Anxiety+ トーク 粟田大輔 

トーク 粟田大輔 

Talk w/ Daisuke Awata
19:00-21:00 JPT Sun 12 Jan
Performance w/ 奥誠之他 Masayuki Oku +: Sat 11 Jan

Questions and comments from Awata-san’ on James’s work

“Confession of pain” from your video is interesting that pain from physical disorder is common but from mental disorder is not studied very much yet. Confession was area for religions in old time and we don’t know what to do with it.

Medium: Awata-san got impression that your project is like Ustream, rather than Youtube because YouTube has idea of currency earning from obtaining “Like it!” , although you are asking for “like it”, your do not look like you are seeking it.

“Repetition” which Warhol used a lot indicating change of physicality and anxiety from media change (introduction of TV culture at that time) . He also reminded of “Super Size Me (2004)”.

Do animals and alien have emotions? e.g. when an elephant is captured (*1), it cries. Are they trying to emphasize in group? e.g. bee

Do tattoos indicate anxieties? Is it like “Hoichi the Earless”, by having magical texts on body you can avoid bad things? Why is it in fashion?

CPR is a kind of physical ritual and it works. Repetition is a way to get rid of anxieties like many sport players do without questioning, and it works.

Generalization and Individualization; Medicine tend to generalize individuality to cure. Whereas anxieties tend to be quite individual. Are you trying to generalize your individual problem via YouTube?

Can we generalize or share subjective view, feeling or anxiety?

In 19th Century, recording and visualizing emotions started to be possible including archiving heartbeat. Taking individual data is a form of power.

There is needs/desires to share emotions, the genre of hanky movie (touching movie). The genre also indicate that people feel cleansed and enjoy by crying physically with tears.

Shared behaviour (*3) of a language-game (言語ゲーム) by Wittgenstein: the idea of beauty or delicious can only been understand by mutual agreement but never really be shared.

In UK, Edmund Burke defined a notion of sublime which is also related to anxiety and fear. There are also notable literatures including Lewis Carroll and history of witches. In 19C, many inventions including photography made it possible to visualize unseen.

Japanese horror movie Ring and Rasen got ideas from ghost experiments in UK. Do you think there is something particular about UK culture?


*1 痛みと感情のイギリス史 (日本語) 単行本 – 2017/3/31 伊東 剛史 (著, 編集), 後藤 はる美 (著, 編集)より「Ⅵ 観察 ダーウィンとゾウの涙(伊東剛史)」

“V Observation: Darwin and tears of elephants” from “Pain and Emotion in British History” by Takashi Itoh and Harumi Goto written in Japanese

*2 Hoichi the Earless (耳なし芳一)

*3 ふるまいの一致 shared behaviour

Anxiety Plus 不安障害 + by James Howard ジェームズ・ハワード




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トーク 粟田大輔 

Talk w/ Daisuke Awata
19:00-21:00 JPT Sun 12 Jan
Performance w/ 奥誠之他 Masayuki Oku +: Sat 11 Jan

問い合わせ kyoko.ebata(a)
開場 土・日 13:00~ 19:00 Sat/Sun

および事前予約 and by appointments

会場 House of Ebata

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ジェームズ・ハワード(Jamaes Howard)がHouse of Ebata(ハウス・オブ・エバタ)にて最新作『Anxiety Plus(アンキザイエティ・プラス)|不安障害 +』を発表する。『Anxiety Plus|不安障害 +』で、ハワードは自身のウェブサイトluckyluckydice.comにおいて、不安障害を抱えて生きる毎日について告白する。その後ハワードはYouTuberとして、不安感に対処する方法などを動画で解説するに至る。不安感・不安障害はこれまでにハワードが探究してきたテーマ、ネット上のスパムなど世の中の暗黒をまた別の形で表現しているといえるだろう。本展示では、Youtubeの動画から数点を選んで上映、またロンドンからハワードが東京のアーティスト達と遠隔でコラボレーションをし、新作Yutube動画および絵画を制作する予定だ。



ハワードは金沢に滞在したことがあり、そこで人生最低の時期を過ごしたと語る。かの有名なジェームス・ジョイスだけではなく、日本にも芥川龍之介、北 杜夫、中島らも、吾妻ひでおなど、心の病と芸術のロマンチックな関係性を題材とした作家が多く存在する。アルコール中毒者としての作家生活をおもしろおかしく表現した漫画家の滝田ゆうなどは、かつてプロジェクトスペースのある国立に住んでいたことがある。

