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TYPE (Tokyo+Yokohama Projects) presents


Homing Pigeon : Edition 4: Kyoto
伝書鳩:其の四・京都編

group photo exhibit

curated by Kio Griffith

EXHIBIT RUNS: APRIL 4 - 12, 2015


FREE ADMISSION

GALLERY ANTENNA
Masuda Bldg. 2D, 215-6 Nakakanabutsu-cho, Gojou Hirokawa Higashi Hairu, Shimogyo-ku,
KYOTO, JAPAN 

〒600-8332
京都府京都市下京区五条堀川東入ル中金仏町215-6
増田屋ビル2階D
水曜日から土曜日、12:00-19:00

http://www.antenna-re.info/

supported by
MOPLA 
AX3 American Aperture Awards 
Photo Contemporary / Photo Independent

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featuring:
Hiromichi Akahane | Naoko Akiyama | Douglas Alvarez | Ismael de Anda III | Michael Arata | Carmen Argote | Yajuro Bando | Terri Berman | Virginia Broersma | Nick Brown | Gul Cagin | Ako Castuera | Sean Chao | Sijia Chen | Sally Coates | Emily Counts |Sydney Croskery | Ludmil Dimitrov | Veronica Duarte | Tom Dunn | Mark Dutcher | Shigenori Ebata | Aya Niibo Edamoto | Doug Eisenstark | Gabriel Escalante | Bill Farroux | Roni Feldman | Jon Flack | Shingo Francis | David French | Sarajo Frieden | Tatsuya Fukunaga | Rema Ghuloum | Aaron Giesel | Allen D Glass II | Mat Gleason | Dean Gojobori | Audra Graziano | Michelle Carla Handel | Doug Harvey | Shisei Hashimura | Jun Hiraoka | Lusine Hovsepian | Bryan Ida | Mari Inukai | Aska Irie | Ichiro Irie | Yoko Irino | Yayoi Itami | Masaaki Iwama | Tomoyuki Iwanami | William Kaminski | Kazumi Kashimura | Virginia Katz | Ayumi Kikuchi | Phil Kim | Kohl King | Celia Ko | Juri Koll | Norichika Koyama | Minako Kumagai | Gil Kuno | Masumi Kuramochi | Michelle Lai | Melissa Ann Lambert | Jeremiah La Torre | Aleve Mei Loh | Leora Lutz | Yumiko Matsui | Douglas McNamee | Jon Measures | Adam D Miller | Hiroko Mitsui | Nobuki Mizumoto | Jun Miyazaki | Sae Moriyama | Shinnosuke Murakami | Masami Murao | Misato Nagare | Toshihiro Nagata | Alan Nakagawa | Eric Nakamura | Clary Newell | Tony Ng | Yumiko Nishizawa | Sayuri Noda | Emily Noguchi | Devon Oder | Kayoko Ohashi | Ruri Oinuma | Yasuko Okuno | Shinichi Ono | Yuji Orsuka | Syuzo Otsuka | Kazuyuki Ozonoe | Sara Pae | Linda Pollack | Kosta Potamianos | Max Presneill | Eron Rauch | Max Razdow | Gay Summer Sadow Rick | Christy Roberts | Karrie Ross | Catherine Ruane| Satoshi Saegusa | Toru Saegusa | Chigusa Saga | Samvel Saghatelian | Natsumi Sakatsuki | Chiaki Saito | Ray Sato | Rob Sato | Tomoaki Sato | Sonja Schenk | Lidia Shaddow | Nicolas Shake | Tomoaki Shibata | Mika Soma | RIccardo Spinotti | Satomi Suzuki | Sachi Takasugi | Kenji Tajiri | Mayumi Tanaka | Ken Tatewaki | Ilan Terrell | Makoto Tomioka | Tamako Tomioka | Devon Tsuno | Eriko Uchiyama | Mike Vegas | Fred Verhoeven | Tetsuya Wakaume | Steven Wolkoff | Minoru Yamaguchi | Shin Yamasaki | Fujio Yamazaki | Mari Yanase | Will T. Yang | Yuji Yamashina | Michiko Yao | Akihiro Yasugi | Kouichiro Yoshio | Xiaowen Zhu | Essi Zimm and more…

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いまのようにインターネットやemailが発達する以前、伝書鳩(ハト)は重要な通信手段だった。小さく巻いた写真や書類を足に付けた伝書鳩は世界のニュースを伝えていたが、現代ではレース鳩としての役割だけが残った。

レースに参加した鳩の、鳩舎に帰ってくる羽数を帰還率という。その帰還率が全体的に年々悪くなっており、レースによっては全滅するレースも発生しているという。その原因は近年の通信・放送網の拡大で、基地局や携帯の電磁波が多くなり、鳩の方向感覚を狂わせているからだという説もある。

いまは、連絡の手段が豊富で容易なだけに、返信をもらうことが当たり前のような風潮だが、この充実した通信手段が狂ったらどうなるのだろう。
もう少しだけ、送る相手への気持ちを意識する。それだけで、何かが確実に変わる予感がする。
今回の写真展のテーマは「返事が要らないメッセージ」です。

Before Internet and email there were homing pigeons. These pigeons carried messages only one way, to their home. By placing their food at one location and their home at another location, pigeons learned to fly back and forth up to twice a day reliably becoming an important means of communication. 

The importance of homing pigeons in the centuries before electronic communications, such as the telegraph and telephone, is seldom recognized. Pigeons carried photographic negatives, documents of breaking news and even medication between hospitals countries apart. 
As our means of communication developed into the present hyper-network, today's homing pigeons have retired from messengers and now trained as racing pigeons. It is thought that racing pigeons rely on the Earth's magnetic field to find their way home. Some evidence has surfaced indicating that mobile phone towers may be interrupting the birds navigation although no published research has investigated this theory. 

The theme of this photography exhibit is an observation of the value of messaging; the sending, the expectations and the challenge of not expecting any return.

- KG

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