MAM Project 023: Agatha Gothe-Snape

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About “MAM Project”

MAM Project is a series of experimental projects produced by the Mori Art Museum in collaboration with artists from around the world.

MAM Project 023: Agatha Gothe-Snape

“MAM Project 023” showcases the work of Sydney-based internationally-active artist, Agatha Gothe-Snape (b. 1980).
Gothe-Snape’s practice centers on improvised performances employing a diverse range of media and methodologies, from PowerPoint slide shows to participatory workshops, texts, and visual scores (musical scores and instructions). This exhibition, her first solo show in Japan, will present new set of works Oh Window, composed of an installation triggered by the Mori Art Museum's motto “Art + Life,” and a series of performances developing out of it.
The artist interprets the “window” as an edge of two sites of the “art” inside an art museum and the “life” outside. As such, she has created imaginary windows in an exhibition space that is, in fact, windowless. These imaginary windows have been made up of graphics, video footage and so on with motifs including conversations between Gothe-Snape and Museum staff, and discoveries the artist has made around Roppongi Hills - looking through which, you may be able to find the already-given roles and functions of “life” providing different expressions of “art.”
The performances, designed to complement the content of the installation, will be staged over the duration of the exhibition, not only in the gallery itself, but in settings all around Roppongi Hills. The imaginary windows in the gallery space will serve as visual instructions and scores affecting the subsequent performances, which may result in incremental changes to the view from the “windows.”
Furthermore, Oh Window features a wide variety of collaborations with other artists. Most of the video works exhibited in the gallery space were produced in collaboration with Tsuda Michiko, a video artist known for her recent installation and performance pieces. As well, the series of Gothe-Snape’s performances planned in Tokyo from April through May will involve collaborations with other artists.

Agatha Gothe-Snape
(from the installation work Oh Window)
Digital print on paper
30 x 21 cm
Photo courtesy: The Commercial Gallery, Sydney

Agatha Gothe-Snape and Tsuda Michiko

Agatha Gothe-Snape

Born 1980 in Sydney, where she is currently based. Received Master of Visual Arts in 2011 from Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. Recent solo exhibitions include “Volatile Medium,” The Commercial Gallery, Sydney (2016), “Rhetorical Chorus (LW),” Performa 15, New York (2015), “Free Speaking,” Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2014), and “Taking Form,” Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2013).
She has participated in major international exhibitions including 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) and the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014).

アガサ・ゴス= スネイプ

Photo: Aimee Crouch

General Information

Period: Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Venue: Mori Art Museum
Organizer: Mori Art Museum
Supported by: Australia Council for the Arts, Asialink, Arts NSW
Curated by: Kumakura Haruko (Assistant Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Open Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Tuesdays: 10:00-17:00)
* Admission until 30 minutes before closing.
* Open everyday.

Admission: Adult: ¥1,800
University / Highschool student: ¥1,200
Child (Age 4 up to Junior highschool student): ¥600
Senior (Ages 65 & over): ¥1,500
* All prices include tax.
* Ticket also valid for “N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey,” “MAM Collection 004” and “MAM Screen 005”.
* Ticket also valid for Tokyo City View observation deck (excludes Sky Deck).
* Admission to Mori Arts Center Gallery is not included.
* Additional entrance fee to the Sky Deck is required.
Inquiries: +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)


■Artist Talk * Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

Agatha Gothe-Snape will talk about her new work Oh Window in the exhibition, later joined by artist Tsuda Michiko who collaborated with Gothe-Snape on this new project. Following the talk, approximately 15-minute performance by Gothe-Snape along with artist / musician Anna John will be given in the “MAM Project 023” exhibition space.

Speakers: Agatha Gothe-Snape (Artist), Tsuda Michiko (Artist)
Post-Talk Performers: Agatha Gothe-Snape, Anna John (Artist / Musician)

Date & Time: 14:00-15:30, Saturday, February 4, 2017 (Doors open: 13:30)
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 80 (booking required)
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Booking: * Booked Out

THE SUN LITTERS THE CLEARING (from the installation work Oh Window)

THE SUN LITTERS THE CLEARING (from the installation work Oh Window)
Digital print on paper
30 x 21cm
Photo courtesy: The Commercial Gallery, Sydney

■Teens’ Program “Meet the Artist” * Conducted in Japanese

An opportunity for teenagers from third-year junior high school age up (ages 15-19) to take in the exhibitions at their leisure, then discuss it in their own words. The participating teens would be viewing the exhibitions, followed by the experience of discussion (partly shared with the “Seniors’ Program” for “N. S. Harsha” exhibition, held on the very same day) on the first day. On the last two days, they are to share their views directly with artists Agatha Gothe-Snape and N. S. Harsha.

Date & Time:

Day 1 10:00-12:30, Sunday, February 19, 2017
* Program will be partly shared with the “Seniors’ Program” for “N. S. Harsha” exhibition.
Day 2 10:00-14:30, Saturday, March 25, 2017
Featuring: Agatha Gothe-Snape
Day 3 10:00-14:30, Sunday, April 23, 2017
Featuring: N. S. Harsha (“N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey” Artist)

Venue: Mori Art Museum
For: Teens (ages 15-19)
Capacity: Approximately 15 (booking required)
Admission: Free
Booking: * Booked Out
* Before booking, please note that participants must attend all 3 days of the program.
* Attendees will be chosen by lottery if we receive too many bookings. The result of the lottery will be sent to each by Wednesday, February 8, 2017 via email.


