「OPEN GATE ~ An ever-changing exhibition / 動き続ける展覧会 」とは ENSEMBLES ASIA(主催:国際交流基金アジアセンター)のプロジェクトの一つである Asian Sounds Research による第一回目の企画開催展であります。

二度にわたりリサーチに訪れたマレーシア、ペナン島、ジョージタウンにある Hin Bus Depot が開催会場です。



まずは日本から2名(米子匡司、水内義人)ペナン島から2名(Annabelle Ng ,Hoo Fan Chon)の計4名が展示作品を作ります。作りますが通常のグループ展のように展示エリアを固定することはしません。会場である Hin Bus Depot の広く自由な空間を互いに共有しながら、それぞれの作品やゲストアーティストの参加などに影響を受けながら、展示期間中彼らの作品は日々ゆるやかに変化していきます。つまり同じ状態での作品鑑賞はないと言えます。








制作している現場、すでにある作品、変わりゆく作品、レスポンスしあうイベント、そしてそれを記録する事、全てが期間中混在します。そしてここを訪れるであろう全ての人々が会場である Hin Bus Depot に入れ替わり立ち替わり出入りし続けます。到着と出発を繰り返しながら、それを迎え入れ、送り出しながらこの開きっぱなしの門=「OPEN GATE」の下でまさに「何かを生み出していく」現場に一緒に立ち会っていただく。





リサーチで訪れたジョージタウンは世界遺産指定を受けた古い建物が並ぶ趣ある街です。その建物の前には趣のある「門」が可愛らしく並んでいます。その門を人々は快く開き、私たちを招き入れ、話を聞かせてくれました。だから今度はこちらから「門」を開きたい、それもずっと開けっ放しで。そんな思いからこのタイトルをつけました。そしてこれからも旅を続けていくであろう Asian Sounds Research プロジェクト にとっても 「GATE」 は新たな場所にむかう為に必ず通過する場所でもあります。私たちの「門」は閉じるものでなく常に開いている、そして自ら開いていくものでありたい。




この「展覧会」という名を借りた「OPEN GATE」はみなさんのお力をお借りしながら、これからも続いてゆくであろう Asian Sounds Research プロジェクトの第一歩であります。

「Res EAR rch」 ここにもまた「EAR」があります。




私たちの「門」はいつでも開いております。Our gate is always open .....


ENSEMBLES ASIA, Asian Sounds Research プロジェクトディレクター Sachiko M   2015年4月11日

“OPEN GATE ― An ever-changing exhibition” is the first exhibition presented in tandem with “Asian Sounds Research”, a component of ‘ENSEMBLES ASIA project’ by the Japan Foundation Asia Center. The venue of the exhibition is Hin Bus Depot in Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia, a place we have visited twice during the preliminary research of the project.

  Dates are from 6th June 2015 to 21st June 2015. There will be no off day. The venue will be open between 12pm to 7 pm every day. Events will be held on every weekend.


At the beginning of the exhibition, two Japanese artists (Tadashi Yonago and Yoshihito Mizuuchi) and two Penangite counterparts (Annabelle Ng, Hoo Fan Chon) will create works for the exhibition. They will make the works, but we will not fix any individual exhibiting areas in the way that a usual group exhibition would do. Instead, the artists will freely share the large space of Hin Bus Depot, and they will be influenced by each others work and the work of the guest artists, so the works will gradually change during the term of this exhibition. This means that the the works will be different in some way whenever someone comes to see them. This also means that the visitors will be able to enjoy the works in different situations each time they  visit.

We will also invite guest artists to do performances(some will be sound performances), and also curators and writers to do panel discussions. These events will all be following the “movement” of the exhibition . They actually might be acting in response to it.


The four core members and guest artists will frequently show up to the venue while the exhibition goes on. They might be making new works, or they might be discussing while they share the space, and they could be moving the exhibited work. Some of the works might be newly made, and some might be removed, and sometimes they might be constantly moving and continue to change.This might be a trial that would not be considered to be done at conventional art exhibitions. The venue will be opened to the public even while the work is in progress. The “Gate” will be open to everyone.


The artists that are working, the works that are already at the venue, the works that will change, the events that respond to each other and the documentation of that will all be intermixed. All the people that will visit Hin Bus Depot will constantly be coming and going.  They will be arriving and departing, and we will welcome them in and send them out while we all witness how “something comes to birth” under OPEN GATE, which is the gate that is always open.  

That’s what we intend to do in this warm and breezy island.


 We will keep posting information of how things are changing during the exhibition through reports, photographs and audio-visual recordings made by the artists, writers, and the event staff. We will also create an archive of the project. The archive itself will be in a form that has never been made before.


George Town is the place that we visited for research. It is a quaint city that has many old buildings, and has been designated a World Heritage Site. There are old fashioned “gates” that cutely line up in front of these buildings. People generously opened those gates, welcomed us in and spoke to us. Therefore, I want to open our “gate”, and keep it open. This is why we named the exhibition “OPEN GATE”. The “GATE” is a place that The Asian Sounds Research project, which will continue its journey, will have to pass through when it goes to a new place. Our “gate” isn’t something that should be closed, so we will always keep it open, and I want it to spontaneously open up.


The character “門(gate)”  changes to “聞(hear)” when an “耳(ear)” is added in to it. If “音(sound)” is added, it becomes “闇(darkness)”. It becomes “問(question)” when a “口(mouth)” is added.    


Many people are helping “OPEN GATE”. It will be held under the name “exhibition”, and it will become the first step of the Asian Sounds Research project, which will continue to go on. There is an “EAR” in the word “Res EAR ch”.


We wish that you will watch over and enjoy the process, where something might come to birth, along with the changing works.


Our gate is always open.....



ENSEMBLES ASIA, Asian Sounds Research Project Director Sachiko M   11th April 2015


Translated by Makoto Oshiro





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Asian Sounds Researchは、国際交流基金アジアセンターとP3 art and environmentが2014年度から2017年度にかけて共催した音楽交流事業「アンサンブルズ・アジア」の一部門として実施しました。

Asian Sounds Research was conducted from the FY 2014 to 2017 as one of the projects of ENSEMBLES ASIA, a program on music exchange, organized by The 
Japan Foundation Asia Center and P3 art and environment.