• Interview & Documentation | Truth / Freedom at Towada Art Center

    Interview & Documentation of Megumi MATSUBARA’s brand-new work « Truth / Freedom » at Towada Art Center has been published online. (Language: Japanese with English subtitles) « Truth / Freedom » is an installation composed of three works. The red room was empty. [stereo soundscape, 8h, sonic interpretation by Clovis LEMÉE] Where it begins to burn my eyes. [pumice, mirror, glass] I only see the red light. [flower, insect, seed, pericarp, herb, tree, resin, mineral, cactus, lime, plaster] *Camera & Edit: Kazuya ISHIKAWA *Inter+Play #001: > Above: Towada Art Center Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition INTER+PLAY Artist Interview: Megumi Matsubara on Towada Art Center’s YouTube Channel.

  • Group Show | Inter+Play – Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition | Japan

    Megumi Matsubara presents her new work commissioned by Towada Art Center for Inter+Play: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition. The exhibition runs through 12 months until August 2021. Inter+Play is a three-part exhibition that celebrates the tenth anniversary of Arts Towada, the city-wide initiative that promotes art throughout the city of Towada and along its main thoroughfare of Kanchogai Avenue. Since its inception, Arts Towada has been a wellspring of creativity and a source of inspiration. At its heart is the Towada Art Center, which has always considered the “interplay” between artwork, audience, and city. This exhibition is a manifestation of the ethos behind this ambitious project. On display throughout the entirety of… Continue reading

  • Article | The Memory of Fading Red | Hitotoki Aug 2020 Issue

    Megumi Matsubara is portrayed by curator Meruro Washida who gives a detailed insight into her new work « Truth / Freedom » at Towada Art Center in his essay “The Memory of Fading Red” published in the August 2020 issue of HITOTOKI [p.54-57]. The magazine is published by Wedge Corporation for JR Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen. (Language: Japanese, Photographs by Kuniya Oyamada) *HITOTOKI August 2020 Issue >  

  • Lecture / Performance & Dialogue | The Mystery of Red | Towada Art Center

    The Towada Art Center presents a live stream of a lecture and performance by Inter+Play exhibiting artist Megumi Matsubara, followed by her conversation with exhibition curator Kodama Kanazawa. (Language: Japanese) Date & Time : Sun, Jul 19, 2020 14:00 – 15:30 Location : Towada Art Center Room F, within Megumi Matsubara’s installation « Truth / Freedom » *This event will be streamed live on the Towada Art Center’s YouTube channel. Please note that this is an online event. The exhibition space will not be open to the public. Above: The Mystery of Red: Lecture/Performance by Megumi Matsubara & Conversation with Kodama Kanazawa on Towada Art Center’s YouTube Channel. Megumi Matsubara… Continue reading

  • In Residence | Casa Wabi | Mexico

    Megumi Matsubara is in residence at Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico, upon invitation and with support by Fundación Casa Wabi, Residency Program 2019. Curator: Alberto Ríos de la Rosa, Paola Jasso *About Fundación Casa Wabi >

  • Reading & Talk | DOMANI at National Art Center | Japan

    Megumi Matsubara will give a reading performance “Undress,” followed by an artist talk within her installation “Un coquelicot” showcased in the 21st DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo. With presence of the curator, Yoko Hayashi [Art historian / Senior researcher (Visual Arts) at the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan]. – « 21st DOMANI: Art of Tomorrow » Artist Talk vol.1 Artists: Megumi Matsubara, Goro Murayama Time: 11:00 – 12:00 Date: Sun, 27th Jan 2019 Place: Gallery 2E, National Art Center, Tokyo   Undress / Un coquelicot, Reading & Talk by Megumi Matsubara, 21st DOMANI, National Art Center, Tokyo from Megumi Matsubara on Vimeo.

  • Group Show | Domani – The Art of Tomorrow | Japan

    Megumi Matsubara will participate in the 21st “DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow” exhibition showcasing nine artists selected from the past laureates of the Agency for Cultural Affairs Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists. DOMANI – The Art of Tomorrow The National Art Center, Tokyo Exhibition period: Wed 23 January – Sun 3 March, 2019 Opening hours: 10:00-18:00, Closed on Tuesdays Curated by Yoko Hayashi Organized by Agency for Cultural Affairs & The National Art Center, Tokyo In cooperation with the Japan Airlines Production by Art Venture Office Shou Artists: Tsubasa KATO   (2015・America) Yoi KAWAKUBO   (2016・England) Noriyuki KIMURA   (2016・Germany) Nobuhiro SHIMURA   (2015・France) Asako SHIROKI   (2015・Germany) Masahiro HASUNUMA   (2016・Germany) Megumi MATSUBARA   (2013・Morocco) Goro MURAYAMA   (2015・Austria) Akira WADA … Continue reading

