Gaetan Kubo “Emergencies! 028 ー Research & Destroy”

NTT ICC Inter Communication Center

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In 1946, just after the war, Japan faced a shortage of many resources, including the materials to make money. The cartridges used during the war and other scrap metal were recycled to make 50 sen coins. Gaetan Kubo in the same way takes a keen interest in how materials of one object and can be used to produce other things, exploring the history and cause of such transformations and attempts to reconstruct these changes in his own work. Here he takes the 50 sen coin, melts it down and attempts to restore it to its original form as a bullet. He also takes the peeled paint from Tokyo Tower, which was built from the scrap metal of US tanks, to create drawings. And creates earthenware from the “Ghost Chimney” of the Senju Thermal Power Station decommissioned in 1964, and made originally using the scrap metal of a Bordeaux battleship. In this exhibition objects, maquettes, documentary video, photographs and diagrams are used to trace these cycles of materials. As part of a new work he follows the story of the destroyer his Great Grandfather served upon during the war and how this was later reused by the self defense force as an escort ship.



from May 28, 2016 to August 06, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-06-25 from 14:00


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