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26 2011

Kinakinw Goes to City in the Air - 2

Now, I refrain from making sarcastic remarks directed at Roppongi Hills and Mori Building.

Today’s topic is a personal art exhibition of Odani Motohiko’s (小谷元彦) titled “Phantom Limb (幽体の知覚)” that has been held until February 27th 2011 at Mori Art Museum. I just stopped by at it after visiting the other exhibition.

Well, I rarely see modern art. If you are an expert in the contemporary art, please no flames about my amateur opinion.

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Odani, born in 1972 in Kyoto, is a Japanese contemporary artist. He graduated from Department of Sculpture at Tokyo University of the Arts (東京藝術大学).

Introductory exhibits at the entrance of the museum were photographs of a girl with white dress (the picture above shows one of them) titled Phantom Limb, the term that I’m familiar with.
Phantom limb (幻肢) is an illusory sensation, experienced by an amputee, of the limb still being attached to the body, even when all sensory nerve fibres associated with the limb have been removed. It’s experienced by almost all amputees. (Oxford Dictionary of Psychology)

I was remembering when I was learned about phantom limb from an old professor in psychology of perception while I saw the photos. For me, it’s an interesting phenomenon that shows a mechanism of perception and cognition, but how is it for artists? It seemed that a central theme for the photos was memories of tactile sense, so I expected, on my own, some successive exhibits would evoke my perceptual memory.

In that sense, I got a wrong assumption, or I’m not trained enough to see arts. Though his works were comprehensible, they didn’t awaken my perceptual memory and sensation, except a large interactive installation in which we experience a sensory illusion, vection(擬似運動感覚).

Personally, I preferred MAM Project 013 by Katerina Seda (Czech artist, born 1977) that also has been held at the museum. She runs projects in which people from small villages participate. The installation in the pictures below titled “No Light (光がない)” wad made by people in a village in Czech Republic where a foreign-capitalized factory have invited a communication breakdown between them. A description said it’s a communication revival measure.

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When getting under the tables…

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