  • In Residence | L’Art Rue | Tunisia

    Avec le soutien chaleureux de l’association l’Art Rue, Megumi Matsubara a établi son premier pas en Tunisie. Elle était en résidence d’immersion à l’Art Rue pour découvrir et se nourrir de la médina de Tunis et plus. Elle est une bénéficiaire de la bourse de la Fonds Roberto Cimetta.     > sur l’Association l’Art Rue > sur le Fonds Roberto Cimetta  

  • Salzburg Global Seminar | Parks for the Planet – Nature and Childhood | Austria

    Megumi Matsubara participated in Salzburg Global Seminar, and discussed the theme “Parks for the Planet – Nature and Childhood: From Research and Activism to Policies for Global Change” ~ Session 608 The Parks for the Planet Forum is a ten-year collaboration to reconnect people and nature in a urbanized world. Launched in 2015, it aims to improve human and societal wellbeing by expanding access to nature-rich urban spaces, increasing investments in urban conservation, and creating dynamic partnerships between people, cities, and protected area systems. Invited by Salzburg Global Seminar, coordinated by Program Director Dominic Regester and the team. All participants: * Karen Keenleyside  [Vice Chair for People and Parks, IUCN WCPA,… Continue reading

  • Dialogue | Ceramique – Arts du feu | France

    CERAMIQUE ARTS DU FEU Dialogue | Megumi Matsubara & Abdulvahid Bukhoriy – 19h00 Monday 2 April 2018 Two artists will exchange the arts of ceramics in a manner both tangible and visual. The dialog will take place in clay, images, and sometimes English. Megumi Matsubara and Abdulvahid Bukhoriy are laureates of the Institut Français residency program 2018 at the Cité internationale des arts. – Lundi 02 avril 2018, à 19h Dialogue entre Megumi Matsubara et Abdulvahid Bukhoriy. Les artistes échangeront sur les arts de la céramique d’une manière à la fois tangible et visuelle. Le dialogue se fera en utilisant l’argile, les images et parfois l’anglais. Megumi Matsubara (Japon/Maroc) et Abdulvahid… Continue reading

  • Group Show | Poétique du geste | France

    POETIQUE DU GESTE à la Graineterie Centre d’art municipal exposition du 20 janvier au 10 mars 2018 entrée libre 15h-18h mardi, jeudi, vendredi 10h-13h / 15h-18h mercredi, samedi avec Ninar Esber Megumi Matsubara Najia Mehadji Myriam Mihindou Mari Minato Julie Nioche – A.I.M.E. Selma et Sofiane Ouissi Golnâz Pâyâni Natalia Villanueva Linares co-commissariat Sonia Recasens et Maud Cosson vernissage samedi 20 janvier de 17h à 20h en présence des artistes Attachée à l’expérience, cette exposition réunit des artistes internationaux à une ré exion sensible autour du geste qu’il soit quotidien, rituel, individuel ou collectif… Leurs propositions transdisciplinaires ont en commun de placer l’œuvre dans le geste et de mettre le geste… Continue reading

  • In Residence | l’Institut français – Cité internationale des arts | France

    Megumi Matsubara is in residence at Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France through three months, upon invitation by Institut Français, and in partnership with La Graineterie Centre d’art municipal de la Ville de Houilles. > About Institut français programme of residence 2018

  • Announce | IT IS A GARDEN | House in Nagano by ASSISTANT

    The architecture firm ASSISTANT is pleased to announce the completion of the house IT IS A GARDEN in Nagano, Japan. Surrounding and surrounded by the trees and plants of the forest, the house was designed as a guest house containing a private art gallery for the owner’s collection. Its shape being flat and square, the one-story house has a floor plan entirely defined by five courtyards alone. The first publication featuring the project is SHINKENCHIKU JUTAKUTOKUSHU 2017:03 in Japan as its cover story currently available.

  • Megumi Matsubara & Sergio Diaz Performance (2)

    Performance | Fossil of Contact | Aichi Triennale

    Fossil of Contact Megumi Matsubara and Sergio Diaz will be present at Aichi Triennale 2016 within Megumi Matsubara’s installation Fossil of Contact. Date: Sat 15th & Sun 16th October 2016 Time: 11:10 – 11:25 / 12:10 – 12:25 (twice each day) Plac: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art / Aichi Arts Center, 10th floor, Teizo Kimura Collection Room *Open to everyone. *Photo/Video documentation is prohibited. *About Sergio Diaz Dancer/Performer/Choreographer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Born in the United States, Diaz started his dancing career in France with Ballet Preljocaj directed by choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. After 16 years in the company he becomes Preljocaj’s creative assistant, and restages his works around the world. To… Continue reading

  • Reading & Talk | Aichi Triennale

    Megumi Matsubara gives a performative talk: reading of her texts followed by an artist talk, and conversation on her work presented at Aichi Triennale including Fossil of Contact: an installation of a new series of ceramics, and A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, an other languages: a series of bronze sculptures, for the opening week of Aichi Triennale International Exhibition. August 15th 2016, 14h00 – 16h00, Aichi Arts Center 8F Platform Reading & Talk   Megumi Matsubara Music (Acoustic Braille)   Clovis Lemée Aichi Triennale 2016: Lecture view of Megumi Matsubara      

