TABuzz #9 with Antonin Gaultier (Digiki) and Stanley Lieber

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

poster for Tokyo Art Beat 5th Year Anniversary Party!

Tokyo Art Beat 5th Year Anniversary Party!

at Super Deluxe
in the Roppongi, Nogizaka area
This event has ended - (2009-11-07)

poster for

"Yokohama International Video Festival 2009 CREAM: Creativity for Arts and Media"

at Shinko Pier
in the Yokohama, Kanagawa area
This event has ended - (2009-10-31 - 2009-11-29)

poster for Yoshihide Otomo

Yoshihide Otomo "Ensembles 09 Rest-ful Musical Devices"

at 3331 Arts Chiyoda
in the Chiyoda area
This event has ended - (2009-10-10 - 2009-11-03)

poster for

"Light Streams" Exhibition

at Center for Cosmic Wonder
in the Omotesando, Aoyama area
This event has ended - (2009-09-04 - 2009-11-07)

poster for Mike Kelley Exhibition

Mike Kelley Exhibition

at Wako Works of Art
in the Roppongi, Nogizaka area
This event has ended - (2009-10-16 - 2009-12-05)

In Interviews by TABuzz 2009-11-06

This edition sees two of the performers at the TAB fifth anniversary party tell us their tips for where to go. (‘Text answers’ by Antonin Gaultier. ‘Image answers’ by Stanley Lieber.)


“Yokohama International Video Festival 2009 CREAM: Creativity for Arts and Media” at Shinko Pier, Yokohama (October 31 to November 29)
Actually this was recommended by Roger McDonald on his blog, Tactical museum, and I tend to follow his recommendations. Plus there is Christian Marclay in the show, and I can’t get enough of his work. I’d like to do a show with videos, I think the medium deserves to make a comeback. And this is happening in Yokohama, which seems far but is often much more interesting than the Tokyo art scene. Worth the effort.

Yoshihide Otomo “Ensembles 09 Rest-ful Musical Devices” at Rensei Chugakkou (October 10 to November 3)
I really wanted to see this, first because Otomo is an important figure, and also because the installation is on the roof of the school where we organized our first 101TOKYO Contemporary Art Fair. Doing installations on roofs is a good idea, I’d like to do something like that in my house. But actually Tokyo is getting too cold to really enjoy roofs… oh well, maybe in the summer.

“Light Streams” exhibition at Center for Cosmic Wonder (September 4 to November 7)
It’s closing soon, I’d have to run, but I like the space a lot – it’s hidden off Aoyama – and I’m curious to see some of my favorite photographers – Takashi Homma, Mark Borthwick – in this space. Plus Henry Roy is good.


Mike Kelley exhibition at Wako Works of Art (October 16 to November 28)
I live approximately 1 min from Wako now, so it would be wrong to miss a show at the gallery. I like the textures in Kelley’s work, the Ectoplasm Photographs are good, almost difficult to date, floating. There is a sense of humor too, which I believe is important in art.

Daifu Motoyuki, 'Family' (2009)
Daifu Motoyuki exhibition at Vacant (November 1 to 13)
It’s his second show ever, and you can already tell he knows what he is doing — here, photos of his family. A touch of Homma, a touch of Richardson perhaps, but down to earth, just at the right distance, balanced. I’m curious to see where he will go next.


Utrecht / Now idea (Aoyama)
A book store with a terrace in the middle of Aoyama? Yes please! A place for books, friends and art. I just cooked risotto there last week.

The edge / fin de cycle
This is a favorite place because it’s almost like a second home. My friend Alin Huma used to have this space in Ginza where he lived and did some shows, and it’s now in Nakano, open by appointment. Ridiculously great vintage bike parts, amazing coffee, post photography and fake grass: seriously what more do you need? Fin de cycle is his vintage bikes shop project, certainly one of the best selection in Tokyo.


Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979 by Tim Lawrence (Duke University Press)
It’s a fascinating read, how club culture started in New York, the club owners, the DJs. I’ve been obsessed with David Mancuso for a while.
[Duke University Press page]

The springboard in the pool: an intimate history of the swimming pool by Thomas A. P. van Leeuwen (MIT Press)
I’ve wanted to buy this for a while. Swimming pools are a relevant entry point into the 20th century, from skating to David Hockney.
[MIT Press page]


A bike
It’s a Schwinn, but it was tweaked by fin de cycle. It’s a tool really, not fashionable at all. I like tools.
[Swimm homepage]

A bottle of wine: Fondtodi Chianti Classico (you can find it at Seijoishi etc)
We had this wine the other day in one of my favorite Italian restaurant in Yoyogi, and it’s actually quite cheap, and the best way to get an evening started. Recommended.


Seriously. Have you heard about that Japan-South Korea tunnel project?
[Wikipedia article]

My bloglines subscriptions
We don’t really visit websites anymore do we? It’s all about the FEEDS. A mix of FFFFound, friends such as Toog in Paris, mac news, mp3 blogs, Art Fag City.


More micro relevant situations – sounds obvious but, yes, the best things are hidden in Tokyo, not secret but unadvertised, unpretentious. Like small book stores, coffee shops with bicycle parts, small publishing companies, openings with cheese, wine curators, home parties, garage discos, kids friendly events. There is a huge network of people doing things but keeping a safe distance from being too visible. I like that. It’s much friendlier than any large scale structure and you get to meet surprising people you’d never see at the usual openings, including curators and collectors. I have given up on Tokyo being another NY or another London, things just don’t work that way. But it’s actually not bad at all.

Places to start: Soft, The Minimal Tokyo and Fancy Him parties, Vacant, Shibuya Bookstore, Ultrecht, Combine, Wut Berlin.


Music: I’m really into Altz, but it’s not Tokyo but Osaka. Kansai electronic scene has always been more exciting than Tokyo to me. But in Tokyo I like Tripple Nipple, good party music, they will be big for sure.


Use what’s visible as a starting point – select a few openings on TAB – and then dig into the invisible – the after party in the cutest, smallest bar ever, the home party, the artist studio. You have to find your way, but it’s rewarding. “Go outside, shut the door”, to use an old oblique strategy.

Antonin Gaultier

Antonin Gaultier is a sound artist and editor based in Tokyo. When he’s not cooking he’s recording new music as Digiki. His podcast is Polypunk.

Stanley Lieber

Stanley Lieber (left) is a writer, artist and musician who dreams of toiling anonymously at a Tokyo design firm in the late 1970s. His upcoming novel is 1OCT1993.

Check out the hmtl version of Stanley’s images for this blog.


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