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≪Tokyo Big Stands≫ by Yaei &≪Listening to Tokyo≫ by Gender Yoshinaga : Rediscovery things and sounds


<Open Call Project SOCIAL DIVE>

“Tokyo Big Stands” is a project that builds settlements of empty architecture, which are made of materials such as bamboo and scrap wood, across empty spaces in Tokyo. These will become havens, what we call “Asyl”, where people can continue selling their own items and expressing themselves freely. During the biennale period, the venues will proliferate from left to right. Liberated areas made where you can live to your fullest will become a reality in Tokyo, Japan’s center, offering new lifestyles to participants.

The project “Listening to Tokyo”, as part of the larger plan, will take your special records and replay them in high quality sound. We will have people bring in records tucked away at home, which will be cleaned and then played. Each moment will be taken in slowly, and we will listen to the stories surrounding the song. Those without a record are also free to join, and can share memories with others in this salon made for exchanging our sentiments and stories surrounding music (records).

(As of March 2020)

1: “CheLin” house, 2017, Kuma Art Museum (Kumakogencho, Ehime Prefecture)
2: “Hachioji, explicit and cool” explicit stage, 2019 Caffs kura (Hachioji U-road, Tokyo)
3: “Shiinamachi Salon” 2015, Ikebukuro Monparnasse Kaiyu Art Galleries (Shiinamachi, Tokyo)



Yaei is a unit composed of Takahiko Kaino and Jiro Iwamoto, whose activities are based on the continuous construction of a “sanctuary.”

Takahiko Kaino (in charge of interior decoration and coordination)
Born in Tokyo on June 6, 1975. A festival lover who carries the title of painter. In 2012, he moved from Tokyo to Matsuyama City in Ehime Prefecture, an unfamiliar place where he knew no one. Currently, he continues to present his work throughout the country, while devoting himself to “human revitalization,” not to be confused with urban revitalization. He excels at making the best possible use of a given space to create a work that can only be achieved there. Paint and “people” (the artist himself) are his primary medium; he uses paint to create canvas paintings, and “people” to paint the city. Another reason why he calls himself a painter is because he adds color to the city. That is why the most happening place in Japan is said to be where Kaino can be found.

Jiro Iwamoto (in charge of exterior structure and horse-power)
Born on February 16, 1958 in Kihoku Town, Ehime Prefecture. While living in Tokyo in 1987, he was involved in the launch of Suizokukan Gekijo (“aquarium theater”), an open-air theater troupe. He was in charge of theater design and stage art. In 2001, he returned to his hometown in Ehime, where he continues to live. He is a veteran fighter, a living legend.


Yoshinaga Gender

Born in 1978, Yoshinaga Gender produces photographic works, installations, and overtly decorative sculptures primarily on the theme of the “self.” He has pursued primitive forms of expression that directly stir the emotions, causing surprise, joy and wonder. As a result, he recently awakened to the idea of engaging in activities in the manner of a gastronome, sampling delicious food at various restaurants, and expressing the joy of such experiences through sound installations.

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