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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.

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

17th July 2015, ifa-Gallery Berlin…

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…

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

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


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


Seeing Red is a performance piece initiated and directed by Takayuki Fujimoto, choreographed by Jung Young Doo. Scenography by Megumi Matsubara. Performance will premiere in Yokohama, Japan in December 2014.

The title is taken from Nicholas Humphrey’s book that explores the sensation created by the act of seeing red. What’s involved in “seeing red”? “Consciousness matters,” Humphrey concludes with striking paradox, “because it is its function to matter. It has been designed to create in human beings a Self whose life is worth pursuing.” Deeply inspired by this paradox, the performance piece challenges the very act of “seeing”. Through exploring the act of “seeing red”, we challenge our consciousness with which we create a Self in us as a basis of human value that connects with other Selves.

The piece has already been developed from 2011, previously shown as α & β versions in Dec 2011 and Dec 2012 in BankART Yokohama. This version will be the third version of creation and the first one to be developed as a public performance premiering in Yokohama in Dec 2014.


Takayuki Fujimoto (Japan): Director & Lighting designer
He has been a member of Dumb Type since 1987 and works internationally both as director and lighting designer. After 2003 he has participated primarily as the lighting designer in performance and multimedia works by a number of overseas artists that make use of the unique potential of LED lighting. For his latest work “Node/The Old Man of the Desert” that travelled to KAAT, Aichi Triennale, and Hong Kong in 2013, he worked with performer Tsuyoshi Shirai. Since 2010, Osaka’s oldest Noh theater, Yamamoto Nohgakudo, has been collaborating with Fujimoto on a series of innovative productions. In his working process he actively employs the latest digital technologies in works for the stage with the aim of creating new circuits to connect directly to the audience with no less strength than the connection created by the live stage experience.

Jung Young Doo (Korea): Choreographer
Jung’s career started in the 1990s as an actor in a theatre group that specialized in socially conscious plays. He studied at the School of Dance in the Korea National University of Arts, and founded Doo Dance Theatre after graduating in 2003. Jung won the Grand Prize for the solo and duo competitions at the Yokohama Dance Collection and the Laureat du Prix de L’Ambassade de France for young choreographers (2004). He has been very active worldwide as well as in Japan through works such as “In the pauses of the wind” which he choreographed, or “HIROSHIMA-HAPCHEON” by Marebito Theater Company for which he participated as a performer.



Direction & Lighting : Takayuki Fujimoto (Kinsei R&D)
Choreography : Jung Young Doo
Performers : Myung Hee Yun, Yuko Hirai, Kosi Hidama
Sound : Yoshio Ohtani
Scenography : Megumi Matsubara
Media authoring : Ken Furudate
Video programming : Ryo Kanda
Video image : Masashi Nagara
Sound technic : Shintaro Kamijo (TMUG/+MUS)
Costume : Noriko Kitamura
Device production : Masaki Teruoka
Stage manager : Ichiro Awazu
Scenography architectural adviser : Hiroi Ariyama (assistant co., ltd.)
Scenography set-up support : Yoshiyuki Nakagawa, Mao Sakai
Production : Hazuki Sato (Hiwood)
Producer : Koichiro Takagi (Hiwood)
Support : Tetsushi Nonaka, Junko Manabe

Organized by : Kinsei R&D
Co-organized by : Community Art Center Plats, Kinosaki International Arts Center
Cooperation : KAAT-Kangawa Arts Theatre
Supported by : Japan Arts Council, Shiseido

Contact : Hiwood +81 3 33 20 72 17 (Japan time 11h00-19h00 Mon-Fri)

Reading & Talk at YCAM Korogaru Pavilion

Celebrating the return of YCAM’s Korogaru Pavilion: media park for children designed by Assistant (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) with YCAM educational team in 2013, Megumi Matsubara reads her book “The Tale of the Japanese and the Mosquito” within the pavilion. The reading is followed by an artist talk moderated by Tsubasa Nishi (Assistant curator, YCAM).



Performance by Megumi Matsubara and Emma Dusong

Megumi Matsubara and Emma Dusong first met in Paris in october 2012 while dancing. They meet again for the first time in Fès to do a performance.

Date: 7PM, 7th March, at Dar Batha, Fès, Morocco
With a support of Institut Francais de Fès