2016.11.07 Monday

Helena Hamilton: Week 2/3/4


    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






    Toshogu Shrine, Ueno



    Inokashira Park




    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


      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_ Design Festa Gallery

      Harajuku: Outside the Design Festa Gallery


      Harajuku_Zebra Crossing

      Harajuku, zebra crossing



      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: Below the Mori Tower



      Roppongi: Cranes


      Walk to Shinjuku

      Walking into Shinjuku


      A really great first week!!

      2016.05.13 Friday


        kichijoji 4:14 a.m.-4:21 a.m.

        2016.04.29 Friday

        Disk Union in Tokyo


          I have already spend uncountable hours in this great place and have got some lovely records in a really low price.  Here are some of my purchases...

                                          An interesting single from Stephen Malkmus, the frontman of Pavement ! 
                                           I think this is one of the most underrated album from Lou Reed

            I always want to get the Cartridge Music album by John Cage and I finally got it now for just 600 yen!

                                                               Olivia Tremor Control are epic 

             Animal Collective ! really nice CD cover I think...

           I have never seen this little single from Primal Scream 

          I got this in the avant garde vinyl section. I didn't know what this was but I just bought it anyway because I kind of like the design. It is actaully a piece of wood attached to the jacket of the vinyl and the most important thing is the album sounds good. I think this is one of the pleasures of wandering around in music store, that is, you can always encounter something interesting by chance... and of course, you can do that too on the internet... but it's a bit different. 
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