01 December, 2002
Tate St Ives
26 Oct - 26 Jan 2003
In Tate St Ives, new museum on the beach side, I saw the
exhibition about Video Art. I saw the masterpiece The reflecting Pool
by Bill Viola. I studied what Video Art is in this work when I was in an Art
University. The other works, shown in this exhibition, were by Mark Wallinger,
Steve McQueen, Susan Hiller, Shirin Neshat, Sam Taylor Wood and Tracy Emin.
This day was sunny day. But it was raining at times. St Ives is affected by
British weather after all. I saw some surfers between big waves.
On the way back we walked in strong wind in the evening. We must walk in a hurry
because we must get on a bus, which goes once an hour. But we lost the way to
go to the bus stop in the middle of the town. We didnt have a map. We
didnt know why we kept on coming back to the same place. I thought that
the town might be labyrinth. The grey sea was calling me Come on
with opening big mouth. I was really frightened.
I asked an old man, who was the first person we met in that area and looks like
Gaston Bachelard, the way. But his speaking made us confused. Eventually we
found the way and went up a long steep hill in full speed. I thought that I
mustnt stop and look back or we can not arrive at the top of hill. I heard
only the sound of my breath. I learnt that everybody can achieve if you want
to do it strongly. Nevertheless, we missed the bus. We waited for the next for
one hour in the dark rainy countryside . But we enjoyed this funny horrible
experience. Thanks to my friend.
04 December, 2002
L.I.E. (2001) <http://www.lot47.com/lie/>
The other Cinema
The film is about a 15 year old boy who was left by people
he loved or be loved. The location is in Long Island. Paul Franklin Dano, plays
the main character Howie Blitzer, and has the air of vulnerability and coquetry
peculiar to an adolescent indeed. And a bad friend of his, Gary Terrio (Billy
Kay) is a fascinating guy with a dangerous beauty. And Brian Cox, acted an old
gay man very convincingly. The film is not special, but all of the cast make
a good impression.
07 December, 2002
Donnie Darko (2001)
Odeon Camden Town
I read a review on the Time Out. It seems like Its
like the Catcher in the rye re-written by P K Dick. The Sci-Fi
scene was made by no great CG. But I like this point. Can I say a hand-made
Sci-fi? Its completely different from Hollywood style.
The main character Donnie Darko complains to a teacher The life is not
simple and complexity. I cannot put the complexity of this emotion on this line
which connects only Fear and Love. in a high schools class. This
sounds like Catcher in the rye. And the character of his girlfriend
is beautiful, intelligent, passionate and a stranger (a transfer student). She
But if you write P K Dick about this film, its not enough. The most Dick-like
episode, the glass which stores all memories of a lifetime, is too short to
In the last scene, Donnies mother is standing beside a tree while smoking
after her son died. She is not crying. But she is really shocked but tries to
calm down. A camera shoot her away from her family. The director didnt
depict her as a stereotyped mother. I added(She reads a Stephens Kings
book in the beginning scene.) She notices the girlfriend is on the other side
of the road and waves her hand despite the fact they dont know each other.
I think the directors idea about Women (or Humans) appears in such a scene.
The 80s music strongly helped to make this pictures atmosphere.
07 December, 2002
29 Oct - 07 Dec
It reminded me a lot of Japanese great manga artists, for
example Katsuhiro Otomo, Suehiro Maruo and so on. Their works are strictly manga,
not seen as art in the classical sense despite their beauty, dynamism
and concept. That is good. I always think that Art, which makes references to
subculture, can never win against the intensity of the power of subculture itself.
(Ukiyoe is also subculture.) But some artists use that weakness of the Arts
to make the Art.
Meanwhile, Inka Essenhigh leaves the stain of the brush on a part of the canvas.
This is also the way to be the Arts. And these paintings hang on the white big
wall around with a blank. This is also the way to be the Arts by the Gallery.
