KUAD ANNUAL2018SCHRÖDINGER’S CAT
An attempt to find a new way of how degree shows ought to be
The starting point of this exhibition was the following: “Living in the world that is tinged with uncertainty and plurality of perspectives in society, economics, politics, culture and history, art universities can play a social role when graduating students acquire awareness of a higher order and can face a society where various values can co-exist.” While most degree shows are full of graduation works of linear messages from students’ personal interests, this is the beginning of an attempt for find a new way of how degree shows ought to be.
For the first installment, Prof. Kataoka of Graduate School, Art and Design Studies, and the Chief Curator at Mori Art Museum has chosen the theme “Schrodinger's Cat” for the exhibition.
Exhibitors at this exhibition are made up of 23 individuals and one team (7 people) selected by Prof. Kataoka from the undergraduate and graduate schools representing a wide range of fields such as Japanese painting (Nihonga,) oil painting, printmaking, textile, CG animation, environmental design, and product design. Since the August selection process, students have built on their works to be exhibited in Tokyo by receiving supervision from Prof. Kataoka four times.
What is “Schrodinger's Cat”?
“Schrodinger's Cat” is a thought experiment whereby the Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger （1887-1961） indicated the paradox in quantum mechanics’ theory using probability to explain the “multitiered and uncertain ambiguity (=superposition)” in the micro natural phenomenon with radioactive radium omitting alpha particles, by converting the situation to life or death of a cat.
This exhibition captures “multitiered and uncertain ambiguity” in the occurrence of alpha particles in “Schrodinger's Cat,” as a metaphor for “uncertainty and plurality of perspectives in society, economics, politics, culture and history.” Within that context, the exhibition is aimed to show the viewpoints that the next generation of artists and designers overlook the times, regionality and inevitability, basing on the stratified research. With this aim, this exhibition will not just exhibit final works, but it will be a venue where the research process is also valued and ideas can be transformed into finished works.
- Mami Kataoka
- Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum / Professor, Graduate School of Kyoto University of Art and Design
- The Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2003, notable exhibitions she has curated include ‘Roppongi Crossing’ (2004, 2013), ‘Sensing Nature: Perception of Nature in Japan’ (2010); as well as major survey shows on prominent artists in Asia such as Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Ai Weiwei, Lee Bul, Makoto Aida, Lee Mingwei and most recently on N.S.Harsha. She was also the International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London between 2007 and 2009. She is also the Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney in 2018. She has been Professor at the Graduate School of Kyoto University of Art and Design
Photo: Daniel Boud
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
8-36 Ueno-Park Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
7 min. walk from JR “Ueno Station” Park Exit
10 min. walk from “Ueno Station” Exit 7, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hibiya Line
10 min. walk from Keisei Line “Ueno Station”
※No parking area, so please refrain from coming by car.