Akino Kodoh film exhibition in Tokyo

For those of you in Tokyo, NY-based Japanese artist Akino’s first solo exhibit “KiyaKiya” is being held at Mizuma Art Gallery in Tokyo from Oct 11 to Nov 12.

Her beautiful drawings can be seen in a new animation movie with music by John Zorn and I actually worked on the music and the sound design for this film with Zorn.

The present exhibition includes Kondoh’s new animation work “KiyaKiya” as
well as drawings, oil paintings and sketches. The term “KiyaKiya” comes from
the old Japanese expression “mune ga kiyakiya suru.” Kondoh first
encountered it in Shibusawa Tatsuhiko’s “Introduction to the collection of
girls”in the chapter written about “childhood experiences.” This expression,
which describes “an enigmatic, nostalgic, disturbing feeling,” or an
impression of “deja-vu”, is at the origin of the “KiyaKiya” series.

In the animation, a girl is performing “kamishibai” (a traditional Japanese
picture-story show). When the artist noticed the time gap between the front
and the back of the illustration cards (the episode of the story the
audience is listening to is written on the back of the previous card; that
is to say there is a 1 page difference between the front and the back of the
“kamishibai” cards) she says she felt the possibility of a different
dimension hidden right behind the everyday life.

Three worlds simultaneously develop in the work. The same girl, who exists
in the three of them, lives all three different times. These tracks curve
slowly, eventually colliding and switching directions and she continuously
circle these orbits in an endless repetition.

In the present exhibition, you will experience a uneasy and nostalgic
feeling, as if you had long forgotten an important something and were about
to remember it. Some memory locked down in your heart might very well

At the exhibition, her first catalog “KiyaKiya” will be presold at the

Title:Akino Kondoh Sketch Collection “KiyaKiya”
Book design:Bunpei Yorifuji
Release Date:2011/10/25
Product Dimensions:deformed A5/paper back/single-side/4 color/rounded
Price:2,300JPY(no tax included)

It’s the first catalog by KONDOH Akino
with 200 sketches for new animation “KiyaKiya”.
Book designed by very popular designer Bunpei Yorifuji.
recreated original drawings with 4 color on a sheer paper
is beautifully overlapped as one book.

Exhibition information
KONDOH Akino “KiyaKiya”
October 11 (tue) – November 12 (sat), 2011 (closed on Sun., Mon. & Holidays)
Opening Reception: October 11 (tue): 18:00-20:00

Mizuma Art Gallery
2F Kagura Bldg., 3-13 Ichigayatamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0843 JAPAN
tel: +81.3.3268.2500/fax: +81.3.3268.8844


single channel animation video
6 min. 39 sec.
Courtesy the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery

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