Fireflies have become a rare sight in Japan. Once they used to glow their low light all over the country in the summer time but now they have become an uncommon sight even in rural areas. Last month 100,000 LED lights floated down through Tokyo’s city centre on the Sumida river mimicking a stream of fireflies. This happend on the occasion of the Tokyo Hotaru Festival (Tokyo Firefly Festival) which was first held in 2012 and is intended to revalue the river and its surroundings, similar to what Seoul has done with their prestigious Cheonggyecheon stream renaturation project. The LED lights were sponsored by Panasonic and equipped with solar cells. At the end all of the lights were taken out of the river by using a big net.
A couple of weeks ago we organized the mural futurememories in Friedberg, Germany. It got painted on the backside of an old and famous Jugendstil indoor swimming pool from 1909 and was featured in a tv report (see above).
The mural was presented together with an exhibition by Young-in Son at the Kunstverein Friedberg.
Gana Mplanet is one of the most exciting places for public art in South Korea and arguably all of Asia. Being located directly at Seoul Station this huge 99 x 79m media canvas displays various art installations throughout the year.
Yang Man-ki (양만기)
Right now the city of Birmingham has about hundred 6x3m billboards by 29 international artists on display. Ben Long’s Moving Landscapes uses digitally altered and familiar 19th Century oil landscapes by artists like Constable, Wilson and Gainsborough to pose questions about our experience of modern life and the interaction with old and well-known reproduced artworks.
“The effect created is of the rural environment being moved through at high velocity, as if captured by photographic means from the window of a locomotive. Paintings (…) who expressed a romantic outlook of tranquility and contented country life, are reconsidered in relation to a modern reality that no longer moves at a stable, orderly pace. Moving Landscapes prompt us to examine whether we are exhilarated or baffled by the acceleration of modern life and whether access to more information at a faster speed means a greater or lesser experience of the world around us.”
“But I also think there is a cautionary meaning in there too, which is to do with how the historic can be manipulated and used as a commodity, and how we have become over-saturated with paintings by artists such as Constable to the point that we are no longer able to see them clearly. The Hay Wain is a perfect example of that because it appears on greetings cards and biscuit tins – my Nanna even has Constable place mats that she brings out when guests come to dinner! Rarely are we afforded a direct and pure experience of art. The reproduction is how we’re constantly receiving information and in a commercial world the meaning and original intention of these artworks become subtly distorted given enough time.”
The intervention is organized by EC Arts and runs until April 29th, 2012.
> more insights by Long about his projects at It’s Nice That
> more billboards at the 48Sheet project site
Scottish/British Montgomery is the associate publisher of Dazed & Confused and also a conceptual artist. He shows his poetry in public space, similar to ads. Some of his recent works have been shown throughout the city of Istanbul as part of the 12th Istanbul Biennial.
His thoughts about the reception of his work by the public:
“They know its not advertising, and its not graffiti either and they do not need an art history knowledge to read it. I’m super-interested in the ordinary person at the bus stop getting on the bus to their job everyday and suddenly seeing this weird text. I’m interested in reaching those people. They are my primary audience.”
> read an interview with Montgomery at Dazed Digital
UPDATE: Check out Montgomery’s works in Berlin
Craig Costello is famous for his drip paintings, usually created by extinguishers and the brand / artist alter ego Krink he has built around this name. A few weeks ago he exhibited at Loft in Space in Hawaii and created a 15 meter long mural.
> see more photos of the exhibition inside, featuring Krink’s largest sculpture and several canvases at Arrested Motion
Update: This video just popped up. Check it for an interview, the creation of the mural and more:
(via) (photos by Brandon Shigeta)
Jazoo is a Korean artist who lives and works in Beijing and Seoul. She uses her paintings and installations to document other’s solitude, often in interesting ways. Her paintings, which she creates by using brushes or knifes, are usually not finished, so that the surface becomes the infinite space for her.
Jazoo has exhibited in numerous galleries in Seoul, at the Sang-sang International Art Museum, Beijing and had a solo exhibition at the Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin this year.
Read more about her work below the images.
Common alleys, installed in Seoul, 2010