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Roadside Lights

Roadside Lights is a charming series from Japanese photographer Eiji Ohashi that captures vending machines in their natural surroundings. A native of the northernmost Japanese city of Wakkanai in Hokkaido prefecture, Ohashi was initially inspired to create the series during a tumultuous winter in his hometown. In the midst of a particularly heavy snowstorm, Ohashi became lost on the road, and could only find his way home by navigating the glow of vending machines that stood as the only familiar landmarks on the snow-covered streets. After that fateful event, Ohashi spent the next nine years photographing vending machines in various locations across Japan.


《Roadside Lights》(“街灯”)是日本摄影师Eiji Ohash以各个角落里的自动贩卖机为主题拍摄的一个摄影作品系列。Ohashi出生在日本最北端的城市——位于北海道的稚内市。在家乡一个大雪纷飞的冬天,他产生了创作这一系列的灵感。当时正在下一场特别大的暴风雪,Ohashi迷路了,在冰雪覆盖的街道上,他最后靠以自己所熟悉的那些明亮的自动贩卖机为路标,才成功回到家。经历了那次关键事件之后,Ohashi花了九年的时间,走遍日本各地,拍摄自动贩卖机。

Ohashi’s subjects glow with life in his photographs, with each vending machine seeming to exude a distinct personality of its own. For Ohashi, the vending machine serves as a metaphor to further examine the human condition. Ubiquitous in every corner of urban and rural Japan, these machines reflect human themes such as loneliness and alienation, corporate efficiency, and workforce automation – all relevant to life in modern Japanese society.


在Ohashi拍摄的照片中,那些自动贩卖机亮着充满生命力的光芒,每台自动贩卖机似乎都有其独特的个性。对于Ohashi来说,自动贩卖机是一个隐喻,用来进一步探讨人类的生存条件。这些自动贩卖机散布在日本的城市和农村的每个角落,几乎无处不在。它们折射出了人类社会关于孤独和人际间的疏远、企业效率和劳动力自动化等一系列的话题,与现代日本社会的生活息息相关。

Ohashi says in his own words, “Coming close to dusk, the city and country both alike, the roadside vending machines light up. This particular scene of vending machines placed on ordinary roadsides is unique to Japan. Looking at the vending machines having been placed in the wilderness or downtown, one can see loneliness being illustrated. The machines work non-stop, despite it being day or night, but would be taken away once the sale drops. The machines would not exist if each and every one does not have its own color and shine. It just might be depicting the nature of us humans.”


Ohashi说:“黄昏的时候,城市和乡村都是一样的,路边的自动贩卖机都会亮起来。放在路旁的普通自动贩卖机成为了日本独有的场景。看着那些被放置在旷野或市中心的自动贩卖机,你仿佛能看到人们孤独的内心。这些机器不分昼夜,一刻不停地工作,而一旦销量下降,就会被拆走。如果一台自动贩卖机丧失了自己的色彩和光泽,它就会消失。可以说,它们正是人类本质的写照。”

Roadside Lights has been featured in solo exhibitions across Japan and has also been compiled into a book of the same name, available for purchase here.


《Roadside Lights》目前已于日本各地举办展览,并被编成一本同名书籍,点击这里即可购买。

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Contributor: George Zhi Zhao


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供稿人: George Zhi Zhao

Flesh Love

Ichika & Arisa

Flesh Love is a photography project by Tokyo-based artist Photographer Hal. Over the years, Photographer Hal has explored the themes of love and attachment by taking photographs of couples in enclosed spaces across multiple projects. For the Flesh Love series, Photographer Hal began to vacuum seal couples together in plastic wrap as a way to examine modern relationships. Photographer Hal tells us more about the story behind his work below.


《Flesh Love》是由东京艺术家Photographer Hal创作的一个摄影项目。多年来,Photographer Hal曾在多个摄影项目中,用镜头捕捉情侣在封闭空间的照片,探讨爱情和迷恋的主题。在《Flesh Love》系列中,Photographer Hal将情侣装在一个巨型真空密封袋中,寓意对现代男女关系的一种审视。Photographer Hal向我们分享了更多关于这些作品背后的故事。

Yuya & Ritsuko
Kazan & Tomoe
Yohei & Yuri
Miho & Ritsu

“When you embrace your lover, sometimes you wish to melt right into them. To realize this wish, I’ve been photographing couples in small and cramped spaces like motels and bathtubs. As my work has become more and more intense, I’ve noticed that communication is indispensable.”


