NOW&FUTURE: JAPAN commemorates one year since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 11th March 2011 through three simultaneous contemporary art projects: YOKO ONO: MEND PIECE (an audience participatory installation), 2000 CHILDREN (a live auction) and BE/LONGINGS (a silent auction), with a coinciding catalogue publication.
The aim of the project is to raise urgent social awareness and financial support for the children who lost their parents or guardians in the disaster. In order to achieve this goal, educational workshops for children and academic seminars for adults will be run. Any financial contributions raised through this project will be donated to the Tokyo-based charity ASHINAGA, which is committed to providing emotional, financial and social support to children in need.
NOW&FUTURE is a form of ‘art action’ run by a group of London-based art professionals that aims to divert the current sociopolitical realities in order to achieve a brighter future. NOW&FUTURE: JAPAN is the first project of the collective and was initiated soon after the disaster of the 3.11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Although art may not be able to directly save lives like a rescue worker on the ground can, NOW&FUTURE proposes that art has the potential to open up arenas for debate that can cultivate hope for the present and future of individuals, societies and beyond.
OPENING HOURS: Saturday 3rd – Friday 9th March 2012, 10:00 – 18:00 DAILY
VENUE: 39 Dover Street, London W1S 4NN
For more information, please visit: nowandfuturejapan.
Installation View, “Between the Sky and My Head”,
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead,
UK, 2008-2009 | Photo by Dan Brady | © Yoko Ono
Teach Us to Outgrow our Madness | 2011
Print | 44×66 cm (17.3×26 in)
Industry 5 | 2011
Mixed media on paper
54×34 cm (21.3×13.4 in)
Courtesy of the artist