Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller Exhibition

Maison Hermès

poster for Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller Exhibition

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This exhibition presents representative sound and video installations by artist duo Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, who are known for their evocative aural and visual environments that liberate audiences from humdrum visual experiences.

Janet Cardiff (b. 1957) and George Bures Miller (b. 1960) are Canadian artists who are based in Grindrod, British Columbia and Berlin, Germany. This exhibition presents two major works by them.

"The Forty-Part Motet" (2001) is a 40-track audio installation played through 40 speakers. The speakers are placed in a way that allows viewers to listen to different voices and experience different combinations as they progress through the work. Gradually, as they immerse themselves in the environment, 40 choir voices come together to present a harmony, liberating them from a dull visual experience. This piece was successfully exhibited at various venues in Europe and the US, and is being presented for the first time in Japan.

"Night Canoeing" (2004) is a video piece presented in a pitch-black room, inviting audiences to be part of the holistic sensory experience of going down a river with a spotlight. The piece creates an intimate feeling of being in the same boat, as well as the mysterious intensity of seeing other travelers pass by within the darkness. Utilizing technology, Cardiff and Miller successfully create an emotional world that sharpens our senses.

[Image: "Night Canoeing" (video still) (2004) Mixed media installation]

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Schedule

From 2009-02-24 To 2009-05-17
Monday - Saturday 11:00-20:00 (last entry 19:30), Sunday 11:00-19:00 (last entry 18:30), Closed on March 18th (Wed).

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Reviews

Jessica Niles DeHoff tablog review

Alleluia

In the heart of Ginza an exhibition transports visitors to a choral heaven.

jinno: (2009-03-14)

mcai66: (2009-03-22)

「ナイト・カヌーイング」は「まったりした『ブレアウィッチ・プロジェクト』じゃないの?」と思ったり。
銀座でお買い物にくたびれたら、ちょこっと寄ってみたらいいと思います。寛げるし楽しめます。
http://brautigan.blog3.fc2.com/blog-entry-643.html

sherpa: (2009-04-12)

"The Forty-Part Motet" truly is an immersive experience, and one from which emerges a new understanding and appreciation for the synergy of vocal performance.

The review above refers to a harmony of parts "liberating them from a dull visual experience". And this it does. Engaging, interactive and surprising in equal measure.

However the second work in this exhibition, "Night Canoeing", is without doubt an example of a dull visual experience. Reading the review and hooked by phrases such as "holistic sensory experience", "intimate feeling" and "mysterious intensity" it was disappointing to witness something which by definition could not be holistic. A deadened room without airflow, soporifically warm and with seats lined up in front of a small screen does nothing to connect one to the feeling of floating down the river depicted on screen. The small screen on only one wall of the room, handheld video, selectively zoomed and panned, an oversharpened and bright crisp image. There is no immersion, no intimacy, no sense of depth and certainly no nocturnal mystery or intensity here.
Had this work been presented as a full-sized projection on 3 or 4 walls, what is claimed in the review may well have been possible and a powerful immersive work could have resulted. But as it stands, this is little more than what one might film while on a canoeing holiday and watch on TV at home.

shumai: (2009-04-13)

40声のモテットには圧倒されました。音色の洪水に押し流されそうです。自分が真ん中に入るので臨場感が半端じゃないです。あと、休憩タイムも面白いので声楽が終わってもちょっと待つと良いと思います。
ナイトカヌーイングの方は、もうちょっとスクリーンが大きいと没入感があったんじゃないかなぁ。岸が映らなくなるあたりで恐怖感を味わえます。

kayo094: (2009-04-30)

急いでいたせいもあり、空間を楽しめなかったせいか基本的に意味があんまり分からない感じでした。
http://cocothouse.exblog.jp/9664028/

kico16: (2009-04-30)

「The Forty-Part Motet 40 声のモテット」:
 全てのスピーカーの前をゆっくりと歩いた後、中央のベンチに腰掛け、目を閉じて音楽に身を委ねました。たくさんの歌い手がいるように感じられ、その美しく荘厳な響きに、心が洗われました。
 しかし、曲が終わり、再び目を開けると―また独りの世界に戻ってきたようで、少し寂しくなりました。

nakamiho: (2009-05-09)

ramarama: (2009-05-12)

合唱をきくとき、普通、歌い手たちとは向かい合うかたちになります。
向かい合って前から聞こえてくる合唱ではなく、
彼ら歌い手たちの中で聞こえている合唱を、聞いてみると???

もうひとつ、映像の作品も。
こちらは、暗幕で覆われた小部屋なので、むしむしして、
しかもベンチが空いてるかどうかも見えないほどの暗さで、
なんというかちょっとめんどくさいですが、時間があれば是非。
本当は、一人か二人で見たいなー。

http://ramarama.cocolog-nifty.com/ramarama/2009/05/post-dc0b.html

picabia: (2009-06-11)

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