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Tomohiro Kubota   Taishi Hatayama


3 - 18 October, 23 - 25 October, 2020

We position ourselves in the relationship with others by drawing our own contours and defining our boundaries. And we define ourselves through the differences that lie there. However, there are various limits to our way of being. In this situation, what we need to do is to relax the boundaries and reconsider our ways of understanding all others.


The exhibition "attunement" uses the practice of "done-avec" proposed by the poet Edouard Glissant from Martinique as a model for understanding others, and explores its possibilities through the expressions of the two artists. In Poetics of Relations (2000), Glissant proposed a model of self-centered understanding that "grasps the contours of the other and draws them back to itself," in contrast to the model of self-centered understanding that "grasps the contours of the other and draws them back to itself," in which the other is the starting point, to a model of co-ownership (donné avek) that leaves the other to understand itself. This is a way of understanding based on others, which means to superimpose oneself on the already existing "other/many".


Kubota, who works with themes of collective judgment surrounding the act of "throwing away" things, questions the future of community through the practice of "discarding" the overflow of objects in the studio he runs in collaboration with other artists. Kubota views the decision of what to leave behind or not to leave behind as a question of property and burden in the future, and proposes a way of being conscious of superimposing oneself as part of the "many" in this process.

Hatayama uses the ascetic color of white and sensual and bold brushstrokes to highlight the presence of "energy" lurking in nature that cannot be perceived visually. The quiet picture he creates foregrounds not only the objects depicted in the picture, but also the space outside of the picture plane, which is not depicted in the picture. In this way, Hatayama invites viewers to feel as if they were immersed in the space, and thus to the fluctuation of the boundary between "self" and "other" as if they were a part of it.

Furthermore, this exhibition is an intersection of the two artists' practices, in which they seek new possibilities for understanding others, based on "language" as a method of communication. As the expression "language barrier" suggests, different languages separate us from each other and make it difficult to communicate. However, just as plants and animals have their own language, we can shake the boundary between the "self" and the "other/many" by listening to sensory "words" that are different from our usual language, which includes various elements not limited to writing and speech. We hope you will enjoy the two artists' attempts to unravel the various boundaries that surround us in different ways. We hope you will enjoy their attempts to unwind these various boundaries that surround us in different ways.


3 - 18 October, 23 - 25 October, 2020

Closing on


Opening Hours

12:00 - 20:00


The 5th Floor: Hanazono Alley 5F 3-3-9 IkenohataTaito-ku Tokyo



Organised by

The 5th Floor

Curated by

Tomoya Iwai

In cooperation of

Keizo Sugihara


Taishi Hatayama



Oil on canvas

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