From December 14th to December 28th, 2018, INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO hosts the installation exhibition “Modified Paradise” with the debut work of the new art group ANOTHER FARM, which features the artist Sputniko! and fashion designer Masaya Kushino.
Exploring the interrelations between technological progress, life, and humankind, the “Modified Paradise” exhibits include an animal-themed sculptural artwork as well as a new dress. The works on display use traditional Nishijin-ori textiles with “glowing silk” created from genetically modified silkworms.
The exhibition is the first by the new art group ANOTHER FARM, comprising the artist Sputniko!, who has continued to employ technology in her consistently bold and dazzling work, and the fashion designer Masaya Kushino, whose innovative leather footwear and other output combining high artistry and premier craftsmanship has propelled him onto the international circuit. This pair of globally renowned figures are now set to push the frontiers even further.
The Nishijin-ori fabric in the exhibits that incorporates the glowing silk made from genetically engineered silkworms is supplied by Masataka Hosoo of HOSOO, which pioneers new possibilities for this traditional textile.
“Modified Paradise” presents viewers with the necessity to re-examine, from a firm ethical standpoint, the relationship between technology and life as well as what it means to be human in our world today, when we, who have gained so much in our lives from the selective breeding of plants and animals throughout history, have reached the stage where we can control the genes that contain the code to the origin of life itself thanks to advances in technology.
As the Omotesando neighborhood transforms into the vibrant colors of the Christmas season, don’t miss the chance to experience the visually beautiful, intellectually astonishing, and richly emotional light that is born at this imaginative intersection of technology and art.
This art group is a collaboration between the artist Hiromi Ozaki (b. 1982, aka Sputniko!) and fashion designer Masaya Kushino (b. 1982). Taking its inspiration from nature, it works with scientists and engineers to explore new relationships between humankind and nature while experimenting with both the latest and traditional technologies.
One of the members’ previous collaborations is now part of the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK, and has been exhibited at such venues as the Brooklyn Museum and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in the United States.
ANOTHER FARM Members
Born in 1985, Sputniko! (aka Hiromi Ozaki) studied mathematics and computer science at Imperial College London, before completing a master’s degree in design interactions at the Royal College of Art in the UK. During her postgraduate studies she started creating video installations that engage with questions about society and humankind that is today transforming through new advances in technology. She is the author of Hamidasu chikara (The Power to Stick Out) and co-author of Netto de shinka suru jinrui (Humankind Evolving Through the Internet) (direction by Joi Ito).
Sputniko! Official Website
Artist, Shoe Designer
Born on Innoshima Island in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Masaya Kushino graduated from the Kyoto Institute of Design. He then studied in Italy, where he gained a diploma on a fashion design master’s course from the Istituto Marangoni in Milan. After returning to Japan, he took inspiration from nature and started making leather items that integrate both the latest advances in technology as well as traditional techniques, and presenting these internationally.
Masaya Kushino Official Website
LEXUS Crafted (Japanese only)
CRAFTED FOR LEXUS
LEXUS New Takumi Project (Japanese only)
LEXUS Collection (Japanese only)
MN Collection (Japanese only)
Lexus Design Award