  • Aichi Triennale 2016

    Megumi Matsubara participates in Aichi Triennale 2016 – Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan, presenting a new series of ceramic works produced with support of Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Nagoya School for the Blind, Okazaki School for the Blind. Aichi Triennale 2016 Artistic Director: Chihiro Minato Curators [Visual Art]: Masahiko Haito (Chief Curator), Daniela Castro, Hiroyuki Hattori, Tadashi Kanai, Zeynep Öz Venues: Aichi Arts Center Nagoya City Art Museum Nagoya city (Chojamachi, Sakae, and Nagoya Station Sites) Toyohashi city (PLAT, Buildings on the Water, and Toyohashi Station Main Street Sites) Okazaki city (Higashi-Okazaki Station, Kosei and Rokku Sites) * According to artistic director Chihiro Minato, the Aichi Triennale is “a rare international art festival… Continue reading

  • Talk | Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

    Megumi Matsubara is a guest speaker at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2016 for Al Multaqa Literary Salon. In this presentation, she will unfold multiple layers of her project “A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages” (2012-2015, and beyond), including its states of pottery workshop, bronze sculptures, Graphic Braille, Acoustic Braille. Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 27 April – 3 May, 2016 9:00 am – 10:00 pm Talk by Megumi Matsubara: “Seeing Through Eyes” 30 April 2016 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Al Multaqa Literary Salon “We Read”… It is an invitation to enhance our lives by reading; “We Read”… because each book has its own life; It is… Continue reading

  • Reading & Talk | Alley Cat Books | San Francisco

    Un Coquelicot: reading & talk by Megumi Matsubara Megumi Matsubara reads from her book The Tale of the Japanese and the Mosquito, followed by a talk about her perennial subject: red poppy. The space will be scented with the fragrance of the red poppy field that a prominent Moroccan botanist/aromatherapist produced with Matsubara’s tale as inspiration.  Megumi Matsubara is a Japanese artist who lives and works between Morocco and Japan. She is a guest artist in the city of San Francisco as part of the exhibition ‘SLOW DIALOGUES: Time, Space, and Scale’ guest curated by Slow Research Lab. Her site-specific installation It Is a Garden (2016) is on view at the Yerba Buena… Continue reading


    3-person Show | SLOW DIALOGUES: Time, Space, and Scale | San Francisco

    Megumi Matsubara participates in SLOW DIALOGUES: Time, Space, and Scale: three persons show at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco, U.S.A., presenting a new site-specific installation It Is a Garden interacting intimately with YBCA’s architecture designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki: ‘SLOW DIALOGUES: Time, Space, and Scale’ Works by Jorge Otero-Pailos, Megumi Matsubara, Maria Blaisse Guest curated by Slow Research Lab Organized and produced by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Opening: 22 Apr 2016, 18:00- Megumi Matsubara will be present at the opening reception and the following artist talk. Exhibition: SLOW DIALOGUES: Time, Space, and Scale invites holistic, reflective and critical understandings of both our immediate surroundings and our greater environment.… Continue reading

  • NOT NEW NOW: Marrakech Biennale

    Megumi Matsubara participates in Not New Now, the 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale, taking place on February 24 to May 8, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. Curated by Reem Fadda Assistant curator Ilaria Conti Exhibition period: 24 February – 8 May, 2016 Press preview: 23 February Opening week: 24–28 February Main venues: Palais Bahia, Palais El Badii Participating artists: Talal Afifi, Haig Aivazian, El Anatsui, Tarek Atoui, Kader Attia, Dana Awartani, Yto Barrada, Isak Berbic, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Farid Belkahia, Ahmed Bouanani, Touda Bouanani, Mohamed Chebaa, Manthia Diawara, Melvin Edwards, Ali Essafi, Khalil El Ghrib, Sam Gilliam, David Hammons, Mohssin Harraki, Mona Hatoum, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Saba Innab, Bouchra Khalili,… Continue reading

  • Toi, un coquelicot— / Un coquelicot, moi aussi.

    Performance | Toi, un coquelicot— / Un coquelicot, moi aussi. | Marrakech Biennale

    Toi, un coquelicot— Un coquelicot, moi aussi. Performance by Megumi Matsubara & Marine Chesnais Sound by Clovis Lemée Presented at Marrakech Biennale 6 curated by Reem Fadda Palais El Badii – Cave 23rd Feb – please request the time at the press office 25th Feb – 16:00 / 17:30 26th Feb – 16:00 / 16:45 / 17:30 27th Feb – 16:00 / 16:45 / 17:30 *Late arrival will not be accepted. *Each performance will start on time and its duration is 20 minutes. *Limited capacity of 12 persons maximum for each performance during 25th-27th. *Photo/Video documentation is strictly prohibited. . Toi, un coquelicot— Un coquelicot, moi aussi. A coquelicot, you are— A… Continue reading

