On the occasion of Terence Koh's first trip to Tokyo, we asked Cyril Duval (aka item idem, a conceptual artist from France), to give us a report of the welcoming party he whipped up. Here's what he sent (with additional snaps from Terence himself)...
I decided to crack a party for Terence—with stylist and photographer Kazumi Asamura—for no real reason. And we felt the crime scene should be the newly launched Le Baron de Paris, the latest venture by artist and night owl Mister A (after Le Baron in Paris and Beatrice Inn in New York). A media partner was needed, and it became obvious that it could only be the new Numèro Tokyo. Ako Tanaka, its editor-in-chief, didn't lose a second in associating her "baby" with the event, and at the same time creating the magazine's first official party. The deal was sealed. It would be called KOH KOH KOH, which, by translating Chinese into Japanese kanji, accidently yet aptly means: the smell/sense of high school.
A nice mix gathered, mostly influential peeps from the Japanese art scene, such as the inimitable gallerist Akimitsu Naruyama and ART iT editor-in-chief Tetsuya Osaki. Fashion types, too, showed up, among them Nobutaka Kaneko, the newly-appointed CEO of Balenciaga Japan, and his former employer, United Bamboo designer Miho Aoki, both good friends of the artist. Other fashion-minded Tokyoites included Keiko Mimoto (who helped launch Comme des Garçons, alongside Rei Kawakubo); Kosuke Tsumura, designer of Final Home; and younger designers like Kiri of the Harajuku-based Revolver, a label linked to French record label Ed Bangers. Everyone was there thanks to Mizuyo Yoshida of Steady Study, the hottest PR firm in town.
At a private party the night before, Terence entertained us by breakdancing on the dance floor (in his $20,000 Balenciaga robo-pants, no less), but tonight his pièce de résistance was a white wig, the kind donned by villains in traditional Kabuki theater. Surrounded by dry-ice mist, burning lights and the city's club kids, asianpunkboy (as Terence was formerly known) and his coterie danced to sounds provided by Jean-Marie Delbes (resident DJ of Le Baron in both Paris and Tokyo) and his partner-in-crime, Shoichi Kajino, creative director of L'Appareil photo agency.
And now, a shout-out to longtime mentor (and Canadian artist collective) General Idea. To them, I say: Nine lives, eight more to go! Mew, Maow, Miaou. Long live the Sunny Brave Dog!
And the sun rose again in Tokyo.