Exhibition information

Kyoto ddd gallery The 210th Exhibition Materiality-Immateriality Design & Innovation

September 08, 2016 - October 29, 2016

design by Hiroshi TOYAMA / softpad
design by Hiroshi TOYAMA / softpad
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It is a great pleasure to invite you to the exhibition “Materiality-Immateriality  Design & Innovation” held at kyoto ddd gallery.
In tribute to the 30th anniversary of the exhibition led by Jean-François Lyotard, «Les Immatériaux» (Centre Pompidou, 1985), this exhibition looks at the possibilities offered by the concept of materiality and immateriality through design, creation and innovation. It explores multiple forms of creation and design born out of encounter and confrontation of material and immaterial worlds in 4 different areas: new media, sensoriality, 3D modeling and database.
 The exhibition has also been designated as “France-Japan Innovation Year” project and officially participates in “Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2016”.


In tribute to the 30th anniversary of the exhibition led by Jean-François Lyotard, «Les Immatériaux» (Centre Pompidou, 1985), this exhibition is dedicated to design and innovation, to materiality and immateriality. The exploration, initiated 30 years ago, will be pursued in following 4 areas:
– New media / questioning the place of spectator in relation to devices 
– Sensoriality / a sensory experience dedicated to the 5 senses 
– 3D Modeling / exploration of multiple variables and flexibility in production processes
– Database / as source of renewal: with dialogue between preservation and state-of-the-art research for material innovation.
This confrontation between the “material” and “immaterial” world will focus on forms of what creating and innovating mean.
Murielle Hladik (curator)

Ggallry tour / Opening Party

■Gallery tour
09.08.2016 Thu  16:30-18:00
Guided tour by Jean-Louis Boissier, Murielle Hladik, Eisuke Tachikawa and others
Venue: kyoto ddd gallery

■Opening Party
09.08.2016 Thu  18:00-19:00
Venue: kyoto ddd gallery

Nuit Blanche KYOTO

10.01.2016 Sat  14:00-16:00
Sound performance by softpad & Gallery tour by François AZAMBOURG
Venue: kyoto ddd gallery


09.09.2016 Fri
Les Immateriaux au prisme du japon
Venue: Institut Francais du Japon-kansai

Artist profile

■François AZAMBOURG (Designer, Paris)
Winner of the Villa Medicis hors les Murs in 2003, for the Grand Prix du Design de Paris 2004, laureate of the Villa Kujoyama in 2015, he has participated in numerous shows around the world exhibiting lighting and furniture projects for Capellini, Hermès, Poltrona Frau,Ligne Roset and Galerie Kréo. He is oriented towards simplicity and brightness, pushing himself in the realm of objects to go against common trends.

This project was made possible in the frame of a residency at Villa Kujoyama.
Villa Kujoyama is part of Institut francais du Japon and benefits from the support of the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller and the Institut francais.

■Jean-Louis BOISSIER (Emeritus Prof. University Paris 8 / Media artist / Researcher  Paris)
Born in 1945 in Loriol-sur-Drôme. Emeritus Professor
of contemporary art, and research director in Aesthetics of New Media at the University Paris 8; he curated the biennial “Artifices” (Saint-Denis, 1990–1996), the “Revue Virtuelle” (Centre Pompidou, 1991–1996), the cycles “Jouable” (Geneva, Kyoto, Paris, 2002–2004) and “Mobilisable” (2008–2013). His interactive installations have been exhibited internationally since 1985. His publications include: La relation comme forme. L’interactivité en art (Mamco, Geneva, 2009).

■Masaki FUJIHATA (Media artist, Tokyo)
A trailblazing media artist, begining with computer graphic in 80’s, his work has shifted towards making computer sculptures. His most successful work “Beyond Pages” (1995–1997) pioneered interactive art in the late 90’s. His experiments with GPS technology and movie images began in 1992. “Impressing Velocity”, to the “Voices of Aliveness” 2012, explore new possibilities of meaning found in document and memory, and visualize continuities between the virtual and real. His recent book Anarchive n°6, using augmented realities, made a survey about all his career.http://www.fujihata.jp/

Artist profil

■Marie-Ange GUILLEMINOT (Artist, Paris)
Graduated of Villa Arson, she lives and works in Paris. She obtains, in 1997, the merit of honor at the Biennale of Venice for “Le Salon de Transformation”. An artist who is very present on the international art scene (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005, Kyoto Art Center, 2006, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010, Villa Savoye, Poissy, 2012). The exhibition “Laps”, shown at the Cité de la Céramique de Sèvres in 2013, presents a retrospective on the entirety of her works. “Evanescence—Beauté de l’instant” (Nuit Blanche, Kyoto, 2014) calls for reminiscence of time and space nurtured by Japanese culture which runs through all her tactile and artistic approach.

