Ways of Telling
In the sense that they are contingent on perception, seeing and hearing are also ways for a person to "tell." But there isn't only one way to understand and express things. Like how people can "see" without using sight or "speak" through sign language, there exist as many ways to "tell" as there are human bodies. This is not a special means limited to certain people, but rather an ability that everyone has in order to live alongside the things and people different from themselves.
Our opportunities to enter unfamiliar territory by chance or spend time with others have declined over the past year and a half, greatly transforming our bodies. The artworks in this exhibition are attempts to interpret and express what is not there as a personal experience. The resulting works adopt an array of mediums and forms, from photography to painting, models, score drawings, video, and sound. Through these works, the exhibition utilizes the imagination of visitors to create a place where viewing becomes an experience unique to each person. It explores various ways of telling, so weakened today under the sheer weight of information in our lives, and envisions the bodies that weave that telling.
|Title||Ways of Telling
|Period||Saturday, 9 October – Sunday, 26 December 2021
|Opening Hours||11:00 - 19:00
＊Films by MOMOSE Aya will be screened on a changing schedule every 30 minutes.
|Venue||Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Galleries 1 and 2 and Interactive Space|
|Artists||OMORI Katsumi, OKAZAKI Marino, KAWAUCHI Rinko, KOJIMA Miyu, KOBAYASHI Saori, MOMOSE Aya, YAMASAKI Ami, YAMAMOTO Takayuki|
|Exhibition Space Design||Hideyuki Nakayama Architecture
|Organized by||Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture|
|Accessibility||In addition to audio and text-based guidance, various tools are available in the venue for visitors to experience the exhibition better.|
Installation views of "Ways of Telling"
Photographer. Major recent solo exhibitions include "sounds and things" (MEM, 2014) and "Mountain Sounds" (Terrace Square, 2018). Group exhibitions include "Gardens of the World" (Museum Rietberg, 2016). Major photo books are Sanayora (Aiikusha, 2006), Everything happens for the first time (match and company, 2011), and Shingan: Gontaro Yanagiya (Heibonsha, 2020).
Born in Aichi in 1988 and based in Hokkaido. Her work captures shared sensations and visualized feelings. She held solo exhibitions at Gallery Monma ANNEX in 2015, and at Galley Monma in 2018. Group shows include "Art Brut National Exhibition" (2015), Art Brut Japonais "KOMOREBI" (2017), and the 6th/7th "What is Drawing" open-call exhibition (2016, 2018).
Photographer. Born in Shiga in 1972. In 2002, she won the 27th Kimura lhei Award for her two photo books Utatane and Hanabi. Her photo book publications include Ametsuchi (Seigensha, 2013) and Halo (HeHe, 2017). She has held numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad. Her recent publications are Des oiseaux (HeHe, 2021) and Illuminance: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (torch press, 2021).
Born in Saitama in 1992. In 2014, she joined ToDo-company's special cleaning service, undertaking such tasks as organizing the articles of the deceased, cleaning up homes where trash is hoarded, and after murders and suicides or people who died alone in their homes. From 2016, she started teaching herself to make miniatures recreating the locations of solitary deaths, attracting attention on social media and from both Japanese and foreign media.
Born in Kanagawa in 1988. After graduating from the Department of Design Informatics at Musashino Art University, she started her score drawing project, an attempt to visualize the scene evoked by music through drawing it on a musical staff. Her soundcentered practice includes creating pictorial film subtitles for the deaf.
Artist. Her practice employs self-referential means that reconsider the structures of moving image through the medium itself, and explores the multilayered nature of communication with others. Major solo exhibitions include "I.C.A.N.S.E.E.Y.O.U" (EFAG, 2019) and "Voice Samples" (Art Gallery 1, Yokohama Museum of Art, 2014). Major group exhibitions include "Listen to Her Song" (Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, 2020) and "Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice" (Mori Art Museum, 2016).
Voice artist. Using a method similar to echolocation, she transforms acoustic shadows in a space through performance and installation, questioning how the world is formed. In 2022, her work will feature in "KYOTO STEAM 2022" (Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art) and "JAPAN. BODY_PERFORM_LIVE" (Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan).
Born in Aichi in 1974. Through the creative sensibility latent in children's conversations and play, he depicts the relationship between the individual and society as well as the character of systems and customs of which we are not usually aware. Major exhibitions include "Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children" (Mori Art Museum and other venues, 2014-15) and "Takayuki Yamamoto x Arts Maebashi BEYOND 20XX Classroom for Thinking about the Future" (Arts Maebashi, 2019).
Shingan: Gontaro Yanagiya (2019)
OKAZAKI Marino eye (2014)
A New Day (2018)
Final home (2019) Photo: KATO Hajime
KOBAYASHI Saori Film Uta no Hajimari pictorial subtitles (2019) *Reference image
An Interview with Mr. Kinoshita: Detaching the Voice (2013)
YAMASAKI Ami jimaku_Ibuki (Setouchi Triennale 2019) *Reference image
The Nightmare Continues (2020)
* In addition to the following related events, reading event is planned. Details will be announced later.
Related event ”Ways of Telling”
In the pre-talk, the curator of this exhibition and Hideyuki Nakayama, who was in charge of the exhibition space design, talk about the beginning of "WAYS OF TELLING" and the exhibiting artists.
*Sign language interpretation by Deaf and barrier-free Japanese subtitles available.
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Related event ”Ways of Telling”
From 16:00 to 18:00 on Saturday, 23 October, exhibiting artist YAMASAKI Ami was at the gallery to give occasional voice performances. The video of the performance and talk of the day is released on YouTube..
Related Event ”Ways of Telling”
KOJIMA Miyu talks about her works and creative processes.
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AN Interview with Mr. Kinoshita: Detaching the Voice
TANAKA Miyuki, the curator of the exhibition "Ways of Telling", interviewed artist MOMOSE Aya about "AN Interview with Mr. Kinoshita: Detaching the Voice".