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2014/08/14 13:00
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Agelastos petra (Mourning Rock)



Les métamorphoses / Les blessures d’un mythe
Agelastos petra (Mourning Rock)


2000 / Greece / 85 min / Color / 35mm

Director/Writer/Cinematography/Producer : Filippos Koutsaftis
Music : Konstantinos Vita
Editor : Hronis Theoharis
Sound : Yannis Haralambidis
Subtitle : Yoko Matsuoka
Distributor : Filippos Koutsaftis


Elefsina is a small port industrial area near Athens that used to be called Eleusis in ancient Greece. This town was home to the sanctuary of Demeter, the goddess of fertility who brought agricultural blessings and oversaw the harvesting of the earth. The director of the film, Filippos Koutsaftis, spent 10 years filming the transformation of this land into one of Greek’s major industrial areas at the same time the sanctuary was being eroded and destroyed due to the modernization. Film scenes include an oil factory being built over the sanctuary with concrete, a man who wanders through town collecting ancient rocks, and more… Like a lone pilgrim, the director carefully tends to the scars of a mythology swept away by modern development.
This is a poetic, melancholy documentary film that won numerous awards at the 41st Thessaloniki International Film Festival.


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2014/08/13 11:00
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“Viridian March” Sakae Ozawa



[Title] Viridian March
[Artist] Sakae Ozawa
[Date] July 17th, 2014 to September 18th, 2014

By the very definition of the word, “metamorphosis” comprises a mix of the past and the future. The past, that is, as the staging ground before the actual changes come to pass; and the future, as the surroundings subsequent to the transformation. In this latest Maison Hermès window display, images crafted to instantaneously capture and fuse these two chronological dimensions swell out before the mind’s eye.

Portrayed here is a quiet room interior, against the backdrop of a tranquil autumn setting. At the moment a rustling sound is imagined to gently caress the ears, a cluster of tree growth, advancing across the window space, emerges to boldly seize the field of vision. Before our very eyes, the wallpaper, window glass and floor become the embodiment of copious green leaves and sturdy young branches, immersing the space in the essence of an intensely procreative power seemingly ready to explode from within the room.

Events of metamorphosis are generated by nature, an entity with vast and inherent powers far beyond those conceivable to human beings. Here, plant life exudes its own unmistakable will and intent, moving to fill every available crevice within the glass-encased domain. With forest animals also swept into the picture, bringing the full realm of the natural world into elaborate play, the display becomes virtually inundated in a torrent of fertile green shades. The silhouette of a horse, formed by tree branches in the left-side window, struts into the lead, as the luxuriant Viridian March moves steadily forward into a separate world lying somewhere up ahead.

This window display is the brainchild of painter Sakae Ozawa noted for paintings comprised of unique color schemes and rich and powerful narratives. In this work, her normally two-dimensional world of painting is manifested for the very first time in such realistic space.

Gazing out through the dense leafy growth of the tree, meanwhile, is a largely concealed pair of eyes. Looking closely, within a petite canvas mounted on the wall of the room on the right, the face of a little girl is visible. Her gaze radiates a presence in stark contrast to the lavish tree growth, piercing through the room and window to reach into the eyes and hearts of passing beholders. Within these eyes, and the ambience within, lies the premonition of yet another metamorphosis, ready to unfold sooner than later, within this increasingly viridian saturated space.


Sakae Ozawa
Born in 1980 in Shiga Prefecture. After graduating from Kyoto University of Arts and Design in 2003 (completing the Western Painting Course under the Faculty of Arts and Design), she traveled to Germany to live and work for a year. She subsequently enrolled in the Academy of Fines Arts Vienna, from which she graduated in 2008 and returned to Japan. Ozawa continues to expand the stage of her artistic activities through one-man shows at the Mori Yu Gallery in Kyoto, venues in Hong Kong, Taiwan and other major cities. She also participates in group-based exhibitions – among the leading ones the “Garden of Painting ~ Japanese Art of the 00s” (National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2010), “Vision of Contemporary Art 2011” (Ueno Royal Museum) and other prestigious events. Sakae Ozawa is the recipient of the second Incentive Award of Koji Kinutani (2010).
2014/07/26 11:00
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2014/07/10 15:00
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Good Bye Lenin!



Les métamorphoses / Refaire le monde

Good Bye Lenin!

2003 / Germany / 121 min / Color / 35mm

Director : Wolfgang Becker
Writer : Bernd Lichtenberg, Wolfgang Becker
Producer : Stefan Arndt
Cinematography : Martin Kukula
Music : Yann Tiersen
Cast : Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Maria Simon, Florian Lukas, Alexander Beyer, Burghart Klaussner
Subtitle : Yasuko Ishida
Distributor : Global Screen


The film is set in East Germany on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Christiane, the mother of Alex who works at a TV repair shop, has devoted her life to Socialism and has a strong sense of patriotism for East Germany. One night she witnesses her son participating in an anti-socialist protest and clashing with the police. She suffers a heart attack from the shock, which sends her into a coma. Eight months later she miraculously recovers from the coma. By then the Berlin Wall already fell down and Germany became unified. The doctor tells Alex that another strong shock may kill her. Alex decides to hide the fact about the fall of East Germany to protect his mother but…
The film does an excellent job of describing history from the viewpoint of the lives of ordinary people by putting a spotlight on each individual, who is affected by the significant changes taking place as a result of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It became a blockbuster hit in Germany.


