Lines —Aligning your consciousness with the flow

2024.6.22(Sat.) - 2024.10.14(Mon.)



2024.6.22(Sat.) - 2024.10.14(Mon.)
10:00-18:00(until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Gallery 7 to 12, 14 and Public Zone


Adults: ¥1,200 (¥1,000)
Students: ¥800 (¥600)
18 and under: ¥400 (¥300)
65 and over: ¥1,000
*Fees in parentheses are for groups of 20 people or more and web tickets
*Tickets also include admission (same day only) to “Collection Exhibition 1” .


Mondays (except July 15, August 12, September 16, 23, October 14), and July 16, August 13, September 17, 24, 2024

Number of Artists:
16 groups

Number of works:

For More Information:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Phone: +81-76-220-2800

In the quest for a more harmonious and balanced relationship between humans and nature, art, with its characteristically open and receptive mindset and willingness to question existing assumptions, can serve as an important platform for reconsidering where we stand, living in the present moment, and the question of where to direct our consciousness. We believe that our active engagement with the natural world also has an impact on contemporary shifts in consciousness and our understanding of ʻthe worldʼ. Referring to Tim Ingoldʼs idea that most of what artists produce in their endless pursuit of the clues they find in nature proceeds along lines, the exhibition “Lines —Aligning your consciousness with the flow” explores the world in terms of a web of interconnected ecological processes and integrates our creative human practices into a broader context, presenting works by artists who actively participate in explorations of these lines, understanding the act of tracing and following them as an ongoing process of a kind of positive ʻbecomingʼ, continuing to stitch together a variety of rifts and cracks in order to live.

Chief Curator, Hiromi Kurosawa

Related Projects


Tim Ingold, an up-and-coming anthropologist and social scientist, has an interesting perspective on the concept of lines. In one of his books, Lines, he presents the idea that lines are not pre-existing entities in the world, but rather processes and activities themselves. Ingold himself shares some of his research on how lines are woven into as the fabric of the world, connecting objects, people and ideas.
Date: Saturday, 12 October, 14:00–15:30 Doors open 13:30
Venue: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Theatre 21 All seats free Advance booking required
capacity: 100 persons
*Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation provided

“meet the artists” Gallery talks by artists

Six artists from the exhibition Lines - aligning consciousness with the flow talk about their own work in front of their artworks for 30 minutes. This is a valuable opportunity for the artists to talk about their concepts and ideas in their own voices.
Date: Saturday, 22 June *Consecutive interpretation (Japanese-English)
Session 1: 11:00–11:30 Shinji Ohmaki
Session 2: 11:45–12:30 Henrique Oliveira*
Session 3: 14:00–14:45 Eugenia Raskopoulos*
Session 4: 15:00–15:30 Nami Yokoyama
Session 5: 15:45–16:30 Jakob Fenger(SUPERFLEX)*
Session 6: 17:00–18:30 Judy Watson+Cheryl Leavy(Reading, Poet)*

Learn about Bees

Marguerite Humeau, one of the artists exhibiting at “Lines — Aligning your consciousness with the flow,” is deeply interested in the collective behavior of insects, which is reflected in her sculptures and video works. In connection with her work, this event will include a lecture on bee ecology and a visit to a Japanese honey bee hive set up on the museum grounds.
*This program is a collaborative project with the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa volunteer members “Mirai Cafe/BeesClub.”

Instructor: Takuya Ishikawa (curator, Ishikawa Insect Museum)
Dates: September 7 (Sat), 14:00-15:30

Lecture and Dining: “Tracing the Saba Kaido (Mackerel Road)” with Yuna Yagi

Artist talk by exhibiting artist Yuna Yagi + lecture and dining on the group of Saba Kaido (“Mackerel Roads”) that connect Wakasa and Kyoto.
Date: Monday, 7 October
*Details will be on our website after 1 August.
Yuna Yagi (exhibiting artist), Atsushi Nakahigashi (culinary director, chef), Kawamata Hirotaka (curator, Obama city, Culture and Tourism Section)

Walk and Talk: Walking tour of the exhibition with the curator

“Lines — Aligning your consciousness with the flow” is an exhibition that considers the tangled web of threads and relationships spun by every organic body on Earth. In addition to presenting artworks in the museum, we encourage visitors to take a walk to discover “lines” in nature.
Each tour will be led by either Hiromi Kurosawa (chief curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa) or Yumiko Nonaka (curator for this exhibition), and will take visitors on a walk around the museum grounds.
Date: July 13, 27, September 14, 28 9:45-10:45
*Tomo-no-kai members only: August 10 (Sat) 18:30-19:30
*Sustain members only: August 24 (Sat) 8:00-9:00

Exhibiting artists (in alphabetical order)

  • El Anatsui, Tiffany Chung, Sam Falls, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Marguerite Humeau, Mark Manders, Gabriella Mangano & Silvana Mangano, Shinji Ohmaki, Henrique Oliveira, Oksana Pasaiko, Eugenia Raskopoulos, SUPERFLEX, Sarah Sze, Judy Watson, Yuna Yagi, Nami Yokoyama

    Artists Profile(pdf)

Main works in the exhibition


Organized by:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation), Japan Arts Council, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

Grants from:

Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, Danish Arts Foundation

Sponsored by:
NOZAKI Co., Ltd.

In Cooperation with:

YAMADA PHOTO PROCESS Co., Ltd., Kanazawa College of Art

Supported by: