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Reading & Talk | Undress | Berlin

Megumi Matsubara, "Undress" 2015, installation view, ifa Stuttgart (15)

Performative talk with Megumi Matsubara
July 17, 17h

Megumi Matsubara read her poetry Undress followed by an artist talk and conversation on her work Undress: installation created as an olfactory experience of the absent fragrance La Japonaise.

“Undress”
a performance by Megumi Matsubara at the exhibition
“Carrefour / Meeting Point”
The Marrakech Biennale and beyond

17th July 2015, ifa-Gallery Berlin

http://www.ifa.de/en/visual-arts/ifa-…

Megumi Matsubara reads her poem and talks about her new work “Undress”: a space designed to create a fragrance “La Japonaise” composed of eight different scents separately floating in the exhibition space.
The installation was first shown at ifa-Gallery Stuttgart before ifa-Gallery Berlin.

“Undress is a state of nudity characterized by not the eyes of the other, but oneself. How far can we undress: you and me, me and myself?” (Megumi Matsubara)

Reading & Talk   Megumi Matsubara
Music   Clovis Lemée
Film   Ilja Gorbunov

„Undress“ (Ausziehen)
Eine Performance von Megumi Matsubara in der Ausstellung
„Carrefour / Treffpunkt“
Die Marrakech Biennale und darüber hinaus

17. Juli 2015, ifa-Galerie Berlin

http://www.ifa.de/de/kunst/ifa-galeri…

Megumi Matsubara liest ihr Gedicht „Undress“ (Ausziehen) und spricht über ihre letzte, gleichnamige Arbeit: Ein Raum, in dem das von ihr geschaffene Parfum „La Japonaise“ aus acht verschiedenen Düften entsteht, die unabhängig voneinander durch den Ausstellungsraum schweben.
Die Installation wurde erstmalig in der ifa-Galerie Stuttgart gezeigt, anschließend in der ifa-Galerie Berlin.

„Ausziehen ist ein Grad an Nacktheit, der nicht durch die Augen der Anderen, sondern durch jeden selbst charakterisiert wird. Wie weit können wir uns entblößen: Du und ich, ich und ich selbst?“ (Megumi Matsubara)

Lesung und Gespräch   Megumi Matsubara
Musik   Clovis Lemée
Film   Ilja Gorbunov

Carrefour / Treffpunkt / Meeting Point
July 17–October 4, 2015

ifa Gallery Berlin, ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations)
Linienstrasse 139/140
10115 Berlin
Germany

Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 14–18h
Admission free

Participating artists: Saâdane Afif, Leila Alaoui, Yassine Balbzioui, Max Boufathal, Megumi Matsubara, Clara Meister and S.T.I.F.F.

Curator: Alya Sebti

 

Group Show | Carrefour / Treffpunkt | Stuttgart

Megumi Matsubara presents a new project for this occasion, and will be attending at the opening and artist talk:

CARREFOUR / TREFFPUNKT
Group show at ifa Gallery Stuttgart, Germany

Works by Saâdane Afif, Leila Alaoui, Yassine Balbzioui, Max Boufathal, Megumi Matsubara, Clara Meister
Curated by Alya Sebti
Organized and produced by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

Artists’ and curator’s talk & preview:
6 May 2015, 16.30–18.00

Vernissage:
7 May 2015, 19.00–

 

“Où sommes-nous maintenant? Where are we now? Wo stehen wir heute?” was the title of and question raised by the 5th Marrakech Biennale, whose artistic director, Alya Sebti, also devised the exhibition “Carrefour / Meeting Point” for the ifa Galleries Stuttgart and Berlin.

The title of the ifa exhibition sees Marrakech and the bienniale as a metaphorical centre where different paths cross. Marrakech and the biennale were and still are the interface and meeting point between Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb. They form a link to Europe, a turntable between north and south and east and west.

Works from the Marrakech Biennale 2014 and projects that were newly developed for “Carrefour / Meeting Point” look at the permeability between public spaces and private realms. The artists Saâdane Afif, Leila Alaoui, Yassine Balbzioui, Max Boufathal, and Clara Meister explore possible ways addressing our vulnerability and our position in the world – in the form of sculptures, installations, sound and video works. Megumi Matsubara developed a new form of exhibition, having a special perfume created for “Carrefour / Meeting Point” by a Moroccan perfumer. In and with these works, the artists create a further new space for encounter, exchange and collaboration.

With the “Spot on …” series, in recent years the ifa Galleries in Stuttgart and Berlin have presented international biennials supported by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). The aim was to present lesser-known biennials in Germany and also to raise awareness of these international ifa activities.

Saâdane Afif, Leila Alaoui, Megumi Matsubara and Clara Meister present their works; curator Alya Sebti explains the exhibition concept. There will be an opportunity to enjoy an aperitif and talk with the artists and curator. In englischer Sprache / In English

Solo Show | Fonderia Artistica Battaglia Milano

Megumi Matsubara presents a series of bronze work “A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages” at Fonderia Artistica Battaglia Milano.

