Yotaro Niwa & Yuto Takamuro: Fictive Appearance

24 Jan 2020 – 15 Feb 2020

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00


Berlin, Germany


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  • M10: Winsstraße

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“Fictive Appearance” is a work composed of a book and a spatial installation. The installation relates to the book, and the book relates to a previous installation. The exhibition will be transformed respectively by the designer & artist to express his reaction to the artwork installation.


This unusual collaboration between a graphic designer and a fine artist calls the meaning of the visual into question. The analog and digital, primarily two-dimensional, work of the graphic designer contrasts with the primarily three-dimensional work of the fine artist. In this dialogue, merging their varied approaches, they go through dozens of processes, dealing with multiple dimensions and various media.

The book, exhibited in 2020, was developed by graphic designer Yuto Takamuro and is based on a single photograph of the installation work 'Fake Appearance' (2018) by artist Yotaro Niwa. The book deals with a collection of image fragments, which are enlarged to up to ten thousand times their original size. As the photograph is continuously subdivided, its original message is lost: what remains is pure image, free of subtext, and goes far beyond the original intention of the artist.

Taking inspiration from the book, the new spatial installation of Yotaro Niwa also leads the visitors back to experiencing the physical space. One medium used to construct the installation is the book contents itself. Large format prints and small snippets are combined with some of the same and similar objects as those used in 'Fake Appearance', which was created in Taipei in 2018.

'Fictive Appearance' leads the viewer's perception in an undefined direction - an aim that is nevertheless impossible to achieve. Perception is individual and can neither be deliberately guided nor comprehended. What is left behind by the dialogues between the graphic designer and the fine artist? What do we actually see?

* The exhibition is held as part of Transmediale & CTM Vorspiel 2020.

Artist: Yotaro Niwa

Yotaro Niwa's work essentially consists of installations that are intended for a specific location in a specific time. In most cases, he creates spatially complex forms from materials that he finds on site, including local everyday items, garbage, organic objects and image fragments. His art practice examines the border between nature and civilization. He enables the building of an unexpected network of analogies by looking at the natural order and the human-made order from an alternative perspective.


Designer: Yuto Takamuro 

For the graphic designer Yuto Takamuro, the potential of the visual experience is an eternal topic that he is constantly thinking about. From the designer's point of view, familiar perspectives are always to be questioned in order to delve deeper into the materials. For him, the purest and most radical form of design lies beyond what has already been shaped and understood. It is about getting closer to what is beyond the conception. His design does not fit into an already generalized definition, but embodies a purer type design that doubts and updates the definition itself.



Transformation Dialogue - Chapter 1

Vernissage & Book Launch 

Thur, 23. Jan, 7 pm


Transformation Dialogue - Chapter 2

Reaction by Yuto Takamuro

Thurs. 06. Feb, 7 pm


Transformation Dialogue - Chapter 3


Sat. 15. Feb, 2 pm



Florastraße 61, 13187 Berlin

Exhibiting artists

yotaro niwa

Yuto Takamuro

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