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Dialogue: Shinji Ohmaki and Ryoko Sekiguchi

Artist and poet, from their own perspectives

November 3 (Fri), 2023

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In connection with the exhibition "Shinji Ohmaki Interface of Being," a dialogue event between artist Shinji Ohmaki and poet/novelist Ryoko Sekiguchi, will be held. Ohmaki collaborated with Sekiguchi in the exhibition and its catalogue. The two artists will discuss the unexpected effects of the encounter between the different forms of expression, installation and words, as well as their shared interest in using different media, from their respective perspectives.

Event Information

November 3 (Fri), 2023

2:00 PM ~3:30 PM (Door opens at 1:30 PM)


The National Art Center, Tokyo, 3F Auditorium

For who
How to Participate

Numbered tickets will be distributed from 12 PM noon at the Information Counter (1F).


Limited to 240



Organized by

The National Art Center, Tokyo


(+81)47-316-2772 (Hello Dial)


Time and content may change without prior notice.
Japanese to English simultaneous translation available.
Recording or photography of this event is not permitted.
The video recording of this event will be available on line at later date.
Please note that photographs documenting this event may be published for the purpose of activity reporting and publicity.


Shinji Ohmaki

Photo by paul barbera / where they create

Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1971 and currently lives in Kanagawa Prefecture. Ohmaki’s artistic activity explores the theme and question of “Existence.” The external world involving the environment and others, the internal world of memory and consciousness; this is an exploration of the body, which lies in between the boundaries of these worlds, aiming to create a bodily experience that captures the ambiguity of how these worlds interact with each other and move according to space and time.
His major solo exhibitions include The Depth of Light (A4 Art Museum, Chengdu), Before and After the Horizon (Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art, 2023), Rustle of Existence (Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, 2020), and Proof of Existence (Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, 2012). He has also taken part in the Aichi Triennale and countless other international exhibitions both in Japan and abroad. In recent years, he further explores performance art, such as “Rain” (Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater; New National Theater, Tokyo, 2023).

Ryoko Sekiguchi

Photo by Lionel Beccat

Author, translator, born in Tokyo and currently living in Paris. She has published more than a dozen books in French and Japanese. In addition to her writings on the five senses, she organizes events linking literature, taste, and smell, mainly at museums. She has collaborated with many creators in other fields, including artist Christian Boltanski, composer Roland Durupt, Samon Takahashi, and perfumer Mathilde Laurent. Her recent books include 961 heures à Beyrouth (et 321 plats qui les accompagnent) (P.O.L., Folio Gallimard), La voix sombre (P.O.L.).


Archived videos are available on the National Art Center, Tokyo's YouTube channel.
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