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Digital Art Exhibit "ETERNAL", Inspired by Japanese Culture and the Concept of Time, Was Exhibited at Haneda Airport – Financial Post

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TOKYO — The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan is holding a new initiative called the “Japanese cultural media arts dissemination initiative in airports and other institutions” for inbound tourists.

Overview of Exhibition at Haneda Airport
Date & Time: 11:00-20:00, Saturday, February 1 to Friday, February 7, the second year of Reiwa (2020) (Last entry is at 19:30)
Location: Haneda Airport (Ota-ku, Tokyo) International Terminal 4F TIAT Sky Hall
Content: A one-week concept exhibition to experience a world captured in digital art representing the everlasting story of “the space and time of 1000 seconds of silence”
Official website: https://jmadm.jp/en/

Haneda Airport exhibited “Japan Media Arts Distributed Museum ETERNAL”* in its International Terminal’s 4F TIAT Sky Hall. This installation connected inspiration from important Japanese cultural properties to not only traditional methods of creation and modernity but also the most essential factor in culture formation, the concept of time, in the form of a one-week concept exhibition to experience a world captured in digital art representing the everlasting story of “the space and time of 1000 seconds of silence” – the soul’s gazing toward hope.

The concept of time, which flows through the airport as people and culture come and go without pause, could be called inspiration itself – inspiration to feel one’s inner vision. This exhibit invited visitors into the world of “space-time called one thousand seconds of purity and tranquility” through four digital art pieces.

*For reference: Harmony (getting along with others), respect (honoring others), purity (cleansing one’s spirit), and tranquility (never being agitated) are the four basic elements of the Japanese tea ceremony.

The Agency for Cultural Affairs is hosting the “Japan Media Arts Distributed Museum” that will be deployed in 10 Japanese airports sequentially as part of a new project called the “Japanese cultural media arts dissemination initiative in airports and other institutions.”

The artists and creators featured in this exhibition capture the cultural resources borne out of various local cultures through fresh perspectives in places like airports, which serve as gateways to these regions. By showcasing the works of media arts, we invite visitors to explore the true spirit of these cultures throughout their travels.

Haneda Airport Exhibition Summary

Artwork 1: “intangible film”
Theme: Sanctuary
Motif: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine / One Thousand Torii (Kyoto)

Description
One Thousand Torii (Senbon Torii) is located on the grounds of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (Kyoto), an important Japanese cultural property. There are countless torii gates arranged in a row, and it is an artificial structure and space with the function of a passage. The torii gate serves as a sign and gate for entering the sanctuary. Why do people enter the gates? This is an installation focusing on the gates that form the Senbon Torii, which the viewer wears headphones to experience. Inside the intangible film that defines the inside and outside of the gate, structures formed by countless laser beams are floating. The viewer can visually and aurally grasp the behavior of the structure from both inside and outside the structure. An intangible structure, such as a spirit floating in space, calmly confronts the viewer and envelops them.

Artists:
FUJIMOTO Shohei
Based in Tokyo. After graduating from the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), he transferred to Tama Art University’s Information Design Department and uses technology to create installations. He explores the relationship between living things and inanimate objects through these structures and behaviors and has exhibited both domestically and internationally.

KUNIMOTO Ray
Born in New York and based in Brooklyn. Graduated from Keio University with a Bachelor of Arts in Aesthetics and Science of Arts. He composes music and sound programming for installation works exhibited in museums around the world, and creates artwork using an original speaker system he developed as well as new musical experiences that also involve acoustic design in spaces.

Artwork 2: “Fragments (Airport Version)”
Theme: Japanese medieval literature, essays
Motif: Hojoki, Kawai-Jinja Shrine (Kyoto)*

Description
“The flowing river never stops, and yet the water never stays the same. Foam floats upon the pools, scattering, re-forming, never lingering long. So it is with man and all his dwelling places here on earth.”

Calligrapher KINOSHITA Mariko took this passage of Kamo no Chomei’s Hojoki and turned it into a work of modern art, filmmaker YAMAMOTO Synichi gave it a time axis, and musician Corey Fuller added sounds reconstructed from the words of Hojoki. Kawai-Jinja Shrine, a place of strong affinity to Kamo no Chomei, also served as inspiration for this piece. From KINOSHITA Mariko’s calligraphic concepts of sky and causation to Corey Fuller’s rich, ambient, interwoven stillness to YAMAMOTO Synichi’s meta-perspective on gazing out over a landscape, this collaboration highlights each artist’s worldview intersecting upon Hojoki. The theme is universality amidst an ever-changing view.

