DeathLAB: Democratizing Death

2018.7.7 (Sat.) - 2019.3.24 (Sun.)

DeathLAB, founded by Karla Rothstein at Columbia University in 2013, is an interdisciplinary initiative exploring the space and social consequence of urban disposition and memorialization. Housed at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, DeathLAB’s cross-cutting research engages diverse academic fields, including architecture, environmental engineering, religious studies and sociology. We will introduce the lab’s ongoing work, which intertwines sacred space and civic life.

Constellation Park 2014
©LATENT Productions and Columbia GSAPP DeathLAB

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Nanakarage Ayano

2018.4.28 (Sat.) - 2018.9.24 (Mon.)

Taking as her theme the vastness of nature seen in mountains and forests, and the ephemerality of rainbows and mist, NANAKARAGE Ayano (1987-) meditates on such natural phenomena and, blending in her own interpretations and analogies, evokes its qualities in wood sculptures. Her “rainbows edge” series, featured in this exhibition, conjoins her own fabric-draped figure with the shapes of dried banana stems and other dried and withered plants. Her fusion of withered and gnarled plants with smooth drapery (a human figure) conveys a disquieting impression of old age melded with youth or some bizarre creature hidden under the fabric. At the same time, the works evoke the serenity of Buddhist or Shinto deity sculptures as well as the dread of having seen something forbidden. Vibrant living organisms age with time and grow dry and gnarled, and slowly change form. In such transformation, Nanakarage discovers a transcendent beauty. Her eye, as such, has the power to refresh our values as people of contemporary society conditioned to look away from deterioration and decay.

rainbows edgeI 2015


Akram Khan: Chotto Desh

2018.8.17 (Fri.) - 2018.8.18 (Sat.)

Journey with a young boy through a mysterious, fairytale world
A summer-holiday dance treat for all ages, featuring the journey of a young boy with a cultural heritage spanning both Britain and Bangladesh, who dreams of becoming a dancer. Projection mapping and music are used effectively to portray a fairytale world, in a show as stunning for its visuals as its dancing. The “chotto desh” of the title is Bengali for “small homeland.”

Venue :
Theater 21/ 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Photo: Richard Haughton

Ito Kaori: Je danse parce que je me méfie des mots / I dance because I do not trust words

2018.8.4 (Sat.) - 2018.8.5 (Sun.)

Estranged father and daughter bridge a gap to reunite
"I  dance because I do not trust words" is a duet by dancer and choreographer Ito Kaori and her father, the sculptor Ito Hiroshi. Enjoying a stellar career in France, Ito Kaori put together a work that addresses head on her relationship with her father, in order to restore something that had been lost. Estranged due to a gulf that had arisen between them, father and daughter join forces here to express in dance an intimate relationship that is distant, yet close.

Venue :
Theater 21/ 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Photo: Gregory Batardon