彼らと比べると、ハワードの「不安ハック」はより最近の健康ブームに則り、ゲーム的で脳科学、自己啓発、カルト宗教などを彷彿とさせ、より現代的である。実際にYouTube上ではMentalist Daigoをはじめ類似する動画にあふれ、その真否が問われて炎上したりしている。ローマ法王も電子ロザリオでデジタルに挑戦する時代に、元ハッカーと逸話を持つハワードがロンドンの安全なソファから、かつての暗黒時代を過ごしてた極東の地で何を表現するか楽しみである。



House of Ebata presents the new series “Anxiety Plus” by James Howard. After sharing a series of written confessions on this website,, about the truth of living with anxiety, Howard became a YouTuber. In his videos he talks to his audience how he deals with anxiety, a dark matter of our universe which he has been exploring throughout his works. A set of Howard’s videos will be presented in the show along with new YouTube videos and paintings created in collaboration with artists in Tokyo, in Howard’s absence. 

While looking through Howard’s videos, we wonder if he is being completely serious and trying to be productive as an artist, or if he is toying with us. Whichever it is, we eventually get swamped in our own paranoia. Meanwhile, he keeps uploading videos and asks us nicely to “like”them.

Nowadays, the issue of anxiety is becoming more serious and widespread. Almost everyone is aware of their own anxiety and becoming more conscious about it than everbefore. Is anxiety a sign of humans who cannot deal with peace? Is it just giving name to states which have always existed? Or is it a new issue that has emerged with the internet era?

Howard says in his videos that he hit the “rock bottom” of his life while he was living in Japan. Like the famous James Joyce, there is a long tradition of romantic understanding of the relationship between art and disease amongst Japanese writers and artists, including Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Morio Kita, Ramo Nakajima and Hideo Azuma. Yu Takita, a manga writer who depicted the everyday life of an alcoholic writer, used to live in Kunitachi where the House of Ebata project space is located.

Compared to those literary figures, former hacker Howard’s approach to the “anxiety hack” looks more like brain science delivered as a set of how-tos. Or even cult teachings which we are more familiar with these days. In fact, there are similar videos on YouTube that come under fire for being inauthentic. In this era when the Pope tries a digital rosary, we look forward to seeing the outcome of Howard’s reinterpretation of the darkest times in his life in the Far East and beyond, from a safe sofa in London.

Kyoko Ebata




2007年の卒業制作展でチャールズ・サーチの目に留まり、サーチギャラリーのグループ展に度々選ばれる。本年度は『BLACK MIRROR: ART AS SOCIAL SATIRE』に参加。その他国内外で精力的に作品を発表している。




James Howard

Howard graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London, and now lives and works in London. Howard lived in Kanazawa (Japan) for three years where he covered his body in tattoos before going back home.

In 2007, Saatchi became interested in Howard’s work from his graduation show. Howard has since participated in several group shows at the Saatchi Gallery including “BLACK MIRROR: ART AS SOCIAL SATIRE” this year. His works are also shown internationally. 

Howard works with conceptual materials that appear hidden but actually exist everywhere in everyday life, such as spam, digital currencies and anxieties, overall giving us a familiar but disturbing impression. 

In an interview with Guardian, Howard said “The (internet) systems we have now are still part of the wild west of the internet, (… my) process of manipulating digital materials (is) to open up new ways of thinking. Social norms are turned inside-out, leading to a tangle of surreal juxtapositions which expose all the energy of what it means to be living right now in the universe.”


粟田大輔 Daisuke Awata. Art critic, member of Art Think-tank. 

美術批評、芸術学(美術解剖学)、基礎芸術 Contemporary Art Think-tank。論考に第13回『BT/美術手帖』芸術評論募集佳作『榎倉康二における出来事性と層の構成』,『書き換えられるシステム』『金縛りと夢』『顔徴』などがある。

奥 誠之 Masayuki Oku, artist

アーティスト。絵描きとして活動しつつ、周りの人を幸せにするためにさまざまなコレクティブの活動に参加。精力的にイベント企画などに関わる。2018年東京藝術大学大学院美術研究科卒業、2014年武蔵野美術大学卒業制作展優秀賞 受賞。2016年石橋財団国際交流油画奨学制度助成。主な展覧会に『引込線2017』、『Assistants (OTA FINE ARTS)』などがある。

江幡京子 Kyoko Ebata, artist

アーティスト。House of Ebata主宰


大久保あり、奥誠之、東間嶺、引込線/放射線サテライトチーム、John L Tran, Abi&ARi、池端規恵子、佐賀建、佐野誠 他

pass: James


『涙入れ』 “Tears Container” @エビ専(黄金町バザール)

黄金町バザールの『エビ専』に出Nutopia 2011シリーズ『Funeral I I (Melted in the Sea of Tears)』より『涙入れ』を出品

Showing “Tears Container” from “Funeral I I (Melted in the Sea of Tears)” from Nutopia 2011 made with Tim Byrnes at “Volcano Brainstorming” in Koganecho Bazaar.


