Midori Mitamura Information in Nov. 2015
-Pre-event of Saitama Triennale 2016 -
Date : 20.Nov（Fri）～24.Nov（Tue）
Venue：The Dormitory of Tougyoku Doll Corporation
Open hour: 12:00 – 18:00 All are welcome
Midori MItamura Art & Breakfast Day is hosted on 21.nov (Sat).
HomeBase Project SAITAMA 2015 will be held as a pre-event of Saitama Triennale 2016, international art festival at Saiatma City, Japan.
HOME is the house, the place of living and raising, community and culture, where is the first ground of the minimum society for the people. It has many existences and meanings but, every single people has own HOME.
“HomeBase Project” is a multidisciplinary event and culminating exhibition of an international site-specific Artist-in-Residency program exploring the notion of HOME.
For HB Saitama 2015 a group of six artists from different backgrounds and mediums will be living on site at in Saitama at a three story tall building located in Iwatsuki-ku neigborhood and which is still used as a dormitory for the staff of the doll company Togyoku Co., Ltd, creating a new discourse, research and site-specific art work around the notion of home.
Adrian BRUN (Argentina / The Netherlands), Ishu HAN (China / Japan), Koji IIJIMA (Japan), Paris LEGAKIS (Greece), Anat LITWIN (USA / Israel), Midori MITAMURA (Japan)
Upcoming Art & Breakfast Day
21. Nov. (Sat）
Art & Breakfast Day _ HomeBase Project Saitama
Breakfast hour：11:00-13:00 First come, first served
fee： 500 Yen
23. Nov (Mon）
Art & Breakfast Day_PARAHOTEL
(Vacant building of Hotel SHIROIYA )
Venue：PARAHOTEL 2-2-15 Honcho Maebashi city Gunma, Japan
Open hour: 9：00 -11：00
Project SHIROIYA is the exibition at a vacant building of Hotel SHIROIYA that colosed its 300-year-old business.
Art & Breakfast Day PARAHOTEL will be hosted on the last day of the exhibition.
10.Oct (Sat)-23.Nov . 2015
venue：PARAHOTEL Vacant building of Hotel SHIROIYA 2-2-15 Honcho Maebashi city Gunma, Japan
Open hour：13:00-20:00 free entrance
"Living Locally" Reconsidering Critical Regionalism
Oct 9 (Fri) 2015 - Jan 12 (Tue) 2016
Midori Mitamura is showing my new film & installation " LUNA PARK"
Architects / Artists
Atelier Bow-Wow + Fukushi Gakudan
INUI Kumiko + Tokyo University of the Arts Inui Lab
FUJINO Takashi／Ikimono Architects
Toshihiro Mizutani Architects
LUNA PARK midori mitamura 2015
Luna Parks were built around the world at the beginning of the 20th century, and its name remains synonymous with amusement parks, even after many of the parks have closed. Children and adults alike dream of visiting a “different world”, and amusement parks call out to fans of the light thrills, the “indecent” fun, and fictional freaks of amusement parks, drawing them to a momentary world of fantasy.
Western styles became a way to instantly decorate for Japanese during the period of rapid economic growth in a way that was similar to amusement parks – a means to quickly take us to a lush, different world. The streets and neon lights of the amusement district and the altered half-Japanese, half-Western houses left behind from those rusty times create a mental off-the-map locality that manifests itself as a personal Luna Park with a strange imaginary landscape. As it happens, this city (Maebashi) also has a “luna park”.
[Midori Mitamura Solo Exhibition] TOKYO
The title "DRIFT" means to drive in the flow or something accumulated by drifting. The moment when I am impressed by a composition, I usually take a photograph. So, to point my camera at something to record my memory is not so oftn. However, in my photo storage, I can find some unaffected shots that sometimes might not draw my attention. Those photos show my unsophisticated viewpoints and passions. Recently, I am strongly attracted by the elasticity of such elusive photos and the presence of tools which functions and uses are incomprehensible.
I create art objects that wear a something strange look flexibly combining those photos that had been cast ashore from somewhere of my memories before my eyes with useless stuff. They also exist as if they are playing and letting themselves go with the flow without intentions.
