Jung Yeondoo Just Like the Road across the Earth

November 8, 2014, to February 1, 2015

Adolescence #16 2011 C-print

I thought: hope cannot be said to exist, nor can it be said not to exist. It is just like roads across the earth. For actually the earth had no roads to begin with, but when many men pass one way, a road is made.
From “My Old Home” by Lu Xuin
In November 2014, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito will present the first major solo museum exhibition in Japan of work by Jung Yeondoo. From photography to video installation, “Jung Yeondoo: Just Like the Road across the Earth” will present a wide range of works following his artistic practice of engaging society by communicating with local people.

His works explore the uniqueness of life inspired by the memories and future dreams of anonymous people. The oeuvre, however, depicts not only their dreams and hopes but also the real world wherein it is not easy to realize them.
The exhibition will present his important past and recent works including “Borame Dance Hall”, “Ordinary Paradise”, “Six Points” and “Drive in Theater”. Disclosing the structure of making a film, “Ordinary Paradise” and “Drive in Theater” as well as his recent photo series “B-camera” make the audience realize that the imaginary world in film is an extension of our real life and it is not far from our everyday life story. This can be seen especially in one of his new works “Magician’s Walk”, made in collaboration with Korean illusion artist Lee Eungyeol, well-known Japanese jazz pianist Makoto Ozone, Seoul National University Music and Audio Research Group, and the citizens of Mito city. Jung was born in 1969 in Jinju. He was selected as ‘Artist of the Year” by the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul in 2007 and has participated in numerous international exhibitions including Venice Biennale and Shanghai Biennale. Jung has visited Mito city several times since January 2013 and observed the change of emotion and attitude in people after the ternary disasters of March 11th of 2011. During his stay, he happened to meet a blind masseur, Mr. Shiratori. Although unable to see the pictures, Mr. Shiratori has been photographing his commute to work almost every day. The new works in this exhibition are based on the inspiration Jung received from the act of Mr. Shiratori. The title of the exhibition is taken from the last sentence of “My Old Home” by Chinese author Lu Xuin. The road is the metaphor of hope and Jung will invite the audience to explore what hope is today.

Tokyo Story - B camera series 2013 Diptych photography

Six Points 2010 Video

Ordinary Paradise #1-Singapore 2010 Video

Bewitched 2002 Slide projection



Jung Yeondoo Just Like the Road across the Earth


Contemporary Art Gallery




9:30-18:00 (no admittance after 17:30)


On Mondays (except November 24, January 12,public holiday ) November 25,January 13 and New Year holidays (December 27,2014-
January 3,2015)


800yen/600yen for advance booking and group of more than 20 people

Organized by

Mito Arts Foundation

Supported from

Korea Foundation, Japan Arts Fund, Yoshino Gypsum Arts Foundation Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Ibaraki Transport Service Co., Ltd., Ibaraki Auto Co., Ltd., Kyowa, Seoul National University Music and Audio Research Group and the Center for Interactive Media Art and Technology at Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology, Tokai Steel Inc., Recycle
Park Co., Ltd.,clicked

Curated by

Mizuki Takahashi (Senior Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)

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Opening lecture: Between Fantasy and Reality—Imagination in the Time of Crisis

November 8 (Sat.), 2014, to November 8 (Sat.), 2014

Lecturer : Suh Kyungsik(Authour)
Date: Saturday, November 8, 14:00- 15:30 (The doors open at 13:30)
Venue: Workshop Room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Capacity: 80 (first-come-first-served)
Language: Japanese

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Curator Talk

November 15 (Sat.), 2014, to November 15 (Sat.), 2014

Mizuki Takahashi, the senior curator of the exhibition, will talk about the exhibition.
Meet at the entrance of the Contemporary Art Gallery.
Date: Saturday, November 15, 14:00-15:00

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Symposium “Who are next us, now?”

