# 005 Va + victory and artistic production


A national referendum asking for the presidential election in 2016 and the withdrawal of the EU in the UK. In the rise of populism, or the situation which is said to be defeat of liberalism, how do you and I can think of "Victory" and what can be drawn from there?

"Victory and Art Production" is the theme of paradoxically thinking about "defeat" by placing "victory" and asking the structure itself "victory - defeat". For example, "the war memorial day" in Japan is called "Liberation Day" or "Day of Victory in Japan" in other countries, and the date on which the background meaning was also made different so that "Victory" "In one aspect it is the end point of the correctness held by a particular society or thought and in another aspect losers are created and as a result the circumstances in which various problems including vulnerable groups and poverty are truncated Connect. And it may not be presently visible, and it may be similar in the rightness and fairness possessed by the artist's liberalism and political collectivity. There is the appearance of a loser in the pair of justice accompanying victory, and trying to win someone will also create someone to lose. It is because we feel such a contradiction that we are trying to avoid sensibly avoiding blindness accompanying "victory" or their uncomfortable feeling today.

How can we face the structure itself "victory", paradox "defeat" and "victory - defeat" through art production? Of course there is not the option of winning or losing, but there are options to "escape" from the traditional struggle and conflict. Or defeat in society, define "living better" in their lives free from the structure of "victory - defeat" without being struggling with the daily hardships that actually occur It might be possible. So what is this free figure? Will it be possible to escape from the structure of "victory - defeat" by undergoing lifestyle acts? Will there be a possibility of rewriting the meaning of victory as a practice by searching for alternatives without entrusting themselves to existing value standards?

What you regard as "victory" will force you to question your own values. And imagining the victory and defeat, the future of both from the standing position may be a way of considering the change of the present era. We publish this issue as an attempt to believe that in a provisional manner.

Amid this climate of rising populism - also described as the defeat of liberalism - what does "victory" mean to you and me? What images does it call to mind?

The theme "Victory and Artistic Productions" seeks to question why we can paradoxically evoke "defeat" by flaunting a "victory," and to interrogate the very dichotomy of "victory versus defeat." For instance, Japan's End of War Memorial Day is known in other countries as Liberation Day or VJ Day-the significance behind the event, as well as the date, vary across territories. This is an example of how, in sense, victory is the culmination of the rightness of a certain society and ideology , while in another sense it creates losers, and so can lead to circumstances in which the weak, the poor, and other such problems are neglected.

And because people are not perceive this, the same is perhaps true of the liberalism embraced by the arts, or the rightness and fairness inherent in political correctness. Victory as we define it entails a defeated party; to defeat another is to make a loser It is precisely because we sense this contradiction that we now try instead to distract ourselves from the blindness that comes with "victory," and from our own sense of unease.

How can artistic productions help us to confront "victory," the "defeat" that it paradoxically creates, and the very dichotomy between the two? Of course, our choice is not simply between and winning and losing: we also have the option to "break Perfection we can think of "better living," of changing our attitude in society and refusing to be overwhelmed by the everyday troubles of real life, in terms of removing ourselves from the very dichotomy of "victory versus defeat. "Now, what we we have break away from the dichotomy by engaging in lifehack-style behavior? Is it possible to search for an alternative without submitting to our existing value system, thus coming up with a new praxis of victory?

From this standpoint, contemplating the future of both "victory and defeat can surely serve a way to study the change of the present. This is the premise behind this issue .

Sho Yoshimi YOSHIHAMA Syo Artist
Haruka Kudo KUDO Haruka Artist
Shirakawa Masao SHIRAKAWA Yoshio Artist
Atsushi Sugita SUGITA Atsushi art critique
Harima Midori HARIMA Midori Artist
Takashi Fukasawa FUKASAWA Takafumi Artist
Hideyo Otsuki OHTSUKI Hideyo Artist
Matsui Zhou MATSUI Syu playwright, director, actor, sample president
Kessel's cramer KesselsKramer creative agency
Adrian Faber Adrian FAVELL Department of Sociology and Social Theory, University of Leeds
Takahashi Natsuka TAKAHASHI Kana Review Cafe
Momoyamae MOMOYAMA U Aquarium Theater
Yui Usui USUI Yui Artist
Chikara Fujiwara FUJIWARA Chikara Critic, presided over BricolaQ
Satoko Kono + Ryota Yamada + Satoshi Saito /
Keiko Morishita and Shin Harada
TOLTA / + journal Valver Art Unit / art critic magazine
Takeshi Sasaki SASAKI Ken Artist
Katsuragi Natsuko KURASHIGE Natsuko Yokohama Triennale 2017 Curatorial staff
Paulo Lopez Grassa Paulo Lopes GRACA diplomat, sometimes writer
Yasumasa Morimura An artist

ISBN: 978-4-908323-05-6
date of issue: March 17, 2018
form: D4 tabloid (406 × 272 mm), all 24 pages
Base price: 500 yen
Circulation issue: 1000 parts

Planning / editing
+ journal (Mariko Iijima, Fumio Inoue, Natsuko Kurashida, Tetsuya Saito, Atsushi Sugita, Natsuki Takahashi, Choi Kyung Hwa, Keiko Numaita, Shin Harada, Honma May)

Public interest foundation Terumo Life Science and Art Foundation