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Current Bookhike Salon x MCAA
Kotonoha Touhen Rhizomatronica
2016.09.16 (Fri) - 11.9 (Tue)

TANA Gallery Bookshelf is pleased to host a collaboration of Bookhike Salon and MCAA to launch "ToujaRe x Bookhike," a project that presents a series of one-of-a-kind packaging for potsherds, each enveloped in a ripped page of old books on which haiku (a form of Japanese poetry consisting of 5-7-5 syllables) is marked out. The exhibition "Kotonoha Tohen Rhizomatronica" [Kotonoha = word/poetry, Tohen = potsherd] demonstrates several packages unsealed on display, and visitors can purchase it with a capsule vending machine in the venue.

(by moonshadow / dazzled afloat / oh how many times)

Bookhike Salon is a loose association of people making haiku poems just by marking out 5/7/5 syllables on a ripped page of books or other found printed materials. This particular haiku[haɪk]-making method is punned "bookhike" as it excavates thick layers of otherwise abandoned books just as hiking in the deep forest of language. Creating a new tiny passage across remnants of its scattered origin, "bookhike" induces playful conflict between two narrative layers over an identical text.

MCAA (Mashiko Ceramics and Arts Association) is a non-profit organization in Mashiko, a pottery town in East Japan, which is often associated with mingei (folk art, or "ethical pottery" as promoted in English by Bernard Leach) movement back in the 1920s and 30s, but also is a very active host of contemporary and international pottery culture. After the Great East Japan earthquake in 2011 shattered tons of potteries and kilns in the town, the NPO started to collect pieces of wasted potteries and provide them as "ToujaRe" [Tou=ceramic, Jare=gravel] to give them a new life.

"ToujaRe" is used creatively as materials for accessories crafts or interior finishing, but it is also true that every bit of "ToujaRe" is highly evocative in itself as reflecting remarkable diversity of potteries produced in the small town. To present their individual charms and covert histories as they are, Bookhike Salon dare not make any modification, instead enveloping each piece with a leaf of poetry to give its life a chance for a new page of intimate rendezvous. Both "bookhike" and "ToujaRe" are smaller parts of something greater and more complete, still reminiscent of their missing origins, but so fragmentarily that they can possibly allude more than what they actually were.

Haiku is sometimes considered as a finite art form because its 5-7-5 structure, even with some accepted deviations, will eventually exhaust all the possible syllable patterns. The theory is true if we only see isolated pieces, but it reveals nonsense if we turn our attention to never constant conditions for any linguistic practice to make sense. The genre is inexhaustible and interesting all the more for its explicitly strong dependence on other texts, as it changes meanings with given social and cultural contexts, or to say, for its intertextuality in the broadest sense of the word.

"Bookhike" is a simple game to play with this embedded-ness inherent in language. In its room for resonance, haiku relies on the reader to fill its purposeful incompleteness, and this openness can activate interplay with other open forms of poetry, such as potsherds. Blurring the idea of authorship in two differently uncompleted voices, a thread of 5/7/5 syllables and its unmarked surroundings, static in themselves, become catalysts to let fragments speak freely outside totality.


MCAA - Mashiko Ceramics and Arts Association


Bookhike Salon:
(participating members for this exhibition)

- Emi Yokogoshi
- Humiko Hirayama
- Mari Sakamoto
- Noriko Okano
- Tomoko Masuda
- Yokiko Nishino

Current Hayashi Kanae Takeshi
2016.04.18 (Mon) - 9.22 (Thu) @ café 104.5

TANA Gallery Bookshelf is pleased to announce an exhibition of Tokyo based painter Hayashi Kanae Takeshi at cafe 104.5 in Ochanomizu, Tokyo.

The exhibition "ALLEZ" features a new large scale painting inspired by fencing as well as selected works from her recent activities.

Hayashi Kanae Takeshi website

cafe 104.5
2-101 Kandaawaji-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Reception

2016.04.18 (Mon)
at cafe 104.5

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