Sat. 15. Sep - Sun.20.Sep. 2015
Open hours: 12:00～19:00 Closed on Mon and Tue
Venue： Bambinart Gallery
B107 3331 Arts Chiyoda6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo 101-0021
Several art galleries in 3331 Arts Chiyoda open until 9pm as the monthly event "First Thursday".
[Group Show] GUMMA, Japan
-Reconsidering Critical Regionalism-
Venue： Arts Maebashi
9.Oct.2015 - 12.Jan.2016
[ Art & Breakfast Day] http://artandbreakfast.info/
I am launching a new project "Art & Breakfast Day" which connects artists, art spaces and visitors around the world over breakfast. Before the official start in November, events will be held on the 10th of August at several art studios and spaces inside and outside
the country, as well as at TOWADA Art Center that I am currently exhibiting in, as part of a pre-launch of this project.
Please visit the nearest space to you and enjoy the breakfast discussions.
"Art & Breakfast Day" is a project that connects artists, art spaces and visitors around the world.
Artists and visitors share breakfast at art studios, art spaces, art exhibitions and various art scenes.
Meeting and getting to know people at art spaces while sharing breakfast is an intimate experience.
While getting in touch with art and artists at breakfast, people experience fresh communication /connections that is different from usual art exhibitions, events or sociable opening parties.
The aim of this project is to get people closer to art through
intimate personal connections using breakfast as a catalyst.
This project promotes the free presentation /expression and communication among artists.
This is not just a normal exhibition.
"Art & Breakfast" is an ongoing site-specific art project that Midori Mitamura has been taken place around the world since 2006.
It starts from eating breakfast together with visitors. Mitamura produces whilst staying in an art space.
Breakfast Time with visitors causes me interpersonal communication and awareness that are transformed into a spatial installation.
Art & Breakfast Day -Pre-launch-
Facebook page :
Information of each venue will be updated on the following webs
Japan: Midori Mitamura(Aromori), Art School BIGAKKO(Tokyo), Kyoko
Taniyama+Ryo Abe(Nagano), TRAUMARIS|SPACE(Tokyo), Mitsuhiro
Germany: Steff Adams/ kommensienachhause.de (Cologne)
Australia: Rosemary Forde (Melbourne), Rozalind Drummond (Melbourne)
Austria: Yukika Kudo (Vienna)
Sweden: RAKETA (Stockholm)
Singapore or Malaysia (decided soon): Yves Chiu
*Some venues thank you for small donations.
*We appreciate your understanding of "Invitation Only" depending on the venue.
*Informations are changeable. Please check the web before your visit.
[current and up-coming exhibitions]
[ Aomori, Japan ]
"Big Sky Friendship"
venue: TOWADA Art Center
April 19 (Sat) − September 23 (Tues) , 2014
Artists: Federico Herrero, Cafe de Monk, Tohru Nakazaki, Midori Mitamura, Akira Mori, Shuji Yamamoto, Takayuki Yamamoto
Midori is showing the film and installation "Till We Meet Again"
produced in 2013
"Dresden Public Art View"
International Billboard Art Exhibition
29.July - 7.Aug
50 selected Artworks of international artists from around the world will be shown on Billboards all over Dresden from 29.7. until 7.8.2014.
"ARAFUDO Art Annual 2014"
The Art Festival held centering on Tsuchiyu Onsen, FUKUSHIMA
5.Sep - 13.Oct.2014
PLATFORM 2014 EXHIBITION PROGRAM
11 July - 9 August
PLATFORM: Curated by Rozalind Drummond. Artists: Lauren Berkowitz, Nadine Chistensen, Yvette Coppersmith, Rozalind Drummond, John Davis, Charles Dennington, Emily Krum, Midori Mitamura, Nest Architects, Rhys Lee, The Field Institute, Yuko Yokota
VITRINE: Tom Parsons
SAMPLE: Kendal McQuire
The exhibition Kaleidoscope is inspired by the back to the land movement and intentional communities that flourished as social experiments and ecological alternative ways of living during the 1960s and early 1970s. Backgrounded and drawing from a wellspring of material including the writing of Joan Didion, and T.C. Boyle to films such as ‘Woodstock’ before hip mass gatherings were commonplace to the skewered idealism awash in the documentary ‘The Weather Underground’. These largely failed utopias sought an alternative: to change the social and ecological fabric. Kaleidoscope brings together artists, from Melbourne, Sydney and Tokyo, an architectural practice, a research led design office and an 11 year old student all with a constellation of approaches in their ideas and practice to create works that obliquely reference and propose a response about these noble, failed, social experiments.
