From me to you, from you to me.
Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU" Exhibition
Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU" is an art project which connects “me (here and now)” and “you (not here and now)” through diverse forms of indirect exchanges such as letters, postcards, or video letters. It started in 2020, and the 3 artists active in the field of contemporary art have explored many ways of communication while working together with people from different backgrounds. The “TODOKU” exhibition is the special exhibition to summarize this 3-year project. Let us show you the moment of encounter in which each individual’s thought, which is art, arrives at each other beyond time, distance, and each circumstance.
Installation views of "Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU" Exhibition
|Title||From me to you, from you to me. Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU" Exhibition|
|Period||Saturday, 8 October - Sunday, 18 December 2022
|Closed||Mondays, 11 October *except 10 October|
|Venue||Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery|
|Director / Curator||OGAWA Nozomu|
|Artists||OKI Hiroyuki , SAITO Haruka , TANAKA Yoshiki|
|Information Tool||Video guide with Japanese sign language (with voice and Japanense subtitles)
*If you don't have any devices to scan the QR code, you can use our iPad.
|Organaized by||Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture|
|Specially cooperated by||Nonprofit Organization "Peer Support Net Shibuya", Social welfare service corporation "KODOMONO IE", HASHIMOTO Ichiro Asia University|
After the coronavirus has been widely spread, we live our life which is new and different from what it used to be. Online tools like SNSs and Zoom are heavily used in interaction with other people, and it became common to get connected to people who live far away. But, in this Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU", we consciously avoided those kinds of real-time communication, and it was an experiment to connect time, place, and environment in which each individual lives to each other, by imagination generated from using non-face-to-face media. We hope that those hints will arrive (“TODOKU” in Japanese) at you who see the exhibition, someday and somewhere, even if slowly, which are about imagination, understanding, and empathy to others living in a different circumstance, which the modern society is losing by seeking for speed and convenience, and which were gained through this project.
Born in Tokyo in 1976. He established Art Center Ongoing, the art complex center, in January 2008 in Kichijoji, Tokyo, and is currently the director. He stayed in Vienna with the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (2021--2022). He was also involved in many projects as the director of TERATOTERA, the community-based art project between Koenji Station to Kokubunji Station on JR Chuo Line (2009--2020), as the curator of the interactive art project in Northern Ibaraki Prefecture Art Village (2019), and as the director of ARTS TIME PROJECT at UENOYES, the project for formulation of creation and transmission base for socially inclusive arts and culture (2018).
Born in Tokyo in 1964 and based in Kochi, Tokyo, and Okayama . Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo. Not limited to movies and videos, he makes a variety of works of installations, performances, drawings, and etc. His main works include “ HEAVEN 6 BOX” (Winning the NETPAC Award in the 46th Berlin International Film Festival). He pa rticipated in exhibitions such as “Tokyo Biennale 2020/2021” (Fugetsudo Bldg.), “Aichi Triennale 2016” (Hotta Shoji Corporation), “The 4th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions How Physical --” (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 2012), “ART/DOMESTIC Temperature of the Time” (Setagaya Art Museum, 1999), etc.
Born in Nagano in 1988 and Based in Tokyo. Graduated from Oil Painting Course, Department of Painting, Faculty of Art and Design, Tama Art University. She thinks of the concept of time as the sum of changes by kinetic energy of objects, and makes paintings, videos and installations , connecting events with the structure of time and space. She participated in exhibitions such as “ACT Vol.4 ‘Approach to Alternative Images’” (Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo, 2022), “VOCA (The Vision Of Contemporary Art) 2022 New Artists of Two Dimensional Wo rk” (The Ueno Royal Museum ), “Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2020 ‘Sunburn After Swimming in the Painted Pool’” (Gallery A at Tok yo Metropolitan Art Museum ), etc. She is selected in a competition at Sompo Museum of Art, FACE 2022”.
Born in Mie in 1995 and based in Tokyo. Graduated from the Department of Sculpture, College of Art and Design, Musashino Art University. He mostly makes installations. He is also active in making and pl aying theaters as “Tanaka Sushi Robot” of the comedy unit “Son takz”. He joined exhibitions such as The 21st “1_WALL” Graphics Competition Grand Prize Winner “Yoshiki Tanaka Exhibition: What's the color of seagull God's eyes like? The curiosity is killing me! me!” (Gardian Garden, Tokyo, 20 20 ), “The 23rd Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art (TARO Award)” (Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Kawasaki, 2020), “The 14th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2019” (The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma ) and etc. He is the winner of Grand Prize at The 21st “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition” (2020).