“拥抱着自己的爱人时,有时候你会突然希望自己可以融入他们的身体当中。为了实现这个愿望,我常常选择在狭窄拥挤的空间里拍摄情侣,譬如汽车旅馆和浴缸。随着自己作品的风格越来越强烈,我发现,沟通也是不可或缺的。”

Sakamaki & Makino
Take & Mari
Michico & Yuhei
Yajyu & Kaorin

“I go to Kabukicho in Shinjuku, underground bars in Shibuya and many other places which are full of activity like luscious night time bee hives. When I see a couple of interest I will begin to negotiate. I’m sure that many people initially think of my proposal as unusual or even look through me like I am completely invisible, but I always push forward with my challenge to them. The models appear from all walks of life, and individually, have included musicians, dancers, strippers, laborers, restaurant and bar managers, photographers, businessmen and businesswomen, the unsettled and the unemployed, and so on.”


“我去新宿的歌舞伎町,涩谷的地下酒吧,还有很多地方,都是一些夜生活比较热闹的地方。看到感兴趣的情侣时,我就会跟他们搭讪。我敢肯定,很多人一开始都会觉得我的建议很奇怪,甚至直接无视我,当我不存在,但我会继续说服他们,用激将法问他们敢不敢做我的模特。我镜头下的模特来自社会上的各行各业,他们中有音乐家、舞蹈家、脱衣舞者、劳工、餐厅和酒吧经理,也有摄影师、商人、流浪汉和无业人员等等。”

Rem & Marina
Zinzin & Norico
Ami & Kojiro
Mana & Koji

“This time, I reached the point of photographing couples in vacuum-sealed packs in a set that I’ve constructed in my own kitchen. The lights are in the ceiling, so I just flip one switch and have everything ready. I have a few different colored paper backgrounds, which I leave rolled up in the corner. After the couple gets in the vacuum pack, I suck the air out with a vacuum cleaner until there’s none left. This gives me ten seconds to take the shot. In this extremely limited time I can’t release the shutter more than twice. I’ve been in there myself, and the fear I felt was overwhelming.”


“这一次,我的想法是让情侣装在真空密封袋里拍摄,拍摄地点就在我自己的厨房里。天花板上有吊灯,所以我只需按一下开关,一切就准备就绪了。我有几种不同颜色的纸张作为背景,不用的时候可以卷起放在角落里。情侣进入真空密封袋后,我再用吸尘器吸光里面的空气。然后我只有十秒钟的时间来拍照片。在这极其有限的时间内,我最多只能按2次快门。拍摄的时候,我感觉自己也像是装在真空密封袋里一般,内心也会感到铺天盖地的恐惧。”

Makoto & Shinji
Sachiko & Atsushi
Lim & Kyohei
PinQ & Pomco

“As the shooting continues over multiple takes, the pressure of the vacuum seal grows stronger. At the same time, the two bodies start to communicate, and whether through unevenness of limbs or the curve of joints they begin to draw a shape of what they want to express. The two lovers draw closer until they finally transform into a single being. Looking at these vacuum-sealed packs of love, we can imagine a more peaceful world. For me, the vacuum pack is only a means: the important thing is connecting to someone.”


“随着拍摄继续,真空密封袋里的压力会越来越大。同时,里面两个人开始沟通,通过起伏不平的肢体,或关节的曲线,呈现出一定的廓形,以此表达出他们的想法。两个相爱的人拉近彼此的距离,直到他们最终结为一体。看着这些充满爱意的真空密封袋,会令人联想到一个更和平的世界。对我来说,真空密封袋只是一种手段,更重要的是人与人之间的联系。”

Chihiro & Takeshi
Mihaya & Takao
Yoshi & Naomi
Alice & Kazuya

Website: photographerhal.com

 

Contributor: George Zhi Zhao


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供稿人: George Zhi Zhao

Tiffany’s Tokyo TV: Yoshi

 

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Based in Tokyo, Tiffany Godoy is a seasoned fashion editor and host of SSENSE’s “vlogumentary” series Tiffany’s Tokyo TV. The series explores Tokyo’s fashion scene, interviewing different fashion icons in the city. In one of our favorite episode, released earlier this year, Godoy chats with Yoshi, a 14-year-old fashion figure who attends various fashion events, posts selfies on Instagram with his mom’s phone, and aspires to start his own clothing brand. In the video, Godoy joins Yoshi for a fun day of eating hamburgers, dancing, and visiting his favorite boutique shops in Harajuku.