A Shrimp Couple and a Tanishi Family
投稿日:01/27/2013 作成者: Kyoko

It was full of life and death this weekend.

We have started to try out with the biotope to go with the nuclear power station and went to buy stuff from a pet shop in Kabukicho.

There were beautiful waterweed and all these beautiful fish in tank. But it was rather strange to see fish and weed from Brazil or Africa. A bit of a flesh trade that was, like what is going on upstairs in Kabukicho, the biggest red light district in Asia.

In the end we bought a pair of shrimp which was next to Amano shrimp around 2 cm which we were going to buy initially. The Amano shrimp was bigger than we expected. They all come in a beautiful plastic bags separately, beautifully brown up in a round shape.

We brought back a couple of Amano shrimp- alike, a couple of shell (Tanishi) and waterweed home: The shrimp and shell happen to be originated in Japan and we were proud of our choice. As soon as we got home, we have added stone from garden and water from the store and little animals to the glass jar.

We watched for a while and discovered that there are man and woman in these spices. Couldn’t tell which one is which but it was so nice to imagine that the shrimp and shell are on date.

After a while we have made another discovery that there were baby shells. Apparently, if a shell get pregnant, she keeps her babies inside herself until hard shells are formed and then she releases the babies into water. So the shell was pregnant when we bought her and she was in labour while we were having a drink.

It was looking good for a while but after the dinner, we noticed that the shrimp was upside down and moving only a little and the shell was also not climbing the glass as it suppose to be. And the shrimp sunk into the bottom of the jar and hardly moved.

It might be the stones from my garden, we suspected. The red brick stones in my garden were bought via internet, a pretty ones but cheap. I bought the stones via Internet and we don’t know where the stones come from. Even if it is from Japan, no, if it is from Japan, then might have radioactive stuff (still hard to understand how to say this right) on them, or nobody checks what is going on at the actual site.
We don’t know how it was treated to make them look clean. It should be better if it is toxic, it means less weeds. I rescued the shrimp which was alive with a spoon in a hurry and thinking it would also heart him/her, but better than being in the toxic water.

The shrimp and the shells were the first pet I ever paid money for. I had a cat and birds when I was a child. But the birds flew in from the sky and stood on my arm, and the cat came with my father on a rainy day. I was responsible to look after a bird. One day I forgot to take the birdcage back on winter night. The next morning, the bird was dead, lying on the bottom of golden cage. It was a white Java sparrow with red eyes. The closed eyelids were greyish pink. Since then I swore myself never to keep a pet if I cannot look after. The first pets ever since then were reproduced and was dead soon after in few hours.

On the following day, the other shrimp was dead. We researched the courses and I went to get freshwater from the local shrine, it supposes to be better to use water which has many bacterias. After placing everything back, the shrimp in better condition and the shell family is happy sticking on the glass wall. I am wondering if I should add a new shrimp to make a couple, it might be too crowded in there.

Shrimp #5
投稿日:01/29/2013 作成者: Kyoko

In the end, I bought another shrimp. I asked the shopkeeper about the shrimp. The shop keeper said “shrimp is sensitive with water and not good at lack of oxygen. It would be difficult to keep it without air pump. It would be better to keep killifish (medaka) .” But, the how-to for a biotope with shrimps says it is possible. So I have decided to follow the textbook. I placed the duck weed in a separate bucket for a week and changed water a few times hoping that it would wash away the pesticide by now. But I am not sure any more. I bought the shrimp by knowing that I might kill it.

Came home and of course
投稿日:01/30/2013 作成者: Kyoko

I think a shrimp is dying. It’s neck is turning into red. I am so so so sorry…

Oh, no. 
投稿日:01/31/2013 作成者: Kyoko

Yesterday morning, I thought, one of the shrimp was dead. In the end it was lying on the bottom of the jar not moving at all. I was very sad. I was thinking to give a name for a grave. Then I remembered a saying that a scientist does not give a name to an animal for experiments. I now know why.

