HAPPENINGText: Alma Reyes

Finally, capturing the urban landscape through a three-dimensional work made by lighting equipment used during night time construction, rode work ver. tokyo (2018/2022) by the collective artist SIDE CORE/EVERYDAY HOLIDAY SQUAD (composed of Sakie Takasu, Tohru Matsushita and other artists) envisioned a street scene of skaters dressed in work clothes, skating through redeveloped areas of Tokyo in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

SIDE CORE/EVERYDAY HOLIDAY SQUAD, rode work ver. tokyo, 2018/2022, Collection of the artist, Installation view: Roppongi Crossing 2022: Coming & Going, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2022-2023, Photo: Kioku Keizo, Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Coinciding with the footages are huge installations of a construction site glittering in blinking lights. These are said to have been synchronized throughout east Japan based on the time and frequency signals transmitted from Fukushima prefecture during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Roppongi Crossing 2022 opens the door of realization to revisit and rekindle valuable people, cultures, events and special moments we had taken for granted before the invasion of the epidemic. Hopefully, we would have learned wisely from the roots of all anxiety and affliction, and can carry on with a diligent and responsible mind for a more harmonious tomorrow.

Roppongi Crossing 2022: Coming & Going
Date: December 1st, 2022 – March 26th, 2023
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (Tuesdays till 17:00)
Place: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Address: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 050-5541-8600 (within Japan) / +81-(0)47-316-2772 (from overseas)

Text: Alma Reyes
Photos: Courtesy of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

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