作为一个资深时装编辑的Tiffany Godoy以东京为背景与SSENSE制作了一档属于自己的真人节目《Tiffany’s Tokyo TV》,旨在深度挖掘这个城市里的时尚ICON们的故事。在这期节目里,Godoy采访了14岁的Yoshi,Yoshi在穿着上非常有自己独到的见解,他以他的方式参加各种时尚活动,用妈妈的手机上Instagram,并且梦想着成立一个自己的品牌。Yoshi跟Godoy一起吃汉堡、跳舞、带领她去他最爱的两个原宿时装店并且分享了自己的一些超龄计划。

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Strawberries Will Save the World

 

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Japanese director Yoko Okumura’s Strawberries Will Save the World is a short and whimsical documentary that takes viewers into the life of Yuko Okumura, an avid strawberry enthusiast and the director’s own mother. Yoko’s main instruction to her production team was to make the film “Make it cute. Make it really really cute! ” Strawberry mugs, strawberry socks, strawberry glasses, strawberry spatula, and even a strawberry-related chatroom – Yuko’s life and home is filled to the brim with anything and everything strawberry related. In Japanese, the word for strawberry is ichigo, which can be dissected into ichi (meaning one) and go (meaning five). As a result, the number 15 is considered to be related to the fruit. And whether it’s checking the time or driving around, Yuko feels like the number 15 shows up everywhere she goes even though she’s not looking for it. This became affirmation that, all along, it wasn’t her searching for strawberries – strawberries are naturally drawn to her.


居住在美国的日本影片制作人 Yoko Okumura拍摄了一部记录短片,讲述了一个草莓疯狂痴恋者的故事,而影片的主人公 ——Yuko Okumura,正是她的妈妈。短片以一种轻松可爱的手法讲述了Yuko女士对草莓的痴狂。拍摄的时候,导演Yoko Okumura给团队的要求就是:“拍得可爱一些,拍的非常非常可爱。” 草莓杯、草莓袜、草莓眼镜和草莓锅铲甚至是草莓聊天室,Yuko女士家中塞满了和草莓相关的一切,或者说,她的生命也是和草莓紧紧关联在一起的。在日语中,草莓的发音与数字“15”的发音一致, Yuko女士说每当她拿起手机或开车的时候,总能自然地看到”15“这个数字,仿佛不是她在找草莓,而是草莓进入了她的生活。

The internet has allowed Yuko to connect with other like-minded strawberry lovers and share her impressive collection with them. She’s now a member of a Japanese association of strawberry enthusiasts and is even brainstorming on how to shoot an entire movie about strawberries. As this simple fruit has brought so much joy to her own life, Yuko feels compelled to spread this same happiness to more people around the world. Watch the documentary above to see how Yuko plans to channel more positivity into the world with the power of strawberries.


现在,Yuko女士是日本一个草莓爱好者协会的成员,她通过网络向和她一样喜欢草莓的朋友们分享她的收藏,甚至还在筹备着一部和草莓相关的电影。Yuko女士一直坚信着一件事——草莓可以拯救世界。草莓为她的生活带来了太多的欢乐,而她正尝试着将这些欢乐传递出去,影响更多的人。观看上方的影片,感受这对母女用草莓向世界传递的童趣和正能量。

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Contributor: Ye Zi


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供稿人: Ye Zi

Passion & Fragility

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Mizuki Nishiyama is a Japanese multimedia artist, painter, and poet based in New York City. Currently a student at the Parsons School of Design, Nishiyama creates abstract expressionist works that examine personal experiences, ideas of the extreme, and the concept of human fragility. Nishiyama tells Neocha more about her artwork below.


Mizuki Nishiyama是来自日本的多媒体艺术家、画家和诗人,现居纽约,就读于帕森设计学院(Parsons School of Design)。Nishiyama以抽象表现主义的作品,探讨自己的人生经历,极端的想法和人类脆弱性的概念。最近,Nishiyama和Neocha分享了她对艺术、文化和创意的一些想法。

Snails In Her Eyes
Gustav
In My Lake of Boulders

Neocha: What first drew you to pursue art?

Nishiyama: My grandma, granduncle, and mother are all painters. Each of them work in different mediums – my grandma uses tennen iwa enogu (powdered minerals) for Nihonga (traditional Japanese art), my granduncle paints with watercolor, and my mother paints with oil. As my family has an artistic background, I presume I’ve been influenced by them. Nevertheless, many of my own personal developments have led me to explore different methods to recreate or make a statement, whether it be through music, dance, or writing. Over time, I’ve realized that painting allows me to create the most accurate representation of what I intend to visualize.


Neocha: 你一开始为什么会对艺术感兴趣?

Nishiyama: 我的祖母、伯祖父和母亲都是画家。他们各自用着不同的媒介来创作。我的祖母用Tennen Iwa Enogu(粉状矿物质)来画日本画(Nihonga,指日本的民族传统绘画),我的伯祖父画水彩画,而我母亲则是画油画。由于我家的艺术背景,我从小就已经受到他们的影响。尽管如此,我个人的很多经历也在促使我去寻求不同的方法来创作或表达,可以是音乐,也可以是舞蹈或写作。慢慢地,我意识到,绘画能最准确表达出我想要可视化的内容。

Rokurokubi

Neocha: Aside from familial influences, how does Japan and its culture influence your artistic process?

