2018 Publication
Tomoko Kawai | On the Origin of Springs – Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Tomoko Kawai
On the Origin of Springs – 泉の起源について (Germany/Japan)
Publication date : September. 2018
Publication editor: Tomoko Kawai
Publisher: Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
English / Japanese
ISBN: 978-3-941230-74-3
Text: Christoph Tannert, Sumie Kawai, Tomoko Kawai

On the Origin of Springs is her long-term project in Germany and Japan, which invites visitors to trace the artist’s perceptions through her exhibitions in Berlin and Tokyo and readers to follow her thoughts through a book with the same title. The whole project offers different traces of the artist’s developing research on the axes of rhythm, human existence, and physical experience. 

Material things, events, and organisms do not exist independently. Like circulating water, they are connected and move together in similar cycles. On the Origins of Springs connects a broad array of architectural, literary and historical elements to investigate relationships among humans, city, and nature, in an effort to reconsider the nature of humanity and what human life should be.

This publication was created by weaving kawai’s research materials, notes, and photographic images with archival images, book materials, texts, and documentation of her exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany(2018). It was exhibited at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan(2019). 

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BOOK Launch at
Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

19–21 October 2018

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