|Title||Is it waste? - Art drifting over borders. Waste floating in society -|
|Date||2009.7.28(Tue) - 2009.8.6(Thu)|
|Organize||Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site|
|Co-organize||United Nations University, Global Environment Information Center (GEIC)|
|Cooperation||The Japan Foundation (JENESYS Programme), Bureau of Port and Harbor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government|
|Venue||Global Environment Information Center (GEIC) *MAP below.|
|Artist||Shinji Ohmaki / Surfers / Sophon Phe & Sam-An Peau / Vik Muniz & Elementary School, University of Tsukuba / Hiroshi Fuji / Yodogawa Technique|
This exhibition focuses on growing concerns about marine debris and waste, asking the fundamental question, "What exactly is 'garbage'?" Exploring possibilities of new dialogue between art and the environment, the exhibition also reconsiders the value of art in society through the creative art practices of exhibitions featuring works of art employing garbage, and art projects that utilize waste materials.
The works shown at this exhibition, comprised of garbage (i.e. items no longer needed), do not serve to merely propose ecological solutions such as recycling, but rather prompt visitors to reverse their values and views, evoking a new awareness toward the environment. Moreover, this exhibition focuses on the artistic techniques and thinking used to reverse people's awareness. its works deeply relate to how we recognize our surrounding environment and understand ourselves within that environment in order to build our relationship with the world.
It is our hope that through the various hints gleaned from the artists' techniques and ways of thinking, this exhibition will offer visitors an opportunity to reconsider the way each and every one of us should relate to our surrounding environment.
*Venue: Global Environment Information Center (GEIC)
5-53-70 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Hiroshi Fuji / "Happy Flower" / 2007
Yodogawa Technique / "Chinu ~the black sea bream of Osaka Bay~" 2007 / mixed media / about 8m long
courtesy of YUKARI ART CONTEMPORARY