Nishiyama: I was fortunate to have been raised in a culturally diverse environment. My father is from Japan and my mother is from Hong Kong, but they spent a big portion of their lives in Italy. Bouncing between five languages at home and attending a Canadian International School in Hong Kong, I’ve never been able to identify concretely with particular heritages. However, I’ve always had a fondness for Japanese history and culture. By visiting Japan ever so often, I’ve been exposed to traditional arts such as bunraku (traditional Japanese puppet theatre), kabuki (classical Japanese dance-dramas), buyō (traditional Japanese performing arts), and ukiyo-e (an art genre that flourished in Japan between the 17th and 19th century), which have all brought my attention and attraction to classical arts. I’m so grateful to have been brought up with multiple cultural values, as I do realize that I unconsciously blend aspects of all those cultures together.


Neocha: 日本文化对你的作品有什么影响?

Nishiyama: 我很幸运可以在一个多元文化的环境中成长。我的父亲来自日本,而我的母亲来自香港,但他们大部分时间都生活在意大利。在家里,我会在五种语言之间来回切换,加上是在香港的加拿大国际学校读书的,所以,对我来说,我从来都没有特别觉得自己属于哪一种文化。不过,我一直都很喜欢日本的历史和文化。我经常去日本,也接触到很多当地传统艺术,例如文乐(Bunraku)、歌舞伎(Kabuki)、舞踊(Buyō)和浮世绘(Ukiyo-e)、而这些艺术又让我开始注意并喜欢上古典艺术。我很感恩,自己能在这种多元文化的环境中成长,因为我发现,自己会不自觉地将这些不同文化融合在一起。

B.D.P.C.
She
Peas and Peaches

Neocha: What are some recurrent themes in your artwork?

Nishiyama: I’m a very emotionally driven person. I’m tempestuous, and my thoughts are impassioned. The images that I paint come from a very sensitive and ardent side of my human experience that I simply want to document.

My work covers unconventional topics about the human experience that are intentionally confrontational. I’m extremely intrigued by the rawness of the human psyche when we are vulnerable to our emotions. These feelings help cultivate my creativity through emotional intimacy between myself and the brush. The themes I’ve expressed thus far have been based on personal experiences and spontaneous social issues, often ignored or instinctively disregarded by society.

I started painting as a response to many situations in my life. This allowed me to take a step back, and analyze these situations through a secondary lens. I consider my paintings as somewhat of a visual diary. By looking back at my work, I’ve learned to understand myself better – emotionally and circumstantially.


Neocha你的作品有哪些常见主题?

Nishiyama我是一个很情绪化的人。我性格暴躁,充满激动的想法。我所创作的画像,灵感就源自于我想要记录的那些极为敏感和激烈的人生经历。

我的作品探讨的都是比较颠覆传统、关于人类经历的主题,充满着故意的对抗性。我尤其热衷研究人类最本质的精神世界,因为那时候的我们很容易受情绪主宰。这些情绪能让我和画笔融为一体,从而提升我的创意。迄今为止,我所表达的主题都是来自于个人的经历和当下的社会问题,尤其是那些常常被社会忽视或本能地忽略的话题。

我一开始画画,是为了对我的生命中很多情况作出回应。通过绘画,我可以让自己退后一步,以另一个角度来分析这些情况。我觉得自己的画作其实算是我的视觉日记。回顾这些作品,可以让我更好地了解自己的情感和身处的环境。

Camellia
Tic Tac Toe
Swing Me From The Cantaloupe I Swear To Beckon This Raisin Day

Neocha: How does color play a role in your art? What does color mean to you?

Nishiyama: Selecting the appropriate colors to provoke emotions and amplify messages are constantly on my mind. Themes surrounding my pieces are often quite impassioned, so I tend to naturally grab darker, more vibrant and vivid shades. I am currently experimenting with mediums. I am familiar working with highly pigmented shades, however, I’ve recently begun incorporating gouache, gloss, thickening mediums, as well as glazing to create a variety of looks.


Neocha: 色彩在你的艺术创作中扮演什么角色?色彩对你来说意味着什么?

Nishiyama: 我总是会去思考如何选择合适的色彩来挑动情绪,突显作品想要传达的信息。我的作品主题往往都十分激烈的情感,所以很自然地,我倾向于使用更鲜活生动的暗色调。我目前在尝试用不同的媒介进行创作。我比较擅长用高饱和度的色彩创作,但是最近我也开始使用水粉、光泽涂料、可以增厚质感的媒介,以及透明画法(glazing)来营造同不的效果。

Sunflowers Dream

Neocha: As both a painter and a poet, how does your creative process differ across these two mediums?

