Darren Almond Second Thoughts

November 16, 2013, to February 2, 2014

《Civil Dawn@Mt. Hiei》2008, Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery, New York / the artist

From November 16, 2013 to February 2, 2014, the Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito has invited London based artist Darren Almond for a large-scale solo exhibition.
The exhibition gathers diverse works (video installations, paintings, photographs and three-dimensional objects) made since 1999 and invites visitors to take part in a meditation on time and personal and historical memory.

Almond is interested in the mutual relationship between the scientific concept of time and its psychological perception. In his works he applies different media in an attempt to represent various scales of time and connect the viewer’s perception of real time to the abyss of time.

Travel and discovery are also important for his artistic practice. Visiting ancient relics, post-industrialized cities and wild nature sites across the globe, Almond has recalled the history of human agency and its dignity in civilization.

Japan plays an important role for Almond’s creative work. Since the 1990s he has traveled around Japan and created works inspired by its nature and culture. The CAC is exhibiting three pieces which Almond created based on his experiences in Japan. ‘Sometimes Still’, 2010, is a six-screen-video installation showing Almonds recordings of the so called Sennichi Kaihyôgô. This Buddhist practice is a severe training taking place over a period of seven years around Mt. Hiei of Kyoto in order to reach enlightenment. ‘Civil Dawn@Mt. Hiei’ consists of a photo series shot at Mount Hiei, capturing the first sunlight of the day touching the earth. Another photo series, Day for Night, depicts the iconic flower of Japan, the cherry blossom. Along with a selection of recent works, the exhibition also presents his important large-scale video installation ‘All Things Pass’ (2012) and the sculptural wall installation ‘Tide’ (2008).
The exhibition Second Thoughts will provide the space for encountering different dimensions of time and space and expand the visitors' perceptions.

Curated by Mizuki Takahashi, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue in Japanese and English, to be published in January 2014 by AKA AKA Publishing Inc.

Please visit installation view.→Youtube

*Dear Visitors,
There are several very dark and narrow rooms inside the gallery in order to show multi-screen video installations with full of performance.
We are grateful for your understanding for the structure of exhibition before entrance and hope the show could navigate you to second thought in the darkness.

Darren Almond

Darren Almond was born in 1971 in Wigan, UK, and currently lives and works in London. Almond has been invited to do solo exhibitions by major institutions including The Renaissance Society, Chicago (1999), De Appel (2001), Tate Britain (2001), Kunsthalle Zürich (2001) and K21, Düsseldorf (2005). In 2005 he was nominated for the Turner Prize and also participated in important group exhibitions such as Sensation (1997-1999), Berlin Biennale (2001), Venice Biennale (2003) and Tate Triennale (2009).

Installation view

Photo:Keizo Kioku

“Less Than Zero”2013
Photo:Keizo Kioku

Photo:Keizo Kioku

Photo:Keizo Kioku

left“Sakura Hitachi”2006
right“Sakura Ⅱ”1999
Photo:Keizo Kioku

“All Things Pass”2012
Photo:Keizo Kioku



Darren Almond Second Thoughts


Contemporary Art Gallery




9:30-18:00 (no admittance after 17:30)


On Mondays (except December 23, January 13, public holiday) December 24, January 14, and New Year holidays (December 27- January 3, 2014)


800yen/600yen for advance booking and group of more than 20 people
Free admission for under 15, seniors over 65, the disabled and one accompanying attendant
[One-year Pass]
1000yen: High Teen Pass "H.T.P." for youth between the age of 15 and 19
2500yen: Adult Pass for those aged 20 and over

Organized by

Mito Arts Foundation

Grant from

The Japan Arts Fund

Supported from

Asahi Breweries, Ltd., NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.

Curated by

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

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Single Channel Video Program by 5 Japanese Contemporary Artists

December 14 (Sat.), 2013, to February 2 (Sun.), 2014

From the upper left to a clockwise rotation:Takao Minami《delta story》2007,Lieko Shiga《canary》2007,Takashi Ishida《Reflection》2009,Mami Kosemura《Frozen》2011,Akira Miyanaga《arc》2011

On the occasion of Darren Almond’s show Second Thoughts five leading Japanese contemporary video artists’ video works addressing the issue of time in video art will be screened in the workshop gallery at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito. On January 18, a talk session with participating artists is scheduled.

Participating artists: Takashi Ishida, Mami Kosemura, Lieko Shiga, Takao Minami and Akira Miyanaga


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Curator Talk

November 23 (Sat.), 2013

Mizuki Takahashi, the senior curator of the exhibition, will talk about the exhibition.
Reservations not required. Meet at the entrance of the Contemporary Art Gallery.

Date:Saturday, November 23, 15:00-16:00

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Artist Talk

November 16 (Sat.), 2013

Darren Almond will talk about his works and exhibition.
Date:Saturday, November 16, 14:00- 15:30 (The doors open at 13:30)
Venue:Workshop Room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Capacity:80 (first-come-first-served)
*There will be an English-Japanese interpreter present.

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Weekend Gallery Talk

November 30 (Sat.), 2013, to February 2 (Sun.), 2014

Venue Contemporary Art Gallery

CAC (Contemporary Art Center) gallery volunteer talkers will lead visitors to explore the exhibition together.

Dates:Saturdays and Sundays between November 30 and February 2
Starts at 14:30 (Gallery talk lasts approximately 40 minutes.)
Fee:Free (included in the admission, reservation unnecessary)
Meeting place:The gallery entrance

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