Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU"
Since the pandemic of COVID-19 led to the declaration of a state of emergency, exercising self-restraint in daily life has now become the new normal. We live in a world where it is easy to connect with those who are far away through the use of social media, Zoom, and other online tools. Yet, we have chosen to launch an art project where artists together with correspondents of different backgrounds create works of art by communicating with each other through letters or other time-consuming and indirect means. We have invited Ogawa Nozomu, director of Art Center Ongoing, to act as a guest director and curator of the project. The artists are Oki Hiroyuki, Saito Haruka, and Tanaka Yoshiki. The interactive art project will continue the exchanges until 31 March, 2023.
The Letter/Art/Project "TODOKU" connects me (here and now) to you (not here and now) through diverse forms of indirect exchanges such as letters, postcards, or video letters. The three artists hosting the project will exchange letters with people of many different backgrounds and use pictures, video or sculpture to create works of art together with their correspondents. Inspired by letters, postcards, video letters, and other indirect media, the power of imagination will connect lives in different times, places, and circumstances. Diverse forms of communication that have been lost to the demand for speed and convenience in modern society may emerge out of these interactions. From me to you, from you to me. Different ideas transcending time, distance, and individual situations in life to reach us in the form of art—this is surely where joy, surprise, and new discoveries await.
|Title||Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU"
|Project period||From December 2020 to March 2023
|Direction||OGAWA Nozomu （Representative of Art Center Ongoing）|
|Artists ||OKI Hiroyuki, SAITO Haruka, TANAKA Yoshiki|
|Organized by||Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
|Title||Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU"|
|Period||Saturday, 8 October – Sunday, 18 December 2022|
|Curation||OGAWA Nozomu （Representative of Art Center Ongoing）|
|Artists||OKI Hiroyuki, SAITO Haruka, TANAKA Yoshiki|
|Organized by||Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture|
The exchanges between the three artists and the correspondents involved in the project is made available on the gallery website from time to time. The project is likely to fluctuate depending on the interactions, but we hope that their ideas and what goes on in their minds will reach you.
※It will be released between August and September.
|Vol.1||TANAKA Yoshiki × KADONO Hidemi
Date and time: Saturday, 26 December, 14:00-15:30
Speakers: TANAKA Yoshiki (Artist)
Guest: KADONO Hidemi（Social welfare service corporation ”Children's home”）
|Vol.2||SAITO Haruka × HASHIMOTO Ichiro
Date and time: Sunday, 27 December, 10:30-12:00
Speakers: SAITO Haruka (Artist)
Guest: HASHIMOTO Ichiro（Asia University）
|Vol.3||OKI Hiroyuki × AIKAWA Yoshiko
Date and time: Sunday, 27 December, 14:00-15:30
Speakers: OKI Hiroyuki (Artist)
Guest: AIKAWA Yoshiko（Nonprofit Organization ”Peer Support Net Shibuya”）
|Moderator||OGAWA Nozomu （Project Director / Curation）
|Venue||Online streaming Check here> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk7KXCHA4ttC9-Jm7botLxQ|