Art Project

Kase-truck Project

MMIX Lab

<Open Call Project SOCIAL DIVE>

This project seeks to strengthen the resilience of Tokyo residents against the likelihood of an earthquake in the near future, and to help individuals prepare for it by using their imagination. To “save a single life” is at the heart of the project.
By creating a “Kase-truck” (a mini-truck combined with temporary housing that can actually be used for accommodation in Tokyo and Tohoku) from building materials used to construct temporary wooden housing after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and utilizing it as a mobile exhibition space, it will be possible to visualise and communicate the experiences of people affected by the disaster to people in Tokyo who have not had the direct experience of losing their homes and living in temporary housing. The project aims to raise awareness of disaster prevention and mitigation through the experience of art.

Kase-truck production support: Atsushi Tomatsu
Cooperation: Sakura 3.11 Project Executive Committee

(As of February 2021)

1: Kase-truck Project (image)
2: Kase-truck Project (image)
3: MMIX members (in front of Yoshiaki Kaihatsu’s work: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo)

https://www.facebook.com/mmixlab
https://twitter.com/MMIXLab
https://www.instagram.com/mmixlab/

Artist

MMIX Lab

MMIX Lab (MediaMIX Lab) is engaged in creative activities unbound by existing art frameworks that fuse various media to connect art and regional cultures. Mmix.org
works of art not only consist of “art objects” but also “art actions” (art in the form of action). The latter refers to socially engaged art (social art) that is committed to addressing various social issues through the creative methods art yields. Recently, MMIX Lab has expanded its activities in the form of “art as action,” addressing issues shared by the group as well as its respective members.
[Representative: Takashi Murakami]
https://mmix.org

Member

Takashi Murakami
Artist

Born in Kumamoto. He started working as an artist in Tokyo in 1986, at which time he produced works using tatami mats and rice. He has participated in national and international exhibitions and art projects held at various venues including Towada Art Center, Art Tower Mito, 331 Arts Chiyoda, and Gwangju Design Biennale. Since 2010, he has planned and co-organized “art Inclusion” events and art projects in numerous schools and towns. Recently, he has given lectures and led other activities at cultural institutes as a form of “art as action,” based on the theme of art dissemination and cultural education policymaking.
Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he has developed a “research center for art as action” in Ishinomaki through projects such as the 3.11 Memorial Project, Sakura 3.11 School Project and as a base for social tourism (dark tourism related to earthquake disasters).

Parco Kinoshita
Contemporary Artist

Born in Tokushima Prefecture in 1965. He has shown work in numerous exhibitions throughout Asia and Europe, while also participating in international exhibitions in the form of solo guerilla performances. After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he strived to help with community building through art activities, and continues to support reconstruction efforts today. In 2017, he moved to Miyagi Prefecture following participation in the Reborn Art Festival, a contemporary art event held in Ishinomaki City. Kinoshita specializes in painting, but he has also started making woodcarvings, basing himself on the Oshika Peninsula. He also initiated art-related support activities in Banda Aceh, the area that was severely affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

Yoshiaki Kaihatsu
Artist

Centered on works that invite audience participation, he has exhibited in Dia del Mar/By the Sea at PS1 MOMA in 2002, the 9th Venice Biennale: International Architecture Exhibition in 2004, and the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006.
In 2016, he presented 8th Grade Syndrome at Ichihara Lakeside Museum. In 2019 in the exhibition Now, it’s time to play at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, he created an installation in which 30 clothes cabinets were assembled in the guise of a bouldering wall. He is also known as the organizer of Thank you Art Day, which takes place annually on March 9.

Atsushi Kadowaki
Contemporary Artist

Born in Sendai City in 1969. Graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, where he studied Arabic. On the occasion of participating in the art project Tourism and Art Exhibition in 2003, he started to use various media to develop participatory art projects under the theme of “doing something with someone.” After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he set up the Oshiruko Café (sweet red-bean soup) and the welfare service facility Art Inclusion Factory at temporary housing complexes, as well as the Aceh-Japan Community Art Project, which connects Tohoku to Banda Aceh, the area most severely affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

Art Project