Contemporary art team 目 [mé]’s “masayume,” one of the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13, organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), was presented as a surprise to the city once again on Friday, August 13, 2021.
“masayume” is a project that invites faces from all over the world—regardless of age, gender, or nationality—and floats a selected “face of an existing person” in the sky over Tokyo. The contemporary art team 目 [mé] has been making a splash with their original and creative works at international art festivals and exhibitions. The project was conceived from the mystic scene KOJIN Haruka, the artist of the team, saw in her dream when she was a junior high school student. “masayume,” can be translated as “a prophetic dream,” and the project was carefully prepared through the process of sharing the meaning and essence of the work with many people.
This work questions our existence in the relationship between “individual” and “public,” through looking at the face that most represents an “individual” in an extremely public landscape of modern Tokyo. It is our hope that this overwhelming scene will suggest a new “way of looking at things” to us facing various challenges today.
“masayume” aims to be a work of art that doesn’t require a crowd to gather in one place to view it, but can be experienced and shared in different places, times, and environments through various channels such as live streaming, social media, and mass media.
The floating face was roughly the size of a six- or seven-story building. The face’s model and the method of flotation are not disclosed, based on the artist’s intention.
Full press release (PDF) is available here.
Contemporary art team 目 [mé] to again present “masayume,” an existing person’s face above Tokyo!
Please see here for more about Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13.