Yokohama Triennale 2014“ART Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the sea of oblivion”|
Exhibition Dates：Friday, August 1 – Monday, November 3, 2014
Open for a total of 89 days*Closed: 1st & 3rd Thursdays (total 6 days)
Open：10:00 - 18:00
(Open until 20:00 on Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, and Nov. 1)
*Admission until 30 minutes before closing time
Venues：Yokohama Museum of Art and Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall
Yokohama Triennale 2014
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 “people who are books” are exiles from a society that bans books and can also be thought of as “absent people” because their existence and actions of turning books into invisible memories are absent from the visible working of society. In other words, they have become “forgotten people” whose presence has been erased. Bradbury ironically makes a point in Fahrenheit 451 that it is none other than the“forgotten people” that preserve the immense memories of books.
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