*For reference: Kawai-Jinja Shrine is an auxiliary shrine of Shimogamo-Jinjya Shrine (Kyoto), a world heritage site.

Artists:
YAMAMOTO Synichi
Media artist, filmmaker, and executive creative director of Omnibus Japan. Involved in numerous motion graphics using digital equipment, film credits, installations, and more, he produces many corporate motion logos and branding visuals but also, as an artist, releases spatial projections unbound from existing video platforms on the themes of scientific data and philosophy visualization, time, and space. He designs time axes as the extension of constructivist design but also uses video production methods to manipulate incidental desktop results, crossing over into video art, experimental video, media art, club music, electronica, ambient, TV programs, commercials, science visualization, immersive, and generative media. His full-dome artwork “Noesis”, which premiered at MUTEK.JP at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, has also been shown in Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

KINOSHITA Mariko
Calligrapher and part-time lecturer at the University of Hyogo’s School of Human Science and Environment. Carrying on this ancient East Asian traditional culture, her specialization is Chinese characters (divided into seal, clerical, cursive, semi-cursive, and printed scripts) but she also works with a harmonized style of Chinese and Japanese characters utilizing her feminine sensitivity. Her title lettering includes the 64th Shosoin exhibition (2012), the movie “Ask Rikyu” (2013), and NHK’s “Nippon Premium” (2015). She also did live drawing in front of an audience of 50,000 at a Major League season opener and, more recently, calligraphy installations. She coordinates various traditional Japanese culture projects and writes essays. In the first half of 2020 she will do another live drawing at the 1,300th anniversary of the Nihon Shoki chronicles and the lettering for a sake project by a famous Western liquor manufacturer (to be mainly exhibited overseas).

Corey Fuller
Born in the US, raised in Japan. Currently based in Tokyo. Musician, sound designer, engineer, filmmaker, and photographer. Since releasing his first solo album, “Seas Between” (“Dragon’s Eye” in the US), in 2009, he has released albums under his name, ILLUHA, and OHIO through longstanding New York label 12k. Touring Europe, North America, Japan, and other parts of the world, he has collaborated and released works with artists such as SAKAMOTO Ryuichi, Taylor Deupree, and Stephan Mathieu.

In February 2019 he released a new solo album, “Break”, through 12k. Fuller, also the descendant of Buckminster Fuller, has collaborated across an equally wide range of disciplines and created public artwork and ambient pieces (spatial music) in addition to his albums. He continues to expand his uncategorizable scope of activity with themes such as “nature and technology” and “silence in the city”.

Artwork 3: “Stillness”
Theme: Zen, zazen, meditative art tearoom
Motif: Kenjinji’s sub-temple Ryosokuin (Kyoto)

Description
This Zen-themed piece, made possible through the cooperation of ITO Toryo, assistant chief priest at Kenjinji’s sub-temple Ryosokuin in Kyoto, depicts one part of the Zen worldview through three-dimensional photogrammetric data, minimalistic pointillism, and an undulating soundscape. The generated imagery is an interaction of environment and video, reflecting the exhibition space’s environmental information in real-time so that, like the leaves in the shrine garden rustling in the wind, there is synchronicity between the virtual landscape and viewer’s environs. Furthermore, the soundscape making up the space undulates left and right, high and low in frequency, with overtones and gaps that produce new sounds to be noticed. Unable to be heard, or only able to be discovered in the silence, this immersive digital expression of ITO Toryo’s Zen nevertheless permeates the viewer.

Artists:
THINK AND SENSE
In an every-diversifying society, this technological creative firm uses technology as a basis for multifaceted approaches to the construction of frameworks and development of solutions, and does not shy away from social implementation.

