Ayami Awazuhara, Landscape Chart – Reflektor M Digest #12


On a full Moon there must be thousands, maybe millions of photos of the night sky being sent by smart phones. The busy Moon moves much faster around the world these day. At the end of 19th century, N (a student of English literature, who would become very well known as an author of many great works), found himself in London. Since the 17th century, the Edo government had prohibited international trade and travel except with China and Holland for over 200 years. It was only when Matthew C. Perry came to Uraga in 1853 and succeeded with his negotiations, what Japan's new history of forgeign affairs began. Gradually the English language was introduced into the intellectual elite, and a few members were sent overseas to learn the language in order to respond to the needs of the new age. N was one of them.

When you visit Japan now, you're sure to laugh at how English words are used in daily life. Despite not understanding Japanese, you might still be able to understand the topic being discussed as the Japanese use English words from sentence to sentence. In the 1960s, it became fashionable to use the Latin alphabet for shop names, or the titles of fashion and lifestyle magazines. Often, these titles are written in what has come to be known as 'Engrish', and don't make much literal sense. They have however become so integrated that no one cares much about the meaning.


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Landscape Chart is Awazuhara's invitation to draw landscapes on these templates, which she takes from her own artworks. A semiotic game between language knowledge and art understanding that Reflektor M is honored to produce for the artist.

About the artist

Ayami Awazuhara, 1985, lives in Berlin. She studied sculpture at the University of Arts Berlin in the class of Prof. Manfred Pernice. Her new publication "the colour orange is named after the fruit orange" was published recently for the occasion of the award "Meisterschüelerpreis des Präsidenten 2016" which is on view at Haus am Lützowplatz in Berlin until 8th of January. In 2017 she will attend the Maumaus independent study program in Lisbon, Portugal and Residencia en la Selva at Despacio in San Jose, Costa Rica.