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The 8th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions

Event Report

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Fujiko Nakaya, Fog Garden for Louisiana Dump, 2016 Photo: Takaaki Arai

アートと映像のフェスティバル「恵比寿映像祭」が8回目を迎えます。今年のテーマは「動いている庭」。毎年メイン会場となる東京都写真美術館は現在改修工事中のため、会場を隣のザ・ガーデンホールなどに移して開催されます。美術館ではない屋外空間だからこそ展示できる作品も。今回のテーマや見どころ、また恵比寿映像祭の立ち上げなどの裏話まで、東京都写真美術館のキュレーター・岡村恵子さんに聞きました。


恵比寿映像祭キュレーターの岡村恵子さん

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2017.01.06

The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions is an annual event held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (now the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum) and several other venues (February 11-20, 2016). Because the museum was closed for renovation during this year’s event period, the Garden Hall, which is located in the same complex, served as the main venue.

“Garden in Movement” is this year’s theme. It was borrowed from a book by a French gardener, Gilles Clément, “Le Jardin en Mouvement,” published in the 1990s. As a gardener, he practices shifting ordinary perspectives like a garden, which can be created by nature, not just by humans. Works that re-examine the relationship between nature and humans, depicting how humans remain in nature, will be introduced. Also, contemporary society is considered a garden that transforms every day. Also showcased will be works incorporating man-made technology and invisible “networks.”

A sculpture made of fog created by Fujiko Nakaya is a large-scale piece and will be presented at the Yebisu Garden Place. Visitors will see how artificial fog generated by scientists and engineers will go with natural winds, air and also the involvement of visitors.

At the Yebisu Garden Cinema, 12 films will be screened. “Garden in Movement” by video artist Kenichi Sawazaki is an 85-minute piece documenting Gill Clément.

In The Garden Hall, Hiraku Suzuki, who expands a two-dimensional drawing into space and time, presents two works. Chris Chong Chan Fui’s “Endemic” series comprises artificial flowers that grow only in the Mount Kinabalu area of Malaysia. He identifies the species with indigenous people’s fate.

“Bug’s Beat” by Yumi Sasaki+Dorita offers the chance to listen to sound created by living insects, while antlions draw on sand and mineral pigments, in “Hagenomyia pictorica” by Yuji Dogane. These must be this year’s special because basically, living insects cannot be exhibited in museums. At STUDIO38, Maki Ueda creates spatial expressions from scents.

The other works include “Land Art,” which became popular in the ’60s-’70s in the United States, and live events entitled “Garden in Movement.”

 

A total of 132 works by 73 artists from 26 countries and regions are gathered for this festival.

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Kenichi Sawazaki, Garden in Movement, 2016
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Hiraku Suzuki, GENGA (photo) series, 2015
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Chris Chong Chan Fui, END74 Pholidota sigmatochilus, from “Endemic” series, 2015
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Yuji Dogane, Hagenomyia pictorica, 2016
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Maki Ueda, Maze for a sense of smelling vol. 1, 2013

Original text was written in Japanese by Emi Sato Edited and translated by Kae Shigeno.

INFORMATION

The 8th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions

PeriodFebruary 11 (Thursday, national holiday)-February 20 (Saturday), 2016 *Open throughout this period.
Hours10:00-20:00 (until 18:00 on the last day)
VenuesThe Garden Hall, The Garden Room, Yebisu Garden Cinema, La Maison Franco-Japonaise STUDIO38, Yebisu Garden Place Center Hiroba
AdmissionFree (screening programs and several other events are charged)
OrganizersTokyo Metropolitan Government, Metropolitan Museum of Photography (now the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum), Arts Council Tokyo ((Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Nikkei Inc.
https://www.yebizo.com/jp/