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MOT Annual 2020 Invisible Powers

Art | December 2, 2020 |

MOT Annual 2020 Invisible Powers
Image courtesy of Yoko Shimizu, Biospeaker, 2017

MOT Annual 2020 Invisible Powers
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
November 14, 2020 – February 14, 2021

MOT Annual is a group exhibition featuring young Japanese artists that invites inquiry and discussion by focusing on a particular aspect of contemporary art. The 16th MOT Annual will look at the workings of invisible powers in nature and society that affect people and things, through four artists and an artist duo who attempt to reconstruct the mechanisms behind such powers.

Invisible powers are at work around us producing a complex world. Examples are the forces of gravity, magnetism, and friction, which directly affect the movements of things, and the influence of DNA on the nature and behavior of living creatures. The systems and rules that move and shape our society, along with the views, emotions, and fixed concepts of the people behind them, can perhaps also be called an invisible power. Today, when research and business grow increasingly specialized and fragmented, we as individuals are hard-pressed to maintain awareness of the mechanisms making up our world. With the advance of the information society, moreover, many mechanisms grow hard to discern or hidden from sight. The ability to reflexively grasp and process information is demanded of us, and for the most part, the powers at work behind the information escape our attention.

MOT Annual 2020 Invisible Powers
Image courtesy of Gaetan Kubo, Perspective of Memory, 2016 Photo: Keizo Kioku

This exhibition ponders the invisible powers around us and the mechanisms that move and change things, along with artists who attempt to reconstruct those mechanisms, alone or in collaboration. Often their work recalls a laboratory or the microcosmic world of a miniature garden. We feel as if we are watching things move autonomously in a system disconnected from reality. That experience, however, directs our attention to the “taken-for-granted assumptions” at the basis of our lives and lets us glimpse a world set in motion by complexly coinciding elements. The artists’ visualization of invisible powers confuses our senses and, in the process, offers us opportunities to reconsider the fixed assumptions to which we have long grown accustomed.

MOT Annual 2020 Invisible Powers
Image courtesy of Junya Kataoka, Spinning Light Bulb #4 Arare, 2019

Highlights
A world of diverse, distinctive art expression | From delicate handmade collages to artworks incorporating biotechnology, and even software -art that investigates protocols- a complex world of diverse, distinctive art expression. Through artworks that arouse your curiosity about natural and social phenomena, and artworks that explore new ways of living, you will feel moved to learn more about your society, your times, and the world.

Installations featuring “movement” | Experience invisible powers and their mechanisms through artworks, sometimes dynamic and sometimes placid, that move mechanical devices that rotate and vibrate, video works displaying scenes of biological reactions, interactive program using smartphones, and participation-oriented projects.

The “now” of young artists active in Japan and abroad | Recent and new installations by young artists who actively participate in solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, art festivals, and residencies at art museums in Japan and abroad. Also planned: artist talks, performances, workshops, and other related programs.

more. www.mot-art-museum.jp

MOT Annual 2020 Invisible Powers
Image courtesy of Goh Uozumi, State of Empty, 2016 from Exhibition “Media Conscious” NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC)
MOT Annual 2020 Invisible Powers
Image courtesy of Yuta Nakajima, This A Side and That B Side, 2015 Photo: Hajime Kato
MOT Annual 2020 Invisible Powers
Image courtesy of Rie Iwatake, Bodyscapes # muscles of the face, 2018

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