Yokohama Triennale 2008: Shinko Pier

To kick start its coverage of the Yokohama Triennale, TAB is bringing you a series of photo reports from a variety of locations in Yokohama to give you a glimpse inside this city-wide art extravaganza.

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Yokohama Triennale 2008 - Shinko Pier

at Shinko Pier
in the Yokohama, Kanagawa area
This event has ended - (2008-09-13 - 2008-11-30)

In Photo Reports by Olivier Krischer 2008-09-14

Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall, one of three main venues on the water.

Yokohama remains an active port; this view was taken from the registration area at Shinko Pier.

Ei Arakawa and Mari Mukai's work

Somewhere here is Jonathan Meese's work. The whole space was divided by these makeshift walls; some work had a yet-to-be-installed feel, and many said they found it disorientating.

Mike Kelley: One of a number of works this year mixing installation, photography and projection.

Pedro Reyes' ''Baby Marx'', an installation/animation featuring funny puppet-philospher-revolutionaries, proved popular.

One of two installations by Shilpa Gupta this year, this one features a few wall-sized photos. Incidentally, I chatted to Gupta on the bus, happy to find that interesting art can be made by lovely people...

Vindication: any space that needs an ''escape map'' doesn't seem user friendly...

Cerith Wyn Evans' large work, a mobile of mirrors with hidden speakers; very intriguing to walk through.

Kuswidananto (a.k.a Jompet) brought these 'hollow' soldiers to life with lights, projectors and various eerie automata.

Michelangelo Pistoletto had a few issues installing his work... err, no: an imposing work of large, plush, smashed mirrors.

The art cafe at the end of the Shinko shed was already in full swing, with artists and preview early-birds in attendance.

Just opposite is one of a number of temporary art shops in the triennale, this one is from the Mori Art Museum.

The main venues on the water are a reasonable walk away from each other, but buses also do a loop of all the main venues, including the Sankeien Garden, which is further away.

Olivier Krischer

Olivier Krischer. Olivier is a relative newcomer to Japan, but has been an outside observer for many years. While trying to concentrate on researching recent artistic exchanges between Japan and China, he instead often ends up seeing 'yet another' exhibition. He doesn’t like admitting it, but he harbours photographic aspirations, depending on the weather. He has long focused his interest on photomedia, issues surrounding modernity in Asia, as well as recent art from China, Korea and Japan. » See other writings


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