One of the greatest discoveries in art history to occur in 2014 was surely the world’s oldest cave painting found on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Showing hand shapes and animal drawings, these ancient cave paintings encapsulate the impulses of the people who lived here amidst Sulawesi island’s natural wilderness that they needed to express and record just like a time capsule.
Even if they are not ancient cave paintings, artistic works are all essentially time capsules encapsulating the emotions experienced by the artist at a certain time and in a certain place in the sense that something hidden within each work is given new life and begins to more through the empathy of viewers. (link to full text)
Planning director / NAKAO Tomomichi (Curator, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum) Curator, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum / Selection Members of Japan Media Arts Festival 2015