物の気 (mono no ke)

志村 信裕 (Shimura Nobuhiro)
Date: 
Friday, 23 March 2018 to Sunday, 3 June 2018
Curator/s: 
Ren Gregoric

The divinity of natural things is the focus of Japanese artist 志村 信裕 (Shimura Nobuhiro's) first Australian solo exhibition 物の気 , ‘mono no ke’ meaning ‘the spirit of things’. 物の気 features work by the artist created in several media, including film, earthenware and text. Each work draws on the Shimura’s recent investigation into the Japanese concept of 気 ‘ki’, a term that describes the ancient Shinto (the traditional religion of Japan) understanding of what constitutes life force.

物の気 connects to the Japanese understanding of what constitutes 気, which since ancient times, has included a vast range of ambiguous and permeable flowing states such as ‘energy’, ‘mood’ and ‘mind’.  Unlike in English, 気 or life force, is not confined to natural phenomena and human consciousness.  気 also encompasses things that the eye cannot see and as such it signifies a universal flow of energy across many planes of existence.

志村 信裕 (Shimura Nobuhiro)

Shimura Nobuhiro (born Tokyo, 1982, family name Shimura) is a visual artist based in Japan. Over the past decade, his practice has focused on the creation of sensory installations and video projections. In his latest body of work, Shimura has begun to use documentary film making as means to investigate his recent interests in social and cultural anthropology. From 2016 to 2018, with support from the Japanese Government Agency for Cultural Affairs, Shimura completed a guest-researcher position at the renowned INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations) in Paris, France.

Shimura has exhibited in a number of group shows, including ICA Singapore (2016), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2016), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2015), Experimenta 5th International Biennial of Media Art, Melbourne (2012) and the first Aichi Triennale (2010). His work is represented in the collections of the RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) and Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (Shizuoka, Japan).

Website: http://nshimu.com

Image: 志村 信裕 (Shimura Nobuhiro), Japanese Cattle, 2015 (Film still). Courtesy the artist and Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo.