photo: HIBINO Katsuhiko

Asatte Asagao Project 21

ArtistHIBINO Katsuhiko
Material/ Techniqueinstructions, Sketch for “Asatte Asagao Project 21” (set of 4), Asatte Asagao Project 21: Concept Drawing (set of 6), Drawing for “Seed is Ship” (set of 6)
Size/ DurationSketch for “Asatte Asagao Project21”: H21 × W29.7cm (4 pieces), Asatte Asagao Project21: Concept Drawing: H36.8 × W45.6cm (6 pieces), Drawing for “Seed is Ship”: H13 × 20.8cm (6 pieces)
Copyright Notice© HIBINO Katsuhiko
Year of acquisition/ donation2007
DescriptionBorn in Gifu, Japan in 1958. Lives and works in Tokyo.

Hibino Katsuhiko first attracted attention in the 1980s with his artworks made from cardboard, and he subsequently went on to break new ground with his activities across various genres including graphic design, stage design, and performance. Since the 1990s he has held numerous workshops, the experiences of which have had a major influence on his own art practice. The experience of confronting the ‘self’ through encounters with the ‘other,’ which Hibino refers to as the “HOME → AND ← AWAY” SYSTEM, lies at the heart of his current activities.

In 2007, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa was covered in some 2000 morning glory plants as part of the ‘Katsuhiko HIBINO Art Project “HOME → AND ← AWAY” SYSTEM,’ which was organized by the museum. Asat te Asagao Project 21, which came to symbolize this project that links individuals and regions, has its origins in the cultivation of morning glory plants that Hibino began in Niigata prefecture as a method of getting to know the local people, the seeds eventually finding their way to various places around the country. "Asatte Asagao Project 21" is both an installation work in the form of a collaboration involving architecture and a project-type work created together with members of the public. "SEEDS of THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW" is a profile of the seeds collected from Asatte Asagao morning glories, while "Model for “SEED is SHIP”" is a model for SEED is SHIP, a work in which a ‘seed’ is presented in the form of a ‘ship’ that is supported travel in time and space. Both are central to Hibino’s art practice as part of the “HOME → AND ← AWAY” SYSTEM. "Model for [But-a-I]" is Hibino’s proposal for a stage design on the occasion of his collaboration with NODA Hideki as the second year of the “HOME→AND←AWAY” SYSTEM. The stage, which consists of 2000 Japanese cypress trees that appeared in the exhibition space, was later reconstructed in Mie and Tokyo among other locations, and forms the stage for new activities being undertaken by Hibino.