  • Megumi Matsubara, "Undress" 2015, installation view, ifa Stuttgart (24)

    Group Show | Carrefour / Treffpunkt | Berlin

    Megumi Matsubara’s work Undress on view in Berlin, having travelled from Stuttgart: 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 Exhibition information: About Undress:

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

    Reading & Talk | Undress | Berlin

    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… 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • 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… Continue reading

  • Peace & Power, 2013, Megumi Matsubara

    Performance | The Aesthetics of Duality

    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… Continue reading

  • 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

  • Blindness and Dreams / Joint Lecture : Megumi Matsubara & Kenneth Brown

    Joint Lecture | Blindness and Dreams

    BLINDNESS AND DREAMS JOINT LECTURE: MEGUMI MATSUBARA & KENNETH BROWN What do you see when you close your eyes? How far can your eyes see? And what about when you dream? The American Language Center & Arabic Language Institute in Fez is pleased to organize a joint presentation by artist Megumi Matsubara and scholar Kenneth Brown, who will speak about their understanding of blindness and dreams. Sharing the itineraries of their practice and research in Morocco and within Islamic cultures, they will consider the relation between memory and internal vision. Drawing upon poetry, imagery and history, they will also touch upon the worlds of Taha Husayn, Najib Mahfouz, Jorge Luis… Continue reading

  • Lecture | Wind and Lightness

    Wind and Lightness Lecture by Megumi Matsubara 18:00-19:00 (40min lecture + 20min Q&A) Thu 5 Feb 2015 Cinema Room, ESAV Marrakech How do you know there is wind? Do you see it, or do you feel it? And if the wind is small? Megumi Matsubara will speak about relationships between image and space, and how they create memory. She will present films and photographs to introduce her works in public space as well as her current interdisciplinary theater project, and open the discussion with public.


    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… Continue reading

  • Artist Talk | The Tale

    Megumi Matsubara’s current solo exhibition at Voice Gallery “WALK STRAIGHT”is now extended through the end of October.Friday 3 October h. 19:00 Artist talk at Voice Gallery MEGUMI MATSUBARA “THE TALE” Megumi Matsubara works individually as an artist and collectively as an architect through Assistant, an international & interdisciplinary design practice that she co-founded with Hiroi Ariyama in 2002. Based on an architectural approach and inspired by urban environments, she composes spatial narratives combining the use of diverse media such as installation, sound, photography and texts. Through constantly rearranging the existing environments, her works challenge the balance between presence/absence. Megumi Matsubara lives and works in Japan and Morocco. In the beginning of 2012 Megumi Matsubara came… Continue reading

  • 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).

  • The Tale of the Japanese and the Garden at Festival des musiques sacrées

    Rencontre avec MEGUMI MATSUBARA et YUKO HASEGAWA à la 20ème édition du Festival des musiques sacrées de Fès . The Tale of the Japanese and the Garden / Performance by Megumi Matsubara & Lecture by Yuko Hasegawa at Jnan Sbil Garden Japanese artist Megumi Matsubara will give a reading of her upcoming book The Tale of the Japanese and the Garden: second volume to be published from a series of 8 stories written by the artist. The first volume The Tale of the Japanese and the Mosquito was published in March 2014. Following the performance, leading Japanese curator and art critic Yuko Hasegawa (chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo) will talk about… Continue reading


      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 . 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)    


    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… Continue reading

  • Salon International de Tanger des Livres et des Arts

    Megumi Matsubara will present her latest book The Tale of the Japanese and the Mosquito at the 18th Salon International de Tanger des Livres et des Arts at the stand of Librairie des Colonnes. Date: 6pm, Thu 8th May 2014 Place: Librairie de Colonnes stand at Palais des Institutions Italiennes Book signing of following titles: – The Tale of the Japanese and the Mosquito – A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages


    In Spring 2014, on the occasion of 5th edition of Marrakech Biennale, Douiria Mouassine opens its door with its first exhibition organized in the space: THE BLIND DREAM, a solo show by Megumi Matsubara. In this exhibition, Megumi Matsubara interacts intimately with the Douiria Mouassine’s space, a 400-year old apartment consisting of four rooms. Juxtaposing light, photography, text and music, Matsubara opens each room to narrate a story. The exhibition is a composition of newly developed works alongside the fragments of earlier pieces. 26 Feb – 31 Mar:       Open everyday 10h00-18h00 1 Mar 10h00-12h00:   Vernissage 27, 28 Feb:               Music… Continue reading