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2014/07/10 14:00
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2014/06/12 12:00
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Micro-Events : Tsuneko Taniuchi



Micro-Events: Tsuneko Taniuchi

[Date] July 18 (Friday), – September 21 (Sunday), 2014


Tsuneko Taniuchi is an artist who lives and works in Paris. Taniuchi performed and exhibited her works in France and abroad, including Centre Georges Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Taniuchi, who has actively performed in “Micro-Events” since 1995, has sought to represent in her performances diverse social classes and their roles in society. She has, for example, performed various types of modern women, and elsewhere used irony to depict the VIP system of the art fair in the character of a bunny girl who serves drinks only to those who consider themselves to be VIP.

Also, she may raise a false alarm in the supermarket shouting, “I got my purse stolen!” Or, in another kind of performance she “moves into” an art gallery with her packed belongings, and exposes the right to housing in urban areas. Taniuchi continues her vigorous performance with a critical spirit, immersing herself in her surrounding environs.

The art work of Taniuchi, who is “Japanese” and also “French,” questions the audience what is a “validness of being yourself” in modern society as one moves across borders of concept and value, in terms of theatre and action, reality and fiction, communication and disconnection, man and woman, engagement (political and social participation) and game, and art and kitsch.

During the exhibition period, Taniuchi will appear on stage and perform everyday. The “Wedding Series,” which proved to be a great success when performed at Centre Georges Pompidou, includes an installation of documentary images and videos as well as her performance. This exhibition shows the various aspects of the artist’s activities



■Performed Everyday Mon-Sat 17:00-19:00 / Sun 14:00-16:00
“Micro-Event n°45 /Six Female Characters + A Women / Seven days”

The artist herself stays at the gallery and performs everyday. She performs one of six different women from modern society (waitress, boxer, gymnast, homeless, Ganguro and Ninja). On Sunday, the seventh day of the performance, “a woman” = Tsuneko Taniuchi hosts the “Troc,” a participatory performance in which the audiences can exchange their own personal belongings for “objects” which the six women create while performing.

■August 3 (Sunday)
“Micro-Event n°46 /Weddings in Tokyo”

This is the Tokyo version of the “Wedding Series,” in which nearly 250 marriages have been performed since 2002. As part of the performance, Taniuchi recruits the men and women (potentially multiple) who will be married to her in 20 wedding ceremonies hosted in the gallery; the wedding attendants are recruited as well.


Details on the event and on the application for the wedding will be posted on our website www.hermes.com from the beginning of July.



[ Tsuneko Taniuchi ]
Born in Nishinomiya city, Hyogo, Japan. Lives and works in Paris since 1987.
Taniuchi graduated from Kobe College, Sociology Department, where she majored in the History of Western Culture, and then went to the École des Beaux-Arts to study abroad. After living for a short time in New York, Taniuchi relocated to Paris where she has continued her creative projects, which include performance, video, photography and installations. Since 1995 Taniuchi has explored a new area of performance called “Micro-Events, ” participating in Rendez-vous du forum (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010), La Force de l'Art 02 (Grand Palais, Paris, 2009), and Tokyorama (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2001).
2014/06/07 17:33
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Zelig



Les métamorphoses / Se fondre dans le décor

Zelig


1983 / US / 79 min / Black and White / 35mm

Director: Woody Allen
Producer: Robert Greenhut
Executive Producer: Charles H. Joffe
Cinematography: Gordon Willis
Cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, John Buckwalter, Stephanie Farrow, Richard Litt
Production designer: Mel Bourne
Subtitle: Midori Sugiyama
Distributor: Park Circus

Zelig is a man who shape-shifts his appearance to blend in with the people around him, much as a chameleon does, in response to a deep psychological need to be accepted by those people. The film is a mockumentary which depicts the strange, idiosyncratic life of Zelig, who first appeared in the 20s in recorded films and testimonies.
Once he is surrounded with doctors he starts talking about medicine, and when he is at a Greek restaurant he suddenly transforms into a Greek. Also, when Zelig stands next to a fat man his stomach starts sticking out. While the technique for synthesizing the film images and the humor-filled script are excellent, behind the laughter in the film lurks the fear of isolation and the menace of Fascism, as well as human love. Making cameo appearances as intellectuals in the film’s flashback scene are Susan Sontag and Irving Howe.
2014/06/07 14:00
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