2016.11.23 Wednesday

Helena Hamilton: Week 5/6/7

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    Week 5/6/7

     

    I will be installing my work Monday and Tuesday next week.  Throughout my time here I have begun researching and creating a new body of work - following the materials that I chose to use - paper and sound.  I have found the minimalist Japanese design, fashion and iconography very inspiring.

     

    The work that I will show at Ongoing is the beginnings of this new body of work, running themes of repetition, simplicity, order and effect.  One of my main experiences here has been the juxtaposition of a uniquely defined and extremely successful structure within the masses of people, happenings and places - I have never before experienced order like here in Tokyo, where no matter how busy, loud or intense a given space is there is never disorder, and this order is followed in a very diligent and polite manner.  Without consciously meaning to, this has become evident in the work that I am producing through different strategic decisions made throughout the process of experimenting and creating.  It is often the way within my practice that only when I take time to write and reflect on how and what I am creating that I begin to see these links in the chain of experience and creation.

     

    This work will continue to develop when I return home.

    2016.11.07 Monday

    Helena Hamilton: Week 2/3/4

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      Helena Hamilton: Week 2/3/4

       

      I realise I didn’t introduce my work in the last post - here is a link to my website: www.helenahamilton.com

       

      Throughout week 2, 3 and 4 I have further explored areas including Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ueno and Ryogoku.  I visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum to see the current  exhibition ‘The Art is in the Detail: Art Deco and the Former Prince Asaka Residence’ and Christian Boltanski’s exhibition ‘Animitas– Les âmes qui murmurent’.  I’ve been a fan of Christian Boltanski’s work for years so it was really great to see.  I also went to see the works on show at 3331 Arts Chiyoda for the Japan Media Arts Festival 20th anniversary ‘Power to Change’ exhibition and the Open Space 2016: Media Conscious exhibition at the ICC. 

       

      Christian Boltanski

       

      Teien Art Museum

       

      Shinjuku

       

      Shibuya

       

      Toshogu Shrine, Ueno

       

       

      Inokashira Park

       

      Station..

       

      Sachiko kindly met me one weekend and brought me to one of the oldest paper shops in Tokyo - Itoya.  I’m very interested in paper and plastic here and and currently developing work using both. 

       

      Itoya store - paper

       

       

      I have been concentrating more on the source whether it be sonically or visually e.g. creating more sculptural works and recording a lot of audio which I am currently composing a sound piece with. When composing sound works I sketch how I feel a work should develop whilst listening to the recordings, then follow the sketch as I create the work, see image below. I’m very interested in how this will further develop.

       

      Audio plan

       

       

      2016.10.17 Monday

      Week 1

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        My name is Helena I am from Belfast, N. Ireland.   I arrived into Narita airport, Tokyo on Friday 7th Oct (2016).  After travelling from Belfast I was a little disorientated regarding time/day but it was a very straight forward bus ride to Kichijoji where Yukie kindly met me at the bus station and we went straight to the Ongoing house where I am staying.

         

        I spent the weekend exploring Kichijoji - not going anywhere near public transport, just spending a lot of time walking around the area and sitting in the near by park (Inokashira Park), soaking in my surroundings whilst recalibrating my internal clock.  Feeling very inspired and welcomed here - thank you Ongoing!

         

        Inokashira Park

         

        On Monday Yukie and Sachiko kindly brought me to the final day of the Teratotera festival in Mitaka - all interactive works, it was really great to see some of the works that local artists are making and to meet some of the artists too.

         

        Throughout the rest of the week I went to Harajuku, visiting the Meji Shrine.  I also visited the Design Festa Gallery and explored the area - some parts being super busy, whilst others quiet. The juxtaposition of loud and quiet (visually and sonically) is very interesting here to me as someone from Ireland - I will go back here and record some audio samples.

         

        Harajuku, visiting the Meji Shrine

        Harajuku: Visting the Meji Shrine, 'Making Wishes'

         

        Harajuku St

        Harajuku

         

        Harajuku_ Design Festa Gallery

        Harajuku: Outside the Design Festa Gallery

         

        Harajuku_Zebra Crossing

        Harajuku, zebra crossing

         

        Harajuku_Station

        Harajuku Station, Meji Shrine and 70 hectares of forest grounds to left, bustling city to right...esp interesting after dark 

         

        I also visited Roppongi twice, spending one day at the Mori Art Museum which currently has a show entitled ‘The Universe and Art’, really interesting collection of works - I sat through one piece by teamLab 3 times, it just made me smile so much!

         

        The second day I went to Take Ninagawa Gallery which is a small but beautiful gallery space, currently exhibiting works by sculptor Charlotte Posenenske.  I then decided to walk from Roppongi, through Harajuku to Shinjuku...it gives me more of an idea of where areas are situated in relation to each other whilst soaking in my surroundings.  I plan to explore Shinjuku further this week as I have only been to visit the two (really great) art stores situated there: ‘Tokyo Hands’ and ‘Sekaido’.  

         

         

        Roppongi_Louise Bourgeois

        Roppongi: Louise Bourgeois 'Maman' sculpure outside Mori Art Museum

         

        Roppongi

        Roppongi: Below the Mori Tower

         

        Roppongi_Cranes

        Roppongi: Cranes

         

        Walk to Shinjuku

        Walking into Shinjuku

         

        A really great first week!!

        2016.09.21 Wednesday

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          2016.09.15 Thursday

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            Noh Theatre and No Limit

             

             

            Noh actor shows us behind the scenes after Sumidagawa performance.

             

            A couple of events from the No Limit Festival - R: Matsumoto Yuki's report on Bar wandering in Asia, L: Palestine Cafe

             

             

             

             

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