Art Aquarium Exhibition in Tokyo
Visitors watch “kingyo,” or goldfish, swimming in a polyhedral aquarium on the opening day of the Art Aquarium Exhibition in Tokyo. The annual exhibition produced by Hidetomo Kimura was the collaboration of Japan’s old Edo period atmosphere, modern technology and the kingyo, the organizer said.
animals being used for “art” is eeesh,
Diana Thater - Chernobyl, 2011
i don’t know if i like the work or the photos more.
Joschi Herczeg and Daniele Kaehr - Explosions, 2010 - custom-built detonator connected to cameras and synchronized to photograph at the moment of explosion
Ran Ortner - Swell, 2006 - oil on canvas
Catherine Bertola Unseen by all but me alone (2009)
This exhibition reveals a constant theme within Bertola’s work by drawing on the historic role of women and craft production. Bertola celebrates the skill and beauty prevalent to historical genres of craft and the decorative arts, and draws upon a legacy of collective struggle of women; and the presence of personal triumph and liberation that is often overlooked by history.
Unseen by all but me alone consists of a series of delicate handmade golden cobwebs that infiltrate the nooks and crannies of the bare and empty gallery space. With its roots in the origins of female labour the title is taken from a song, sung by Habetrot (a mythological figure in Anglo-Celtic folklore associated with spinning and healing and symbolised by the spinning wheel, wool, and the spiders web) in the story of Habetrot and the Scantlie Mab, a pagan tale that uses spinning as a metaphor and measure for a woman’s virtue. Bertola’s delicately spun webs reclaim space from the absence of human activity, and through their material value announce both a relationship with organic creation associated with neglect and the passing of time, and a
celebration of luxury and silent splendour.