In the exhibition, Pairez present works about his accumulation of experience as a foreign migrant worker in Japan using Jacques Derrida's concept of absolute alterity that describes his term of “the monstrous arrivant” or the unwanted stranger that comes looking for conviviality.
Although the exhibition space is not relatively filled with art objects but an excuse to party and gather communally, a series of collage works collected since before he migrated to Japan in 2004 is featured.
Jong Pairez is a writer and migrant artist who has exhibited multi-media works in artist-run spaces, bookshops and unconventional art galleries in both Tokyo and Manila. His works are based on his independent research about migration, peer-to-peer computer networking, displacement, geography and precarity. His specific interests include anti-copyright movement and the understanding of his own condition as a foreign migrant worker or the unwanted stranger.
Takuro Higuchi is an independent sociologist of social movements. He is researching the post-Seattle transformation of social movements in Japan from an autonomist perspective. He employs a methodology based on an activist anthropology after the reflexive turn that maintains a deep engagement in reality.
His specific interests include the alter-globalization movement in Japan during the anti-G8 struggles of 2008, the precariat movement in the metropolis and anti-capitalist tendencies within the post-3.11 anti-nuclear movement. He is involved in all of these movements together with friends from Amateur’s Revolt, Irregular Rhythm Asylum and various as yet unnamed autonomous individuals.
14 March 8PM Talk featuring Takuro Higuchi
“A Prehistory of Alterglobalization in Japan: Subterranean Autonomous Networks Since the '90s”
30 March 8PM Talk Jong Pairez
“The Monstrous Arrivant: A Migrants' Account or the Empty Body of Works”