03 May 2015

When I was When I was., The Evening Post, 1915. @ Thistle Hall

When I was When I was., The Evening Post, 1915. 

As a part of the exhibition, Making Peace, 27 April - 2 May 2015, Thistle Hall, Wellington. 

A site-specific and time-specific installation to coincide with the the Centenary of ANZAC Campaign in Gallipoli Peninsula in WWI.

Five issues of The Evening Post of Wellington from exactly 100 years ago were reproduced and presented daily in the front window space. Only one issue from the exact same date was made available to read each day. (No paper was published on Sundays 100 years ago (2 May 1915) so all 5 copies were presented on the last day of the exhibition.)

27 April - 2 May 2015
Thistle Hall
New Zealand


"The standout was Asumi Mizuo’s ‘When I Was When I Was’, a simple re-presentation of a copy of the Evening Post newspaper from Thursday the 29th of April 1915, with easy chair and table. In one window a notice from the paper was posted offering the “Imperial governments’” congratulations on New Zealand’s “splendid gallantry and magnificent achievement” in The Dardanelles. It is so out of sync with our current understanding, it reads at first as a joke.
" In the other window was a copy of the Evening Post’s front page. Full of the hustle and bustle of ads for plumbers, child-minders and coal for winter heating, the war is barely mentioned. You become aware of how similar the everyday needs of life were to ours now. Sitting down with the newspaper inside the gallery it isn’t until you get to page seven that news from the front appears, shorn of all the dramatic illustrations and human-interest stories you’d expect today.
"100 years ago in a time of terrible tragedy the newspaper kept the peace by careful control of information. Yet it also reflected that life went on, without uniformity, with a great many different individual experiences and stories. "
 -excerpt from the review by Mark Amery, http://www.thebigidea.co.nz/ , 6 May 2015.

01 February 2015

Site in Residence Handbook- text contribution

Site in Residence Handbook
Site in Residence, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

A handbook published for the open day of the Site in Residence's archive, 22 -25 January 2015.
About 60 short articles on and about the site were contributed by 12 artists and writers. 

Published by Site in Residence, 2015
Edited by Taro Sakata, Toshiaki Koga, Jun Fukushima
Designed by Toshimasa Kimura
Edition of 200

Site in Residence [Umwelt] is an artist in residence programme that focuses on one particular piece of land in Yokohama. 
May 2014 - March 2015

Fukaya Communication Site (ex. Naval Transmitter Station (US))
Fukaya, Totsuka-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref.

神奈川県横浜市の元米海軍深谷通信所をプロジェクトサイトに開催されたサイト・イン・レジデンス「環世界」(参加:岩田とも子、藤井光、森弘治 2014年5月〜2015年3月)の関連書籍。「環世界資料室」の開室にあわせて発行された。約60のキーワードを通して、この土地を紹介する。寄稿者はこの地を訪れた美術家、研究者ら。
岩田とも子(美術家/PPR空想地学研究所 所長)

Photo: Gosuke Sugiyama (Gottingham)