BUG, operated by Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd., will host Overland_Spillover#1, an exhibition curated by independent curator Arata HASEGAWA, opening (Wed.) May 8, 2024.

Since September 2023, BUG’s key message has been “BUG the world ,” and our central commitment has been to provide space and opportunities for artists and art workers* to challenge themselves to the best of their ability.

When developing the concept for BUG, we spent over two years in discussion about the environment surrounding artists and art workers, together with Hasegawa, who has hands-on experience in the art scene. The results of these conversations are reflected in BUG’s activity directives.

Hasegawa curates this exhibition, in which Hasegawa, Shuhei Hayashi, MES, and FAQ? will present new works inspired by spillover, an effect where radio waves reach beyond their intended range. Planning for this exhibit, which is BUG’s fifth, began in January 2023. In collaboration with Hasegawa, the artists will explore the possibilities that BUG offers as a space generating “opportunities for challenges.”

*Museum and gallery staff, and freelancers in the field of art.

Curator's comment

Spillover, or signal overspill, refers to the phenomenon of radio waves spread beyond their intended boundaries to reach other lands, regions, states, and people. Regardless of how much executive powers or corporations work to prevent it, radio waves cross national borders, deviate from provincial boundaries, and continue to expand their coverage area, reaching more “beneficiaries.” There are probably many people in this world that have unintentionally received information they weren’t supposed to. Conversely, systems such as subscription models and digital broadcasting (and the termination of analog broadcasting) have created clear lines of division between subscribers and non-subscribers, and do nothing more than strictly manage the delivery of culture (or, cultural products). Still, there is no such thing as perfect control, and spillover will never disappear completely.

 

This project based on the phenomenon of spillover will continue as an ongoing exhibition program. The first iteration, Overland_Spillover#1 will feature one solo artist, one collaborative unit, and one platform: Shuhei HAYASHI, MES (Takeru ARAI and Kanae TANIKAWA), and FAQ? (a platform by Kanae TANIKAWA and Marina Lisa KOMIYA).  “Overland” is to be interpreted as the title of the first episode of this project.

 

As the organizers of this exhibition, we believe spillovers happen ceaselessly in our world and will continue to occur into the future. But we don’t see this as some miraculous happening, it’s as ordinary as the sun rising every day. Most radio waves also dissipate without reaching people, and even when they do reach someone, they are mostly defanged and under control, a situation that isn’t conducive to the enjoyment of culture and expression. But instead of worrying about this, we should work through it.

 

The main graphic for the exhibition depicts a world where spillovers are happening, created by graphic designer Kai. In our world, where spillovers are happening somewhere at this very moment, we hope you’ll witness the moves that Shuhei Hayashi, MES, and FAQ? are making.

Photo by Natsuki KURODA

Arata HASEGAWA
Independent curator

Independent curator. Notable projects include Chronicle, Chronicle! (2016–2017), Impurity / Immunity (2017–2018), Grand Reverse (2019–), Halfway Happy (an αM project, 2020–2021), Anti War (2022–), and Nara Machiya Arts Festival HANARART 2023 Uda-Matsuyama Area SEASON 2 (2023). He writes a column, “The Art of Izanagi Era  (Izanagi to yobareta jidai no bijutsu),” which reconsiders post-war Japanese art for Tokyo Art Beat. He is currently working on a translation of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era by Julia Bryan-Wilson (co-translation by Sayaha TAKAHASHI, Risa MATSUMOTO, Rie TAKEZAWA, and Arata HASEGAWA, to be published in March 2024).

Overland_Spillover#1 Teaser trailer

Ahead of the exhibition, we serve teaser trailers, Shuhei HAYASHI and MES!

 

Shoot,edit by Reiji SAITO

Information
Artisits

Shuhei HAYASHI, MES, FAQ?

Date

2024.5.8WED 6.16SUN

Opening hours

11:00-19:00 (11:00–20:00 on Wednesdays)

Closed

Tuesdays

Admission

Free

Organized

BUG

Shuhei HAYASHI
Artist

Born in 1993 and based in Aichi Prefecture.

Based on his experience raising reptiles and amphibians, Hayashi exposes the contradictions of various norms surrounding the body, and considers ways for humans to integrate into cyclical ecological systems. Since 2020, he has also helped run IN SITU, an art space at an undisclosed address.
Past exhibitions include D.L.P. (Hakuichi Building, 2023), 神(analyzer) (IN SITU, 2023), DAZZLER (Kyoto Art Center, 2022), Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2021 (The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, 2021).

photo by Ayaka ENDO

MES

MES is an artist duo comprising Takeru Arai, who works in sculpture and installation, and Kanae Tanikawa who has roots in literature and theater. Together, they make work and organize events and exhibitions. The duo formed at the Tokyo University of the Arts and are based in Tokyo.

MES looks at urban and social change from the intersection of the intimate and inseparable domains of contemporary art and club culture, and creates work that confronts social issues that have endured since the 19th century.

They have presented installation and performance works that utilize light and heat, and in exhibitions such as DISTANCE OF RESISTANCE, which involved projecting images onto the National Diet Building, and SA-I, in which the movement of heat depicted distance between others, their works are notable for combining technologies such as lasers and thermography, and mutable media such as photoluminescent materials, candles, bodies, and text.

Also working as VJ performers, they utilize lasers and animation, and have collaborated with sound artists and DJs across genres to produce performances. They will be organizing a party called REVOLIC-revolution holic in the near future.

FAQ?

F…figure, feminism, feeling…?

A…art, alternative, affirmative…?

Q…queer, questioning, qualia…? ​

 

A network that emerges from an unremarkable shared journal, or an essay or column, of articles on topics and issues of interest at the time. Started in 2021 by Kanae Tanikawa (MES, NEON BOOK CLUB) and Marina Lisa Komiya. In addition to their writing practice, they also organize events and projects.