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human, 2012, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo photo: Keizo Kioku

Rei Naito: on this bright Earth I see you

July 28, 2018, to October 8, 2018

Contemporary artist Rei Naito’s work asks us “Is our existence on the Earth a blessing in itself?” Her installations have earned critical acclaim at home and abroad, distilling our existence on Earth—in which we receive inexhaustible nature, such as light, air, wind, water, and gravity, and the colors and sounds they produce—into the form of a quiet yet certain hope. To date, she has produced permanent works that respond to nature and architectural space, such as Being Given (Kinza, Naoshima, 2001) and Matrix (Teshima Art Museum, 2010), and she has also had exhibitions at historical sites including Karmeliterkloster in Frankfurt am Main (1997) and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo (2014).

This will be her first domestic solo exhibition since 2014, and her largest one to date. In this presentation, Naito, who has come to treat light itself as a primary source in her work, creates spaces from natural light alone for the first time. In these spaces we can gaze at “scenes of our Earth-bound existence” where light, life, and art cannot be distinguished from one another.

Naito says that one time she became aware of “the unconscious activity of those (myself) who are within Earth-bound existence stepping outside existence, taking on the gaze of the other, and gazing within existence,” and came to feel that “it seems we are being gazed at from afar, and are receiving grace.” Taking the rich natural light that changes throughout the day as its basis, this exhibition presents itself as both a site of exchange between the deceased, those who will come to be born, the flora and fauna, the spirits, and us who exist on the Earth; and as a space that makes sensible the enduring continuity maintained by the stirrings of nature and by us.

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Mito City Arts Festival 50th Anniversary: Art Exhibition Part 2
(Calligraphy, Photography, Design, Crafts)

June 19, 2018, to July 8, 2018

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Wind of Mito 2018
Installation view at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Photo: Yuzuru Nemoto

Mito City Arts Festival 50th Anniversary Special Exhibition: Wind of Mito 2018

May 25, 2018, to July 8, 2018

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Mito City Arts Festival 50th Anniversary: Art Exhibition Part 1
(Nihonga [Japanese Painting], Yoga [Western-style Oil Painting], Sculpture, Installation)

May 25, 2018, to June 14, 2018

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Artist Talk: Akihiko Taniguchi

April 30, 2018

Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (Door opens at 13:30)
Fee: Free of charge (included in the admission, no reservation required)
Venue: Workshop room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito

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Curator ’s Gallery Tour

April 14, 2018, to April 19, 2018

Venue Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Date & Time: Saturday, April 14 & Thursday, April 19, 2018, 15:00 – 16:00

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High School Students' Weeks 2018

March 11, 2018, to April 8, 2018

It is an annual exhibition free invitation project for high school students. At a cafe, which visitors come across in the middle of the gallery during the exhibition period, workshops concerning the exhibition are held and various programs for reading, sewing, etc. can be enjoyed every day. The cafe is not limited to high school students, but anyone can use it.

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Junya Yamamine (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)

Curator ’s Gallery Tour

February 24, 2018

Date & Time: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 14:30 – 15:30
Venue: Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Fee: Free of charge (included in the admission, no reservation required)

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Hello World Talk Series

February 10, 2018, to February 12, 2018

Saturday, February 10 13:30 – 15:00 (Door opens at 13:00)
Cécile B. Evans × Akihiro Kubota (Professor of Art and Media Course, Department of Information Design, Tama Art University)

Sunday, February 11 16:00 – 17:30 (Door opens at 15:30)
Simon Denny × Koichiro Eto (Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology / NiconicoGakkai Beta / Media Artist)

Monday, February 12 14:00 – 15:30 (Door opens at 13:30)
exonemo (Yae Akaiwa and Kensuke Sembo) × Taichi Sunayama (Specially Appointed Associate Professor,Department of General Science of Art,Kyoto City University of Arts) × Masanori Mizuno (Lecturer, Department of Creative Media Studies, Faculty of Letters, Konan Women s University)

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Hello World―For the Post-Human Age

February 10, 2018, to May 6, 2018

Art as radar acts as “an early alarm system,” as it were, enabling us to discover social and psychic targets in lots of time to prepare to cope with them.*1

These were the words of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, writing in Understanding Media with sharp insight in the 1960s and predicting the social revolution that new technology would bring. Half a century has now passed since McLuhan published his important work, and the Internet has permeated our society and new technological innovations like artificial intelligence are rapidly advancing. “Any technology tends to create a new human environment.”*2 As McLuhan said, technology generates an entirely new world for mankind. While these changes will open up the door to a new age full of incredible promise, there is apprehension about the various problems and confusion that will also be ushered in. In what ways are artists responding to the positive and negative aspects that technological innovation brings? This exhibition presents the work of seven artists and one artist group from Japan and overseas, who are responding astutely to our current crossroads in history as well as the future. Their work offers us opportunities to think about the future of the society that technology makes.

*1: Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964)
*2: Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: the Making of Typographic Man(1962)

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