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Quiet Attentions: Departure from Women

Saturday, February 12, 2011 - Sunday, May 8, 2011
Art Tower MitoContemporary Art Gallery
9:30am-6:00pm (no admittance after 5:30pm)
Closed on Mondays (except public holiday March 21) and March 22


Your life is the way your attention has been formed, and deformed. The formation of attention is the true definition of education, and of culture itself. You can always do better. What enlarges and refines your attention is the courtesy you extend to what is different. Be eager to receive new stimuli, and to be challenged. (From the preface of "Protect the Territory of Conscience" by Susan Sontag, 2004)

In this fast changing society, the art of women is more diversified than ever. "Wack! Art and the Feminism Revolution" held at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2007 and "Femmes @ Pompidou" at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 2009-2010 are some of the exhibitions that reexamine the relationship between women and art since the year 2000. Continuing in that frame of reference, our upcoming exhibition introduces the presently progressive form of new and recent installations and three-dimensional works of an up and coming generation of 14 artists from 9 different countries. Among them include artists from Korea, Brazil and India, where contemporary art has become more widely recognized in recent years. The works include various mediums such as photography and video installations, sound and three-dimensional installations, and drawings.

The participating artists will conceive the works based on the perception of sound and ambience, gesture, memory, passage of time, the laws of the world and the social mechanism that go by unnoticed in our daily life. The artworks that are created from quietly paying attention to the inconspicuous, function as an "open space" for dialogue and communication with others, instead of being a "self-contained domain." We invite people to rediscover polyphonic beauties that exist within everyday experiences if we just focus our eyes and ears. This exhibition will attempt to update the relationship between women and art.

During the exhibition, we will welcome a novelist, architect, activist and a food coordinator to hold various performances, events and workshops.


Yuki Kimura+Jutta Koether+Ei Arakawa, Kanghyun Ahn, Laura Belém, Fumiko Kobayashi, Sachiko M, Midori Mitamura, Hwayeon Nam, Susan Philipsz, Ranjani Shettar, Nobuko Tsuchiya, Su-Mei Tse, Tatiana Trouvé


Main Venue: Art Tower Mito + Contemporary Art Gallery
Dates: Saturday, February 12, 2011 - Sunday, May 8, 2011
Closed on Mondays (except public holiday March 21) and March 22
Opening Hours: 9:30-18:00 (no admittance after 17:30)

Admission: ¥800 General, ¥600 Advance purchase/Groups of more than 20 people
Free Children through junior high school (9th grade), Seniors 65 and older, People with certified disabilities (along with one attendant each)
One-year passes: ¥1,000 High Teen Pass "H.T.P." for youth aged 15-19, ¥2,500 Adult Pass for people aged 20-64

Organized by: Mito Arts Foundation
Supported by: Ambassade de France, Embassy of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
Grants from: The Asahi Shimbun Foundation, Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
Sponsored by: SHISEIDO Co.,Ltd
In cooperation with: Asahi Breweries,Ltd., Cargolux Airlines International, Kashima Corporation

Curator: Mizuki Takahashi (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)


Yuki Kimura+Jutta Koether+Ei Arakawa
"Structure of Fantasy" 2010
*Image for references
Yuki Kimura+Jutta Koether+Ei Arakawa
[Yuki Kimura: Born and lives in Kyoto, Jutta Koether: Born in Köln, lives in Berlin, Ei Arakawa: Born in Fukushima, lives in New York]

Kimura, who creates installations using photography to question the way we perceive images, Koether, an active painter, musician and critic, and Arakawa, who works mainly through performance will work together to present an installation using photography, words and printed media. A performance will be held in the exhibition space.

Kanghyun Ahn
"Throwing a Dice" 2010

Kanghyun Ahn
[Born and lives in Seoul]

Ahn has shown performances based on traditional dresses and dances of different cultures and introspective visual works that question identity. For the first time in this exhibition, she will exhibit a participatory, playground style large-scale installation. In 2004, she was included in the prestigious "Bloomberg New Contemporaries."

Laura Belém
"The Temple of a Thousand Bells" (installation view) 2010
Photo: Alex Wolkowicz
*Image for references

Laura Belém
[Born and lives in Belo Horizonte area, Brazil]

Belém creates site-specific poetic installations based on the history of land and architecture of the site where the exhibition will be held using various mediums of sound, video and photography. She has participated in the 51st Venice Biennnale in 2005 and her work is included in the 2008 exhibition "Florescendo – Brasil-Japão O seu lugar" at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Japan. She will present a new installation inspired by the pipe organ located in the entrance hall in the Art Tower Mito.

Fumiko Kobayashi
"Traveling/No return" 2009
*Image for references

Fumiko Kobayashi
[Born and lives in Tokyo]

Kobayashi works with discarded materials collected where she will exhibit her work combined with daily necessities that she posses. She continues to create installations and three-dimensional works derived from her perceived relationships between different places in and out of Japan. New work will be displayed using bicycle parts that were left behind in Mito city.

