Past Exhibitions

Towada Oirase Art Festival

Sep 21st, 2013 - Nov 24th


To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Towada Art Center, we are proud to present the Towada Oirase Arts Festival. Based on the theme of “time,” the festival will take place throughout the city of Towada and amongst the breathtaking natural beauty of nearby Oirase Gorge & Lake Towada.  The earthquake and subsequent events of March 11, 2011 shook our sense of time.  Such an earthquake is said to happen once in a thousand years, and made a shocking impact on the human world that has been built over the last few hundred. In contrast, Oirase Gorge & Lake Towada are home to a complex and diverse ecosystem that developed over tens of thousands of years. In ancient Rome, art was referred to as “techne,” which is the root of the word technique. But what is our current relationship to art, and where will it go from here? By presenting different “times” throughout Oirase Gorge & Lake Towada, the festival explores the region for just that, the techniques that give meaning to the word “art.”


Towada Art Center
Ragnar Kjartansson, Shimpei Takeda, Aiko Miyanaga, Marcus Coates, Kenji Shibata

Oirase Area
Taro Okamoto (Hoshino Resort Oirase Keiryu Hotel)
Nobuhiro Shimura (Former Kasaishi Residence, Hoshino Resort Oirase Keiryu Hotel)
Tetsuya Umeda + contact Gonzo + Lieko Shiga (Fisheries rest house Former Touji no yado Oirase)
Shuji Yamamoto (Towada Art Center, Former Kasaishi Residence, Hoshino Resort Oirase Keiryu Hotel, Towada lake excursion Nenokuchi Information)
Akira Takayama (Port B)

The symposium that took place on September 23 is being screen daily from 13:00 through 16:00.

Towada Lake Cruise from Yasumiya
(A sound work presented aboard the cruise boat.)



Towada Oirase Art Festival


Sep 21st, 2013 - Nov 24th


Towada Art Center
Keiryu no eki Oirase
Oirase Stream Museum
Towada Lake Cruise Information at Nenokuchi
Towada Lake Cruise from Yasumiya


2,000 yen


Towada Oirase Art Festival 2013 Executive Committee:

Towada Art Center
Lake Towada Regional Revitalization Foundation
National Parks Foundation
Lake Towada National Park Association
Towada Tourism Association
Oirase Onsen Revitalization Council
City of Towada


Abilitas Hospitality
Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel
Lake Towada Cruises
Towada Kanko Dentetsu Corporation
Motomiya Design Institute
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre
Arts Initiative Tokyo

In Cooperation with


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Photos from the Festival