TABuzz #5 with Oliver Watson

Our Guest Blogger gives their recommendations on what’s hot in our new regular column.

poster for

"Zine's Mate -Tokyo Art Book Fair-"

at Gyre Gallery
in the Omotesando, Aoyama area
This event has ended - (2009-07-10 - 2009-07-12)

poster for Chikashi Suzuki

Chikashi Suzuki "Cite"

at G/P Gallery
in the Ebisu, Daikanyama area
This event has ended - (2009-08-21 - 2009-09-20)

poster for Yuki Toyama

Yuki Toyama "Border 13"

at Akaaka
in the Roppongi, Nogizaka area
This event has ended - (2009-08-21 - 2009-09-13)

poster for

"Circle of Friends" Exhibition

at Vacant
in the Omotesando, Aoyama area
This event has ended - (2009-08-11 - 2009-09-13)

In Interviews by TABuzz 2009-08-14

One of the people behind the recent Zine’s Mate Tokyo Art Book Fair 2009, this edition of TABuzz sees Oliver Watson tell TABlog his tips.


Yuhki Touyama, “Line 13” at AKAAKA
I saw a few of her books at Zine’s Mate Tokyo Art Book Fair 2009 and was lucky enough to meet her. Touyama’s photos are mature and breathtakingly beautiful, I’m looking forward to seeing more.

Chikashi Suzuki, “Cite” at G/P Gallery
I worked with Suzuki on PAPERBACK issue one. I have never seen an exhibition by him, I’m hoping for surprises.

“Circle of Friends” at Vacant
Vacant was one of the Zine’s Mate venues. It’s a new (and very beautiful) space in Harajuku run by four 20-somethings. It has a cafe/bar and bookshop in addition to the exhibition space. They are mounting very ambitious shows; “Circle of Friends” is testament to this. I am very excited for them.
Yuhki Touyama, 'Line 13' exhibition at AKAAKA.

35 MINUTES MEN (monthly) (Nakano)
Monthly photo exhibition by the same seven ‘camera men’ in the same disused 35-minute photo lab in Nakano. I get my monthly share of Masayuki Shioda, street beers, yakuza and cops here.
[Flyer link]

“5H” by onnacodomo on August 1, at Enban (Koenji
Onnacodomo are a Tokyo based visual arts / VJ group, who make live animations using two overhead projectors, a crossfader, a heap of printed matter and found objects. “5H” was a five hour live practice session. They get better and better.
[ page]


NOW IDeA by Utrecht (Aoyama)
The best selection of magazines, zines, artists books and small press in Tokyo.
[Venue website]

Mount Takao (Takao)
I climbed Mount Takao recently. It’s one hour from Shinjuku on the Chuo Line. Descend via the riverside trail for the best views.
onnacodomo, 'Zine’s Mate V-Zine' (video still) (2009)

Artists’ books by Masayuki Shioda
I borrowed the artist’s back catalogue and exhibited them at Zine’s Mate Tokyo Art Book Fair 2009. I haven’t returned them yet!
His most recent book is available from Beams.

Here and There
I met Here and There author Nakako Hayashi recently, we swapped back issues, I’ve been exploring her last three issues. She is finishing her new issue right now; it will launch at NOW IDeA by Utrecht from September 15 to 27.
[Author’s website]


CANNON PowerShot G9
I am compiling a portrait of Tokyo / Artists, Art and Creativity in Tokyo for PAPERBACK issue three. I am using a CANNON PowerShot G9. It’s a compact digital camera that has SLR features, A4 photos @ 300 dpi… A great camera for reportage.
35 MINUTES MEN flyer for July.HIMAA, '1366' (2009)<br /> Published by Nieves

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Daifu Motoyuki, 'Family' (2009)I AM OBSERVING…

Zines. Zines have become a popular way for artists to make their work public, on their own terms, without compromise and without requiring somebody else’s say so. It’s a huge thing right now and it’s global.


HIMAA sold ninety copies of his zines in three days at Zine’s Mate Tokyo Art Book Fair 2009. Publishers should be beating down his door. I have only known him six months; his work has made massive progress in this time.
[Artist website] [Nieves website]

Daifu Motoyuki is a twenty-four year old photographer.
We published his first zine for Zine’s Mate Tokyo Art Book Fair 2009, excerpts from his first photo series ‘FAMILY’. I think he’ll do well overseas: he photographs ‘real Japan’.
[Artist blog]

Editor, Creative Director and Designer of PAPERBACK MAGAZINE, co-director of Zine’s Mate, Tokyo Art Book Fair & Founder of QUINNN, concept and design company.
Born in London 1981, moved to Tokyo in 2009.

You can also read this interview with Oliver and Hiroshi Eguchi, the founders of Zine’s Mate, and our photo report from the fair.


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