emergencies! 025
'Inter-Nature Communication'
Date: May 23 - August 1, 2015 [finished]

"Why Not Hand Over a "Shelter" to Hermit Crabs? -White Chapel" 2014-15

Many of INOMATA's works are based on cooperation with living beings. Up to now, she used a 3D printer to make transparent shells in the shapes of cities or buildings, which she gave to hermit crabs to move in, or create city-shaped objects she placed on turtles' backs; exchanged "clothes" with a dog in the form of the dog's and her own hair; had bagworms make cocoons out of pieces of women's clothing; or took a parakeet out to take lessons in French.

For the realization of her works, INOMATA first studies the modes of life and characteristics of the creatures to work with, based on which she works out appropriate ways of approaching the respective creative work. We tend to believe that living beings other than humans live in a different world with a different logic, due to which means of communication between human and non-human are extremely limited. By taking the behavior of living beings other than humans, and placing it in the human world, INOMATA aims to re-examine human beings from a new perspective, and thereby rediscover aspects of her own species. This may be considered as an act of creating one fiction by exploring new forms of communication between animals and men, and discovering their respective roles therein.

On display at this exhibition are a number of recent works, and the new work "LINES: Listening to shell's growth lines ver.1.0," in which the artist converts the growth lines of shells that reflect changes in their habitat just like the growth rings of trees, into sounds.

Born 1983. Completed the Intermedia Art course at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Her works are mainly themed on the process of rediscovering our own human identity within contemporary society through the modes of life of living beings other than humans. Past exhibitions include "HAMBURG ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA" (FRISE, Hamburg, Germany, 2014) and "I Wear the Dog's Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair" (HAGISO, Tokyo, 2014).

Related Event

Artists' Talk
AKI INOMATA (emergencies! 025)

Guest: IGARASHI Taro
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015, 2:00pm -
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Channel ICC

Interview with the artist is available in Podcast "Channel ICC."
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