On the stage built in the interactive space, Son-takz will play “Goat waiting Godot” made with inspiration from letter exchanges.
*There are performances with Japanese sign language.
*From left to right, TANAKA Yuka (Sign Language Interpreter), Pet Losster Inoue (INOUE Morito), Tanaka Sushi Robot (TANAKA Yoshiki), HASHIMOTO Ichiro (Sign Language Interpreter).
Son-Takz is a comedy duo that's been around since 2017! They are Tanaka Sushi Robot (Tanaka Yoshiki), an artist, and Pet Losster Inoue (Inoue Morito), a filmmaker! If it is possible for popular comedians to hold art exhibitions,isn’t it possible to do solo exhibition at the museum for us too? …Even if we are unknown artists, if we become popular comedians. That's why Son-Takz was formed! We just recently realized that ratio of successful applicants and hard road in the comedy world than in the art world!!!
Visitors are free to come and go as freely as they wish during the performance.
*Japanese sign language will be provided for performances on dates and times marked with ★.
|Saturday, October 8||14:00-、16:00-、18:00-|
|Sunday, October 9||14:00-、16:00-、18:00-
|Sunday, October 16||12:00-、★18:00-|
|Sunday, October 23||14:00-、16:00-、18:00-|
|Sunday, October 30||14:00-、16:00-、18:00-|
|Saturday, November 5||14:00-、16:00-、18:00-|
|Saturday, November 12||14:00-、16:00-、18:00-|
|Saturday, November 19||14:00-、16:00-、18:00-|
|Wednesday, November 23||★12:00-、★18:00-|
|Saturday, November 26||14:00-、16:00-、18:00-|
|Sunday, December 4||12:00-、★18:00-|
|Saturday, December 17||14:00-、16:00-、18:00-|
|Sunday, December 18||14:00-、16:00-、18:00-|
We are planning to hold talk events and gallery talks with invited guests.
Aesthetician Ito Asa will be our guest to discuss the significance of a symbiotic society and diversity with the concept of altruism as a clue.
Date and Time： Sunday, 16 October 14:00-16:00
Venue： Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery
Gest: ITO Asa (Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology) × OGAWA Nozomu （Director/ Curator）
Saito Haruka and Ogawa Nozomu will invite Kabasawa Tamaki, with whom Saito has been exchanging letters, and the three of them will meet face-to-face to talk about participation in the project.
Date and Time： Thursday, 3 November 14:00-16:00
Venue： Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery
Guest: KABASAWA Tamaki (One of the persons with whom Saito exchanges letters), SAITO Haruka（Artist）, OGAWA Nozomu （Director/ Curator）
Let’s exchange your thoughts on the exhibition after the talk session!
1, AIKAWA Yoshiko (The NPO Peer Support Net Shibuya)×OKI Hiroyuki×OGAWA Nozomu
Saturday, 22 October 16:00-18:00
2, KADONO Hidemi（Social welfare service corporation ”KODOMONOIE”）×TANAKA Yoshiki×OGAWA Nozomu
Wednesday, 23 November 14:00-16:00
3, HASHIMOTO Ichiro (Associate professor at Asia University) ×SAITO Haruka×OGAWA Nozomu
Sunday, 4 December 14:00-16:00
Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU" started in December 2020, and we have been reporting on the project in the form of blogs and talk events.
The exchanges between the three artists and the correspondents involved in the project has been published on the gallery website from time to time.
The project director Ogawa Nozomu visited the atelier of the artists who participate in the program and Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU" Exhibition.
※English subtitles will be available later.
Atelier Visiting| OKI Hiroyuki photo: IIKAWA Takehiro
Atelier Visiting| SAITO Haruka
photo: IIKAWA Takehiro
Atelier Visiting| TANAKA Yoshiki
photo: IIKAWA Takehiro
In Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU", started in 2020, the communication of the 3 artists and participants has gradually begun. We heared from them about what they are feeling in the communication and how they will make it into the exhibition planned in 2022. Also, we welcomed specialists in visual body language or support for stay-at-home people and heared about social backgrounds of participants and what it means that artists interact with them through this project.
Artists participating in the Letter / Art / Project "TODOKU" talk about their past activities and what they are going to do in “TODOKU”. As a guest, we invite people from institutions which artists are interacting with or persons concerned to discuss vision and the possibility of this project.