Monday, 25 August 2014

Kojimachi Interstices and Tokyo Memory Walks - Arthur Huang's solo exhibition

Art is my colleague in the lab so I am familiar with his work, but I had no seen his latest achievement yet, Kojimachi Interstices. For this solo show he printed huge B1 size panels of layered photographies. All the pictures were taken in the neighbourhood of Kojimachi (Tokyo). Each panel represents the layered interstices between the buildings in the alleys of one given block of houses (follow me?). And since he's a compulsive archivist, you can be sure that no alley of Kojimachi is missing.

Layering interstices gives rather interesting results. 

Along with Kojimachi Interstices Art also exhibited his Tokyo Memory Walks, which I had already seen last autumn. 
During one month (September I think?) he documented his daily walks by drawing them on eggs every evening. One egg is one walk. One string is one day, containing all the walks of the day (time scale and distances are kept proportional to give an accurate projection of what the day really consisted of).

Symbols used to draw memory walks. Door, elevator, escalator etc….

During the last two days of the show Art organised an interactive performance, in which you could describe a walk you remember doing, and he would draw it for you.

You won't believe how difficult it is to remember the details of a short walk you have done just a week ago! A very interesting exercise, and a true piece of art. Thank you for the fun!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Shameless Self-Promotion Thursday (3) - The Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014

Good news! The Bookworm's Lunch and a few members of the Art Byte Critique group will participate in the 2014 Tokyo Art Book Fair organised by Zine's Mate, September 19-21. Yaay!
I would like to say come and see us, but I know that crossing oceans isn't exactly like hopping on a downtown bus. Or the streetcar named Desire :-)) In any case, I'm looking forward to the event and it will be thoroughly documented for the Suitcase.

Gymnopédie For The Proverbial Morning Toast #3

Monday, 18 August 2014

Quelque chose de Tennessee

Marie's homage to Tennessee Williams

There must be good reasons for classics to be classics. Reading A Streetcar Named Desire I caught myself wishing it would never stop. The inherent beauty of every line, the essence of something mesmerising, which makes it hard to close the book. And I was wondering if all good things came out of tormented souls like the one of Tennessee Williams.

Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brandon in A Streetcar Named Desire

“I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that's sinful, then let me be damned for it!”  A Streetcar Named Desire

“How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.” The Glass Menagerie
“There's a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.” 

“They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at - Elysian Fields!”  A Streetcar Named Desire

“And funerals are pretty compared to deaths.”  A Streetcar Named Desire

“My only point, the only point that I'm making, is life has got to be allowed to continue even after the dream of life is--all--over....”  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

“As for me, no one will ever love me. But you could get used to me, couldn't you, Jimmy?” 

And then I remembered that song, homage to Tennessee Williams, by Johnny Halliday (written by Michel Berger). I'm not a fan of Johnny in general but there are a few of his songs I really like, and this is one of them. Maybe I also like it because of the fake american setting of the video which is actually quite charming. Enjoy!