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1. November 2005
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Review: Tokyo. Good or evil?
Senko Studio in Viborg are presenting a new international exhibition with 4 Japanese artists. The exhibition named "Tokyo Discord" wish to address this metropols contradictions between conservatism and progress. Hans Henrik Jacobsen is reviewing the exhibition.

Text: Hans Henrik Jacobsen
Photo: Sergei Sviatchenko

The exhibition "Tokyo Discord" is shown at Senko Studio in Viborg until the 20. November 2005.
4 japanese artists in Senko Studio

Sunday afternoon Senko Studio in Viborg started a small exclusive exhibition with four Japanese artists Singo Fujimoto, Yuki Matsuse, Yusuke Suzuki og Masumi Sasaki. The contact with the gallery in Viborg was made under a previous exhibition with the American artist Ash, who brought his Japanese artist friend Yuki Matsuse to Viborg.
The exhibition consists of an installation ”Tokyo discord” and a 44 minutes long video about modern life in Tokyo.

On the walls of the gallery the artists have put up a reproduction of the 330 meter high Tokyo Tower, mixed with photos of Japanese businessmen looking totally lost and disorientated. They do not seem to enjoy life. Outside the gallery the video is shown with the constant sounds and noises of the big city. A city vibrating and never sleeping..
Installationen illustrares the artists ambivalent attitude towards their own hometown.

Video projection on the gallery window   Installation view

On the one side a city run by the big multinational corporations directing peoples lives and consumption. On the other side a pulsating and exciting metropolis with all kind of possibilities. The video creates a contrast to the gloomy picture of big city life you get inside the gallery.
You see all the negative sides of life in Tokyo. What life in a city with 30 million people can do to you. But at the same time you see the fight of the individuals to survive, to preserve their traditions and the lines backwards to old, proud Japanese traditions.

The four artists are also putting out an avantgarde magazine in Tokyo called ”FreePaper”, and you can get bit for free in galleries, cafees and music stores.

The exhibition is imaginative and surprising.
Maybe the intentions of the artists would have been clearer, if the video was shown inside the gallery together with the installation. The contrasts would be more obvious

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