In 1968, Arakawa produced a number of works that took his use of stenciled and written language in a more playful direction than we saw in the paintings included in documenta 4. In canvas and print form, he reproduced recipes for lamb stew, fried pork with sweet-sour sauce, banana cake, and coconut milk cake. For Distraction Series 7, we present you with our playful response to Sky No. 2, 1968, which involved baking the Coconut Milk Cake recipe as it is written in cursive over the surface of the canvas, up until we are left hanging with this final sentence: “To serve, fill between the layers with:”.
The subject of Distraction Series 6 is documenta 4, which took place in Kassel, Germany, from June to October 1968. Arakawa was invited to participate in this recurring international art exhibition in that year as well as in 1977.
The Reversible Destiny Foundation is excited to announce the publication of The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader, edited by Lucy Ives and published by Siglio Press. The book officially launches on April 21st, 2020.
Reversible Destiny Foundation is pleased to announce the new publication Arakawa and Madeline Gins in the 22nd Century: The Body and the Experience in the Reversible Destiny Mode
This book explores the philosophy of Arakawa and Madeline Gins who set out to fight the human destiny of mortality. Ten years after the death of Arakawa (1936–2010) and six years after the death of Madeline Gins (1941–2014), this significant collection of texts rediscovers Arakawa and Gins’s thought, which still continues to inspire and thereby remains in progress.
Reversible Destiny Foundation is pleased to announce that the International edition of the Documentary Films Childen Who Won't Die and We, directed by Nobu Yamaoka, is now available for purchase online.
Reversible Destiny Foundation is pleased to present Shusaku Arakawa: Trans Japan, Cis Japan - an article by Dr. Shin-Ichi Fukuoka about the works of Arakawa and Gins. Originally published in Japanese in WINGSPAN February 2016 issue, pp. 80-6. Translated and republished here with permission from the author and ANA WINGSPAN - the monthly in-flight magazine from All Nippon Airways.