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Resistance of Fog Fujiko Nakaya

October 27, 2018, to January 20, 2019

I think one urgent issue we currently face concerns the trust between humans and nature. As city dwellers we only trust bottled water. Tap water is too smelly to drink. The river and the sea are contaminated so we instead swim in the pool. If we distrust nature to such an extent, the only thing we can do is to keep swimming in a virtual world. Those who have been to space all talk invariously about the heightened feeling of affection towards our planet. But it would be far smarter and ecological if we could sense the same feeling within the nature of our daily lives without dressing ourselves in spacesuits and flying off to extraordinary space.
“A Responsive Scenery:Fog Sculpture” Fujiko Nakaya (Sculptor of Fog)

Nakaya’s words convey a sharp criticism towards a society conceived through developments in technology since the post-modern era, from urban environments surrounded by artificial structures to simulated experiences attained through media. Nakaya was born as the daughter of Ukichiro Nakaya who was a physicist known for his prolific writings on nature and research in glaciology and low-temperature sciences, and had created her first fog sculpture for the Pepsi Pavilion at Expo ‘70 together with Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) that promoted collaborations between art and technology. For over half a century she has continued to first-handedly engage with the worlds of art & technology as well as the fusion of the arts and sciences, which are today recognized as trending practices. As manifest in her words, Nakaya’s practice harbors a subdued yet clear sense of resistance, which in this exhibition is referred to as the “Resistance of Fog.” Through her fog sculptures and video works, the exhibition introduces the spirit of the era and presents a document of Nakaya’s activities, which like her fogs, has continued to resist the tides of the times.
*Excerpt from text first published in Journal of architecture and building science Vol. 111, May 1996

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CRITERIUM 95

Yuta Hayakawa

October 27, 2018, to January 20, 2019

New works by Yuta Hayakawa (born in 1984), who creates sculptures and installations engaging with forms and phenomena generated from the nature of things that are usually overlooked.

Criterium is a series of exhibitions at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito focusing on new works by young artists. Every Criterium exhibition is formed jointly by the artist and the curator.

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Fujiko Nakaya Resistance of Fog

Weekend Gallery Talk

November 17 (Sat.), 2018, to January 20 (Sun.), 2019

VenueContemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays between November 17,2018 and January 20, 2019
Starts at 14:30 (Gallery talk lasts approximately 40 minutes.)
Fee: Free (included in the admission of the exhibition, reservation unnecessary)
* No talk is held on December 2 (Sun) and January 5(Sat), 6 (Sun), 13(Sun). A gallery talk might be canceled due to circumstances.

CAC (Contemporary Art Center) gallery volunteer talkers guide visitors to explore the exhibition together.

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Fujiko Nakaya Resistance of Fog

Art Bus 2018

November 27 (Tue.), 2018   28 (Wed.),    December 5 (Wed.),    6 (Thu.),    7 (Fri.),    11 (Tue.),   

VenueContemporary Art Gallery

This project is a combined program of appreciation of the exhibition and workshop for expressing one’s feelings in words, designed for elementary and junior high school children in Mito City. The art center provides a shuttle bus for the transit service of participants. They are divided into small groups, and each group makes a guided tour with trained staff, mostly university students.

* Applications are based on a school as a unit.

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Fujiko Nakaya Resistance of Fog

NuiNui Workshop: Artworks Documenting Children’s Development

January 12 (Sat.), 2019

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Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:30 - 11:30/14:00 - 15:00
Instructor: Mariko Sakurai (Sewing Artist)
Capacity:15 pairs per session
(Prior application via email. In case of too many applications, a draw will be held for place allocation)
Target Audience:Children of 0-2 years old and their parent/guardian
(We request each child to be accompanied by at least 1 parent/guardian)
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:30 - 11:30/14:00 - 15:00
Instructor: Mariko Sakurai (Sewing Artist)
Capacity: 15 pairs per session
(Prior application via email. In case of too many applications, a draw will be held for place allocation)
Application:E-mail(atmcac@arttowermito.or.jp)
Application period:December 5th (Wed.) - 10th (Mon.)

Fee:1,000 yen per parent/guardian (includes admission fee for exhibition)

This workshop aims to create a record of children in their present stage of development. Participants are invited to sew plants onto fabric using thread measuring the same length as their children’s height. All guardians including grandparents and parents are welcome to take part.

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