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"Acting Together"
Yoko Ono & Rirkrit Tiravanija
24 November - 25 December, 2016
Closing event: 18:00 - 20:00, Saturday 24 December 2016
Curated by Asakusa with On-site Performance by Participating Artists
ASAKUSA is delighted to announce the two-person exhibition "Acting Together" with artists Yoko Ono and Rirkrit Tiravanija, involving emerging Asia artists in the reenactment and tribute to their performance works. The exhibition will focus on key strategies associated with avant-garde histories - live interventions through constructed situations, subversive uses of the media spectacle, love for games, and grassroots actions - which playfully expand the conceptual horizon of the artist's practices. Taking their scores and instructions as a starting point, "Acting Together" seeks to activate the proposals of Ono and Tiravanija towards unrestricted universality and a legacy of reconnecting people to the everyday foundation of their social realities. While reflecting on historical events of solidarity and revolt, the exhibition also considers the possibilities and potentialities of acting together as a means to expand a resilient network of people, and to secure basic shelter and habitation.
During the exhibition term, the following programme will be performed by three emerging artists in tribute to Rirkrit Tiravanija and Yoko Ono.
Soybean-sprout Invitation to: "Acting Together" with SAKIKO YAMAOKA

12/10 Sat. 17:00 - 19:00

"What is work? What is this curious unity which we designate as work? Of what elements is it composed? Is it not what an author has written?"

As a tribute performance to the exhibition "Acting Together" at Asakusa, I have sent a "Soybean-sprout invitation" to artist Sakiko Yamaoka, proposing acting together to her. This invitation is re-translated into the "Soybean-sprout invitation" to the public. The gesture of inviting itself becomes an event, connecting myself, Sakiko and the audience - whether they come to the space or not, whether they receive the invitation personally or through a network - as a curious gathering. Yet, it does not have a goal to build any human relations. Instead, I am interested in claiming the authorship, action of togetherness in art or the definitions of art, finally the temporality, as it provides an opportunity to blur time and space - important elements to define the 'curious unity' as an art work. This binary invitation confronts the temporality which implies an act of a tribute already. We - Sakiko and I - agreed mutually to look for such a thing like a soybean sprout - so simple and banal, thus, interesting - in order to end up touching down on it by "Acting Together".
Policy until Christmas

The body knows fear and the action really does it.

12/11 Sun. 17:00 - 18:00
"Holding Wings" (living object in the gallery)
Right Breast (front), Left Breast (behind), vice versa

12/17 Sat. 17:00 - 18:30
"Ping-Pong-Frag" (living object in the gallery)
Sound of the nationalism

12/24 Sat. 19:00 - 20:00
"Blind Elephant. Earth" (living object in the gallery)
Breath of the uncertain world

12/25 Sun. 00:00 - 24:00
"Merry Christmas" (living object on the earth)
Remember love to a human being

The Passway Has Been Installed Within the Structure

12/11 Sun. 18:00 - 19:00
12/18 Sun. 17:00 - 19:00
12/24 Sat. 18:00 - 19:00

I challenge the state of the body, and the space which changes our stance when we are on the stage and perform. Will it be possible to perform in the usual and natural way just as we get up in the morning, or while still in bed? That is how I started this work. It depends only on the structure of 30 minutes, where I just try to stay naturally. Even if anything decisive comes to my mind, I want to ignore it as much as possible. It is difficult to keep a natural state of the body in life, but it seems that this is what many people are seeking. There is no secret in these thirty minutes. What is there is only a consciousness trying to keep you normally and a human, irresistible to change in front of the public.

Yuki Kobayashi (b.1990, Tokyo) is an artist whose action-based performance seek to reveal the authenticity of the human condition, working with the spontaneous to discover the invisible. Questioning both power and restrictive social codes towards a more uncertain world of freedom and equality. He recently made a tribute performance to Yoko Ono at White Cube, London, 2015. Kobayashi holds an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. He lives and works in Tokyo and London.
Akiyoshi Nitta (b.1993, Hiroshima) is a contemporary dancer, and a recent returnee from P.A.R.T.S. - Performing Arts Research and Training Studios, Training Cycle 2013-2016, Brussels. His past works include: "Six Potentiality" with Fabrice Mazliah; "Dawn" with Marten Sp?ngberg; and "Untitled" with Andara. Nitta lives and works in Tokyo.
Yen Noh (b.1983, Daegu) takes language and translation as her themes in producing installation and speech-performance, both of which relevantly face each other in a space. Her major projects include "Aveugle Voix", das weisse haus, Vienna, Austria, 2016; and "Voice Over Three, Part I: The First Letter", Heiligenkreuzhof, Vienna, Austria, 2014. She holds an MFA from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Noh lives and works in Vienna.
Yen Noh is currently in Japan for:
ARCUS Project 2016 IBARAKI | Artist-In-Residence Program

Asakusa is a 40-square-meter exhibition venue for contemporary art programmes committed to advancing curatorial collaborations and practices. Since it's inauguration in October 2015, the gallery has worked with Mikhail Karikis, Héctor Zamora, and Oliver Beer. Asakusa held the archival exhibition "1923" tracing the footsteps of early Japanese avant-garde in the 1920s, with a particular focus on the influence of Dada in Tokyo, which paved way to the Proletariat Art in the 1930s. Their most recent exhibition, "Radical Democracy" with Thomas Hirschhorn & Santiago Sierra, was co-curated with Dr. Masaru Araki, Okayama University.
Asakusa opens three days a week:

Thursday 19:00-22:00
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 19:00
All other days by appointment only
Location: 1-6-16 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
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