Tokyo Wonder Site Exchange Residency Program <Berlin - Tokyo>
body | border | body

Group Exhibition 
curated by Aisuke Kondo

February 23 - March 8, 2013

Opening hours
Friday - Sunday, 1 - 7 p.m.

February 22, 2013  /  7 - 11 p.m.

March 8, 2013  /  7 - 11 p.m.

Artist / Melanie Nazmy-Ghandchi 
Date / March 8, 2013 - 8 p.m.

Achim Riethmann
Aisuke Kondo
Akiyasu Shimizu
Alireza Ghandchi
Andreas Sell
Andrei Loginov
Dirk Sorge
Melanie Nazmy-Ghandchi
Megumi Fukuda
Sarah Schoenfeld
Shingo Inao
Taro Furukata
Yukiko Nagakura

Tokyo Wonder Site Residency / Room 139, 1st floor
Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin/Germany

Supported by
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien


body | border | body

While travelling on airplanes, I hardly notice the fact that I am continuously crossing borders.  Even if I walk across them, I do not sense any difference on the ground or in the surrounding air on the moment my foot steps over the boundary line.

I was a weak child, and had repeatedly broken my bones.  When a segment is defect, the entire balance is disrupted.  What should have been the most familiar of all; my body, was in fact also a collection of multiple segments whose details I could not control.  From this experience, and through the entity of I itself, I have always felt the uncertainty of the self-existence, or the 'dasein'.

For me, this doubt for dasein is strongest in the relationship between the others and against the society.  Though commonly used, the term society also appears to be vaguely defined.  Suppose I define 'society' as, an ensemble of relationships between individual and individual, that propagate like ripples'.  I am then, confronted with the question; What is an 'individual'?  In other words, how can I define 'myself?'  In relation to the society, I could only exist as an imaginary concept.  There is a gap between I that lives within the society and what I consider to be myself.  There is a sense of discomfort and anxiety towards the notion, I that is defined through and lives within the relationships between the others. These anxieties transform my own existence, dasein, into something uncertain.  This feeling is somewhat similar to that of when I try to articulate myself using words, while knowing there are things that are falling off from my expression.  Words that I bring out are not necessarily equal to my own will.

My doubt towards dasein also stems from a sense of suspicion towards the ordinary life that is maintained by covering up the extraordinary

We live by creating a stable and ordinary life.  This, however, induces a strong feeling of anxiety at the moment when a glimpse of extraordinary appears in our ordinary life, which in turn forces us to create even stronger stability.  As a result, those extraordinary realities that cannot be processed and thus shake our stable life, are omitted from life, as if they never existed.  For example, I used to feel tremendous fear towards death, but the fear diminished as I grow older.  Had I kept the fear towards death, I would not have been able to live at ease.  Yet, in essence, there should be no difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary.  One could not simply draw a border line to segregate the two. 

Notions and begriffs are inadequate to fully articulate the rich and abundant information that comprise this world.  But if so, why do we try to determine the world by words or concepts?  Ironically, it was the experience of encountering the extraordinary in my ordinary life, that made me aware of the separating border between I and my body.  This is the experience that lead me to think about the 'uncertainty of dasein'.

Could these 'borders' make people realise that there are indeed some 'things' that fall out from our notion?  Could they make people recognize anew the fear towards 'death'?

When my broken bones were healed, the sense of the estrangement between the border of 'I' and 'my body' had notably reduced.  Boundaries born and disappear.  They are of ambiguous nature.  And I waver between their gaps.  The recognition of uncertain borders entail the 'uncertainty of dasein'.  To be aware of them, and to continuously seek to confirm my own dasein, I think, is what 'life' is to me.

Aisuke Kondo

Based on the above stated idea, I will organize an exhibition under the theme, 'body and border'.  This two-part exhibition is comprised of a solo exhibition, and a group exhibition.

Translation: Aki Naito

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