Nishiyama: Literature and painting go hand-in-hand when it comes to being able to show an accurate representation of what I intend to document. I’m a big fan of confessional poetry. I do not intend to create flawless stanzas nor sculptured phrases. I have always treated both my paintings and my poems as representative milestones in my life. The commonality would be the emotional heaviness I convey through both mediums.


Neocha: 你身兼画家和诗人两个身份,那么你在分别创作这两个媒介时,会有什么不同的创作思路吗?

Nishiyama: 文学和绘画都能准确表达出我想要记录的内容,在这一点上,两者是一样的。我特别喜欢自白派诗歌(Confessional Poetry)。我不打算创作出完美无瑕的诗节,也不想精雕细琢所用的词语。一直以来,我创作的画和诗都是记录我生命的里程碑。两者的共性在于我透过这两种媒介传达的沉重情感。

Katherine

Neocha: How has studying in New York City influenced your attitude towards art?

Nishiyama: I became more driven once I started attending the Parsons School of Design, due to constantly being surrounded by highly motivated and creative people. Moving to New York City meant there were going to be a lot of new life changes, and that resulted in many conversational pieces. Nonetheless, Hong Kong, Japan, and New York are all creative, visionary cities to develop one’s art. But I do favor New York simply because it is a new chapter in my life, and there is yet so much more for me to learn and explore.


Neocha: 在纽约学习的经历让你对艺术的态度产生了什么变化?

Nishiyama: 入读美国帕森斯设计学院( Parsons School of Design)后,我变得更有创作的动力,因为身边的人都充满了创作欲望和创意才华的人。搬到纽约后,在生活上自然会发生很多的变化,也因此创作了很多交谈画(Conversational Piece)。虽然香港、日本和纽约都是充满前卫创意的地方,非常适合发展艺术,但我尤其喜欢纽约。原因很简单,它代表着我人生的新篇章,在这座城市有那么多值得我去学习和探索的东西。

Messy Heads

Website: mizukinishiyama.com

 

Contributor: George Zhi Zhao


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供稿人: George Zhi Zhao

Turning Rocks into Art

Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito doesn’t carve the type of statues that most people might expect of traditional sculptors. Coming from a masonry background, Ito creates sculptures that preserves most of the stone’s original form and texture. Despite this, it’s often difficult to believe that Ito’s sculptures are made of solid rock, as his adept manipulation of the rigid medium makes many of his works appear as they were actually created with a much more malleable material. From laughing rocks with human teeth to unzipped rock pouches filled with seashells, Ito’s imaginative works seem to push the boundary of possibilities. See more of his surreal sculptures below.


日本艺术家伊藤博敏(Hirotoshi Ito)的雕塑作品颠覆了大多数人对传统雕塑家的想法。伊藤博敏本是一名石匠,他所创作的雕塑作品在很大程度上保留了石头本身原来形状和纹理。但是,看到他的雕塑作品,人们难以相信它们竟然是坚硬的岩石。他对这些坚硬材料的熟练处理,使它们看上去像是更软的材料。从笑着露出牙齿的石头,到拉链打开、装满贝壳的“石袋”,伊藤博敏天马行空的作品,似乎在不断突破可能性的极限。下面一起来欣赏他所创作的超现实主义雕塑作品吧。

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The Bed & Art Project

 

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The Bed and Art Project (BnA) is a hotel and art initiative founded in 2015 by entrepreneurs Yu “Taz” Tazawa and Yuto Maeda, architect Keigo Fukugaki, and later joined by community liaison and art director Kenji Daikoku. Collaborating with up-and-coming Japanese artists, BnA creates one-of-a-kind livable art spaces that are available for booking by the public.


The Bed and Art Project (BnA)是由企业家Yu “Taz” Tazawa、Yuto Maeda和建筑师Keigo Fukugaki于2015年共同创立的一个酒店和艺术项目,后来社区联络官和艺术策划人Kenji Daikoku也加入了这个项目。BnA携手日本当地崭露头角的艺术家,共同打造一个宜居的艺术空间,并面向公众开放预订。

Samurai by MIZPAM
Deer God by SIMO
Samurai by MIZPAM
Raijin and Fujin by DOPPEL

The project was first implemented via Airbnb, with art apartments in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood and Kyoto. The initiative was wildly successful and allowed the team to establish their flagship art hotel, BnA Hotel Koenji, in 2016. The hotel currently features two art rooms designed by local artists, a rooftop, the FRONTDESK cafe bar, and the BACKROOM basement gallery.


