Friday last week turned out to be a good time to visit Kyobashi and Ginza art galleries - there was really interesting installation by Okawa Mamiko; an innovative exhibition/installation by Gawa Kumiko; and a very interesting exhibition by Moriizumi Shoko. Fortunately I received permission to record video at all three events (see links below), so the events can be both seen from afar and also seen in the future, long after the events are finished.
It's video's archival value that strikes me as a truly wonderful thing these days. That has always been photography's main purpose in a way, but so often I've used it for the purpose of showing things to people living very far away, that the archival value ended up being of secondary importance... until recently, when I've been looking over old images and appreciating that it's possible to see things which have long gone. Video is wonderful for this not only due to the recording of motion, but also because of the sound - or maybe even especially because of the sound. The strange thing I've found with sound is that it seems more difficult to recall than images - yet when a sound is heard again, it is easily remembered as soon as you hear it. (What is the process/reason for that anyway? I suppose to recognize people's voices? There's little need to recall them if they are not present, but it's important to recognize the voice of someone you know/knew when you meet them?) Anyway - check out the videos below if you have time!
Gawa Kumiko Exhibition at Gallery Ginza 1-Chome A 120427
Gawa Kumiko Exhibition at Gallery Ginza 1-Chome B 120427
http://youtu.be/-gnTlJfIaEo - [Art blog]
Moriizumi Shoko 森泉笙子展 Exhibition at Salon De La サロンドゥラー A 120427
Moriizumi Shoko 森泉笙子展 Exhibition at Salon De La サロンドゥラー B 120427
Moriizumi Shoko 森泉笙子展 Exhibition at Salon De La サロンドゥラー C 120427
Moriizumi Shoko 森泉笙子展 Exhibition at Salon De La サロンドゥラー D 120427
http://youtu.be/EtG-xuFjMOg - [Art blog]
Okawa Mamiko 大川真美子 Installation at Gallery Hinoki ギャラリー檜 120427
http://youtu.be/Y4NYg49-8nE - [Art blog]
Artist Making Sketch - (120427)
Wet Nighttime Look at Yurakucho Plaza - (120427)
Yurakucho to Tokyo - (120427)
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon