"Contemporary Art & Photography in Japan: Still / Alive" Exhibition

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

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STILL/ALIVE is the sixth in this museum's annual series of exhibitions of work by contemporary Japanese photographers. This year the focus is on contemporary lives and times and their expression, and works by four artists in their thirties who work in photography and video will be on display.

People living today must keep up with an ever-accelerating pace of life, yet recognize that speed is not all. In the world of photography and imaging, the rapid development of digital media and communication tools has made it possible to edit our experiences freely and to take it for granted that we can replay them repetitively and share them with others. At the same time, however, those changes undermine our sense of living in the here and now. Time itself is invisible and conceptual, but as human beings we do, or expect to, experience the times we live acutely and as very real. Is that possible in our digital, fast-moving world?

The exhibition title, STILL/ALIVE, implies immobility and motion, and, in terms of time, synchronic and diachronic: still and video photography. Artists give form to their images of time, stimulated by their constant interaction with the everyday world of reality. Those images are sculpted by memories of times past, intimations of the future, and time now. The title is also a metaphor for the place an exhibition is held and the real world going about its business outside its walls. The exhibition’s goal is that the many senses of time and expression incorporated in the works and the time spent by exhibition visitors and the many people involved conjoin in a shared sense of living in the here and now.

Special Live Event "HOSE x Koki Tanaka"
On January 19th (Sat), the Koki Tanaka's exhibition space will be transformed into a live venue!
2 Performances: 15:00 - 16:00/18:00 - 19:00

[Image: Toshihiro Yashiro "Kaitenkai Live! Graduation Ceremony at School S" (2007) photograph]

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Schedule

From 2007-12-22 To 2008-02-20
December 28th (Fri) hours are 10:00-18:00, January 2nd (Wed) - 4th (Fri) hours are 11:00-18:00.

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Reviews

olivier: (2008-02-16 at 17:02)

Curators, help! I don't think I managed to “get” this exhibition at all.

Let's see: a new-agey video, nice but not quite engaging. A series mostly meant to introduce students of all ages to an artistic/photographic process - fun and very well done. Another series, this time a seemingly poor excuse for the photographer to go sleep with prostitutes in various countries (sorry, but… D'agata does that, and much better). And finally a bowling alley with beer bottles instead of the pins.

Ooookay… What was the theme, again? I didn't get that “shared sense of living in the here and now”. Not at all. Just four uneven, disjointed mini-exhibitions.

If it weren't for the really enjoyable "kaitenkai", I'd give this a double thumbs down. But, knowing that syabi generally does a fantastic job at curating, I'll give this one the benefit of doubt and just be puzzled and disappointed.

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