Art in a Container International Competition
This exhibition features 30 contemporary artworks in a variety of media, which are exhibited or installed inside shipping containers. Utilizing the limited space of a 40-feet container, the power and potential of art are expressed in a condensed form.
- ■Exhibition works
- 30 works（abroad：5 works）
- ■Exhibition period
- October 3 to November 23, 2009
- ■Exhibition place
- Kobe Meriken Park（Main venue）： ContainerNo.31～46, 48～61
- ■Application total
- 398 works（abroad：42 works 16countries）
- Takamichi Ito、Ken Sakamura、Hide Nakaya、Yusuke Nakahara、
Sadamasa Motonaga、Hiromi Yoshida、Yong-woo Lee Click here for detail
KOBE Biennale Grand Prize
In this experiential art work, visitors push their way inside and create their own cavity in the spongy material that is packed into every corner of the container. Through the act of creating the cavity, which is based on one's personal desires and understanding of the material, one becomes aware of the shape and confronts something within themselves.
The artwork ShadowWings is a composition of seven little tents with tiny illuminated steal-mechanics inside. The utterly quiet, maneuverable mechanics project several slowly moving wings on the surface of the tents, so that only the shadows of the mechanical wings are visible.
Nevertheless – the reality is preserved in the shadows
Daisuke Ibano + Ryosuke Fujii
A light source set up in the center of the container projects light on an infinite number of mirrors attached to the walls. By entering the wavering light, the viewer recognizes anew their ability to perceive it as the light flickers like the glimmer on the sea's surface.
PioRyo (Ryo Takahashi + Hajime Shimoyama)
By transforming the tones and rhythms from a variety of scenes in Kobe into a circle of resounding light, I have created a new soundscape for the city. Inside the container, the viewer experiences the endless expanse of this "Forest of Harmony."
This interactive installation is a meditation on the fluid nature of our dreams and on the manner in which all of our desires are connected. It is a celebration of our longings and a requiem for their ephemeral nature. From water we are born, and to water we shall return.
Prize of Encouragement
You don't usually have a chance to see the earth floating in outer space. If the earth was shrunken down to human size and began speaking to you, what would you say?
snow bar N43 is an installation which allows viewers to watch snow "fall." Snow provides an implicit communal and cultural context in the cold country of the north. Using a cross-section of snow's beauty, the work provides a shared spatial experience.
Bathed in stimulating sounds, a group of objects silently prays at a stand representing its faith. From a distance, they seem to be lined up in a disciplined manner, but these are by no means ascetic monks. Based on the motif of a pachinko parlor where time stands, this work is meant to inspire the viewer to reconsider what it means to be "alive."
Winning a prize
After entering the cage inside the container, the viewer is driven to take a peek at the strange creature that emerges there via a three-dimensional projection. The creature that one sees is something that lies dormant in everyone's heart. Enjoy the experience with whoever else happens to be in the container with you.
I recreated my father's cow shed, which had outlived its usefulness, inside the container. The carvings on the cow-rubbed poles and the modeling of the sediment really gives it the feel of a sculpture. And the position of the cow, which is facing this direction, is a way for the viewer to come terms with my background.
There are differences in the way that each individual person sees things; daily communication is also conducted within this disparity. In looking at the outline of a "something," everyone sees it as a certain "thing." Communication is a blur.
The perspective and shadowing used by Leonardo and Raphael are painting techniques that give create a space and three dimensions within a plane. This work also allows the viewer to get a taste of the wondrous phenomenon of "being able to see something three-dimensional even though it's really a plane."
In the past, I learned about many things by looking through the window. If the "window" on display here has the same significance for other people, I think my window will have been a success.
I used some cardboard, which had outlived its original use and was waiting to function in a new way, to create a statue of Yakushi-sanzon, a Buddha who mends people's hearts. Take a moment to enjoy the variations in the statue's features from different angles. If you've got some discarded paper, you've got some paper that's ready to be picked up.
Viewed through observation portals, ambiguous drawings of whale flukes and eastern curlews mingle and float on layered, transparent screens. The curlew’s cry and the toll of a ship’s bell are metaphors, forewarning species extinction and the omnipresent impact of man upon nature. The installation embraces cultural and environmental sustainability.
Office of the Organization Committee for Kobe Biennale
Kobe City Hall, 2nd Bldg., 1F 6-5-1 Kanou-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8570 Japan