"Unseen Daily Life " Part 2
Venue: TWS Hongo
This two-term exhibition showcases six groups of international and local creators ( [Part 1] Nobuko Tsuchiya, Yuri Suzuki, Jr-Shin Luo,
[Part 2] Midori Mitamura, Tetsuhiro + Kiyomi Uozumi, Luis Urculo) who
participated in TWS Residency Programs in recent years. What all six groups have in common in their works is the fact that they routinely use things that are closely linked to their everyday lives. Via their keen insight, they assimilate a variety of materials and information from the environment around them, turning them into something new.
They stayed in Berlin, Stockholm, Seoul or Melbourne as well as in Tokyo. As each creator comes into contact with the culture of their place of residence and experiences daily life there, they develop new vantage points that give rise to another form of daily life and created works during their residencies. In addition, all participating creators will show new works for this exhibition in particular focusing on their development or influence after their experiences of the residencies.
This exhibition may change your view of mundane things just a little and cultivate a rich creativity, allowing you to experience the "Unseen Daily Life".
[Northern Ireland, UK]
Midori Mitamura "Art and Breakfast Belfast"
-Flax Art Studios International Resident
venue: Golden Thread Gallery
May 1(Thu) - May 24(Sat) 2014
Flax Art Studios International Resident
Midori will carry out Art & Breakfast in Belfast during my two month residency at Flax Art Studios, Belfast.
Art & Breakfast is an ongoing project that Midori produces whilst staying in an art space.
The project has taken place in Stockholm (2006), Tokyo (2008,2012),Berlin (2010), Melbourne (2011) and Vienna (2013).
-What is Art & Breakfast？-
Artist Talk: Tuesday 27 May 2014, 1pm – 2pm
Breakfast events will be taken place.
Join us for ‘Art and Breakfast Belfast’ every Friday during the project.
Friday 9 May: Breakfast will be served from 10.30am – 12.30pm
Friday 16 May: Breakfast will be served from 10.30am – 12.30pm
Friday 23 May: Breakfast will be served from 10.30am – 12.30pm
Places are limited and booking is advised.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
All Welcome. Admission free.
"Kolga Tbilisi Photo Meeting 2014"
Midori Mitamura and Art-unit Ikeda Midori (Masanori Ikeda and Midori Mitamura) show Photographic works.
"Ladies Only - Contemporary Women Photographers"
curated by Tina Schelhorn, Galerie Lichtblick
May 1 (Thu) - 7(wed)
venue: Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art
Aline Smithson, Anais Lopez, Beatrix Reinhardt, Betsy Schneider, Dona Schwartz, Elaine Ling, Helen Petersen, Helen K.Garber, Ilse Bing, Isabelle Pateer, Jessica Hines, Joanna Black, Karen Glaser, Katharina Hesse, Laura Hynd, Linda Troeller, Marion Belanger, Martine Fougeron, Mary Ann Lynch, Melissa Moore, Midori Mitamura(Ikeda Midori), Rania Matar, Rebecca Norris Webb, Regina Monfort, Sanne de Wilde, Scarlett Coten, Susan Barnett, Susan Lipper, Victoria Sorochinski, Walde Huth, Wendy Sacks
[ Aomori, Japan ]
"Big Sky Friendship"
venue: TOWADA Art Center
April 19 (Sat) − September 23 (Tues) , 2014
Artists: Federico Herrero, Cafe de Monk, Tohru Nakazaki, Midori Mitamura, Akira Mori, Shuji Yamamoto, Takayuki Yamamoto
Midori shows the film and installation "Till We Meet Again" produced in 2013
[Melbourne, Australia ]
venue: Motor Works Gallery
39-41 Arnold StreetSouth Yarra VIC 3141
16th May – 7th June 2014
opening: 15th May
"Till We Meet Again"
