Tokyo+Berlin CommunicationArt 2010
東京＋ベルリン コミュニケーション 展
7 29 August 2010
28 artists from Tokyo and Berlin at Freies Museum Berlin
Potsdamer Str. 91 · 10785 Berlin
OPENING (photos: see downloads and www.catonbed.de)
Saturday, 7 August 2010 at 5 pm · RECEPTION BY Aki Sugaya (Embassy of Japan)
ART PARTY with catalog presentation, barbecue, fingerfood and cocktailbar
PERFORMANCES by Anna Barth & Thomas von Arx, Tomohiro Hatori, Tomoko Kofuneko, Noritoshi Motoda, Tatsumi Orimoto and Nobuki Yamamoto
FREIES MUSEUM BERLIN · Potsdamer Str. 91 · 10785 Berlin Schöneberg · U1-Kurfürstenstr./U2-Bülowstr. · city map
MondaySaturday 127 pm · Thursday until 10 pm · Sunday 36 pm
An exhibtion catalogue will be published.
8 15 August · daily 11 am 1 pm:
ART & BREAKFAST by Midori Mitamura for visitors and artists
8 12 August · daily 12 6 pm
PAINTING A BEE BY A BEE · 5-day live performance by Tamaki Kawaguchi
Sun, 15 August · 11 am 5 pm
ART & BREAKFAST (11am2pm) meets DISCURSIVE PICNIC by UNWETTER (25pm)
Sun, 29 August · 5 10 pm
CLOSING EVENT · music by Steve Nickel, performances by Anna Barth and Tomohiro Hatori
Artists from Tokyo Artists from Berlin Tomohiro Hatori
Thomas von Arx
トーマス フォン アックス
Frank Benno Junghanns
フランク ベノ ユングハンス
Office: Stendaler Str. 6 · 10559 Berlin
Exhibition: Potsdamer Str. 91 · 10785 Berlin
ToBe · Tokyo+Berlin Communication Art 2010
The multidisciplinary exhibition ToBe highlights in 2010 works by 28 artists from Japan and Germany, who research spheres of common ground in the «Being and Becoming» in both cultures.
ToBe is a joint venture based on an open-minded concept inspired by the artists Tatsumi Orimoto and Thomas von Arx. The exhibition is a collective working process between the artists without any instructions from a curator, to create space for developments and conversations reaching beyond the scope of an exhibition.
Starting point of this project was a gathering of 19 younger and more experienced artists in the summer of 2009 in Tokyo, who portrayed renowned and emerging positions. The exhibition took place at Higure 17-15 cas, contemporary art space in Tokyo.
The concept worked well in terms of exhibition quality, as well as founding of new collaborations and ideas, which is why we applied the same principle with ToBe continuing our experiences in Japan 2009 in order to deepen the communication about art and to form a summit with our show in 2010. It is planned to continue the exhibition series in 2011 in reference to the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Prussian-Japanese friendship and trade treaty. The collaboration with both cities in this regard could vitalise the partnership between the two on a cultural level.
The project gains a remarkable dynamic through the conjunction of very differently inspired societies and their individual perceptions of art. The various overlaps, hybrids and grey areas show the direction of East-Asian/European convergence not only in artistic terms.
Art as a communication-engine is in this sense connecting and moving independent strategies of exchange and relations. This activating process is an essential aspect of the exhibition: creating an artist-driven «open stage», that allows and develops inspiring collaborations between cultures, the arts, the artists and the audience. For this project the artists from Japan and Germany will get together in Berlin for two weeks in August.
The cultural exchange of this project will not be limited to the exhibition itself. The visit of our Japanese fellows in an around the metro area of Tokyo was a fixed part of the concept. The provided hospitality and living everyday life together offers the artists a framework for conversations about art, politics, and social life also conveyed by celebrating Japanese and German cuisine. Possibly this dialog will enter into the work of the artists too.
The exhibition’s opening will be celebrated with a program of various performances. Several art works will still be developed throughout the first week of the exhibition. Each morning at 10 o’clock (815 August) Midori Mitamura will welcome visitors to Art & Breakfast, which will be the base of the work she creates. On the 15th, her Art & Breakfast will meet the Discursive Picnic by UNWETTER (‹were everybody is guest & host at the same time. Bringing, giving, taking, sharing: living- and think-spaces›). Tamaki Kawaguchi will produce her piece Painting a bee by a bee for 5 days inside of a glass cube.
All 28 artists will be present at the opening event. Guided tours for groups are possible by appointment.
fbj·us·dw·tvaFor this exhibition a catalog will be published by bruno dorn verlag · ISBN 978-3-942311-01-4