Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2012 "How Physical"
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From the start, each year the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions has posed the question, “What is an image?” and chosen a theme that suggests an answer to this question. It was, however, no easy task to think about an appropriate theme or envision the shape that this year’s festival might take less than a year since Japan was shaken to its roots by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region in northeast Japan. Confronted with images of such overwhelming power, images that exposed the fragility of the foundations on which images are built, it came to us at last that there was really only one choice, to make our theme the physicality of images. In retrospect it seems so obvious, in times like these we had to start over again with this most simple and basic of questions. It would, at the same time direct our eyes once again to the complex and diverse possibilities inherent in images.
The theme of the fourth Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions is, then, “How Physical”. To illuminate the physicality of images, we begin with their practical aspect, then, through the works we present, press on into the riches and depth that images offer. Before we raise questions about the themes and cultural significance of images, asking what images show us or why these particular images were taken, we turn first to the technologies, the skills, the tools, the activities, the means of distribution that make images possible. At the same time, we recognize the presence in images of times and spaces that only exist as images and the power of images to affect us viscerally. Our aim is to savor deeply forms of creative expression in which the distinctive physicality of images is brought to life. We also see this as an opportunity to reconsider the issues of the day not abstractly, but concretely by considering the physical processes, equipment, technologies and economic environment in which images are captured, preserved and passed down to us.
The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions takes full advantage of the space in which it is held to provide an opportunity for those who create, connect, and receive images to come together to enjoy the works on display and examine from many angles the physical aspects of images past and present. We hope that it becomes for everyone involved a comprehensive and future-oriented celebration of the “physical making” involved in imaging and visual creative expression.
Venues: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Central Square, Yebisu Garden Place; The Garden Room; and more…
The fourth installment of the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions.