KOHEI NAWA

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This fall, "MIRAGE [transitory]," a new performance art piece by Belgian-French choreographer Damien Jalet and sculptor Kohei Nawa, will be presented at the immersive theater THEATER 010 in Fukuoka, Japan.

Their decade-long partnership since 2014 has birthed expressions that transcend the realms of science and myth, sculpture and dance. Expanding the universe of their previous collaborative trilogy, "VESSEL," "Mist," and "Planet [wanderer]," this project enscales their past explorations on a more intimate level. This project will be expanded into a scaled-up version in Switzerland and will tour Europe the following year.

◼︎Concept
The concept of "MIRAGE [transitory]" refers to a visual phenomenon created by the refraction of light by the atmosphere. It is a MIRAGE seen by those wandering the desert of "Planet [wanderer]" in search of themselves, a phantom boundary surface that connects us to somewhere other than here.

This collaboration between the two pushes further to explore the thin and fragile area that straddles opposing concepts—life and death, solid and liquid, ancient and future, harmony and chaos, human and non-human: this search for the boundaries between distinct states becomes a performance itself. Through transformational scenes, various things and matters collide, intertwine, and ultimately melt together. The stage becomes a ‘place of transformation’ where information and matter are fused in an abstract yet emotional way, exposing change being the only constant in the universe.

Conceived like an awaken dream, the piece confront the dancers to various materials, transforming their bodies like the ever-changing weather, or the flora and fauna that undergo constant metamorphosis within them. Set to an hypnotising original score by Thomas Bangalter, Nawa and Jalet embark a very talented group of dancers from different horizons in a fascinating quest of profound transformation, inspired by the ascending spiral of the architecture of the theater itself.

◼︎Overview
Performance Schedule:
27 September (Fri) - 1 perfromance
28 September (Sat) - 2 performances
29 September (Sun) - 2 performances
1 October (Tue) - 1 performance
2 October (Wed) - 1 performance
4 October (Fri) - 1 performance
5 October (Sat) - 2 performances
6 October (Sun) - 2 performances

Venue: THEATER 010
1-4-17, Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka 812-0018, Japan

Ticket: https://eplus.jp/sf/detail/4143000001-P0030001

Choreography: Damien Jalet
Scenography: Kohei Nawa
Music: Thomas Bangalter
Costumes: Kunihiko Morinaga (ANREALAGE)
Lighting: Yukiko Yoshimoto
Stage director: Masaya Natsume
Dancers: Aimilios Arapoglou, Risa Makino, Vinson Fraley, Li Kehua (Lico), Ryoji Sasamoto, Surimu Fukushi, Ema Yuasa, Ruri Mitoh
Produced by Sandwich Inc., Zero-Ten Inc., Super Massive Global Inc.
Organized by Zero-Ten Inc.
Cooperation: Kyoto University of the Arts - ULTRA Sandwich
Sponsors: Super Massive Global Inc.

Photo: Yoshikazu Inoue
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Kohei Nawa's sculpture "PixCell-Double Deer#4" and an edited fragment of the performance work "VESSEL," conceived in collaboration with choreographer Damien Jalet, are currently on view in the exhibition Iris van Herpen - Sculpting the Senses held at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia.

Exhibition Period: until 7 Oct (Mon), 2024
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Venue: Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Place, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia

Photo: Yoshikazu Inoue
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A new, nearly 5-meter-tall sculpture by Kohei Nawa, Trans-Mio, was revealed at  ONE DOJIMA PROJECT, a high-rise tower complex in Dojima, Osaka. "ONE DOJIMA PROJECT" is a facility consisting of the luxury hotel, "Four Seasons Hotel Osaka," and the condominium, "Brillia Tower Dojima". The sculpture will be permanently installed before the entrance of the apartment section.

This work was born from a workshop in the "ULTRA_Sandwich#18" project, a collaboration between Kyoto University of the Arts and Sandwich. Nawa and students experimented with a 3D scan using an iPhone and captured as a motif a casual pose of one of the participants, "Mio," carrying a tote bag and gazing up at the moon floating in the blue sky. This abstract silhouette looking up gives glimpses of a future where space will be more familiar and diffuses them to a city where various information, masses, and materials are intertwined. The surface form, which combines voxel-like volumes with flowing cloud-like masses, will make passers-by crossing through the urban fabric reflect on what reality is.

