Apr 29, 2016 | Exhibition
The showcase of “The (anywhere) syndrome / earth hole” and “SANSUI” at the festival of the top‐notch technology art, Media Ambition Tokyo [MAT] 2016 is over. “The (anywhere) syndrome / earth hole” was featured many media including foreign news papers. We sincerely appreciate all visitors.
Media Ambition Tokyo 2016
Venue | Roppongi Hills ‘MAT LAB’, Mori Tower 52F, TOKYO CITY VIEW.
Dates | February 26(Fri)‐March 21(Mon/Ntl Holiday), 2016
Hours | 10:00–22:00
Artists | teamLab, Rhizomatiks Architecture, Genta Kondo + Hiroshi Yamaura + Tetsuya Konishi, Norimichi Hirakawa X LEXUS, Tetsuya Mizuguchi + Rhizomatiks Architecture + Keio Media Design, Eugene Kangawa, WOW / Nobumichi Asai, etc
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MAT ( Media Ambition Tokyo 2016 )
「The (anywhere) syndrome / earth hole」
( Excerpt from the original text. )
“The (anywhere) syndrome / earth hole” is an installation inspired from a film, “The China Syndrome” in 1979.
“China syndrome” is a joke that describes a fictional result of a nuclear meltdown in the United States, in which reactor components melt through their containment structures and into the antipodes, China, In this fictitious story, the reactor components did not go though the underlying earth, however; this art work produces a situation in which the viewers can see “the sky from the antipode through the hole on the floor” as if it is a stage setting.
“Earth Hole” is a video installation in which the screen showing “the scenery from the antipodes“ is embedded in the venue where the natural environment is reproduced. The viewers will see the starlit heaven at day time and brightening blue sky in evening twilight as if they peer down the hole. This surrealistic and hopeful juxtaposition will give the audiences a mystic experience and evoke curiosity and imagination.
This work will evoke the viewers a speculation over the coexistence among developing technology, nature, and human beings, and the inevitable aftermath and hopeful future, rather than blind criticism.
Even if this imaginary situation were to occur, the scenery from antipode will not be seen. However, this work portrays an alternative landscape vision which is different from dystopian near future.
Special Thanks : THE NORTH FACE / Sony PCL
MAT (Media Ambition Tokyo 2016)
MOON PARKA with SANSUI
THE NORTH FACE X Spiber with Eugene Kangawa
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The art piece behind the historical presentation.
The shape of communion of the future.
In October 2015, Spiber Inc. and THE NORTH FACE (Goldwin Inc.) announced the joint R&D project of next-generation protein materials at SPACE O in Omotesando Hills. This project has started by Spiber Inc., a Yamagata biotech firm appointed governmental project and THE NORTH FACE, largest outdoor product company.
Spider silk had been considered to be an unattainable goal and called dream material, however, we turned synthetic spider silk materials into the outerwear jacket, MOON PARKA by the latest technology. (This was the world’s first prototype made from artificial protein material on an actual manufacturing line. )
MOON PARKA is the embodiment of the latest technology ― the key visual of the greatest innovation in the history of materials was “SANSUI”, a monochrome video work created by a contemporary artist, Eugene Kangawa who exhibit ”Syndrome/Earth Hole” in this event.
“SANSUI” is a video work that KANGAWAt captured magnificent scenery of the mid-winter mountains in Tohoku, accordingly to the script of “the pilgrimage route of the mountain worship that once existed” which the artist determined through conversation he had with the monk in there.
By connecting the two brutal midwinter mountains in north, Mount Choukai and Mount Gassan (according to folklore, known as mountain of the sun and mountain of the moon respectively), with a straight line, he saw compelling images of the monochrome world in which snow mountain, whirling rivers, breathtaking waterfalls, immense forests, expansive earth and endless sky circulate. The footage, attained through near-ascetic physical hardships portrays a tranquil and contemplative experience in outstanding resolution.
Perhaps, this is the image which was in the eye of monk of mountain worship that once have existed.>
After the concept phase of this work, the joint work of Spiber Inc. who is located in Tsuruoka city and Goldwin Inc. who is embraced the nature was started. Also the moon in the night sky from the first scene of the footage was employed as the key image of MOON PARKA. This compelling image was also used at the press conference and represented majestic beautiful nature as the symbol of next-generation sustainable materials. This triadic relationship was underscored by this high sympathy.
This collaboration is the new figure of the interrelation between creativity and business that goes beyond the realm of expression and cross over the boundary of art and business.
MAT ( Media Ambition Tokyo 2016 )
The (anywhere) syndrome / earth hole was featured by the biggest news paper in Boston, “The Boston Globe”.
Green is the theme this week in honor of St. Patrick’s Day that is celebrated in many cities around the world. Spring is right around the corner, bringing hopeful signs of landscapes tinted with the same hues.–By Leanne Burden Seidel
‘Syndrome/Earth Hole’ by Eugene Kangawa is displayed during the Media Ambition Tokyo 2016 at Roppongi Hills ‘MAT LAB’ on Feb. 26, in Tokyo, Japan. ( Koki Nagahama/Getty Images for Media Ambition Tokyo ) ( Excerpt from the original text. )
The Boston Globe, March 17, 2016
Kangawa was interviewed by “Recruit Lifestyle”
【The first volume】Tour of Media Ambition Tokyo with Etsuko Ichihara
Recruit Lifestyle, March 17, 2016
The (anywhere) syndrome / earth hole was featured by a broadsheet in Melbourne, “The Age”
Picture Editor’s Choice, 28th February, 2016
Picture Editor’s Choice, 28th February, 2016 ‘Syndrome/Earth Hole’ by Eugene Kangawa is displayed during the Media Ambition Tokyo 2016 at Roppongi Hills ‘MAT LAB’ on February 26, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Media Ambition Tokyo, a showcase for technological art from Tokyo to the world, will be held from February 26 to March 21, 2016 in various locations across Tokyo. “Earth Hole”is a video installation in which the screen showing “the scenery from the antipodes” is embedded in the venue where natural environment is reproduced. Photo: Getty Images( Excerpt from the original text. )
The Age, February 28, 2016
The (anywhere) syndrome / earth hole was featured by web media, HIP Tokyo
HIP Tokyo, March 15, 2016
ELLE DECOR, AFPBB, fashion press, cinemacafe, etc.
The (anywhere) syndrome / earth hole
Installation | The EUGENE Studio
Script | Eugene Kangawa
at Media Ambition Tokyo 2016
Contracto | KOANA
Special Thanks | THE NORTH FACE / Sony PCL
“SANSUI” (Original film)
“SANSUI”,Super 35mm digital black and white film, 2 channel continuous projections,
Music by Marihiko Hara, Dimensions variable, 17m24s, 2015. In joint work with Spiber Inc. ©Eugene Kangawa
Film Director | Eugene Kangawa
Joint work with | Spiber Inc.
Sound | Marihiko Hara
Camera | Haru Nakae (The Eugene Studio Visualization Dept.
Miyuki Watabe ( Dewa Sanzan History Museum )
Yu Konno ( Mountain aesthetic hermit )
Yutaka Honma ( Chidou Museum )
Supports for Mountaineering
Organize Back Country
Gassan Pole Pole Farm
Red Digital Cinema Camera Company
Text by Y. Nishimoto (THE EUGENE Studio)
April 29, 2016