  • 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

  • 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… Continue reading

  • Le Muzoo

    Le Muzoo: traveling museum conceived by Sinéangulo stops at Fes. It was initiated by the Caza de Oro artist’s residence in Ariege, in the French Pyrenees. Le Muzoo moves between the UK and Morocco, and will be pitching its tent at the Palais Mokri during the Sacred Music Festival. Sinéangulo’s adventure is composed of fresco, tent, clothes, collected stones. Megumi Matsubara adds a modest element to their show. Artists: Charley Case and the group Sinéangulo (Aroa Escobero, Salima Abdel Wahab, Youssef el Yedidi, Aziz Amrani, Charley Case), guest artist Megumi Matsubara Vernissage: 18:00- 14th June 2013 Geranium from a series Jnan Sbil, Megumi Matsubara, 2013 Site-specific photographic installation spotlit by sunlight

  • Sound/Art – Tuning in to Africa

    Morocco-based Megumi Matsubara and Angolan-born Nástio Mosquito, two artists who constantly defy stereotypes, will delve into the essence of what culture is, and what it means to meet someone else. The fleeting, illusory sounds and lights that they have conjured will turn the first floor of the YCC into a space where encounters both simple and complex will unfold. TICAD V, the fifth international conference will be held between 1st-3rd of June 2013 in Yokohama, Japan. It is expected to draw a big general interest on Africa. In May 2013, Yokohama Arts Foundation organizes a related pre-event, “Sound/Art – Tuning in to Africa” aiming to approach mutual understanding through the… Continue reading

  • Yokohama International Conference on Contemporary African Arts

    The House of African Art is hosting a conference bringing together professionals connected with Contemporary African Arts both from Japan and abroad. Keynote speech 13:00-13:30 Yukiya Kawaguchi (Rikkyo University) “What is the current situation of contemporary African art?” Dance film screening 13:30-14:00 Extracts of the dance piece “Fagaala” by Germaine Acogny/Kota Yamazaki Comments by Kota Yamazaki, Choreographer Part 1. Artistic Practice in Japan and Africa: The Ties Bind 14:00-16:00 Moderator : Missla Libsekal, Another Africa – Megumi Matsubara, Artist – Noboru Tsubaki, Artist – Nástio Mosquito, Artist – Aboubakar Fofana, Artist – Serge Mouangue, Artist Break 16:00-16:15 Part 2. The Curation of Contemporary African Art in Japan 16:15-18:00 Moderator : Toshio Shimizu , Gakushuin University –… Continue reading


    Megumi Matsubara participates in a group show with Fallen Objects (3000 postcards of a picture of the sky scattered face up on the floor) SIDE CORE – SHINTAI/BAITAI/GRAFFITI Curator   Hiroshi Egaitsu Artists   EYE, Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter, Ryota Kikuchi, Kota Takeuchi, Katsuhiko Hibino, Ryo Matsumoto, Shuhei Nishiyama, Tohru Matsushita, Megumi Matsubara, QP, Miyuki “Pai” Hirai Location   Terratoria / Terrada Warehouse (Tokyo, Japan) Further information:

  • Ta So Kare – Ka Wa Tare

    3000 pictures recording the setting sun shown in sequence on building facades overnight until the sunrise. – Megumi Matsubara’s set of photography shown as Assistant’s public installation at: ROPPONGI ART NIGHT *Ta so kare / Ka wa tare means “Who is there?” in classical Japanese, each implying the time of sunsetting / sunrising twilight. It derives from the feeling when you are in the room, having a familiar silhouette at the door walking to you at sunset or leaving you at sunrise, but the light makes it difficult to recognise the face. The public installation implies the original meaning of the names of two countries Morocco where the photographs were taken,… Continue reading

  • March Meeting 2013

    Blindness & Dreams What do you see when you close your eyes? – Megumi Matsubara will introduce a series of projects developed in Morocco in 2012 that are grounded in the themes of blindness and dreams. Matsubara will discuss the importance of internal and external sight – what we can see beyond the limits of our vision. She will explore the dichotomy between blindness and sight posed within the context of Arabic culture, particularly through spatiality – houses detached from the external world yet open to the sky from within, and notions that describe external and internal visions simultaneously. The presentation will be also based on Matsubara’s previous conversations with art… Continue reading

  • music concert at Institut Mohamed 5 for the blind and visually-impaired, Fès

    Megumi Matsubara & Léo Fabre-Cartier présentent Concert Musical de Oud. The concert takes place linked to UNE CHAMBRE ROUGE; Megumi Matsubara’s work inspired by and dedicated to Fès Medina in Morocco composed of photography, text and music. The students at the blind school (Institut Mohamed 5 for the blind and visually-impaired) have been on strike to claim their rights since October 2012 until now. Based on the theory of Andalusian oud (ancient Arabic instrument) that relates colours to the tones of music, the collected voices and essays about red written in Arabic Braille were translated into the sound of music. Oud players: Leo Fabre-Cartier, Omar Taki > Poster

  • Au Cube: une soirée avec Megumi Matsubara

    Bonjour, nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter à une soirée avec Megumi Matsubara le mardi, 18 décembre à 19.30h. L’artiste japonaise parlera de son travail et ses projets réalisés au Maroc, la discussion sera animée par Colette Apelian, historienne d’art et professeur au département d’Art au Berkeley City College. Megumi Matsubara réalisera également une intervention qui sera présentée pendant la soirée jusqu’au 25 décembre 2012. . During one evening at Le Cube – independent art room Megumi Matsubara will talk about her work created in Morocco and elsewhere. The artist will also realize some interventions in the art space that will be presented until the 25th of december 2012. > More