■Hosoo Archive / ULTRA FACTORY Kyoto University of Art and Design (Kyoto)
Hosoo is a Kyoto-based textile company founded in 1688. Its history can be traced back to the Kyoto silk industry of the sixth century and today the company is widely acknowledged for its exceptional skills within traditional Japanese three-dimensional weaving techniques and for applying richly textured Nishijin weaving into contemporary design. Their fabrics are designed and developed in a close collaboration with world-acclaimed designers and use only premium materials made by artisan craftspeople from Kyoto. It owns a massive database of old textile motifs and patterns from Edo era and has embarked on the digitalization of around 20,000 archives in collaboration with ULTRA FACTORY Kyoto University of Art and Design.

■Laura Lynn JANSEN+Thomas VAILLY (Design  Eindhoven)
Laura Lynn Jansen is Dutch, and Thomas Vailly is French. Graduates of Design Academy Eindhoven, they bring their talents together to produce works that revamp the production process and awaken the poetic power of perspectives. Whether they are growing stone objects “CaCO3/stoneware” or investigating the colorful nature of light “101.86°–Color
of the Day”, the signature of their collaboration is the great attention paid to natural phenomena. These projects suggest alternative processes of harvesting raw material, transformation and production of goods while working with natural processes and phenomenon.

Artist profil

■NOSIGNER (Designer Yokohama Kyoto)
A design firm that identifies itself by finding big challenges in society and discovering innovative solutions by designing necessary yet beautiful relations in between. Just as their name “NOSIGNER” stands for ‘professionals who design intangible things’, they work beyond conventional disciplines of designing graphics, products, or space, for a more synthetic designs including branding and making of a business model.
Through their works, they aim to create social innovation in various fields, including local industries, technology, education, sustainability, cultural exchange and open source design.

■Yasuaki ONISHI  (Artist, Osaka)
He creates works of sculpture that visualize spaces normally accepted as hollow or blank, with the straightforward themes of volume, verticality and distance. He has an M.A. Fine Art Sculpture from Kyoto City University of Arts 2004. He has had several international exhibitions in Japan, US and Europe and received numerous awards including Pola Art Foundation, 2011 and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 2010.

■softpad (Artist, Designer, Kyoto)
A creative design team formed in 1999 in Kyoto, dealing with audio and video multimedia. Currently, they are active in installation, live performance, sound, design, and other fields, transcending limitations of genre while exploring boundaries and connections in media expression. Recent activities include “sensibilia” (Museum of Modern Art, Shiga/2006),
“Sonar 2006” (Barcelona/2006), “SonarSound Tokyo” (Tokyo/2006), “Mediacity Seoul 2006” (Seoul Museum of Art/2006), “EXIT Festival” (Maison des Arts de Créteil, Paris/2006), “VIA Festival” (Le Manege, Maubeuge/2007), “dual points” (Kyoto Art Center/2008).

■Studio GGSV : Gaelle GABILLET & Stephane VILLARD /  (Designer, Paris)
Founded in 2011 by Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard. They received la Carte Blanche of VIA 2011 for their project “Objet Trou Noir” (Black Hole). Their association produces
an atypical approach from curation to research design. They are edited by “Made in Design”, “Petite Friture” and “Galerie Cat Berro”. They have also curated exhibitions and signed the exhibitions “Form follows information” (Biennale of Saint-Etienne, 2015) and “Zones de confort” (Galerie Poirel, Nancy, in collaboration with Juliette Pollet).
Stéphane Villard is the leader of the project workshop INFORME at ENSCI-Les Ateliers.

Exhibition Design / Curator

■Exhibition Design

■Murielle HLADIK (Curator  Paris)
Born in 1968, architect, PhD in philosophy, and curator. She was professor at the National School of Architecture of Saint-Etienne and School of Architecture of Clermont-Ferrand.
She is member of JAPARCHI research network and was guest researcher at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, 2009–2010). She published Traces and Fragments within Japanese Aesthetics (Mardaga, 2008, with the support of the Fondation de France and the Japan Foundation). She was also curator of “Traces of Disappearance”, in collaboration with Eva Kraus (Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, January-April 2014), and guest-curator for the Nuit Blanche in Kyoto (“Contemporary Art meets Traditional Crafts“, 2014).

Organizer / Support

Organizer: DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion

Support: Ambassade de France au Japan
             Institut francais du Japon



Cooperation: Institut francais du Japon-Kansai
                   BOLLORÉ LOGISTICS Japan
                   Graduate School of Computer and Cognitive Sciences
                   KAIROS Art Consulting
                   Labex Arts-H2H
                   Centre Pompidou
                   Nagoya University of Arts
                   Seian University of Art and Design