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"Urgent Talk" is a new platform to discuss urgent topics with artists, curators, critics and activists who are making changes in the world.

Urgent Talk 032:
CHOICE MATTERS - How Artists and Museum Professionals Make Choices in the Context of Making, Collecting, Display, Storage and Preservation
* Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

Contemporary art is diversified and represented by artworks that vary in materials and expression. Some of them may be ephemeral in nature, organic in expression, deceptively fragile, purposefully disorganized and obsessively detailed. Various choices are considered not only by the artist but also the curator, installer, and conservator. Through active collaborations with artists such art specialists help realize complex contemporary artworks with better understanding.

We welcome Mr. Roger Griffith, Associate Conservator who is engaged in the preservation and conservation at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for the past 19 years, to explore new viewpoints with regards to materials, and the process of art making as well as the collaborative efforts necessary when making choices for long-term preservation and conservation of modern and contemporary art.

Installation vew: Redtory Museum Guanzou, China, 2016
Date & Time: 19:00-21:00, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 (Doors open 18:30)

19:00  Opening remarks
19:05  Keynote speech #1 Roger Griffith
19:35  Keynote speech #2 SHIMURAbros
20:05  Panel discussion
21:00  Close
Speakers: Roger Griffith (Associate Conservator, MoMA), SHIMURAbros (Artist), Arimoto Toshihiko (HIGURE17-15cas), Tokuyama Hirokazu (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Moderator: Yamamoto Tomoyo (Conservator, Mori Art Museum)
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 80 (booking required)
Admission: Free (current exhibition cannot be viewed)
Booking: * Booked Out
* Mori Art Museum will close at 17:00 and reopen at 18:30 only for those with bookings.

Inquiries: Learning, Mori Art Museum (Monday - Friday, 11:00-17:00)
Tel: +81-(0)3-6406-6101(direct)

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Roger Griffith
Associate Sculpture Conservator at The Museum of Modern Art where he has worked since 1998. He received his MA from the Royal College of Art/ Victoria & Albert Museum Conservation Program (1997). Roger completed several internships including Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the University of East Anglia: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich England. He has published and lectured on various topics of conservation and his recent research examines the nature of the collaborative process of art professionals in regards to the exhibition installation, preservation, maintenance, and storage of ephemeral contemporary art.

A duo consisting of Yuka Shimura (born in 1976; holds a B.A. from Tama Art University and a M.A. from University of the Arts London: Central St Martins) and her brother Kentaro (born in 1979; holds a degree in Imaging Art from Tokyo Polytechnic University). SHIMURAbros received an Excellence Award in the Art Division of the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival hosted by Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs. In addition to screenings at Festival de Cannes and the Berlinale Festival. Their works have been exhibited worldwide at the National Arts Center in Tokyo, the National University of Singapore Museum, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries in New York, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Australia) and Viennas MuseumsQuartier. On an arts grant from Pola Art Foundation, SHIMURAbros relocated to Berlin in 2014 where they are currently researchers at the studio of Olafur Eliasson.

Arimoto Toshihiko
Born in Tokyo in 1983. Representative of HIGURE 17-15 contemporary art studio. He has been involved in exhibiting and installing contemporary art owned by numerous art museums, galleries and individual collectors, both in Japan and overseas. He has recognized a need for surveys and documentation of contemporary art for which unconventional approaches are required in re-exhibitions and preservation, including media art and installations, and in recent years he has worked particularly hard in this field. He has been involved in a variety of projects in the field of preservation and re-exhibition, including preservation and restoration products for media art and kinetic art, the creation of installation manuals for re-exhibition purposes, and carrying out condition checks on video work.

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