Tadashi KAWAMATA
Artistic Practice Department

“In this studio, the basic method will be to develop the work of art as a project. The process of producing the work from beginning to end will be the basis of the work project, and the entire concrete work process will be a project.
Here the word ‘project’ refers back to the original meaning of the word ‘projection’; i.e., the idea of transferring something into the outside, into societies. The work of art is to be put out into society.
Students will need to construct a scientific rather than emotional expression. This means they will have to do detailed research in society to develop new works of art. Personal computers prove an important work tool in this respect. Furthermore, by engaging in field work similar to that done in anthropology or sociology, students will try to understand a real situation in a given site. They will carry out field work in connection with a global network. This will be our ‘contemporary art activist’ mode of working. A laptop computer and a sleeping bag become symbolic necessities in that they are tools that enable students to do  research, communicate, and produce works of art.”

Born in 1953 in Hokkaido, Japan, Tadashi Kawamata currently lives and works in Paris. In 1984 he obtained his doctoral degree at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. From 1999 to 2005 he was professor at Tokyo University. In 2005 he also was in charge of the Yokohama Triennial.

Since 1977, he has taken part in many projects and exhibitions throughout the world, including the Venice Biennale (1982), Documenta 8 (1987), the São Paolo Biennial (1987), Documenta 9 (1992), the Biennale de Lyon (1993), the Münster Skulptur Projekte (1997), the Sydney Biennial (1998), the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (2000), the biennials of Shanghai (2002), Busan (2002) and Valencia (2003), Estuary, Nantes (2007-2009), an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2008), Saint-Thélo in Brittany (2004-2006) and the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010).

Website : www.tk-onthetable.com


 

PERSONAL EXHIBITION

« Under The Water-Metz ».
Centre Pompidou Metz.

Until August 15, 2016.