Friday, 9 October 2009

Koizumi Meiro -'My voice would reach you'

During my visit in Japan i went to the Mori Art Museum situated on the top floor of a huge building in Roppongi Hills, also note to self, don't go out there ever again at night, possibly worse club experience ever. On the plus side it was free entry and i got 2 free drinks, way to go. Spent all night looking at cute little Japanese girls with make up overdose running away from pervy foreign guys.

Anyway moving back to the art topic. Going up the escalator was rather scary in a breathtaking way. the height and the glass was not a good combination. Anyhow there was numerous exhibitions and installations going on in the gallery. One had work by Chinese artist Ai WEIWEI. His work was rather architectural and had a lot of maths involved with all the angles and precision of his cubes and one piece of work titled "Forever Bicycles", an installation of a large sculpture made from lots of bicycles connecting together. I think the piece was meant to represent the amount of bicycles being used in China.

Another piece i liked was a video by Koizumi Meiro. It was a video installation along with a letter and a desk with framed images of the artist's mother and his thoughts. It was part emotional but at the same time it felt weird as the artist actually hired an actor for the video. the video shows the actor on the phone, it is not sure who, but i presume his mum? But she has already passed away, so basically he was ringing lots of strangers and talking to them about his emotions and his string of thoughts. The more he talks the more emotional he gets, and it's almost like he starts to breakdown emotionally and physically by the end of the video.

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