Invisible but certainly present, visible but not present, invisible now but visible someday .... Can we change the common sense of "existence" that we take for granted with the theme of invisibility? We began to think about this in 2019. We have lost "common sense" and "normality" due to the "invisible" existence of COVID-19 and rapid climate crisis. This is why we are reaffirming that the above-mentioned question is increasingly valid. Because "invisibility" is based on the expectation that “there is something there.” In other words, it is a feeling of expectancy to the visible moment. When you happen to discover something you couldn't see before, a feeling that surpasses the "Visual information" you've been seeing comes up in your body. It is your imagination that appears when you face the question of "invisible." The works on the theme of invisibility by the two artists are certainly here, but what you will imagine and discover from their works will surely be a scene different from anyone else's. We believe that this imagination will give us "hope" and "possibilities" for a future society where we do not know what will happen. Please enjoy the invisible scenes hidden in these artworks. Take your time to imagine the diversity of "existence".
RESONANCE MATERIALS Project 2021 "Invisibility - Attempt to Exist"
DESIGNART TOKYO 2021 Website
Glass that is made without touching, but just floating and left to heat creates a water-like moisture sparkle. These wheels are made of such lumps of glass.
I decided to walk on a familiar road with this glass wheel. Unfortunately, as the glass wheel rolls around it gets scratched. In a time where we face travel restrictions, I decided to send this lump of glass to a distant place and have it roll along other familiar roads. Goro Goro will then make a recording of the land. Glass is unexpectedly stronger than most people think. It is resistant to various things. Even after my existence, this glass will probably remain in the distant future. The moisture and sparkle of the glass may fade away. Still, Goro Goro will keep recording information that others or even myself cannot see.
Active mainly in Tokyo. Completed a doctoral course at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2015. After learning glass molding and metal casting, he put himself in an environment where he melts various materials for creation on a daily basis. From this experience, he has been interested in various phenomena that are guided through heat rather than creating something. He presents three-dimensional, flat, installation and performance works using glass, metal or heat-melted plastic.
[ Recent Activities & Exhibitions ]
"NORTHERN ALPS ART FESTIVAL 2020-2021" Shinano-omachi (2020-2021),
"Ai Mi Tagai" Tokyo × London (2019-2021),
"≠The World, Solo Exhibition" Chiba City Foundation of Cultural Promotion (2019)
It is possible to discover international commonality in prehistoric activities of humans and plants. While fascinated by the unique culture and view of nature, I believe that the existence of commonality leads to a clue to sharing human consciousness and communication.
By exploring the origins of things and behavior of plants, analyzing familiar products, and by resembling and replacing, I aim to create a space that brings new interpretations.
Knowing that we can only see things that we want to see, but also being able to imagine a world that is unseen, I call on the existence of the infinite worlds that exist through my works.
Materials: Plant, Wood, Industrial product, Cloth and Thread
Lives and works in Tokyo. Graduated with an MFA in Woodworking from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2010. Usui imagines that there once was a Wood Age in prehistoric times. Focusing on the human gaze directed at nature and the activities that are born out of this relationship, usui's work attempts to historically interpret human behavior towards plants. Stayed in Finland in 2017 as TOKAS Exchange Residency Program Creator.
[ Recent Activities & Exhibitions ]
“Ai mi Tagai 2021” YOUKOBO Art Space (2021),
“DenchuLab. where trees grow, where people come” Denchu Hirakushi House and Atelier (2019).
The RESONANCE MATERIALS Project is a joint project launched in 2018 by GEIDAI FACTORY LAB, Tokyo University of the Arts and WOW! Lab. The experimental collaboration between GEIDAI FACTORY LAB, which considers materials and physical sensations, and WOW! Lab, which considers emotional movements and society, began to move forward with the consensus of enthusiasm that "We want to be a part of Milano Design Week." .. Since then, we’ve been trying to make the inside of materials and humans resonate through art. In Milan Design Week 2018, our first exhibition, we focused on physically experiencing the materials. And in Milan Design Week 2019, our secondary exhibition, we focused on the perception beyond the actual feeling. And in this DESIGN ART TOKYO 2021, we now focus on the expansion of perception. Through these challenges and considerations, we question the value of haptic sensation and actual experiencing, and the way of communication in the future.
By using our facilities and artistic skills, we collaborate on various types of projects with organizations outside of our lab. Our goal is to research the value of creation from different points of view and share our discoveries with the community.
[ Project Member ] Kazumasa Saegusa and Kentaro Terada
You are impressed with your very personal feelings. That is what we call “KANDO”. In today's world where diversity is called for, we carefully scoop up and visualize unique thoughts and optimize them for social meaning and effects ... We contribute to the formation of a rich and emotional society.
[ Project Member ] Nozomu Matsumoto, Toshiaki Nakai and Tatsunori Fukuda