magical art life―a collector's world

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magical art life―a collector's world



Titlemagical art life―a collector's world
Date2006.9.9(Sat) - 2006.10.1(Sun)
Time11:00 - 19:00
Tokyo Wonder Site
Tokyo Wonder Site / Art Asephale
TWS Shibuya (Last addmission is 30 minuites before closing.)


Art Production Team "Art Acephale"

It would be false to say that we are living in a good world with a positive society. The constant thread of terrorism, and the chain of alarming incidents triggered by people's loss of hope and imagination are just the tip of the iceberg. It is a time to focus seriously on the question how art, against this backdrop, is supposed to be (concerning the quality of art itself), and what it is supposed to do (concerning its relationship with society). To find answers on these questions is a rather difficult task, however this shouldn't be a reason to just sit there and watch passively. First and foremost, what is important is to think, and to take whatever action.
 Art Acephale is a group of people who observe the present state of art in an "age in which art is being strangled to death by commercial consumption", and explore the above issues through the practical organization and administration of exhibitions with an unspecified number of young gallery owners and artists. The name "Acephale" was borrowed from French thinker Georges Bataille's secret society of the same name, meaning "headless", which symbolizes the idea of life that is free and independent from restrictions by the brain. 

Satoshi Okada (Art Acephale Representative)

Psychiatrist and collector of contemporary art.
While practicing daily at a psychosomatic clinic, for several years he has been putting together annual "magical art exhibitions" to oppose the gradually demystifying, rationalist society that desires to interpret, homogenize, and put everything into perspective through merely superficial understanding, and as a result is being deprived of hope and imagination. Okada curates exhibitions and various other events in cooperation with art bar "Traumaris" in Roppongi, art production team "Art Acephale", "Magic Room?" in Kiyosumi Shirakawa, "magical art room"  in Roppongi, art communication site "LOPAS"(, and others. Presently gives "advices for a magical art life" in a regular column in the quarterly publication "lammfrommer zettel's traum".