  • 6th Rencontres International de La Photo de Fès

    *Megumi Matsubara participates in 6th Rencontres International de La Photo de Fès. Dans le cadre de la Saison Culturelle France-Maroc 2012, l’Institut français du Maroc présente: La 6 ème édition des Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès Maroc: in and out du 8 au 31 décembre 2012 Galerie de l’Institut / Galerie Kacimi / Musée Batha / Dar Batha / Le Jardin des Biehn / Complexe Culturel Sidi Mohammed Ben Youssef Participants Jean-Luc Monterosso Parrain de cette édition et commissaire Simon Edwards Commissaire Jean-Christophe Ballot Photographe Scarlett Coten Photographe Megumi Matsubara Photographe Omar Chennafi Photographe > Program

  • Sphères 5

    at GALLERIA CONTINUA / Le Moulin SPHÈRES 2012 with – Città dell’Arte, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy – Dar al-Ma’mûn / Centre international de résidences pour artistes et traducteurs littéraires, Marrakech, Morroco – Depart Foundation, Rome, Italy – Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin – Izolyatsia, Patform for cultural initiatives, Donetsk, Ukraine – Mor.Charpentier, Paris, France – SAM Art Projects, Paris, France SALWA ALERYANI + SASHA ZUWOLINSKY, CORY ARCANGEL, DARREN BADER SARAH BRAMAN, NIKHIL CHOPRA, JULIA COTTIN, AMY CROFT, YANN GERSTBERGER, ABDULNASSER GHAREM, ELIN HANSDOTTIR, VOLUSPA JARPA, ZHANNA KADYROVA, MEGUMI MATSUBARA, NICOLAS MOULIN, OSCAR MUÑOZ, MOHAMED NAMOU, EKO NUGROHO, JORGE PEDRO NUNEZ, YOSHUA OKÓN, LILIANA PORTER, ROB PRUITT, STERLING RUBY, WAEL SHAWKY, SLINKO, ABDELAZIZ… Continue reading


    In her latest solo show RÊVEURS RÊVE RÊVES in Marrakech (Morocco), Megumi Matsubara was strongly inspired by the relationship that she has developed with the blind children she met in Marrakech. Matsubara asked the children what they dreamt of in the night. Through those answers, where neither of them have visual control, she has woven a narrative that can be possessed by all. The project included a pottery workshop with the children. On the occasion of Artbeat Music and Art Festival in Egypt, the artist brought this workshop for the blind children in Cairo. The workshop took place on 12th of October with 13 visually-impaired girls from Al Nour Wal Amal… Continue reading

  • In Residence: FÈS

    Megumi Matsubara is currently at a 3-month residency at Institut Français de Fès. The residency will be followed by an exhibition at Le Musée Batha and Fès Medina as part of the 6th edition of Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès in December 2012. To download the Autumn 2012 programme of Institut Français de Fès:

  • Presentation: Darb 1718 Cairo

    Megumi Matsubara will be giving an artist presentation at Darb 1718, an Egyptian non-profit organization dedicated to contemporary art practices.

  • Which is moving: people or architecture?

    Assistant’s workshop 《Which is moving: people or architecture?》 was carried out. The participants were guided by Megumi Matsubara on site and Hiroi Ariyama attended over the phone. The documentation of the workshop will be up on Assistant / House of 33 Years website.  

  • Slides on Water at ACAC

    A private slide lecture by Megumi Matsubara entlitled 《Objects in mirror are closer than they appear》; introducing her book just published and most recent travels, was arranged in the water at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre where she is currently residing.

  • Book: My Imaginary Lagos

    This book contains Matsubara’s photographic work 《My Imaginary Lagos》 and text 《Anchor, Shoes, and Sleep》. Limited to 500 copies, printed in Tangier, Morocco in June 2012. Hand-numbered on the last page. – “Presence/absence” is a recurring discourse in Matsubara’s work. What tells you with certainty that something really exists? Does the act of documentation make it so? Matsubara’s “My Imaginary Lagos” raised these questions. Her photographic oeuvre, made before visiting the city, juxtaposed images of Lagos taken by an acquaintance with Matsubara’s own images of other places. Was this not in fact Lagos as an ‘Invisible City?’ Beyond presenting the uncertainty of documentation, she had revealed the presence of her ‘imagined’ Lagos.… Continue reading

  • Time of Hesitation (on Dak’art)

    Time of Hesitation / 10th Dak’art review written by Megumi Matsubara is published in Japanese on artscape. Link to the article >