Venue: ONE DOJIMA PROJECT
2-4-4, Dojima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0003, Japan

photo: Nobutada OMOTE

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Somatic Modes of Attention brings artists Bruno Botella, Kohei Nawa, and Robert Platt together in a mélange of works that engages the viewer with a complex and diverse sensory experience. Three artists reveal how we perceive our environment by applying human vision's ambiguous and intuitive nature in their works. In this modern age dominated by logocentric and excessive visual culture, we ask whether alternative "modes of attention" can be generated by our bodies. The transition of things, including light and shadow, requires us to observe slowly and carefully, focusing on the value of the ambiguous aspects of human perception and cognition. Botella, Nawa, and Platt move us away from the universal and clear observation based on data and into a parallel world of phantasmagoria.

Exhibition Period: May 2 (Thu) - June 1 (Sat), 2024
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
Closed: Sundays
Opening Reception:  May 2 (Thu) 17:00 -
Venue: MtK Contemporary Art
20-1 Okazaki Minamigoshocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8334, Japan

photo: Kenryou Gu

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Around 100 works by a total of 50 rising and renowned artists from Kyoto will be presented at The Echoes of East Kyoto exhibition held at WHAT CAFE, Tokyo, under the curation of "Onidaimyo (a curatorial unit represented by Kengo Kito / Daisuke Oba / Kohei Nawa)." A wide variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works by renowned artists and newcomers will be displayed at one venue to give a more profound experience of Kyoto's art scene.

In recent years, the momentum of young artists in Kyoto has continued to grow and shows no signs of slowing down. Young artists fresh out of university become more vital for the local and a global art scene and are drawing attention. Behind the continued emergence of artists with high potential lies a unique art ecosystem nurtured in Kyoto. This results from the loose vertical and horizontal ties among artists created by the convergence of several art universities and the seepage of art into the city through progressive initiatives such as the ARTISTS' FAIR KYOTO and art hotels and cafes.

This exhibition resulted from a genuine connection between artists that transcended generations and social positions. It will be a rare opportunity to reflect on the resonance of Kyoto's artistic energy on an unprecedented scale in the country's capital.

Exhibition Period: April 20 (Sat) - May 7 (Tue), 2024
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 18:00 (May 7 will be closed on 17:00)
Venue: WHAT CAFE
2-1-11 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002, Japan

Kana Akamatsu / Shinya Azuma / Midori Arai / Miho Iida / Mika Ieda / Mitsuhiro Ikeda / Shinya Imanishi / Takuma Oue / Hal Osawa / Daisuke Ohba / Yoshiki Omote / Toru Kamiya / Mana Kawamura / Rei Kizumoto / Kengo Kito / Shun Kimura / Arisa Kumagai / Aya Kurashiki / Taro Komiya / Mika Shinagawa / Masaharu Shin / Kanako Shintaku / Keisuke Jimba / Tsukika Takado / Tomohiro Takahashi / Yoshihiro Takeuchi / Takuro Tamura / Noboru Tsubaki / Narumi Tsubakino / Naoki Tomita / Ayami Nagata / Kohei Nawa / Hayaki Nishigaki / Fumiya Hirota / Atsuki Fujimoto / Mitsuru Furuta / Yuzuho Matsuoka / Saki Matsumura / Koga Miura / Saya Mimura / Mai Miyake / Kenji Yanobe / Mio Yamato / Yukino Yamanaka / Shohei Yamamoto / Aiko Yuno / Hiroaki Yoshioka / Yuto Yonemura / R E M A / Naosuke Wada

東 京都 展 The Echoes of East Kyoto


Kohei Nawa will participate as an invited artist in the "Hyakunengo Art Festival -Uchiboso Art Festival-," an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of Chiba Prefecture. Nawa will present his "PixCell-Crow/Welding Mask/VR Controller (R)/Wooden Ladder" sculpture in the KURKKU FIELDS underground library in Kisarazu City.