Sachiko M
"I'm Here .. departures.."
(installation view) 2009
PhotoRyo Hamada
*Image for references

Sachiko M
[Born and lives in Tokyo]

A distinguished musician, Sachiko M has been performing sine wave around the world. She has presented an installation called a series of "Im here" since 2004. Her sound that makes us aware of the echoes and white noise that surround us daily provides with criticism about the definition of "music" or "performance."
For the exhibition the artist will create a sound environment in the gallery and make sound installation at specified dates.

Midori Mitamura
"Purple Flower in her dress" 2008 *Image for references

Midori Mitamura
[Born in Aichi prefecture, lives in Tokyo]

Mitamura is recognized for creating installations by combining photos and videos, found photos and miscellaneous goods that she finds while traveling. Mitamura produces installations in museums and galleries internationally, as an open, narrative space and "a participatory drama." She will present new installations using photography and video.

Hwayeon Nam
"Atomic" 2010
*Image for references

Hwayeon Nam
[Born in Seoul, lives in Berlin]

By focusing on the regularity of military code names and molecular structures, Nam presents works that shift the absoluteness of regulations and symbolize characteristics of codes. Apart from exhibiting installations, video works and drawings, she takes on commissioned video work for H-BOX, Hermès, and produces various performances. Her current exhibition consists of wall paintings of molecular structural motifs.

Susan Philipsz
"Follow Me" (Installation view) 2004
Photo: Eoghan McTigue
*Image for references

Susan Philipsz
[Born in Glasgow, lives in Berlin]

Philipsz has been creating site-specific sound installations in public spaces using her own voice. She is one of the most notable artists who has participated in the Muenster Sculpture Project in 2007 and a winner of the Turner Award in 2010. Philipsz will install her work outside overlooking the plaza of Art Tower Mito.

Ranjani Shetter
"Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles" 2007-2008
Courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery,
New York/New Dehli

Ranjani Shettar
[Born and lives in Bangalore, India]

Using handcrafted techniques and natural materials of lacquer and dyes made from plant seeds and beeswax, Shettar displays installations that immerse the viewers in her work through intricate forms of three-dimensional shapes. She has participated in the Lion Biennale in 2007 as well as the Carnegie International in 2008 and had one-man exhibitions at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and ICA Boston. This will be her first exhibit in Japan.

Nobuko Tsuchiya
"8legged Hypnotic Witness" 2009
galerie aline vidal
*Image for references

Nobuko Tsuchiya
[Born and lives in Kanagawa Prefecture]

Tsuchiya's assemblages of three-dimensional work are composed of assorted materials compiled from various places. The space where organic and inorganic matter coexists manifests a definition-defying world of nostalgia and futurism. She has participated in large-scale international exhibitions such as the 50th Venice Biennnale in 2003 and the "Unmonumental: Object in the 21st century" at the New Museum in New York in 2007. This will be her first exhibition in public museum in Japan with new works.

Su-Mei Tse
"White Noise" 2009

Su-Mei Tse
[Born in Luxembourg, lives in Luxembourg and Berlin]

Tse was born to an English pianist mother and a Chinese violinist father. An accomplished cellist herself, her work investigates multi identity and ideas relating to sounds. In 2003, Tse represented Luxembourg at the Venice Biennnale where she was awarded the Golden Lion. Her solo exhibition was held at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito in 2009. Her exhibited works explore motifs of time and sound.

Tatiana Trouvé
"Untitled" from the series 'Intranquillity' 2007
M. J. S. Collection - Paris

Tatiana Trouvé
[Born in Cosenza, Italy, lives in Paris]

Trouvé mainly produces three-dimensional and architectural installations using such eclectic mediums as architectural materials, gym equipment, and office cabinets. She has also exhibited drawings that showcase distorted dimensions that merge outdoor and indoor spaces. She has won the Marcel Duchamp Award in 2007 and participated in the Aichi Triennnale in 2010. Her drawings and three-dimensional works will be exhibited in the exhibition.


* All related events are included in the general admission
* Advanced reservation is not required
* You can also go to our official twitter page for more details at:

Commemorative Opening Artist Talk
Venue: Workshop room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Dates and time: Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13, 2011, 14:00-15:00 (doors open at 13:30)
Capacity: Max 50 daily (first-come, first-served)
Saturday, February 12th; Laura Belem, Kanghyun Ahn, Ranjani Shettar (English/Japanese word for word translation available)
Sunday, February 13th; Fumiko Kobayashi, Nobuko Tsuchiya, Midori Mitamura, Yuki KimuraEi Arakawa
*The artists line up may change at the last minute

Sachiko M one day limit sound installation - I'm Here plus -
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
"Kan-ake" Date and time: Saturday, February 19, 2011, 15:00 start-sunset
"Ao-arashi" Date and time: Sunday, May 1, 2011, 15:00 start-sunset
Fee: Included in the general admission

Curator Talk
Mizuki Takahashi, Curator of Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, will talk about the exhibition.
Date and time: Sunday, February 20, 2011 14:00-15:00
Fee: Included in the general admission
Meet the Curator at the gallery entrance.

