Yokohama Triennale

17 July – 11 October 2020

Afterglow presents works that turn space into complex diagrams of thought and feeling. It comes into close contact with the ancient, rubbing against time to discern untested futures. It reconstructs objects of wonder by piecing together the broken shards of archaeological remains. It blooms like a giant flower in an alien greenhouse. It finds desire for life in its search for immortality, and enjoins incommensurable cosmologies. It locates resources for difficult love in an abandoned hospital, even as it wonders on the eroticism of flora and fauna.

We promise, along with our artists and companions, that in navigating this thicket of clamor and silence, acceleration and detour, the experience of time will be altered. The ticket to this thicket is an invitation to a shared time of alertness to minor notes, along with a reverie in populous folds of time.

It finds a way to glow at dense currents, bearing its own light.

Afterglow lights up an awareness of what it means to keep making art in the twenty-first century



Episōdo: Beyond the Exhibition Momentary inhabitations of time

‘Episōdos’ are the instances of ‘in-between-time’ and ‘extra-time’ in the Yokohama Triennale 2020.We call these occurrences ‘Episōdos’, from the Japanese transformation that adds a resonant vowel to the English word Episode, to suggest a momentary inhabitation of time, to sense and perceive intensely all that which art can offer. This is something like what happens when we witness a sudden change of temperature, or try to look upon an eclipse through an over-lit sky, or when an improbable synchronicity appears between unrelated instruments. Exuberances of collective artistic production; moments of quiet reflection; opportunities for the formation of bonds and associative networks, provocations for speculations into the nature of materials and material realities; investigations into the relationships between infrastructure, redundancy and waste; traversals of sonic worlds and the enthusiastic, passionate witnessing of breathtaking durations -all of these ways of occupying time and expressing intensities of experience will constitute the ‘Episōdos’ of the Yokohama Triennale 2020.

The artists, curators, cineastes, dancers, musicians, performers and futurists gathered for the different Episōdos will be invited to play out unrehearsed historical propositions, risk the telling of uncertain stories, elaborate on the itineraries of their ideas, and listen to, as well as amplify or echo ecologicaland historical soundings from moments other than the present. They will extend the footprint of the Triennale in space, time and perhaps in a few other, unknown dimensions as well.