  • Kime to Kehai: Texture and Sense

    Assistant (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) will participate in “Kime to Kehai: Textures”; a group exhibition combined with artist-in-residence at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan. Our project explores the parts of architecture as exhibiting pieces. A few selected parts of the House of 33 Years, a residence under construction in Nara planned to complete in Autumn 2012, will be built and verified by us in the exhibition space. After the show, those parts will be transferred to the actual site and be assembled to the house they should belong to. The project raises a question “Which is moving; people or architecture?” *Megumi Matsubara will be in attendance on site from… Continue reading

  • Creator-in-residence at SSD

    Assistant (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) is invited as a guest creator for Sendai School of Design’s Creator-in-Residence. The program aims at site-specific production by artists/architects/designers, combined with workshops together with the students of the school. Our project is to build Ghost House, a part of House of 33 Years and homage to Philip Johnson and his Glass House. Our Ghost House is given the same name and proportion as the folly that stands in Philip Johnson’s house which was originally built as an homage to Frank Ghery in 1984. More info: *Megumi Matsubara will be in attendance for one week in early July.

  • Conversation with Farid Zahi

    On the occasion of RÊVEURS RÊVE RÊVES vernissage, Farid Zahi (art critic, translator / Rabat) talked with Megumi Matsubara about her work. (L: Farid Zahi, R: Megumi Matsubara)  


      RÊVEURS RÊVE RÊVES / DREAMERS DREAM DREAMS – Did you dream last night? This is the question that I asked the seven Moroccan children who are blind. With this question, I was once rejected. With the same question, another time I was given a key to enter their secretive worlds. They are studying English and computers. I joined their classes to know them. While talking, our eyes never meet. We constantly touch each other to confirm our mutual presence. In one of the first English classes in my childhood, there was a phrase in a text book, “I touch you. You touch me.” Kids were laughing when they read… Continue reading


      RÊVEURS RÊVE RÊVES – Avez-vous rêvé la nuit dernière ? Telle est la question que j’ai posée à sept enfants marocains non-voyants. Dans un premier temps, ils m’ont rejeté. En reposant la même question, une autre fois, j’avais reçu la clé pour entrer dans leurs mondes secrets. Ils étudient l’anglais et l’informatique. Je les ai rejoins dans les classes pour les connaitre. Tandis qu’on se parlait, nos yeux ne se sont jamais rencontrés. Nous nous sommes constamment touchés pour confirmer notre présence mutuelle. Pendant mes premières années a l’école, on avait une phrase dans un livre scolaire en Anglais: « je te touche, tu me touches. » Les enfants… Continue reading

  • Interventions to Maison de La Photographie

    Megumi Matsubara is preparing a series of intervention for Maison de La Photopgraphie de Marrakech.

  • Residency & Show: Aomori Contemporary Art Centre

    Assistant (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) is invited to develop a new architecture piece at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan, during Spring/Summer 2012. The artist-in-residence will be followed by an exhibition. The program focuses on a combination of residency program and the show, exploring the quality of ever-evolving dynamics in creating a new work. Participating Artists: – Nobuya Hoki (Painter, Kyoto) – Makoto Nomura (Composer/Pianist, Kyoto) – Assistant (Architecture unit, Tokyo/Morocco) – Anni Leppa”la” (Photographer, Finland) Residency invitation period: 15 May – 21 Sep, 2012 Exhibition period: 28 Jul – 21 Sep, 2012 *Megumi Matsubara will be in attendance in July/August.

  • Dakar

    Megumi Matsubara is currently on her holiday trip in Dakar during the opening week of Dak’Art Biennale 2012. To know more>

  • Lecture: SSD 2012 Spring Term Opening Ceremony

    Assistant (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) will give a lecture at the opening ceremony of Sendai School of Design 2012 Spring term. The lecture is free and open to the public. To join, prior registration is required.

  • Dialogue at ESAV Marrakech

    Artist presentations by Megumi Matsubara & Elín Hansdóttir followed by conversation exchanged with students at Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech.

  • Adaptable Futures

    Open call for an international student competition. The deadline is extended to 10 June 2012. Megumi Matsubara is one of the six members of the jury. – This competition asks you to illustrate how the life of your building will unfold through time – over an hour, day, year, decade, or perhaps a century. Your submission should demonstrate the integration of time in your design proposal by highlighting how it will accommodate the different types of change described in the competition brief. We seek innovative design proposals that challenge existing orthodoxies about adaptability in the built environment. The awards comprise of cash prizes (1st prize UK £1,500, 2nd Prize £1000,… Continue reading

  • Research: Fès

    Megumi Matsubara is currently at a short residency at Institut Français de Fès.

