The pandemic, an event that none of us had ever experienced before, has caused significant changes in everyday life. The visual media that are increasingly penetrating our daily routine, have become familiar tools for reflecting the various transformations in the realms of society, politics, economics and culture.
In this day and age, easy access to visual media on multiple levels and dimensions, through communication on social media platforms in particular, has made information on any kind of event – be it a festive occasion, a war or a natural disaster – come across as a spectacle of sorts.
The term “spectacle” is commonly used for describing a magnificent landscape or scenery, and often also some kind of show event. Being partly an optical technical term, the original Latin word “spectaculum” referred at once to such extraordinary natural occurrences as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. With the emergence of modern states in the 19th century, our perception of natural disasters was transformed by expositions, photographs and movies, through visual recreations of such events as great spectacles and magnificent sights.
Themed “After the Spectacle,” the 14th edition of the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions examines the history of the (moving) image and expositions from the 19th and 20th century up to the present. In addition to displays and screenings of pieces by contemporary artists, and related events, the program was expanded with the aim to further explore the possibilities of visual media. Among others, this time it encompasses a project in which guest curator Kohara Masashi links documents related to the history of expositions to the museum’s own collection; an online movie project by the up-and-coming filmmaker Endo Maiko; and educational programs aimed to connect visitors to a rather broad range of works.
*Kindly note that hours and details are subject to change. Please check the latest information on the official website.
Maiko Endo, Masaki Fujihata, Miki Hirase, Laura Liverani & Neo Sora, Midori Mitamura, Kaori Oda, PANTOGRAPH, Tomoko Sato, Amalia Ulman, Yusuke Yamatani, Samson Young, and more
*Admission will be charged for the 3rd floor, events with limited capacity such as screenings etc., and certain online programs.
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Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
TEL：03-3280-0099 (Main Number)
Friday, February 4 – Sunday, February 20 2022 10:00 – 20:00 (Until 18:00 on the final day)
*Closed on Mondays
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Center Square of Yebisu Garden Place, affiliated local facilities, galleries, etc.