In 1963, Genpei Akasegawa, a member of the legendary avant-garde art collective High Red Center, created “Canned Universe” in the following manner: 1. Opening a can of crabmeat. 2. Eating up the content.3.Removing the paper label and glue it on the inner side of the can.4.Re-sealing the can with solder. By converting the inside and theoutside, Akasegawa succeeded in conceptually sealing the whole universe into the can. However, if the universe means “everything” by definition, what is the outside space of the can (which is seemingly the inside)? Moreover, if the universe is unique by definition, what does mass-producing this device possibly mean? In this event, each participant will bring a canned food and make their own “Canned Universe” with it, followed by brief presentations by Hajime Nariai(Curator, Tokyo Station Gallery), Shigeru Matsui (Poet), and Okumura,discussing various relations between the world and self, the absolute and the relative, language and society, the universe and the everyday,and so on.
*If you wish to join the event, email the artist for prior instructions:

Ticket:¥1,200 Student:¥1,000

Born 1978 in Aomori. Projects in 2012 include “Jun Yang: A Short Lecture on Forgetting and Remembering” (screened at several art universities in Japan and exhibited in Daegu, Mumbai, etc.), “On Kawara’s Pure Consciousness, or Many Worlds (and) Interpretation” (14 Evenings, National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo), “Remembering Unknown (Artist’s Ghost)” (MOT Annual 2012,Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo), and “Anatomy Fiction” (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, the Anatomy Museum of the University of Basel, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, etc.).


Shigeru MATSUI