Tomoko Konoike and Mayako Murai, Travel Dialogue Form
Tomoko Konoike is an artist, and Mayako Murai is a fairy-tale scholar. About ten years ago, the two began to organise lectures and exhibitions together at the universities and museums where they travelled, using different languages of art and narratives. Travel, art, and fairy tales create new rhythms and grammars in their bodies and transform them into dialogues with non-humans, or “the language of animals.” We welcome you to join the journey led by their dialogue. Although they are not able to meet us physically, they will send the handicraft work Storytelling Table Runner over to Glasgow, for participants to view and engage with. Please watch the previously filmed dialogue and read the text ‘Stories Stitched and Sewn’, both here; participate in the conversation at the event itself; and if you can, then touch, feel, and see the work, which will be displayed at CCA (Centre for Contemporary Art) for the duration of GI.
This event will take place via Zoom, with a scheduled break. Attendees will be able to ask questions via the chat function.
June 18th 10am
Tickets: Eventbrite link >
Tomoko Konoike was born in Northeast Japan. Even as she employs several kinds of media—animation, toy’s design, painting, sculpture, songs, photography, handcrafts, or fairy tales̶ーshe has participated in many interdisciplinary sessions with people in other fields, creating site-specific works.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Flip, Artizon Museum, Tokyo, 2020; Timeless Conversations, National Art Center, Tokyo, 2020; Spirits of Nature, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, 2017; Fur Story, Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, 2018; Primordial Violence, 2015-17, presented at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, and the Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum.
Mayako Murai is a professor at Kanagawa University, Japan. She is the author of From Dog Bridegroom to Wolf Girl: Contemporary Japanese Fairy-Tale Adaptations in Conversation with the West (Wayne State University Press, 2015) and co-editor of Re-Orienting the Fairy Tale: Contemporary Adaptations across Cultures (with Luciana Cardi, Wayne State University Press, 2020). She curated the exhibition Tomoko Konoike: Fur Story at the Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, in 2018.
Image Credit: Tomoko Konoike, Storytelling Table Runner