Connecting Myself to the World

 Exhibition Information

Term :
From10th October 2015 to 6th December 2015
Closed :
Tuesdays (open on 3rd November) and 4th November

Museum hours :
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (No admission after 7:30 p.m.)
Exhibition Admission :
Adults: 1000yen (800yen)
People over 65 years: 800yen (600yen)
University/High School Students: 500yen (400yen)
Junior High School Students or under: Free
*Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups which in more than 20 people. The reduced price is also available for those who are physically or mentally handicapped.

Venue :
Contemporary Art Museum,Kumamoto

Organized by :
Contemporary Art Museum,Kumamoto(Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Art and Cultural Promotion Foundation), Kumamoto Nichinichi Press, KAB Kumamoto Asahi Broadcasting Co.
Subsidied by:
Japan Arts Council, The Asahi Shimbun Foundation
Sponsored by:
Supported by:
Osaka University,NTT Communication Science Laboratories
Cooperated by:
Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kumamoto City Board of Education, Kumamoto Ken Bunka Kyokai (Cultural Association of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Ken Bijutsuka Renmei (Artists' Union of Kumamoto), Kumamoto International Convention and Tourism Bureau, NHK Kumamoto, J:COM Kumamoto, FM-Kumamoto, FM791
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
2-3, Kamitori-cho, Chuou-ku, Kumamoto city
860-0845 Japan
FAX. +81-96-359-7892
Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto is pleased to present the exhibition “STANCE or DISTANCE? –Connecting Myself to the World.”
“Distance” is not visible to the eye, yet it exists and is felt everyday as we come into contact with the various people and things that surround us. The way in which we measure and perceive distance is deeply related to the environment we grew up in, our rapidly changing contemporary society, and existing historical backgrounds and systems. It is precisely because of this distance or sense of distance that we are able to formulate our own attitude and stance and further establish a connection with the world.
This exhibition approaches the various relationships of “distance” that connect us and the world through the presentation of robot and media works, painting, photography, and films by 17 groups of researchers and artists from six different countries. Comprised through sections of “self,” “other,” “world,” and “nature,” the exhibits serve to transform the “distance” that connects spectators with the world. The exhibition attempts to build a new relationship between the viewer and the world, which increases or diminishes in scope according our experiences and ways of thinking.

Participating Artists

Junji Watanabe + Hideyuki Ando, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Naotaka Fujii + GRINDER-MAN + EVALA, Tomoko Hayashi, Izumi Kato, Shingo Kanagawa, Shizuka Yokomizo, Mona Hatoum, Mika Rottenberg, Meiro Koizumi, Zbigniew Libera, Boris Mikhailov, Elizabeth Price, Le Brothers, Satoshi Ohno, Momoko Fujita, Tomoko Shioyasu


Hideyuki Ando + Junji Watanabe + Masahiko Sato,
empathetic heartbeat, 2010,
headphone, video, heartbeat, Collection of the artists
Venue: 21_21DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo

Kouka, 2014,
Courtesy of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, Osaka University, Japan.

Reference; Naotaka Fujii + GRINDER-MAN, MIRAGE, 2012
Performance art with Substitutional Reality system
Venue: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innvation, Tokyo

Tomoko Hayashi, Mutsugoto, 2010-15,
Interactive video installation, Collection of the artist

Izumi Kato, Untitled, 2014,
Acrylic, wood, Stainless, Collection of the artist
Installation view: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Photo by Yusuke Sato © 2014Izumi Kato

Shizuka Yokomizo, Stranger No.13, 2000,
C-print, Collection of the artist

Meiro Koizumi, Portrait of a Young Samurai, 2009,
Video installation, Collection of the artist

Mika Rottenberg, Squeeze, 2010,
Single channel video installation and digital C-print, Collection of the artist
© Mika Rottenberg, Image courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Reference; Elizabeth Price, SUNLIGHT, 2013,
HD video installation
Installation view: Focal Point Gallery, Southend-On-Sea Courtesy of the artist and MOT International, London & Brussels

Le Brothers, Into the Sea, 2011,
3-channel video installation, Collection of the artist

Satoshi Ohno, PRISM Bye Bye Sunset, 2013,
Oil, acrylic on canvas mounted on panel, 300.5×728.5cm,
TAKAHASHI COLLECTION, © Satoshi Ohno Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery

Momoko Fujita, Visitors at 3 o’clock afternoon, 2007,
Mineral pigments, dyed mud pigment, sumi, metal foil, mino washi, sand, clay, shell, plaster, whiting, glue, medium, hemp paper, modeling paste, 182×1288cm,

