TOKAS Project Vol.2 “FALSE SPACES
At Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space Hongo TOKAS Hongo, one of the leading art centers in Tokyo, is holding an exhibition. “FALSE SPACES” “FALSE SPACES” was organized by TOKAS Project Vol.2. According to the officials, TOKAS Project, which started in 2018, is a program that aims to speculatively shed light on art, society, and other themes from a multicultural perspective, while collaborating with international artists, curators, art centers, and cultural organizations.
In TOKAS “FALSE SPACES”, we collaborated with Hong IP Yuk-Yiu, an independent curator based in Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) to co-organize this exhibition. The exhibition focuses primarily on media art from Japan and Hong Kong. based artists and co-curated by curator IP Yuk-Yiu and his curatorial team. The exhibition will feature three Japanese artists ITO Ryusuke, TSUDA Michiko, NAGATA Kosuke, and three artists from Hong Kong, NG Tsz-Kwan, Stella SO and WARE.
The appreciation of media art in the contemporary art scene in Japan and Hong Kong has been made possible through “FALSE SPACES”, which can be considered as one work of art. It is one of the most rewarding exhibitions in the Japanese contemporary art scene this fall. It is also well curated, so the exhibition is not only about media art, but also about “space”.
Tokyo and Hong Kong, being big cities, are facing the problem of space. It can be a problem of gentrification or a problem of convergence of depopulation. From these common problems of cities, we can expand the concept of “space”. In this exhibition, we have focused on “space” and have raised many discourses, ideas and questions. As such, this exhibition allows us to explore “space” from the practical issues surrounding urban places to the concept of “space” itself. Some of the exhibited works reveal actual places and cultures through the works, but at the same time, the concept of “space” is reinterpreted and transformed into a non-existent place like a virtual space.
Paradoxically, the title “FALSE SPACES” seems to point out the diversity that is a characteristic of space. There is diversity in media art, and there is diversity in space. Media art includes photography, video, and installation. Similarly, “space” includes practical space, challenges, and even abstract space. Thus, by linking the two main characteristics of media art and space, we can enrich the content of the exhibition and make it more interesting. Furthermore, if you pay attention to the five concepts of “Tokyo,” “Hong Kong,” “city,” “media art,” and “space,” you will be able to enjoy the exhibition even more. The “FALSE SPACES” exhibition will run from October 12 to November 10, 2012. As a related program, the exhibition will be followed by a symposium at the Hong Kong Art Centre in February 2020.
FALSE SPACES- TOKAS Projct Vol.2
- Dates: October 12 (Sat) – November 10 (Sun), 2019
- Time: 11am – 7pm
- Closed: Mondays (except 10/14, 11/4), 10/15 (Tue), 11/5 (Tue)
- Free admission
Article written by: Jeongeun Jo
Born in Korea, lives in Japan. She is one of the members of TRiCERA who graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. She is also an artist herself.