【Lecture Performance / Exhibition Tour】 Mujō (The Heartless)


By reenacting historical events in the present, artist Fujii Hikaru structurally critiques those domains that remain invisible within society. For his work for Aichi Triennale 2019, Fujii looks back at the 20th century (an era in which totalitarianism infiltrated and mobilized even the individual's psyche) as it pertains to (情)--the Japanese for emotion, information, or compassion,--in order to contemplate our own time from a similar perspective.

The state-funded propaganda film Civilian Training Center in Tainan Prefecture, created in Taiwan under Japanese colonial rule, shows ten minutes and twenty-nine seconds of footage documenting a series of training and rituals that are intended to "Japanize" the Taiwanese. In the film, the individual undergoes a loss of self and the ability to feel remorse through complete disconnection from emotion--a direct embodiment of the values held up by Imperial Japan's militarism and colonialism.

How can this film be critically reenacted in the present? In answering this question, Fujii creates a stage for "transforming (or being transformed) from the state of being non-Japanese to Japanese," with young foreigners who study and work in Aichi Prefecture. The physical movements of the group and the individuals during the reenactment will be filmed and presented in the form of a five-channel video installation.

For the Extension Project, the foreigners living in Aichi will be invited into the gallery space to take part in an exhibition tour led by Fujii himself, which includes a lecture performance. Here, the exhibition is reorganized as a venue for different groups and individuals to exchange accounts of their personal experiences, creatively reshaping the relationship between the realities within and outside of the museum.

Extension Projects:
Projects including lecture-style performances by artists participating in the international contemporary art exhibition, group appreciation of work, and the provision of venues for discussion.

FUJII Hikaru

  • Born 1976 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan

Fujii Hikaru's practice is based on the notion that artistic production implies a close relationship with society and history. Mainly in the form of video installation, he creates work that responds to contemporary social issues through detailed research and fieldwork on unique cultures and histories of various countries and regions. Fujii organizes workshops--intersections for interdisciplinary and artistic collaboration between specialists from diverse various fields. Here he reenacts historical events with participants as well as generates a situation where an active discussion arises. His methodology links the present with the past in creative ways, while structurally critiquing the domains of history and society that remain invisible.

Selected Works & Awards

2018 How you know little about me, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea Seoul Branch, Seoul, South Korea
2018 Onassis Fast Forward Festival 5, Old Chemistry Laboratory (Law School Library), National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2018 Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2017 NISSAN ART AWARD 2017, BankART1929, Kanagawa, Japan, Grand Prix
2016 MOT Annual 2016 Loose Lips Save Ships, The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


Dates Sun, Sep 22, 17:00
Duration 90min (TBC)
Language Japanese


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Photo: Shun Sato


Ticket prices ¥1,300
Note No children under school age are permitted.


Nagoya City Art Museum


2-17-25, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0008 JAPAN


Admission until
30 minutes
before closing


Mondays (Except for National Holidays), Sep.17[Tue]


・8 minutes on foot from Fushimi Station on the Higashiyama Line or Tsurumai Line
・7 minutes on foot from Osu Kannon Station on the Tsurumai Line
・10 minutes on foot from Yabasho Station on the Meijo Line