist Paul Bach Y Rita who discovered that due to the neuroplasticity of our brains there is the potential to rewire our senses. The meta-womb explores how we can use technology to create first-hand simulations of other consciousness and how we can create future wearable technology for holistic experiences. The intention of this technology is that it can be used in many different ways from gaming to therapy, education and communication.

Thailand Biennale
January 7, 2022

Thailand Biennale, Korat 2021 is a new challenge to present art and culture in concept, inspired by the location and to focus more on its specific ecologies. Yuko Hasegawa, the head curator and an artistic director of the biennale, points out a concept in the upcoming Thailand Biennale:

Yuko Hasegawa is a Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts and an Artistic Director at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and has wide-ranging professional and international experiences through biennales such as Istanbul, Shanghai, São Paulo, Sharjah, and Moscow. Hasegawa will work with 3 curators as a team. Seiha Kurosawa, a Japanese curator and an artist based in Tokyo who has experiences in curatorial practices such as an assistant curator of 7th Moscow Biennale Clouds ⇄ Forests and more. Vipash Purichanont, a Thai lecturer at the department of Art History, Silpakorn University, was an assistant curator for the 1st Thailand Biennale Krabi, and a curator of Singapore Biennale 2019. Tawatchai Somkong, a renowned Thai artist and a curator. He curated The Revolving World, 58th Venice Biennale 2019.

The Thailand Biennale Korat, 2021 will be held by Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture (OCAC) and Nakorn Ratchasima Province. This is one of Thailand’s largest contemporary art exhibitions to keep an eye on.


The CHANEL Next Prize is an international award for innovations in art and culture. It was set up to give a new generation of creative “risk takers” the means they need to tackle ambitious new projects. The CHANEL Next Prize creates the conditions for artists to experiment with visionary ideas, to try out new forms of art and to work together on an interdisciplinary basis.

All ten winners will receive financial support of € 100,000 as well as access to mentoring and networking opportunities supported by CHANEL to deepen the impact of their pioneering work.

The award builds on CHANEL’s legacy in the field of cultural promotion that Gabrielle Chanel initiated with the support of avant-garde artists of her time and their desire to be part of what comes next, “ce qui va arriver” – hence the name “ Next “Prize. As part of this award, which is presented every two years, artists are appointed by a board of trustees consisting of 25 art and cultural greats from around the world who represent different disciplines from film to visual art.

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