August 1–November 3, 2014
On May 21, the artistic director of Yokohama Triennale 2014 Yasumasa Morimura unveiled its title, ART Fahrenheit 451:
Sailing into the sea of oblivion, and presented the concept as follows:
Voyage through the sea of oblivion The Yokohama Triennale 2014 aims to explore the sea of “oblivion” by means of a ship called “art,” in a voyage along with all those who believe in the possibility of artistic adventure and those who seek out a bold view of the world.
The title of the exhibition in 2014, ART Fahrenheit 451, is needless to say derived from Ray Bradbury’s science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451. It is a story about burning books and is set in a near-future society where people are forbidden to possess and read books.
With its successful futurist rendering of our contemporary society, it is hard to believe that this literary classic was written in 1953. But what is even more striking is that the novel evokes the significance of “forgetting.”
In the story’s latter half, a group of men appear to claim themselves as “being books.” Each of them have picked up a book and have memorized its entire text. In a resistance against book burning, these people attempt to transform books from material into immaterial memory and secretly preserve only the essence of the books in their mind.
The Yokohama Triennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art that is held in Yokohama once every three years. The exhibition features internationally prominent artists along with up-and-coming figures, and presents the latest trends and expressions in contemporary art.
Since the inaugural event in 2001, the triennale has been held four times, with the fifth exhibition scheduled for 2014. During this period, the world has been in a state of constant flux and the future remains unpredictable, as borne out by our own experiences in the Great East Japan Earthquake, which occurred several months prior to the fourth Yokohama Triennale in 2011. Under these circumstances, the exhibition has set out to address the relationship between Japan and the world, as well as the individual and society, and to reexamine the social role of art from a variety of perspectives.
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