Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?

Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?

I’m pleased to share this article by Thu-Huong Ha about the installation “Seed Pod Time Capsule” that was part of the Oku-Noto Triennale in September 2023.

“In March last year, Maria Fernanda Cardoso flew from Sydney to Tokyo with her husband. They took a 10-hour flight, then a second hour-long flight, and then were driven to a town called Suzu at the tip of Ishikawa Prefecture, where they spent four days researching the area.

The artist flew home and put together a proposal for a new work. She told her producer in Japan that she needed tens of thousands of pine cones. No problem, came the reply. By the time she returned six months later, volunteers from Suzu had collected and processed 38,000 pine cones and seed pods from caltrop and camellia plants for “Seed Pod Time Capsule,” which debuted at the Oku-Noto Triennale in September. The volunteers were so gung-ho and organized that Cardoso finished the installation five days early. She took a few days off to drive around the mountains of Niigata Prefecture to see some art.”

Read the full article in here.