'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

Oct 2, 2014

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Dutch artist Theo Jansen first started creating his signature “Strandbeest” (“Beach Animal”) works in 1990. These huge objects, a combination of art and science, are made mostly out of plastic tubes and can walk by themselves using the power of the wind. Fifteen of ...

'Playing with Sound: Yuri Suzuki'

Aug 21, 2014

'Playing with Sound: Yuri Suzuki'

All of designer-artist Yuri Suzuki’s works involve an element of play and focus on our relationship with sound, noises, music and electronics. As his first major solo exhibition in Japan, “Playing with Sound” is an interactive show that offers visitors unusual aural experiences and ...

'Playmaking'

Feb 26, 2014

'Playmaking'

by Mai Hasabe

For children, going to a museum to look at art can seem boring, which is why “Playmaking” takes an interactive approach to attract a young audience. Created by four artists known for the element of fun in their works, all the installations here have ...

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

Feb 5, 2014

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

by Matthew Larking

Masato Kodama's sculptures are concerned with light, gravity and air. For him, light is a symbol of tomorrow and potential futures, gravity represents the present and the past, and air is associated with memory.

Are we all blinded by our sense of beauty?

Jun 20, 2013

Are we all blinded by our sense of beauty?

by Stuart Munro

Sophie Calle is an enigma. She is an artist, writer, photographer and filmmaker yet doesn’t work exclusively in any of these areas. She has become famous for her work in photography but her objects and later films have drawn equal attention — work that ...

Tadasu Takamine's not so 'Cool Japan'

Feb 7, 2013

Tadasu Takamine's not so 'Cool Japan'

by James Jack

In May 2011, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry promoted the idea of “Cool Japan,” presenting Japanese culture as a product amid the confusing circumstances after the Great East Japan Earthquake. As Japan continues to suffer a declining population and weak economy, it ...

Is this the art of noise?

Feb 7, 2013

Is this the art of noise?

by C.B. Liddell

If art is something that you want to feel comfortable with in your home, then Haroon Mirza is probably not your man. As the winner of the 2012 Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, British-born, ethnic-Pakistani artist Mirza is being introduced to Tokyo’s art connoisseurs with ...