The title "Till We Meet Again " is a famous American pop song expressing the feeling of lovers who were apart from each other during the First World War. It was written and composed by Richard A. Whiting and Raymond B.Egan, and released in 1918,After the original sung by Henry Burr and Albert Campbell, the song was covered by Margaret Whiting (a daughter of Richard A. Whiting), Patti Page, Doris Day and many other well known singers.For my new artwork, I connect in my mind the title "Till We Meet Again" with meeting my good friends overseas again.For three months, from July to September in 2013, I was in Europe for exhibitions in Vienna and Düsseldorf. Meanwhile, I also traveled to Austria, Italy and Germany to meet friends again.The lives of my friends are changing slowly but after not meeting for a long time, it seems a lot.Passing the halfway point of my life, I am looking back fondly on my past and wondering"When will be the next time to meet them again?";or "Can I visit there again?",regarding what may happen in the rest of my life.I am also getting sentimental about meetings with new friends that cause similar separations.To meet again people living far away was another big purpose of this trip. While photography and films are my preferred ways to express stories inspired from memories and records, conversations and sounds are this time the most important media.Listening to recorded voices and sounds brings back the past into my body and these images appear with a vividness that is different to photography.On the other hand, I filmed faint tremors by the wind or slight movements of humans and things that don't usually come into sight because those make me realise "I am alive" .After coming back from this latest trip, I am still thinking about my friends' everyday lives, which continue their path far away across the sea, while also minding quietly those of my family and friends in Japan.This natural awareness is something that can be experienced by anyone who is ageing. "Till We Meet Again" is, then, a work which expresses something present in all our lives.
Nov12.(Tue) - 30 (Sat)
presented by solo exhibition series "Road Show" Chie Matsui, Mio
Shirai, Midori Mitamura
3-16-14 #103, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Phone: 03-5411-0080 Fax: 03-5411-0053
4 minutes walk from Omotesando station on the Chiyoda, Ginza and Hanzomon lines
open hours 14:00-19:00 closed on Sun, Mon, National holidays
[Opening reception] : Nov 16(Fri)
[Artist Talk]: Nov 29 (Fri)
Chie Matsui, Mio Shirai, Midori Mitamura
venue：Tokyo University of the Arts, Music Department Campus, AKARENGA
bld. #1 2nd floor
12-8 Ueno-Koen Taito-ku Tokyo
contact ：email@example.com 03-5411-0080
artist: Tatsumi Orimoto and Midori Mitamura
exhibition period: Sep 7.Sat - 29. Sun
venue: plan.d. produzentengalerie e.V.
opening reception: Sep 7. Sat. 8pm-
Mon-Fri. by appointment
plan.d. produzentengalerie e.V.
tel.: +49 (0)211 - 73 00 257
This exhibition is also involved to the art event
Open ateliers in Düsseldorf
Sep 13. Fri 7-10pm Kunstpunkte opening reception
Sep 14. Sat 2-8pm
Sep 15. Sun 12-6pm
[TOKYO]Solo Exhibition " Before the Daybreak"Feb 16 (Sat)-March 16(Sat)
venue: Galley Terra Tokyo
Opening reception: Feb 16 (Sat) 18:00-20:00
Address :1-3-2-6F Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0024
From 12:00 to 19:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays, Holidays
7 minutes walk from Exit A3 at KiyosumiShirakawa Station on the
Hanzomon andOedo Lines;
9 minutes walk from Exit 2 at Suitengumae Station on the Hanzomon Line
"Before the Daybreak" is Mitamura's particular artwork that transforms
invisible memories and presences stacked in time and place into the
installation space including video and photographs to realize a short
time changing from night darkness into morning.
The idea is inspired by the encounter with a fountain sculpture "
Bacchino " in Prato, Italy.
I had been taking 10 years to mature this artwork and I am still
seeking the answer hidden in a veil because the artwork is keep
growing like a living thing.
This installation was presented at the exhibition " Quiet Attentions -
Departure from Women" at Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center in
Just at that time, the museum got a big damage by 3.11 disaster and
had to close the exhibition.
My wish devoted to the work had been holding its breath in the
exhibition space where time stopped.
Now the work may start speaking something which couldn't appear in
words 2 years ago.