January 18 (Sun.), 2015, to January 18 (Sun.), 2015

This symposium is intended to share information, problems and concerns with curators and critiques both from Korea and Japan to beyond current political tension in East Asia. In 1st day, the panelist are going to discuss three issues; Role of female artists and curators at the time of post feminism, benefit and problem brought by large scale international exhibition, and artistic intervene into society. In following 2nd day, the panelist are requested to give a presentation about their pilot project to introduce their current interest and to explore possibility for collaboration in future.
Panelists and commentators: Bae Myung Ji (Senior curator, Coreana Museum of Art space*C)、Che Kyongfa (Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo), Choi Binna (Director, Casco – Office for Design, Art and Theory), Iida Shihoko (Curator/Associate professor,Tokyo University of the Arts Intermedia department), Kubota Kenji (Independent curator/Associate professor,Tsukuba University), Shin Nathalie Boseul (Chief Curator, Total Museum of Art), Soma Chiaki (Art producer) , Suh Jinsuk (Director, Alternative space LOOP), Takahashi Mizuki (Senior curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)
Dates: Sunday, January 18, 2015, 14:00- 17:00 (The doors open at 13:30)
Venue: Conference Hall, Art Tower Mito
Capacity: 60 (first-come-first-served)
*There will be an Korean-Japanese interpreter present .

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Teachers Week: Admission–free week for teachers

November 12 (Wed.), 2014, to November 23 (Sun.), 2014

A free invitation period is provided for teachers and other staff of elementary schools, Junior high schools, high schools and schools for disabled children. During the period, lectures by curators or educational program coordinator, and art appreciation tours with group discussion are organized.
Dates:Wednesday, November 12, to Sunday, November 23, 9:30 -18:00 (The doors close at 17:30)
Educational guidance + Appreciation tour in a discussion form:
Date:Sunday, November 23,14:30-; Capacity is 10 on a first-come-first-served basis.
*For more information, please visit our homepage available late in October.


Gallery Tour for Family with Babies

November 26 (Wed.), 2014, to November 28 (Fri.), 2014

The staff will tour the exhibition giving support to those with small children. This tour is designed particularly for pre-school children and their family.
Dates: Wednesday, November 26 and Friday, November 28; 9:30-10:30 / 11:00-12:00
Capacity:5 families per session (reservation required)
Cooperation:Penguin Club, NPO to support parenting
*For reservation, call Contemporary Art Center at 029-227-8120.


Session! - Gallery Tour with the visually impaired

November 29 (Sat.), 2014, to November 29 (Sat.), 2014

This tour, which is guided by Mr. Kenji Shiratori, who is blind, has been taking place since 2010. Together with blind and partially sighted individuals and people of normal vision, the works of art are made accessible by sharing thoughts about shape and impression with each other. Visitors with normal vision will also make a new experience by seeing art works in a way they never did before. This tour will help to dissolve the sensitive borders between the visually impaired and normally sighted visitors.
Date:Saturday, November 29, 15:00-17:00
Venue:Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Capacity:20 (reservation required)
*For reservation, call Contemporary Art Center at 029-227-8120.
*When booking, please let us know if you are visually impaired.


Pre-school Program

December 3 (Wed.), 2014, to December 12 (Fri.), 2014

*Applications are based on a pre-school as a unit.

This project is a combined program of appreciation of the exhibition and production workshop designed for senior-class children of kindergartens and nursery schools in Mito City. For more information, please contact the office.
Dates:December 3 (Wed.)-5 (Fri.), 9(Thu.)-12 (Fri.)


Weekend Gallery Talk

November 22 (Sat.), 2014, to February 1 (Sun.), 2015

CAC (Contemporary Art Center) gallery volunteer talkers will lead visitors to explore the exhibition together.
Dates:Saturdays and Sundays between November 22 and February 1,2015
Starts at 14:30 (Gallery talk lasts approximately 40 minutes.)
Fee:Free(included in the admission, reservation unnecessary)
Meeting place:The gallery entrance


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