The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

More Happy Every Day: The World of Bricolage Art

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KOYAMADA Tohru is one of the founding members of the performance group, Dumb Type. After that, he launched various sharing spaces and their administration. He says, “I think bricolage is something that overlaps with my values, with what I think is cool. I have recently felt that an affectionate look at objects and an interest toward scenery, circumstances and people may be the entrance to what I think is cool.”
The artist is one of the founding members of the creative team, graf, which has designed furniture, craft centers, showrooms, cafés, and galleries. “Maybe it's because we have become aware that what we take for granted is inherently quite interesting or can be fascinating.”
TOMIZUKA Yoshimitsu
The subjects that Tomizuka paints are sentences we have heard somewhere before, such as “Masked rider”, or familiar acquaintances, memories of a trip, or scenes from childhood. A mosaic of memories transcending time and space ensures how the world is composed.
Uezato creates an airplane from paper and Scotch tape. Each part of the delicate airframe made by paper, folded and wrapped by tape, is an inscribed flag. It is a special part composing the Uezato world
Without notice, the mask from New Guinea turns into a figure absorbed in chopping up onions. All objects - sacred, expensive, or commonplace, have a face, even those sitting on the shelves of neighborhood convenience stores.
She took out her mother's sewing set at her discretion and made large numbers of appliqué pieces. She sewed kitchen tools, tempura, pants, human beings, puddles, and the thigh or breast meat of a chicken onto clothes and confirmed the world around her from unlimited objects.

There are a few people who notice that the world has a layered structure. This appears as a revelation in the moment when one shifts one's glance. A refrigerator or a playground slide may bridge the way to a different world, and sway our ordinary life.

This artist is a skillful workman who creates a variety of objet d'art from materials on the street. He picks up the materials, wraps them with a Scotch tape, and regenerates them into such objects as a space ship or Tsutenkaku tower.

Leftover art - IMAMURA Harko's mother accepted her problematic behavior, lining up leftover food on a tatami mat, as her own unique expression and recorded them on film for more than a decade. She is the symbol of an angel that brought art to human beings.

DATE Nobuaki
An interest of Date, who pursues conservation projects of buildings, is to leave traces of the lives of individuals who are left unattended under the name of preservation of cultural properties. His respect towards detail will be a means to hang on against cultural ideology.
This artist is a magician of sound, who performs music derived from all sorts of materials in the environment. To listen to a sound from outer space, he created a “room for basking in the sun” by banking up twenty thousands bricks on the meridian. He is an insatiable seeker of true sound.

HIRAOKA Nobuhiro
Hiraoka, who is a TV addict, likes newscasters. He takes the teeth out of their hackneyed expressions for serious incidents, political issues, and show business gossip, and breaks our common sense.

Over three decades, this artist has painted movie posters seen on the streets, banking on our memories. He gives substance to an image on white paper as if to say this is the only mission of a painter. In a moment, a poster emerges from the tip of his felt pen in a whisk.

At the moment when ordinary objects encounter one another, a story evolves. This is what MURAGISHI wants to pursue. He lays his own existence alongside that of a stuffed animal or a doll case, or a tray with a literary book.

This artist sets his hands to the construction of a house from empty cans, for the overabundance of empty cans inspired his artisan spirit. The number of aluminum cans he used was eighteen thousand. For him, empty cans are the means to earn his bread and butter, for life on the street and the debris of his favorite beer.

Matsuura, an elementary school girl, continuously produces necessary items for life from colorful plastic tapes, such as characters of comics, her favorite foods, and soliloquy. Nothing is beyond her power as long as she has her scissors.

As long as they place two pink balls on the field, the world is his. It is the worldly wisdom of NAMAIKI that instantly pulls any target in the world into his own world. The chance to live happily lies all over the place.

SHIMODA Takahiro
A troubled boy who drew salmon roe or chingus one after another on his pajamas. He even cuts a seam open and stitches it together again for a double check. It is the dream of SHIMODA to fix the world over at his will.

Using only his body, TAKAMINE consistently examines the meaning of culture or society through his works, “Kimura-san”, “God Bless America”, and “Lovers who are Korean residents in Japan.” This is because he is trying to confirm his existence as nonspecific person.
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IIDA Noriko
Her daily life as a campus for art. IIDA is a master who designs the relations between people and society. She transforms a gap between buildings or between hospital curtains into a pump-priming for active communication.

ORIMOTO takes the world by storm by his performance, “bread man”, in which he bundles his whole face with bread. In another performance, “Art mom”, he let his mother with Alzheimer's' disease wear a pair of huge shoes. In this way, he shakes ordinary life by pushing it with something familiar.

Glass Markets
A voice unit that turned a recitation into art. Using their 'voice' as a tool, they present their works of reading, plays, songs in variety of styles based on the original script or original music.

A tough looking debater of architect and urban design, editor and university professor. He examines the meaning of architecture, and holds a workshop on building a house for children.

A musician who beautifully plays a clavier harmonica, piano, gamelan, zheng, and clarinet, and composes music to play with an orchestra in a concert hall or to perform with a clavier harmonica on the street.

When she lost her vision as an art college student, she discovered the possibility of knitting. She started producing of works by knitting various materials. The conclusion she has reached from touching all sorts of ethnic artifacts is “knitting is not different for all human beings.”

With a belief, “What is fun to touch is fun to see”, he creates ‘paintings for touch’. Seeing his vision impairment as a culture, he established a new style of art appreciation through dialogue with normal people, and works out a way to bridge the cultural gap with understanding.

Strange Kinoko Dance Company
This is an all female dancing group who spins out a dance from all sorts of daily life situations. They experience a dance with their audiences, and find a dance residing in each place and each body part.
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