Diorama of the City at Tokyo Wonder Site 

Exonemo, Alex Gawronski, Paramodel, Gail Priest, Tim Silver And Hiraku Suzuki

Curated by Reuben Keehan and Hisako Hara

Exhibition Dates
13 September - 12 October 2008

A collaborative project developed by Artspace, Sydney, and Tokyo Wonder Site, Diorama of the City: Between Site & Space explored the complex politics of site, mapping historical resonances, contemporary anxieties and the rhythms of urban life through a dynamic series of international encounters, exhibitions and public events. 

 

Overview

A collaborative project developed by Artspace, Sydney, and Tokyo Wonder Site, Diorama of the City: Between Site & Space explored the complex politics of site, mapping historical resonances, contemporary anxieties and the rhythms of urban life through a dynamic series of international encounters, exhibitions and public events.


In this first leg of a two-stage project, three Sydney-based artists undertook a six-week residency at Tokyo Wonder Site, engaging with the local context and developing work in preparation for a major exhibition in Tokyo.


Artspace reciprocated in 2009 by hosting the Japanese and Australian artists as they developed a second exhibition held in Sydney, which built on the earlier presentation in Japan.

 

Structured in such a way as to facilitate collaboration and dialogue between Australian and Japanese artists, the overall project sought to strengthen and expand artist networks in the Asia-Pacific region, while introducing audiences in both countries to new and innovative practices in installation, performance and media art.


A joint project developed in collaboration with Tokyo Wonder Site. Part of the Australia-Japan Strategic Ties for the Arts Program, an initiative of Asialink supported by the Australia Japan Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Tim Silver, 'Shooting Tadpoles at the Moon', 2008, installation view, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo. Photograph: Masumi Kawamura

Gail Priest, '28 Songs for a City: Tokyo', 2008, installation view, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo. Photograph: Masumi Kawamura

Exonemo, 'DEF-RAG', 2008, installation view, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo. Photograph: Masumi Kawamura

Alex Gawronski, 'Eyewall 1', 2008, installation view, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo. Photograph: Masumi Kawamura

Hiraku Suzuki, 'Road Sign-Diamond', 2008, Night Mask 2008 and GENGA 2004-08, installation view, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo. Photograph: Masumi Kawamura

Paramodel, 'Paramodelic Graffiti', 2008, installation view, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo. Photograph: Masumi Kawamura