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  • The short story “Modern Lovers” features in Organs Everywhere #5 (‘Ghostly’) and recounts the attempt to walk across the city toward the bay. It’s accompanied by a series of photographs and short films, watched using an AR app (see screenshots below) and describes places that inhabit a number of different personas—an aggregate of the past and potential […]

    2017
  • Desire to look provokes the mind in different ways. (1) Telling the difference between what is real and what is not becomes more difficult with time. Immersed in stories littered by the presence of other people, simply ‘looking’ by itself often comes with little reward. There needs to be something else, so it makes sense that […]

    2017
  • We are all migrants at heart. In the world Thai artist and filmmaker Chai Siris describes, being an immigrant on the outside looking in comes with an emotional stress that is often ignored in the presence of physical hardship experienced in modern day Thailand. His exhibition “Unimagined Communities” at Tokyo’s Komagome SOKO makes slight reference […]

    2017
  •   Spring report Hyslom Art Centre Higashi-Minamisannocho, Kyoto. April 3, 2016 Kyoto is everything you would expect it to be—idyllic, idealised, a picture postcard even, of something pocket-sized and weirdly perfect. But that’s the perspective of someone passing through. Its history is a little more complicated and not fully appreciated. Since the Second world war up until […]

    2016
  • Strato fotografico 2014-2015, ‘Fukushima Traces 2011-2013’ (Osiris), Concrete Comédie, The Twelf Hobby Lobby, ‘These Are Days’ (Osiris), System Crash for Hi-Fi, 5000 feet is best, Clocks and other problems, Re: play 1972/2015 – Restaging ‘Expression in Film ’72’, Component Family and much more …

    2015
  • In the first in a series exploring film and film-making, Omer Fast’s piece of work from 2011, shown in Tokyo late last summer at Taro Nasu Gallery, features disembodied voices, and the Nevada Desert reverberate a hotel corridor late at night as a ‘drone’ pilot suffering sleep deprivation finds himself amidst the interview from hell.

    2015
  • Part 1 of the exhibition runs until September 23rd. Part 2, featuring Yusuke Obuchi, Koki Tanaka and John N. Bohn will run from October 3 – November 8. Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS Hongo) The three artists that have come together for OS-XX Part 1 at TWS Hongo are an interesting group in so much that […]

    2015
  • Mitsutoshi Hanaga: The documentation photograph of the Japanese avant-garde art and performance (1964 – 1973) Aoyama Meguro Gallery (July 18 – August 22) Sam Francis Wolf Kahlen Vlasta Cihakova Noshiro Stelarc Arata Isozaki Genpei Akasegawa, One-Thousand-Yen-Incident & Trial Hi-Red Center Zero Jigen Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver Shinjuku protests, 1975 13th anniversary of the death of Marilyn […]

    2015
  • It’s hard enough to remember last week or last month let alone the entire year. There have been too many things of value to mention them sparingly. However, I’ve made a outlined four shows that have meant something personally and therefore stuck out … but the list could definitely be much much longer. So for […]

    2014
  • (Image: ICC Sapporo, 2004 “Left screen, minus 8 hours; Right screen, minus 14 hours”)   I remember being told a story about a couple of exhausted architects who flew straight from work (in the US?) to Tokyo to join the very first Tomato workshop. There, they were submerged in two-weeks of chasing shadows down streets, […]

    2014
  • © PICA Over a previous weekend I saw Hitoshi Toyoda’s slideshow NAZUNA at Yokohama Trienalle. He uses several projectors to project his ‘visual diaries’. Travelling to America and then to different parts of the world, including Japan, his documentation play out less like dry and factual but drama, the life of someone never ‘in frame’ but clearly close by. Some […]

    2014
  • “Tokyo is not going to cry loud the memories that it contains within itself. ‘Reorganize the unorganised noises (what you think you hear is not what you hear) of a street, a railroad station, an airport… Play them back one by one in silence, and adjust the blend.’ That’s what Robert Bresson says. The point […]

    2014
  • I recently visited the Shin Kiba workshop of Sueshiro Sano, an extremely kind and generous man who has been building sailing and tender boats since the age of 13. He is the 9th generation of his boat building family to continue the tradition. Since 2008, he has taken to creating track and road bikes made entirely […]

    2014
  • Standing outside, I propped myself against a tall table and drank coffee. A slightly cold afternoon, the clear sky was interrupted by a jet passing over the ridgeline of a distant building. “You see that?” a voice from behind said. I turned to see a short elderly man in a baseball cap with a dog […]

    2013
  • *This is adapted from the article AMALGAMATED ECOLOGIES published in Design Ecologies Vol.2 No.2, 2013 […] They cut the power? How could they cut the power? They’re animals. (Cameron 1986) Victor Frankesntein thought otherwise. Instead of battling to keep out a band of James Cameron’s marauding xenomorphs, the crippling impulse to define the terrain of […]

    2013
  • Journeys and observations through a sensitive and tempered landscape 直島銭湯「I♥湯」 (Naoshima Sento)Ohtake Shinro / graf, 2009. Abstract If art, technology and landscape were thought of in the same sentence and the result of this cocktail a relationship between body and landscape, then one by-product would be ‘place’ becoming ‘placeless’. The active agent in all of […]

    2011