“Re-Modernologio” Phase1: Contemplationg Society Through Daily Lives

July 23 (Sat) ~ September 19 (Mon), 2011 10:00 - 18:00 / Free

An art project that deconstructs “modernologio”!

The project rediscovers the relationship between daily life and art through artist activities.

This year the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) will hold an exhibition on “Re-modernologio,” which will examine contemporary societal structure, lifestyle culture, and the relationship between regional daily life and art over a three periods—July-September 2011, October-December 2011, and January-March 2012—based upon the keyword “modernologio,” a movement first advocated by Aomori-native KON Wajirō. Inspired by the barracks architecture which rose up on the burnt ruins of the Kantō Plain after the Great Kantō Earthquake, KON Wajirō developed and put into practice an unusual fieldwork method of drawing, afterwards claiming “modernologyio” as a means to portray the conditions of contemporary society. Many artists whose field is contemporary art use all sorts of things closely connected to our daily lives as materials, producing pieces to pose problems and raise issues in society. They constantly observe their own surroundings carefully, gathering and organizing information within their environment. Upon mastication of this information, they ultimately expand their activities through the mode of creating art.

During the first phrase “[phase1]” under the theme of “contemplating contemporary society through daily lives,” we invite three contemporary artists to perform work exhibitions: NISHIO Yoshinari, who has explored “the relationships between fashion and communication”using plain clothes with which we clad ourselves as materials, and has coproduced art works with local people in various places; mamoru, an artist who takes the things and actions on which we rarely reflect with their corresponding meanings, values, and everyday elements and attempts to read and modify these concepts from a standpoint of sound experience; and IIDA Ryuta, an artist who dissects and revises various old books and magazines filled with traces of human existence, people’s memories, and the problems specific to that time, only to reconstruct them through original sculpture pieces.

Due to the Great Tohoku Earthquake, we are facing a wide variety of problems. In the present situation, we must rethink our daily lives which we took for granted. Once again we would like to sincerely reexamine the foundation of our lives—clothing, food, and shelter. In this project, the artists’ projects will undoubtedly portray rich and varied creativity, however modest. From the standpoint of artistic culture, we will ruminate on society and lifestyles, which can encapsulate many different value judgments.

*On “modernologio”: Field of study advocated by Aomori-native architect KON Wajirō. It attempts to analyze and explain a social situation and customs by concurrently investigating and researching elements in a set place and time. Characterized by fieldwork methods utilizing drawing, modernologio became a forerunner to the later living sciences and research into manners and customs.


IIDA Ryuta


Born 1981 in Shizuoka and a current resident of Hachinohe, Aomori, he graduated in 2004 from Nihon University College of Art with a degree in sculpture. He now works as a full-time lecturer at Hachinohe Junior College teaching childcare majors about art education while working on his own projects. He produces his pieces from collecting old books and postcards filled with people’s memories and then disorganizing and reconstructing them. His major solo exhibitions are “ewiges equivalent” (TSCA Kashiwa/takuro someya contemporary art, Chiba, 2008) and “fact of accumulation 07” (graf media gm osaka, Osaka, 2007), and his major group exhibition has been “12th Okamoto Taro Contemporary Art Award Exhibition” (Okamoto Taro Memorial Museum, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, 2009).


NISHIO Yoshinari


Born in Nara, Japan, 1982
Lives and works in Tokyo and Nairobi

His works have consistently referred to relationships between fashion and communication, developing art projects with the cooperation of citizens and students around the world. His major art projects include “Self Select” in which he exchanges clothes with pedestrians who happen to pass by him in various cities across the world, “Familial Uniform” in which he reproduces family photos with the same family members in the same clothes at the same place, “Overall” in which he reconstructs giant lost objects around the world with patchworks created from unwanted clothes, and “Form on Words Factory” in which children imagine freely and create their own forms based on words. He established Nishio Workshop Nairobi Office in 2009, and started on alternative art projects in Africa.


mamoru (OKUNO Mamoru)


Born in Osaka, Japan in 1977, Mamoru has been playing keyboards instruments since age 7 and has mostly been self-taught. 
He moved to New York City in 1996 to study music. There, he was exposed to improvisational and non-Western music. As a result, in 2001, mamoru moved back to Japan after completing B.F.A. program at The City University of New York to expand and explore these ideas using contemporary instruments and found objects.

Most recently, Mamoru has developed a series works "etude" that transforms everyday objects and practices into "sound art" or "means to create sound art" by decoding/recoding them. The works has been shown as installation works, performances, multiples and workshops.

In the etude performances, Mamoru, very often, invites audience to listen deeply to the sound by integrating audience as an important elemet in the process of sound making. The performance incorporates everyday practices such as eating and drinking. For example, the etude no.12 variation for eating "Nori paste" is one of the performance that ask people to eat with the artist to produce the sound object. There are other examples that involves drinking as a mean to create work.


Organized by: Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public College
In cooperation with: Nishio Workshop, Hachinohe Junior College, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, YUKA TSURUNO, KOGANE builder's offi ce, Nandemoya, Hotel YAMAGAMI, Midori Art Center(MAC), Support staff, ACAC student supporters, AIRS