Right in the middle of my town here is a fantastic museum that brings in a variety of artists from all over. For each exhibit that comes to town, there is always a flyer for it that will appear on my desk at work. Finally, I decided to go check one of these out, but not just because of the art. For this particular showcase, the last night would feature a couple local DJs, in addition to the artist herself. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I love Shionoe (where I live), I and I also like live music, and to a growing degree I can appreciate art as well. Here was one of the songs played by him, know as aslan +
I walked in and it was underway. You may be surprised to hear that I was the only foreigner there. I was mixed in with a number of fashionable Japanese people my age, and to those that know the demographic, I would describe them as a mix of hipsters and scenesters. I just shuffled the the back of the little room, and just stood against the wall to enjoy the music. As the music was playing, there was projector casting some rather psychedelic visualizations. On top of that, the artist was having individuals pose, and then insert the shots into the visualizations. The layering effect was pretty cool and were often made to be a bit funny. Eventually I was roped into the action, which was fine with me. Below are the resulting shots.
Eventually I took a gander at the actual exhibit. It was an assortment of pictures showing different colors, textures and distortions. The overall theme was to explore what was beautiful. Seemed vague, and I’m not an art critic, so I’ll just go as far as saying I thought that most of the pictures were good. I took a couple snaps of those as well, and rotated them for an artsy effect of my own.
At the end of it all, I got the inevitable attention of being a foreigner in the middle of nowhere. It was surprising for people to see me, of course, but even more so when I told them that this was actually my home. In the end, some girls invited me to come to a restaurant that their parents run if I’m ever in their part of town. Connections are always good. Anyway, I thought it was a pretty good little show, and a surprising oasis of ‘cool’ in the middle of my not so hip town.