Tag Archives: Megumi Matsubara

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.
https://www.japlusu.com/shop/product/jutakutokushu-201703

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.

http://aichitriennale.jp/schedule/1823.html

*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 further expand as an artist, Diaz has now moved his base to Tel Aviv to learn from Ohad Naharin, choreographer and art director of Batsheva Dance Company who created the dance language known as Gaga. Exploring and deepening his field of dance, Diaz practices as an independent dancer/performer/choreographer in collaboration with various contemporary choreographers internationally.

*About Megumi Matsubara’s Fossil of Contact
http://megumimatsubara.com/exhibit/fossil-of-contact/

Thank you for imagining how it was, it is, it will be, to be with—
The work remains faithful to you all.

Performance by Megumi Matsubara & Sergio Diaz
Sound (Acoustic Braille) by Clovis Lemée

Aichi Triennale 2016: Interview with Megumi Matsubara & Sergio Diaz

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

 

 

 

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 a medium which constantly amazes us, and offers different points of view to life. “We Read”… to intensify a whole collection of lives in our lives to make it more diverse, more integral; This is the 26th Edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which is Al Multaqa eighth year of participation in the fair. During these eight years we have hosted numerous authors, artists and other quests in the literary world. Our motto has always been to nourish the culture of our nation in its efforts for future advancement.

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 Center for the Arts from April 22 – July 10, 2016.

Time: 2PM – 3PM
Place: Alley Cat Books and Gallery
Contact: +1 (415) 824-1761

*About the exhibition:
‘SLOW DIALOGUES: Time, Space, and Scale’
Upstairs Galleries at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
Guest curated by Slow Research Lab

Alley Cat Books

 

 

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

SLOW DIALOGUES TIME, SPACE, AND SCALE

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. Exploring the themes time, space, and scale, three international artists bring their diverse creative perspectives and approaches into site-specific dialogue with social, cultural, and environmental conditions of the Bay Area.

Artist and architectural preservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos continues his ongoing series The Ethics of Dust, exploring what he considers to be humanity’s most prolific, and neglected, cultural product: pollution. Exploring the theme of time, Otero-Pailos was commissioned to create a latex cast of more than one-hundred years of accumulated pollution on the two chimneys of the Old United States Mint. This otherwise invisible and often overlooked material is transferred onto translucent sheets of latex, preserving the material realities of the site, and local histories of labor, resource extraction, industrialization, global capitalism, and urban redevelopment.

Megumi Matsubara’s It is a Garden (2016) engages with YBCA’s building through a site-specific installation of prints, photographs, glass, film, and mirrors. Inspired by the site’s close proximity to the Yerba Buena Gardens, Matsubara asks through her work “What are the invisible elements that define a garden’s presence? The constant effort of watering, caring, acting? The climate? The soil underneath?” Matsubara’s investigation of space through both visible and intangible layers of the site invites visitors to discover new sensorial and mental landscapes as part of a larger, multifaceted ecology of place.

In Traveling Geometry (2008-16), designer Maria Blaisse exhibits a dynamic array of sculptural bamboo forms, demonstrating her vision for the near-future: a humanity-built environment that is flexible and closer to nature. Two woven structures are displayed alongside film and photographs in which dancers engage them in graceful interplay. Another collection of simple bamboo lines suspended from the Grand Lobby ceiling activate the upper registers of the building, and will occasionally be lowered down to the lobby floor and engaged by live performers during the exhibition; a work exploring different scales.

Slow Dialogues is curated by Slow Research Lab, a Netherlands-based multidisciplinary research and curatorial platform that seeks to explore an expanded field of human awareness and activity through research residencies, workshops, exhibitions, reading groups, immersive study experiences, and dialogues.

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

 

Undress

Dec 2014 MEGUMI MATSUBARA   Undress           “I am already naked. What else can I remove?” Once, I attended a cicada break its shell. I stayed up all night to be present—I was eight. It was summer, in the silence of dawn, blue light. The cicada started knocking its body, from within. Blinks perplexed me. Every time I blinked, it pared itself. The new body exposed—white, glittering, so new it was wet, so naked, almost invisible. Its transparent wings reflected the blue. When it fully came out of itself, it stood on the top of its empty self. Its volume was in two—void and lightness. The… Continue reading

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