07 December, 2002
03 Dec- 04 Jan 2003
He made a photo collage using his polaroids, taken in his
room with his famous works. Those photos were arranged in a square in orderly
lines. I guess he wanted to make something like this work by the others, especially
by his hair. But he seems merely to have made an art work by photography and
shows that he is a master. Its not exciting. Im not sure if it was
Many Japanese young people came to the Gallery.
07 December, 2002
Jake & Dinos Chapman
Works from the Chapman Family Collection
31 Oct - 15 Dec
Jake and Dinos Chapmans new work, which created news
on the London arts scene, is exhibited at the main room of the Gallery, where
Daido Moriyamas exhibition is also held. This day was the last day of the
exhibition. Despite the fact that it was a Saturday evening many people were there.
What are the Chapmans up to this time round?
There was heavy with smell of exotic incense in the dark room and displayed magical
African primitive masks and statues. They claim that these were the Chapman Family
Collection, on each pedestal. We might be impressed with these mysterious works,
if we didnt notice the motive inherent in these works. In fact some visitors
admired it and one visitor sketched a statue seriously, as if she was in the British
Dont sketch it, please. We should laugh at these African demonic Ronald,
Grimace and Hamburger of McDonald. I couldnt understand what she thought.
Anyway we must say Chapmans plot was fairly successful.
We think about not only American Globalization but also the strength of the style
itself of the Primitive Native Arts. It might mean we are still in admiration
or obsession of exoticism. And they showed the right Art Code in which we are.
08 December, 2002
All about Lily Chou Chou (2001)<http://www.lily-chou-chou.com/>
This vulnerable and innocence are completely actual Japan.
I can understand why Shunji Iwai wanted (must) to make a film on this theme.
The bullying in school is one of the awful problems in Japan. The adolescent
years children are living in this fear. (And this is a mirror of the adults
society.) All are victims as well as assailants. Its the survival skill
for them to remain silent. Because if s/he does something outstanding, s/he
might be bullied. And s/he stands on the side of the bully today. However s/he
might be bullied tomorrow without reason. Its like Hell. In general, its
said that children are both naive and cruel. I think that nowadays Japanese
children are not only that. They cannot stop corruption emerging themselves.
But they are keeping innocent faces.
I was very impressed. It transported me back to Japan. It was difficult to make
my mind come back to London. (The Ritzy Cinema is in Brixton. Here deep in London.)
If I have seen this film in Tokyo I could have felt differently.
Incidentally if he has makes films less saccharine I could like his work more.
Its true that this taste is loved by Asian young people.
And I dont think that Okinawa scene was suitable. It seems like there
is too much exotic illusion.
Any way he is very good at find good position between artistic purpose and marketing.
There again, the casting was perfect.
10 December, 2002
13 December, 2002
what have I done
01 Nov- 05 Jan
Hayward Gallery held a 24 hours screening of 24 Hour
Psycho on this day. I took an interview from BBC Radio while I saw the film
work. Theyve gathered the voice from over 20 people who were there. An interviewer
asked our opinion of 24 Hours Psycho and not for the exhibition. I
am really impressed with the high level of interest that the public in this country
about Contemporary Arts.
Incidentally, I saw the TV program of Turner Prizes ceremony on the Channel
4 on the 8th December. C4 is a sponsor of this prize. But it was a big surprise
to see this one hour program of the Contemporary Art scene on the TV, and and
from 8pm on Sunday night at that. What a poor Japanese Contemporary Art scene!
The presenter of this year was Daniel Libeskind. And the winner was the most predictable
The exhibition was perfectly cool. The concept was clear and the way it was exhibited
was clear and the exhibition design was sophisticated. Some big (about 300 inch?)
rear screens were hung and the films projected from both sides in the dark gallery.
He showed both sides of the Divine and Devil in his cinematic installations and
photo works. I am interested in the dark tricky room. There are some black lights
there, it make us feel the shape of the room is huge square. But if we touched
the wall while we, we could recognize the room wall has zigzags drawn on it and
the room is a lot narrower than imagined.Å@In the background the artists
biography is narrated over the speakers.