A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages
Megumi Matsubara
11 Apr – 30 May 2015
Open everyday 10.00 – 17.00

Vernissage: Sat 11 Apr 19.00 (Megumi Matsubara will be present)

When we close our eyes, what do we see?
“A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages” is an assemblage of internal visions: a modest presentation of the vast feld of profundity where language becomes obscure, yet true to its original raison d’être; a means to describe one’s internal vision, and not external images.

                                                          —Megumi Matsubara

It is a flower (right), from a series "A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages", bronze, 2014, Megumi Matsubara. Photo by Oli Bonzanigo.

Photo by Oli Bonzanigo

This exhibition was realised in collaboration with Fonderia Artistica Battaglia Milano with support of Voice Gallery.

Download press release:
here

For visits & further contact:
Fonderia Artistica Battaglia Milano
info@fonderiabattaglia.com
+39 02341071

 

Performance | The Aesthetics of Duality

Peace & Power, 2013, Megumi Matsubara

Féminin Pluriel Morocco #20
The Aesthetics of Duality

Megumi Matsubara sets up a one-night installation at Dar Bellarj, and reads “The Tale of the Japanese and the Garden” followed by a conversation with Abdelghani Fennane
Music by Clovis Lemée based on Megumi Matsubara’s music score “I imagine it is beautiful”

 

When you write, are you a writer or a reader?
When you read, are you a reader or a listener?
And which one holds our imagination—or neither?

Japanese artist Megumi Matsubara and Moroccan poet Abdelghani Fennani will both read their texts with Arabic subtitles, and open a dialog about the aesthetics of duality. Exchanging their understandings of multilingualism, exophony, gender, and translation, the two will explore the space of resonance—
(Language: English, French)

Workshop & Installation | ESAV

Megumi Matsubara will develop a two-day installation with the students and visitors of ESAV Marrakech, following her lecture “Wind & Lightness” given at the school in February:

Passionné de cinéma et/ou de graphisme? L’ESAV Marrakech vous invite à ses Journées Portes Ouvertes du 27-28 mars 2015 de 10h à 19h.

Au programme : du 25 au 28 mars

Performance visuelle et sonore: workshop work-in-progress avec Megumi Matsubara

LIBRAIRIE DES COLONNES, RENCONTRE AVEC L’ARTISTE MEGUMI MATSUBARA

 

Exhibition – Book signing – Reading with music by Megumi Matsubara (language: Japanese/English) at Librairie des Colonnes bookstore

Exposition – Signature – Lecture poétique sonorisée par Megumi Matsubara (langue: japonais/anglais) à Librairie des Colonnes

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Megumi Matsubara reads her work The Tale of the Japanese and the Mosquito. The reading will be followed by a presentation of her other titles including A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages. She will introduce the details and structures behind those titles, exhibiting her related works in the store of Librairie des Colonnes.

Hosted by: Simon-Pierre Hamelin (director, Librairie des Colonnes)

TheBlindDream_ReadingPerformanceS

 

 

SOLO SHOW – WALK STRAIGHT

Voice Gallery is pleased to invite you to the private view of the solo show Walk Straight by Megumi Matsubara, held in the spaces of the gallery in Marrakech on 30 May 2014 at 19:00.

The Japanese artist presents a complex project composed of two different works: the first nucleus is disposed along the vertical visual axis the spectator encounters entering the gallery; the second part is represented by the video installation present in the environment that is oriented on the axis ideally orthogonal to the first. The two different installations intersect intensifying references and gazes and interlocking the different points of view… more

~ Text and conversation with the artist by Maria Giovanna Mancini

 

> full press-release in english with interview
communiqué de presse français avec interview
comunicato stampa italiano con intervista

Korogaru Pavilion

In celebration of their ten years anniversary, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), commissioned Megumi Matsubara and Hiroi Ariyama of Japanese architecture firm Assistant to design a temporary summer structure, in collaboration with YCAM’s educational program team. Korogaru Pavilion sits on the lawn of the cultural center known for its cutting edge technology-based art and media to Japan and the world, encouraging kids to meet the hybrid environment of technology, art, and nature.

Architects: Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama / Assistant
Playground equipment designers: Daiya Aida, Kiyoshi Suganuma / YCAM
Structural engineers: Tokyo University of the Arts, Kanada Structural Design Lab / Mitsuhiro Kanada & Miki Ozeki
Client: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)
Location: Yamaguchi-city, Japan
Principal use: Summer indoor play park equipped with media art (temporary building)
Building area: 407.27m2
Total floor area: 407.27m2
Structure: Wood
Construction: 15 May – 25 July, 2013