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Ann Hamilton voce

 Exhibition Information

Term :
Feb. 25 - June 4, 2006
Closed :
Tuesday (We will be open on Tuesday, March 21 for a national holiday, but will be closed Wednesday, March 22.)
Museum hours :
Museum hours 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. (No one will be admitted after 7:30 p.m.)
Entrance fees :
Adult: 1000yen (800yen) *
University / High school students: 500yen (400yen)*
Junior high/ elementary school students: 300yen (200yen)*
Kumamoto City junior high/ elementary school students: FREE
*Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups of 20 or more.
Place :
Gallery I & II at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
Organizer :
Kumamoto City, Kumamoto City Culture and Art Promotion Foundation, Kumamoto Nichinichi Press, TKU TV Kumamoto
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
TEL.+81-96-278-7500 FAX. +81-96-359-7892
corpus, 2004, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, Photo: Thibault Jeanson

Ann Hamilton’svoce is her first exhibition at a public museum in Japan. Born in 1956 in the Midwest, Hamilton studied Textile Design at the University of Kansas and Sculpture at Yale University. In 1999 She was honored as the American representative at the Venice Biennale, where she addressed the classical architecture of the Venice pavilion as both the subject and the object of the work, myein, to evoke a legacy of material and racial inequality in the history of American Culture. In the installation toxic colored fuschia powder fell along the perimeter of walls embossed with Braille and coded spoken texts haunted the empty volumes of the pavilions 4 symmetrical gallery spaces. Hamilton has made several site visits to the Kumamoto area to research for this show and will exhibit a new installation which spans two adjacent galleries.The upper half of the larger gallery will be animated by the movement of spinning audio speakers and the recorded sound of cicada calls. Also circling overhead will be two new video works whose path of light will bisects the mechanisms whichthrow sound to create an immersive hypnotic surround. In the second gallery, a collection of approximately 100 rectangular wooden tables from Kumamoto will bisect the volume of the space with a second horizon. The plastic encased tables will have surfaces set with a collection of old analog radios, desk lights and small bundles of donated Kimonos.

The atmosphere created by the sound of the analog radio tubes will create a constant acoustic background. This hum will be punctuated by sound from the adjacent room and the live call of people mimicing recorded bird songs. As an extension of Hamilton’s interest in the relation between animals and humans and in her desire to vocalize and materialize that divide visitors in this project are invited to borrow headsets, follow the altered bird recordings and join a regular schedule of volunteers standing on the fully wrapped table to vocalizing the recorded songs. While Bird song, impossible to fully explain, notate or script by human means, dooms us to imperfect mimicry, makes present a longing perhaps no language can cross.

* This exhibition will be held only at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan.
*The exhibition catalog will be published at the beginning of April.

appetite, 1998, Collaboration with Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods European debut, Lunatheater, Brussels, Belgium, Meg Stuart and Yukiko Shinozaki in concluding sequence, Photo:Chris Van der Burght
still-life, 1988, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California, Photo: Wayne McCall
tropos, 1994, Dia Center for the Arts, New York, Photo: Thibault Jeanson
myein, 1999, The United States Pavillion, 48th Venice Biennale, Photo: Thibault Jeanson
mattering, 1997, Musee d'art contemporain de Lyon, France, Photo: Thibault Jeans
the lids of unknown positions, 1984, Open House, Sculpture Department, Yale School of Art and Architecture, New Heaven, Connecticut, Photo: Bob McMurtry

Ann Hamilton voce Events

Commemorative Talk "Voice of Memory, Whisper of Soul"
Time Feb. 25, 2006 (Sat), 14:00-15:30
Gests Ann Hamilton (Artist) & David Elliott (Director at Mori Art Museum)
* Consecutive interpretation to Japanese.
Moderator Hiroshi Minamishima (Director at CAMK)
Place In the exhibition gallery
Charge Entrance ticket is required.

Workshop with Junior High School Students
Ann Hamilton will talk about her work, and junior high students will have the opportunity to participate in her artwork. This workshop is full, however anyone is welcome to come see the workshop.
Time Feb. 26 (Sun.) 11:00-12:00
Place In the exhibition gallery
Charge Entrance ticket is required.

