The project is a collaboration between Giovanni Innella and Junichi Kanebako at AIIT Tokyo, and VCUarts Qatar faculty Maryam Al-Homaid, Nathan Ross Davis, Levi Hammett, Michael Hersrud and Simone Muscolino, with contributions from VCUarts Qatar graphic design students Reham Ahmed, Hend Al-Kuwari, and Sarah Elawad
-162°C is the temperature at which natural gas becomes liquid, shrinking its volume by 600 times, thus becoming a very convenient commodity to trade. At -162°C Japan and Qatar tie up their most relevant relationship, as Japan is the top LNG purchaser for Qatar and Qatar is the largest provider of LNG to Japan.
As an exhibition, "-162°C Trading Power" critically highlights and explores the relationship that appears to be exclusively economic. In reality, such a relationship impacts lifestyle, environmental and geopolitical issues of two faraway - yet so close - countries and their citizens.
"-162°C Trading Power" will run from December 13-20 at W+K+ Gallery 1, Chome-5-8 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō-to 153-0051, and the gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday.