Apr 5th, 2019 18:00 - Apr 14th, 15:00
As a cultural center of the city, the Towada Art Center is constantly creating community-centered projects and programs. Starting April 2019, we have begun Regional Exchange & Professional Development Training Through Art, a project formed in conjunction with the exhibition Stranger Than Fiction. This will be a hands-on program where participants actively engage in the management of an artist-led project that will expand beyond museum and into the community. To lead the project, we welcome artist Jun Kitazawa, who is currently based in Indonesia and has conducted experimental projects that involve the community in places both across Japan and abroad. The project will span five months and center on the operation of the project LOST TERMINAL, where the museum will serve as the terminal for a number of exotic vehicles Kitazawa has brought from Indonesia. The project will include experience-enhancing lectures for participants, who will have the opportunity to further develop the project independently through group work. If you’re interested in art or community outreach, we hope you will join us as we learn together and help bring this project to life.
LOST TERMINAL Orientation
Friday, April 5, 2019 18:00–
Artist Jun Kitazawa gives a presentation on his work and introduces LOST TERMINAL. We hope you will join us in exploring, together with the artist, the future relationships between art and the community and the forms of expression they may bring.
Training Day 1 — Planning LOST TERMINAL with the Community
Saturday, April 6, 2019 15:00–
LOST TERMINAL is not only the work of the artist but of all the people involved in its implementation. What kind of artwork will it become, and how will it develop and interact with the city? We hope you will join artist Jun Kitazawa in thinking about how to build a new future for Towada through art.
Training Day 2 — Making LOST TERMINAL Function within the Community
Sunday, April 7, 2019 15:00–
Beyond art, what does it mean to make an original idea “function” within the community? What will it take to make LOST TERMINAL work? Would you like to be a part of setting this project into motion? We hope you will join us in thinking about how to build a new future for Towada.
Training Day 3 — Letting LOST TERMINAL Develop in the Community
Sunday, April 14, 2019 15:00–
On Day 3, we will split into groups and try to actually develop something in the community. As each group works independently they will feed into each other, creating a feedback loop that will amplify the results of the activity.
Activities from May Onward
A variety of activities are planned, including talk events and twice-monthly group work and management training.
・ Group Work: Twice a month, mainly on weekends (Schedule will be decided upon together with participants during April meetings)
・ LOST TERMINAL Management Training to be planned around participants’ schedules.
・ Participants will be given priority access to Stranger Than Fiction talk events. (Please refer to the events page for details)
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Participants will help manage and operate LOST TERMINAL, giving lectures, and doing group work together with the artist and museum staff. We are looking for participants who:
– are based in the Towada area
– are interested in art and want to be involved in community outreach
– do not know much about art but want to learn
– are interested in community outreach and the activities of the Towada Art Center, and are willing to actively engage with people to help create this project
– can participate once or twice a month between April and September 2019
Towada Art Center, Towada City
How to Apply
Please call, fax, or email the Towada Art Museum to apply.
Towada Art Center
Tel. 0176-20-1127 Fax. 0176-20-1138 E-mail. email@example.com
Please indicate the event name in the subject line and your name, phone number, number of desired persons, and desired date (April 4, 6, 7 or 14) in the body of your email. Your reservation will be complete upon reply from the museum.
LOST TERMINAL finds Kitazawa bringing the knowledge gleaned from his many travels across Asia to his research on the city of Towada. In this project, Kitazawa will commission local artisans in Indonesia to create custom versions of the rickshaw bicycles often found on the streets there. These creations will then be brought to Towada and actually driven across the city for museum visitors and local people ride and enjoy. This is Kitazawa’s way of transcending space and time to rewrite the fading and forgotten ways of life of these two disparate lands—Indonesia with its ever-changing streetscapes and Towada with it’s history of horse breeding, as well as the rickshaw as a symbol that harkens back to an earlier time in Japan’s history.
Artist. Born in 1988 in Tokyo, Japan. Currently based in Yogyakarta.
Completed an M.F.A. from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. President of of Jun Kitazawa Office Yakumo. Kitazawa conceptualizes ways to find and make meaning in a changing society using fieldwork in different countries and regions through collaborative efforts with people from diverse backgrounds. The realization of these efforts is in itself an attempt at artistic practice. Researcher at the Institute for Public Art (IPA) in Shanghai since 2013. Selected for 2016’s 30 Under 30 Asia: The Arts by Forbes. From April 2016 to March 2017, he went to Indonesia as a fellow of the Japan Foundation Asia Center.
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