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MIACA@LUX a lecture and a screening in London


We held a screening and a lecture at LUX, one of the leading artists’ audio visual arts archives in the UK on 13th June 2007. Despite bad weather, many people came to LUX and enjoyed videos by young Japanese artists

The event, started by Benjamin Cook, the Director of LUX, introduced MIACA. The first part was a lecture about “Creative City project” by Yokohama city that MIACA is involved in. Hasegawa spoke, showing some pictures of ZAIM, Bankart, Yokohama Triennial and others.

The second part was a screening program titled COMPENDIUM.

There is a boom of “Cool Japan” all over the world centering Japan’s subculture including Manga and animation film industry. Besides the movement, however, art scene in Japan conceives different schema. Far from the Cool Japan movement, many of the young contemporary Japanese artists are creating art pieces within an intimate everyday life of their own practices.
In the COMPENDIUM, there are four themes, the first one is Everything is under control. You can see a specific tendency- Plain visual setting, one object or a move, elementary story, simple physical move.  What they do is something playful and trivial and within their realm they can control everything they want even though they know that so many difficulties and cruelty outside. (Masanobu Nishino, Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi, Yuki Okumura)

The second theme is Twisted Reality includes Tetsushi Higashino’s scratch from TV soap opera, Takehiro Iikawa’s mischievous trick themed human’s perception of chronological time. In Karatsu’s video, anybody can play piano in the digitally edited moving image. They all attempt to manipulate or change existing norms in today’s world by using moving images that the artists can totally reign over.

The third theme is Drawing Animation, animation with drawing. Daisuke Nagaoka and Chikara Matsumoto made animation with their drawings. They both create animation with hand drawings which is quite labour-intensive and low tech that against today’s rapidly developing technology.

The final theme is Japan, Takuro Kotaka’s BABAISM is about his grandmother and her strange and funny stories, intimate relationship with her grandson, the artist. Kaeko Mizukoshi made a work at Yasukuni Shrine that is condemned by China and Korea because it enshrines spirits of the war dead including A class war criminals of World War II. In the film, the shrine’s gate into sanctuary Torii symbolically appears in mid-summer blue sky, reminds us a memorial day,15th August of 70 years ago when the War ended.

In all works the intimate everyday life materials or people surrounding the artists are central themes. Their intimate and micro narratives show the complex of joy of indulgence and power of their own lives, vulnerability and reconciliation towards complicated outer world and global relevance.


Everything is under control

 1, Nishino Masanobu    hose  2007  1'11"

 2,Nishino Masanobu   Chop Wood    2006 0'24"

3, Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi  Miracle  2004 3'00"

4, Yuki Okumura   Loop Hole     2006  2'01"

5, Yuki Okumura   Count Down NY   2006  1'42"

6, Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi   It's a small world 2004  3'30"


Twisted Reality

7, Tetsushi Higashino  After Soap Operatic  2006 5'23"

8, Takehiro Iikawa Half Time  2007 8'40"

9, Tetsuya Karatsu  Piano Lesson  2005 2'45"


Drawing Animation

10, Daisuke  Nagaoka a poem of blind alley  2005 4'23"

11, Chikara Matsumoto Heavy Metal  2005 4'06"



12, Takuro Kotaka BABAISM  2005 7'49"

13, Kaeko Mizukoshi Falling between equal and near equal  2005 10'46"


After the screening, Kaeko Mizukoshi, who is a participating artist talked about her work.

We talked with several people at the reception, and learnt that there were many professionals in the audience. We really appreciate the audience who came and the LUX as a distinguished host and co-organizer of the project.

We will hold a screening and a lecture inviting LUX director Benjamin Cook to ZAIM this November. Please join us!


13th June 2007 19:30~
LUX 18 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EZ, UK
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7503 3980 Fax: + 44 (0)20 7503 1606

Lectueres: Hitomi Hasegawa, Mayumi Hirano (MIACA)
Artists: Tetsushi Higashino, Takehiro Iikawa, Tetsuya Karatsu, Takuro Kotaka, Chikara Matsumoto, Kaeko Mizukoshi, Daisuke Nagaoka,Masanobu Nishino, Yuki Okumura, Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi
Co-organized by : LUX
Supported by: The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, The Japan Foundation
Co-operated by: Kodama Gallery, MISAKO & ROSEN

LUXThe Great Britain Sasakawa FoundationThe Daiwa Anglo-Japanese FoundationThe Japan Foundation