AICHI TRIENNALE 2019 ARTIST STATEMENTS

The closure of “After ‘Freedom of Expression?'” at Aichi Triennale 2019 has set off a chain reaction of responses from artists in the exhibition, beginning with requests by Minouk Lim and Park Chan-kyong for the withdrawal of their works from the Triennale submitted on August 3, the same day as the announcement of the closure. Many of the Triennale participants are still considering what actions to take, and how they can stand up for freedom of expression. Some are acting in groups, others individually. This page has been established to document the statements that accompany their actions.

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KOKI TANAKA: A DELAYED STATEMENT ON THE REFRAMING OF MY WORK

The problem behind the closing of “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’” was initially an operational problem of “risk management.” But now I think the situation is gradually sliding into a problem of self-censorship by Aichi governor Hideaki Omura and artistic director Daisuke Tsuda in the name of “safety.” To say that establishing a review committee will lead to the speedy reopening of “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’” is just pretense — or indeed a stalling device. View More >

AICHI TRIENNALE ARTISTS OPEN SANATORIUM

We hereby present the temporary artist-run space Sanatorium. “Curating is curing,” writes Boris Groys in his book Art Power. “It is not a coincidence that the word ‘curator’ is etymologically related to ‘cure.’” While there is no curator here, in the spirit of the root meaning of curation, we are operating Sanatorium as a “prescription” for the situation we currently find ourselves in.View More >

IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

We, the undersigned artists participating in the Aichi Triennale (2019), condemn the decision to close a full section of the exhibition as an unacceptable act of censorship. The section titled “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’”, a special project of the Aichi Triennale, was closed indefinitely to the public on August 3rd due to political pressure from the State as well as pressure from anonymous sources threatening to take violent and terrorist actions unless the works in question were removed from the exhibition.View More >

TERRE THAEMLITZ

DISSONANCES EXPRESS MARGINALITIES By Andrew Maerkle — "Mainstream First World cultures have figured out how to appear ever more open and accepting, while being ever more efficient at cloaking social exclusions. The trick is to keep people obsessed with identity constructs via a particularly infantilist and ethically charged individualism. The result is conservatives, liberals and leftists all policing ourselves, all proud defenders of ‘morality’ as something presumed common and shared."View More >

HSU CHIA-WEI

NOT ONLY BLACK-AND-WHITE By Andrew Maerkle — "The fact is there is no true history. History is always written from a specific position or perspective. This is one of the key issues I address in my works. My works question history and the way that ideologies are constructed."View More >

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Arata Isozaki at the Kankai Pavilion

Kankai Pavilion at Hara Museum ARC (Traditional East Asian Art) September 13 (Friday) – October 23 (Wednesday), 2019 – A Response by Arata Isozaki to the Continuing Genealogy, from the Japanese Art of Rokuro Hara, whose sobriquet was “Kankai,” toView More >

Kankai Pavilion at Hara Museum ARC (Traditional East Asian Art) September 13 (Friday) – October 23 (Wednesday), 2019 – A Response by Arata Isozaki to the Continuing Genealogy, from the Japanese Art of Rokuro Hara, whose sobriquet was “Kankai,” toView More >

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Open Program: Carp Swim

This year marks 400 years since Asano Nagaakira (the first head of the Asano clan and lord of the Hiroshima Domain) assumed control of Hiroshima Castle. As part of a variety of events that are being held to commemorate thisView More >

This year marks 400 years since Asano Nagaakira (the first head of the Asano clan and lord of the Hiroshima Domain) assumed control of Hiroshima Castle. As part of a variety of events that are being held to commemorate thisView More >

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About Art Tower Mito

Art Tower Mito Phone: (029) 227-8111 Fax: (029) 227-8110   Opening hours and fees [Opening hours] 9:30~18:00(or until event closing times) [Closing dates] Mondays (Tuesdays if Monday is a national holiday) Winter holiday season Special maintenance days

Art Tower Mito Phone: (029) 227-8111 Fax: (029) 227-8110   Opening hours and fees [Opening hours] 9:30~18:00(or until event closing times) [Closing dates] Mondays (Tuesdays if Monday is a national holiday) Winter holiday season Special maintenance days

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IMPOSSIBLE ARCHITECTURE: ANOTHER HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE

As you look back at the history of architecture, you discover a host of outstanding concepts that never reached completion and stimulating ideas that were deliberately limited to proposals. Focusing on unfinished architecture projects by about 40 Japanese and foreignView More >

As you look back at the history of architecture, you discover a host of outstanding concepts that never reached completion and stimulating ideas that were deliberately limited to proposals. Focusing on unfinished architecture projects by about 40 Japanese and foreignView More >

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mama!milk Two Suites in Autumn Evening at Hara Museum [Hara Museum, Tokyo]

Dates October 5 (Saturday), 2019 6:00 pm (door opens at 5:30 pm) October 6 (Sunday), 2019 6:00 pm (door opens at 5:30 pm) Venue The Hall at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art Performance by October 5 “Suite I Duo”View More >

Dates October 5 (Saturday), 2019 6:00 pm (door opens at 5:30 pm) October 6 (Sunday), 2019 6:00 pm (door opens at 5:30 pm) Venue The Hall at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art Performance by October 5 “Suite I Duo”View More >

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THE TETORAPOTZ Live Performance [ARC]

  August 24 (Saturday), 2019 15:00 ~ Fee: Free (museum admission is required) Venue: The corridor at Hara Museum ARC, Gunma Performed by: THE TETORAPOTZ Guitar, vocals: Yasuhiko Hayashi (Paramodel) Bass, vocals: Rintaro Hiramine (Mrs.Yuki) https://www.mrsyuki.com/ Guitar, vocals: Tomomi OkuboView More >

  August 24 (Saturday), 2019 15:00 ~ Fee: Free (museum admission is required) Venue: The corridor at Hara Museum ARC, Gunma Performed by: THE TETORAPOTZ Guitar, vocals: Yasuhiko Hayashi (Paramodel) Bass, vocals: Rintaro Hiramine (Mrs.Yuki) https://www.mrsyuki.com/ Guitar, vocals: Tomomi OkuboView More >

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