After the war, the picture frame shop Yubido opened in the burnt-out ruins of Kanda with a sign depicting Mt. Fuji. Today, Kanda is undergoing a great wave of redevelopment. Individually owned stores are no longer viable in an area that has transformed into a town for corporations and economic growth. Artist Masato Nakamura will work with the public to renovate the closed and abandoned “Yubido”, developing and managing a project that will involve the planning and production of exhibitions. For the Tokyo Biennale, the “Yubido” building itself will be turned into a work of art and exhibited in its current state. The name of the project, “Nikui Hodo Yasashi” (“kind to the point of being detestable”), is derived from the wordplay used for the telephone phone number of “Yubido”.
Support: Window Research Institute, Chiyoda-ku Urban Development Support
(As of April 2021)
1: More than 30 voluntters joined the cleanup, 2020 2: More than 3,000 picture flames coming from Yubido, 2020 3: Yubido soon after the war’s end Picture provided: Yoshihito Misawa, 2020
Born in Odate City (Akita, Japan) in 1963. Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts (Department of Painting). A socially conscious artist who actively develops art projects with focus on “art x community x industry”. In the early 1990’s, he set up guerilla art projects such as“THE GINBURART” in Ginza and “Shinjuku Shonen Art” in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district (1993). From 1996 on, the artist caught global attention by transforming corporate identities into artworks, one major example being the McDonald’s golden arches. In 1997, he formed an alternative artist initiative called “Command N”. Activities of this group include the international video installation “Akihabara TV” held in 1999 and 2000. His work was displayed in the 49th Venice Biennale (2001) Japan Pavilion “First & Slow” exhibition. He is the founder of numerous art projects including “himming” in Himi (Toyama Pref.) and “ZERODATE” in Odate (Akita Pref.). In 2010, he also founded 3331 Arts Chiyoda as an independent and sustainable art center. Through Command N and 3331, Nakamura has initiated 10 art bases and held 740 art projects, in addition to overseeing close to 3,100 events involving the collaboration of 2,000 artists, 180 core staff members, and 1,350 supporting staff/volunteers. With an extensive background in a variety of expressive activities, starting in summer 2020 he is taking on the challenge of developing the Tokyo Biennale, an art festival that will harness the cultural and artistic resources underlying the city of Tokyo.
Arts Chiyoda 3331 104 6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
・1 minute walk from “Suehirocho” Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. ・3 minutes walk from “Yushima” Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line. ・6 minutes walk from “Ueno okachimachi” Station on the Toei Oedo Line. ・7 minutes walk from “Okachimachi” Station on the JR Keihintohoku Line, Yamanote Line. ・8 minutes walk from “Akihabara” Station on the JR Keihintohoku Line, Yamanote Line. ・15 minutes walk from “Ochanomizu” Station on the JR Chuo Sobu Line.
・1 minute walk from “Suidobashi” Station West Exit on the JR Chuo Sobu Line. ・3 minutes walk from “Suidobashi” Station Exit A2 on the Toei Mita Line. ・3 minutes walk from “Korakuen” Station Exit 2 on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Namboku Line. ・5 minutes walk from “Kasuga” Station Exit 6 on the Toei Oedo Line.
In this project, Hiroyuki Oki will use work-in-progress footage taken during his participation in “Trans Arts Tokyo 2012” and “Trans Arts Tokyo 2013” as a “seed”, organically mixing the images with work-in-progress footage shot/edited before and during “Tokyo Biennale 2020/2021” while screening and continally updating the results during the exhibition. The project is based on a doctrine that has been named “Time/Performance Doctrine 2011→2021”, but which has yet to be effectively verbalized. It is a project concerning “matter”, in which the exploration/activation of space, people, time, words, and images both in their minute details and in their entirety “arise while blending together”.
(As of February 2021)
1: “Kanda Community Art Center Project TRANS ARTS TOKYO Commission Work Artist” 2012, Former Denki University Building No.11, Kanda Nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku 2: “TRANS ARTS TOKYO 2013 Oki-ke Undokai, Oki-ke Screening” 2013, Kanda Nishiki-cho Kyodo Building, Kanda Nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku
AR 3 Brothers have developed a new work on the theme of the city. The movements and form of a human being, whose body has been bestowed with physical experience, will be digitized and placed in Tokyo. By blending movements and physical forms different from that of the body’s owner, the work will attempt to study and measure the scale of the city and human experience. In addition, the project will be developed in collaboration with five artists. It will expand the possibilities of international art festivals amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
(As of February 2021)
1:”Our Spaghettification Phenomenon”, 2021 2:”Mona Lisa Transported”, 2018 3:”Mona Lisa Buried Alive”, 2018
An unprecedented development unit consisting of eldest brother, Tomu Kawada, second brother, Shinji Takagi, and youngest brother, Yu Ogasawara. Since 2009, AR 3 Brothers have continuously presented their “material”, particularly in relation to AR (Augmented Reality). From entertainment to art, the scope of their work is as vast as a black hole, or in Tokyo terms, as expansive as the Tokyu Hands Shibuya Store. http://ar3.jp/
The Edo firefighters, called “hikeshi”, are a symbol of Tokyo’s fight against disasters. Is it not possible to revive these firefighters in Tokyo today, giving them a new form and new role? This project is an attempt to newly create the “hikeshi” of Edo as “Hi-gumi” (“evacuation team”), firefighters created using AR who will appear at 213 evacuation sites designated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government by climbing ladders to announce their locations. When you hold up the camera of your smartphone in the city, the Hi-gumi will appear in the direction of these evacuation sites along with the distance to each site, in conjunction with your location information. And, through 3D animation, the Hi-gumi will perform the traditional “Hashigo-nori”, or ladder-top stunts, guiding you to the evacuation site. Continuing the sentiments of our predecessors who protected the lives of Edo citizens, this project will heighten awareness of evacuation sites that are not usually recognized in the city, while serving to confirm their location. The project also aims to contribute to such disaster prevention activities.
(As of February 2021)
1: “Hi-gumi AR Image” 2021, produced by Susumu Namikawa 2: “Hi-gumi AR Image” 2021, produced by Susumu Namikawa