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8 Japanese Contemporary Artists-Mutual Sympathy In The Orient !
This artist-in-residence project has been planned by the artists  themselves. During a three-week residency in Santiniketan, West Bengal,  where Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura

8 Japanese Contemporary Artists-Mutual Sympathy In The Orient


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8 Japanese Contemporary Artists-Mutual Sympathy In The Orient !

This artist-in-residence project has been planned by the artists themselves. During a three-week residency in Santiniketan, West Bengal, where Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin talked over the Orient and its arts around a century ago, several Japanese contemporary artists are to review these predecessors' ideas, communicating with villagers and tribal people and exchanging their own feelings and aesthetics. They also seek to make their own unique interpretations of the relationship between the environment and arts through art-making and staying with the locals. The results of this project are to be exhibited both at Santiniketan and New Delhi's Japan Foundation.

The eight Japanese artists participating in this project are all interested in the mutual interactions between the environment and art-making. They are all the type of artists whose creative energies are stimulated by interactions with cultures, places, and atmospheres. At open studios you will be able to see directly how the young Japanese artists will react to the new and unfamiliar environment.

Artists' Talk with Guest - Prof. Sanchayan Gosh and others on 19.11.11
Organizers : Sohei IWATA, Fumiko KOBAYASHI, Shoko TODA,
Co-organizer : Japan Foundation
Sponsor : SHISEIDO
Grants : Nomura Foundation, POLA ART FOUNDATION
Cooperation : Santiniketan Society of Visual Art and Design (SSVAD)
Artists’ Introduction

He majors in open-field art activities. Before coming to India, he organized an art project in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, for five years. He is now carrying on the art project in Santiniketan, in which he is trying to improve the traditional earth house of tribal people for modern use, to build a self-supplied water tower in a village community, and to purify drinking water through the biotechnological filtration system. His main concept is to live and discuss with tribal people and construct individually and independently some public facilities needed by the local people.

Like “SONTON,” a sound installation unit, he makes plane works, solid works and musical instruments and displays or performs them at galleries, musical events and clubs with live music, regardless with places and genres.

She has worked and displayed her works in more than ten places around the world, with Tokyo her home base. Her nomadism is reflected on her works; daily objects gained at various places are combined acrobatically in her works, and by so doing familiar sights and spaces are reorganized into unfamiliar ones.

Hideyuki TANAKA
His theme is something individual and primitive, like capitalism, the cycle of energy, sun worship, animism and so on. Relations between his self and various phenomena surrounding his own world are treated in his works. This theme helps him to reconsider factors and problems facing Japan on an individual and realistic basis. During the process of this reconsideration, he has had opportunities to experience and examine the spirit of Japan that has been handed down from the past. Animism, which has been inherited for over a thousand years and is still found in various things in art and culture, is the basis of the Oriental spirit, thinking and culture. He seeks to review Japan from variegated standpoints and express worldwide Japanese ways of life and their outlook on nature.

Shoko TODA
Her recent interest lies in the interactions of humans with places and geographical features. Two sets of images which catch “motions” peculiar to a given place are often treated in her recent image installations. In those works various motions which constitute a landscape are transformed or replaced by other motions in an effort to remodel familiar events and sights. By the juxtaposition of two sets of different motions, scenes are also divided into sections, and rhythms reproduce themselves. This is the attempt to multiply natural rhythms inherent in landscape.

She specializes in public art. Based in Berlin, she works in various places around Europe and Asia. She seeks to involve local people and, with her experimental art projects, intervene in the framework of their social lives and the mechanism of their human relations. Whatever is produced during the process, such as questions, trust and distrust, doubts, are expressed through videos, performances, and installations. Her latest project, “All My Cycle,” is being carried on in Berlin. In this project whose theme is the preservation of the environment and energy cycle, she tries to make manure of her excrements, grow vegetables with this manure and eat them, collaborated by biologists.

He is a nomadic artist. While traveling around the world, he collects interesting sights and phenomena, and reorders or replaces them with other ones by using videos, three-dimensional works, photographs, paintings and so on, and thus make a different world appear. The intervention of a stranger changes the strictly maintained relations among ordinary objects and creates the unfamiliar landscape of a new world.

Masahiro WADA
Objects that are ordinary, preserved, or forgotten are observed at a given area or place, and intervened through performances, sculptures, installations or videos. Humor and absurdity are often used in his works, helping to destroy aesthetic preoccupations and dislocate the commercialization of arts. He sometimes collaborates with other artists in art-making and founded an artist-oriented space “Homebase” in Tokyo in 2001.

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