2020

everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of the planet
- After 150 Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Austria and Japan

10 November 2020 – 24 December 2020
Till 6 December 2020  Only from outside: Windows version
7 December 2020 – 26 Dec 2020  Public open

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12-6 pm
Closed on Sundays and Wednesdays, 24 and 25th December

Contact: info@miaca.org

Artists: Yu Araki, Oscar Cueto, Tetsugo Hyakutake, Kyun-Chome, Michikazu Matsune, Yoshinori Niwa, Lisl Ponger, Almut Rink, Motoyuki Shitamichi, Kota Takeuchi, Kay Walkowiak, Pan Lu and Bo Wang, Zheng Yuan
Window version includes; Hikaru Suzuki and Sun Xun

Curator: Hitomi Hasegawa

Supported by: POLA ART Foundation, Austrian Federal Chancellery, FRANZ JOSEFS KAI 3 sponsored by Franziska and Christian Hausmaninger, Angewandte Innovation Laboratory, MIACA, Moving Image Archive of Contemporary Art

Please explore the exhibition space here!
 

Basement
 

In 2019, Japan and Austria celebrated the 150th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and longstanding exchanges. The beginning of this partnership was marked by the 1869 Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation. Despite this friendly celebration, this treaty perfected the unequal conditions that already existed between Japan and other Western countries due to the most-favoured-nation treatment. After this treaty, unfair articles, such as extraterritorial rights, were applied to Austria and other countries. The following five countries had an advantageous treaty with Japan: the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Russia and the Netherlands.
When we encounter a totally different culture, our reaction would be polarized. Some dislike it and try to ignore it, while others get curious and try to know more. Among these, some become obsessed, even manic in their appreciation of other cultures. It is generally these people who encourage mutual understanding between different countries. On the other hand, as this unfair treaty represents, desire and craving for Others and their prosperity often result in exploitation and vandalism. Some of the works of art in this exhibition can be understood as representations of how artists respond to power imbalances in international relationships under post-colonial and neo-colonial conditions and drastically different social and class backgrounds.
Following this commemorative year, the aim of the exhibition everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of the planet is to provide some illustrations of the contradictory feelings towards foreignness, political identity and post-colonial or post-war issues from the late 19th century to today. This project also deals with how artists interpret desire, passion and love for foreign cultures, artefacts and lands. Indeed, both are polarized emotions and reactions towards other cultures. Since human beings started to search for a New World, there have been numerous things that people want from the other side of the planet. The subjects of the works include not only Austria and Japan but also Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, China and the United States.

Online Artist Talks + Virtual Walks through the exhibition:
Dec 2, 1 pm (CET/Vienna) and Dec 3, 2 pm (CET/Vienna)
The Talks are held in English and some Japanese with translation.
Dec 2 2020, 1 pm (Vienna) Episode 1: Online artist talk with Lisl Ponger and Oscar Cueto and virtual walk through a 3D-model of the exhibition
Dec 3 2020, 2 pm (Vienna) Episode 2: Online artist talk with Kota Takeuchi and Kyun-Chome and walk through the exhibition
A project by FKJ3 at AIL www.franzjosefskai3.com

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Photo: Title image; Film still from “Blind Bombing, Filmed by a Bat”, 2019 by Kota Takeuchi
Photos: Pablo Chiereghin
 
Artists Positions (pdf)

Film still from ”Blind Bombing, Filmed by a Bat”, 2019 by Kota Takeuchi
Film still from ”Blind Bombing, Filmed by a Bat”, 2019 by Kota Takeuchi
Yu Araki, still from Wrong Revision 2018
Yu Araki, still from Wrong Revision (2018)
Installation view, Oscar Cueto Domestic Affairs 2018-2020, Motoyuki Shitamichi Torii, 2006-2012
Installation view, Oscar Cueto Domestic Affairs (2018-2020), Motoyuki Shitamichi Torii, (2006-2012)
Installation view, Pan Lu and Bo Wang, Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings 2017
Installation view, Pan Lu and Bo Wang, Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings (2017)
Installation view, Pan Lu and Bo Wang, Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings 2017
Installation view, Pan Lu and Bo Wang, Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings (2017)
Kota Takeuchi, Still from ”Blind Bombing, Filmed by a Bat” 2019
Kota Takeuchi, Still from ”Blind Bombing, Filmed by a Bat” (2019)
Installation view, Lisl Ponger, Xenographic Views 1995
Installation view, Lisl Ponger, Xenographic Views (1995)
Installation view, Michikazu Matsune On Borders, Around Borders, Behind Borders, 2020
Installation view, Michikazu Matsune On Borders, Around Borders, Behind Borders, (2020)
Installation view, Zheng Yuan Dream Delivery 2018
Installation view, Zheng Yuan Dream Delivery (2018)
Installation view, Kay Walkowiak, Ocean, 2018, Archive of Chance, 2020
Installation view, Kay Walkowiak, Ocean, (2018), Archive of Chance, (2020)
Installation view, Almut Rink
Installation view, Almut Rink
Installation view, Yu Araki
Installation view, Yu Araki
Installation view, Tetsugo Hyakutake
Installation view, Tetsugo Hyakutake
Installation view, Kota Takeuchi
Installation view, Kota Takeuchi
Installation view, KyunChome
Installation view, KyunChome
Installation view, Yoshinori Niwa
Installation view, Yoshinori Niwa
Installation view, Motoyuki Shitamichi
Installation view, Motoyuki Shitamichi