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SPACE FOR YOUR FUTURE brings together a group of thirty-four Japanese and international contemporary artists, architects and designers in an exhibition which asks them to respond to the current and future conditions of creative production in the 21st Century; a moment in which shared visions of the future are no longer possible while the eclecticism and quotations of the postmodern world are fading into the past. A participatory exhibition that visitors can experience through physical involvement, SPACE FOR YOUR FUTURE occupies the 4,300m square of floor space in MOT's temporary exhibitions galleries while also offering displays in public spaces and in a library.

Technological advances are offering new freedoms and flexibility to enable creators to engage in multidisciplinary practices without being governed by historical and hierarchical programs. This open receptiveness to information can be seen as a characteristic of many young Japanese creators.

The participants' range of production varies from art and architecture to fashion and graphics, product design, advertising, film and video. Like scientists programming DNA, each fuses the techniques and methods of multiple fields to produce highly creative works according to their own personal vision of the future.

Through a large selection of installations, graphics, proposals and objects -- of which fifteen are new commissions, and many shown in Japan for the first time -- the exhibition attempts to reconstruct physical space as a conceptual idea which can allow us a glimpse into future ways of living more closely fitted to individual sensibilities and ways of thinking. Offering insights into emerging art and design trends that are defining our times, not only aesthetically, but also as conscientious responses to the shifting world around us.

The participants featured are Kiichiro Adachi (Japan), AMID* Architecture(Cero9) (Spain), assume vivid astro focus (avaf), BLESS (France/Germany), Campana Brothers (Brazil), Hussein Chalayan (UK/Cyprus), COSMIC WONDER (Japan), DAIKIN Air Design Project (Japan), DEMAKERSVAN (Netherlands), Elisabetta Di Maggio (Italy), Olafur Eliasson (Denmark), Shaun Gladwell (Australia), Ichiro Higashiizumi (Japan), Junya Ishigami (Japan), Haruka Kojin (Japan), Michael Lin (Taiwan), Yukinori Maeda (Japan), Mikiko Minewaki (Japan), MONGOOSE STUDIO (Japan), Nendo (Japan), ContenidoNeto (Argentina), Ernesto Neto (Brazil), Carsten Nicolai (Germany), Mika Ninagawa (Japan), Tobias Rehberger (Germany), R&Sie(n)+D (France), SANAA (Japan), Noriyuki Tanaka (Japan), Grazia Toderi (Italy), Luca Trevisani (Italy), Patrick Tuttofuoco (Italy), Ryosuke Uehara and Yoshie Watanabe (Japan), Barbara Visser (Netherlands), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)

The exhibition is curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator, MOT and Akio Seki, Curator, MOT, with the assistance of Chiara Bertola as curatorial advisor.

SPACE FOR YOUR FUTURE was organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture -- Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo / Nikkei Inc.

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Recombining the DNA of Art and Design
Kuratoren: Yuko Hasegawa, Akio Seki

Künstler: Kiichiro Adachi, AMID Architecture , assume vivid astro focus , BLESS , Fernando & Humberto Campana, Hussein Chalayan, COSMIC WONDER , DAIKIN Air Design Project , DEMAKERSVAN , Elisabetta Di Maggio, Olafur Eliasson, Shaun Gladwell, Ichiro Higashiizumi, Junya Ishigami, Haruka Kojin, Michael Lin, Yukinori Maeda, Mikiko Minewaki, MONGOOSE STUDIO , Nendo , Contenido Neto, Ernesto Neto, Carsten Nicolai, Mika Ninagawa, Tobias Rehberger, R&Sie(n) +D, SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa), Noriyuki Tanaka, Grazia Toderi, Luca Trevisani, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Ryosuke Uehara & Yoshie Watanabe, Barbara Visser, Apichatpong Weerasethakul