Quiet Attentions: Departure from Women

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© Courtesy of Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Quiet Attentions: Departure from Women

1-6-8 Goken-cho
310-0063 Mito-shi
February 12th, 2011 - May 12th, 2011
Opening: February 12th, 2011 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Tue-Sun 9:30-6
photography, installation


Your life is the way your attention has been formed, and deformed. The formation of attention is the true definition of education, and of culture itself. You can always do better. What enlarges and refines your attention is the courtesy you extend to what is different. Be eager to receive new stimuli, and to be challenged. (From the preface of "Protect the Territory of Conscience" by Susan Sontag, 2004)

In this fast changing society, the art of women is more diversified than ever. "Wack! Art and the Feminism Revolution" held at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2007 and "Femmes @ Pompidou" at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 2009-2010 are some of the exhibitions that reexamine the relationship between women and art since the year 2000. Continuing in that frame of reference, our upcoming exhibition introduces the presently progressive form of new and recent installations and three-dimensional works of an up and coming generation of 14 artists from 9 different countries. Among them include artists from Korea, Brazil and India, where contemporary art has become more widely recognized in recent years. The works include various mediums such as photography and video installations, sound and three-dimensional installations, and drawings.

The participating artists will conceive the works based on the perception of sound and ambience, gesture, memory, passage of time, the laws of the world and the social mechanism that go by unnoticed in our daily life. The artworks that are created from quietly paying attention to the inconspicuous, function as an "open space" for dialogue and communication with others, instead of being a "self-contained domain." We invite people to rediscover polyphonic beauties that exist within everyday experiences if we just focus our eyes and ears. This exhibition will attempt to update the relationship between women and art.

During the exhibition, we will welcome a novelist, architect, activist and a food coordinator to hold various performances, events and workshops.