Sunday, 7 November 2010

Agenda: November 08 - 14 / feat. Naho Kawabe


Photo by Keiichi Amano, courtesy of the artist.

This week's feature:
"Most things happen in the interval" by Naho Kawabe at Port Gallery T, Osaka
Usually, a video depicts reality from a certain angle, recorded prior to its showing. Naho Kawabe’s video installation, however, includes physically present objects and allows us to experience her work in real time, in real space.
It is a cheery scene: Colorful little balls and glass beads hang from the ceiling, they seem to jump out of joy. From time to time the light of a projection touches the arrangement. It rotates like the beam of a beacon, or recalls the rhythm of day and night. When hit by the light, those disco ball-like beads sprinkle the walls with glittering reflections.
But the whole is more than the sum of its parts. And so it is the interaction between the two elements of the installation that provides a striking effect, disturbing the idyll. There is a shady side, literally spelled out by the arrangement’s shadow.
The beautiful work reminds us of the importance of being attentive to phenomena beyond the mere appearance.
Port Gallery T, until December 4; 12:00 - 19:00, on Sat. 12:00-18:00, closed on Sundays.

Naho Kawabe is one the winners of the 5th shiseido art egg and will exhibit at the Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo in March 2011.


Photo by Keiichi Amano, courtesy of the artist.


KYOTO

Exhibition "NEXT+α DESIGN×MATERIAL" at kara-S (until November 15; 11:00 - 20:00).

Kyoto Original Product Shop Exhibition 2010 at the 6th floor of Fujii Daimaru department store (November 09 - 17; 10:30 - 20:00).

Exhibition "Withered Beauty in Tea Kettles" at Onishi Seiwemon Museum (until December 23; 10:00-16:30, closed on Mondays; admission: 800 Yen).

Kyoto Experiment - Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival (until November 23).

Zazen at Kenninji temple (November 14, every month on the second Sunday, 8:00 am)

recommended:

Risking the body
Exhibition "New Incubation Series 02, Stelarc x contact Gonzo - BODY OVERDIRVE" at Kyoto Art Center (until November 28, 10:00 - 20:00; performances by contact Gonzo on November 21 (17:00), and by Stelarc on November 18 (19:30, web broadcast from London)). Featured here.

Frank insights into an artist's creative struggles
Exhibition "To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Raku Kichizaemon XV - Part I: From the Succession to 'Tenmon' at the Raku Museum (until December 12; 10:00 - 16:30, closed on Mondays; admission: 900 Yen).

KOBE

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


OSAKA

Exhibition "Ikko Tanaka Posters 1953 - 1979" at ddd gallery (November 09 -December 22; 11:00 - 19:00, on Saturdays until 18:00; closed on Sunday, Monday and on national holidays).

recommended:

Rattling on the track of eternity
Tatsuo Miyajima "Time Train" at the COMME des GARÇONS art space SIX (until December 29; 12:00 - 19:00, closed on Mondays).

Read between the 'dots'
Exhibition "Most things happen in the interval" by Naho Kawabe at Port Gallery T (until December 4; 12:00 - 19:00, on Saturdays until 18:00, closed on Sundays).

Entrusting the final design to the unpredictable
fujii+fushikino exhibition and sale at millibar gallery (until November 08; 11:30 - 20:00). A previous exhibition was featured here.

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


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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.

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