Where is Chiiki Art?
Crosstalk – Day 1

Panel Speakers

Akio Hayashi
Founder & Managing Director, NPO inVisible / Lecturer, Joshibi University of Art and Design

Born 1984 in Tokyo. Through the NPO BEPPU PROJECT, Akio Hayashi helped revitalize the local community through arts and tourism while using public spaces and commercial venues. In 2015, he founded NPO InVisible with Hiroko Kikuchi. His professional experience includes serving as Secretary-General for Beppu Contemporary Art Festival ‘Mixed Bathing World 2012’, Director for Tottori Artist in Residence Festival (Tottori Prefecture/2014,2015), and Program Director of Roppongi Art Night (Tokyo/2014,2015).

Naoya Fujita
Literary Critic

Born 1983 in Sapporo.
He received his Ph.D. degree from Department of Value and Decision Science, Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is the author of a number of books, including Kyokōnai Sonzai (Sakuhinsha), Shinseiki Zonbiron (Sakuhinsha), and Shin Gojiraron (Chikuma Shobo). He has also served as editor and contributor to Community-Engaged Art Project (Horinouchi), 3・11 no Mirai (Sakuhinsha), and Higashi Nihon Daishinsai-go Bungakuron (Nan’un Do).

Kodama Kanazawa
Independent Curator / Senior Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, Towada Art Center

After working for 12 years in public art museums, she began working independently in 2013. In practice, her interest manifests in the topics of cultural imperialism in modern and contemporary Japan, globalisation and new-media art from the world, which have been expressed in over 40 exhibitions, both domestic and overseas, during her career. Her recent exhibitions include KENPOKU ART 2016 (2016, Ibaraki, Japan) and Rafaël Rozendaal: GENEROSITY (2018, Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan).

Yuki Harada
Artist

Born 1989 in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Graduated from Department of Arts and Culture, Musashino Art University, and received his Master’s degree from the Department of Inter-media Art, Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2017, traveled to New Jersey as part of the Agency for Cultural Affairs Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists. His work takes many forms, including painting, photography, exhibition (installation/curation), and writing. Major themes his projects have included the art of Christian Lassen and spirit photography. In 2013, he compiled the book Essays on Works and Reception of Lassen in Japan (Film Art Inc.).

Panel Speakers

Hikaru Fujii
Artist & Filmmaker

Born in 1976. Graduated with a DEA in Aesthetics, Sciences and Technology of the Arts from University of Paris 8. Through workshops that reinterpretations of historical events, he has worked together with participants to bring a structural critique to the invisible areas of society. His is the recipient of the 2017 Nissan Art Award, and his recent exhibitions include MOT Annual 2016: Loose Lips Save Ships (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2016), Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown (National Museum of Art, 2018), and Catastrophe and the Power of Art (Mori Art Museum, 2018).

Haruka Kojin & Kenji Minamigawa of art collective Mé

Mé develops work that uses the uncertainty of the real work to try and pull on our perception. They are not concerned with any one method or genre, but rather emphasize the exhibition space and how the audience will move through and interact with it.

The collective draws on the individuality of its core members (artist Haruka Kojin, director Kenji Minamigawa, and production manager Hirofumi Masui) as they work together to enhance the collaborative nature of their spiritual creative awareness and hone their cooperation as they develop ideas, make decisions, and work to bring their projects to realization.

Futoshi Hoshino
Scholar & Critic

Born in 1983. Specializing in aesthetics and culture and representation, he received his Ph.D. degree from University of Tokyo Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Currently serves as lecturer at Kanazawa College of Art. He is the author of Rhetoric of the Sublime (2017, Getsuyosha), contributed to Contemporary Art Theory (Eos Art Books, 2013), and co-translated Quentin Meillassoux’s After Finitude: An Essay On The Necessity Of Contingency (Jimbun Shoin, 2016).

Report

Suzuki Method Violin School Aomori, which has classrooms in Towada as well as Misawa, Oirase, Aomori City, and Noheji, and conducts classical violin performances across the southern part of Aomori Prefecture, came to the Towada Art Center and performed a total of 13 pieces.

Instructor Mr. Ami and students treated the audience to performances of familiar songs that enveloped the museum with their warm sounds. During Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Variations the students moved throughout the Cube cafe, uniting with the audience as they clapped along. Mr. Ami then gave a solo performance that drew thunderous applause from the audience.

Thank you to everyone who came, and thank you to Suzuki Method Violin School Aomori for the wonderful performance. We look forward to bringing you more performances each month.

Report

The first night of Open Music Square welcomed the Ushigoya Music Group (Masatoshi and Yoshiko Sakamoto, Noboru Naganuma), who have converted an old farmhouse in the neighboring Akabushi area into a studio where they hold a biannual concert series.

First, Yoshiko Sakamoto performed Akabushi Tamasudare for a welcoming audience, and even congratulated the museum on its 10th anniversary.

Next was a performance of Japanese oldies by the Ushigoya Band (Masatoshi Sakamoto, guitar; Noboru Naganuma, guitar; Yoshiko Sakamoto, keyboard). Sweet melodies, masterful playing, and fun dialogue between songs, with the audience occasionally joining in made for a night that filled the Cube with gorgeous sounds.

Thank you to everyone who came for the first night of Open Square Music, and thank you to Ushigoya Music Group for the wonderful performance.

Report

Tomo Uwano’s Hiragi Dance & Ballet studio, which holds lessons across Towada, Misawa, Oirase, and Shichinohe that cover contemporary and modern dance, as well as ballet and butoh, came to Towada Art Center and performed a total of eight pieces.

Many visitors were drawn into the full body expressions presented during each piece, in particular when a witch entered with a poisoned apple and passed it around the audience, and again during the climax of the finale.

Thank you to everyone who came, and thank you to Hiragi Dance & Ballet studio for the wonderful performance.

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Time

November 3, 2016
14:00 – 15:40 (Reception opens at 13:30)

Contact

Reservation Form (Japanese)

Please email or fax completed forms to:
Towada Art Center TAPS Office
10-9 Nishi-Nibancho, Towada-shi, Aomori 034-0082 Japan
*Please include your name, phone number, number of guests, and event name in the subject of your email.
*Your reservation will be confirmed upon response from the museum

TEL: +81 (0) 176-20-1127
FAX: +81 (0) 176-20-1138
info@towadaartcenter.com

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Pricing

67,000 yen (departing from and returning to Shichinohe-Towada Station)
40,000 yen (departing from Nasushiobara Station and returning to Utsunomiya Station)

Reservations

Reservation Form (Japanese)

Please email or fax completed forms to:
Towada Art Center TAPS Office
10-9 Nishi-Nibancho, Towada-shi, Aomori 034-0082 Japan

TEL: +81 (0) 176-20-1127
FAX: +81 (0) 176-20-1138
info@towadaartcenter.com

Locations

KENPOKU ART 2016 https://kenpoku-art.jp/en/
Kameya Ryokan http://www.kameya-ryokan.jp/ (Japanese)
Yubanosato http://www.yuba.co.jp/pc/ (Japanese)
Mashiko Tourist Association http://www.mashiko-kankou.org/english/index.html
Tsukamoto Co.,Ltd. http://www.tsukamoto.net/ (Japanese)
Hozumi Family Residence http://www.rurubu.com/sight/detail.aspx?BookID=J0057123 (Japanese)
Kasama Inari Shrine http://www.kasama.or.jp/english/

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