Artwork by Nishiko

Lateral Lab: Ways of Thinking / Cultural Olympiad

During spring and summer 2020, The Branch worked in partnership with the Scottish cultural trust, Lateral Lab, to host part of the “Ways of Thinking” cultural exchange program, featuring artists with Japanese and Scottish ties.

Originally planned to coencide with the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, the entire project was nearly canceled due to COVID-19. However, the artists, organizers, and a few determined galleries decided to push ahead. In particular, Masahiro Kawanaka, the curator from Art Spot Korin noted that “The talent and curse of the artist … is that they can not stop creating … they must somehow, always continue to find the way forward.”

We agreed, that it is in difficult times like these where art, and the open exchange it helps facilitate, are of critical importance. The works in this exhibition reflect on the Olympiad themes of inclusion & well-being, technology & innovation, and art in public spaces. The project is run by Scottish environmental artist Elizabeth Ogilvie, along with Tim Fitzpatrick.

For the program, we curated two exhibitions in Kitakagya Creative Village, one at our own space The Branch, and the other at Chidori Bunka. As well, there was an opportunity for Suhee and Patrick to participate as an artist team in a further exhibition at Art Spot Korin in Kyoto.

The following are a selection of images from these exhibitions.

The Branch, 2-5 July 2020

installation, paper tape, lettering

Takaya Fujii (藤井 隆也)
The Branch, 2-5 July 2020

Salted Leaves
leaves, books, salt

Stephen Kavanagh
Chidori Bunka ( 千鳥文化 ), 9-12 July 2020

Japan Experiment 67
charred oak and ice

Melissa Louise Lawson
Chidori Bunka ( 千鳥文化 ), 9-12 July 2020

Motion. Still. Time.
color photographs

Patrick Lydon & Suhee Kang
Art Spot Korin, 14-26 July 2020

Blueprints for the Possible City (Patrick)
prussian blueprints, pencil and ink drawings

Flower Travel (Suhee)
flowers, glue


Produced by Lateral Lab
Production & Curation (The Branch & Chidori Bunka)
Patrick M. Lydon & Suhee Kang, City as Nature
Production & Curation (Art Spot Korin):
Masahiro Kawanaka, LOCALSHIP

Further exhibitions in this series are taking place throughout Japan, for more you can visit the Lateral Lab Instagram.

This project was carried out with support from The British Council and Creative Scotland. The exhibitions in Kitakagaya are supported in part by our local partners, Chidori Bunka, and Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka.

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