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Tokyo, Japan

Akira Takayama and Meiro Koizumi at the Forum


We consider the world from our own, central standpoint, detached from Nature, and from other people. Can we re-forge those links? At the Forum, Akira Takayama and Meiro Koizumi invite us to explore this question, from a twofold perspective.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Akira Takayama and Meiro Koizumi at the Forum

A new exhibition at the Forum (Tokyo) examines the complexity of modern society, and our relationship to the (philosophical) Other, and our environment. Combining video and performance, Demarcation is the first collaboration between   

Akira Takayama and Meiro Koizumi, at the invitation of guest curator Fumihiko Sumitomo, the director of Japan’s Maebashi Art Center. Created specially for the exhibition, both artists’ projects feature narratives exploring our concept of normality. 

Tokyo-based theatre director Akira Takayama specialises in street performance, taking the cityscape as a total installation, midway between fiction and reality. At the Forum, his work Happy Island challenges visitors’ perceptions with a virtual kingdom seen from the point of view of its animal inhabitants. Using a camera fixed to a cow’s back, videos reveal what the animal chooses to look at in a largely man-made environment – a new perspective offering a radical reassessment of the relationship between nature and technology, and the impact of mankind on the landscape. 

Meiro Koizumi creates videos based on performances or pre-established scenarios. For the Forum, he focuses on the invisible mechanisms of memory, with a fragmentary video work: actors present the narrative of a man suffering from memory loss, unable to function without his wife, who has become his ‘external brain.’  Are we the custodians of our own memory, or do we consign it to other people, and objects? And if so, how can we affirm our identity?

In collaboration with the Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity at the University of Tokyo.

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July 31 – October 12, 2015

Ginza Maison Hermès Le Forum 8F, 5-4-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japon. Tel.: 03-3569-3300

Mon-Sat 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. (Last entry 7.30 p.m.), Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Last entry 6.30 p.m.)

Open daily except August 5, free admission


Curator: Fumihiko Sumitomo (director, Arts Maebashi)