Monovacation, Bunny Smash, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Monovacation will be shown in the Bunny Smash exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo from October 3 – January 19, 2014. Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, other participants of the exhibition are Atelier Bow-Wow + Tokyo Tech + Tsukuba University, Bureau d’études, CAMP, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Leandro Erlich, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Sascha Pohflepp, Hiroshi Ishii + Tangible Media Group/MIT Media Lab, Tsunehisa Kimura, Michael Lee, Mikael Metthey, OMA*AMO, Rhizomatiks (Daito Manabe and others), Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Sputniko!, Shinichi Takemura, Sissel Tolaas, Yosuke Ushigome, Marnie Weber, Judi Werthein, Richard Wilson.


2013, custom software, projection (300×120 cm), digital print (180×120 cm), video (42 inch LCD screen)

Monovacation cordially invites you to “the vacation” of vacations… The official tourism commercials of countries in competition with each other have been selected and each film has been divided into the possible tiniest clips. The clips, 3-4 sec long by nature have been coded with tags. Through a network diagram which run as a software simulation, these tags are connected to each other via shared clips have found their positions on the map. Then, a new sequence have been generated through a traversal in the network map, jumping from one node to the closest, following the path of the most central tags. Shores from Egypt to Portugal, woman from Israel to India, mythological figures from Thailand to Turkey here comes an extracted fantasy of “vacation”…

Read the full text by Zeyno Ustun

It is a three part installation:

Projection: Official tourism commercials of countries which are competitors of each other

Digital Print: Network map of representation similarity generated by the content analysis of the tourism commercials (blue nodes represents the traversal paths used for editing the new film)


Video: Generic video of a vacation edited with the analysis of the network map of concepts and clips

Past exhibitions of Monovacation:

Monovacation, 11th Sharjah Biennial, February 2013

Mono-vacation, Istanbul Modern, March 2013

This work was prepared for the purpose of VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series: Please Do Not Disturb exhibition realized in 2013.

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