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Jikken Kobo


Thursday 8 September


Bétonsalon – Opening & performance

:: 6pm - Opening of the exhibition "Jikken Kobo 実験工房" Experimental Workshop

:: 8pm - Performance “Be a Speaker. So be it...” Ei Arakawa, Sergei Tcherepnin, Gela Patashuri
Ei Arakawa:
Born in 1977 in Iwaki, Japan, lives and works in New York. His work, never shown in France to date, has been presented at many international art events and venues, such as Frieze Projects (London, 2010), The Power Plant (Toronto, 2008), The Yokohama Triennial of 2008, the New Museum (New York, 2008), MUMOK (Vienna, 2008). Ei Arakawa stages culturally investigative group performances, standing on the brink of random chaos. His choreographed actions have included semi-improvised shows including the rapid construction and deconstruction of a stage, a performance or an artwork.
Sergei Tcherepnin:
Sergei Tcherepnin, born is 1981, is a composer and performer based in Brooklyn, New York. His music has been played in the USA and abroad in venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Chelsea Art Museum, Dia Beacon, National Olympic Stadium (Tokyo), and at festivals such as the Look and Listen Festival in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Autumn Festival. Tcherepnin recently held a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts where he worked with Master George Lewis, focusing in particular on the theory and practice of improvisation. He performs regularly as a member of the synthesizer collective Analogos.
Gela Patashuri:
Gela Patashuri, born in 1973 is a Georgian artist who lives in Tbilisi. In 2006, he met Daniel Baumann and participated in the Tbilisi Biennale. He has participated several times in projects by Ei Arakawa, such as the Chalet de Tokyo in Edinburgh (2008); MAVOE/Shindisi Autocenter in New Jersey (Basel, 2009) and also during the Hurt Locker Instruments at Casco in Utrecht in June 2010. In 2011, he organised and collaborated to the exhibitions Gastmahl Zweyer Berge and Without Wall at Contemporary Art Space Center of Shindisi.

Thursday 22 September


CAC Brétigny – opening

:: 6pm - Bus departs from Paris Bibliothèque, 104 avenue de France, 75013 Paris (booking necessary)

:: 7pm - Opening of the exhibition “Be a Speaker. So be it...” Ei Arakawa, Sergei Tcherepnin, Gela Patashuri

:: 7.30pm - The Ensemble Performance with Gela Patashuri

Saturday 24 September

CAC Brétigny / Bétonsalon – Lecture & Visit

:: 2pm - Bus departs from Paris Bibliothèque, 104 avenue de France, 75013 Paris (booking necessary)

:: 3pm - Lecture at CAC Brétigny : « Broken Mirror. Propos sur la musique japonaise dans ses marges de 1945 à aujourd’hui » by Michel Henritzi

:: 5.30pm - Bus departs from CAC Brétigny to Bétonsalon

:: 6.30pm - Visit of the exhibition at Bétonsalon by Mélanie Mermod

:: 8pm - Bus returns to CAC Brétigny
The musician and music critic Michel Henritzi will give a lecture entitled “Broken Mirror. Propos sur la musique japonaise dans ses marges de 1945 à aujourd’hui”. It is part of a cycle of lectures on experimental music entitled “The experience of experimentation” organised by Les Instants Chavirés, in partnership with IDEAT, the Institut d’Esthetique des
Arts et Technologies (Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne, CNRS UMR 8153) and the Music department of University Paris 8. This cycle is directed by Matthieu Saladin (a researcher attached to IDEAT).

Saturday 8 October

CAC Brétigny / Bétonsalon by RER C – Performance and Concert

:: 5pm - Concert-performance : The Ensemble Performance with Sergei Tcherepnin at CAC Brétigny

:: 8pm - Concert by Aki Takahashi, with the participation of Ei Arakawa and Sergei Tcherepnin at Bétonsalon
Aki Takahashi: a pianist celebrated worldwide, especially for her interpretations of Morton Feldman et Iannis Xenakis, she will perform in Paris a recital of compositions by the Jikken Kobo, as well as works by composers close to their research such as Arnold Schönberg and John Cage. This concert will take place in the exhibition space, since Aki Takahashi wishes to extend the spirit of experimentation desired by the collective, by using some of their works as musical scores.

Saturday 15 October

CAC Brétigny / Bétonsalon / Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris
By Taxi Tram : édition “Hospitalités” – Performance, Visit, Cinema

:: 11.15am : rendez-vous at 104 av. de France, métro Bibliothèque F. Mitterrand (line 14*)

:: 11.30am : Departure towards CAC Brétigny

:: 12.30 – 1pm : CAC Brétigny : The Ensemble Performance with Ei Arakawa

:: 1pm-2.30pm : barbecue at CAC Brétigny

:: 2.30pm : Departure from CAC Brétigny

:: 3.30-4.30 pm: Bétonsalon : visit of the exhibition Jikken kobo

:: 4.30pm : departure from Bétonsalon

:: 5.30pm : Maison de la culture du Japon : “Autour de Ginrin” experimental film screening

:: Independent return : closest metro: Bir-Hakeim, line 6 or Champs de Mars, RER C


Hospitalités, an original event of contemporary art, organised by the Tram network and linking 31 spaces throughout the Île-de-France, presents 12 unique routes from 24 September to 10 December. Every Saturday, two or three spaces join together on a specific programme where artistic proposals question each other and develop a dialogue. This third edition of Hospitalités, rich in meetings and exchanges, explores in particular questions related to travel, international migrations, the world overseas, architecture and suburban landscape.

*Reservation for the bus : taxitram@tram-idf.fr

Wednesday 19 October

Bétonsalon – Conference

:: 7pm-9pm - Conference with Reiko Tomii (art historian, NYC) and Joji Yuasa (composer, Japan, member of Jikken Kobo)
Reiko Tomii is an art historian, researcher and curator, whose area of specialisation is the history of post-war Japanese art. She was notably the co-curator of the exhibitions Global Conceptualism (Queens Museum of Art, 1999) and Century City (Tate Modern, 2001). She co-wrote with Eric C. Shiner Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York (Japan Society, 2007) and is the co-founder of PoNJA-GenKon, a network and distribution mediator of a research group specialised in contemporary Japanese art.
Joji Yuasa (born in Koriyama in 1929) is a composer and member of the Jikken Kobo. After studying medicine, Yuasa turned towards music and studied composition at the Experimental Workshop in Tokyo (1951-1957). The most important Japanese composer of his generation after Takemitsu, Yuasa played a crucial role in the development of electro-acoustic music of his country throughout the 1950s, and remains one of the most influential members of the experimental Japanese movement to the present day.

Friday 28 October


Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris – Cinema

:: 7pm - « Autour de Kiné calligraph » , experimental film screenings
On the occasion of the first Jikken Kobo retrospective, the Maison de la culture de Japon à Paris is hosting two screenings of experimental films, most of which have never been shown in France before. Each screening is articulated around one of the two surviving films by Jikken Kobo, Ginrin (1955) and Kiné calligraph (1955) and presents several films, documentaries and experimental animations linked to the activities and collaborations of the members of the Jikken Kobo. The second screening will present two experimental films from the 1930s by Ogino Shigezi, the reels of which were found in 2010 in Japan.