OHNO Tetsuji / Intercity-Express
Intercity-Express is an audiovisual project by Tokyo-based artist OHNO Tetsuji. OHNO started working as a DJ in the mid-90’s and produced his own works by the turn of the millennium. Besides his audiovisual performances such as “Triggering” (2014), he works as a music composer and producer for commercials. Throughout his journey as a musician he incorporated many different styles and genres, ranging from house to techno to noise and electronica, synchronized with generative design and color pattern visuals. Intercity-Express’s very own sound is a synesthesia of all these different influences. Recent performances and exhibitions include MUTEK Montréal, MUTEK Mexico, MUTEK Barcelona, MUTEK.JP, Scopitone Festival in France, Sunscape Festival in Malta, FILE in Brazil, LPM in Italy and the Netherlands, an HPL media street event in Russia, and Shinjuku Creator’s Fest in Tokyo.

Artwork 4: “Moment in Composition”
Theme: Tradition, family crest, circle, beauty of nature
Motif: Nihonbashi (Chuo-ku, Tokyo), balanced beauty of circular giraffe crest, natural shapes

Description
This video artwork is a digital application by media artist SEGA Seiichi of the Edo period crest-making technique of overlapping perfect circles by artists HATOBA Shoryu and HATOBA Yohji, inspired by a work* of art depicting a winged giraffe (a divine beast) statue, a symbol of luck and prosperity for Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, and linked with the ambient sounds of sound artist Kyoka at the exact moment the beauty emerges. Kyoka’s sounds expand farther and farther outward like ripples from diverse angles on the surface of a compass, the stereo image of three-dimensional circles and ripples flowing through the space. It puts on display Kyoka’s years of research into the phase-based approach to creating 3D stereo images. This artwork conveys the beauty and harmony in the simple yet powerful combination of circles large and small as well as, when overlaid with waves and terrain symbolizing randomness, the mathematics hidden in natural patterns.

*For reference: The giraffe crest depicting Nihonbashi’s giraffe statue, an important cultural property, was created at the “NIHONBASHI MEGURU FES” held in Nihonbashi, considered an origin point of culture. The winged giraffe signifies Japan’s road network beginning in Nihonbashi and “flying” all over the country.

Artists:
SEGA Seiichi (Visual)
Creative technologist and media artist at Omnibus Japan. He has created numerous video works of art that develop and implement high-end CG incorporating generative and physics simulations as a non-photorealistic, abstract approach to expression. In the past few years he has produced TV credits and corporate branding in addition to releasing artwork domestically as an artist and doing live performances. With technique that merges concepts and algorithms, he produces video using a variety of devices such as stereoscopic, spherical, and cubic displays. In 2017, he released a public artwork at Shinjuku Creator’s Festa entitled “immense veins” in which a globe continuously transformed conceptually. He also displayed a spatial installation, “Extra Dimensions”, on the theme of events or phenomena existing at the same point on the time axis. At MUTEK.JP 2018, he participated in the full-dome stereoscopic artwork “Noesis” which visualized abstract or scientific concepts.

Kyoka (Audio)
First solo female artist under raster-noton, one of the world’s top experimental and electronic music labels. She is currently with Raster-Media, a multimedia organization based in Chemnitz and Berlin. Active in Berlin and Tokyo, she charms the world with her unique musical expression, using frequencies to convey unexpected, multidimensional sensations spanning art, science, physics, and all other genres to people of all generations. Since 2007, she has been based in Los Angeles doing improvised live acts and composing. From 2008 to 2010, she released one EP in her “ufunfunfufu” series under German label Onpa))))) each year. From 2012, she released “iSH”, “IS (Issuperpowered)”, and “SH”, each two years apart. Her live performances have garnered high praise in Japan and overseas, and in 2016, her performance at Berghain, called the greatest club in the world, thrilled listeners and was considered a best act. From 2017 to 2018, she was invited by a Spanish provincial government and the EU to reside at an art technology center and devoted herself to the creation of installations. She has also worked on commercials for Apple (global), ABC-Mart, ORBIS, and others.

HATOBA Shoryu (Family Crest)
Third-generation Kyogen family crest artist. Born in 1956. While working as a hand-painter of crests on kimono, he became increasingly interested in passing on family crest-making techniques in a new form of expression, and began producing crest artwork at age 50. His first foray into the digital world was “MON-MANDALA”, expanding his scope from design to art. Now one of the few artisan designers to combine the Edo period crest technique of drawing only perfect circles and straight lines with digital work, his activities are diverse. He appeared and worked in NHK Educational TV show Design-AH “Mon”.

