The Column Project

In addition to exhibiting work by the participating artists, these projects aim to dig deeply into the history that forms a backdrop to activities taking place in the region, to locate common denominators that connect the works of participating artists, and to present forward-looking, experimental modes of expression. Based on several keywords, these projects, which take a variety of forms such as exhibits and lectures, interpolate new meanings into the overall concept, provide behind-the-scenes support for the artists’ exhibits, and at times serve to relativize them.

Crossing Water: Encounters Between Hokkaido and Okinawa

The Japanese archipelago is vertically long and narrow, and Hokkaido and Okinawa, at opposite ends of it, both have a proximity to and familiarity with the countries neighboring Japan, and as the frontiers of the country have directly experienced intense changes with the times. Far across the sea from one another, Okinawa and Hokkaido have nonetheless exerted influences on one another as artists have traveled to both of them and gathered there in communities of outsiders. Through art, this project reexamines the history, traditions, modern era, and present-day circumstances of the two prefectures. Curated by Hata Satoshi (Hokkaido) and Machida Emi (Okinawa), it features artists including Ishida Takashi, Okawa Masao, Yamashiro Chikako, and Miyagi Futoshi.

Henaji Annex Gallery rooftop, Motobu-cho, Okinawa

Trans-dimensional Photos: Images in the Future Tense

As digital cameras rapidly evolve, the Internet and communications technologies advance, 3D printers become more commonplace, and computer graphics grow ever more sophisticated, significant qualitative changes are occurring in photography, a medium previously centered on two-dimensional prints. These changes began with a fundamental questioning of the relationship between photograph and reality, and are extending to the potential of developing two-dimensional space into three dimensions. In this project, the state of photography today is explored through works by artists including Akaishi Takaaki, Lucas Blalock (USA)、Katsumata Kunihiko, Koyama Taisuke + Nawa Kohei, and Yokota Daisuke. Curated by Goto Shigeo.

Daisuke Yokota Matter, installation view, Trans-Tokyo / Trans-Photo, Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival, Xiamen, China photo: Takashi Kawashima © Daisuke Yokota Courtesy of G/P gallery, Tokyo

Mirror of the Maraini Family: An Ethnologist in 20th-Century Japan

The Italian anthropologist Fosco Maraini (1912-2004) is known for having introduced the lifestyle and culture of Japan to Westerners. This small-scale exhibition explores his achievements through the lens of the fact that he and his family were held at an internment camp in Aichi Prefecture between 1943 and 1945.

In a Foreign Land: Following in the Footsteps of Nishie Masayuki

The linguist and anthropologist Nishie Masayuki (1937-2015) conducted surveys all over the world including Africa, Papua New Guinea, and South America. This project introduces some of his incomparable achievements such as applying his linguistic genius to the creation of a Swahili-Japanese dictionary, and other projects employing his encyclopedic knowledge and experience that had a unique impact on intellectual society in Japan.

A Rainbow of Artists: The Aichi Triennale Colorscape

This project brings together colors selected by artists featured in the Aichi Triennale to create a unique, original color chart for the 2016 Triennale.

Bird Song: A Genealogy of Messengers

An exploration of our profound relationship to birds, featuring the various birds that appear as subject matter in the exhibited works, and birds in light of their relation to the history of Aichi Prefecture.

Collective Asia - Occupy/Life/Humor

A project presenting art and social experiments conducted by Asian collectives within the context of societies that developed along a different path than those of the West.

Aichi Triennale 2016 Opera Production
W.A.Mozart – The Magic Flute
(Two acts, sung in German with Japanese subtitles, spoken passages in Japanese)

Dates: Sat., September 17 and Mon., 19 (nat. hol.), 2016
Venues: The Theater in Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater
Conductor: Gaetano d'ESPINOSA
Director, set/lighting/costume design: TESHIGAWARA Saburo

Cast:
Sarastro
TSUMAYA Hidekazu
Queen of the Night
TAKAHASHI Yui
Tamino
SUZUKI Jun
Pamina
MORIYA Mari
Papageno
MIYAMOTO Masumitsu
Speaker of the Temple / Priest Ⅰ
KOMORI Teruhiko
Papagena
DAIGO Sonoka
Three ladies Ⅰ
KITAHARA Rumi
Three ladies Ⅱ
ISOCHI Miki
Three ladies Ⅲ
MARUYAMA Natsumi
Monostatos
AOYAGI Motoharu
Priest Ⅱ
TAKADA Masato
Two armored men Ⅰ
WATANABE Koi
Two armored men Ⅱ
ODAGIRI Takaki

Dancer: SATO Rihoko, The Tokyo Ballet
Chorus: Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater Chorus
Orchestra: Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra

※ Cast is subject to change without notice.

DAIGO Sonoka

(Papagena)

KITAHARA Rumi

(Three ladies Ⅰ)

ISOCHI Miki

(Three ladies Ⅱ)

MARUYAMA Natsumi

(Three ladies Ⅲ)

AOYAGI Motoharu

(Monostatos)

TAKADA Masato

(Priest Ⅱ)

WATANABE Koi

(Two armored men Ⅰ)

ODAGIRI Takaki

(Two armored men Ⅱ)

SATO Rihoko

(Dancer)

© Saburo Teshigawara