3/9-25, 1st Kavli IPMU AIR Program Artist Exhibition

February 28, 2018
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)

The Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) is proud to present “ren- Encounter between Science and Art 2018, Tokyo” from March 9 (Fri) to 25 (Sun) at KAMATA_SOKO (Ota ward, Tokyo).
Since 2015, the Kavli IPMU has been hosting the Artist in Residence (AIR) program where artists stay in the institute for about a month, during which they interact with scientists regularly inside a world-leading research institute and work on their new work. To date, the Artist in Residence (AIR) program has welcomed three artists – a painter, a media artist, and a sculptor.

This exhibition will showcase their work that has been inspired by AIR.

General Information 

Exhibition title: 1st Kavli IPMU AIR Program Artist Exhibition
ren- Encounter between Science and Art 2018 
Exhibition period: March 9 (Fri) - 25 (Sun), 2018
Open hours: 12:00 - 18:00 (Tue, Wed, Thu) 11:00 - 20:00 (Fri, Sat, Sun, Public holidays)
* Exhibition is closed on Mondays 
Venue: KAMATA_SOKO (Haginaka 3-Chome 22 - 7, Ota, Tokyo) 
Curator: Aya Tsuboi (Public Relations, Kavli IPMU) 
Admission: Free
Organizer: Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, University of Tokyo
Supported by: KAMATA_SOKO
Assisted by: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Enquiries: Public Relations office, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, the University of Tokyo 
Tel: 04-7136-5981 (Aya Tsuboi, Public Relations, Kavli IPMU)
Fax: 04-7136-4941
E-mail: press_at_ipmu.jp

A Message About the Exhibition from the Organizer

When science and art collided, it was always unexpected, and created something that had significant meanings to us. Take for example the beginning of the 20th century where the unexpected meeting between science and art inspired visionaries such as Picasso or Duchamp to create a new and vibrant culture. Into the 21st century, the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics (Kavli IPMU) - the institute in Japan specialized in basic science - is attempting ren- Encounter in Japan. 

In the real world, most people regard mathematics and physics as the unhelpful sciences, but in the world of science they rule as a king and a queen. The ultimate goal of the Kavli IPMU is to uncover the mysteries of the Universe by using physics, mathematics and astronomy. Artists stayed in this institute for a month to work on their new work while interacting with scientists in the same environment where they conducted their research. Painting, media and sculpture; these may be some of the most basic ways of classifying an approach to art. This exhibition highlights new work from our past AIR Program artists including a painter, a media artist, and a sculptor. 

These three artists do not share a common thought for their artistic creation, but they all share the fact that one of the most important factors in creating their work is the method itself. Because both science and art are thoroughly fundamental, this exhibition will bring in possibilities of various programs becoming re-encounter between science and art rather than just a meeting.

At that moment re-counter becomes a platform where anyone can be associated to, as long as it - art, science, or even other areas like philosophy - is thoroughly fundamental. This implies the platform is an opportunity for re-encounters to those accustomed to interacting with the encounter between art and science, those who will interact with it maybe for the first time, those who have only interacted with science, or those who have only interacted with art. In fact, the platform might be a place where different perspectives, so far as they possess fundamentality, can interact free of bias. 

After re-encountering at a basic level, we may be able to discover what we truly want, and together reflect on a strategy that will shape how we live in the next few centuries. The AIR program is intended to continue its activities for many years to come . 

*This exhibition is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 17H00286. 

About the artists 

  • Yasuo Nomura
    After graduating from the Musashino Art University in 2004 majoring in oil painting, Nomura has focused on thinking about paintings from the viewpoint of multi dimension in modern science. He joined the AIR Program at Kavli IPMU in 2015, and has since had his work displayed in his individual exhibitions Here and There at the hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK in New York, and Dimensionism in hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO in Tokyo. His work has also been exhibited at VOCA 2018 at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo. His other activities include a collaborative project with the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in 2016.
    http://yasuonomura.com
     
  • Norimichi Hirakawa
    Hirakawa’s interest lies in the most primitive of technologies, calculation. His work is focused on installations that use either mathematical processing itself as conducted through computer programming or the results of that processing. In 2016, he began creating the series datum at a residency at The Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), and datum was shown at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art and at a pre-event of the Sapporo International Art Festival. In 2017, he began creating the latest work in that series through a residency at the ALMA telescope, located at Chile’s highest point of approximately 5000 meters. He has also participated in creating the work of Japanese artists, such as Ryoji Ikeda and Seiko Mikami, and is the artistic director for ARTSAT: Art and Satellite Project. 
    http://counteraktiv.com
     
  • Kentaro Haruyama
    His works are ranged from architectural interventions to hypothetic plan models for sculptures. He completed MFA at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, U.K in 2005.His works were shown in exhibitions including ‘Design’ in 2012 and Tanagokoro10’ in 2011 at Radi-um von Roentgenwerke AG, Tokyo as well as ‘Plastic’ at The Slade School of Fine Art, London, U.K in 2007.
    Haruyama participated the Kavli IPMU AIR Program in 2018.

About the Exhibition

  • The Kavli IPMU Artist in Residence program is a meeting point between Fundamental science and Art in Japan. The Kavli IPMU is one of only a few places in the world where researchers in mathematics, physics, and astronomy collaborate together on a daily basis to unravel the mysteries of the Universe.  More than a thousand researchers visit the institute each year. For one month during the year, the Kavli IPMU invites an artist to work alongside its researchers. 