HATOBA Yohji (Family Crest)
Crest artist born in 1983. Grew up surrounded by crest-making due to his father Shoryu’s work. In 2010, the establishment of a new workshop awakened him to the potential of design, and he began learning Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop on his own. Being raised in constant proximity to family crests, a trove of design, and studying calligraphy from age 8, cultivating a sense of balance, serve as the foundations of his current design work. Training in crest-making under his father, he now conveys its appeal to Japan and the world.

Creative production: MUTEK.JP
MUTEK, which began in Montreal, Canada, in 2000 is an internationally-renowned arts and culture organization that develops digital creativity, electronic music, and audiovisual art, supports the discovery and training of talented individuals, and seeks to spread arts and culture. Based on the concept of always supporting the creation of new ideas and content, MUTEK has built a creative platform that provides a place for free, experimental expression to go out to the world. So far, it has grown to hold major international festivals in seven countries: Montreal, Mexico City, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Dubai, and Tokyo. MUTEK.JP launched MUTEK Japan Association in 2016 as the first country in Asia, aiming to promote the development of digital creativity and create a place for participants and artists to interact and create together, not only in Japan but around the world. Furthermore, by supporting the discovery and training of talented individuals, linking with arts and culture institutions, and tapping into MUTEK’s global network, it shares the arts from Tokyo with the rest of the world.

Haneda Airport Exhibition Details
Date & Time: 11:00-20:00, Saturday, February 1 to Friday, February 7, the second year of Reiwa (2020) (Last entry is at 19:30)
Location: Haneda Airport (Ota-ku, Tokyo), International Terminal 4F TIAT Sky Hall
Admission: Free
Artists: FUJIMOTO Shohei, KUNIMOTO Ray, YAMAMOTO Synichi, KINOSHITA Mariko, Corey Fuller, THINK AND SENSE, OHNO Tetsuji / Intercity-Express, SEGA Seiichi, Kyoka, HATOBA Shoryu, HATOBA Yohji
Creative Production: MUTEK.JP
Supporter: Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation
Organizer: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan “Japanese cultural media arts dissemination initiative in airports and other institutions in the first year of Reiwa”

Contacts

Inquiries from the press regarding this document
Japan Media Arts Distributed Museum Office PR Team
Person in charge: Yukinori Aoki
Mail: yukinori.aoki@dentsu-pr.co.jp

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Woodstock Art Gallery to Host Last Summer Drop-In Today – 104.7 Heart FM

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 6:13am

Families will be able to stop by the Woodstock Art Gallery from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today for the last studio drop-in of the summer.

WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock Art Gallery is back with its last studio drop-in of the summer.

From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today you can check out the new free, self-guided interactive art experience for all ages where you can explore, build and keep your art. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate.

Adults and kids are welcome to stop by and have fun, with your memento tied in with current exhibits at the art gallery.

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Downtown Williams Lake Art Walk 2022 opens Aug. 12 and will feature 30 artists at 30 businesses – Williams Lake Tribune

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The Downtown Williams Lake Art Walk 2022 will kick off with some live art action on Friday, August 12.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the grand opening event will include kids activities, door prizes, handing out guidebooks and a live paint battle.

The “Battle of the Brushes” will involve five or six artists battling it out for painting supremacy from noon to 1 p.m. The artists will be given a subject ahead of time but will also be thrown a curve ball part way through to create an element of improvisation as well.

Patrons will be able to watch as the artists create pieces at the event and can even vote on their favourite painting and one selected by the organizers will also be used in the marketing for the 2023 art walk.

“We’re hoping that their end results are fun and interesting and that people are entertained as they paint,” said Sherry Yonkman, Downtown Williams Lake executive director.

The paintings will also be auctioned off.

Downtown Art Walk is an event showcasing artists’ artworks in local downtown businesses, the event is free for patrons, and guides can be picked up at the Downtown Williams lake office, participating businesses, at the Stationhouse Gallery and at the Tourism Discovery Centre or at the Thursday Performance in the Park on Aug. 11.

The artworks will be on display from Aug. 12 to Sept. 7 and patrons can use the map in the guidebook to plan their walks and learn more about the artists.

On the back page of the guidebook is a passport which every hosting business can stamp and then patrons can use their stamped passports to enter to win $500 towards their favourite artist’s work or a number of $50 gift certificates as well.

