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TOC [toasters city / country / cosmos]

Emerging Artist Support Program 2012


  • Date:
    2012.12.01(Sat) - 2013.01.14(Mon)
    11:00 - 19:00
    Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
    TWS Hongo
    Kaori Ichimura

Opening Reception:2012.12.01(Sat) 17:00-19:00

*Please feel free to come!

The program inviting young exhibition organizers to apply with concrete plans for art shows. 

We call for exhibition proposals from artists planning exhibitions with their own participation and aspiring planners (curators) .

Selected projects will receive support from Tokyo Wonder Site, to be put into practice in the form of exhibitions at TWS Hongo.


The world is presently standing at a significant turning point, whereas we in our role as initiators in the realm of art and culture need to redefine our mission, and review the meaning of hosting exhibitions. It is a phase of fundamental reconsideration of all kinds of things and events we used to take for granted without much reflection. One notable recent trend is a shift in the perception of art, regarding artworks no longer as mere objects, but looking for a new definition of art in the pursuit of reality through creative acts and processes. The 2012 edition, the 7th in this series, aims to readdress the questions, "What kinds of location and experimentation are really needed now? And what should an exhibition as a public event be like?"

This year an extra award from the curation seminar is given to one proposal in addition to the three selected winners.

Selected Exhibition
■upDate 2011111111111s
Organizer: Mirak Jamal and Nine Yamamoto-Masson
■From the lleca to the cohue: Photography in penitentiary centers
Organizer: Helena Acosta
But Fresh
Organizer: Hiroyuki Yoshizawa

Extra Award from the curation seminar
■TOC [toasters city / country / cosmos]
Organizer: Kana Takahashi

The connection between artist and curator to me looks quite similar to the relationship between the ordinary and the extraordinary parts of daily life.
"TOC" is an installation piece involving actions with a toaster in the streets of Tokyo, through which Kaori Ichimura, the artist introduced in this exhibition, aims to create extraordinary sceneries. However the longer this action continues, the more it turns into a perfectly normal behavior for the artist, so the notion of extraordinariness seems to fade away in the creative process. On the other hand, the relationships and vocabularies that are supposed to emerge in the process of curation are being treated and exhibited as a single work.
It appears to me that the artist-curator combination in which positions are indefinite and occasionally reversed questions the validity of drawing a dividing line between both, and whether such boundary exists in the first place.

Related Event

■review cafe
Date: January 14 (Mon.) 12:00-18:00
Venue: Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo 2F Meeting Room
Admission: Free 

Shall we have a review of this show having  tea?
Review cafe is a place to exchange ideas and information freely.
We will serve you drink instead of your review and your thought for this show.
Please come by to have some break!

Talk Event 「toaster talk」

Date: December 23 (Sun.)   PartⅠ12:00-14:00  PartⅡ 15:00-17:00
Venue: Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo 
Admission: Free / No reservation required 

PartⅠ: Artist, Curator and cooperated stuff will talk about the show.
PartⅡ: Artist will go out with toaster and curator and cooperated stuff will talk about the artist and toaster.

*The talk will be added to the film of the show later as a part of the work. 

Kaori Ichimura TOC, 2012, installation

Kaori Ichimura TOC, 2012, installation
Cooperation: Honami Sambuichi