Spiral is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015. To mark the milestone, over the year it will be hosting a series of exhibitions, salons and other events inspired by the theme of “spectrum.”
The word ‘Spectrum’ itself has many contexts; beliefs, social, political, scientific or artistic. In a similar way, today in Japan many creative talents are emerging with vibrant interdisciplinary and crossover work that employ bold new kinds of methodologies. Their innovative work transcends the definitions of nationality or generation, and the pre-existing fields of artistic expression like contemporary visual art, music, and dance. We will showcase these diverse structures still in flux, grouping them together as a movement we call a “spectrum.”
Across history we can see that the next generation of art and design talent is born out of competition between the creators who demonstrate new and unusual flair. We believe that the seriously active artists and designers are the key pioneers who can develop culture and society for the future. Spiral works together with these artistic talents to present new forms of creativity. The values that emerge from these have the potential to deliver fresh expressions of beauty and even peace, enriching our lives in these uncertain times we live in today.
Based on the above, Spiral will hold a series of small exhibitions called “Spectrum File” in its ground floor entrance area.
A new movement is spreading out the intersection of disability with art. Standing at one of the important points in this is Yoshie Kris. She established SLOW LABEL in 2011, in partnership with Wacoal Art Center and Zou no Hana Terrace. As the director of Yokohama Rendez-vous Project, she has engaged with initiatives where the disabled, corporations, artisans, and artists create things on an equal basis. These products have attracted attention as new endeavors linking the unique faculties of the so-called disabled with a commercial market, and have been sold at department stores nationwide.
From this genesis, SLOW LABEL has gone on to work with factories and the Yokohama Paratriennale. SLOW MOVEMENT is the extension of this, a performance unfolding in the city and transcending barriers of age, gender, nationality, and ability or disability. By repeating the intersection of disability and art, new values are born. This is certainly worthy of being called a “spectrum.”
At the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the encounter between ability and art will surely also attract much attention. In 2020, what will be created by this intersection where Yoshie Kris stands? I look forward to seeing it.
This project works to engage with a wide range of people and regions, and spread a message of diversity and harmony. It organizes workshops with creative people from many fields, such as the circus artist Keisuke Kanai, transforming verse by the poet Misumi Mizuki into participatory performances. In this work, an organic world woven by the fusion of physicality and the latest advances in technology inquires into life, the world, and humanity after 2020.
Director of the Center for Arts and Culture, NLI Research Institute
Through his consultancy work with cultural facilities like Tokyo Opera City, Setagaya Public Theatre, and Alios Iwaki Performing Arts Center, as well as Tokyo International Forum and art projects for Dentsu, Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto has engaged with research into cultural policy, cultural facility management, evaluation, creative cities, and cultural Olympiads. He has served on the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Culture Council Cultural Policy Subcommittee and as chair of the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Commission for Considering 2020 Cultural Events.