When I got back home, I tried to get the dead shrimp out from the jar but I was too tired so I added the new couple without weeds to the jar so that they won’t die of hunger, and then went to bed.

This morning, I checked the jar. Then I couldn’t find the dead shrimp, but instead, I found a shrimp with reddish neck. I am totally puzzled. I called the pet shop, found out the name of the shrimp next to the Numaebi (Amano shrimp), it was mimami numaebi (Southern Amano Shrimp). According to the shopkeeper, Amano Shrimp does change its color into the blue or red. If a shrimp is sick, it also change the color into red.

Oh, no. He/she is suffering. Oh, no. I should hurry and rescue my poor shrimp.

Shrimp Funeral a la cocktail

All the shrimps were dead again. I am afraid it sounds a bit weird but I wanted to do a little funeral for the shrimps. I realised that I had so much variety for the funeral, Buddhism, Christian, Voodoo, and so many others, as well as Burial or Cremation. Though, I didn’t have enough time to prepare much for this because the shrimps were getting rotten. Decided to improvise with things I could find around my house..

It was unusually warm day for February. I set up a trey with incenses, candles, flowers, alcohol. The one glass contained duckweed, the other one contained Campari soda, three glass in the middle contained Sake, and on the top 3 shrimps lied with flower. It represents this life, the next life and purification (oh, I sound mad). Frankly, the incense was necessary, because the “body” smelled. Only religious song I could sing was a catholic song in Latin which I remember from school. I felt very strange but it was necessary and beautiful in a way. And the ritual was in Buddhism I guess because only funeral I attended was Buddhism for my grandparents. I have to admit that it is a bit sick that in the end it turned out as a shrimp cocktail.

The next step was a cremation. I found a leftover charcoal from BBQ so I put the shrimps on top and burned it in the garden. Soon, they smelled rather yummy. I could have eaten as a part of ceremony but I am not that brave or crazy, so I continued to burn them until they were black and to the ash. I have buried them and poured sake over. And the ritual was finished. I was very drank by the end of it. I thought the idea was completely kitschy and damn but it was not too bad in the end. I guess it was the power of rituals.

Ceremony II 葬儀手順 その2

Afterwards, I kept on making experiments and kept on failing them. So it was quite natural that I had to hold another ceremony. I was easy to cry those days and sometime I cried so much because there were quite a few sad events happened including my mother’s hospitalization. I thought if I cry so much I should be able to keep the tears in a container to make ice. I think I was influenced by a story on radio that a radio announcer collected his sweat to make salt at home.

Following is the second funeral evolved version:

I. Collect tears into the container when ever tear drops
II. Add the collected tears to the ice cube maker together with the deceased shrimps
III. Freeze the ice cube maker
IV. Take the ice out and place in the glasses
V. Place the glasses together with candles, incense and flowers
VI. Light up the candles and incense
VII. Pray
VIII. Sing any kind of religious song
IX. Drink alcohol while the ice is melting

The 2nd Tanishi
投稿日:02/23/2013 作成者: Kyoko

The 2nd tanishi now has children. Quite a few of them, I think.
The condition of the glass is not that good. Strange web like thing is growing in there.

UNDER・LINE: An Exhibition in Search for Veins and Fringe

As part of a touring exhibition after Hong Kong and Den Haag, and before Rotterdam and Sydney, three artists from Hong Kong, Jamsen LAW, Julvian HO and LEE Suet Ying will conduct an experimental project for outdoor artworks in the garden of House of Ebata in Tokyo.
Curated by Jamsen LAW

Exhibition Date: 30/6/2019~30/12/2019 (By appointment)
Opening Tea Gathering 15-18h 30/6/2019

More details of the previous Under.Line:

The Case of T & S (video)

Password:The Case of T&S

A documentation of my parents.

Shown at:

Do You Love Me?@NICA:Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Arts, Tokyo

『The Case of T&S』は作者自身である私と実家の両親の関係をドキュメントしたものである。父は20年近く脳出血の後遺症を抱えており、母はそんな父をサポートして来たのだが、私は子供の頃から母との関係に苦しんでいて、年末年始の挨拶以外にはほとんど実家に寄りついてこなかった。作品のストーリーは年始の挨拶に私がビデオカメラを持って実家を訪れるところから始まり、その後母が入院するところまでが描かれている。


“The Case of T&S” is a documentation of my parents. Although my father has been after effects of the stroke more than 20 years and my mother has been supporting him, I hardly visit them since I have been having problem how to deal with my mother. Only time I visit them is new years’ greetings. The story begins with me visiting them and follow them until my mother stays in hospital for her cancer treatment. 

