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2019 2/20(wed)ー 3/09(sat)

Japanese Art Sound Archive: Norio Imai,


The Japanese Art Sound Archive presents a solo exhibition on TWO HEARTBEATS OF MINE, a piece produced by Norio Imai in 1976. This item forms part of Imai’s series of pieces using his heartbeats. The series began with This Accidental Co-action as an Incident produced by Norio Imai, Toru Kuranuki, and Saburo Muraoka in 1972. This piece was reproduced and showcased in an exhibition named “MUSIC” organized by HEAR (Takako Okamoto and Yukio Fujimoto) at XEBEC in 1993.

This solo exhibition organized by the Japanese Art Sound Archive exhibits the original work of art that was recently discovered along with his more contemporary pieces. TWO HEARTBEATS OF MINE has been displayed along with a description of the history of this piece as well as certain relevant documents. In addition, a recording of This Accidental Co-action as an Incident has been released as a cassette edition at the exhibition venue.

Japanese Art Sound Archive 

Artist Talk 2019 2/20wed)19:00ー20:30

Norio Imai, Tomotaro Kaneko(Japanese Art Sound Archive)
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Norio Imai Biography

1946 Born in Osaka
1965 Joined Gutai Art Association (participated in every Gutai Art Association exhibitions until 1972 when the group broke up)

Selected Solo Exhibitions
1964 “Testimony of a 17-Year-Old”, Noonu Gallery, Osaka
1966 Solo exhibition, Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka
1980 “Norio Imai – Rectangular Time”, Gallery Kitano Circus, Hyogo
1982 Creation of “Time Stones 400” in front of Shin-Osaka Station, Osaka
1992 “Sphere of Time” and “Sphere of Humans” monuments for Kansai Science City, Kyoto
1996 “Back & Forth – Norio Imai / White Space 1964-1966”, galerie 16, Kyoto
2001 Creation of “From Here to Here” on platform of Tenmabashi Station, Osaka
2002 “Norio Imai – Time Mandala”, Studio Earka, Osaka
2005 “Norio Imai – Daily Portraits of a Quarter-Century”, Musohkan, Hyogo
2008 “YEBESSAN – Norio Imai ‘Alter Ego Techniques’”, Atelier Fushikaden, Hyogo
2009 “Norio Imai – The Inside and Outside of White”, Kaede Gallery, Osaka
2011 “Norio Imai – Thoughts on the Frame”, LADS Gallery, Osaka
  “Norio Imai – Frame In”, CAS, Osaka
2012 “Norio Imai – Beyond the frame”, Gallery PARC, Kyoto
  “Norio Imai – My Days at ‘Gutai University'”, Seian University of Art and Design, Shiga
2013 “On the Piano”, Galerie Ashiya Schule, Hyogo
2014 “Norio Imai Retrospective – Reflection and Projection”, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
  “Perspective in White”, Galerie Richard, New York
2015 “Norio Imai: Time Collection”, Yumiko Chiba Associates Viewing Room Shinjuku, Tokyo
  “Norio IMAI, (Part I) Shadow of Memory / (Part II) White Event”, Galerie Richard Paris, Paris
2016 “White Event × moving images 1966-2016”, Yumiko Chiba Associates Viewing Room Shinjuku, Tokyo
  “Norio Imai Retrospective – TIME IN SQUARE”, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
2017 “Cairn of Sounds”, +1art, Osaka
  “Imai Norio – origin of the blank”, ART OFFICE OZASA, Kyoto
2018 “Norio Imai: Materirl Ecstasy”, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp

Selected Group Exhibitions (1960-70s)

1964 “14th Gutai Art Exhibition”, Takashimaya Department Store, Osaka

“10th Shell Art Award Exhibition”, Wins First Prize, Shirokiya Department Store, Tokyo
/ Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto
  “From Space to Environment”, Ginza Matsuya Department Store, Tokyo
  “Nul Negentienhonderd vijf en Zestig” (“Nul 1966”), International Galerie Orez, Den Haag
  “Trends in Contemporary Art”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Annex, Kyoto
1967 “5th Biennale de Paris”, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris
  “1st Sogetsu Experimental Film Festival”, Sogetsu Hall, Tokyo / Yasaka Hall, Kyoto
1968 “Contemporary Space 1968: Light and Environment”, Sogo Department Store, Kobe
1970 “Exhibition at Expo Museum of Fine Arts”, Expo Museum of Fine Arts, Osaka
1972 “This Accidental Co-action as an Incident”, Condor, Osaka
  “Image Expression ’72”, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto
1973 “Kyoto Biennale – Art from Art Groups”, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto
  “Experiments with Sound Devices and Flying Musical Notes”, Gallery Pete, Osaka
1974 “Impact Art / Video Art ’74”, Galerie Impact, Lausanne
1975 “The Party”, galerie 16, Kyoto
  “8th Exhibition of Contemporary Plastic Art: 50 Artists Contemporary Art Show”, Daimaru Department Store, Kyoto
1976 “Expression in Film ’76“, KBS Laserium Center, Kyoto
  “Contemporary Artists of Japan: Through the Lens of Duchamp”, Gallery Pete, Osaka / Institut Français du Japon, Kyoto

Japanese Art Sound Archive

Throughout the history of Japanese art, there has been artists that filled museums, galleries, studios and other public spaces with all sorts of sounds. In most cases, however, once the sound faded, it couldn’t be heard again. Within Japanese art history, which has been mainly reliant on visual archives, information concerning sound has been often left in a fragmentary state. Japanese Art Sound Archives is a project that aims to collect those often inaccessible sound activities of the past and make them more accessible for consultation.

The project consists of the gathering and classification of information related to sounds created by artists, including interviews with artists and people who witnessed them producing the sounds, bibliographic surveys, recorded materials preserved by the artists themselves, as well as discourses surrounding those works. The project also offers opportunities to reproduce or re-enact sound pieces from the past, either by the artist themselves or our supporters, and present them in multiple forms, ranging from vinyl records to events and exhibitions. The project is devoted to building the foundations needed to examine the meanings of sound in Japanese art, as well as facilitating the cultivation of its potentials.

We face a lot of questions when we look back and examine the role of sounds in the history of Japanese art – What roles did they hold in different art-historical movements? How were they associated with and differentiated from other contemporary art forms like music? What contexts did they have in relation to visual and aural cultures of the day? One of the most important missions of this project is to provide people with an archive of actual sounds from which they can explore those questions.

October, 2017 Tomotaro Kaneko / Minoru Hatanaka