  • Talk: Photography & City

    Talk session: Hiroi Ariyama (assistant) x Megumi Matsubara (assistant) x Haruka Kojin (artist) x Kenshu Shintsubo (photographer)

  • Talk: assistant x Kaichiro Morikawa

    “wonderland:10110” related event. Talk session Vol.3 : assistant (Architecture Unit) x Kaichiro Morikawa (Associate Professor, Meiji University)

  • wonderland:10110

    Artists: AR3Bros. + assistant (Megumi Matsubara + Hiroi Ariyama) Curated by: Kotaro Shimada, Byungwoo Yoon   In the 21st century, the relationship between the real world and the digital world saw a great change. The digital world of the past was perhaps viewed as virtual reality, an- other world, outside of the real world. Today, through seamless connections to the world- wide network, the digital world surpasses the space-time continuum, multiplies “here and now”, and is starting to create an augmented realistic world physically and mentally. The theme of this exhibition is ‘Augmented Reality’. The title of the event is a fusion of two languages. “Wonderland” meaning “illusion”, “fiction”, “mysterious… Continue reading

  • The Playable City Sprint Overview

    An overview of the week of The Playable City Sprint is published online. In February 2012, the British Council and Watershed brought together twelve artists and designers from across East Asia and the UK, for a five-day sprint at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio around the theme of ‘The Playable City’. The video features interviews with participants along with demonstrations of the prototypes developed during the Sprint. To view>

  • Surrender: Marrakech Biennale 2012

    The Marrakech Biennale is pleased to announce the dates for the 4th Edition of the Marrakech Biennale, 29thFebruary- 4th March with the Main Visual Arts Exhibitions running from the 29th February – 3rd of June. Marrakech Biennale works to form cultural bridges and dialogues creating a forum for debate, free thinking and the exchange of ideas through contemporary Visual Art, Literature and Film. The opening 5 days will be titled Surrender and will consist of Performances, Debates, Talks and Screenings as well as the opening of the Main Visual Arts Exhibition.

  • The Playable City Sprint at Watershed

    The British Council and Watershed will bring together ten leading artists and designers from across East Asia and the UK, for a five-day sprint at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio around the theme of The Playable City. Drawn from across varied art forms and disciplines, confirmed participants from the UK include installation artist Tine Bech, games designer Julian Sykes, sound artist Kathy Hinde, visual artist Mathew Trivett and product designer Vahakn Matossian. International guests include Australian theatre makers Leticia Cáceres and Angela Betzien of RealTV, Japanese Product designer/sound artist Yuri Suzuki, visual artist Megumi Matsubara also from Japan, Korean duo Bang & Lee, and Malaysian composer Ng Chor Guan.

  • 11 Methods of ’00s

    Book including Assistant‘s (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) co-authored texts exploring the concept of creating Space through our practice over the years. The book was published in Japan on 31st Jan 2012 from Rikuyosha. For purchase> amazon

  • Dar Al-Ma’mûn

    Megumi Matsubara is in Morocco since Jan 2012, with a generous invitation and support of Dar Al-Ma’mûn Foundation (Swiss/Morocco) and will be based in Marrakech for five months spending her time to further develop my spatial language in the fields of art and architecture. For that reason, Megumi’s personal studio is located at Dar Al-Ma’mûn until Summer 2012, while her architecture studio Assistant operates simultaneously in Tokyo without delay. Dar Al-Ma’mûn is an international center for artistic residencies located 14 km from Marrakech. The third artist residencies session has started since november 2011. Four artists were selected out of 553 applications from 84 countries. The selection committee was composed of Bob Nickas (independent curator), Marie de Brugerolle (independent… Continue reading


    Photo diary by Megumi Matsubara documenting daily discoveries in Marrakech started. To view>

  • Reviewing 2011

    Text written by Megumi Matsubara to express the impression of 2011, commissioned by online Japanese architecture journal 10+1. To read>

  • Sociological Lunch & its musical experience

    Sociological Lunch is a conversation project initiated by Megumi Matsubara to draw an urban landscape based on psychological narratives of its inhabitants. Having started in Tokyo in 2008, it has been expanding to other cities including African cities such as Lagos (2009) and Nairobi (2011). The conversation is always documented and to be translated into music by Finnish composer Ilpo. In 2011, Megumi Matsubara also began DJ-mixing the set of Sociological Lunch music, performing live with Japanese editor Toshiaki Koga. DJ set #1 by megumi matsubara To Read Sociological Lunch, Nairobi 2011>

  • Track 11

    Lyric, field recording, reading by Megumi Matsubara was dedicated to the track 11 made by Finnish composer Ilpo Jauhiainen as part of his first album Shimmer & Bloom released in November 2011.   Shimmer & Bloom by Ilpo

  • Sociological Lunches | Nairobi

    A series of Sociological Lunch conversations between five Nairobians and Megumi Matsubara was published on Another Africa. – ‘Sociological Lunch‘ is a series of lunch sessions first initiated by artist Megumi Matsubara in Tokyo, 2008. It is an artist’s simple gesture to draw out, and on, personal stories from a given city and its inhabitants; a device to bring specificity to an urban landscape. Through a casual meeting about 90 minutes in length, set over the course of a meal she invites individuals to share their personal experiences and thoughts on their city. The participants, people  whom she may know or as in this case, people introduced to her through her personal network. Through… Continue reading