Tsubasa Kato “Superstring Secrets”

Mujin-to Production

poster for Tsubasa Kato “Superstring Secrets”

Ends in 9 days

The exhibition features Tsubasa Kato’s latest project staged in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Kato stayed in Hong Kong for three months from February to May this year to participate in an exhibition at Tai Kwun Contemporary. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the exhibition had been postponed and he could not return to Japan for a while. Kato started the project “Superstring Secrets” in Hong Kong under such circumstances while avoiding direct interaction with people as much as possible.

It had been nearly a year after large-scale protests against the amendment to the “Extradition Bill,” which would allow suspects to be handed over to mainland China, that resulted in many arrests. Coincidently, it was also just before the approval of the “National Security Law,” which bans meetings due to the pandemic and prohibits the overturn of the government.

Kato installed a collection box in underground pedestrian tunnels around Hong Kong and asked passers-by to write an answer to the following questions on a sheet of paper and post it in the box:

・Confess your secret
・Confess your true feeling about the group, country, city, workplace, or school to which you belong
・Reveal someone else’s secret

He shredded the collected paper with secrets written on into pieces and conducted a performance to braid the strings of paper into a thick rope. After returning to Japan, Kato set up the box near the venues of Tokyo Olympics, which is postponed to next year, and similarly gathered people’s secrets and held a performance of rope making.

At this exhibition, a huge rope and documentary videos and photos of the performance will be presented as a large-scale installation. The videos are to be viewed while “socially distancing” from each other and a collection box to post the secret will be set up at the venue which allows the visitors to participate in or being spontaneously involved in the exhibition.

“Superstring Secrets” is an ongoing project. Kato plans to continue the project in various places in the world (currently Singapore and Taiwan are on the list.) The exhibition unveils the project for the first time with the story of the two cities, Hong Kong and Tokyo.



from October 01, 2020 to October 31, 2020
Exhibition Hours 13:00-19:00. Open 12:00-18:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.


Tsubasa Kato



Venue Hours

From 12:00 To 19:00
sundays closing at 17:00
Closed on Mondays, Holidays


Address: 5-10-5 Kotobashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0022
Phone: 03-6458-8225 Fax: 03-6458-8226

8 minute walk from exit A3 at Kikukawa Station on the Toei Shinjuku line. 8minute walk from exit B2 at Sumiyoshi Station on the Hanzomon or Toei Shinjuku line. 12 minute walk from the South exit of Kinshicho Station on the JR Sobu line.

Google map

When you visit, why not mention you found this venue on Tokyo Art Beat?



All content on this site is © their respective owner(s).
Tokyo Art Beat (2004 - 2020) - About - Contact - Privacy - Terms of Use - Support GADAGO NPO