Even though he is narcissistic, never before had I seen such a stylish exhibition.
14 December, 2002
A Black Thread
06 Nov- 15 Dec
15 December, 2002
Fosters and Partners
Londons Living Room at the 9th floor was opened to
the public on this week. We could see the panorama view of London there. But
it was raining all day.
This transparent egg-shaped building is showy in the south of the Thames. I
didnt imagine this building is the City Hall at first. I went down a spiral
stairway from the 9th floor to the ground floor. That void space is fantastic.
The stairway faces the geometric structured glassed walls. And I was interested
in what a public office would be like. I could see it from the stairway. That
was small and similar to a Japanese office. It was funny that there are small
fans on each desk.
The inside of building is also beautiful. But as I saw the details, I recognized
its shabby material. But this is an ecological office. I read that this
sphere has 25per cent less surface area than a cube of the same volume, there
would be less heat loss from the building in cold weather and less heat gain
on sunny days (I think it means only during short summer) on the brochure.
What high-tech! This building uses only about a quarter of the energy of
a standard office building, and recycled materials are used in many fittings
and furnishings. And then I understood why I felt the way I did about the
quality of the materials used.
15 December, 2002
Guy Bar Amotz
Guy Bar Amotz
in the other
8 Nov- 15 Dec
His works are backpacker styled speakers. The shape of one
is like a big shell. The bass guitarist would be a snail. These electric sound
equipments have tone of handmade and custom-made. A video in which a girl trio
Gertrude were wearing his speakers while performing was played showed in the gallery.
They were performing ecstatically at a messy private room like a loft. I like
this indie air. He seems to be inspired by the multi-speaker sound systems used
by reggae DJs.
18 December, 2002
19 December, 2002
110901 September 11
Samira Makhmalbaf, Claude Lelouch, Youssef Chahine, Danis Tanovic,
Idrissa Ouedraogo, Ken Loach, Alejandro González Iñápritu, Amos Gitaï, Mira Nair,
Sean Penn, Shohei Imamura
110901 September 11<http://www.artificial-eye.com/110901/main.html>
The film consisted of 11 films by 11 directors, each from a
different culture and country.
I went to a preview screening, which included Ken Loachs Q&A after the
I think that this film anthology has both good films and not so good ones. I was
deeply moved by Ken Loach, Danis Tanovic and Amos Gitai. they all focused on different
September 11 than in NY. Loach filmed an exile from Chile. He told that the US-sponsored
overthrow of democracy in Chili was launched on September 11 in 1973. Tanovic
filmed refugee women who survived from the genocide in Srebrenica. They demonstrate
on the 11th of every month. They demonstrate on the street on this September 11
in 2001 too. Gitai filmed a street bombing in Jerusalem on September 11 in 2001.
I think this film doesnt clear his attitude for the Palestine conflict.
He was born in Israel but he is always in between Palestine and Israel. But his
way is very dexterous that the point of view is moving from the affair itself
to journalism. I remembered the final scene of Berlin Jerusalem.
Idrissa Ouedraogo told a story about kids look for Bin Laden in Burkina Faso.
In serious tones in these films, I could take a breather thanks to his humour.
But it is true that the kids live in the serious situation like HIV.
Shohei Imamuras film didnt touch me. He depicted a returned soldier
whose mind changed to a snake because of fear of the front line in the World War
II, and the attitude his family and village people against him. He had a golden
casting and beautiful shoot with an ethnological tone. This is the way of his
tells. Although I agree with the idea to show diverse views, I think that the
French producer Alain Brigand failed this selection. Because Imamura doesnt
seem to understand how the war changed and what we have to focus on in this era.
Loach said that we have to consider why that happened. This film doesnt
have schedules for general screenings in the countries where a lot of people who
should consider it live, including the US and Chile.
Special thanks: Kengo Oshima