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Japan Cultur Envoy 2016 Naoko Tosa-Artist Talk & Exhibition


Wed 22 Feb 2017, 1:30pm

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: JapaneseConsulate

Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government Japan and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki are pleased to present Artist's Talk & Short Exhibition ”Genesis” of Japanese Media artist, Naoko Tosa, who has been appointed as Japan Cultural Envoy 2016 by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

Naoko Tosa, this year’s Japan Cultural Envoy, is an internationally renowned Japanese new media artist and Professor at Kyoto University. Her works have been collected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the National Museum of Art, Osaka among others.

She will transform the Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium space into an environment that envelopes the viewer in a sensual exploration of materials and temporality via digital technology.

On Genesis, Naoko Tosa explains:
“Art can make it possible for us to experience invisible worlds that cannot be captured by our normal sense of time and space. Such experiences would induce awe and move toward nature and its energy in our mind. This work makes it possible for the viewers to experience a world where time is expanded one hundred times.

Also, this work cannot be created using computer graphics, because the interaction among viscous fluid, Japanese colour inks, and dry ice is too complex to be expressed by a numerical formula of fluid dynamics. In other words, this is a hypernatural form of art that can be visualised only by using a high-speed camera.”

All welcome.

Japan Cultural Envoy:
Since 2003, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan has been appointing people committed to cultural activities such as artists, cultural specialists and so on, as “Japan Cultural Envoys”. This undertaking aims to deepen the international community’s understanding of Japanese culture and to build and strengthen networks between Japanese and foreign artists and experts.

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