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Beyond the sunbeam through trees

Noritoshi Hirakawa

Streams of consciousness in the human mind illustrated by a mix of different means of expression

Noritoshi Hirakawa has been creating numerous stimulating, somewhat socially provocative works since the 1980s, through which he continues to examine individual perceptions of free will. In this exhibition themed around "tuning the consciousness of the self and the other based on the existence of primordial energy", the artist introduced next to previously exhibited photo and video works a new, multidisciplinary installation integrating elements of performance and sound art.
This new work themed around women in isolation, expressing inner emotional sways by way of diverse, subtle interaction between light, imagery, sound and the human body, exposes positive inner transformations triggered by relationships with others, and the basic human desire for such transformations, while revealing streams of consciousness toward primordial energy.
Date
May 28 - August 21, 2011
Place
Studio B

Works

Beyond the sunbeam through trees (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Noritoshi Hirakawa + Michael Rother + Yoko Ando

Becoming "light" to liberate the bodies and minds of others

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Beyond the sunbeam through trees (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Noritoshi Hirakawa + Michael Rother + Yoko Ando

Becoming "light" to liberate the bodies and minds of others

An installation expressing the discharge of human awareness and primordial energy.
Installed in the center of the exhibition space is a cube-shaped structure covered with a semitransparent membrane, inside which a female sculpture is placed. When the visitor steps on a treadmill next to the structure and begins to walk, video images of a woman (performed by Yoko Ando) appear on one side of the structure, accompanied by Michael Rother's soundtrack and lights that gradually envelop the exhibition space. With increasing intensity of the visitor's walking movement, the initially rather listless woman becomes increasingly active, while the sound reverberating across the room transforms into somewhat happier melodies. Operated by way of the visitor's involvement, the work's underlying system hints at the human mind's basic orientation toward a positive influence of the presence of others on an individual's obstructed consciousness, and highlights at once the existence of the visitor's own inner energy.
Tour Information
  • April 14 - June 10, 2012 Beyond the sunbeam through trees
    Venue: The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma (Gunma)

Credit
Direction: Noritoshi Hirakawa
Performance: Yoko Ando
Sound composition: Michael Rother
Video editing: Atsushi Tanabe
Video editing assistant: Rumi Tanabe, Roman Ljubimov Dacko
Photo: Atsushi Tanabe, Rumi Tanabe, Roman Ljubimov Dacko
Adviser of sculpture production: Yoshihisa Nakano(Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Yamaguchi University), Kazuaki Uehara (Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Yamaguchi University)
Sculpture production: Ai Kobayashi (Faculty of Education, Yamaguchi University)

Streams By The Wind - Spring Fever -

Noritosh Hirakawa

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Streams By The Wind - Spring Fever -

Noritosh Hirakawa

This first installation of the slide projection series "Streams By The Wind" is composed of 80 images illustrating in a way beyond mythical dramaturgy mutual relationships based on free will among human beings.

I Am the Mother and I Am the Daughter

Noritoshi Hirakawa

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I Am the Mother and I Am the Daughter

Noritoshi Hirakawa

Photographs depicting a mother's and daughter's potential glimpses of the opposite sex.
A mother wearing the clothes of her daughter when dating her boyfriend, and a daughter dressed like her mother when going to bed with her husband, where photographed together at home. The sense of disquietude the photographs evoke is caused neither by the ill-assorted attire of each of the protagonists, nor by the sensation of peeping into other people's homes, but it is because of the air of an "invisible opposite sex" that surrounds the two women. For the daughter, the "invisible opposite sex " is her father's sexual presence she wouldn't imagine from his daytime appearance, while for the mother it is the daughter's young and (supposedly) handsome boyfriend.

BRAVO

Noritoshi Hirakawa

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BRAVO

Noritoshi Hirakawa

Footage of an interview with a Japanese citizen who was exposed to radiation during US nuclear tests.
On March 1, 1954, the USA conducted the "Bravo" testing at the Bikini Atoll in the Central Pacific. At that time, all 23 members of the crew of the fishing boat "第五福竜丸 (Lucky Dragon No.5)" that happened to be near the site were exposed to radiation. This interview is a precious document in which Matashichi Oishi, one of the survivors, bears testimony to the testing. Filmed 2007.

FATMAN

Noritoshi Hirakawa

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FATMAN

Noritoshi Hirakawa

Footage of an interview with a Japanese citizen who was exposed to radiation after the USA dropped an atomic bomb onto Nagasaki.
On August 9, 1945, the USA dropped the plutonium bomb "Fatman" more or less directly onto the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, exterminating the city's main urban area, and claiming more than 100,000 victims. In this interview, Chiyono Yoneda who at the time was at a catholic girl school near the hypocenter, looks back on her life after losing the lives of most of her friends and teachers, and suffering from atomic-bomb disease. Filmed 2007.

Events

Related Screening

July 29 - August 14, 2011

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Related Screening

Shown at this film screening event are the videodance piece "Les temps de rien a Montpellier" by Noritoshi Hirakawa, the artist featured in this exhibition; the documentary "Last Note: A Dialogue between Kaneto Shindo and Benicio del Toro", again produced by Hirakawa; and related to the latter, three titles by film director Kaneto Shindo.

  • "Les temps de rien a Montpellier" (2001)
  • "Last Note: A Dialogue between Kaneto Shindo and Benicio del Toro" (2011)
  • "Children of Hiroshima" (1952/Director:Kaneto Shindo)
  • "Lucky Dragon No. 5"(1958/Director:Kaneto Shindo)
  • "Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director" (1975/Director:Kaneto Shindo)
Date
July 29 - August 14, 2011
Place
Studio C

Profiles

Credit

Organized by:

  • Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion

In association with:

  • Yamaguchi City
  • Yamaguchi City Board of Education

Grants from:

  • THE ASAHI SHIMBUN FOUNDATION

Supported by:

  • The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (FY 2011)

Cooperation:

  • Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
  • WAKO WORKS OF ART
  • Gallery HAM
  • NANZUKA UNDERGROUND
  • Tomo Suzuki Japan

Equipment cooperation:

  • Color Kinetics Japan Incorporated

Technical support:

  • YCAM InterLab

Produced by:

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
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