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“KAITEKI: Chemical Reactions between Technology and Art”
The KAITEKI Institute, Inc. a member of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC) Group, is pleased to present ‘KAITEKI: Chemical Reactions between Technology and Art’.
Through their technology and products, the MCHC Group strives to contribute to building a healthy, safe, and a more comfortable – i.e. KAITEKI – world, and while respecting the limit to our natural resources, to develop the Group in a sustainable way.
Confronted with the need to rebuild and revitalize Japan in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, we believe the KAITEKI values advocated by the MCHC Group will have greater and greater importance.
At ‘KAITEKI: Chemical Reactions between Technology and Art’, the MCHC Group’s myriad materials and technologies unite with the rich imaginations of multitalented artists to give form to a great variety of works ranging in discipline from painting, sculpture and installation to fashion and food. We view this exhibition as an opportunity to cultivate a deeper understanding of the MCHC Group’s activities and of what ‘KAITEKI’ means and can be.
Messege from the producer
Amidst a mood of self-restraint in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear disasters, and especially in what is certain to be a long, hot summer in Japan with power shortages restricting use of air conditioning, why venture to stage an art event? Because this harsh, unpleasant climate brought on by an unexpected calamity is the ideal time to ask people to join us in thinking anew about what ‘KAITEKI’ is, and about the concept of this exhibition: giving KAITEKI form.
Intent on ‘making KAITEKI an international word’, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings has been proactive worldwide in promoting diverse forms of research and projects that address not only our own comfort now, but also aspire to sustain comfortable and healthy – i.e. ‘KAITEKI’ – lifestyles for our children into the future. Here, 23 artists make use of the MCHC Group’s materials and technology to demonstrate to the next generation that ‘this too is KAITEKI’ – replete with love.
Pleasant forms of KAITEKI that make life easier to live. Beautiful forms that make us aware we are alive. Making free use of your five senses and your mind, we hope you will enjoy these ‘chemical reactions between technology and art’ that endeavor to bequeath a KAITEKI legacy to children of the future.
Executive producer, Manabu Akaike (President, Universal Design Intelligence, Inc.)
Exhibition dataDates Friday 29 July – Sunday 31 July 2011 Hours 11:00 – 20:00 (* 29 July: 11:00-17:00) Venue Spiral Garden (SPIRAL 1F)
5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 JAPAN
B1 exit of Omotesando Station
(Ginza, Hanzomon, Chiyoda Line)
(President, Universal Design Intelligence, Inc.) Exhibition design Makoto Tanijiri (SUPPOSE DESIGN OFFICE) Planning and Production Spiral / Wacoal Art Center