Tomoko Sauvage, In Curved Water, 2010. ©︎ Jens Ziehe


SHARJAPAN2, the second iteration of a four-year collaboration with Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo , Professor at Tokyo Universtiy of the Arts and curator of Sharjah Biennal 11 (2013), will focus on performance and sound-based installations that imagine new ecologies of nature and materiality.

Reflecting the links between individual agency and collective humanlike relationality, Yuko Mohri's project will contain a group of self-playing readymades that, as in her other works, convey intangible energies in everyday life. Elsewhere, a live installation by sound artist Tomoko Sauvage will feature an amplified sound recording of a large block of slowly melting ice, centring the oft-marginalised experiences of hearing and listening alongside the more conventional visuals of the looming threat of climate change.

Musical performances will include traditional Japanese drumming that is highly technical and sophisticated, yet also affects or gives impact to the fundamentally visceral, physical and primal senses. SHARJAPAN2 will also feature an Android Opera by Keiichiro Shibuya conducted by a humanoid AI dubbed ‘Alter2’. This performance, Scary Beauty, will explore the relationship between terror and beauty, and humanity's fear of being made redundant in the future.

Introducing the unique Japanese philosophy of animism– which imbues respect for the mutual relationships between human and non-human beings in contemporary art, this selection of installations and performances considers the past, present and the future of non-human realms.