Future days


Future days

Emerging Artist Support Program 2011



TitleFuture days
Emerging Artist Support Program 2011
Date2012.1.16(Mon) - 2012.2.26(Sun)
Time11:00 - 19:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
VenueTWS Hongo
Hiroshi Ashikaga
The program inviting young exhibition organizers to apply with concrete plans for art shows.
We call for exhibition proposals from artists planning exhibitions with their own participation and aspiring planners (curators) .
Selected projects will receive support from Tokyo Wonder Site, to be put into practice in the form of exhibitions at TWS Hongo.
The world is presently standing at a significant turning point, whereas we in our role as initiators in the realm of art and culture need to redefine our mission, and review the meaning of hosting exhibitions. It is a phase of fundamental reconsideration of all kinds of things and events we used to take for granted without much reflection. One notable recent trend is a shift in the perception of art, regarding artworks no longer as mere objects, but looking for a new definition of art in the pursuit of reality through creative acts and processes. The 2011 edition, the sixth in this series, aims to readdress the questions, "What kinds of location and experimentation are really needed now? And what should an exhibition as a public event be like?"
This year an extra award is given to one proposal in addition to the three selected winners.

Selected Exhibition

  • HARU by Hija Bastarda
    Organizer: Hiroki Hirota
  • "sapporo" around the world
    Organizer: Ensemble for Experimental Music and Theater
  • Future days
    Organizer: Hiroshi Ashikaga

We must no longer picture a future that is defined by economic growth and advanced innovative technologies alone. In addition to developments in economy and technology, our idea of the future has to be inspired also by a vision of clearer water and cleaner air. Rather than spending all of our time bustling about, while desperately living the time we are given, every now and then we should remember the wealth of sensing the bigger time scale of the life of trees, the earth, and mankind at large.
"How would we perceive time and the world if human beings could live for tens of thousands of years?" This idea that I was having in mind when starting to work with a pinhole camera inspired me to film Matsushima at dawn, and the stream currents of Niidagawa that has been restricted due to radiation. In retrospect the process of photographing was like capturing on film the eternal rays of hope that continue to travel with the flow of time, from centuries ago, via today, and into the distant future.
In the "Future days" exhibition, I introduce the works "rising" and "life stream", capturing the daybreak at Matsushima, and the Niidagawa river in Minami-Soma. Both based on a kalpa sort of Buddhist representation of time, these two works aim to outline a flow of time that slowly connects the busy schedules of our daily lives to the future.

view of the Hiroshi Ashikaga's solo exhibition BLANK AND THE FOREST, 2011 Zuishoji Art Project, Tokyo

Hiroshi Ashikaga vision for kalpa, 2011, HD movie (2min)

Related Event

Extra Award

1/15 (Sun)16:30-
2/25 (Sat)16:30-
Yusuke Yoshida (didgeridoo)
Takehiko Kurokawa (poetry reading)
Konnno Yasuchika (dance)

Participating Creator