Exhibition Period: March 23 (Sat) - May 26 (Sun), 2024
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed: Tuesdays, Wednesdays (April 30 and May 1 will be opened.)
Venue: KURKKU FIELDS
2503 Yana, Kisarazu, Chiba 292-0812, Japan

Photo: Nobutada OMOTE

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Kohei Nawa's sculpture “PixCell-Tarot Reading (Jan. 2023)” will be presented as a part of a group exhibition Absolute Chairs. The exhibition will take place at Saitama Museum of Modern Art.

This exhibition revolves around the representation of chairs in artworks primarily from the post-war period to the present day. It introduces approximately 70 two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and video works from both Japanese and foreign artists, unraveling the functions and implications of chairs within the domain of art.

Exhibition Period: February 17 (Sat) - May 12 (Sun), 2024
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:30 (Last admission is 17:00)
Closed: Mondays (April 29 and May 6 will be opened)
Venue: The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 330-0061, Japan

Photo: Nobutada OMOTE

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Kohei Nawa will be among the invited artists for the one-day art event PERPETUAL MOMENT - Time in Nature at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.

In the European Garden, supervised by Kazuyo Sejima, Nawa, 目[mé], and Yusuke Komuta, will present an art installation exploring the themes of past, present, and future. Nawa will exhibit his sculpture "Peacock and Ether" with a peacock motif. The event also includes a symposium, a sound installation by Marihiko Hara, and a furniture exhibition by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue.

Date: April 19 (Fri), 2024
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (Last admission is 17:30)
Venue: European Garden, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0071, Japan

Sound Installation & Symposium:
■ Session1 (13:00 - )
Speakers: Kohei Nawa / Yusuke Komuta / Teiya Iwabuchi (Editorial Director of Bijutsu Techo) / Kazuyo Sejima (Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum)

■ Session2 (15:00 - )
Speakers: 目[mé](Haruka Kojin, Kenji Minamigawa, Hirofumi Masui) / Teiya Iwabuchi / Kazuyo Sejima

Sponsored by: Rolex

PERPETUAL MOMENT − 自然の中の時間

 
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“Planet [wanderer],” a performance by choreographer Damien Jalet and sculptor Kohei Nawa will be presented for 3 days at Grand Théâtre de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dates / Time: March 8 (Fri) & 9 (Sat), 2024 / 20:00 - 21:00
March 10 (Sun), 2024 / 15:00 - 16:00
Venue: Grand Théâtre de Genève
Boulevard du Théâtre 11 CH-1204 Genève, Switzerland
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Choreography: Damien Jalet
Scenography: Kohei Nawa
Lighting: Yukiko Yoshimoto
Costumes: Sruli Recht
Music: Tim Hecker
Sound Designer: Xavier Jacquot
Assistant choreographer: Alexandra Hoàng Gilbert
Outside eye: Catalina Navarrete Hernández
Creative producer: Jamila Hessaine

Dancers: Shawn Ahern, Kim Amankwaa, Aimilios Arapoglou, Francesco Ferrari, Vinson Fraley, Christina Guieb, Astrid Sweeney, Ema Yuasa

Produced by the Théâtre National de Bretagne
In partnership with Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse,  Associate Producer of the 2021 creation
Coproduction: Sandwich Inc.; Charleroi Danse; Festspielhaus St Pölten; Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre; Rohm Theatre Kyoto; Kyoto Art Center; Opéra de Rouen Normandie; Theater Kampnagel Hamburg; Ballet de Grand Théâtre de Genève; Staatstheater Darmstadt; Nagelhus Schia Productions

Cooperation: Kyoto University of the Arts – ULTRA SANDWICH PROJECT #14 #15 #16 #17, Kyoto University – Takenaka Laboratory

This show is supported by Grand Marble and MATSUSHIMA HOLDINGS CO. LTD.
Thanks to Théo Casciani and Prabda Yoon, Fabienne Aucant

Photo: Rahi Rezvani

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An edited fragment of the performance work “VESSEL” conceived in collaboration with choreographer Damien Jalet is currently on display at Iris van Herpen. Sculpting the Senses exhibition held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France.

Exhibition Period: until April 28 (Sun), 2024
Opening Hours: [Tue/Wed/Fri] 11:00 - 18:00,  [Thu/Sat] 11:00 - 21:00, [Sun] 11:00 - 20:00
Closed: Mondays
Venue: Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Photo: Yoshikazu INOUE

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