Special thanks to Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center, Bambinart Gallery
"Over the Rainbow"
Fuchu Art Museum
From 2012-11-23 To 2013-02-24
Closed for New Year Holidays (12/29-1/3)
Exploring the places where the arts and daily life intersect, this exhibition introduces photography, design and editorial work that cross multiple creative areas. There are ten artists featured, including Fluxus member Mieko Shiomi, sound artist mamoru, game designer Rocca Spiele and more. In their exhibits, each artist will depart from the landscape of the familiar and everyday using their unique visions.
"AUTUMN LEAVES FIELDS"
Artist: Edgar Honetschläger, Gabriele Sturm,
Martin Walde, Midori Mitamura
December 19, 2012 - January 27, 2013
closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
※Winter holidays：December 24, 2012 - January 11, 2013
At the end of 19th century the ‘Vienna Secession’ – considered the
first white cube in art – was founded by Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser,
Josef Hoffmann and Josef Maria Olbrich. The ‘Wiener Moderne/Vienna
modernism’ promoted by those artists - among others - wasn’t just
nouveau and free, it remarkably effected the art practices in various
cultures and its philosophies beyond the academic establishment up
until our days. 2012 saw the celebration of the 150th anniversary of
Gustav Klimt birth whose painting and drawing style was strongly
influenced by Japanese concepts of aesthetics. Klimt and his Viennese
contemporaries passed on an artistic legacy of urban culture that
presents itself as an amalgam of different believes, nationalities,
languages, critical thinking, political-, historical-, social-, and
environmental issues. From a Viennese point of view developing various
concepts reflected in drawing/art will not diminish but enhance a
sensitive approach toward the world and our longing for Beauty.
Vienna’s beautiful expressive style does not wear the conceptual
approach on its sleeves, no, it comes about without no sweat to be
felt – light and witty.
In 2006 Midori Mitamura did a well-received installation at the
‘Vienna Secession’ and now she brings EdgarHonetschläger, Martin Walde
and Gabriele Sturm, three internationally acclaimed artists based in
Vienna, to Tokyo. In the upcoming show ‘autumn leaves fields’ at
Bambin Art gallery the participating artists are paying homage to some
of the masters of modernism and their obsession with drawing.
[ Berlin ]
I am very pleased to announce a solo exhibition of my representative work
“Green on the Mountain” at
the projective space Uqbar in Berlin.
Midori Mitamura “Green on the Mountain”
31. August - 22 September, 2012
Opening party :
30 August, 19:00
Closing party :
22 September, 19:00
Opening hours: Thursday-Saturday 14:00-19:00
Monday - Wednesday by appointment
Supported by SHISEIDO. EU JAPAN Fest http://projectspace.uqbar-ev.de/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=70&cntnt01returnid=15
Midori Mitamura (lives and works in Tokyo) is active as a contemporary artist
not only in Japan but
also across the world.
She explores the " Infinite possibilities of memory and record. " She relates
memory and record in
her own way and expresses this through art works
of installation or photography
She calls her creation "A drama which people can venture into".
Recently, she has made "Art & Breakfast.” Through this work, she invites
people to have breakfast
within her installation.
Previously, "Green on the Mountain" was shown in
the following venues:
• 2003 group show "On Happiness" Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
• 2005 Traveling solo exhibition in Finland;
Photographic gallery Hippolyte / Helsinki, Finland;
Northern Photographic Center / Oulu
; Photographic Center Peri / Turkey.
• It was also part of a very successful exhibition in 2006, at the
Secession Museum / Vienna,
Now, we are happy to announce the exhibition of Midori Mitamura’s solo exhibition
"Green on the
mountain" for the first time in Berlin.
