My Home is Yours / Your Home is Mine  


My Home is Yours / Your Home is Mine
exhibition is about space and is a very different kind of art exhibition. You are able to crawl, walk, peer into and ride on a number of the works of art. It is a result of a collaboration between Korean, French and Japanese curators and 11 artists from five countries. It explores themes of modern nomadic lifestyles, our sense of place and values. Some works make use of unconventional display spaces such as doorways, stairwells, and the high upper wall-space of the gallery.

The entire exhibition is an impressive installation piece. It is also an action piece and visitors are encouraged to get involved:

Roll into the E.Gloo by Sora Kim and Gimhongsok. This igloo shaped shelter is made from old electrical appliances. You are supplied with a roller board (caster wheels on a flat board as used by mechanics to get under vehicles) and white gloves (well this is Japan) to push your way along the floor. The appliances are mounted onto a steel frame -- most of them are working. Vacuum cleaners, televisions, computers, radios, cassette players, toaster ovens, lights, microwaves and air-conditioners are the bricks in this post consumer shelter.

Walk into doorways crammed with1000's of postcard size photographs of Tokyo and architectural diagrams of plans to build in the gaps between buildings. The architectural collective of 'Atelier Bow-wow' plays in the margins. Their designs for Tokyo are for the areas left undeveloped under freeways and bridges and between buildings. They see their role as architects as not adding more buildings to an already over built urban environment but to explore utilizing the left over spaces. They have put their philosophies to work in their display for this exhibition by using the doorway entrances of each gallery as their display space. Within these tiny nooks they have presented their ideas for 'developing' Tokyo.

Enter into Thai artist Surasi Kusolwong's 'Lucky Tokyo' lottery competition and be in the running to win a return trip to Thailand and visit to the artist's home, plus a range of other prizes including electrical appliances and traditional Thai market goods.

Dress into 'Homewear' designed by Xavier Moulin/Kohama Izumi. This zany furniture/ clothes makes a lifestyle on the move easy since table and chairs are included as part of part of their clothing designs. Out of materials such as reinforced plastics and nylons they have created inflatable seat pants, vests with armrests and back pads for leaning, shoulder bags you can carry things in and sit on and aprons that double as tables. These are all part of their wardrobe for the modern nomad, which you can try on and test out in the exhibition.

Crawl into a capsule hotel room. With this work Ozawa Tsuyoshi has continued his 'So-Dan' theme of interactive art where the audience participates in the art decision making process. Users of capsule hotel rooms are surveyed about their needs and their ideas for the redesign of these tiny overnight living spaces. These ideas are then to be added to a trial room. In his previous works, Tsuyoshi has left paintings in an incomplete state and allowed viewers to determine how they should be finished off. You can book to stay in the capsule hotel for the night at the front desk of the museum.

Step into Korean artist, artist Suh Do-Ho's New York apartment. The entire apartment has been meticulously re-created in polyester cloth to actual size and in immaculate sewn detail.

Switch on a favorite DVD in Jainwei Wang's living room piece from a selection of movies.

Peer into architectural models through mini TV cameras or peer through binoculars or mini telescopes at other small model houses on revolving bases placed as if at the end of a corridor.

Track up to over two hundred curtains hanging from the roof. They are borrowed from various family homes of the neighbors of the artist Jun'ya Yamaide.

Relax in this art gallery. As a foreigner the reception staff will treat you as an honored guest and welcome you to the Opera City Gallery offering you free admission to the exhibition. The warm reception and free admission are the work of Dutch artist Jens Haaning. 'Outsiders' are given special privileges in his art projects. His past works have included allowing free use of community swimming pools to immigrants and foreigners and another where Arabic poetry is read in European City streets.

For physical as well as mental engagement, this is an unusually smart and fun art exhibition.

through 16 September Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery Tel: 03.5353.0756 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku 12:00 20:00 (21:00 Friday and Saturday) Closed Monday Adult Y900 Children Y500 Hatsudai Keio New Line