As you can imagine, all her language and behavior that I am ashamed of can be observed with objectivity when I have a camera. And I start to wish her to be more eccentric and ask her to be entertaining for a viewer. The soured relations asking for unconditional love have changed.In the end, my desire to control the scenario surfaces.

Do You Love Me?, NICA, Tokyo

ギャラリートーク 5月12日(日)18:00-19:30 入場無料・予約不要
クロージング・パーティー 5月18日(土)19:00-21:00

NICA:Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Arts
〒103-0011 東京都中央区日本橋大伝馬町13-1 PUBLICUS B1F


Do You Love Me?展は父親、母親、その子供達との関係性をテーマにしたグループ展です。日本、イギリス、ドイツ、ベトナムを拠点に活動する6名のアーティストがそれぞれ個として親や子と向き合いつつ、テキスタイル、写真、ミクストメディア など様々な表現方法で作品を展開させます。

今回日本で初の作品展示を行うアニー・バンガロス(Annie Bungeroth)は『Fred』(2000)と題した写真シリーズを介し、認知症である父親の日々の生活をつぶさに観察し、その過程を通して新たな親子の関係性を築き上げました。ベトナム出身アーティスト、バン・ニャット・リン(Bang Nhat Linh)は、家父長制について個人的な経験と社会構造の両側面から迫った映像作品『Untitled』 (2019)を発表します。さくまはなのインスタレーション作品では、ジャワ舞踊家になった実兄の影響でインドネシアに通いつめるようになった実父のバティックシャツのコレクションを陳列し、父、息子、それを俯瞰する娘という家族図を浮かび上がらせます。大竹純子は、自宅にある子供の古着や日用品で制作したパーティーの輪飾りのような鎖状の造形を通して、「理想の子供像」への願いや執着を示唆します。ジョン・L・トランの写真 『đánh chết (I’ll Hit You Dead) 』 (2018)は、ビジュアル・アートの表現(representation)も人間の生殖活動も、複製(reproduction)のメディアであることを端的に示します。江幡京子の映像『The Case of T & S (2019)』 は子供としての義務と、親と離れて暮らすことができ、ある意味で特権的な立場からの観察者として、父と母の姿、あるいは、夫婦間の揺れ動く関係性を記録しつつ、自分自身を見つめる作業をしています。

12:00-19:30 Wednesday 8 – Sunday 19 May 2019
Gallery talk: 18:00-19:30 Sunday, 12 May 2019
Closing party: 19:00-21:00 Saturday, 18 May 2019

Annie Bungeroth 
Kyoko Ebata 
Bang Nhat Linh
Junko Otake 
Hana Sakuma 
John L Tran

Using textiles, photography and video, this group exhibition focuses on relationships between mothers, fathers and children. Annie Bungeroth used photography in her series ‘Fred’ to create an intimate observation of her father’s dementia and found that through this process their relationship was also able to reach new levels. Vietnamese artist Bang Nhat Ling’s video work looks at patriarchy as both personal experience and social construction. Hana Sakuma uses her father’s collection of Indonesian Batik shirts as a consideration of connection and selfhood in parent-child relations. Junko Otake’s birthday party paper chains, created with used family clothing, is ambivalent about the ‘ties that bind’, being both celebratory and portentous. In John L Tran’s photos, visual representation and biological offspring are considered as media of reproduction, and Kyoko Ebata documents the dynamics of her parent’s relationship from the point of view of a privileged, but obligatory observer.

江幡京子展: The Perfect Day to Fly, GALLERY HASHIMOTO, Tokyo


江幡京子展: The Perfect Day to Fly



Kyoko Ebata:The Perfect Day to Fly

Thu 20 – Sat 28 Apr 2018

Opening: 18-20, Thu 20 Apr


Yabe bldg.2F 3-5-5 HigashiNihonbashi Chuo-ku Tokyo JAPAN

Room 1


Room 2 (暗室)ビデオプロジェクション

「日の丸の洗濯」 2013 38:19

「日の丸の洗濯 (香港)」2018 18:02

「Nutopia 2011」プロトタイプ IV (iv) 2012-2019





「ジャムの瓶詰小屋(この世界と背中合わせに )」2010

「Nutopia 2011」Prototype III 2012