Constellations: Practices for Unseen Connections/Discoveries

Constellations: Practices for Unseen Connections/Discoveries
Library Shelf Location 17.CONS
Publication Date 2015

Since ancient times, people have gazed up at the myriad stars that gleam in the night skies, linking them freely to create the constellations. It is known that the idea of 'constellations' dates back several thousand years B.C., with the people of the civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Asian countries, seeing animals, human figures and gods within the patterns created by the glittering stars. Different places and cultures gave free rein to their imaginations to overlay the night skies with images of their myth, folk tale and their interpretation of the world.

In the field of psychology, internal aspects of a person's mental state sometimes combine with incidental external issues on a deep level, and it is possible to link these individual events to create a form of 'constellation' providing a deeper awareness/understanding of the individual. These are referred to as psychological constellations.

Human beings have a tendency to subconsciously search for links between objects or events that at first glance appear unrelated, imbuing them with meaning. This is a perceptive mechanism that developed to help them confront the vastness and chaos of the world.

This exhibition will introduce experiments by artists who take various invisible points that exist scattered throughout the world and discover 'connections' that link them, grasping these as new 'constellations'. They use their keen perception to discover the invisible connections that exist between 'this place', where we are now, and 'somewhere else', between 'now' and 'another time', between 'self' and some apparently unrelated 'other', converting these relationships or meanings into paintings, videos or installations.

The works in which reality intersects with imaginary worlds--the people who visit this exhibition will be able to search for connections between these seemingly unrelated and estranged works, as if looking up at the night skies, lured into searching for 'constellations' that will link them with something else.

Living in modern cities, we have little opportunity to experience the star-filled skies; surrounded by a vast quantity of words and images, our opportunities to create our own constellations have become limited but we hope that this exhibition will pose 'questions' that spur you to discover the unseen connections that lie somewhere in the world and allow you to 'practice' the creation of something new.

Quantity 1
Pages 124
Editor Chika Mori
Format Paperback
Publisher Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)
Related Artists Yusuke Asai, Hisaya Ito, Takayoshi Kitagawa, Nobuyuki Osaki, Saburo Ota, Nobuhiro Shimura, Takayuki Yamamoto
Category Group Exhibition/Multiple Artists

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