A Scoop of Light

TOKAS Creator-in Residence Exhibition

A Scoop of Light

TOKAS Creator-in-Residence 2021 Exhibition

The rapid movement of everyday life which, due to the bewildering speed of information updates and technological advances, seems to have transcended physical distance, has been abruptly transformed into a stagnant society. Due to the pandemic, the world has unexpectedly become one, while at the same time becoming more fragmented. For TOKAS, which implements residency programs in cooperation with various organizations around the world, time passed differently in 2020 than it ever had in the past.

The artists we are introducing in this edition became involved in the program, and participated in the exhibition based on different conditions in circumstances, which limit movement and physical exchange. By setting their sights on social realities, which in some cases have been buried in a dark hole, and shedding light on them, the artists strive to discover what is actually happening in the world that we live in, and how we might confront it. When we listen closely to the voices of people in different societies, their myriad experiences, which have led to various realizations about their surroundings, can provide us with new illumination when they are presented in the form of an artwork.

These scoops of light help us visualize a world that we have previously overlooked, presenting it as a single entity without divisions or clear borders. It has always been existing but has not been caught by our eyes. This fact rises up like a glimmer of dust, catching the light as it floats through the air, and making us aware of our surroundings.

Information

TitleTOKAS Creator-in-Residence 2021 Exhibition "a scoop of light"
Date2021/7/3 (Sat) - 8/9 (Mon) *The exhibition period has been changed from 6/26 (Sat) - 8/9 (Mon).
Time
11:00-19:00
Closed7/5, 12, 19
VenueTokyo Arts and Space Hongo
CreatorFUNAI Misa
KIKUCHI Tomoko
Yuju
Julian WEBER
Bady DALLOUL 
AdmissionFree
OrganizerTokyo Arts and Space (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Partner InstitutionsKunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin City (Germany), SeMA NANJI RESIDENCY (Seoul, South Korea)

Paradise / Boundary : Somewhere not here 2019

FUNAI Misa
Tokyo-Berlin Exchange Residency Program
*The program was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Following her initial plan to “Consider Japan from the vantage point of Germany,” Funai integrates fragments of thought accumulated thus far in the form of an installation employing diverse elements. Based on personal family memories and impulses emerging from experience, she considers a range of issues – the flow of time from past to present, history, culture, the modernization of Asia, women, family, society and life – and their future development.  

Undulation on the borders 2021

KIKUCHI Tomoko
Tokyo-Seoul Exchange Residency Program
Residency Period: 2019.5–7
Residence: SeMA NANJI RESIDENCY

Kikuchi presents a multi-channel video work dealing with the themes of past trauma, how people live with and overcome it, and how people share the burden of suffering, through the narratives of North Koreans living in South Korea and children born to North Korean and Chinese parents. Kikuchi, who has been unable to leave South Korea due to the coronavirus pandemic, explores boundaries and divisions newly brought to light through interactions with the local residents.

Paradise / Boundary : Somewhere not here 2019

Yuju
Tokyo-Berlin Exchange Residency Program
Residency Period: 2020.10–12
Residence: Kunstquartier Bethanien

Yuju decided to face the anti-Asian discrimination issue, triggered by her own experience in Berlin while participating in the residency program. She is now back in Berlin to live and work, and in this exhibition she presents a video work responding to the discrimination through the lens of the Asian MeToo movement.

Production Cooperation: Metoo-Asians 

the bony labyrinth vol. 2 2018

Julian WEBER
Tokyo-Berlin Exchange Residency Program
Residency Period: 2021.1–3
*Online Residence

Weber, who produces highly unique works at the intersection between visual and performing arts, took up the theme of “a mating dance towards extraterrestrials.” In this exhibition, he presents a mockumentary based on video clips he has compiled.

Production Cooperation: MIRA SHINDENTO 

A country without a door or a window  2016-

Bady DALLOUL
Institutional Recommendation Program
Residency Period: 2021.2–6
Residence: TOKAS Residency

Dalloul works in text, drawing, video, and objects, bringing together fiction and reality and challenging the process of compiling history by interweaving personal narratives and stories while raising vital socio-political and historical issues. Featured in this exhibition is a series of his works based on research on people of Arab descent living in Tokyo, and on images of Japan and their own home countries that become visible from the perspective of an expatriate.

Cooperation: Villa Kujoyama/Institut français du Japon

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The opening talk will not be held to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Participating Creator

Bady DALLOUL
FUNAI Misa
KIKUCHI Tomoko
Julian WEBER
Yuju

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