NEWSText: Satsuki Miyanishi

Takuro Osaka, Appearance and Disappearance Marl, 2004 © Takuro Osaka, (Reference Image)

The immersive exhibition “mission [SPACE×ART] -beyond Cosmologies” will be held at MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO.


The first decade of the twenty-first century has already passed and today we find ‘space’ drawing attention increasingly. Both outer space, into which research and development progresses, and artists’ expressions of inner space are rapidly expanding/converging to constitute a parallel world. Coinciding with the 2014 space boom, we will look at the field of outer space that has drawn infinitely closer to our daily lives and also the inner space created by artists as a multiverse, surpassing individual cosmologies. In Japan, artistic experiments in this field began immediately after the Second World War and contemporary works (particle or cosmic ray works, artificial satellite art, etc.) continue to develop. For approximately ten years JAXA’s ‘pilot missions in humanities and social sciences’* have carried out numerous ambitious, pioneering activities globally. Furthermore, in recent years have seen the return of the asteroid explorer, ‘Hayabusa’, to Earth and the launch of ‘Hayabusa II’, while large-scale expositions and exhibition facilities have opened and pre-events for the Tanegashima Space Art Festival have taken place, demonstrating the extent of the social boom in the space-related field.

This exhibition will present art installations; items connected with space exploration, such as parts of satellites and rockets (fairings); material connected with entertainment, such as literature, manga and anime; interactive exhibits; discussions and other events to explore the new possibilities that ‘reflect the expanding/converging world’. It will offer the opportunity to experience and consider ‘space’, not only as some different world or Utopia, but also as something that is ‘ordinary’ in a true sense.

mission [SPACE×ART] -beyond Cosmologies
Date: June 8th – Aug 31st, 2014 (Mondays except July 21st, July 22th)
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 (July 18th, 25ht, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th is open until 21:00, Last admission & last ticket purchase is 30minutes before the closing hour)
Admission: Adult 1300 yen, University & College Student, Over 65 yrs old 1000 yen, High School & Junior High School Student: 800 yen, Free for Elementary School & Under
Address: 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 03 5245 4111 (General Information)

Text: Satsuki Miyanishi

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