All posts filed under: Media Arts

Daido Moriyama at the Fondation Cartier

Central figure of the Japanese photography, Daido Moriyama is currently exhibited at the Fondation Cartier for contemporary art, in Paris, from the 6th of February to the 5th of June 2016, in an exhibition called “Daido Moriyama, Daido Tokyo“. Moriyama excels in capturing Tokyo’s ever-transforming atmosphere, the effervescence of the streets, the shops, and the people who make this city, flows and trafic, luminescent lights, eye-catching posters or billboards with garish colors, and tiny urban details. Take a look at his work, and you might be transported into a vibrant and imperturbable Tokyo. Mahaut Le Lagadec

4 questions to Caroline Ha Thuc

Author of several books, « Contemporary Art in Hong Kong » (2013), « New Japanese contemporary art » (2012), or, more recently, « After 2000: contemporary art in China », (2015), French-born Caroline Ha Thuc is a Hong-Kong based writer and curator. She answers our questions about the new contemporary art scene in Asia. Moderneast Magazine: What is your view on the young or emergent creation in Asia: which assets does it have, how do you see its future both in Asia and in Europa? Caroline Ha Thuc: It is hard to talk in general about the emerging creation in Asia. Which Asia is concerned? Where should we begin? There no unified Asian art form. It is varied, diverse and even indefinable. Art overruns maps and borderlines and scrambles nationalities. The artists themselves increasingly claim to be artists from the world, and not from such or such country. To answer your question I guess artists from the region can generally benefit from a growing population of collectors, a boom in museums’ spaces (what we now call the “museumification” of China for …

Contemporary Chinese Artists at the Fondation LV

  From January to May 2016, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will be dedicated to the Chinese art scene through a blockbuster exhibition called “Bentu, Chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation“ which will bring together 12 relatively unknown artists from different generations. This exhibition, the first to be devoted to contemporary Chinese art in France in the past 10 years, and which has been created in collaboration with the Ullens Center in Pekin, will explore the different meanings of Bentu (native land, in Chinese), a notion which is today at the very heart of many Chinese artists’ creative process. It implies reflecting on history, geography, the relation to the land, as well as identity or individuality. She will also try to examine how China’s creative traditions are dealing with the ever-evolving world that consecrates new techniques of production or creation. The works which are showcased, stemming from the use of a wide range of medias and materials, are the best demonstration of the complexity that characterizes today’s Chinese artistic scene. According to the Fondation, “the choice of works does …

Ai Wei Wei, the dissident

Born in Pekin in 1957, Ai Wei Wei might be the most famous Chinese dissident of our times. After twelve years spent in the USA, mostly in New York, where he used to carry with him a camera all the time to photograph the world and the avant-gardist wave he was surrounded by, he came back to China in 1993. For almost five years, the artist, who is vocal in his criticism against the Chinese Communist Party, had been confined to his Beijing home and denied his passport which he just retrieved in July 2015. The Chinese authorities had charged him for tax evasion, an accusation which Ai Wei Wei considered to be iniquitous and with the sole purpose to silence him.   Visual and plastic artist, photograph, architect as well as activist, Ai Wei Wei uses new media as a source of inspiration but also as a material for his works. Wood, steel, urban waste, marble or ceramics are also part of his creative process. Very active on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/aiww/) Ai Wei Wei denounces, …

A matter of incarnation: the paradox of virtual singers

These past few years, appeared in Japan the first virtual singers. Created in 2004 by the company Yamaha, a software named « Vocaloid » (a mix of « vocal » and « android ») enables its users, music lovers or professional musicians, to use computer-synthesized voices recorded by humans. The purpose is here to provide them a « Voice bank » they can use when they compose music. Another company, Crypton Future Media, used this technology along with a character animation software several years later (about 2007) to create the first virtual singers. Started in Japan, this movement barely crossed the border, but is becoming more and more important over there. Led by the most famous one, Hatsune Miku, virtual singers regularly reach the top of the japanese charts, competing on equal terms with real human singers. It possibly puts at stake their future as artists (even the singers who recorded the voices take few credit for virtual idols’ success) and even questions on a possible numerization of a whole part of japanese musical culture. In fact, Hatsune Miku is so popular that she …

5 movies to watch this month

A Bittersweet Life – Kim Jee Won (2005) Kim Sun-Woo (Lee Byung Hun) is the right-hand man of a leader of a gang. Tough murderer, he is very respected in the korean mafia. One day, his boss asks him to look after his mistress for he suspects her of cheating on him. But Sun-Woo’s life dramatically changes the day he decides not to tell anything to his boss. City of Sadness – Hou Hsiao-Hsien (1989) The movie takes place during the “white terror”, during which China tries to take her rights back on the island of Taiwan, colonized by Japanese back then – from 1895 until the end of World War II. It talks about a family living in the heart of massacres and tortures committed by the Kuomintang. Oncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2010) Oncle Boonmee is a sixty-year old thai who learns that he is going to die because of renal deficiency. He decides to meet his relatives who live in the mountains. The beginning of a particular return journey. Hana-Bi …