This is the exhibition catalogue for the Japan Pavilion at The 49th Venice Biennale. The three participating artists, Masato Nakamura, Naoya Hatakeyama and Yukio Fujimoto all work on different media. Yukio Fujimoto, who studied musicology, uses sound as his medium; Hatakeyama is a photographer who has been taking photographs that document urban development; Nakamura is interested in creating artwork out of signboards of a 24-hour convenience store and a logo of a fast food restaurant. The works of these artists all reflect the theme of the exhibition 'Fast and Slow' which questions the surge of economic prosperity commonly referred to as 'globalization'. According to Eriko Osaka, 'The theme will be based on cities at the beginning of the 21st century, and will attempt to reveal the aspects of the cities where antithetical concepts such as progress, regression, dissemination, stagnation, concern, neglect, symbiosis, independence, noise, silence, cooperation, loneliness are intricately woven, as well as the complexity within which we humans live.'
Biographical notes are provided at the back of the catalogue.