项目最初是以Airbnb为平台开始运行的,分别在东京池袋和京都推出艺术公寓。一经推出,便大获成功,团队也因此得以在2016年推出属于他们自己的旗舰艺术酒店——位于高圆寺的BnA酒店。该酒店目前有两间由当地艺术家绘画设计的房间,一个天台,一间FRONTDESK咖啡吧,以及一间BACKROOM 地下画廊。

BnA was founded to address common problems faced by artists and creatives – the lack of resources and financial stability, limited space to showcase and sell artwork, lack of networking opportunities, and a disconnect between creative-minded travelers and local art communities. In response to these issues, BnA developed its business model to empower artists financially, creatively, and professionally.


BnA的成立是为了解决艺术家和创意人才所面临的共同问题——缺乏资源、收入不稳定,没有足够空间来展示和出售自己创作的艺术品,缺乏社交机会以及与创意型游客和当地艺术团体之间的脱节。对此,BnA开发了现在的创新商业模式,从收入、创意和专业方面为艺术家提供帮助。

 

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By implementing a revenue sharing business model, BnA allows artists to receive a percentage of the fee every time their room is booked. In addition, artists are given full creative control to design the rooms according to their visions, with support from architects, textile designers, carpenters, and lighting professionals. BnA Hotel Koenji also provides artists with space to exhibit their personal works, which are made available to the public for purchase.


BnA酒店制订了一个收入分成的商业模式,当有客人入住房间时,艺术家可以享受到房费的分成。此外,艺术家获得了房间设计的全部控制权,让他们可以在建筑师、纺织品设计师、木匠和照明专家的支持下,根据自己的想法设计房间。高圆寺BnA酒店还为艺术家提供展示个人作品的空间,吸引公众前来购买。

Into the Foreign by Yohei Takahashi
Into the Foreign by Yohei Takahashi
Into the Foreign by Yohei Takahashi

The BnA team plans to expand the hotel with two new projects opening in Tokyo and Kyoto in the next year, and thirty to forty more rooms built around the Koenji neighborhood in the next three years. They also plan to take their business model to other cities and countries as a way to connect creative communities and empower artists.


BnA团队计划明年在东京和京都推出两间新酒店,并在未来三年左右,将高圆寺附近的房间数量增加30至40间。他们还计划把业务模式推广到其它城市和国家,以充满创意的方式来连接社区,帮助艺术家。

Artwork by OT29
Artwork by Hideyuki Katsumata
Artwork by Jonjon Green

Address:
2-4-7 Koenjikita
Suginami, Tokyo
Japan

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Contributor: George Zhi Zhao
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日本东京
都杉并区
高圆寺 2-4-7

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“Labyrinth” by Mondo Grosso

 

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Under the moniker Mondo Grosso, renowned Japanese producer Shinichi Osawa recently released his newest album, Nandodemo Atarashiku Umareru (Reborn Again and Always Starting New). The lead single from the album, “Labyrinth,” is a collaboration with vocalist and actress Hikaru Mitsushima who also stars in the accompanying music video. Directed by Takeshi Maruyama and filmed in Hong Kong – a location chosen due to how perfectly the complex and maze-like cityscape mirrored the “midnight paradise” mentioned in the lyrics – the video was edited to look like one continuous take, and in it, viewers follow Mitsushima (who comes from a dance background) as she effortlessly glides and twirls through Quarry Bay, Temple Street, and Sham Shui Po. The dreamy quality of the entire video was only made better by Hong Kong’s rainy season, with the rain-slicked streets reflecting the multitude of colors from Hong Kong’s neon-lit signs. Check out the video in full above.


《ラビリンス》(迷宮)是日本音乐人大沢伸一领衔的组合Mondo Grosso最新唱片《何度でも新しく生まれる》(无数次新生)中的主打单曲,由日本人气女星满岛光演唱。早前,摄制团队来到香港为MV取景,这座城市神秘复杂的夜色正符合了这首歌游荡于午夜迷宫的主题。曾是舞蹈组合成员的满岛光,在MV中大展舞技。导演丸山健志利用一镜到底的拍摄手法,让观众跟随着满岛光的舞步,穿梭于夜色下的鲗鱼涌、佐敦庙街和深水埗。MV于香港的雨季拍摄,雨后潮湿的地面反射出街道两旁霓虹灯的色彩,为画面增添几分迷幻的色调。点击观看上方视频,进入Mondo Grosso营造的梦幻迷城。

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Contributor: Ye Zi


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Hotel Okinawa

Greg Girard is a Canadian photographer who has spent the larger part of his career in Asia. His latest book, Hotel Okinawa, is a snapshot of Okinawan history and the legacy of U.S. military power, with photographs taken on U.S. military bases and their surroundings from 2008 to 2016. Supplemented by archival photographs, periodicals, and other historical materials, the book examines the changing social, historical, and physical landscape of a multilayered and complex region. In an excerpt from Hotel Okinawa below, Girard tells us more about the project.


