Sunday, 8 August 2010

Agenda: August 09 - September 26 / feat. KYO-TO-TO

Please note: The Agenda goes on holiday. Nevertheless, this edition covers some interesting upcoming events. See you again in September!

kyototo at Urban Research Kyoto
This week’s feature:
Kyo-to-to's "Shapes of the Japanese rain" at Urban Research, Kyoto
Yes, the rainy season is over in Japan, but even the simple little teruteru bozu-dolls -- a talisman to hang from the window to wish for good weather -- can't always prevent drizzle, sudden shower or thunder rain. So, you might need an umbrella. Or a tenugui-towel to dry yourself off after a sudden rain.
The dyeing and embroidery brand Kyo-to-to offers all these and more in the rain-themed designs of their current collection.

Read more about Kyo-to-to on Pingmag.
Goods of their previous collections, mentioned in the above article, are also avaiable.


Kyoto Arts 2010. The following exhibitions and events are part of the festival that aims to provide a look at art in Kyoto, spanning "genres and generations" -- during the whole month of August.
Exhibition "Samples of the Moon" by Izumi Yohei at Neutron Gallery Kyoto (until August 15; 11:00 - 23:00, last day until 21:00). See a previous work of the artist here.

Machiya light-up event Miyako Light (August 27, 28 and 29; 18:00 - 21:00)

Installation "making" by Akira Miyanaga at Kodama Gallery (until August 14; 11:00 - 19:00, closed on Sundays, Mondays and national holidays).

Exhibition "Anonymous Behavior" by Fumiko Kobayashi at gallery eN arts (until August 29; on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 - 18:00).

STORELAB at radlab exhibition projects (August 2 - 29)

And there is much mure to explore! Have a look at their site and the recommendations below.

Grand opening of kara-S, a new 'shop-gallery-studio-lounge' run by Kyoto Seika University at Cocon Karasuma, succeeding shin-bi. (August 15; general opening hours 11:00 - 20:00).
The exhibition "trace of identity" has already started (until August 18) and the AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) hanging scroll exhibtion (August 15 - September 19) as well as the installation 1-10 (August 15 - September 12) are coming up soon.

Exhibition "Design of Rules/ Rules of Design" at the art project room ARTZONE (August 7 - 15; on workdays 13:00 - 20:00, on Sundays and holidays 12:30 - 20:00).

Midsummer glass exhibition at Waza Gu (August 03 - 16; 10:00 - 18:00, on the last day until 15:00).

Exhibition "Xの謎" (X-Ray riddles) at the museum of the University of Kyoto (until August 29; 9:30 - 16:30, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; admission: 400 Yen).

Japan Media Arts Festival in Kyoto at Kyoto Art Center (September 02 - 12; 10:00 - 20:00, on the last day until 18:00) and Kyoto International Manga Museum (September 02 - 12; 10:00 - 18:00, closed on Wednesdays).

Flea market "Tenjin-san" on the grounds of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (every month on the 25th).

Antiques flea market on the grounds of Toji Temple (September 05, 7:00 - 16:00, on the first Sunday every month).


Evolution and extinction: How would our world look like if such creatures had existed?
Exhibition "Saltationism" by Hajime Emoto at Kyoto Art Center (until August 26, 10:00 - 20:00). Part of Kyoto Arts 2010.

On reflection, image and imagination
Super Window Project shows a piece of Mathieu Mercier's series "100 Cars On Karl Marx Allee" off-site at Cafe Oku in Gion (until August 29, 11:00 - 19:00, closed on Tuesdays). Part of Kyoto Arts 2010.

tommy "oden" toy cars, works from the breaker project and more
"paramodel solo exhibition : the world according to P" at Mori Yu Gallery Kyoto (until August 28; 12:00 - 19:00, closed on Sunday, Monday and national holidays). More about Paramodel. Part of Kyoto Arts 2010.

Blurring the borders of art, science, research and experiment
Light / Sound / BrainExhibition "Trouble in Paradise/Medi(t)ation of Survival" at the National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (until August 22; 9:00 - 17:00, on Fridays until 20:00, closed on Mondays; admission: 850 Yen). Featured here. Part of Kyoto Arts 2010.

Where the fire-spitting robot 'Giant Torayan' comes from
Ultra FactoryOpen studio at Ultra Factory, an interdisciplinary workshop at the Kyoto Zokei University of Art and Design, directed by artist Kenji Yanobe (until August 28; 11:00 - 17:00, closed on Sundays, Mondays and national holidays). Part of Kyoto Arts 2010.

Design shopping
Dyed and embroidered textiles of the series "Shapes of the Japanese Rain" by Kyo-to-to at the URBAN RESEARCH shop in Teramachi street (until August 29; 11:00 - 21:00).


Exhibition "Animals in Contemporary Art" at Amagasaki Cultural Center (until August 29; 10:00 – 17:00, on Friday and Saturday until 18:00, closed on Tuesday; Admission: 600 Yen).

Rokko Meets Art festival (September 18 - November 23; 10:00 – 17:00; admission: 1800 Yen).


Exhibition "The Complete Posters of Tadanori Yokoo" at the National Museum of Art, Osaka (until September 12; 10:00 – 17:00, on Friday until 19:00, closed on Monday; admission: 1100 Yen).

"Vital Signals" Japanese and American Video Art from the 1960s and 70s at the National Museum of Art, Osaka (September 11 and 12; 11:00, 13:00, 15:00; free admission).

ADC Exhibition 2010 at ddd gallery (until September 14 - October 30; 11:00 - 19:00, on Saturdays until 18:00; closed on Sunday, Monday and on national holidays).


Concisely conveying complex concerns
Exhibition "Shigeo Fukuda’s Visual Jumping" at ddd gallery (until September 4; 11:00 - 19:00, on Saturdays until 18:00; closed on Sunday, Monday and on national holidays). Featured here.

Foreigner’s Live Art Guide
For more exhibitions and events about art and design in Osaka rely on FLAG.

On the Agenda are events in Kyoto - and also in Osaka and Kobe - that I'm interested in and plan to attend -- shamelessly subjective.
Although the list isn't meant to be complete, I hope it provides some valuable tips for those interested in art and design in Kansai.

Kindly note that the above dates and times are subject to change.