Yuki Kimura+Jutta Koether+Ei Arakawa Performance "The Structure of Fantasy"
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Date and time: Sunday, March 27, 2011 14:00-15:00
Fee: Included in the general admission

Lecture and Talk "Women and Art - Past, Present, and Beyond"
Venue: Conference Hall, Art Tower Mito
Date and time: Sunday, April 10, 2011 14:00-16:30 (doors open at 13:30)
Speaker: Kazuko Koike (Creative Director), Aomi Okabe (Professor, Arts Policy and Management, Musashino Art University)
Capacity: 80 (first-come, first-served)
Fee: Included in the general admission

Mieko Kawakami meets Umitaro Abe Poetry Reading
Poetry reading and sound performance by Mieko Kawakami, novelist and poet with Umitaro Abe, Musician
Venue: ACM Theatre, Art Tower Mito
Date and time: Saturday, April 23, 2011 14:30-15:30 (doors open at 14:00)
Capacity: 300 (first-come, first-served)
Fee: Included in the general admission

ChimPom Ellie Art Critique
ChimPom will critique works by 10 aspiring artists.
Venue: Workshop room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Date and time: Thursday, May 5, 2011 14:00-15:30 (doors open at 13:30)
Audience Capacity: 50 (first-come, first-served)
Fee: Included in the general admission
[How to apply]
Applicants should apply by email after completing necessary details below. The artwork is limited to that which can be hand carried in on the day of the event. 10 works will be selected on April 20, 2011 and the winners will be notified by email.
Apply to: elliepresen* (Please replace * to @)
Apply with: Name / Address / Age / Brief bio and 3 jpeg images of artwork (less than 1 MB)
Deadline: Sunday, April 10, 2011

Closing party Nanpushokudo One Plate Gathering
Closing party will be held among the participants of the "Food Workshop" workshop that was associated with high school week and Nanpushokudo, using ingredients from Ibaraki.
Venue: 2nd floor terrace, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Date and time: Sunday, May 8, 2011
From 14:00 until there is no more food left
Food and drink will be charged.


High School Students Weeks 2011

Our annual free admission month to high school age students. During the month, visitors are welcome to use the cafe and lounge run mostly by high school and college students. A variety of different lecturers will hold workshops coinciding with the exhibition.
- Venue: Workshop room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
- Dates: Thursday, March 3? Sunday, April 3, 2011
- Invitees: High school students or within 15-18 years of age (please bring identification)
- Cafe opening hours: Weekdays 15:00-18:00, Weekends and holidays 13:00-18:00

Exhibition related workshops (for high school students and adults)
These are small group workshops presented by professionals that play an active role in the field of art, architecture, literature, and culinary.

Literature workshop
Instructor: Maha Harada (novelist)
Write a short story based on the exhibited works
Dates and time: Sunday, March 6,
Saturday, April 2 14:00-16:00
Capacity: 15

Architecture workshop
Instructor: Kumiko Inui (architect)
We will create a temporary addition to the Art Tower Mito
Dates: Saturday, March 12 14:00-16:00, Sunday, March 13 13:00-16:00 Capacity: 15

Health and physical education
Instructor: Chikako Akata (HIV/AIDS activist, youth worker)
Workshop Reexamine relationships with others and your mind and body
Dates and time: Sunday, March 20, Monday (holiday),March 21 14:00-16:00 Capacity: 15

Food workshop
Instructor: Nanpushokudo (cooking unit)
Unite people through food
Dates and time: Saturday, March 26 14:00-16:00, Sunday, May 8 11:00-17:00 Capacity: 15

*Workshops are limited to those who can attend both days.

How to apply
Applicants who wish to participate in the workshops should apply by email after completing necessary details below. If the number exceeds the capacity, lottery winners will be notified by email one week before the date of the workshops (limited to one person per application).
Apply to: quietattentions* (Please replace * to @)
Apply with: Name / Address / Telephone / Age / Occupation (name of school)
Deadline: 10 days before the start of each workshop

Please contact Takahashi or Moriyama for more details at: 029-227-8120

Weekend Gallery Talk
CAC (Contemporary Art Center) gallery volunteer talkers will lead you to enjoy the exhibition together.
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays between February 26, 2011 and May 8, 2011
(except for March 27, April 10, and May 1)
Starts at 14:30 (length of gallery talk is approximately 40 minutes)
Fee: Included in the general admission
Meet the gallery guides at the gallery entrance.

Gallery Tour for Parents with Babies
A member of the staff will give a gallery tour with special care to those with small children.
This tour is made particularly for pre-school children and their parent(s).
Date and time: Wednesday, March 9 and Friday 11, 9:30-/11:00-
Capacity: 5 groups per session (first-come, first-served)
Fee: Included in the general admission
For reservation, call the Contemporary Art Center at 029-227-8120.

OTHER PROJECTS during the exhibition period

CRITERIUM 81 Sakiho Sakai
Venue: Gallery 9, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Dates: Saturday, February 12 - Sunday, May 8, 2011
Organized by: Mito Arts Foundation
Grants from: Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
Support from: Asahi Breweries,Ltd., FUJIFILM Corporation, Takayuki Shioyama
Curated by: Sayako Kadowaki (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, ATM)
Fee: Included in the general admission


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