Moment Ginza

– the scenography of the city. An exhibition which builds a bridge over art, architecture, city, analysis and experience.
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Moment Ginza is an unusual project in several ways – organizationally as well as artistically. It is – a proposition by one artist – but most of the pieces in the exhibition are created by her artist friends from around the world. It is an art project, but it is directed towards the city – not as an exhibition about the city, but rather a scenography of the feeling that a city can convey.

The purpose is to create a situation rather than an exhibition, where the visitor as well as his/her movements and encounters are an important part of the artpiece. The project builds a bridge over art, architecture, city, analysis and experience. It is high-tech and low-tech at the same time. The exhibition has been shown at Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble in a “Moment Ginza / dayversion” and is now shown at Fargfabriken in it’s nightversion.

For the exhibition a “Moment Ginza Cityguide” has been produced by Färgfabriken, Magasin and Aggeborgs advertising agency, a publication that is a coyage in to a virtual city, through more than 100 pictures in color, created by Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, as well as a “city encyclopedia” consisting of a vollection of quotes from novels, architectural theory, internet etc.

Curator:Dominique Gonzales-Foerster

Participants: Les Bourratives, Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick & Gabriel Kuri, Ange Leccia, Anne Frémy, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, Allen Ruppersberg, Vidya & Jean-Michel, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Miwa Yanagi

Moment Ginza is a co-production between Färgfabriken and Magasin - Centre National d’Art Contemporain in Grenoble.

Moment Ginza

by Dominique Gonzales-Foerster

On Sunday afternoons Ginza – Tokyo’s famous anenue – is given over to the pedestrians and closed to automobiles. As a result, the atmosphere constantly changes, the asphalt is crossed in every direction, a music-like feeling slowly moves in, daily events take on a colorful aspect, and a subtle and transgressive choreography is set. This is the “Moment Ginza”. It is an environment more than an exhibition, a potential space between reality and virtuality – quite pleasant to walk through, exciting to explore – urban moments – a city where people meet – a relational architecture – an environment of light and atmosphere – almost minimal – far from being monumental. The construction of the city takes place inside the viewer, activity of the moment, drift, playtime, identification of a site. We will look at the city producing itself and producing scenarios, plans sequences, images and situations. An architecture of relationships, which are permanently being built through the viewers, space, screens, cables, images, sounds, light – a city of encounters, a transitional site, a small galaxy a “Moment Ginza”.

18 oct 1997 – 7 dec 1997