Workshop with Ann Hamilton
Ann Hamilton will talk about her work, and participants will have an opportunity to take part in her artwork.
Time Feb. 26 (Sun.) 11:00-12:00
Place In the exhibition gallery
Charge Entrance ticket is required.
Openings available for 20 participants. (Registration is required Tel: 096-278-7500)

Workshop for Everyone "--Yukiko’s Voice-- Can you hear your soul’s voice?"
Time March 12 (Sun) 14:00-15:30
Place Home Gallery
Workshop leader Yukiko Oyama
Charge Free of charge
Openings available for 20 participants. (Registration is required Tel: 096-278-7500)

"Ann Hamilton" CAMK Lecture Series
March 3 (Sun) "Ann Hamilton: Memory and Anti-memory" Hiroshi Minamishima (CAMK Director)
March 19 (Sun) "Ann Hamilton: Kumamoto Diary" Akiko Sakamoto (CAMK Assistant Curator)
April 9 (Sun) "Ann Hamilton: Material and Sensation" Yoshiko Honda (CAMK Curator)
May 7(Sun) "Ann Hamilton as a Female Artist" Hiroshi Minamishima (CAMK Director)
Time 14:00-15:30
Place Home Gallery
Charge Free of charge

Guest Talk "Enjoy Wild Birds"
Time April 23(Sun.) 14:00-15:30
Place Home Gallery
Moderator Tadashi Tanaka(Wild Bird Society of Japan, Kumamoto Branch)
Charge Free of charge

Family Tour
An exhibition tour for the whole family! This offer is for families with of children of ages 1-6.
Term April 30 (Sun.) May 20(Sat.)
Time 10:30-11:30
Place In the exhibition gallery
Charge Entrance ticket is required.
We can accept 7 groups.(Registration is necessary tel; 096-278-7500)

Gallery Tours
On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, there are gallery tours by curators at 3 p.m.(4 p.m. on days with lectures*) Entrance ticket is required.
*Days of a lecture 2/25, 26, 3/5, 19, 4/2, 23, 5/7
Place In the exhibition gallery

Concert Film Screenings

Cartoon Film Screening
Time April 2 (Sat.) 14:00-15:40
Movies Tom and Jerry; Academy Collection
Japanese dubbed version, 100 min.
Place Art Loft
Charge Free of charge

Puppet Show
Kasuperu Puppet Theather.A show for the whole family.
Time May 6 (Sat.) 14:00-15:00
Movies BunBuku-Chagama
Place Art Loft
Charge Free of charge

Monday Movies
Weekly screenings of various cinematic masterpieces Monday afternoon and evenings at 14:00.-, 18:00-
Place Art Loft
Charge free of charge
Feb 27 Gossip (90 min. / 2000 / USA)
March 6 Jazz Singer (88 min. /1927/ USA)*
March 13 Abilene Town (90 min. /1946/ USA)*
March 20 Murder!(104 min. / 1930/ UK)
March 27 The Wind Will Carry Us (118 min. /1999/ France-Iran)
April 3 The Miracle of Marcelino (87 min. /1955/ Spain)
April 10 Simone (117 min. /2002/ USA)
April 17 The Covered Wagon (97min. /1923/ USA)
April 24 U-571 (116min. / 2000/ USA)*
May 1 La Femme de L’aviateur (106min. /1980/ France)
May 8 Lovers (120min. /2004/ China)
May 15 The Boys from Fengkuei(99min. /1983/ Taiwan)
May 22 Orfeu Negro(108min. /1959/ France-Brazil)
May 29 Ong-Bak :Muay Thai Warrior(108min. /2003/ Thai)
These days*will be presented by the Kamitori FanClub.

Friday Jam Concert
Live concerts taking place every Friday 18:30-
Place Home Gallery or Art Loft
Charge free of charge
March 3 Yasuda Tomohiro (bamboo flute)
March 17 Chor Rosa (chorus)
March 13 Abilene Town (90 min. /1946/ USA)*
March 24 Takeshi Kodama& Yoko Nakakado (alto sax, piano)
March 31 Ryohei Tagawa(human beat box)
April 7 Rin Iijima (violin)
April 14 Aya Fukami (song & piano)
April 21 Haisai Set (okinawa-traditional folk song & pops)
April 28 RISKY. (chorus)
May 5 nayuta...(song & guitar)
May 12 Kazusa Kawahara (song & piano)
May 19 Tsuruya-chorus Angelia (chorus)
May 26 mazzeto (classical music)
june 2 Zemankova (Hakoniwa[a miniature landscape garden]-pops)

Home gallery concert
Live concerts taking place every Friday 18:30-
Time Every night concerts in the home gallery at 7 p.m.
Place Home gallery (free of charge)

*All images courtesy of the artist, Ann Hamilton and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, except the portrait of David Elliott.