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Work ID:  CON-165088
Name: Fumi Furuta
Title: Pokkuri from Japanese Room collection
Size: 144 x 61 cm
Media: A print on shiny canvas combined with antique kimomno belt
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Work ID:  CON-165095
Name: Gerlinde Behr-Johansen
Title: Wake up – The last ones standing
Size: Base: 65x50cm, Sculpture: 37x37x30 cm
Media: Flash glass
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It’ s hard to connect Tokyo and Buenos Aires, because they’ re such two different cultures.
After 10 years of living in Japan and 1 year in Argentina, the beauty of Argentina is liberating my restrain from Japan.
If you think Tokyo is a city of black and white and deeply isolationist, Buenos Aires is more likely to be dark blue and dark red, with a messy, realistic sense of life.

So I decided to mix the photo of Tokyo and Buenos Aires together, they’ re so different, but somehow, I feel that they’ re telling the same story. It’ s a series not just about Japan and Argentina, is about how the two culture struggled, fighted and came to a harmony inside me. I used to be an otherworldly bird, flying in the skies of Tokyo, now I’ m an ant scurrying around in Argentina.
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Work ID:  CON-165108
Name: Ko Mumu
Title: Tokyo's Bird, Buenos Aires's ant
Size: 48.77 x 27.43 cm
Media: Digital Photo
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Work ID:  CON-165121
Name: Shigetoshi Furutani
Title: The Trifle Of The Immaturity
Size: 400 x 225 cm for projecting by a projector
on wall or HD quality monitor (42 inch)       
Media: Loop Animation
Video: https://vimeo.com/174267809

This work is, at its essence, autobiographical. I consist of many different experiences, all of which are battling to have a part of my personality. My preference for things has changed dramatically and sporadically throughout my life. One thing may take prominence for a while, but soon another thing will take over. all experiences have, at one point the potential to be the one. I exist as a container, logically controlling the traffic of the things by considering relation between me and society. To a certain extent, I am a robot which has been programmed by empirical education. In the end, my personality is made up of all of these experiences.

To explain such a confused mind, I featured and re-made a painting “The Triumph Of The Immaculate” drawn by Paolo De Matteis(1662 - 1728). I found that the narrative of the painting had similar concerns to my own introspections. ​
Recently I’m feeling that the available storage of memory in my brain is full and that I am having trouble memorising new things. Therefore I need to export some of these memories to secure more space for new experiences to solidify, in a similar manner to the way you export data from your laptop to external hard drives. This piece is the first attempt of this idea. First, I made a mind map of important memories in my life along a timeline, then categorised them by which country they originated from. What this revealed was that most things I experienced in my teenage years were from Japan, leading me to create a space in which biographical archiving could occur.

The work archives the manners and customs of Japanese teenage motorcycle gangs called “Bousouzoku” which were most prevalent during the 70’s and 80’s. The animation presents various iconic Bousouzoku images and themes. Particularly, the word “夜露死苦” (more commonly “よろしく”) pronounced “yoroshiku” meaning “hello”, “Nice to meet you” or “best regards”. “夜露死苦” (seen on the left and right hand side of the piece) was created by gathering characters with dark or a negative connotations, such as “夜” meaning “night”, “” meaning “scantily”, “死” meaning “death” and “” meaning “hard”. “yoroshiku” was often used by the gangs at the end of sentences, for example “I never lose a fight! yoroshiku!”.

Despite their appearence, “Bousouzoku” were the primary social problem of the era, they spawned several cultural trends such as “Tokkoufuku”, a special outfit with messages embroidered on it, or ‘Call’ a rhythm made by skilfully operating the throttle and clutch. And perhaps most notably, the accentuated exterior of the motor bikes themselves, commonly customised with larger bodies and kitsch colours. “Bousouzoku” were unprecedented in their originality.​
Work ID:  CON-165122
Name: Shigetoshi Furutani
Title: Champ Lord
Size: 400 x 225 cm for projecting by a projector
on wall or HD quality monitor (42 inch)      
Media: Loop Animation
Video: https://vimeo.com/174267809

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