From Kyoto to Berlin and Halle: Meet video artist Kayoko Tomita

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Today, Berlin based video artist Kayoko Tomita popped by our office. We asked her a few questions about her life here. She showed us her recent video work ‘Bibliothek’, which is a stunning experimental video featuring unique footage from a Halle library with rhythmic sound editing. The video will be shown at international film festivals, and you can see some stills here:

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Where in Japan are you from and what took you to Berlin?

I am from Kyoto in Japan and came to Berlin in spring 2011. One year later, I moved to Halle to study at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. It’s near Leipzig and I studied there for three years. Now, I live in Berlin again and I am finishing my studies from here.

What are the three greatest things about Berlin?

The first thing I would say is tolerance. Berlin is very international and open minded. I also love the ice cream shops! And of course I am attacted to the famous art environment in Berlin.

Who are your favourite artists?

The first one I would mention is the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto. I also like the work of the London-based Japanese artist Hiraki Sawa. As a spontaneous favourite right now, I really like the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty these days.

Which is your favourite food and do you have a favourite restaurant and bar in Berlin?

I love smoked mackarel with radishes and soya sauce. A favourite restaurant in Kreuzberg is a French restaurant called Le Marigny. I don’t remember the name of my favourite bar, but it’s somewhere in Neukölln [Right, hahaha, ed.].

What is your biggest dream to accomplish in Berlin?

My biggest dream is to experience the development of Berlin and witness on first hand where the city will go in the future. Maybe the new airport will even open with direct flights to Japan.

You can visit Kayako’s web site here.

Photo: Kayoko Tomita (right) interviewed by Ayoko Yuse.

Happy birthday, Seiji Ozawa!

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In the chronicles of the Berliner Philharmoniker, 1966 was a remarkable year: In quick succession, two young conductors made their debuts with the orchestra who soon afterwards joined the elite of the music world: Claudio Abbado and Seiji Ozawa. Both were discoveries of Herbert von Karajan and the press outdid each other in their praise of the maestro’s unmistakable talent for discovering outstanding talent. Seiji Ozawa, winner of the conducting competition in Besançon, Koussevitzky Prize winner and former assistant to Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, had been music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for just over a year, and had recently made a spectacular debut in Salzburg. Compared to the elegant Abbado, the petite Japanese with his thick mane of hair seemed like a hippie. He darted around in front of the orchestra “like a hummingbird”, as one review said, but his “creative energy” was brilliant and he was celebrated as a “conducting Paganini”. He conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony – creating a programme concept which was also to be come typical for future concerts.

Read the full article here.

Shota Nakamura – Solo exhibition “Play Of Sunlight”

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AGORA is pleased to present Shota Nakamura and his first solo exhibition in Europe. Shota (1987) was born in Yamanashi, Japan. In 2011 he graduated from Musashino Art University in Japan (BFA). He is currently living and working in Berlin.

Recent solo exhibitions (2015) were held in Gallery Trax, Yamanashi, Utrecht/NOW IDeA, Tokyo. He collaborated at Kinfolk Gathering “In Praise of Slowness” in Yamanashi, Japan.

His latest work ““Play Of Sunlight” ” consists of series of works on paper, showing his profound interests in “Nature” and “Painting” as a subject matter. Nakamura applies landscape imagery as a starting point for an abstract painting. His artworks incorporate elements of abstraction and observation (or attachment) to his current concerns – nature.

Opening reception & book launch:
This Friday, August 21st
19:00 ~

SHOTA NAKMAURA
http://shota-nakamura.tumblr.com/

AGORA COLLECTIVE
Mittelweg 50, Neukölln
http://agoracollective.org/

Danish girl creates Post A Letter event in Tokyo

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Join us @ Greed on Thursday the 30st of July.
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Pop-up post office & letter-writing station at café Greed in Shibuya. Donations appreciated :)
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PAL SAC stands for Post A Letter Social Activity Club; We set up a ‘stationary bar’ where we encourage you to forget your smartphones and screens for an hour and write a handwritten letter to anyone you like, with a bunch of other letter-writing people.

Read more about PAL SAC here: http://postaletter.tumblr.com/

Greed, 富ヶ谷 (Tomigaya), 1-43-7, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0063.

Facebook Event.