Participating businesses include: United Floors; Williams Lake Boys and Girls Club; Interior Properties Real Estate; Kornak & Hamm’s Pharmacy Ltd.; Williams Lake First Nation; RE/MAX Williams Lake Realty; All-Ways Travel; City of Williams Lake ; Western Financial Group; Williams Lake Optometry; The Bean Counter Bistro;Williams Lake & District Credit Union; Sta-Well Health Foods; NEXT GENeral Mercantile + Refillery; The Open Book; The Realm of Toys & The Nerd Room; Woodland Jewellers Ltd.; Walk Rite Shoes; Do-More Promotional; Kit and Kaboodle; D&D Passports Xcetera ; Williams Lake Lavender Lingerie; Sandtronic Business Systems Ltd.; Crosina Realty Ltd.; The Heeler; Laketown Furnishings Ltd.; End of the Roll; Bob’s Footwear & Apparel Inc.; Lo’s Florist; and WorkBC Williams Lake.

Read more: Williams Lake Art Walk to feature 32 artists at 31 locations



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The chaotic joy of Art Fight – The Verge

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In the summer of 2017, I was stuck between high school and college and stuck between two versions of myself. There was the high school version of me, someone with a laser focus on traditional academic success, and the college version of myself, a mystery that burst with the potential to do and create outside of the box that I had formed around myself.

It started with a simple DM — something along the lines of “this seems fun; you should join it also!” When I clicked the link, I saw a dizzying array of character designs laid out in tidy rows, filling the homepage of the site. It was overwhelming, not just because so many people had joined this site but also because they had shared so many stories and characters. The characters were technicolor and sparkling, with lengthy backstories included with their pictures. There was so much passion, and I was being invited to join them.

Art Fight is a fairly simple concept. For the month of July, artists register on the site and are divided into teams. Once registered and sorted, they upload examples of their art along with personal characters and stories of their own that they would be interested in other people drawing. Then, the games begin.

You score points in Art Fight by drawing another team’s requests, called an “attack” in the lingo of the game. The more complex the request, the higher the score, and at the end of the month, the team with the most points gets a special badge on the site showing they’ve won. There’s no reward beyond the badge, and nobody is too strict about the teams. Individuals can change teams multiple times over the course of the month. The real incentive isn’t winning but, rather, drawing for others and being drawn in turn.

I was an amateur artist at the time and had spent very little time creating a social media profile and promoting my art. But even then, it was exciting to know I could draw for others and know they would be excited to draw back. Something about this space was welcoming to people of all skill levels and meant that I wasn’t lost in the digital noise.

In the following years, the time that I spent on Art Fight waxed and waned based on the business of my own summers. But each year, I made sure to draw at least one piece for it, taking the lovingly rendered illustration that another artist had made of their character and granting it life in my own art style. It remained a constant, this act of creating for someone else that I likely did not know.

The other constant was the range of other artists that used the platform. Some were students or hobby artists, drawing in the free time that they had on weekends or after work. Others were professional artists, pulling together attacks as breaks from their own work. What remained true was the range of people that Art Fight encompassed, with individuals from almost any walk of life with an interest in character design and storytelling coming together to share their creations.

Back in the summer of 2017, I hadn’t realized quite how special that was. Wedged in among my career aspirations and life goals, my art often feels pushed to the background, something that can’t be properly pursued unless it has a “purpose” (usually involving money). Having a space where that creation is encouraged and given a community, for any skill level and with few caveats, still feels exhilarating.

For the artists I know, sharing online can be a mixed blessing. Platforms offer reach but they can feel actively hostile, putting artists at the whims of algorithms and mainstream attention. There are few platforms actively devoted to art and even fewer constructed to make artists feel more comfortable. The result can feel alienating, forcing creators to post constantly to stay relevant rather than follow their own inspiration.

Art Fight, for me, is a balm to that. Even for a hobbyist artist like me, there is something exciting about individuals making art for each other without the caveats of platforms or the frantic scramble to be seen. It is a challenge that asks only for what you want to give to it rather than what the platform wants. For that reason, the month of July is a sanctuary — a place to create on my terms with the knowledge that it will still be seen by others and maybe be special to some of them.

Camille Butera is a Master of Science student at Oxford University and a recent graduate of Smith College. Outside of that, you can find her drawing and catching up on TV shows about five years after everyone else.

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