加拿大摄影师Greg Girard在亚洲度过了他职业生涯的大部分时间。他最新出版的作品《Hotel Okinawa》(冲绳酒店),记录了日本冲绳的历史,以及美国在当地遗留下来的军事影响。书中主要包括了他在2008年至2016年期间在美军基地及其周围拍摄的照片,并辅以一些文献档案照片、期刊和其它史料。本书探讨了这个多层化的复杂地区中,不断变化的社会,历史和地理景观。在《Hotel Okinawa》中,Girard向我们介绍了这个项目。

Hazard to Aviation Checkerboard, Naha, 2008
Audrey Poster, 2008
A&W Drive-In, Route 58, 2016
Ginowan Overview, Dusk, 2009

“My first sighting of Okinawa came from the deck of a ferry, approaching the port of Naha after a 52-hour sailing from Tokyo. It was December 1982, and the tropical-ness I had looked forward to was nowhere to be found. I remember grey skies, rain, and cool temperatures. But I had long wanted to visit, hoping to see for myself what this Japanese honeymoon destination and U.S. military garrison island looked like.”


“我第一次看到冲绳是在一艘渡轮的甲板上,那是一艘从东京开往那霸港的渡轮,航程总共52小时。当时是1982年12月,我并没有看到预期中的热带景象。我只记得当时天空是灰暗的,下着雨,气温很凉爽。但我早就想来冲绳,希望能亲眼看看这个日本人蜜月胜地和美军驻军的岛屿到底是怎样的。”

USMC Camp Foster Base Housing, 2008
F-15 and AWAC Plane, 2008
Grady, Chatan, 2016

“Living in Tokyo in the 1970s, I unexpectedly encountered this vast network of U.S. overseas bases, of which Okinawa was, and remains, a part, via late night broadcasts of American Forces radio. Around this time, I also discovered Ryu Murakami’s first novel, Almost Transparent Blue, set in a town near a big U.S. air base west of Tokyo. He described a world where aimless young Japanese and young American servicemen partied, slept together, hung out, fought, and drifted apart, though not necessarily in that order.”


“上世纪70年代,我在东京生活时,意外在美军广播电台一档深夜节目中知道了美国的庞大海外军事基地网络,而冲绳正是其中的一个部分。大约也是在那个时候,我还发现了村上龙(Ryu Murakami)的第一部小说《接近无限透明的蓝色》正是以东京以西的美国空军基地附近的小镇为背景创作的。他在小说中,描述了漫无目的的日本年轻人和年轻的美国军人一起举办派对,一起玩,又互相战斗,然后慢慢疏远,大概是这样的故事。”

Man in Corvette reading "Star and Stripes", Okinawa, 2008
Family Housing, USMC Camp Foster, 2008
Watching Softball Game at Futenma Marine Corps Air Station, 2008

“But on that first short Okinawa visit, dodging the rain in the streets of the capital, Naha, I didn’t see much evidence of a local version of the scene Murakami had described. It was there, however. It was further up the highway in base towns north of the capital and being photographed, as I would later discover, by Japanese – including Okinawan – photographers. For myself, as far as these base towns went, I had been luckier in earlier years, making pictures closer to Tokyo, in Yokosuka, where the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet was (and still is) based. After a few sunless days, I left Okinawa on the twice-weekly JAL flight to Hong Kong; on board were a number of American military families, off to the British territory for Christmas vacation. My own Hong Kong visit ended up stretching into New Year, then the Lunar New Year and beyond, eventually making the city my home for the next fifteen years.”


“但是,第一次到冲绳短期旅游时,我在首府那霸的街头忙着避雨,也没有看到村上龙在书中曾描述的那种场景。然而,我后来发现,在那里沿公路往上走就是了,在那霸以北的小镇里,也是美军的驻扎地。曾有许多日本摄影师,包括冲绳本地的摄影师,到那里去拍摄。至于我自己,我在早些年挺幸运的,正巧在近东京的横须贺进行过拍摄,那里是美国海军第7舰队的基地(现在仍然是)。在度过了几天阴天之后,我乘坐每周两班的日航离开冲绳岛,飞往香港;在飞机上,有一些美国军人的家属,他们正要前往当时英国占领的香港过圣诞假期。我原本计划在香港的短期行程,后来一直延期到了新年,然后又过了中国的春节,最终,我在这座城市一直生活了十五年。”

Osprey and Marines, Camp Hansen, 2015
Protest House, Naha, 2012
Road Above Camp Lester, 2008