  • Three methods, three art styles 
    Painting, media, and sculpture; these may be some of the most basic ways of classifying an approach to art.. These fundamental art styles will go on display in the Kavli IPMU art exhibition. These three artists do not share a common thought for their artistic creation, but they all share the fact that one of the most important factors in creating their work is the method itself. Because both science and art are thoroughly fundamental, this exhibition will bring in possibilities of various programs becoming re-encounter between science and art rather than just a meeting. 

  • Introduction to Kavli IPMU science 
    Modern mathematics and theoretical physics may seem highly technical, and difficult to grasp, but at the Kavli IPMU the two fields work together in harmony. Throughout the exhibition period, we will be hosting a number of short film sessions and seminars to offer a glimpse into these studies. 

  • When philosophy, art, and science meet
    Another event we will host will invite academics and independent experts studying philosophy, art, and science, to discuss with event participants about how this encounter can function, it’s potential, and the steps to make it a reality. 

Exhibition details

Haruyama will exhibit one piece he has been working on during his stay at the Kavli IPMU during January and February 2018. Nomura will exhibit five painting installations. Hirakawa will exhibit his 100m2 Visual & Sound installation “datumn”. Each artist will be showcasing new work. The exhibition will also showcase the research being undertaken at the institute.

Parallel events

*events will be held in Japanese except “introducing Kavli IPMU Science 2 Soap bubbles and spacetimeien".

Lecture

  •  “introducing Kavli IPMU Science 1 : Mackay corresponding”
    Speaker: Kavli IPMU Professor/ Nagoya University Associate proffesor, Yukari Ito
    Date: 11:00-12:30, March 18 (Sun)
    Venue: KAMATA_SOKO
    Seats: 40 
    Admission: Free
    Preregistration: Not required, however tickets will be given out on the day on a first come, first serve basis.
     
  •  “introducing Kavli IPMU Science 2 Soap bubbles and spacetime"
    Speaker: Kavli IPMU Project Researcher, Will Donovan 
    Date: 14:00-15:30, March 21 (Wed)
    Venue: KAMATA_SOKO
    Seats: 40 
    Admission: Free
    Preregistration: Not required, however tickets will be given out on the day on a first come, first serve basis. Talk will be held in English.
     
  • “introducing Kavli IPMU Science 3 a dialogue with a mathematician”
    Speaker: Kavli IPMU Associate Professor, Tomoyuki Abe 
    Date: 14:00-15:00, March 17 (Sat)
    Venue: KAMATA_SOKO
    Seats: 40 
    Admission: Free
    Preregistration: Not required, however tickets will be given out on the day on a first come, first serve basis.

Guided tour

Speaker: Kavli IPMU staff
Date: 14:00-14:30 every Tuesday
Venue: KAMATA_SOKO
Seats: 20 
Admission: Free
Preregistration: Not required, however tickets will be given out on the day on a first come, first serve basis.

Symposium

“Kavli IPMU AIR Program Brainstorm 1: from a viewpoint of science and society, and theory of art practice” 
Speakers: Daisuke Okumura (Department of History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Tokyo, science and culture), Ryo Sawayama (art critique), Kentaro Haruyama (2017 resident artist, sculpting), Norimichi Hirakawa (2016 resident artist, media art), Yasuo Nomura (2015 resident artist, painting), Akishi Ikeda (Kavli IPMU Project Researcher, mathematics), Akemi Sunayama (Kavli IPMU Project Researcher, astronomy)
Date: 14:00-17:00, March 10 (Sat)
Venue: KAMATA_SOKO
Seats: 40 
Admission: Free
Preregistration: Not required, however tickets will be given out on the day on a first come, first serve basis.

Workshop

“Kavli IPMU AIR Program Brainstorm 2: Uncovering the basis of science and art through Truth, Good, and Beauty” 
Speaker: Shunsuke Kuwahara (Department of Philosophy, Sofia University, Aesthetics), Yoshihiro Maruyama (Kyoto Universityʼs Hakubi Project/Graduate School of Letters, mathematical philosophy), Masato Yamazaki (Kavli IPMU, theoretical physics), Kentaro Haruyama (2017 resident artist, sculpting), Norimichi Hirakawa (2016 resident artist, media art), Yasuo Nomura (2015 resident artist, painting)
Date: 10:00-16:30, March 11 (Sun)
Venue: Tamarokuto Science Center
Seats: 48 
Admission: Free (entrance fee 500 yen required)
Preregistration: Required*

 Seminar

  • “An Artificial Intelligence look at the Kavli IPMU AIR Program” 
    Speaker: Ryota Kanai (ARAYA Inc., CEO)
    Date: 14:00-15:30, March 24 (Sat)
    Venue: KAMATA_SOKO
    Seats: 40 
    Admission: Free
    Preregistration: Not required, however tickets will be given out on the day on a first come, first serve basis. 

     

  • “An Alternative Look at the Kavli IPMU AIR Program” 
    Speaker: Nozomu Ogawa (Art Center Ongoing Representative) 
    Date: 14:00-15:30, March 25 (Sun)
    Venue: KAMATA_SOKO
    Seats: 40 
    Admission: Free
    Preregistration: Not required, however tickets will be given out on the day on a first come, first serve basis.

Opening Party

Date: March 9 (Fri)
Venue: KAMATA_SOKO
Seats: None
Admission: Free
Preregistration: Not required


Kavli IPMU Fundamenal+ Project

We have been exploring the encounter between Kavli IPMU scientists and other proffesionals. For furhter details, see past events here