On the Origin of Springs

This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition On the Origin of Springs by Tomoko Kawai within the International Studio Program at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, between 18 Jan — 11 Feb 2018. Tomoko Kawai’s exhibition On the Origin of Springs is a thoroughly elaborated concept that invites the visitor to trace perception strings and follow thoughts through photography, film, and installation. Kawai’s multilayered approach generates irregular gaps in the exhibition space. Works from Japan’s Onogoro Island, Europe’s Rheinfall, and the statues on Schlossbrücke offer different traces of the artist’s developing research on the axes of rhythm, human existence, and the physical experience. 

The main design element is based on a string of text, introducing different events and artifacts influencing each other accordingly. The viewer accompanies the artists' worldview by following a thin line of arranged type. The balance maintained within the book and the different media is imperfect and displayed in incomplete order. And still the interconnectedness of the varying elements and the different media can be seen as the subject of question in which the exploration through photographic acts, interdisciplinary activities, and fieldwork in urban and natural environments is depicted.

  • Client
    Tomoko Kawai
  • Year
  • ISBN
  • Publisher
    Künstlerhaus Bethanien GmbH
  • Artistic Director
    Christoph Tannert
  • Translations
    Gerrit Jackson, Sumie Kawai
  • Texts
    Christoph Tannert, Sumie Kawai, Tomoko Kawai
  • Proofreading
    Katrin Meyberg
  • Artist & Photos
    Tomoko Kawai
  • Printing and Production
    Drukarnia Know-How, Krakow
  • Awards
    Shortlist, Förderpreis für junge Buchgestaltung