Event Image: Program
for Junior and Senior Highschool Student “Meet the Artists” “Roppongi Crossing 2016” 2016
Photo: Mikuriya Shinichiro

■“Oh Walk (THE SUN LITTERS THE CLEARING)”: Practice to be held for Oh Window performances

Australian artist Agatha Gothe-Snape, whose new installation Oh Window is now on view at the Museum as “MAM Project 023,” is developing a series of performances out of the installation that will start in May.* In preparation for the performances, Gothe-Snape will conduct a series of perambulations around Roppongi Hills (the very activity that inspired her current work), a practice she refers to as “Oh Walk (THE SUN LITTERS THE CLEARING).” The strolls are open to all, so why not take a casual “Oh Walk (THE SUN LITTERS THE CLEARING)” together with the artist? The Roppongi Hills you think you know is bound to reveal new and different facets.
* The performance schedule will be posted on this website at a later date.

* all 10:30-11:30
Sunday, April 23
Monday, April 24
Sunday, April 30
Monday, May 1
Monday, May 8
Sunday, May 14
Monday, May 15
Sunday, May 21
Monday, May 22
Sunday, May 28

Meet-up Place: In front of the “Mori Art Museum Information” (3F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Booking: NOT required
* These exercises are conducted in English, however, those who are not fluent in English are also welcome.



Event Image: “Meet the Artists” Day 2, Mori Art Museum, 2017
Photo: Mikuriya Shinichiro

Notice Regarding Photography in the Galleries

At the exhibition “MAM Project 023: Agatha Gothe-Snape,” you may photograph the artworks under the following conditions.

When taking permitted photographs:

Do NOT touch the works of art.
Do NOT interfere with other visitors' enjoyment of the museum.
Do NOT use flash lighting.
Do NOT use tripods and selfie sticks.

When using photographs taken of the exhibition:

  • Photographs may be used for non-commercial purposes only. Photographs may NOT be used for commercial purposes.
  • Photographs may NOT be altered in any ways.
  • The conditions above are licensed under the Creative Commons License. When uploading photographs for blogs or any other photo-sharing services, please make sure to display the below marks and phrases with the photograph.


Artist’s name and work title: Agatha Gothe-Snape Rhetorical Chorus (LW)
This photograph is licensed under “Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 2.1 Japan.”

* For details about the Creative Commons License and marks, please see the Creative Commons Japan website: http://creativecommons.jp
* If photographs that include other museum visitors are made public, they may infringe on that person’ s right of portrait.

Past Exhibition

MAM Project 022
Jacob Kirkegaard

September 20 [Sat], 2014 - January 4 [Sun], 2015

MAM Project 021
Melvin Moti

May 31 [Sat] - August 31 [Sun], 2014

MAM Project 020
Gabriel Acevedo Velarde

February 1 [Sat] - May 6 [Tue], 2014

MAM Project 019
Emre Hüner

September 21 [Sat], 2013 - January 13 [Mon], 2014

MAM Project 018
Yamashiro Chikako

November 17 [Sat] - March 31 [Sun], 2013

MAM Project 017
Lee Changwon

June 16 [Sat] - October 28 [Sun], 2012

MAM Project 016
Ho Tzu Nyen

February 4 [Sat] - May 27 [Sun], 2012

MAM Project 015
Tsang Kin-Wah

September 17 [Sat], 2011 - January 15 [Sun], 2012

MAM Project 014
Taguchi Yukihiro

March 26 [Sat] - August 28 [Sun], 2011

MAM Project 013
Katerina Seda

November 27 [Sat], 2010 - February 27 [Sun], 2011

MAM Project 012

July 24 [Sat] - November 7 [Sun], 2010

MAM Project 011
Jules de Balincourt

March 20 [Sat] - July 4 [Sun], 2010

MAM Project 010
Tellervo Kalleinen
and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen

November 28 [Sat], 2009 - February 28 [Sun], 2010

MAM Project 009
Koizumi Meiro

July 25 [Sat] - November 8 [Sun], 2009

MAM Project 008
Araki Tamana

August 9 [Sat] - November 3 [Mon], 2008

MAM Project 007
Saskia Olde Wolbers

April 25 [Fri] - July 13 [Sun], 2008

MAM Project 006
Nishi Tatzu

July 11 [Wed] - September 24 [Mon], 2007

MAM Project 005
John Wood and Paul Harrison

February 28 [Wed] - May 6 [Sun], 2007

MAM Project 004
Choe U-Ram's

March 10 [Fri] - May 7 [Sun], 2006

MAM Project 003
[Revolutions on Request]

May 14 [Sat] - July 18 [Mon], 2005

MAM Project 002
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba

May 29 [Sat] - July 19 [Mon], 2004

MAM Project 001
Santiago Cucullu

January 31 [Sat] - March 28 [Sun], 2004