Related Program

*All events will be held in Japanese

Artist Talk
Participating Artists talks about the activity and works.After that Gallery Talk is performed in Exhibition Space by Artists.
Speaker: Tomoko Hayashi(Artist), Satoshi Ohno(Artist), Junji Watanabe(Researcher in NTT Communication Laboratories NTT Communication Science Laboratories), Hideyuki Ando(Researcher in Associate Professor, Osaka University Researcher on nonverbal interface), Naotaka Fujii(Researcher in RIKEN BRAIN SCIENCE INSTITUTE) + GRINDER-MAN(performance group)
Date and Time: October 10 (Sat) 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery(Artist Talk)and Exihibition Space(Gallery Talk)
Admission: Free (Exhibition tickets for adults are needed)

Screening and Artist Talk: Shingo Kanagawa
Shingo Kanagawa father, 2009
Date and Time: October 11 (Sun) 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Workshop: Junji Watanabe
Workshop to think about our memories via human face photographies.
Date and Time: November 1 (Sun) 11:00-11:45, 14:00-14:45, 16:00-16:45
Place: 5F Kid’s factory
Lecturer: Junji Watanabe (NTT Communication Science Laboratories)
Sachiyo Ueda (Ochanomizu University)
Capacity and the age limit: each12 (over 10 years old)
Admission: Free (Need to apply in advance)
Cooperation with Yuji Kawase (Tokyo University)
Co-host: the Japanese Psychonomic Society

CAMK Lecture College
Speaker: Aki Ashida (Curator of Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto)
Date and Time: November 8 (Sun) 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Workshop: Tomoko Hayashi
Make eatable jewelries featuring our memories with exhibited artist, Tomoko Hayashi.
Date and Time: November 22 (Sun) and 23 (Mon)
each 14:00-16:00
Place: Kid’s factory and Exihibition Space
(Exhibition tickets for adults are needed)
Capacity and the age limit: each10 (22th: being from 5 to 12 years old , 23th: for ages 12 and up)
Admission: 200Yen (Need to apply in advance)

Workshop + Artist Talk: Hideyuki Ando
Hideyuki Ando + Tomohumi Yoshida + Junji Watanabe
Save YourSelf!!!, 2006
Experience the exhibited work, Save YourSelf!!! instrcucted by the exhibitor.
Date and Time: November 28 (Sat) and 29 (Sun) each15:00-16:30
Place: Exihibition Space
Capacity and the age limit: each20 (for ages 15 and up)
Admission: Free (Exhibition tickets for adults are needed, Need to apply in advance)
Artist Talk
Hideyuki Ando, an Associate Professor, Osaka University Researcher on nonverbal interface, talks about his specialty and activities.
Date and Time: November 29 (Sun)
Place: Exihibition Space

Talk and Live Demonstration
Talk: Hiroshi Ishiguro × Keiichiro Shibuya × Takashi Ikegami
Live Demonstration: Keiichiro Shibuya × Kouka Live demonstration
Hiroshi Ishiguro
Keiichiro Shibuya
Photo by Kenshu Shintsubo
Keiichiro Shibuya + Kouka Live performance
(Palais de Tokyo, Paris)
The exhibitor Hiroshi Ishiguro(roboticist at Osaka University) , Keiichiro Shibuya(musician), and Takashi Ikegami(complex system researcher at Tokyo University) talk about the relationship of art and science. After the talk, Shibuya plays with android robot Kouka-roid.
Date and Time: December 6 (Sun) 19:00-
Place: Home gallery and GalleryⅠ
To join, please apply by double postcard. Dead line is the end of October.

Expectant Mother's Tour + Family Tour
This is a tour for enjoying the exhibition with family or friends. We also show you convenient facilities for future mothes such as the nursing room or play space for children.
This offer is children aged 0-6 years accompanied by adults.Capacity is 7 groups
Date and Time: November 7 (Sat) 10:30-11:10
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Free(Exhibition tickets for adults are needed)
*Bookings Required

Gallery Tour
Gallery tour for the exhibition guided by the curator.
Date and Time: October 25 (Sun), November 15 (Sun), December 6 (Sun) 15:00-15:30

Daily events in CAMK

Monday Movies
We show various films every Monday in our museum theater.
Date and Time: Twice on every Monday, 14:00-, 18:00- (October 12(Mon) is no screening)
Place: 5F Art Loft
Admission: Free (90 sheets only)