“I knew I wanted to return to Okinawa, but other decisions, other distractions, kept me occupied, and it would take more than 20 years before I was able to make pictures there again. During this period, a drawdown of US engagement in the region was taking place. Alliances were shifting or completely unraveling. The U.S. closed its bases in Vietnam and the last troops were withdrawn in 1973. Soon after, in 1975, the U.S.-backed South Vietnamese government collapsed. By 1976, the U.S. was forced to vacate bases in Thailand from where they had operated for more than a decade in support of the war in Vietnam. In 1979, following diplomatic recognition of Beijing, the U.S. closed its bases in Taiwan. Elsewhere in Asia, the U.S. had long operated a number of key facilities in the Philippines: Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Base, in their day, were among the largest U.S. bases overseas. By 1992, those too were closed.”


“我一直都想重回冲绳,但是总会因为其它决定和事情而未能成行。20多年之后,我才有机会再次去那里拍照。在此期间,美国开始回撤在当地的军事力量。联军的关系在变化,或者说已经完全崩溃。美军关闭了在越南的基地,并在1973年撤回了最后的部队。不久之后,在1975年,美国支持的南越政府垮台。到1976年,美国被迫撤出在泰国的军事基地,在之前十多年间,他们在这里驻扎,以支持越南战争。1979年,美国与中国建交,美国又关闭了在台湾的基地。至于亚洲其它地区,美国曾长期在菲律宾经营多个重要基地:克拉克空军基地和苏比克湾海军基地,在当时,它们是美国其中两个最大的海外基地。到1992年,这两个军事基地也被关闭。”

Bar Interior, Okinawa City, 2008
Customers in Bar, 2016
Bar Interior, Sakura-zaka, Naha, 2016

“And so, in 2008, when I was finally able to undertake a project on ‘the bases’, their number was much reduced. The U.S. military presence in the region was now concentrated on bases in Japan and Korea, and on the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific. The first step was to make formal requests (to the Pentagon and to individual bases). At last, in March 2008, with permissions in place, I was able to begin photographing. Within two years, I had photographed more than 20 separate bases, some numerous times.”


“因此,当2008年我终于接到一个有关这些美军‘基地’的项目时,这些基地的数量已经大大减少。现在,美国军事基地主要集中在日本和韩国,以及西太平洋地区,美国境内的关岛。我要做的第一步是(向美国五角大楼和相应的军事基地)提出正式请求。最后,在2008年3月,在获得这些地方的批准后,我终于可以开始拍摄了。在两年之内,我拍摄了超过20个美军基地,其中一些我还探访了好几次。”

Teishoku Marunaka, Okinawa City, 2016
Mt. Blanc Hotel, Okinawa City, 2016
Wooden Building, Naha, 2009

Previous publications by Girard include City of Darkness and City of Darkness Revisited, documenting Hong Kong’s infamous Kowloon Walled City, and monographs Phantom Shanghai and Hanoi CallingHotel Okinawa will be available for purchase from The Velvet Cell on August 15th.


Girard之前出版的作品包括记录香港臭名昭著的九龙寨城的《City of Darkness》和《City of Darkness Revisited》,以及《Phantom Shanghai》和《Hanoi Calling》。 《Hotel Okinawa》8月15将在The Velvet Cell发售。

"Home Base" Oden Restaurant, 2008
Grass/Plants/Neon, Chatan, 2016
Marine with Companion at USMC Birthday Ball, Okinawa, 2008

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Contributor: George Zhi Zhao


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供稿人: George Zhi Zhao

Masayoshi Matsumoto’s Inflatable Art

Masayoshi Matsumoto is a 27-year-old artist who makes works of art out of a rather unexpected material; from hornets and caterpillars to walruses and buffalos, the Japanese artist uses nothing but multicolored balloons and his own two hands to create a variety of detailed insect and animal life that are as playful as they are inventive. By taking something that children love and applying his creative touch and imagination, he creates intricate masterpieces that adults can easily appreciate. His work shows that balloon twisting isn’t just merely a cheap party trick, proving that creative expression can – quite literally in Matsumoto’s case – come in any shape or form. See more of his work below.


27 岁的日本艺术家Masayoshi Matsumoto 用非传统的材料,创作出人意料的艺术作品。他只用了彩色气球和自己的双手,就塑造出栩栩如生的昆虫和动物“气球雕塑”,如黄蜂、蝴蝶幼虫,海象和水牛等。他发挥自己的创意和想像,将儿童最爱的气球运变成精致复杂的作品, 即使是成年观众也能欣赏得来。他的作品表明,扭气球不只是一种普通的把戏,创意的表达可以是多种形式的,正如他的作品那样,呈现也丰富的形态。下面一起来欣赏他的更多作品吧。

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