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!!

    2016.05.13 Friday

    untitled

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

      2016.04.29 Friday

      Disk Union in Tokyo

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        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...

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                                        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. 
        2016.04.23 Saturday

        hello

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          hello, this is Alvin Lee Siu Hin,  the 16 Th  Ongoing AIR artist. I am from Hong Kong. I came to Tokyo on the 14 Th  April, so it's more than a week already! And I am still getting used to the atmosphere of this beautiful and energetic place, while all the nice people from Ongoing help me to adapt the enviornment quickly from various casual gatherings and art events. 



          The first thing I want to share is I visited Roppongi a few days ago, which really is an elegant neighbourhood. After I went to The National Art Center for an exhibiton of Miyake Issey, whom is one of the greatest japanese designer, I then paid a visit to Mori Art Musuem for a show called "Roppongi Crossings 2016: My Body, Your Voice", which features works from established and emerging Japanese artists.

           

          This is the work by Mohri Yuko, a Japanese Artist that I like so much since I am always interested in the connection between sound and the visual art. 



                                                                      
                                                                                           There are some other interesting works too!

                                                     
          I am always interested in the Japanese art scene, so I guess one of the things that I will do most in this residency is probably visiting different art spaces in Tokyo. That's it for now.  Will keep on posting :)
           
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