Taken from found black and white photographs of a bygone era, the subjects
came to her by chance
. However the result appears a joyful hommage
to family or friends
. Displayed are moments
and memories which have long since passed. This is the basis for
the installation at
Uqbar. Through this piece, we may imagine their pasts, brought to life in
Schwedenstraße 16 D-13357 Berlin T: +49 (0) 460 69 107
I'm very pleased to inform the photo art-unit IKEDA MIDORI ( MasanoriIKEDA + Midori MITAMURA) exhibition at 2 spaces in Tokyo.NADiff Gallery features the entire series of "I Love You, I Hate You"photos by noted photo art unit IKEDA MIDORI, as well as the first partof the new series "Headache".New photo book ""I Love You, I Hate You" is also published as well.The first series "Knitting Woman in a tenement-house" is alsoexhibited at TRAUMARIS|SPACE. IKEDA MIDORI exhibition 1"I Love You, I Hate You."20 July(Fri)-26 Aug(Sun)venue: NADiff a/p/a/r/t NADiff Galleryhttp://www.tokyoartbeat.com/event/2012/C7D6.enhttp://www.nadiff.com/gallery/ikedamidori.htmlIKEDA MIDORI exhibition 2"Knitting Woman in a tenement-house"venue: TRAUMARIS|SPACE20 July(Fri)-12 Aug(Sun)3rd floor in the building of NADiff a/p/a/r/thttp://www.kalons.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5463&catid=&lang=us&Itemid=http://traumaris.jp/space/2012/06/post-12.htmlopening reception: 20 July (Fri) 18:00－20:00NADiff a/p/a/r/t NADiff Gallerytalk event: 28 July (Sat) 18:00－20:00 admission free / withoutEnglish translationNADiff a/p/a/r/t NADiff Gallerywork-shop "How to make a dramatic portrait" 5 Aug (Sun) 15:00-18:00venue: TRAUMARIS｜SPACEfee : 5,000 JPYinfo@traumaris.jphttp://traumaris.jp/space/2012/06/post-12.htmlIKEDA MIDORI is a photo-unit artist of two photographers, MasanoriIKEDA(male) and Midori MITAMURA(female).IKEDA MIDORI transform invisible atmospheres and smells remained inlocal towns into dramatic images as a fantasy beyond time and space.That bases on inner memories of our daily life that must be somehownostalgic but new.This photo-series “I Love You, I Hate You.” was taken from an oldindustrial factory in Tokyo.When we stepped into the factory, we felt as if we were in a filmingstage apart from the reality.And then, we tried to create a fictional love story like a musical inthe factory.Well-used machines and workshops reminded us workers’ daily life andmemories gone out into the past.It had let us imagine joys and sorrows of life stacked in the space.We felt a body temperature of humanity in the space that must beactually different from artificial filming stages or theaters.Unconcerned daily space of the old factory is getting to look like amoment cut out from one scene of a drama.2007 “Knitting Woman in the tenement house” Contemporary Art Factory / Tokyo2008 “BACKLIGHT 08” International Photo festival, MAELTINRANTA/TAMPERE,Finalnd2009 International Photographic Festival "Tickle Attack" Lodz ArtCenter / Lodz, Poland2010 "Fotosommer Stuttgart Award Show" Wuerttembergischer KunstvereinStuttgart/ Stuttgart, Germany
[Tokyo ] Group show
"ART & PRODUCT"
- Unsettled relationship between Art & Product -
12 (Sat- Nov -22 (Thu)Dec
Ai Kowada gallery
exhibition "About Freedom"
artist talk: Maiko Haruki, Ritsue Mishima,
subject : The expression to make our life free
4 (Fri) Nov 20:00-
admission free/ please order one drink
Midori Mitamura One-day Event
" I'm waiting for someone at Harbor view Park"
5(Sat) Nov 14:00-17:00
Place: The panoramic view point at Harbor view Park, Yokohama
(Please have a camera with you)
The collaborative project related from
"The eyes that have no one to turn to" at Hostel Zen, Yokohama
by the photographer Yousuke Takeda
This project was inspired from a sightseeing spot where I encountered one day in YOKOHAMA.
People were standing in front of the panoramic view and just enjoying with taking tourist photos each other
I was impressed with their pure feeling for photograph that may be the one I have forgotten for years.
Take a picture of you at the panoramic view point of Harbor view Park for your memory of sightseeing.
Behind you, a woman who is waiting for someone keeps standing as looking at the harbor.
In the picture of your memory, that woman's sentiment may be reflected into.
I'm waiting for someone at Harbor view Park
Waiting woman: Midori Mitamura
Photo assistant for you: Yousuke Takeda
presented by: Yousuke Takeda, KOTOBUKI Alternative Network