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Hello World―For the Post-Human Age

February 10, 2018, to May 6, 2018

Art as radar acts as “an early alarm system,” as it were, enabling us to discover social and psychic targets in lots of time to prepare to cope with them.*1

These were the words of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, writing in Understanding Media with sharp insight in the 1960s and predicting the social revolution that new technology would bring. Half a century has now passed since McLuhan published his important work, and the Internet has permeated our society and new technological innovations like artificial intelligence are rapidly advancing. “Any technology tends to create a new human environment.”*2 As McLuhan said, technology generates an entirely new world for mankind. While these changes will open up the door to a new age full of incredible promise, there is apprehension about the various problems and confusion that will also be ushered in. In what ways are artists responding to the positive and negative aspects that technological innovation brings? This exhibition presents the work of seven artists and one artist group from Japan and overseas, who are responding astutely to our current crossroads in history as well as the future. Their work offers us opportunities to think about the future of the society that technology makes.

*1: Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964)
*2: Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: the Making of Typographic Man(1962)

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CRITERIUM 93

Shoko Masunaga

February 10, 2018, to May 6, 2018

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.
Through her work that reveals the traces of everyday behavior and ideas, the artist Shoko Masunaga explores the relationship between painting and space, and the possibilities of painting. She focuses on the two- and three-dimensional nature of painting, employing not only paper and canvas as painting support but also tiles and folded canvases in order to create work that shuttles between the two. This exhibition features a series of Masunaga’s new paintings specially presented as an installation for the Criterium.


Dates: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - Sunday, May 6, 2018
Venue: Gallery 9, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Organized by: Mito Arts Foundation
Curated by: Yu Iseki (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)
Fee: Included in the admission

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Artist Talk: Akihiko Taniguchi

April 30, 2018

Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (Door opens at 13:30)
Fee: Free of charge (included in the admission, no reservation required)
Venue: Workshop room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito

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HIBINO Katsuhiko “Asatte Asagao Project 2018 Mito”Planting

May 19 (Sat.), 2018

Time: 10:00 ~ 17:00
*It will take place despite of slight shower. In case of heavy rain, postponed to the following day.
Fee: Free
Venue: Plaza, Art Tower Mito and the outer wall of Mito Keisei Department Store
*Meet at the upstairs of the ATM corridor. Please be casually dressed for the work.

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CRITERIUM 94

Kanako Kitabayashi

July 28, 2018, to October 8, 2018

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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Katsuhiko Hibino “HIBINO CUP”

October 8 (Mon.), 2018


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HIBINO Katsuhiko “Asatte Asagao Project 2018 Mito” Harvest Festival

October 20 (Sat.), 2018


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