This book was published in conjunction with the group exhibition From Mono 物 to Mono モノ, organised by Mono-logy/Sense-Value Study Group and held at Kyoto University Museum in 2010. It includes artists' biographies and selected bibliography.
'In Japanese, the word mono もの encompasses a material aspect (物, signifying "things"), a human aspect (者, signifying "persons"), and a spiritual aspect - as in mono no aware signifying "emphatic responses to the ephemerality of existence (things)" and mono no ke signifying "evil spirits" and literally "strangeness of things". The discourse on art has by now focused on mono as things and persons. However,we want to reexamine art from a broader perspective of mono モノ. For example, there once existed a movement called Mono-ha もの派, which is generally understood to be associated with literal expressions based on anti-formalism and usually translated into English as "Things School." However, if we reexamine Mono-ha from the perspective of mono モノ, we can see a far richer character in its seemingly austere and blunt guise. Or, the avant-garde movement that aspired to depart from mono 物 (things) and represent koto 事 (events) can be returned to mono 物 (things) by way of mono モノ. Various genres of art, each of which has come to its evolutionary deadlock, may be able to find a common language.' - Introduction
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