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Made in.between East:West (a part of Poznan Art Week 2018)

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Artists: Weining Cai, Daniela D’amore, Alison Farrelly, Akis Giousmis, Nadine Kseibi, Kais Masood, Thunthon & Thonthun Monkata, Elena Nestian, Alla Prokopyshyna, Vienna Ruocco, Haruchika Seno, Yujia Shi, Xinye Zhang
Venue: Galeria R20 (Franciszka Ratajczaka 20, 61-815, Poznan)
Dates: 28th – 30th May, 2018
Curator: Takuya Tsutsumi
Coordinators: Aniela Perszko, Szymon Dolata 

Photo: Krystian Daszkowski


93. Dream Ahead of on the way to the future

Artists: Arai Masayuki, Ishii Seiki, Kadota Kunikazu, Kita Kodai, Shima Haruka, Takano Tomomi, Tani Q, Honda Koichi, Maetani Kai, Makiyama Chie, Yoshida Nana
Exhibition Title: 93. Dream Ahead of on the way to the future
Venue: ARTZONE, Kyoto, JP
Dates: November 28, 2015 – December 23, 2015
Curatorial: Hironori Yasukochi, Kai Maetani and Takuya Tsutsumi

Photo: Yuki Moriya


A Curatorial Concept

The selected artists have been given 93 instructions proposed by the curators to pick up some instructions based on their choices and works, considering how they could create new works according to the text they chose, moreover, what kind of interpretation could be possible and appropriate between the instructions and new works to rationalize them. They were expected to bear unfamiliar form or style apart from works they used to do. Both the works and interpretations written by them were regarded and juxtaposed as equal things, being exhibited at the gallery.

The instructions were prepared in accordance with the concept derived from local controversial issue at that time, which was a discussion concerning Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. 


The Play is the Work

Artist: Kishii Daisuke (Playwright)
Exhibition Title: The Play is the Work
Venue: ARTZONE, Kyoto, JP
Dates: June 13, 2015 – July 5, 2015
Curator: Takuya Tsutsumi

Photo: Yuki Moriya


A Curatorial Concept

The Play is the Work was dedicated for Daisuke Kishii’s plays, by regarding it as the work that could be exhibited at a place. His work deals with form of theatre; defining principle of certain collective in society; approaching to a crucial issue in theatre sphere, that the form of theatre has never had one’s autonomy even though rest of art genres have accomplished getting to embrace modern form through some important works, such as Marcel Duchamp, John Cage and William Forsythe. Holding an exhibition at a gallery was an attempt to construct the theatre’s form independency, at the same time, the exhibition challenged how the play could be displayed at the space.

During the exhibition, many events and performances based on his plays were enacted mainly by Shimatsuwokaku, which is a company founded by the artist. Eventually, a catalog containing documentation of the exhibition, review of the enactments, and instructions indicating how to reproduce the exhibition again, has been published. 


Before Night Falls
Artists: Masamitsu Araki, Kenta Ogaya, Keisuke Jimba, Yusuke Taninaka, Soichiro Murata, Ryotaro Fuyuki, Takuya Yamashita, Yonder Art Party
Exhibition Title: Before Night Falls
Venue: ARTZONE, Kyoto, JP
Dates: April 4, 2015 – May 10, 2015
Curator: Takuya Tsutsumi and Takuya Yamada
Assistant: Yuka Kondo, Wakaba Matsuo, Nikian Kawamitsu, Yuriko Fujimoto, Minami Aoyama

Photo: Sho Ogasawara


A Curatorial Concept

‘Before Night Falls’ focused on local art scene in Kyoto, and exhibited 8 artists during huge international art biennale was being held at near place. This attempt was to expose the artists, simultaneously, to rethink our art per se and its exhibition format, those ideas were imported from the West after 1868. Along with taking place the exhibition, we published a catalog including their lives and artists’ thoughts.


Installing of the Exhibition “BNF” & Artist
Artists: Hiroki Kagawa, Kai Maetani and ARCHIVES PAY
Exhibitions Title: Installing of the Exhibition “BNF” & Artist + ARCHIVES PAY
Venue: ARTZONE, Kyoto, JP
Dates: February 28, 2015 — March 29, 2015
Curator: Takuya Tsutsumi and Takuya Yamada

Assistant: Yuka Kondo, Wakaba Matsuo, Nikian Kawamitsu, Yuriko Fujimoto, Minami Aoyama

A Curatorial Concept

これまでARTZONEで展覧会をやってきて思うことは、完成した展覧会そのものよりも、それに向けた搬入の方が実はおもしろいのではないか? ということです。もちろん、展覧空間は作品自体をじっくり鑑賞するのには最適です。未だに、展覧会/展示会という形式がなくならないのは、やはり印刷物やモニターを介して観ることよりも多くの経験が作品と対峙することによって生まれるからだと考えられます。それを否定しません。

展覧会の搬入中には、様々な欲望と技術を持った人々が集います。ざっと挙げてみる限り、アーティスト、キュレーター、デザイナー 、インストーラー、コーディネーター、施工業者、運送業者、お手伝いの人、場合によってはカメラマン、コレクター、ふらっと立ち寄ったアーティストの友人。ここARTZONE限定で言えば、運営している京都造形芸術大学アートプロデュースコースの学生たち、先生たち、このビルのオーナー、従業員なども含まれます。そういった個人が、自分のより良い空間に仕立てあげるべく、思考や意志や技術を発揮し合うのが搬入空間です。確かに、色々なところに道具が落ちているし、作品は半分もできていないし、よく見るとお昼ごはんの残りや飲みかけのペットボトルがあるし、壁も汚い。さらに疲れて寝ている人もいるし、ずっとパソコンを触っている人もいて、鑑賞者にとっては心地良くないかもしれません。
ですが、アーティストの一言で空間が変化するダイナミックさとか、キュレーターの時間までに仕上げないといけない切迫感とか、インストーラーの問題が起きたときの絶望感とか、施行が上手くいったときの喜びとかは、意外と隠すべきものではないと思っています。むしろ現れても良いのではないか。そこには、個人の倫理や美学が表出する空間があり、それも作品と同等に尊いものではないか、というのが本展の出発点です。
今回、2015年4月4日から開催される展覧会『Before Night Falls 夜になるまえに』の搬入作業を公開します。そこで生まれるのは当然、ポジティブなものだけではありません。ネガティブなものもあるでしょう。けれど、その時間も含めてインストールなのです。
さらに公開搬入に加えて、本展では香川裕樹と前谷開という2名のアーティストの作品も展示します。正確に言うと「展示されていた」ことになるでしょう。なぜなら、会期が進行していくにつれて、ホワイトキューブ空間は搬入行為自体に奪われていくからです。しかしながら、彼らは次の展覧会のために、自分たちの展示空間が浸食されていく中でも、作品を展示し続けていきます。香川と前谷の抵抗やアイディアが、結果的に作品性を発展させ、収まりきった展示様式を切り開いていくはずです。 


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