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REAL ESTATE / LANDSCAPE Presented by HOTEL ASIA PROJECT
Opening reception: Friday, 12 June 2015, 18.30 hrs. At Bangkok University Gallery (BUG), City Campus
Exhibition dates: 12 – 27 June 2015
HOTEL ASIA PROJECT will present a touring exhibition project “REAL ESTATE / LANDSCAPE” in collaboration with artists and various professionals based in Kitakyushu (Japan), Chongqing (China) and Bangkok (Thailand). Taking REAL ESTATE as a key perspective, the project aims to reconstruct landscapes surround us. This brand new project will translate a certain moment of daily life and a distorted landscape of global economy and politic into art pieces. The exhibition will start in Kitakyushu in May 2015 and travel to Chongqing and Bangkok.
HOTEL ASIA PROJECT is a platform for international collaborative art projects launched in 2011 by Keiichi Miyagawa, a director of GALLERY SOAP, Yoshitaka Mouri, sociologist and professor of Tokyo University of Fine Arts, and Gen Sasaki, Japanese artist. They have also organized the Kitakyushu Biennial since 2007.
In 2011, as a first project, two days symposium and an exhibition were held in GALLERY SOAP, Kitakyushu. Artists, researchers, curators, a journalist and an architect from Japan and Korea were invited there. The second project was given in Kitakyushu Biennial in 2011.
The third project entitled “THE THEME PARK” was held at Organhaus, an art initiative in Chongqing, China, in 2012. The exhibition consisted of re-mixed fragments of information from various media such as TV programs, newspapers, Internet services and so on. Works were developed in collaboration with artists and curators from China, Korea, Norway and Japan.
HOTEL ASIA PROJECT has also organized various curatorial projects, exhibitions, film screenings and music events, and has participated in the international programs…
REAL ESTATE / LANDSCAPE
Generally speaking the idea of real estate arose from formation of society and nation having strong historical links with any power under logic of possession, occupation and control. Having gone through various periods such as colonialization, modernization and globalization, mighty nations and global firms are still scrambling for land with natural resources.
Also we can see the same structure in developing works such as suburban housing project and urban development with skyscrapers. At the same time those real estates including land itself, houses or buildings on it and natural resources underneath are being traded as a kind of financial commodity in a global market.
We receive information of those through various media in our daily lives, TV, magazine, Internet and so on. In most cases the information is delivered with attractive message that seduce us to consent or obey the system of possession, occupation and control.
This is the landscape outspread before us and mostly we take it as it is without consideration. By seeing from another viewpoint, any information such as company advertisement, propaganda of nation state or statement of region shows different landscape from its original intention.
For example, Nazi propaganda film Olympia (1938) can be Anti-fascism propaganda film by re-editing it with another perspective.
In collaboration with artists and other professionals, various issues relate to real estate informed from Internet or any mass media will be researched and then re-mixed, cut up and reconstructed to present another landscape of the world we live in.