Newspapers Roundup #4

The past week’s art and design columns as read in the Japan Times and Daily Yomiuri online newspapers.

In In the News by Paul Baron 2006-10-19

Daily Yomiuri Online : Arts Weekend

The art of the digital era (10/14)

Distance is irrelevant. So is time. Friendship doesn’t require meeting your friends. Everything is interactive. Everyone is a broadcaster. These are just some of the truisms spawned by the Internet era, and they’re among the ideas explored in Connecting Worlds–the current exhibition at the ever-quirky NTT InterCommunication Center in Hatsudai, Tokyo.
The show brings together an eclectic mix of works, largely united by a video element, which explore the nature and implications of the digital era. Whether it’s a celebration or a warning, however, is hard to say, with organizers seemingly excited and alarmed in equal measure…

TAB event data: “Connecting Worlds: Towards Creative Communication” Exhibition (until 11/26)

Speculators rushing into Chinese art (10/14)

An unprecedented boom is taking place in the market for Chinese contemporary art as soaring prices for oil paintings and other works attract a rush of speculative money. Local art industry sources say it is now not unusual for the price of a piece of art to more than double in a year…

Look close to see TIFF’s Asian heart (10/14)

When you look at the lineup of the Tokyo International Film Festival, which starts next week, most of the crowd-drawing films are either from Hollywood or Japan. It seems to be a step back from TIFF’s aim to become the pinnacle of pan-Asian film festivals–at first glance…

Classics dusted off, but not polished (10/14)

One of the important roles of an international film festival is to excavate the cinematic history of the host nation and introduce it to the world. In a telltale sign of its problems, the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) had long ignored this crucial task, pushing its Japanese movie retrospective to the side and not even subtitling all the prints…

The Japan Times Online

“Takanobu Kobayashi Exhibition” (10/19)

The phenomenon of hikikomori — young adults escaping from the pressures of modern society by retreating into their bedrooms — is well known. But fewer people know of sotokomori, a similar phenomenon where people escape abroad, usually to countries with a low cost of living. There, the gentler pace of life and lack of social interaction that comes with the language and cultural barriers serve the same function as bedroom walls. It’s easy to see Takanobu Kobayashi in these terms…
TAB event data: Takanobu Kobayashi “Things and Feelings” (until 10/28)

Chris Duncan: Playing With Energy (10/19)

Though on the surface it’s easy to think everyone else has got it sorted out, things are not always what they seem. From time to time we all feel like a blip in the universe, trapped by things beyond our control — whether unbending social powers, finicky laws, monetary limitations or annoying office politics, the list is endless. In any major city, it is not hard to feel alienated among the masses, who at times appear to be more of everything we’re not…
TAB event data: Chris Duncan “Playing Fields” (until 11/19)

“Letters First” (10/19)

Presented by street crew Seventh Letter and the Australian street label, Royal Elastics, Letters First presents the work of 43 graffiti artists. Taking place at Space Edge, each artist submitted a one-letter message…

Paul Baron

Paul Baron. Born in 1977 in Paris. After graduating in 2002 from the London College of Communication, he moved to Tokyo to taste Japan's powerful visual culture. After 3 years at Honda R&D as an interaction designer and his 2004 launch of Tokyo Art Beat with Olivier and Kosuke, he now works as a usability and information designer at AQ, a Tokyo-based design & web agency. After-hours, he enjoys holding on to his rapidly fading unofficial title for biggest visitor of art exhibits in Tokyo and baking all sorts of cakes in his new Ikea kitchen. » See other writings


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